U.S. Open proves to be a good watch, updates on NBA and NHL playoffs

Fat Guy Corner



How about the U.S. Open golf action this weekend? Wow! What a golf tournament at Torrey Pines.

The first two days were all about a 48-year-old man named Richard Bland on top of the leaderboard. The Cinderella story, however, dropped as fast as a rollercoaster on Saturday and Sunday.

The Sunday final round had numerous top-named golfers in the hunt to win the U.S. Open. The winner was Jon Rahm, who on holes 17 and 18 sank huge putts to put him in the lead. Can you believe it was the first time a golfer has birdied the last two holes in the U.S. Open to win? I thought that was an interesting fact.

The man chasing him, Louis Oosthuizen, still had holes to play while Rahm was at six under par in the clubhouse. The U.S. Open dream ended for Louis on hole 17 with a drive that went out of bounds in the canyon resulting in a one stroke penalty. The costly mistake put Louis two strokes behind Rahm and essentially ended his chances at winning.

I will say, it was so much fun watching these professional golfers implode down the stretch. Yes, professional golfers looking like us weekend “Hacks” was enjoyable to watch! Am I wrong?

The U.S. Open win was Jon Rahm’s first major on the PGA Tour. I am not a Rahm fan, I will tell you that. I felt good for him for the fact he tested COVID positive a couple weeks ago at the Memorial tournament. The COVID positive forced him to withdraw with a six stroke lead going into the final day. There is no doubt Rahm was going to win that day he had to withdraw and it also cost him lots of cash! I am sure this U.S. Open victory has erased the bitterness of a couple weeks ago at the Memorial. I tip my fork to you Jon Rahm!

The NBA Eastern and Western Conferences have reached the semi-finals.

The Western Conference bracket has Phoenix and L.A. Clippers looking to bounce the basketball to the NBA

Finals. Chris Paul being COVID positive was the storyline in game one as Paul was forced to sit out the basketball game. The Clippers missed their star, Kawhi Leonard, with a knee injury. It looks like both players will also miss game two of the series on Tuesday night. The Phoenix Suns were victorious in game one. I can say I like the Suns to win this series in six games.

The Eastern Conference will see the Milwaukee Bucks and Atlanta Hawks looking to punch a ticket to the NBA Finals. I admit, the Bucks’ win over the New Jersey Nets was a mild upset, but not shocking. Let’s say the Atlanta win over Philadelphia was an outright stunner. The Philadelphia 76ers, the number one seed, totally imploded, blowing large leads in the series. I scratch my head as Philadelphia coach Doc Rivers has to be one of the worst NBA playoff coaches I have witnessed. Any team coached by Doc Rivers chokes in the playoffs! I will take Milwaukee to dispose of Atlanta in five games as they are just more talented than Atlanta.

The NHL series have been fantastic as I figured they would be. The Tampa Bay Lightening hold a 3-2 lead over the New York Islanders after ripping them apart in game three 8-0 on Monday night. Wow! Can New York bounce back in game six? I expect a heck of an effort by New York in game six, but they will lose and Tampa advances.

The Montreal and Vegas series is tied 2-2 headed into tonight (Tuesday, my deadline). The play on the ice by Montreal has impressed me as they are huge underdogs to Vegas. The Vegas hockey club should advance but it’s been a tougher series then they expected.

MLB pitchers are now being checked for doctoring the baseball. The umpires will now be checking for a sticky substance. I will say, if you’re caught now you’re an idiot and a 10 game suspension will happen. Don’t be an idiot you pitchers!

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