1-Man’s Opinion on Sports-Monday “Monday Memo”
Golf’s Great Day…..all the big names were gone come cut day in the US Open. What was left behind were a list of no names. No longer. What a performance by West Virginian Brooks Koepka, by way of Florida State. He ripped 3-straight birdies at 14-15-16…and hit 7-straight pressure putts in a row to run away from the field. No Phil-Tiger-McIlroy-Day-Dustin Johnson. Beat back the challengers, and beat a very long course with very high rough. Pretty impressive.
Padres Play…sometimes they win..sometimes they lose. Hard to figured how really good they are becoming, or is it just how really bad the teams are they are beating, Royals, Reds, Brewers. Making progress with kids, but still far away from being competitive every day.
Dodgers Do It….You many not like the Dodgers for a ton of reasons that stretch from Tommy LaSorda’s mouth to the Guggenheim never ending budget, but you have to respect all the things Dave Roberts has brought to that dugout. Stability, leadership, rules, and the ability to survive a ton of injuries to his pitching staff and nagging injuries to key guys in the everyday lineup.
NBA Hoops…who knows what the Lakers are thinking heading to the NBA draft. They’ve had two looks now at Lonzo Ball, but the rumors are rampant…they have to take him….no there’s too much risk and others have bigger upside. You wonder if the 76ers-Celtics trade for the top pick changes everything atop the board? The latest mock draft at Sports Illustrated, shows Lonzo falling to 5th to Sacramento. Wonder what LavVar, the mouthy dad, would think about that.?
Hockey Hotlines…Have we an interesting 72-hours ahead of us with the NHL expansion draft, the entry draft, then free agency? The Las Vegas Golden Knights have 68M cap space to use, have a loaded list of veteran players to choose from off the unprotected list, and the ability to make some trades to stockpile a bunch of future draft picks. Watch what GM George McPhee does.
Fascinating-Furious….Just asking is this a money grab and nothing more, or might something really unique happen in August? This Floyd Mayweather-COnor McGregor 155-pound title fight matching the boxing legend against the UFC champ. Big time fight or big time fraud?
Father’s Day…Special time to remember a Dad I forever miss…who was taken from me and my brothers way too early….forever saddened by that..but truly believe I will see him in the next life. Best gift I can have for my day, the success of my sons and the right decisions I hope they will make in their life going forward.