Time for my weekly review of the top three sporting events of the weekend and my one non-sports related event . I’m not sure how I squeezeed in a non-sports event this time. It was a busy sports weekend with a lot of extra baseball thrown in. In case you didn’t know the Baltimore Orioles have the best record in Major League Baseball. I think that kind of gives you a hint as to what my #1 sporting event is going to be. Here we go!!
The Washington Capitals 3-2 win over the Rangers to even their best of seven series 2-2.
Give the Capitals credit they have fought hard for everything they have gotten in this postseason. It’s not easy to change the way you play the game sometimes. Dale Hunter finally has his team believing in his system and it’s starting to pay off. The Caps have grinded out every game in this year’s playoffs. Each game in their first round series was decided by one goal and three of the four games in this series have as well (the exception was game one). Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom and Mike Green scored goals in the Caps 3-2 win. Green’s Powerplay goal in the third period was the difference. It’s the 13th time that the trio of Ovechkin, Backstrom and Green have all scored goals in the same game. The Caps are 13-0 in those games. The last time those three all scored a goal in the same game was back in 2010. The m0st impressive thing about the Capitals victory was the way they bounced back from a three OT loss on Wednesday night. Washington has now turned the series into a best of three starting Monday night at Madison Square Garden.
The 138th running of the Kentucky Derby. It was such a great race on Saturday afternoon. I’ll have another came all the way from the #19 post to catch Bodemeister and complete an improbable victory. No horse had ever won the Kentucky Derby from the #19 post position but I’ll Have Another and jockey Mario Guttierez did everything right.
Gutierrez got a great break out of the gate and then ran the horse into perfect position to make a run at Bodemeister in the stretch. I felt bad for Bodemeister’s trainer Bob Baffert. The best moment of the whole day was when they showed Baffert walking with his son Bode before the race. Baffert is recovering from a heart attack that he suffered six weeks ago. Even Baffert admitted after the race that I’ll have Another just ran a great race. You don’t often hear trainers say they are ok with finishing second but that’s exactly what Baffert said afterwards. I’ll have Another Trainer Doug O’Neill wasted no time after the victory proclaiming that I’ll Have Another was coming to Baltimore for the Preakness in two weeks.
Tell me that O’Neill (the man in the middle) doesn’t look like a guy you would just like to hang out and have a beer with! Here’s my favorite hat from Saturday.