Muhammad Ali has passed away at the age of 74 after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. Muhammad Ali, known as “The Greatest” was a piece of my childhood. I absolutely loved watching him box and run his mouth. Ali was fast with his feet and equally fast with his fists. The one thing you could also count on was fast talking rhymes and sayings. Muhammad Ali was one of the most polarizing and most recognized person of his time. He was known for what he did inside of the ring and also for his controversy out of the ring. The one thing we all can agree on is the legacy of Muhammad Ali will never, ever be forgotten.
The domination was in the ring where Ali fought over three decades and went 56-5. The 56 wins ended with knockouts 37 times. Muhammad Ali became the first man to win the heavyweight title three times. The fact that some of his fights ended up in titles was awesome. Remember “The Rumble in the Jungle” and the “Thrilla in Manila” fights with George Foreman and Joe Frazier. I say, float like a butterfly, sting like a bee. RIP, Muhammad Ali.
Battle for the cup wages on
The Stanley Cup Finals have been a tremendous watch so far. The games have been close and quite competitive between the San Jose Sharks and the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Pittsburgh Penguins currently look like they will be the winners of the 2016 Stanley Cup. The Penguins hold a 3-1 advantage over the Sharks and still have two home games to clinch the Cup. I said last week that when I picked the Sharks to win the Stanley Cup that fans of the Pittsburgh Penguins should rejoice. You’re welcome, Pittsburgh fans.
The Sharks came into this series with a high-scoring offense and the high scoring has been stifled by the Penguins’ defensive play. Pittsburgh goaltender Matt Murray has been absolutely outstanding. Murray is stopping all the rubber thrown at him in this Stanley Cup run by Pittsburgh. Matt has 14 wins in this postseason, which is one shy by a rookie goalie in the postseason. I look for the Penguins to clinch this Cup at home in game five in front of the Pittsburgh fans. The strange thing is, the last three Cups by Pittsburgh were all clinched on the road. Here is a Stanley Cup nugget for you: Stanley Cup teams up 3-1 are a stellar 31-1 all time! Pittsburgh will extend that to 32-1 for sure!
The Golden State Warriors held home court advantage by winning the first two games at home against the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Warriors escaped a Western Conference Finals disaster by coming back from a 3-1 hole against the Oklahoma City Thunder. It looks like now they are ready to win back-to-back NBA titles. The Cleveland basketball team is overmatched against this Golden State Warrior basketball team. The great LeBron James cannot save Cleveland from suffering back-to-back NBA Finals defeats at the hands of the Warriors. All I heard was the Cleveland Cavaliers are healthy and are poised to end the city of Cleveland title drought. I ask you, though, where is Kevin Love in this series? What about Kyree Irving? Where has he been in these first two games? Here is another no show so far in the tattoo man, J.R. Smith. Where is J.R. Swish? I will say, don’t blame LeBron for another Cleveland disappointment, as he can’t do it all! Steph Curry and Company are showing the basketball world that the 73 regular season wins were no fluke! The Stanley Cup prediction might have been wrong, but I will hit my NBA Finals pick. The Golden State Warriors are bringing another title to the Bay Area.
Place your bets!
The Belmont Stakes runs this weekend and we will not have a Triple Crown drama here in 2016. The horse to beat looks like Exaggerator. He will go off at about even money, I believe come race day. The horse I am picking to win is Suddenbreakingnews. He will go off around 4:1 or 5:1, I think. There are some who like Stradivari at 8:1 odds. This race is long and very tough to win. I still get chills thinking of American Pharoah last year winning the Triple Crown and the Belmont. Good luck to all of you betting the race.