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Thursday's List of 13: Doing some thinking out loud.........
13) Oklahoma City trailed the Lakers 75-68 with 2:08 left, but LA never scored again, as they coughed up a 77-75 decision to the Thunder that gives Oklahoma City a 2-0 series lead. OC had an 18-5 edge in fast break points, but a couple key turnovers in last 2:00 were fatal for the Lakers.
12) Lookalikes: The little lawyer on TNT's Franklin & Bash and Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks.
11) Did you ever see the commercial Robert Wagner does for those reverse mortgages on TV, designed for older people? All well and good, but Wagner became famous for playing con men in two TV series, It Takes a Thief and Switch. Not exactly the kind of guy who inspires trust by investors.
10) Greedy bastard update: Gas was $4.09 a gallon on May 6; noticed that it dropped to $4.05 as I went to the airport on May 6, and now it is $3.99, so the bastards have gotten a little less greedy. Just wait until Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial start of summer. It'll be back over $4.00.
9) Yu Darvish is 6-1, 2.60 for the Rangers; looks like he could be the best of the Asian pitchers to come overseas and play ball.
8) Tampa Bay Rays are 16-2 in their last 18 games against the AL East.
7) Too bad this game with division rival Boston drew only 20,843 fans. It won't be long before the Rays will be elsewhere, unless attendance picks up. A third major league team is going to wind up in New Jersey, sitting next to the new Giants' Stadium in the Meadowlands complex.
6) Baseball is messed up sometimes; Clay Buchholz lost Wednesday, giving up two runs in five IP; it was one of his best starts all season. He had an 8.67 RA before this game, but had a 4-1 record. Go figure.
5) Until the first inning Wednesday night, their 37th game, no Met batter had swung at a 3-0 pitch all season. Hard to believe, but Lucas Duda got a hit on their first 3-0 swing of the season.
4) How entrenched are the hideous Wilpons, owners of the Mets? They've been given next summer's All-Star Game. Wonder if they had to move the fences in to get the game? Would've been a lousy Home Run Derby if the fences were still where they were last year. Lot of people think the Home Run Derby has become more popular than the All-Star Game itself.
3) Baltimore Orioles won their last six road games, with Adam Jones first player in 14 years (Mark McGwire) to hit game-winning homers after the 15th inning in two games in the same season.
2) Did you see Toronto 3B Brett Lawrie fire his helmet down Tuesday, after he was called out on strikes? He's very lucky he didn't get a 15-20 game suspension; the helmet landed close to umpire Bill Miller, then hit him in the leg after it bounced. He threw it down really close to the umpire, and deserves a hell of a lot more than a 4-game suspension.
No way is the umpires' union happy with that slap on the wrist.
1) On May 16, four of the top 11 stories on ESPN's home page were about football, either college or pro. An awful lot for the offseason.
Lakers have so far shown every reason why they should be swept in this semfinals series, and not just because they lost game 1 by 29 points. Kobe and coach Brown knew OKC had a foul to give even down by 1 point with :18 left. Why do you dribble out the clock looking for the last shot? You know the Thunder are going to use their foul to give, disrupting the offense and forcing another inbound. Take the opportunity, and even if you miss at worst the game is still one possession with time left on the clock to tie or win. OKC was lucky especially since Westbrook left Blake wide open only to strong arm a 3 off the right rim as time expired. Terrible clock management and lack of execution down the stretch.
All Robert Wagner needs is his eyepatch. Now see if you were still living some 1500 miles north you'd only be paying around $3.62 per gallon. Has yet to dip below $4.09 her in the NYC area, but gas was as high as $4.33 in some places at the end of March, though it should spike higher again just after the holiday weekend.
20,843 is like a sellout at that eyesore they call Tropicana Field. It reminds me of a smaller version of the Kingdome. They'll draw similar crowds when teams like the Yankees, Texas and Detroit come to town, but it's only a matter of time before the Rays either move out of Florida or have a new stadium built that will attract more fans for a divison contender.
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