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What we have heading into June is the Stanley Cup Finals and the NBA Finals. The Fat Guy correctly predicted both the Stanley Cup and NBA Finals teams, just for the record. I am just warming up for football season, folks.

The NBA Finals was so easy that back in October we all knew it would be the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors. I could have asked a thirdgrade NBA fan and he or she would have predicted these two teams in the NBA Finals. As far as the Stanley Cup, numerous fans could have chosen the Pittsburgh Penguins for the Stanley Cup. However, the number would have been much slimmer on picking the Nashville Predators to make it. I would say the only ones picking them would be the Predators fan base. The Stanley Cup run started Monday in the city of Pittsburgh and the NBA Finals will begin at Golden State Thursday night. Let’s look at the Stanley Cup first.

The Pittsburgh Penguins will be looking for back-to-back Stanley Cups and their fifth in franchise history. The one indisputable advantage is experience on the Penguins’ bench. This Pittsburgh team, for the most part, is the same one that won the Cup in last season. The Nashville Predators are playing in the franchise’s first-ever Stanley Cup. The one player with a ton of playoff experience is captain Mike Fisher for Nashville, as he has played in 128 postseason hockey games. The two Pittsburgh super stars are Sidney Crosby (142 playoff games) and Evgeni Malkin (143 playoff games). Let’s also toss in that the Pittsburgh team won two game sevens so far defeating the Washington Capitals and Ottawa Senators. The sign points to a Pittsburgh Stanley Cup hoisting, doesn’t it? The Nashville Predators were the lowest seed in the playoffs and it’s amazing they have made it this far, especially with star player Ryan Johansen done for the playoffs with a hip injury. Nashville’s goalie, Pekka Rinne, will have to stand on his head for the Predators to win the Stanley Cup. The Fat Guy prediction is the Penguins in six games.

Fine NBA entertainment

The rubber match between the Warriors and Cavaliers should be some fine NBA entertainment. The 2016-17 NBA season will be remembered as the most worthless in the history of the NBA. These were by far the two best teams this season. Yes, I realize Boston had a better record than Cleveland by a mere one game. Did you really think Boston was better than the Cavaliers, though? Heck, no! LeBron James will have his work cut out for him and his basketball team in this series.

This Golden State team has Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant, two former NBA MVP’s. Let’s throw in Draymond Green and Klay Thompson and the Cavaliers will have huge match up issues. I guess I never realized this is LeBron James’ seventh trip to the NBA Finals. Here is a Las Vegas nugget for you: LeBron’s teams have only been favored once to win the NBA Finals and lost to the Dallas Mavericks. I would say LeBron is no stranger to the underdog role, as Cleveland is a large dog in this NBA Finals. This is also the first time in league history that the same two teams have played on another in three consecutive years. I know LeBron brought the city of Cleveland a world championship last season and another one would validate his career even more. However, I think the Golden State Warriors are just two strong and will win this NBA Finals in just six games. I will watch every single game in this much-anticipated basketball finals.

Woods in a tailspin

The downward spiral of Tiger Woods continued on Memorial Day. Tiger Woods was charged with driving under the influence near his home in Florida. Over the last five years the injuries he has suffered has caused his golf game to go backwards. The trouble with all the women issues and scandals has just been a debacle for Tiger Woods. Woods, who took golf to places nobody thought could be achieved, has a personal life of debacles to deal with once again. I can honestly say I hate to see the best golfer I will ever watch in my lifetime suffer so many personal problems. The image of Woods is not one of beauty at this stage of his life. I really hope Tiger Woods gets his life in order and finds a way back to competitive golf. thefatguy@mihiomepaper.com


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