The hockey and basketball champions have been determined so that means it’s officially football season. Isn’t it always?
Actually it was kind of a bummer seeing the hockey season end. That’s the most fun I’ve had watching an LA team play since the Showtime Lakers. The Kings won three game sevens on the road and came back from a 3-0 deficit in games to beat the San Jose Sharks. They were down in each of the first two games to the Rangers in the Stanley Cup Finals and won two double overtime games including the series clincher last Friday night.
It may be one of the most incredible runs in recent history. Justin Williams was named the Conn Smythe Trophy winner (MVP) but it could have been at least six or seven other guys. The Kings are on the verge of a hockey dynasty. Who would have ever thought you would see Kings and dynasty in the same sentence?
Oh and by the way I resent being called a bandwagon Kings fan. I’ve actually been following the Kings since the mid seventies when they played at the Fabulous Forum and wore the purple and gold. They didn’t rank as high for me as the Rams, Dodgers and Lakers but they were always my hockey team. I loved the Triple Crown line of Dave Taylor, Charlie Simmer and Marcel Dionne. I rooted for Rogie Vachon and even guys named Shelly Kannegiesser and Danny Maloney. Anybody remember Whitey Widing?
If the United States wins the World Cup and you see me cheering go ahead and call me bandwagon but when it comes to the Kings? No way Cosmo.
The Spurs however haven’t always been my team but that was just beautiful to watch. You know the whole team is working when 22 year old Kawhi Leonard is the MVP. Who knew Patty Mills could shoot like that? And a lot of people right now are saying ‘Patty who?’ That’s just a testament to how well San Antonio played together. Nice to see Tim Duncan, one of the NBA nice guys, get another title.
It wasn’t really surprising that the Spurs won the series but the way they manhandled Miami was shocking.
For the Heat the run appears to be over but it was a nice run. If you were told that over the next four years your team would play in four straight championships and win two I’m sure you would take it. LeBron James looked like he was going one on five for the better part of the last three games. James can’t be blamed for this loss. He couldn’t have done much more. Dwyane Wade looks like he aged 10 years in just this series. The Heat needs help. The question now is has James played his last game in South Beach?
By the way are Gregg Popovich and Darryl Sutter the same guy?
Tim can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @tspeterson40