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For What it's Worth: Stanley Cup, The Finals, Draft, KC & stop the whining

Published On: Jun 09 2014 05:41:34 AM CDT
Updated On: Jun 09 2014 05:43:12 AM CDT
Bruce Haertl: For What It's Worth...

The Los Angeles Kings have yet to lead in regulation of the Stanley Cup, yet they lead the New York Rangers two games to none.

Ice age---

Two games, three overtimes, great stuff between the Kings and Rangers in the Stanley Cup Final.  I'm not sure what it is about the NHL, but you may not watch a game all regular season and be transfixed in the playoffs.  Maybe it's the same way that people feel about baseball.

The series shifts to New York for the next couple of games starting tonight, if the first two games are any indication-this series can't be missed.

Speaking of which---

LeBron scored 33 of his 35 points in the final three quarters last night and Miami won for the 13th straight time following a loss in the playoffs to tie their NBA final with San Antonio at one.  The Spurs missed a great chance to go up six at the six minute mark by missing four-straight free throws after a flagrant foul on Mario Chalmers.  Neither team led by two possessions until the Heat went up five in the last 0:10 seconds to close it out.

San Antonio's Kawhi Leonard fouled out of the game and was largely ineffective against LeBron and that's a problem.  Leonard is really the only guy the Spurs have to deal with James and the only thing that's slowed him down through two games are cramps. LeBron started poorly through the first three games of last year's Final and the Heat still won---Leonard has to play much larger than he did last night if the Spurs are to have a chance.

One shy of .500---

The Royals have taken two straight from the Yankees in very different ways.  They bludgeoned New York for eight runs on Saturday and then rode James Shield's arm on Sunday.  KC has a chance to get back to .500 tonight with Jason Vargas getting the start against the Yankees in Kansas City.  A win not only get them even on the season, but would make it six out of eight against the Cardinals and Yankees---could this be the delayed launch of the Royals season?

They are what they are offensively, but they are averaging 4.2 runs in eleven games since Dale Sveum took over as hitting coach.  KC is 7-4 over that stretch and has scored eight runs three times since the coaching change, compared to just six times in the previous 52 starts.

Royals' fans continue to take a wait and see attitude on their club, in five straight marquee home games against the Cardinals and Yankees the most they've drawn is 26,991.  It's interesting that they've become a fan base no longer willing to buy potential, they want results and still being a game under .500 the year after an 86 win season doesn't qualify…yet.

Draftability---

For a team that won just 31 games, the baseball Shockers did well in the draft with four players taken in the first 15 rounds. All of them (Casey Gillaspie, AJ Ladwig, Chase Simpson and Tyler Baker0 are expected to sign.  When you add eight seniors into the equation-it brings to 12 the number of players naturally leaving the program at WSU. There'll probably be more as head coach Todd Butler starts to rebuild his roster with tougher players not imbued with a sense of entitlement.

Whiner---

Nothing like ruining one of the feel good stories of the year, California Chrome owner Steve Coburn was a colossal… bad sport (ok, I backed off my description) in the aftermath of his horse finishing fourth at the Belmont Stakes and falling short of the first Triple Crown since 1978.  Coburn railed against the 'hired guns' which came into run this race only and sure enough a couple finished one-two.

A bad night's sleep did little to soften his mood as he didn't back off on his comments of the day before, comparing his horse having to run against the fresh legs of newcomers, to him playing basketball against a kid in a wheel chair.  Add insensitive to boorish---I'm sorry his horse lost, but I'm glad to see this guy go down, or, at least, be exposed for the jerk that he is.

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