I think it’s official that I am jinxing the Los Angeles Kings from winning the Stanley Cup. The Kings need only one more win to secure the Stanley Cup. And it looked like they were going to get it easily. That was until the New Jersey Devils woke up from whatever hockey coma they had been in and started to win games. The Devils won Game 5 last night against the Kings, making the series 3-2.
The Devils won, 2-1, Saturday night. This is the first time the Kings have lost consecutive games in the Playoffs. And I think it has everyone questioning, what’s going on? King’s goalie Jonathan Quick seemed like a brick wall when it came to scoring but now is definitely showing his cracks. Quick helped the Devils score one of their points. As Quick was trying to play the puck away from the net, Devils’ Zach Parise came and stuffed it in. Hockey is so hard to describe just watch it:
Now the question is can the Kings get the momentum back their way? Are they too beat up to bring this series home? We will find out soon.
If we learned anything from the Miami Heat/Boston Celtics Game 7 on Saturday it was that LeBron James really wants a Championship win. It must really be getting to him that he could be the only 3 time MVP in NBA History to not win a Championship. I can’t blame him because what’s the point of being an MVP if you can’t lead your team to victory. In the Heat’s last stand against the Celtics James scored 31 points and had 12 rebounds.
It felt like old times last night with Miami’s Big Three reunited: James, Dwayne Wade, and Chris Bosh. Bosh who has been little help in the past two games made a come back last night scoring an amazing 3-pointer that put the Heat on a run to the finish. In the 4th quarter the Big 3 outscored the Celtics, 28-15. With Bosh now back in the fold the Thunder better start worrying about controlling their scoring. In Saturday night’s game alone The Big 3 scored 73 points together making up 2/3 of the Heat’s total scoring.
It was clear to everyone watching last night’s fight that Manny Pacquiao beat Timothy Bradley. All of the rounds went to Pacquaio except one according to FOX Sports coverage. The Associated Press had Pacquaio winning 117-111. Pacquaio clearly landed more punches. Bradley landed 159 punches and Pacquaio had 253. It seemed so decided that people started to leave the bar before the decision was announced. The camera panned to Bradley’s wife who was almost in tears. No one was happy that Pacquaio had won but it seemed fair. Then everything changed the announcer came on declared that Bradley was the winner. In a split decision two judges picked Bradley. And with that people started to mourn the loss of boxing as a real sport. It went just like this:
SHOCK: What? Are you f****** kidding?
DENIAL: This is totally rigged. That’s why they already set-up a rematch in November.
ANGER: I’m never watching boxing again. This is bullshit. One of the judges never even judged a match before.
BARGAINING: Can they overturn this decision? I mean they can watch the tapes?
DEPRESSION: That fight was terrible. There is no point of watching boxing unless Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather fight.
I think we all knew that boxing had given way to capitalism. It was no longer about the quality of the fighter but his ability to gain the media’s attention. Skill doesn’t sell tickets to fights but hype does. Bradley is the perfect example of this. He has been a champion fighter since 2008 but no one knew him. That’s because Bradley doesn’t sell himself as a villain like Mayweather. He doesn’t say crazy things just get more tickets sold, he just fights. And man it would have been nice to see him win on his own merits instead of becoming the pawn of the boxing machine. Now who wants tickets for the rematch?