by John Walters

Starting Five

Curry and K.D. combined for 61 points in Game 7.

Two by Four

Cleveland will meet Golden State in the NBA Finals for the fourth consecutive time. That’s never happened in NBA, NFL, MLB or NHL history.

It didn’t come easy. The Cavs and Dubs both needed to win Game 7s on the road. While the HOFers on both teams displayed mettle, they got help from the upstarts. Boston went ice cold in the last five minutes of the fourth quarter and shot 7-39 from beyond the arc in Game 7 (Terry Rozier was 0-10). Houston, meanwhile, set an NBA record with 27 consecutive misses from beyond the arc in Game 7, shooting 7-44.

Still, credit both the Cavs and Dubs from overcoming 3-2 deficits and the Dubs especially for overcoming double-digit halftime deficits in both Games 6 and 7. In the second halves of both games, Golden State outscored Houston by a combined 58 points.

2. Gareth Bale-Out

Goal No. 1

The Champions League final between Liverpool and Real Madrid was knotted 1-1 in Kiev after 60 minutes when the Spanish side decided to sub in Gareth Bale. In the match’s final 29 minutes he scored two goals and nearly got a hat trick in leading Real to its third consecutive Champions League championship.

Goal No. 2 (above)

Because Bale is Welsh and the Wales must qualify as its own nation as opposed to being part of Great Britain, you won’t be seeing him in Russia when the World Cup begins in a little more than two weeks.. That’s a shame.

3. Jakob’s Ladder

Norway is not renowned for producing great milers. Finland, yes (Paavo Nurmi). And yes, Grete Waitz was Norwegian but she was a marathoner.

Well, now it has. At the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene last Saturday 17 year-old Jakob Ingebrigtsen crushed it with a 3:52 mile. Last year on this same track on this same weekend Ingebrigtsen ran a 3:58, becoming the first 16 year-old ever to crack sub-4 (legally) and also the first person born in the 2000s to do so.

4. Water-Logged

A flash flood in Ellicot City, Maryland, about 13 miles west of Baltimore, caused major damage and swept away at least one National Guard member. Said Maryland governor Larry Hogan, “They say this is a once in every 1,000 years flood, and we’ve had two of them in two years.”

5. Will Power + Horse Power = Checkered Flag

After a crash with 12 laps to go in the Indianapolis 500, the cars went under the yellow. On the restart a few laps later Will Power, who finished 2nd three years ago with the Penske team, surged ahead and won easily. The 37 year-old Aussie was the runner-up in 2015 by just 1/10th of a second.

Music 101

Day By Day

This hit from the 1972 musical Godspell was released as a single and reached No. 13 on the Billboard charts and every middle school talent show in the U.S.A. that year had two earnest girls performing it. In the single release, the vocal credits went to the cast of the show—lead singer Robin Lamont was not individually credited. She’d later go on to appear in the Seventies horror classic He Knows You’re Alone, then earn a law degree and become a district attorney in Westchester County (now we feel incredibly slothful).

Remote Patrol

Steve Martin & Martin Short

An Evening You Will Forget For The Rest Of Your Life


It’s hard to appreciate, if you were not around for it, what a superstar Steve Martin became in the late 1970s. His concerts sold out as if he were Taylor Swift and “A Wild And Crazy Guy” was an album you actually wanted to own (“Some people have a way with words; others………not have way“). Anyway, at about the same time Martin Short was making a name for himself as this quirky comic on SCTV, a Toronto-based sketch comedy show which would air on Friday nights late on NBC and which was in danger of upstaging SNL—so Lorne Michaels, a Canadian himself, poached Short from the cast as a two-fer. Anyway, here they are with their own two-man live show.

5 thoughts on “IT’S ALL HAPPENING!

  1. JDubs -what did you think of the Steve Martin Short show? I liked it, but didn’t love it. The “adlib” insults were clearly rehearsed, and while there’s nothing wrong with being fulling prepared, you don’t like it to be so obvious. Not great, but a worth-watching nostalgia presentation.

    • I watched the first 10 minutes and then resumed my personal “West Wing” marathon (midway through Season 4). I’ll get around to it but I feel, from my toe dip, that your review is accurate.

  2. Sweet Pea versus the Supervillains, Part IIII: LeBron’s not done yet

    I’m unabashedly donning my LeBron jersey (figuratively, at least) for the next two weeks (hopefully) and will disengage myself from any logical thoughts for this brief period of time.

    Susie B., it is time. Go Cavs!

    • 🙂 🙂 🙂 Sweet Pea’s 8 STRAIGHT! 8 STRAIGHT! Er, guess we can call it “STREIGHT!” 🙂 🙂 🙂

      Jacob, do you really think the Cavs have a chance against the Supervillains unless Draymond gets suspended for 2 or more games AND Durant can play no more than the 1st game due to injury? I know the SV “look” a teensy bit vulnerable because they had to go 7 games against the Rockets & were down by more than 10 at halftime last night but I STILL never thought they wouldn’t make it to the Finals unless calamity occurred. MAYBE if CP had been able to play, but I don’t think even then unless there’s something BAD going on within the Supervillains that hasn’t been revealed in public. Hmmmmmmmm.

      My “win” is that LeBron got his team to the Finals for the 8th straight time. Whoooo-eeeee! Of course I WANT him to win another championship (at least 2 more actually), but if this version of the Cavs beat the Supervillains, then not only will it be an even bigger accomplishment than the 2016 championships (down 3-1 & beating a 73-win team) but it will be one of the biggest upsets in sports history, don’t you think? I actually think more highly of the Cav core 5 than most of the media, but let’s be honest, they haven’t all played that great in every game! And Sweet Pea cannot play 48 minutes in EVERY Finals game!

      Did you watch Cavs-Celtics Game 7? Both teams played poorly & I can’t believe I’m saying this after the past season, but the Cavs’ DEFENSE is what allowed them to win that game! That, & that the Celtics completely choked with about 4 minutes to go. You could see it on their faces. They seemed to be in shock that they were ALL OF A SUDDEN losing & then panicked & couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn (reminded me of the Warriors in the final 6 minutes of 2016 Cavs-Warriors Game 7). That the Cavs were poised in comparison almost made me fall off the couch. 🙂

      I’m just going to TRY to enjoy the games & hope-hope-hope the Cavs win 2 (or more) of them. Of course, I (along with every Cavs fan &/or denizen of Northeast OH) have been worrying ALL SEASON about what’s next for LeBron. I WANT him to be able to win more titles & the window is probably no more than 4 years tops, so I GUESS I can rationalize my way to being ok with him going somewhere else… long as it’s NOT the damn Lakers or Supervillains!

      Well, I’ll TRY to not think about July & just enjoy watching the magnificence that is LeBron ‘Sweet Pea’ James during the month of June, my lifelong FAVORITE month. Go Cavs! 🙂

      • On paper, the Warriors are most definitely a better team and “should” beat the Cavs in 4.

        However, this is 1) sports and 2) LeBron is in a different gear right now. It’d be hard to go 40 + minutes for 6 or 7 more games, but I’ve never doubted LeBron before. We shall see.

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