MAY 3, 2019
RUN FOR THE ROSES & OTHER SPORTS STUFF.
I did say I was mildly
optimistic for the Twins this year...but they are
surpassing expectations through the first month of
the season. In spite of playing often in cold and
wet weather, they are hot! An amazing 19-10 and the
overall best record in all of baseball!! Oh sure
itís early in the season, but new manager Rocco
Altobelli, er I mean Baldelli has turned them into
winners so far! Great pitching and now a lot more
hitting and power than they initially showed has
them moving in the right direction. I hope it lasts
and canít wait to get out to Target FieldÖ..when it
warms up of course.
Stanley Cup playoffs are off to
an exciting start with most of the favorites getting
knocked out in the first round. The Tampa Bay
Lightening set an NHL record for points in a season,
but got swept out of the playoffs by Columbus in 4
straight. Season long top seeds Winnipeg and Calgary
were also knocked off in the first round. Our Golden
Knights were upended in 7 games by the San Jose
Sharks in one of the most controversial and dramatic
playoff games in NHL history. We gave up 4 goals in
a blown call 5 minute major penalty and ended up
losing in Overtime in Game 7. It was a crazy ending
to another great season here. As of the moment, I
kind of like Colorado in the West and Boston in the
East to make it all the way to the Finals, but as we
know, itís such a grind in the Cup playoffs that
anything can happen.
April was a really cool month
in sports as it flew by. In case you missed it,
Virginia won the NCAA Championship Final 4 held at
US Bank stadium. Overall the event was a smashing
success with people from all across the country in
attendance. I was lucky enough to make it down to
the Friday pretournament activities at the Stadium.
We were able to watch a couple of the teamís
practice and saw the eventual winning coach Tony
Bennett interviewed by Jim Nance. That should have
been a sign and wish I would have paid attention to
it and bet on Virginia! But alas, I didnít. Overall
a great event still and donít be surprised that this
is the one that will get a return visit to the Twin
Cities, versus the Super Bowl which should never
played in the ďCold NorthĒ again.
Probably, well actually most
certainly, the greatest story this year, and probably
of the last 20 years was Tiger Woods victory in the
Masters. In whatís being called one of the greatest
comebacks in the history of sports, Tiger climbed back
to the top of the mountain and claimed his 5th
Green Jacket in Augusta. It was one for the ages and
millions of golf fans were energized by the victory.
His return to preeminence is a shot in the arm for the
whole golf world, and might trigger the same effect he
had back when he started. That is to get young people
back into the sport and get more people out playing
and even more TV money into the purses and golf
courses across the country. After being irrelevant
for quite a number of years through scandal and
multiple surgeries, heís now the betting favorite for
the three remaining majors this year. Thatís almost
insane! I canít wait for the PGA Championship at
Bethpage Black in New York in just a few weeks. This
time I am betting on Tiger!
And to top off the great month of
April, both Deb and Doug Solem celebrated birthdays!
Now thatís a pair to draw to!
I didnít forget about the
Kentucky Derby, I just have no clue which horse might
win it! The favorite, Omaha Beach, who I had followed
throughout all his prep races and was ready to wager
on, was just scratched yesterday due to a breathing
problem. Damn! So now itís an even more wide open race
than it usually is. Iím going to bet a couple of long
shots, and if I had to pick just one horse, maybe itís
ďImprobableĒ. A great name for a horse if you ask me.
Will it win, PossiblyÖwhich would make another great
name for a horse! The Derby is always a blast though,
win or lose!!
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