For some reason, this particular summer break felt longer than those in the past. Maybe it was the never-ending Neymar gossip, or the fact that the Gold Cup was mostly tedious and underwhelming, but in any case, the PREMIER LEAGUE IS BACK (as well as all your other favorite European Leagues). To get you even more ready for the kickoffs this weekend, we ran through some of top stories.
The All Star game is just around the corner! You’ve all filled out your ballot, now check out ours. Filled with mostly unbiased opinions, but I fully admit I have several ballots with an Adam Jones vote because who doesn’t love Adam Jones? Here’s our All Star squad:
The NBA offseason has been 100% bananas since last Friday when rumblings began of a Sixers-Celtics trade for the top pick in the draft. Since then, we have seen a few big trades already happen (Philly nabbing the top pick, Russell to Brooklyn, Dwight to Charlotte) and a few superstars being dangled as trade bait by their teams (Paul George, Jimmy Butler, Kevin Love, and somehow Kristaps Porzingis).
The third and final leg of the 2017 Triple Crown is upon us. It’s been two years since American Pharoah made his historic run in the Belmont Stakes to end the 37 year drought and for back to back years now, we head to this final leg without even a shot at another Triple Crown. Always Dreaming started out very strong but as they made the turn for the finish, he fell back and would finish the race in 8th place ending his shot at a Triple Crown. Always Dreaming has also decided to sit out the final leg this weekend. The winner of the Preakness Stakes, CLoud Computing, will also not be making the trip to New York marking the first time since 2010 that the Preakness winner will not race in the Belmont Stakes. In fact, there is only one horse will be starting on Saturday that has also made starts in both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes this year. That horse is Lookin At Lee (finished 2nd at the Kentucky Derby and 4th at the Preakness Stakes).
NB: Cavaliers in 6. A large part of me believes that the Warriors will sweep the Cavs and go fo’ fo’ fo’ fo’. Golden State obviously just laid waste to the West after destroying the league all season. They employ not one, not two, not three, but FOUR star players, including the last three MVP Award Winners (Durant in 2014, Curry in 2015 and 2016). The Dubs also have a huge chip on their shoulder after blowing the Finals last year after winning 73 games. You can look at the 2014 Spurs and and 2012 Heat as prime examples of teams going back to the Finals and winning the year after losing. Vegas also has the Warriors as heavy favorites (-255) and they didn’t get to build fancy hotels all over town by being wrong about these things.
Bruce Arena announced a 27 (!) man roster for three upcoming games over the next couple weeks and it’s one that should make most fans happy. It is a very deep and strong list of players for this June camp that will culminate in a second crack at Mexico at the Azteca in Mexico City on June 11. After the disastrous first match against El Tri in Columbus, it will be something of a revenge game for team and a great early bellwether for how the team plays under Arena. We’ll have more on the site closer to that match, but first a look at the roster.
For some of us, this Memorial Day weekend marks the beginning of the summer. For others, it marks the end of the College Lacrosse season. It’s Final Four Weekend! And guess who is back? That’s right, the Maryland Terrapins. The Terps will be making their 4th consecutive trip to Final Four Weekend and will still be looking to end their championship drought, which is now up to 42 after falling just short last year.