The Preakness Stakes ended the undefeated win streak of Nyquist on Saturday. The winner was Exaggerator, who mowed down the field with an impressive win on the sloppy track. Exaggerator seems to shine when the weather turns to rain. He just loves the slop and proved it at the Preakness.
I know that last week I gave you Nyquist as the winner of the Preakness and I really thought he would win the race. I am very glad to say that I was wrong with that prediction! Yes, due to the conditions of the race track, I switched my choice to Exaggerator and cashed in on some cold hard cash! There will be no Triple Crown winner here in 2016 and The Belmont will not carry the excitement of last year when American Pharoah won the Triple Crown. I think it will be interesting to watch and see who enters The Belmont and I don’t think we will see Nyquist there. One would have to believe that Exaggerator will be the favorite to win. Horse racing fans will just have to stay tuned.
What a difference a week makes
The NBA Finals have changed dramatically from last week’s action. The Cleveland Cavaliers looked like they would steam roll the Toronto Raptors in four or five games. I will steal a line from Lee Corso: “Not so fast, my friends.” The Raptors have evened up the series at two games apiece. Cleveland dominated its two home games with huge wins and the north of the border Raptors held serve with two home victories, too. The reason Toronto climbed back into this series is the play of their two guards, Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan. Toronto has struggled from the field shooting for most of the playoffs. However, in Toronto it has found its touch and delivered two victories. The play of Bismack Biyombo on the rebounding side of things reminds me of Dennis Rodman! Who is this guy? I don’t know, but he will become a household name if he keeps up these rebounding numbers. I don’t think the boys from Cleveland will lose this series. Let’s just say that Toronto has put a scare into LeBron and company.
The Western Conference also has an upset looming. The Oklahoma City Thunder are looking to dethrone the champion Golden State Warriors. The Thunder are playing some fantastic ball and I am making a prediction right now that the Warriors are going to lose to Oklahoma City. The Thunder just look like the better basketball team to me. Let’s also realize what a huge break the Warriors received not having Draymond Green suspended for the kick to the groin of Steven Adams. I say, come on, NBA brass, just because it’s the playoffs does not mean anything goes on the court. Draymond, clean up your act on the floor; you’re embarrassing yourself. When you are a great player, you don’t need to act like a clown.
Too close to call
The hockey series are both standing at 3-2 at the time of this article. The Tampa Bay Lightning hold the edge over the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Penguins were trying to force a game seven Tuesday night after I filed this column. I think the Penguins are eliminated and Tampa Bay will head back to the Stanley Cup Finals.
The San Jose Sharks won a critical game five in St. Louis, 6-3. Can it be possible the Sharks end their choking ways and make it to the Stanley Cup Finals? How many times have the Sharks been the team to beat and failed? The answer is, more than a couple! I find myself pulling for San Jose for some odd reason. Hey, San Jose, finish the job, will you please for once.
Are you kidding me?
The Tigers’ Brad Ausmus is still the team’s manager and I am shocked. What’s it going to take to get rid of this clown?! I am so disappointed in this whole Motor City Kitty’s situation, I can’t hardly speak about it. Someone please show Mr. Ausmus the door! Enough is enough. firstname.lastname@example.org