It’s been an extremely entertaining week for sports fans since this time last Monday, with the NBA Finals, NHL’s Stanley Cup Finals, as well as the NCAA college world series for baseball and softball.
To start, Dallas stunned me personally, and I’m assuming many other parts of the NBA world by not only beating Miami in 6, but going through the struggle they did to even get to the Finals. I had Dallas-Portland pegged as being one of the more entertaining series in the first round, and it did turn out to be a good one, with Dallas coming out 4-2 over the Trailblazers. Next up for the Mavericks was the shocking 4-0 sweep against the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers, which really sent the sports world its first sign that these Dallas Mavericks were for real. Coming off the momentum of taking down the Lakers, Dallas next had to face NBA’s up-and-coming team of younger players, the Oklahoma City Thunder. This series showed a lot of emotion coming out of both clubs, but particularly the Thunder, as Kevin Durant and the rest of the team crumbled as Dallas shot out to an early series lead. The Thunder players were devastated as you could tell they felt this was their season, but no worries Thunder fans, the sky is the limit for this team and they’ll put something special together over the course of the next few years. When it came time to begin the Finals, nobody was showing much love for this Dallas team since it was being thrown against the hottest team on the block this year, the Miami Heat. I felt like Dallas had a chance to win but I won’t lie, when Dallas fell behind 2-1 I saw this series slipping away too quickly for the Mavs to do anything about it, and they proved me wrong. As a Celtics fan, I wasn’t going to be affected either way by the outcome, and was able to sit back and enjoy the 2011 NBA finals for what they were, true entertainment from start to finish. Congratulations to MVP Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks, world champions!
This week also saw the Arizona State Lady Sun Devils take home the NCAA softball championship with two big victories over the SEC’s Florida Gators. Coming into this I was looking for Florida to keep their bats going as they were against Alabama, hitting HR’s and RBI’s left and right. Instead, Arizona State turned the tables on the Gators, running off to a 14-0 lead in game 1 before winning 14-4. The PAC-10 proved that they are still the center of the softball world.
On the other hand, the baseball college world series is also underway as teams began punching their tickets to Omaha last week. As far as the SEC goes, Mississippi State and Florida played an intense 3-game series that saw the Gators win both games 2 and 3 in exciting fashion to make their 2nd consecutive trip to Omaha. As for Vanderbilt and South Carolina, their tickets have been punched as well and the three remaining SEC teams will wait for action to resume June 18th.
Tonight, hockey fans will be tuned into game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals as the Vancouver Canucks try to close out the Boston Bruins and take home the trophy rather than seeing this series go the full seven games. This match-up has been up and down with offense and defense, as it started out with several low scoring games before the Bruins put together two offensive onslaughts to get back in this series. Tim Thomas has played very tough but sadly has let two 1-0 losses keep the Canucks with the advantage in this series. Vancouver’s other win? 4-3. So all 1 point games that the Bruins could have used. I’m expecting Boston to come out strong with their backs against the wall tonight to push this exciting series to the brink in forcing a game 7.