Drew’s Morning Dish — Thurs., June 20

June 20, 2013 | Drew Forrester

One day away from the farm and look at all the great sports topics I missed out on by skipping Wednesday’s edition of DMD.

So, I’m making up for it today, with an “extended edition” of the Dish.

First, let’s recognize another outstanding effort from the U.S. National soccer team, 1-0 winners over Honduras on Tuesday night in a pivotal World Cup qualifying match.

It’s not a “done deal” yet, but the U.S. is on the verge of clinching a spot in next summer’s World Cup in Brazil.  Tuesday’s affair with Honduras wasn’t a performance for the ages, but a win is a win is a win over a very solid defensive club like the Hondurans.

I’m still not sold on the array of defenders Jurgen Klinsmann has been sending out there — who is that Gonzalez dude who has the touch of a blacksmith? – but they are really starting to show signs of flair offensively with Michael Bradley, Fabian Johnson and Graham Zusi all looking dangerous on Tuesday evening.

Three more points in the final four games should be enough (that will give them 16) to qualify for Brazil, but Bradley has to continue to work magic with the line-up to find the right combination on both ends of the field.

I’ve been impressed the last two games, even if they were at home.

These ten qualifying games are all you have.  You have to win your five at home and scratch some points out on the road, somehow, which is exactly what the U.S. has done thus far.

I’m feeling good about Brazil.


LOL at the goofy fans in Miami who ducked out early with the Heat trailing the Spurs late in the game on Tuesday night.

They missed one of the greatest final minutes you’ll ever see – in any sport.

I preached “just keeping playing until the match is over” to my Calvert Hall golf team all spring.  It all falls under the category of “you have no idea what’s actually going to happen…so just keep doing your best and see where the chips fall at the final buzzer.”

Tuesday night, the Heat showed, once again, that you never, ever, ever give-up.

Just keep swimming, as Dori said to Nemo in Finding Nemo.


If the season ended today, Chris Davis would be the MVP in the American League.

Right?  Right.

BTW, I’m about two weeks away from guaranteeing a playoff spot for the Orioles.  Let’s see what transpires in Toronto this weekend, but I’m starting to feel like the Birds might actually win the East somewhat comfortably.

I picked them to go to the World Series back in March, you’ll recall, so it’s only natural that I’d go ahead and pick the Orioles to capture the East having seen all the teams play for nearly three months now.

Give me a week or so and I’ll guarantee it.


Some people like “pitcher’s duels”.  In hockey, there are plenty of folks who admire and appreciate a good 1-0 or 2-1 game.

Not me.

Give me 9, 10, 11 goals in a game and I’m happy.

So, naturally, I was thrilled watching last night’s 6-5 OT win for the Blackhawks in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals in Boston.

For starters, I love watching goal scoring.

Next, the win for Chicago came IN Boston, which is just spectacular.  Anytime those folks in Boston hang their heads leaving the arena/stadium/etc., I’m smiling even more.

Tough night, huh Boston?