The NBA, Big Brown & MASN

May 21, 2008 |

The Celtics-Cavaliers tussle on Sunday turned into a classic NBA game seven. The Paul Pierce dual (41 pts) vs. LeBron James (44 pts) was very reminiscent of the Larry Bird-Dominique Wilkins epic battle in 1988. When NBA teams try hard, you get what happened on Sunday–superb play at maximum intensity. It’s too bad we don’t see more of this in the regular season. Side-note: Mark Jackson and Jeff Van Gundy are superb as color analysts. Hopefully neither gets a job as a head coach anytime soon.

Big Brown: Big Brown ran away with the second leg of the Triple Crown; now it’s on to the Belmont. It would really be cool for horse racing to have a Triple Crown winner, but as dominate as this horse has been, we have seen this tease too much in the last few years. For the industry, let’s hope this time is the charm. Side-note: What a breath of fresh air jockey Kent Desormeaux is. Horse racing and sports in general need more of his type enthusiasm.

Arms Leading O’s: The Orioles MVPs thus far have been as follows: Andy MacPhail, Dave Trembly, and Rick Krantiz Why? Because they have acquired, managed and coached the most out of George Sherrill, Matt Albers, Jim Johnson and Dennis Sarfate. These young arms have combined for one the most impressive bullpens in baseball. Can they keep it up? Who knows? Maybe it’s 1989 all over again. Side-note: Enjoy it while it lasts; however, for once, the future is starting to look brighter.

MASN: I like what MASN did this past weekend combining Don Sutton and Jim Palmer with either Gary Thorne or Bob Carpenter. Listening to Palmer and Sutton was like receiving a free clinic on pitching. Why Palmer isn’t working with Fox or ESPN is beyond me. He is articulate, bright and not afraid to criticize. Hopefully next time they do this, they will lose the thought of involving Jim Hunter. Side-note: Nationals sideline reporter Debbie Taylor is not just a pretty face, she is an excellent reporter who actually earned her stripes as Peter Gammons’ research assistant. She is very well prepared and very knowledgeable about the game.