Catching up on things…

Aaaahhh, it has been a while since i blogged last.  I know most of you have missed me, but now I am back from my recent vacation in Europe and I am ready to get back into the swing of things.

Champions League Final

Don’t drop Pep

First off, I’d like to congratulate both Manchester United and Barcelona for their amazing seasons in their leagues.  But on May 28th 2011, it seemed like only one of the two teams came out to play.  Barcelona proved that they were the best team in Europe, with a convincing 3-1 win at Wembley Stadium.  Looking back at the game, I have to admit that when i saw Mascherano’s name in the starting line up, playing center back, I had my doubts that Barca would win simply because a lot of the time Mascherano is a player who lets his emotions get the best of him, and he was playing a position which he is not used to playing.

On Manchester United’s side, I was shocked not to see Nani’s name in the starting 11.  Remember, this is a kid who was arguably Manchester United’s best player throughout the Premiership season, and to not get a spot in the starting 11 is almost like a slap in the face.  Considering Giggs’ age, i probably would have had him on the bench, and Nani taking his spot in the best 11.

All in all, I thought it was a pretty good game by both teams, despite the fact that the score line proved otherwise. 

NBA Finals

Left to Right-Nowitzki, Kidd, Terry and Marion

 The Dallas Mavericks did what most people would consider the impossible in the basketball world, they beat the mighty Miami Heat!  I was in Europe when this series was going on, so unfortunately I did not catch most of the games, but 3 things stuck out the most during this series:
1. Dirk taking his play to another level that we haven’t seen yet.
2. The immaturity of LeBron James and Dwayne Wade,  I have to say I was not surprised with Lebron’s antics, however, I was surprised that Wade decided to join him.
3. How well the Mavs played, from the number the 1 guy all the way to 15.

As for next season (if there is one) the Heat will need to find a half decent centre and a much better point guard, than what they have on their roster.

NBA Draft

Kyrie Irving drafted 1st overall in the 2011 NBA Draft

First of all, I’d like to congratulate all the kids that got drafted and are now living their dream of playing in the NBA.  Being a Toronto Raptors fan, I was really curious to see who we would take with the 5th overall pick, my fingers were crossed that it would either be Walker (UConn), Kanter (Kentucky), or Leonard (San Diego St.), but surprise, surprise, Bryan Colangelo took a European centre.  I was pissed at this pick to say the least, but after seeing Jonas take home MVP honors in the U-19 Championships, I starting to think that maybe he was the right pick, after all it was only about 5 years ago that we drafted that Italian centre with our 1st overall pick…oh what is his name?!?!

The first real surprise came for me with the 4th pick and Cleveland selecting Canada’s own Tristan Thompson.  First off, I do not think that Thompson will have a great NBA career, unless he adds a few pounds, and becomes much stronger down in the post.  Second of all, Cavs could have traded down to 6-8 and still got Thompson there.

Indiana Pacers get an A+ for drafting Leonard, but a F for trading him.  Yes, I understand that Pacers in return got  George Hill, but at the same time, I think that Hill is ready to be a starting point guard in this league, and not a back up to Collison.  This trade works out perfect for the Spurs, as they drafted Canada’s own, Cory Joseph late in the 1st round, and also acquired a small forward, something they have been looking for.

The steal of this whole draft, could easily be the last player selected, Isaiah Thomas.  The kid may be small, but he knows how to run the point and is a true competitor.

IT FEELS GOOD TO BE BACK!

Ogi  B

Author: Ogi

Ogi is a graduate of Humber College’s Sport Management program. He is the founder of Blago Blogger Sports.

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