Drew’s Morning Dish — Mon., May 20

May 20, 2013 | Drew Forrester

Drew’s Morning Dish — Mon., May 20

OK, so the Orioles have a little stumbling block.

Five straight losses.

All at home.

Closer suddenly can’t get the job done.

Starting pitching stinks.

All the good breaks seem to go to the other guys.

Might I remind all of you that for about a decade, that was the norm around here.

Don’t worry, Buck will figure this out.  Sure, they might not be able to overcome all of the blemishes that have surfaced over the last couple of weeks, but this team isn’t going to implode and finish with 72 wins, either.

You can also make book on this:  They’ll win the series with the Yankees.

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For the first time in a while, I watched the Pittsburgh Penguins play hockey last night in Game 3 of their playoff series with Ottawa.

Two things struck me:  First…THAT is how you play offense.  Yes, they only scored one goal, but they threw everything AND the kitchen sink at Craig Anderson of the Senators — and he stopped the sink, too.  Pittsburgh obviously has a lot more offensive talent than the Capitals, but they also have something the Caps don’t have — a system.  You can watch them play and see they’re actually TRYING to do something when they get the puck in the other team’s end.

Second thing that struck me?  Sidney Crosby is the best player I’ve seen since Gretzky.  It’s unreal how he sees all parts of the ice, even the area behind him, and sets plays up two or three passes PRIOR to making the pass that creates the opportunity.  That kid is one helluva hockey player.

Now, let’s hope the Penguins lose the series.  hehe

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Another year without a Triple Crown winner.

It’s amazing that no horse since 1978 has been good enough to win all three, isn’t it?

I think Point Given (2001) and Smarty Jones (2004) were both good enough to be Triple Crown winners.  Point Given got a bad trip at the Derby, then blew everyone away at the Preakness and Belmont, while “Smarty” crushed everyone in Louisville and Baltimore and was nipped at the wire at the Belmont.

I guess Big Brown (2008) can be thrown in there as well, but I don’t think he was dominant as the other two I listed.

Anyway, I’m still craving for a Triple Crown winner, but it won’t happen this year.

BTW, for all the discussion about great Joel Rosario was in the Derby on board Orb, he was that much of a let down at Pimlico on Saturday.  Rosario either didn’t see Titletown Five moving up and pinching him in to the rail or he misread how good Oxbow was going to be, but the jockey didn’t give his horse the best chance to win on Saturday.

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Phil Jackson tells everyone that Michael Jordan was a better shooter, defender and leader than Kobe Bryant.

Somehow, there are people out there who disagree with that?

Good luck.

With all due respect to Bryant, who is one of the league’s all-time greats, he’s Phil Mickelson and Jordan is Tiger Woods.

 

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5 Comments For This Post

  1. Dave Hittinger Says:

    But Jordan is by far the bigger horses ass.

  2. The Armchair QB Says:

    Every team hits a slump at some point in the year. The O’s actually hit theirs in the playoffs last year, so if it has to be, better early than….late! I let my son “box” three horses for me in the Preakness, none of whom finished in the money! I’m looking for a new….bookie! LOL!

  3. rubengy Says:

    Alyesheba, Spectacular Bid and Silver Charm I think were also Triple Crown worthy. And there are those to this day who insist that Real Quite was the real winner of the Belmont.

  4. richard Says:

    Drew,
    You should have seen Crosby’s hat trick the other night. It really was Gretzky-like. He is amazing!

  5. slammer Says:

    Ray Manzerak. RIP.

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