Thank god for the World Cup. Summertime is usually filled with a bunch of annoying NBA rumors and boring NFL Training Camp news. Baseball is in the middle of their season but things don't get intense until August. This year the World Cup will give us 3 weeks of intense international soccer. The host country, Brazil, opened up the tournament with their group A duel against Croatia. Croatia got lucky with an own goal by Brazil in the 11th minute but Brazil's golden child, Neymar Jr, wasn't with none of that. Neymar finished the game with 2 goals. When Neymar scored the first goal, the entire country of Brazil exploded. Fireworks were going off, people were crying, you would have thought they won the game instead of just tying it.
There was some controversy in the 2nd half though. Japanese referee, Yuichi Nishimura, called the softest foul that made Croatian coach, Niko Kovac, say "If that was a penalty, we should be playing basketball." I find that funny being that soccer players are the kings of flopping. The spot foul call allowed Brazil to get a penalty kick to go up 2-1.
Team USA doesn't begin their quest for the cup until Monday and the world, including our coach, is pessimistic about our chances this year. Just watch this video.
The Orioles love hitting home runs in the 1st inning. Last night against the Red Sox we seen Chris Davis put one in the stands in the 1st inning and today it was Delmon Young's turn. When you can get 3 runs in the first two innings from your lineup, it makes life much easier on your young pitcher. I was very impressed with Kevin Gausman today. The 23 year old in his 3rd start of the season went 6 innings only allowing 1 run facing a hot Blue Jays lineup. This 4 game series will be very important for the O's because this is a chance for them to gain some ground on the 1st place Blue Jays. Go O's!!
Well we haven't seen this movie before. The almighty Heat is down 3-1 to the same team they defeated last season in the Finals. The Heat came into the Finals undefeated on their own floor in the postseason but have suffered back-to-back double-digit losses in Miami. Spurs are basically beating the Heat with efficient team basketball, on both ends. No isolation, just effective ball movement to create good shots. Kawhi Leonard also had another big game, finishing with 20 points and 14 boards, once again outplaying LeBron James. The x-factor though without question is Boris Diaw. Boris used his foriegn background to give the Spurs a big advantage in the paint. With Boris in the starting lineup and passing the ball from inside the paint, its really giving the Heat problems defensively.
This is the time where Coach Spo has to be that "great" coach everyone says he is. He has a bench full of talented players but not using them effectively. I thought he should have used Udonis Haslem to guard Diaw, since he is better defensively then Bosh. His stars have to also step their game up. I seen no effort from them since they have been in Miami. People are saying their tired but I really hope that's not the case, cause that would be truly sad. 4 Finals appearance without question is a great feat for the Big 3, but a 3-peat would solidify their spot among the greatest teams ever.