NEWS ITEM - Devils at the brink of elimination
It seems to me that the series against the New York Rangers sapped all the energy out of the New Jersey Devils. They have appeared lifeless and impotent against the Los Angleles Kings who lead the Stanley Cup Final series, 3 games to 0 at press time. It might just be that the Kings are a bigger and more physical team because it doesn't appear that the Devils have any answers.
Zach Parise and Ilya Kovalchuk have disappeared in this series, and when your best player is a goaltender -- well, that's not a recipe for success. The Devils have scored 2 goals in 3 games in a series that looks alot like the conference final against the Rangers. One has to wonder if the next game is the last for Brodeur and Parise as Devils. It would be a shame if that was the case.
NEWS ITEM - Johan Santana no hits the St. Louis Cardinals
For the first time in over 8000 regular season games, a New York Mets pitcher has hurled a no hitter. Surpassing his previous career total for pitches in a single game by 10 pitches, Santana electrified the Citi Field crowd as he stymied the defending World Champions. This was a refreshing reminder of how sports can take us away from the cares of today and the anguish and angst suffered by manager Terry Collins about leaving Santana in the game came right into your living room. While I am sure you realize I am not a Mets fan, I can say I enjoyed the game and was happy for Santana coming all the way back from serious arm surgery.
NEWS ITEM- I Believe I'll Have Another goes for the triple crown
Rarity of rarities - history can be made at Belmont Parkt this weekend. After wins at Churchhill Downs and Pimlico, all of horse racing invades our area for the attempt. I hope it happens.
NEWS ITEM - Does anyone care about the NBA?
Not many people gave the Thunder or the Celtics any shot in their series' against San Antonio and Miami, respectively, after the first two games had been played. OKC has shown youth and athleticism on the aging Spurs, and the Celtics brain and brawn has capitalized on the fact that Miami is merely a collection of players and not a team.
Have you noticed how often Miami fails in the clutch? For that matter, exactly who is watching these series' anyway? The NBA is in serious trouble because of awful television coverage. I mean, who knows what station to turn to to see what game? Combined with the fact that the New York and Los Angeles markets have other games to be concerned about, one has to wonder what the league can do to maintain interest.