Shark bite

Fat Guy’s Corner


Jeff Day — Sports Columnist

Jeff Day — Sports Columnist

The Red Wings fought back from an 0-3 deficit to tie the San Jose Sharks series, 3-3. However, in the end, they couldn’t complete the miraculous comeback, falling in game seven, 3-2.

The Detroit Red Wings and San Jose Sharks played one of the best seven-game series I had seen in a long time. The last three games of the series were flat out battles. Both teams skated hard, hit hard, and played old-time hockey. The NHL hopes the Stanley Cup Finals are as exciting as the Wings and Sharks series. The bottom line is, Detroit is golfing and the Sharks are in the Western Conference Finals.

The Western Conference features the Vancouver Canucks and San Jose Sharks. I’ll take the Canucks in six games. The Eastern Conference has the Boston Bruins and the Tampa Bay Lightning. The boys from Tampa Bay won game one and lead the series, 1-0. I am rooting for the Lightning, as Steve Yzerman is running the show for Tampa Bay. I’ll take Tampa in six games, also. Detroit, we’ll see ya in September when training camp opens up.

Upstarts

The NBA Finals in both the Western Conference and Eastern Conference are under way. The Western Conference has the upstart Oklahoma City Thunder against the old wily veterans from Dallas. The Eastern Conference has the Miami Heat and the Chicago Bulls. I feel both of these series will be excellent to watch. Let’s look at the Western Conference first.

Dallas, it seems like, hasn’t played in a week or even longer. Remember, they swept the mighty dysfunctional LA Lakers in four straight. Dallas has choked in the playoffs the past three years, but the monkey has been lifted here in 2011. Dallas has Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Kidd and Jason Terry. These three are some old grisly veterans who have been in Dallas for awhile. Remember, Dallas lost to Miami in the NBA Finals a few years back.

I like this Dallas Mavericks basketball team in this year’s playoffs. Nobody thought they could win two rounds in this year’s playoffs. Let’s not forget Mark Cuban, the owner, who puts his heart and soul into his basketball team. Dallas better not over look the OKC Thunder. The Thunder went seven with Memphis and look young and hungry.

Kevin Durant is ready to show basketball fans how good of an NBA player he is. Durant went off on Memphis in game seven. Russell Westbrook is an excellent guard who is very underrated. Oklahoma City will want to run up and down the floor and Dallas will be content to play half court basketball. I am picking the Dallas Mavericks in an awesome seven game series.

The Eastern Conference will receive most of the attention from basketball fans. The Bulls, who had the best record, won game one on Sunday night. The Bulls have better depth than Miami. The Bulls are also stronger under the boards than Miami. I feel as though Miami is just too soft when it comes to rebounding the basketball. I know many of you feel the big three of Bosh, Wade, and James are on a roll after defeating the Celtics. I say the roll will end right here in the Eastern Conference Finals. Carlos Boozer, Noah, Deng and Derrick Rose will prevail and play the Dallas Mavericks for the NBA Championship. Sorry LeBron, you’ll have to wait until next season for your title.

The Preakness runs this weekend at Pimlico Race Track. Can Animal Kingdom win leg two of the Triple Crown? I say, more than likely, not. The Preakness has five horses from the Kentucky Derby running again this weekend. Dialed In, Animal Kingdom, Mucho Macho Man, Shackelford, and Santiva. My choice this weekend is Shackelford. He ran really well in the Derby and should run well again. It is so hard to win the Triple Crown in horse racing. The odds are against Animal Kingdom, but it’s horse racing, so you just never know. I hope your Preakness bet is a winner.


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