Thursday, May 3, 2012
Behind The Scoreboard
Hockey, football and hoops
Dear readers, you all are going to have to forgive me for the bit of license which I feel that I must take although it gives me both pain and grief. Oh, we are still going to cover the lead up to the NBA playoffs but there have been a few happenings which are impossible to overlook.
We don’t often get into covering hockey in these columns but there was a game in the NHL playoffs that set off a firestorm of racial tweets. Coming from one who neither tweets nor twitters, the comments which were made after Joel Ward made a goal which eliminated the Bruins from the playoffs in the NHL have no place in any sport. The goal was scored in overtime. The Bruins are from Boston and the Capitals are in Washington. Some of the sites have been shut down after the denigrating tweets reached 40. There is no immediate remedy for such ignorant utterances and time will be the only deterrent.
I know that it probably pains some of you as it does me to mention football since the season is so far away. However, the draft was held last weekend and it appears that this season the emphasis was on quarterbacks. The signal-callers went high in the selections with some carrying enormous expectations. Probably the one with the biggest target on his jersey is Andrew Luck of Stanford. The Cardinal has to try and fill the void left by Peyton Manning. Luck was taken number one overall by the Colts. The Colts had not made a number one selection overall since they drafted Manning back in 1998.
The next QB to go was Robert Griffin III, perhaps better known as RDIII by his fans. He was taken second by the Washington Redskins. The selection was not as pre-ordained as many thought. The Redskins had given the St. Louis Rams three first round picks, period, to seal the deal. The other high profile QB was Ryan Tannehill of Texas A&M. He will be trying to give the Dolphins’ fans new hope.
And now to the NBA. This past weekend wrapped up the final games in the regular season and all the playoff participants have been identified. Chicago and San Antonio clinched the Eastern and Western Conferences, respectively. Out of the East behind Chi-town are Miami, Indiana, Boston, Atlanta, Orlando New York and Philly.
Out of the West behind San Antone are Oklahoma City, L.A. Lakers, Memphis, L.A. Clippers, Denver, Dallas and Utah.
The Memphis Grizzlies are entering the playoffs as a hot property. They have won 13 of their last 16. They were scheduled to open their home court advantage playoff run on Sunday evening against the L.A. Clippers.
We all hope that this is not a fizz.
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