After all of the fun had making jokes about the Eagles in our NFL Draft Live Blog, we thought it would be a good idea to try our hats at it again for the NBA Draft. As always, this will be a mix of instant analysis, hot takes, and playful banter between our Head & Heart Sports contributors.
The NBA Draft is upon us. After a thrilling season and playoffs, it is time to look forward to the future. We are excited to see these star college and international players finally join the ranks of the Association. Experts have labeled this as a two player draft between Ben Simmons and Brandon Ingram, but we think there is value up and down the board for teams. Many of today’s stars were not top picks in the draft including Kawhi Leonard (#15 overall), Jimmy Butler (#30), Draymond Green (#35), and DeAndre Jordan (#35). When we look back at the 2016 draft in a few years, who will be the Kawhi and Draymond of 2016?
Look at that, we made the semifinals! Since I think the U.S. has now achieved exactly what the expectation should have been for the Copa America, they are playing with house money. The match against Ecuador was the ideal version of the current USMNT. The first half showcased the evolution of the team, as they did well in both controlling the pace, stringing together excellent passing sequences, and looking dangerous in controlled attacking moves. It all led to a Clint Dempsey goal that was very deserved. The second half, after absolute chaos resulted in two red cards, was a reemergence of the best of the older U.S. style of play, full of grit and fight, which also gave us a Dempsey-involved goal (albeit, in a more ugly fashion).
Wow. What a game, what a series, and what an NBA season. LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers came back from a 3-1 series deficit to beat the defending champion, record-setting 73 win Golden State Warriors. Here’s our reactions following an epic Game 7 including our winners, losers, and hottest takes.
The American League East is annually the most talked about division in all of baseball. While not always the best division, when you have big media markets and historic clubs like the Yankees and Red Sox, you’re going to get some big time attention. Throw in all the rivalries and the fact that since 2010 every team has at least one division title and you’ve got the premier division in Major League Baseball.
This year appears to be one of the seasons where the division actually warrants all of the attention. Entering play on Friday, only 6.5 games separate the first place Orioles and the last place Rays. The A.L. East is the only division where it’s this close from top to bottom. In fact the Cubs, Giants and Rangers all have at least a 6 game lead or larger over second place in their respective divisions. With all five east teams making their case for a run at a division title, we will break down each team in order of where they currently sit in the standings entering a big weekend of baseball.
Full disclosure: I only caught the back 45 minutes of the USMNT game against Paraguay, in which they survived going down to 10 men, won 1-0 and sealed their place in the knockout rounds of the Copa America. However, I saw enough to know two things: (a) DeAndre Yedlin still has some learning to do and (b) this team wants to go the distance. There might be some disagreement on what, exactly, “the distance” should be for this team, but more on that later. First, we need to celebrate the U.S. overcoming their 2-0 loss to Colombia by throttling Costa Rica 4-0 and surviving Paraguay 1-0.
The U.S. Open begins tomorrow morning at Oakmont Country Club outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This year will mark the ninth time that the U.S. Open will be held at Oakmont, and the first time since 2007 when Angel Cabrera edged Tiger Woods and Jim Furyk by one stroke to win the tournament at a score of +5. Oakmont, as most U.S. Open hosts tend to be, will be an incredibly difficult golf course for the professionals to play. The rough is high and fierce, the greens are fast and near impossible to navigate, and the course is filled with over 200 bunkers. But hey, at least the trees are gone. While the course itself is always one of the main talking points at any major, the biggest story in golf for both casual observers and die hard fans is 22 year-old phenom Jordan Spieth.