published Monday, June 16th, 2014

5-at-10: All about the Madness

We're almost back in the saddle. We are in town — but have to spend this morning playing golf at the Honors. Yes, it's a tough gig some times. So it goes.

So from the "Talks too much" studios, as my man Eric Church has told us, "I believe the Sabbath is a day of rest; The tax man and the Devil share the same address."

So we're moving quickly today, with who won and who lost the weekend. We'll deliver five (feel free to share your views here or share with us on Press Row from 3-6 today):

* Winner: Gregg Popovich. The Spurs coach landed his fifth championship and now is third in all-time NBA titles behind Phil Jackson, who cherry-picked a couple of star-studded line-ups, and Red Auerbach, who coached in a completely different era. Popovich, for our coin, is now the best professional coach of the salary-cap era. Period.

* Loser: Chris Bosh. Dude got dunked on by Manu Ginobili. Yes, a 35-plus-year-old foreigner dunked on Bosh, a 7-footer who is among the 10-highest paid players in the NBA. Bosh was virtually a non-factor throughout the NBA Finals, averaging 14 points and five boards in the five games and getting to the foul line a grand total of 11 times. Bosh has become a 3-point-shooting specialist — he averaged more 3s than free throws in the finals — which seems wasteful for the guy that was the highest-paid player (along with LeBron James) on the floor in the NBA Finals.

* Winner: Martin Kaymer. Dude was nearly flawless and cruised to the U.S. Open by like 12 billion shots. We would know the exact score but it was so boring and blah-tastic that we turned it off and watered the flowers. Which brings us to....

* Loser: Golf. Gang, we're a fan of the grand old game and actually want to find an interesting angle and whatnot. But this is the second major of the year — and the two most interesting tournaments on the calendar — that was a snoozefest. Kaymer's brilliance on Thursday and Friday were a big part of the Father's Day nap that was Sunday's final round, but egad, that was no fun.

* Losers: All of us, because Casey Kasem died this weekend. Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars.

Question(s) — Of course you can say who won the weekend. If you need one how about a Rushmore of DJ's in honor of Casey — "This long distance dedication is in honor of Patty..." — or a Rushmore of Gregs in honor of Pop.


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WilliamRscott said...

How about a Rushmore of 'Gregs' w/ great nicknames? Like Moc great Greg "Boomer" Cater + Phightin' Phil Greg "The Bull" Luzinski. I went to HS w/ a guy we called Groovy Greg...dude was out there...


June 16, 2014 at 10:26 a.m.
BIspy4 said...

I wore my Honors hat yesterday at Hooters. Not the same as playing The Honors this morning, but it'll do.

Gregg Jefferies.

Greg Anthony

Graig Nettles

Former Celtics center Greg Kite. OK, maybe not so much.

RIP, Tony Gwynn. In his youth, he was also a terrific basestealer and a very good defensive outfielder. And he was always one of the best hitters ever to dig in a major league batter's box.

A 4-1 NBA Finals and most of the games held very little drama at all. A 4-1 NHL Final and most of the games were absolutely terrific. Three into OT, another with a last-minute shot not getting all the way in and the finale in double OT.

And an early lookahead to the Ryder Cup. This does not bode well for the U.S. Tiger's hurt (and his Ryder Cup record is spotty), Phil is a mess and while Rory is up and down, Justin Rose is playing well, Kaymer might be the best player right now and there's still Donald, Westwood and Henrik Stenson, not to mention Victor Dubuisson, who won a WGC event in Arizona this year.

June 16, 2014 at 12:18 p.m.
Stewwie said...

At least LeBron never quit during the five-game sweep. He did his part, but he rarely showed the needed grit to inspire his teammates to also do their parts. This is what separates him from Kobe and MJ. And it's why he is now 2-3 in Finals.

I think LeBron would be foolish to leave Miami. Not because of a Decision 2.0 backlash, but because Miami gives him a great chance to still compete for titles. Wade is showing his age a little bit, but he's not done yet. If they beef up their bench a bit, they'll be fine (though Bosh will continue to be overpaid). If Bron goes anywhere, it ought to be Chicago.

Gregg Popovich has done an outstanding job as head coach of the Spurs. Winning 5 championships is no small achievement. That said, he is not better than Phil Jackson. Yes, you need talent to win, but it's not so simple as just having "MJ and Scottie" or "Shaq and Kobe" on the team. In fact, it's ironic that when the Lakers put their best team (on paper) together in 2003-2004, that team failed to win it all.

Jackson had his famous twosomes leading the way. But Coach Pop has never lacked for talent on his teams either and his threesome of Duncan/Parker/Ginobili is one of the best of all time. And considering that Pop has always had such an unselfish group of leaders and role players, I would even argue that Dr. Phil had a tougher job winning titles with his drama-laden groups than Pop did with his. And let's also remember that Phil went 4-1 in series against Pop. The one time he lost was when he missed at least a game due to a heart blockage that required time in the hospital.

June 16, 2014 at 1:46 p.m.
BIspy4 said...

How could I leave out Greg "The Hammer" Valentine?

June 16, 2014 at 2:03 p.m.
GratefulDawg said...

With the passing of Casey Kasem, not only did we lose a legendary disc jockey but also the voice of Shaggy from Scooby Doo.

Kasem is certainly on the Rushmore of DJ's. Wolfman Jack is there as well. "Big Daddy" Tom Donahue was a true DJ that went with free-form radio over corporate playlists and radio cuts so he is certainly Rushmore worthy and greatly missed in the landscape of current radio. Last, but certainly not least, is Alan Freed. The Moondog gave us the term "rock n' roll" and is one of the founding fathers of rock music. Freed was a rebel to the end and while the witch-hunt of trumped up "payola" allegations effectively killed his radio career, his legacy is bulletproof.

Spy mentioned Greg "The Hammer" Valentine. I was once on the same plane with Valentine. Between Atlanta and Chicago that guy really hammered the supply of booze on the plane. He didn't cause any trouble, but the man was an impressive specimen in the world of alcohol indulgence.

June 16, 2014 at 2:47 p.m.
sportsfan said...

Jay- welcome back. As you know, I'm older than I look, but Casey Kasem wasn't in my wheelhouse growing up. However, put me down for Barnes, Leslie, and Jimmy during morning drive time on 99X in the ATL. In the mid 90's I spent a lot of time stuck in am trafiic in Atlanta and they made me laugh out loud in my car which made the commute almost tolerable.

June 16, 2014 at 7:28 p.m.
John_Proctor said...

Well played Dawg, you covered just about all of them. However, don't omit Cousin Brucie from your list. Yes, he is still going strong on paid radio but it just isn't the same as trying to pick him out of the static during late nights sitting up listening to the AM clear channel stations.

June 16, 2014 at 7:57 p.m.
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