On the Docket – June 18, 2012

Tiger chooses Perkins pancakes over the U.S. Open

After shooting an impressive 1-under par on the first day of the U.S. Open, Tiger Woods never recaptured that same magic as he failed to win his first major in four years.  There is no question that The Olympic Club in San Francisco was a difficult course as no one finished under par.  Webb Simpson (no relation to Homer or Bart) won at +1 and finished six strokes ahead of Woods.  Tiger must have been distracted by female staff serving clam chowder in bread bowls on the course. 

Feeling the Heat

The Oklahoma City Thunder are starting to show their age (or lack thereof) as they come off a Game 3 loss to the Heat in Miami.  After winning Game 1 of the NBA Finals with an impressive 4th quarter comeback, the Thunder fell just short in Game 2 before taking their talents to South Beach for Game 3.  However, there appeared to be some dissention on the Oklahoma City bench as Russell Westbrook looked pissed off when coach Scott Brooks sat him down at the same time Kevin Durant was benched after picking up his fourth foul.  Westbrook is immensely talented but also volatile.  OKC needs him to keep his cool and stay under control if they have any hope of slowing down King James and D-Wade who have been playing the type of championship basketball that was expected of them.  That doesn’t change the fact that almost everyone wants to see the Heat go down in Flames.

Stay classy, San Diego

Former NFL MVP LaDainian Tomlinson signed a one-day contract with the San Diego Chargers and will officially retire from professional football.  It is a fitting end to a Hall of Fame career for L.T. to leave the game wearing the colors he was most known for.  Unfortunately, the Chargers have so many different uniform colors that it will be a tough decision which jersey he will wear.  My personal favorite is the old school light blue, mostly because I have a Tomlinson jersey in those colors.  It really brings out my blue eyes.  Tomlinson was unceremoniously released by San Diego after the 2009 season and he spent the last two years of his career on the insane Rex Ryan-led New York Jets.  Now he can return home and leave the game the way he wanted to as opposed to being around the Tim Tebow-Mark Sanchez circus.

I guess we can all get along

Twenty-plus years later, Rodney King’s wishes came to true as the Los Angeles Kings had a parade in L.A. to celebrate their first Stanley Cup championship and there were no riots or police beatings.  Granted there were no racial undertones or tensions involved, but it was still nice to see such a public celebration in downtown Los Angeles not turn into the backdrop for a post-apocolyptic Sylvester Stallone movie (hey Demolition Man, greetings and salutations).  The only thing that would have made this better was if Jeff Carter smashed a wristshot into Ryan Seacrest’s face.

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