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Hump Day Thoughts on Sports – 6/20/12

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by Steve Farace

How odd is it going to feel to have July 4th fall on a Wednesday this year? Usually we can’t wait for the long weekend and a nice fireworks display at some point during the weekend. Now it is just one odd day out of the middle of the week, and what do you do about your work week? Well, if you’re smart you take the 5th and the 6th off and make it a 5 day weekend. That’s exactly what I had planned before a new job came along. Now I’m stuck in the same situation of having a random day off in the middle of the week! Alright…let’s get to it:

The NBA Finals are here, and in the blink of an eye they might just be over. The Thunder have come out fighting, but without one of their main guns, James Harden. Where has that man gone?? Take away his performance from game 2 and Harden is shooting 16% from the field! That’s incredible! He then blew an easy lay up that would have given the Thunder the lead late in game 4. With the way the Heat have been playing, this looks like it could be over by tomorrow evening. Mario Chalmers? Are you kidding me?!?

Keeping the theme in the NBA – what about Lebron James? The time has come for all of the haters to stop it already, no? The man has been unbelievable and is the only consistent thing about the Heat during the playoffs. What more do you want from him, Skip Bayless? He has hit big shot after big shot and if not for a nasty looking cramp last night he would have had a triple double. So while the role players take turns stepping up (Chalmers and Battier for the most part) and Wade goes through his ups and downs, Lebron has been the only guy they have been able to count on. Lebron and his Heat can close this out tomorrow night. That will leave the hot seat to the next star without a ring – his name rhymes with shmishmelo. More on that next time though…

Have you guys seen the latest diet plan that is taking over in the news? The name of it is Jerry Sandusky. The man makes me sick to my stomach and I can’t wait for the day when he is behind bars and out of the news. I’m telling you, it’s better than Weight Watchers or any kind of shot or surgery you can get!

Matthew Cain is the latest pitcher to throw a perfect game. Quick story here – he is on my fantasy baseball team and he got me a ton of points and helped me to beat — you guess it — Scotty P. I would share some of the text messages I received from Scott the morning after Cain threw his perfecto, but they aren’t what I would call “G-rated”. He followed that game up with a decent outing, which has not been the norm for pitchers throwing no-hitters or perfectos – please see Philip Humber.

Who’s been red-hot in baseball? The New York Yankees. This article comes a bit late as they have now lost a couple in a row to the Braves, but before that they had won 10 in a row. I hate the Yankees, but you have to give them some credit. They had everything going for them – great starting pitching, timely hitting and a great back-end of the bullpen. When you have all of those things clicking it is hard for you to go wrong.

On a last-minute note that just came through today, Percy Harvin and his migraines have requested a trade from the Vikings. We wish them luck.

That’s about all for this week! Hope your hump day is going well and that you’re on your way to an enjoyable weekend! If I missed something or if you’d like to battle it out on something you didn’t agree with feel free to leave a comment!

Talk to you guys next hump day!