April 16, 2018
The LA Kings left Las Vegas like most of us usually do: as big losers. That trend unfortunately continued last night Staples, and the Kings are on the verge of elimination. I’m glad the Kings still have their defensive identity, but you can’t win unless you score. I mean you can tie, but you can’t win. Has anybody informed the Kings of this? They have 3 goal in 11 periods. You also can’t win without your top 2 defenseman, and the Kings played much of this series without them. The Kings just can’t regain the Stanley Cup magic of a few years ago, and faster teams like Vegas have eclipsed their rugged style. The Ducks are having the same problems as well against the Sharks. You can’t win without your best defenseman in the lineup come playoff time. At least this year the Ducks don’t have to worry about getting embarrassed at home in game 7. It will come much earlier than that on the road.
The Lakers finished the season with 35 wins. If you had told me that back in October, I would have said they should throw a parade down Figueroa if that happens. It’s nice progress, however, I got a good laugh hearing Magic say that they really don’t have sign anybody this coming offseason to feel good about the direction of the franchise. Listen Magic man…..you and I both know that you and your boy Pelinka didn’t put your multi-million dollar businesses on the back burner and dump our young talent to sign anybody other than King James. Don’t try to sell me on how great Andre Ingram is going to fit in next year after 10 years in the G-League. It’s Lebron and Paul George or bust. Yes the young talent we have is developing, but it was doing that before you got here anyway. Get it done Magic! Unfortunately though, the only playoffs the Lakers will be experiencing this season will be while playing PlayStation.
Meanwhile, the Clippers have some major decisions to make regarding both Doc Rivers and DeAndre Jordan. I cannot understand why either of these two want to stay with the Clippers, or why the Clippers would want either one of them. Not only do the Clippers need to rebuild, but they need a complete culture cleansing. Rivers and DJ are big parts of a previous culture that needs to be overturned. Rivers has brought more drama than a high school girl to this franchise, and DJ is a nice player in a league where centers are becoming extinct. David Aldridge reported that Rivers is “probably” coming back, but that report is vague and unconvincing, especially considering that Doc sounded far from sure he even wanted to return.
Elsewhere around the Association, it’s playoff time and the Cavs look like a bigger disaster than Tristan Thompson’s love life. If Lebron ends up leaving Cleveland, that city will instantly eclipse Detroit as the worst city in America. Good strategy by the Blazers in game 1. Down by 3 at the end of the game, rather than going to Damian Lillard or CJ McCollum, the Blazers went to…..Pat Connaughton. The Spurs got spanked by the Warriors, and Greg Popovich says we should ask Kawhi’s group if he’s coming back. That sounds like a really healthy relationship. Then there’s Nick Young who showed up to game 1 like he was headed to the Playboy Mansion.
My man Nick Young, back in the playoffs for the first time in six years, showed up for Game 1 in boxers & a silk robe pic.twitter.com/4V0UcyuLMy
— Michael Lee (@MrMichaelLee) April 14, 2018
To baseball where the Dodgers can’t seem to do much right so far. Despite the win yesterday, they are in last place in the NL West. Corey Seager, Chris Taylor, and Yasiel Puig are all hitting .230 or less. Half their infield is injured, and so is their most promising prospect, Andrew Toles. Even when the offense does have its act together, the pitching falls apart. Rich Hill and Alex Wood got knocked around like bowling pins last week, and the bullpen is made up of a bunch of dudes throwing batting practice. If Fraudy Friedman thought that this bullpen would be better than last year, he must be doing more drugs than the kids at Coachella did this weekend. I realize that it’s early, but this team looks a lot more vulnerable this season.
Then there’s the Angels, who are off to their best start since 1979. They are so hot, the only thing that can stop them right now is a snow storm, which cancelled yesterday’s game. The story is Shohei Ohtani, who has caught fire at the plate and on the mound. For those of you who say that there will definitely be regression to the mean, that may be partially true but ask yourself this: who was the last hyped Japanese player that came over and was a total bust? Ichiro, Masahiro Tanaka, Hideo Nomo, Hideki Matsui. Hiroki Kuroda, Yu Darvish? Ok never mind but you get the point. There really haven’t been any total disappointments when they’ve had hype. No reason to think Ohtani won’t be a superstar. The Halos are playing great and Ohtani is making them exciting to watch.
On to the Season Finale of The Walking Dead, so spoiler alert if you have yet to see it and plan on watching it later. I think we’re all thinking the same thing: Did Lucille survive the war? Well we know that Negan did which was just messed up. Rick thinks Negan should live to honor Carl, but I guess what happened to Glenn and Abraham doesn’t matter anymore? It’s bad enough that they let all the Savior people live after all the screwed up things they did. They all live and Dwight gets exiled after helping them? This show has a bizarre idea of justice and righteousness. I like how 5 minutes earlier Jesus told Morgan not to kill, then suddenly he’s Council of “Pissed Off At Grimes”. I was thinking Maggie can go back to being 72 months pregnant now that the war is over. She’s going to have a longer pregnancy than Bonnie Swanson from Family Guy. Except now she and Daryl want to start a Civil War. If these two become the primary villains nest season, it’s just ridiculous. Most guys have to pay the extra $20 to get choked in bed, but not Negan. Eugene is back in our good graces, but he’s still a coward and an idiot. Finally, sticking Morgan in Fear The Walking Dead isn’t making me any more excited about it. I do love though how he survived for 8 seasons with hardly a scratch and 15 minutes into episode 1 of Fear, he manages to get shot in the leg. I’m ready for a fresh storyline in The Walking Dead come the fall.