I picks Warriors, Blackhawks & Pharoah, who you got?

Fat Guy Corner

The NBA and NHL finals are set in wood and ice. The Cleveland Cavaliers and LeBron James will take on the Golden State Warriors on the hardwood. Stephen Curry will lead the way for the Golden State Warriors.

I don’t know what it is about the NBA Finals I find so intriguing, but I find it super intriguing.

Let’s be brutally honest about one thing, though, you have to feel good about whatever team wins the NBA Finals.

Why?

The main reason is Cleveland has not won a major championship of any kind since the Cleveland Browns in the early 1960s. Man, you talk about a long drought for a city to go through of not winning a championship.

We all know that LeBron James would love to bring home the hardware to the city of Cleveland. The Golden State Warriors have not even been to the NBA Finals since 1975. The

Warriors swept the Washington Bullets to win the crown. It goes to show you how much I know. I never knew the Warriors ever won an NBA title. It’s amazing the knowledge you gain with a little research called the Internet.

Who are the two stars on that Golden State team, I ask? If you guessed Jamaal Wilkes and Rick Barry, you are correct! I do remember Rick Barry shooting grandma-style free throws underhanded between his legs.

Why I remember that, I have no idea! Here is an interesting little tidbit on the 1975 NBA Finals. It was the first time two African-American coaches were pitted against each other in any of the four major sports leagues in a championship. Al Attles for Golden State and K.C. Jones for the Bullets were the two coaches.

Alright, enough of the NBA history lessons for today. Who will win this series? is the question. I am sticking with the Golden State Warriors as my selection. I picked them two months ago and I am not wavering now.

The health of Klay Thompson scares me a little bit with his concussion symptoms. I just think that offensively, the Warriors are better and LeBron cannot defeat the Warriors by himself. I do think it will be a classic seven-game series. Thursday night will begin all the NBA Finals drama, so stay tuned.

Lord Stanley’s Cup

The NHL Stanley Cup will feature wind against sunshine. The Windy City Chicago Blackhawks against the Coppertone Tampa Bay Lightning.

The fact that both of these teams won game sevens on the road to get to the Stanley Cup is remarkable. The series started last night in Tampa Bay. I would say home ice means nothing so far in these 2015 NHL Playoffs. I am rooting for the Tampa Bay Lightning to win the Cup, but my brain says it will be the Chicago Blackhawks. The positive is my brain isn’t the smartest, so Tampa Bay has a shot! This will be an entertaining and high-scoring series. Let’s drop the puck and enjoy a great Stanley Cup Finals.

Can Pharoah do it?

Saturday the horse American Pharoah will take his shot at the Triple Crown.

The horses Dortmund and Firing Line are both sitting out for this race. The horses Frosted and Carpe Diem are back in for the Belmont. Carpe Diem was a huge disappointment in the Kentucky Derby. Frosted, who finished fourth, is in top form right now according to the horse racing experts. Materiality is also back to take a run at American Pharoah. Materiality has been training well, too.

I have loved American Pharoah since the Kentucky Derby and I am standing by him as my selection to win the Triple Crown.

I realize there have been many failures by horses who have won the first two legs, only to come up short in the Belmont Stakes.

American Pharoah, you will end the Triple Crown drought and I can’t wait to watch you do it! thefatguy@mihomepaper.com


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