The Fourth of July fireworks all weekend long are over for 2016. I never realized until this weekend how many people love to shoot off fireworks on the Fourth of July. My lack of sleep, however, does know. Enough already!
The NBA had some fireworks over the weekend. Kevin Durant has left the Oklahoma Thunder for the Golden State Warriors. Quite honestly, I am a little stunned. I would have bet money he was staying put right there in Oklahoma City. I bet the fans of the Thunder are upset and blindsided by the decision. Kevin Durant boarded a plane and was 90 percent sure he was staying in OKC. I guess the 10 percent part was playing in Golden State with Steph Curry and Company.
This move makes the Warriors the prohibitive favorites to win the NBA title next season. I look around the rest of the NBA and see no team capable of defeating the Warriors in a seven-game series. I had someone tell me, ‘well you know, there is only one basketball on the court and that could pose as a problem.’ I say, no way. The Warriors are so unselfish that I don’t see it as a problem. The only question is, will the Warriors eclipse the 73 win total from last season? I say, no!
Not worth the money
The news out of the Detroit Pistons camp is Andre Drummond receives a max deal for five years and around $130 million! I am not so sure I like giving that kind of money to a guy who can’t make free throws! Andre is a liability late in basketball games and has to sit the bench during the end of games. It just doesn’t seem right! I hope he is shooting 1,000 free throws a day this offseason. I highly doubt he is, though.
The Pistons also signed big man Jon Leuer to a four-year deal. I honestly know nothing about him other than he can shoot the ball from the three-point line at around 37 percent and is a decent offensive basketball player. I’ll judge him in November, I guess. My last thing on this NBA free agency is that the amount of money some of these players are receiving is mind boggling to say the least. It’s head-shaking type money.
In love with Detroit
The Detroit Tigers are the Cleveland Indians’ favorite baseball team on the schedule. The Monday night ESPN game on July 4th, a Cleveland Indian 5-3 victory, made the Indians a perfect 10-0 against the Tigers. How does one team defeat a baseball team 10 straight, I ask? I want you to take in these numbers, Detroit has been outscored by Cleveland 65-23 during these 10 games! I can do the math, but go ahead and divide those by 10 games. Cleveland’s beating Detroit by over four runs a game. This domination by Cleveland will be one of the reasons the Tigers don’t win the Central Division. In my opinion, the Tigers will have to enter the American League playoff picture by the wildcard way. The wildcard race will be a beauty in
the month of September. I see Houston, Detroit, Kansas City, Chicago White Sox, Boston, Baltimore, Seattle and Toronto all in the picture! The Tigers’ Daniel Norris is being looked at for an oblique muscle injury. Jordan Zimmerman was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a neck strain. Annibal Sanchez is also struggling on the mound. Dustin Molleken was called up from Triple-A Toledo and made his major league debut on Monday night. Let’s keep an eye on him and see if he can make the MLB grade. Detroit sure hopes he can make the grade because it needs the help. The second half of the season will be a fun Detroit Tiger baseball ride, I think.
Monkey off his back
Dustin Johnson builds off his U.S. Open win with another victory. Dustin posted his second-straight win with a victory at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational on Sunday. It’s amazing in golf how a victory in a golf major takes off the pressure and relaxes these players. The old saying of getting the monkey off your back sure seems to be true. It’s happening for Dustin Johnson right now. The same thing can be said for Jason Day. He won a major then whipped off a bunch of tour victories. The mental aspect of golf is huge.
The next major is the British Open at Royal Troon on July 14. The three favorites currently are Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth and Jason Day at 7-1 odds followed by Dustin Johnson at 10-1 odds. I ask, who do you all like to win the British Open? firstname.lastname@example.org