By Josh Kramer
Another wild week has come to a close in the wide world of sports. The French Open had an epic conclusion, the playoffs have been filled with down to the wire finishes and epic comebacks, and the MLB has been full of excitement. There is not really much more a sports fan could ask for. It is Monday and time to start another exciting week. Here are the top 5 items to keep an eye on for the week.
5. The WNBA is back in action. Now I fully realize that this League struggles to put butts in the seats and is a project that has never really taken off. But it is new and fresh at this point, with the season tipping off this past Friday. And regardless if you are a fan of women’s hoops, you have to admit that Candace Parker and Maya Moore can really play. It was fun watching two of the game’s biggest stars in the season opener will their respective teams.
4. Since March 11th, the NFL has been defined by one word. Lockout. Well finally, the discussions appear to be taking a turn for the better. Roger Goodell has said that recent talks have been “positive.” Now how positive, only the NFLPA and Owners know (and Adam Schefter). But at least it appears things are beginning to move in the right direction. We all want to hear that there will be football come Sundays in September. Thankfully it appears we are getting closer to hearing the good news.
3. In the MLB, things are really starting to take shape as we have entered the 3rd month of the season. The AL East is now a battle between baseball’s biggest foes, the Yankees and Red Sox. Cleveland is still on top in the AL Central despite recent struggles, while the preseason favorite Twins continue to fall deeper and deeper into the cellar. And the AL West, which has been an all out divisional scuffle is now finally beginning to separate due to Oakland’s recent woes. All of this action is just in the American League. The National League has not been too shabby either.
Here is a look at this week’s marquee matchup.
Cleveland Indians at New York Yankees: Come Friday, two divisional leaders in the American League will go toe to toe in the Bronx. New York, who takes on their bitter divisional foe, the Boston Red Sox earlier in the week get no break with the Indians coming to town the next day. Cleveland, though currently going through some growing pains and their first struggles of the year, sport one of the League’s most electic offenses. You better believe this three game set in the Bronx will have its fair share of fireworks, pitting two teams that can flat-out stroke it. The difference in my eyes though will be the Yankees pitching and overall experience. This series will be one that Cleveland hopefully learns something from, especially if they are still in the hunt come October. Sadly for the Tribe, the growing pains will continue as they drop at least 3 of 4 against the AL East leading Yankees.
2. The Stanley Cup has lived up to all the hype and more thus far. And this year’s President’s Trophy recipient, the Canucks, are in a great position to bring the Stanley Cup Trophy back to Canada for the first time since 1993. Though the Canucks hold a 2-0 lead, both of these games have been hotly contested and could have went either way. With the series heading to Boston now, lets see if the Bruins can forge a comeback and find a way to keep the Lord Stanley in the United States for yet another year.
1. By the end of this week, we should have a much clearer picture of who our next NBA Champion will be. Will the fan favorite Dallas be able to shock the star-studded MonStars out of Miami? The majority of the country can only hope.
Stay tuned for the next edition of TheSportsKraze.