Sunday, June 5, 2011

My sports world today: Getting over the Bruins, crazy Red Sox game, French Open and more

The Stanley Cup game 2 and the Bruins loss was another devastating blow last night.  After leading 2-1 in the 3rd they allowed on equalising goal and then lost the game after 11 secs in OT.  It's easy to be frustrated at Burrows who played well and probably should have been suspended after blatantly biting Bergeron in Game 1 on camera for all to see.  Why was he not suspended?  Anyway he wasn't and the Bruins did not show a lot of heart in the 3rd period and obviously OT.  I was fired up when LaPierre stuck his finger in Bergeron's face taunting him to bite him.  WTF? Chara looked out of gas and he really should have dragged Burrows down at the end there.  Very disappointing.  Got to move on and now they will be back in Boston and hopefully show some of the heart that got them here in the first place.

On the other hand the Red Sox came out with a thrilling win in 14 innings over Oakland thanks to a walk off single from recent whipping boy JD Drew.  What a crazy game.  I thought (as I am sure many others as well) that the game was over when it was 7-3 in the 9th.  Then the A's score 4 in the 9th, Papelbon and Varitek were ejected in separate incidents and Pedrioa made a costly error that could have ended the game and the game was tied.  Anyway they were lucky to get away with the win and it was good entertainment.  The Yankees and Rays both won last night as well so Boston is a game behing NY and the Rays are 3 games behind.  As always it looks like it will come down to the wire and will be interesting when NY comes to town next week.

PGA:  Steve Stricker appears in command at the Memorial with one round to play today.  He is 3 shots ahead of Byrd and 4 shots ahead of Kuchar and Jobe.  Aussie Marc Leishman shot 6 under yesterday to be 6 under overall but may to too far behind to win.  The biggest ever lead blown in a PGA event with 18 to play is 6 strokes (5 players have done it including Greg Normand and Sergio Garcia here) and I can't see Stricker crumbking like that today.  Aussie Rod Pampling was in great position after 54 holes at 6 under but could only shoot even par yesterday and therefore is also at 6 under.  He should get valuable points today to help him regain his card if he plays well.

French Open final starts in about 2 minutes :  Federer v Nadal.  Federer's win over Djokovic was absolutely inspirational.  Today promises to be just the same.  Can't wait.  Congrats to Na Li for winning the women's final and the first Asian woman to do so.  Just imagine if China becomes a force in the world of tennis?  They could dominate for a long time.

A quick mention that the Socceroos had a 3-0 win over New Zealand yesterday in a freindly match.  Glad to see that they are looking to the future, Schwarzer, Kewell and Cahill are not getting any younger.

Also the NSW Blues picked their side for the 2nd State of Origin match.  Will they every learn?  They were unlucky in Game 1 losing to Queensland int he last 5 minutes to a great try.  Now they make 5 changes including moving Gallen to prop, Hopoate in the centres who is in his first season and may not be playing in the NRL next year, Jarred Hayne on the wing, Kurt Gidley on the bench.  Should be interesting.

So today I will be watching the French Open final now, keeping an eye on the PGA scoreboard and watching the Red Sox later.  NBA finals game 3 tonight as well!  Another beautiful sunny day here in Boston!  Enjoy!

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