The Preakness Stakes 2016 will feature undefeated Nyquist, as he seeks the second leg of the Triple Crown on Saturday. Nyquist was the fourth-straight favorite to win the Kentucky Derby. There were many naysayers coming into the Derby about Nyquist’s perfect record. I say Nyquist proved the naysayers wrong.
I loved Nyquist, as I thought he was the best horse in the race. The key question is, can Nyquist pull off two victories in a row? The boys in Las Vegas have installed Nyquist as a 3-5 favorite. The next best will once again be Exaggerator who ran second in the Derby, he’s at 4-1. The next two choices are Gun Runner at 10-1; he finished third in the Derby. A new horse who didn’t run in the Derby, Stradivari, is also at 10-1. However, right now there is no confirmation that Gun Runner will enter the Preakness, so stay tuned. The rest of the field will be 20-1 or higher if you like playing long shots. I personally like Nyquist to win this race and stay undefeated. The problem is, to bet him you will not receive much return on your money at the betting window!
Cavs in five
The NBA Eastern Conference and Western Conference finals are set. The Cleveland Cavaliers and Toronto Raptors will hook up in the East. The series started Tuesday night after I filed this column.
The Cavaliers are a well-rested basketball team. I wonder if the rest was a little too long? The Cavaliers were shooting the ball as well as anyone has in the playoffs. The Toronto Raptors will be an exhausted basketball team after a seven-game series with Miami and all those overtime games. One thing is for sure, I won’t miss all-loving LeBron and Dwyane Wade hugging and kissing all over one another. I see the Cavaliers winning it in five games.
The Western Conference series will be a high-scoring and entertaining affair.
The Golden State Warriors and Oklahoma City Thunder matchup will be an offensive-oriented one. The points will be numerous, as will the three balls going through the hoop. I love the Warriors in this series in six games. The 2016 NBA Finals will be a rematch of 2015 with the Cavaliers and Warriors!
And then there were four
The NHL playoffs is down to four teams and the right to play for Lord Stanley’s Cup. The East title will be decided between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Tampa Bay Lightning. The choice for me is the Tampa Bay hockey club. I just don’t care for the Penguins at all. I really do think Tampa Bay will win and represent the East for the Cup.
The West comes down to the St. Louis Blues or the San Jose Sharks. I really like both these hockey clubs, to be honest. I can live with either team going to the Cup. I think it will be the St. Louis Blues, only because they have defeated both the Chicago Blackhawks and the Dallas Stars so far. I have to say, that is pretty tough competition they have eliminated from the playoffs. My prediction is the Blues and Lightning will play for the Stanley Cup.
Troubled waters for Tigers
This Detroit Tigers’ baseball team is an utter joke. How much longer can the “Pizza Man” let Brad Ausmus run this ship wreck? He needs to pull the trigger and put Ausmus out of his misery, and us as fans out of our misery. I am not foolish enough to think he is the entire reason for this debacle of a season so far. The players have to shoulder the majority of the blame, as they have stunk for the most part. I will say, only a handful of Tigers have played worth a darn! The season is early yet, but the panic button is a finger away!
Another great Day!
Did you see that Jason Day of Australia won yet another PGA Tour title on Sunday? Day, my brother from another mother, won the coveted Players title at TPC Sawgrass in Florida. Day is on a roll in 2016 and despite letting the field come to within two shots several times, took the title by five strokes. He’s still No. 1 in the