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L.A. Pride is a true sports enthusiast.  A former youth, and division II assistant basketball coach, who studied the martial arts, he enjoys and follows all sports, even hockey.  His quick wit and insight brings a fresh view to the world of sports. You may not always agree with him, but you will enjoy his highly opinionated thoughts.

Is it me…

Or did the old Tiger Woods reappear over the weekend?  Tiger Woods won the Memorial golf tournament Sunday, his 73rd, professional win, tying him with Jack Nicklaus.  The timing was ironic because Nicklaus is intimately involved in the Memorial.

Tiger wearing his lucky color red was competitive, but not great throughout most of the tournament.  However, he rose to the occasion on the par-3 16th hole, where he hit a 50-foot shot out of the rough to birdie the hole.  Nicklaus and Woods agreed that it was one of the best shots ever made in tournament play and help propel Tiger to his 5th win at the Memorial.

Tiger must now be considered a favorite for the U.S. Open, which is less than two weeks away.  The ‘Tiger’ has sharpened his claws.

Is it me…

Or did Floyd Mayweather make a bad real estate deal?  Mayweather traded in his Las Vegas mansion for a cell in county jail.  Floyd turned himself in as part of a domestic violence  plea agreement.  He is scheduled to serve ninety days.

Floyd, the king of pay-per-view, will not have a television in his cell and won’t be able to watch the Pacquiao / Bradley fight.  Hopefully, he will place a part of the  $32, 000, 000 he earned for the Cotto fight  “on his book” and have enough for commissary, to buy snacks and eat away his troubles.

Sometimes getting hit in the head can be a good thing; Multi-Champion boxers Shane Mosley and Winky Wright have announced their retirements.  Both fighters are coming off losses and realized they just can’t compete at the elite level anymore.

We wish them well in their retirements and pray that they are not tempted back into the ring.  No amount of money is worth the damage one too many fights can cause.

Is it me…

Or is the Bradley versus Pacquiao fight getting very little publicity?  With less than a week to go before the fight , the boxing world is amazed at how good Bradley has looked training.  Bradley , who had to sign a rematch clause, should he win, has been focused  and training hard.  (Bradley who has a win over highly regarded Lamont Peterson,  is generally thought of as a dangerous competitor in the boxing community).

Bob Arum, Pacquiao’s promoter, has made several comments regarding how good Bradley looks.  Although this may be seen as a ploy to sell more pay-per-views, it is raising eyebrows and causing interest , in what has otherwise been a quiet pre-fight period.

Let’s hope the fight is competitive and does well financially.

We are going out on a limb, and predicting a close decision for Pacquiao (who is a prohibitive favorite, -450,,i.e. , you would have to bet $450 to win $100 on Manny).

Is it me…

Or is there a young lady of color, not named Williams, playing professional tennis?

Sloane Stephens was born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida to Sybil Smith (who, in 1988 as a swimmer at Boston University, became the first African-American female to be named First Team All-American in Division I history) and John Stephens, a professional football player.   Stephens had no connection with her father until she was 13, when she began a close over-the-phone friendship with him. John Stephens was killed in a car accident on September 1, 2009,  Stephens attended her father’s funeral in Louisiana.

Sloane, who is currently ranked in the low seventies, competed in the 2012 French Open , but lost over the weekend.

She has cited Venus Williams, Serena Williams, and Kim Clijsters as her inspirations in tennis.

Sloan appears to have the personality and stroke to do well  on the tennis tour.  We wish her continued success.

Is it me…

Or should we look in on the NBA Playoffs?

Western Conference

Oklahoma City Thunder vs. San Antonio Spurs

The Thunder lead the series 3 games to two, winning a crucial game 5 Monday in San Antonio.

Only time will tell if the “old” Spurs can keep up or outpace the youngsters.

Eastern Conference

 Boston Celtics vs. Miami Heat*

Boston and Miami are tied at two prior to last night’s game. *

 Does Doc Rivers, Coach of the Boston Celtics, have a fountain of youth hidden in the Gatorade bucket?  The Celtics are defying their age, and ignoring their bumps and bruises to keep pace with the Heat.

During the season injured players are always asked, if they would play if this were the playoffs?   Note to Chris Bosh-IT IS THE PLAYOFFS!!!!!!!!!

* Played Tuesday night after we went to press.

The NBA Playoff picture; Follow this link to the match-ups and most current stats:

http://www.nba.com/playoffs/2012/index.html

Is it me…

Or does the NFL need to move pass the New Orleans ‘bountygate ‘ case and settle, in to its regular routine?  The NFL reportedly has in its possession the  ‘bounty ledger’, listing payoffs for violent hits.   The NFL’s player association denies there is a link between the ledger and an organized reward system for hurting opponents.  At this point the league has suspended all the players and coaches with knowledge of ‘bountygate’.    Additionally, an arbitrator has upheld NFL Commissioner, Roger Goodell’s authority to punish Saint players for their role in  ‘bountygate’.   What else is there to do?

The OTA ‘s (Organized Training Activities) are going well with a few notable holdouts, e.g. Drew Brees, Saints.  And mandatory mini-camps are starting to pop up.

It amazes me that D. Revis of the Jets hinted that he might miss training camp over another contract dispute. It seems like he just signed a new contract.

It looks like the Dolphins may be the featured team on HBO’s Hard Knocks series;  An inside look at an NFL’s  team training camp.

 

Andrew Luck and RG, III have not yet signed contracts , so other top ten selections are limbo.  Once Luck, the number one pick, signs with the Colts, everyone will know approximately what they are worth and the rookies can sign deals.

Aaron Rodgers, quarterback Green Bay Packers, is close to negotiating a deal that will keep him a Packer for life.

‘Just Great’ – The NFL plans on hiring and training replacement officials if they can’t come to terms with the bargaining unit for the officials.  Can you imagine the chaos in an NFL game this season due to a replacement ref working the game?  Talk about violent hits.  Players will go berserk on a blown call by a replacement.

 NFL teams continue to adjust and shape their rosters;

A list of current NFL transactions can be found at:

http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/transactions/

Is it me …

Or is it with deep regret we note the passing of Orlando Woolridge? A fiirst-round draft pick of the Chicago Bulls in 1981 he played in the NBA for 13 years, died at his parents’ home in Mansfield, La.

He was 52.

He had been under hospice care for a chronic heart condition.

Woolridge was a star at Mansfield High School before going on to play for Notre Dame.

He played for the Bulls, Los Angeles Lakers, New Jersey, Philadelphia and Detroit, and also coached the Los Angeles Sparks of the WNBA.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

Edited by D. Pride.

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