*Sorry for the flashbacks, Tanner.
There wasn't any hockey last night, as Vancouver has already moved on. It's game seven for Boston and Tampa Bay, though. I'm going to say Boston wins a tight one, based mostly on it being in Boston and I kinda like Tim Thomas. Then it's on to the Stanley Cup finals, which is a big moment in my sports calendar.
In basketball, the Bulls choked again. I had a feeling this would happen, and said as much as I was leaving the Bulls-Pacers playoff game I went to. The Pacers lost that one (another close one), and Bulls fans were going nuts. I kept shaking my head and wondering what they were all amped about. If you're having that much trouble with a team that scraped its way into the playoffs, how were you going to handle a real top-tier team like Miami or Boston? And we got our answer, which was not well. I'll be the first to admit I haven't watched a full game since the Pacers went out, but from what I've seen, Dirk Nowitzki finally figured out the secret of basketball. Or tapped into some of that crazy Nazi science I read about in Irregular Webcomic! and now is part cyborg. Either way, I'm picking the Mavs. But, you knew I couldn't go too long on this blog without talking about how turning the Bulls logo upside down makes it a robot reading a book. And, well, today is that day. Literate Robot might not be the best name for a basketball team, but it sounds like a pretty good band name to me.
In baseball, there weren't very many games last night, and I again didn't really watch any because of wedding stuff. The Cubs won pretty big earlier in the day, which makes them tied with Pittsburgh for 4th. And now the Cubs and Pirates play each other, and this is one of those series where I get conflicted. The Cubs have been my team for life, but I know these Pirate players. Plus, the Pirates are scrapping their way back to respectable, so my heart always goes out to those teams. So, that probably means I'll watch these games and just root for good games and feel dirty doing it.
In a quick update, the Derek Jeter Hit Counter stands at 2,976 as of this morning. Surely, even at the measley (for Jeter) .255 he's currently hitting, it won't take him too long to get these last 24 hits. And good for him. I've not been the biggest Jeter fan, mostly because he has been Mr. Yankee of this generation. But it's hard to get too down on him, as he's always gone about things the right way and always gave it his all. And now that he's entering the twilight of his career, I think it would be very fitting for him to be the first Yankee to get 3,000 hits, all in pinstripes.
This also marks Memorial Day weekend, which means I've been paying attention to racing for a past few weeks, and now comes the one race I care about. This is an especially special Indy 500, being the 100th anniversary of the first race. Dan Dakich keeps saying "people who know" are really pushing Danica, but I can't buy that based on the qualifying the general mess the Andretti team has been this month. It's not a guarantee, but I would think the winner is most likely to come from the first three rows or so. Plus, there are definitely no flukes in that first nine. This leaves me picking from Alex Tagliani, Scott Dixon, Oriol Servia, Townsend Bell, Will Power, Dan Wheldon, Buddy Rice, Ed Carpenter, and Dario Fanchitti.
Even for those of us who just watch one race a year, those are some pretty rocking names. My heart's with Ed Carpenter, mostly because he's running with Sarah Fisher's crew. So he's my hopeful to win, but my head says he won't get it done. So, if my heart doesn't get to pick, my head says it'll be Will Power, because I'm told he's been tearing up the other IRL races and he's done well here before. But this whole field is littered with great drivers, and you never know where the wrecks are coming. Just ask Danica about the 2008 race. For those who don't remember, Danica had been complaining about her car all day, but managed to get it up to 7th before Ryan Briscoe took her out on pit road. I'm sure it was accidental, but Danica started walking over towards his crew, and it sure looked like she was ready to throw fists. Part of me wanted to see how that ended, but it was probably for the best when security turned her away.
Anyway, have a great weekend. I haven't really decided if I'm writing on Monday or not. Maybe that will be my post-race column, and then we can all ignore motor-sports for another year.