Sunday, June 7, 2009

The Weekend That Was

Federer Makes History

Roger Federer made history on Sunday, winning the French Open to complete the Career Slam and tying Pete Sampras' record at 14 Majors. And, just as important, suddenly, it doesn't look like he's done winning anytime soon. We like our heroes to show resilience? After losing the 2008 Wimbledon final -- conceding the top ranking, and showing some mortality, facing so many doubts -- Federer has won two of the last three Slams and may well regain the No. 1 spot.

Some are trying to say the win isn't legitimate because Federer didn't beat Nadal but in my opinion it still counts.  What was he supposed to do? Lose on purpose and wait til next year to face Nadal?  I'm glad he won and that he can finally cement his place as the greatest tennis player of all time.

Tiger Tigers Woods Ya'll

Tiger Woods got back to his winning ways by overcoming a 4 shot deficit to win the Memorial on Sunday afternoon.  Woods shot a 7-under 65 to complete the comeback and get his first win since coming back off major knee surgery only a few months ago.  Woods now looks to defend his US Open title in 2 weeks and try and get back to winning majors instead of just regular tournaments.

Halladay Dominant

Roy Halladay threw a complete game shutout to earn his league leading 10th victory of the year.  The Jays beat the Royals 4-0 earning a series win and giving their ace a much deserved win.  The Jays scored a run in the first inning off of a Vernon Wells sac fly and that was all the offense Halladay needed as he went 9 strong giving up 7 hits and striking out 6.

Halladay is now 10-1 on the year and rightfully should be 12-0.  His ERA is a shining 2.52 and he is far and away the leading candidate for the AL Cy Young award.  All he needs to do is stay healthy and he should have no problems.

Lakers Survive Magic

It took overtime but the Lakers managed to beat the Magic 101-96 to take a 2-0 series lead.  The Magic were led by Rashard Lewis who dropped 34 points and grabbed 11 rebounds while the Lakers were carried by the amazing play of Gasol and Odom who both played very well.  Kobe had a decent game with 29 points but had a chance to win the game with 9.1 seconds left in regulation and blew it.  Dwight Howard had 17 points and 16 rebounds but sat for much of the first half with foul trouble.

People may want to write this series off as over but if you read my previous article then you would know it isn't over until someone loses at home.  The Lakers defended their home court and now need to win in Orlando.  I stand behind my prediction of 4-1 in favor of the Lakers.

Red Wings Stomp Pens

The Detroit Red Wings got exactly what they needed: a big win and long break.

After hearing how tired and beat up they were through four games of the Stanley Cup finals, the defending champions busted out with a devastating display of offense and defense and rolled to a 5-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night that put them a win away from another championship.

The veteran-laden Red Wings lead the series 3-2 and are closing in on their 12th Stanley Cup title and fifth in 12 seasons. Detroit can wrap this one up Tuesday night in Pittsburgh.

Johnson Gets to 300

Randy Johnson reached the benchmark for elite starting pitchers on Thursday, becoming the 24th pitcher in major league history to amass 300 career wins.

Johnson (5-4) allowed just two hits, two walks and an unearned run through six innings in San Francisco's 5-1 decision over the Washington Nationals. 

After having his scheduled start on Wednesday delayed due to rain, Johnson had to wait through another 36-minute rain delay to begin the opener of Thursday's scheduled doubleheader. The rain never subsided during the game, and neither did "The Big Unit."

He is the fifth pitcher since 1990 and the first since Tom Glavine in 2007 to accomplish the feat, which may not happen again for quite some time.

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