No gossip, no idle chat, just the brass tacks of sports. Let’s hit it.
The Stanley Cup. The 2005-2006 NHL season – which I still think is only a rumor – is apparently winding down, as the Edmonton Oilers will face off against the Carolina Hurricanes Monday night in whichever Carolina the Hurricanes play in. Wow, Edmonton-Carolina! I’m sure the suits at the NHL headquarters are really happy about this marquee match up, as are the 27 fans outside of these two cities that follow the NHL. And I’m equally as sure that ESPN is bumming that they lost out to the Outdoors Life Network on the rights to televise this instant classic.
The NBA Finals. Two words. Miami-Dallas. No, not two of the most humid cities in the States. No, not the match up of Super Bowl VI. Miami-Dallas, you know the Heat versus the Mavericks for the NBA Championship. Shaq goes against Dirk, Pat Riley’s hair against the elements, Mark Cuban versus everybody. Doesn’t that get you going? At least it’s a better match up than Edmonton-Carolina. Isn't it?
Albert Pujols. Baseball’s best player suffered a strained oblique muscle Saturday against the injury-plagued Cubs and was immediately put on the 15-day disabled list. The Cubs are so jinxed that not only are their own star players hurt, the star players that they come in contact with are also getting hurt. If the Cubs were coming into town to play my team, I’d go with all of my bench players just in case.
The oblique muscle is located on the side of your abdomen, and for any athlete an injury to this muscle could cause a lot of problems, especially for a baseball player. The Cardinals are hoping that their luck is better than the Cubs, and that Pujols will be back in a couple of weeks.