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Monday News, Views, & Notes

Posted by Matt on May 28, 2007

We idolize a lot of sports personalities on this website but the true heroes are those shown above, our soldiers. The members of the United States Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps, who serve voluntarily so that we don’t have to, so that we can enjoy such freedoms as complaining about the Reds day-in and day-out, deserve our utmost respect and admiration. Happy Memorial Day, on to today….

  • The Indianapolis 500 was both highly entertaining and somewhat disappointing. The amount of lead changes involved, especially in the beginning, made watching the race very exciting but the multiple bouts with the rain were rather frustrating. The one redeeming factor was the Kentucky connection in the Winner’s Circle with Dario Franchitti taking home the checkered flag in the rain-shortened race. Dario is, of course, the husband of University of Kentucky advocate Ashley Judd, who was given plenty of face time on television with the victory. Congratulations are in order for the Franchitti/Judd family.
  • The Coca-Cola 600 was a great race, as usual, and was extremely exciting down the finish as drivers were wrestling with the decision to pit for fuel or stay on the track. Some drivers were calculated to be a mere half-lap short on fuel. My pick to win, Jimmie Johnson, did not but Hendricks Motor Sports continued it’s dominance of the 2007 Nextel Cup Season as first-time-winner, and Hendrick Motor Sports team member, Casey Mears took home the checkered flag. It was so fitting to see a Mears in Victory Lane on the day of the Indianapolis 500 as Casey’s uncle, Rick Mears, was a dominant Indy Car Series driver in his day and was a four-time winner of the Indianapolis 500. This was all on top of the fact that Casey drives the National Guard Chevrolet and won on this Memorial Day Weekend.
  • The Cincinnati Reds lost to the Shitsburgh Pirates in a grueling “pitcher’s duel” by a final score of 14-10, the duel not being the traditional 1-0 game but more to see which team has the worst Bullpen. Listen, if you score ten runs and lose, pack it up.
  • The Cleveland Cavaliers took the first step in making the Eastern Conference Finals interesting and any talk about LeBron James not being a big-game player can take a lunch break as “Bron Bron” dropped 32-points on the defensive-minded Detroit Pistons to go along with 9-rebounds and 9-assists. I watched the majority of the game, including the Second Half and down the stretch, and James was giving instruction with Veteran-like suave and he is only 22-years-old. Hopefully this series continues to heat up. In other NBA action, the Utah Jazz have a chance to draw even with the San Antonio Spurs at home in the Western Conference Finals tonight at 9:00PM EST on ESPN and should be a great game to watch.

The only other big news of the day is the New England Patriots’ DE Marquise Hill has reportedly gone missing after a Jetski accident and is currently being looked for by the Coast Guard in New Orleans, Louisiana. We will keep you posted as this tragedy develops and hopefully more general content to come this afternoon and tomorrow.


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