Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Boomer's Wall of Fame Wednesday

Wall of Fame

How goes it, "Rock" fans? Thanks again for all the support out there, and continuing to check what's happening here with the Rock Bottom Boys. Here we go, another installment of Boomer's Wall of Fame Wednesday. Tonights, basics...player-coach familiarity, case in point, with every great player, there was a coach associated with them. For tonights induction, I enshrine two guys that, if you talk about one, you gotta talk about them other. All you night-owls out there enjoy, and for the rest of you, I guess I'll catch you in the morning.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Boomer's Diamond Notes: Arizona Wildcats win the CWS

My apologizes to all of our college baseball fans out there, I failed to mention anything about the 2012 College World Series, till now. Well, as many of you may have seen late last night, the Arizona Wildcats swept the best-of-three series dethroning the two-time champion South Carolina Gamecocks, 4-1. Now, what makes this tournament unique then any other college tournament/playoff, is the fact colleges/universities across the nation have wrapped up final exams at least a couple weeks ago, if not months ago. A season that stretches from the middle of February to the end of June its a mini-MLB schedule with teams playing up to 60-70 games. Well, congrats to both the Arizona Wildcats for winning the national title, and the South Carolina Gamecocks for having a three-year stretch making it to the Championship Series. If, you haven't got a chance check out the 2012 MLB Draft that took place back at the beginning of the month. Again, my apologizes for neglecting the college baseball coverage the past month or so. Now, lets check in on the MLB coverage and see how the standings look at this point of the season as we inch closer to the Fourth of July.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Boomer's Slam Dunk: 2011-12 NBA Season Recap

Three Dudes walk into a bar, sell their souls to the Devil, and two years later win a NBA Championship. happened. To all the anti-Miami Heat/Lebron James fans, it happened. The day WE all hoped, dreamed, and wished...would never happened. The lockout shorten 66-game season ended, with the Miami Heat defeating the Oklahoma City Thunder in the NBA Finals, 4-1. Led by Finals MVP LeBron James, who finally got that Championship Ring, he had been searching for and even moved down to South Beach to get, it happened. The Heat proved to be too much for the young/inexperienced Thunder, who after Game 1 of the series, just won't the same team that ran through the Western Conference Playoffs into the NBA Finals. It happened, shoot! crap! dang it! DARN IT, DARN IT TO HECK! It Happened. I can't speak for all of you, but last Friday morning, I know, I did wake up go for an early morning run, and life went on for me as a anti-Heat/LeBron fan. I mean, it is what it is, it happened. The best player in the league, along side two of his buddies (and a surprising performance from key role players), finally put it all together and won a NBA Championship. Now, lets just keep it at that with ONE, no more!

Alright, that's all I've got to say about that, now take a minute to read my recap on a look back at a few highlights from the 2011-12 NBA season.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

2012-2013 NHL Schedule

This morning the NHL released it's upcoming regular season schedule. Fingers crossed the season actually starts on time with the CBA expiring in September. Similar to what I did here, here is the breakdown of some of the highlighted games as well as our favorite teams.
Opening night is Thursday, October 11th, featuring 4 games and 2 broadcasted nationally here on NBC Sports Network.  At 7 we have the Boston Bruins heading to Philadelphia to take on the Flyers and at 10 we'll see the St. Louis Blues take on the Colorado Avalance in Denver.  On Friday, October 12th, NBC Sports Network will also televise the 10:30 match up between the Kings and Rangers to show the raising of their championship banner.  The Kings and Devils only game will come on February 9th in New Jersey.

Tuesday, January 1st features only 1 game and that is the 2013 Winter Classic in Detroit featuring the Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs.  A 1pm start and nationally televised on NBC, it will be a classic original six match up.  This game is always fun to watch and will be played at the University of Michigan's football stadium.  This game will most likely break the record for highest attendance ever for any hockey game ever.

January 24th through the 28th is the All Star Break where players will get together in Columbus, Ohio for the annual All-Star game.  Speaking of which, let's check out what's in store for the Columbus Blue Jackets this upcoming season.

NHL All-Star Teams and the NHL Awards...My name is Geno, My name is Malkin, My name is M-V-P!!!

Here is your first and second all-star teams for this season.  I love seeing Malkin and Neal make it on the first team but the only reason this happened is because it's position specific.  They should probably just vote for 3 forwards instead of a Center, LW and RW.  This would have allowed Stamkos to be a first teamer because, well, the guy potted 60 goals, what else can you do??

2011-12 NHL First All-Star Team
G Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers
D Erik Karlsson, Ottawa Senators
D Shea Weber, Nashville Predators
C Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh Penguins
RW James Neal, Pittsburgh Penguins
LW Ilya Kovalchuk, New Jersey Devils

2011-12 NHL Second All-Star Team
G Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings
D Zdeno Chara, Boston Bruins
D Alex Pietrangelo, St. Louis Blues
C Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning
RW Marian Gaborik, New York Rangers
LW Ray Whitney, Phoenix Coyotes

Pietrangelo was the odd man out for the Norris Trophy finalists but he's going to be a stud.  Ray Whitney at 40 years old is a great selection here as well.  Not sure you can argue having both Quick and Lundqvist on either squad.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Boomer's Diamond Notes: All-Star Game Ballot

Click Here to cast your vote for the All-Star Game 2012
Just a short three weeks away, the 2012 MLB season will hit the mid-way point, and the Kansas City Royals will host the 2012 All-Star Game. Now, I'm not going to get too in-depth on the game in today's post, but I just wanted to inform you on the up-to-date voting totals (players voted on by the fans) and remind you to cast your vote, for the chance to see your favorite players take on each other in the Midsummer Classic.

Click on the link below,
National League All-Star voting Totals
American League All-Star voting Totals

Monday, June 18, 2012

Boomer's Slam Dunk: Update on the NBA Finals

Deja vu for the Miami Heat? The players, coaches, and general fan of the Miami Heat (NBA) franchise  woke up this morning with a familiar feeling. Just a year ago, the Miami Heat took a 2-1 lead in the NBA Finals vs. the Dallas Mavericks, before losing the next three games and the NBA Championship to Dallas. Well, a year later after last nights Game 3 91-85 victory in Miami, the Heat are in the same position just two W's away from an NBA Championship. :-( Now, will history repeat itself starting Tuesday Night with Game 4 (9 PM ABC) in Miami, in what most will say is a "must-win" for the Oklahoma City Thunder, to even this series up at 2-2. Now, is it possible for the Thunder to run off 3 straight W's like their rivals did a year ago? Maybe? Can they? Probably. Will they? We're about to find out. Now lets take a look back at the first three games of this series, in which has been a very high rated/viewed NBA Finals to this point, and see what the Heat have to do to finish off the Thunder or what the Thunder have to do to get back into this series and crush the Heat's dreams once again #faillebron.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Boomer's Wall of Fame Wednesday

Wall of Fame

Game 1 of the NBA Finals last night, went to the host OKC Thunder, as they stormed past the Miami Heat, 105-94. Game 2 is tomorrow night on ABC at 9 PM #thunderup #faillebron. Tonight (9 PM) the NBA Network will televise the 20 year anniversary special of the "DREAM TEAM", the United States Men's basketball squad that won the Gold Medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona. Now, on to this weeks installment of Boomer's Wall of Fame.

What Happened?

It's been a couple weeks but Gainer is back...I think!

I'm not sure how Blue Jackets fans reacted to this one...oh wait, screw off!
Well the Stanley Cup Finals are in the books and so is the 2011-2012 NHL season.  Congrats to the Los Angeles Kings for their first ever Stanley Cup and those fans who've waited their whole lives for what happened Monday night at the Staples Center.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Boomer's Diamond Notes: Interleague Action and Happy Father's Day

It's like a World Series preview in mid-June.
Introduced back in 1997, Interleague play brings the two leagues AL/NL together for some very interesting/unique games around this point of the season. The classic Subway Series (Mets-Yankees), Battle of Ohio (Reds-Indians) which for me is a tough 6-game stretch to watch, the the two LA teams (Dodgers-Angels), the Bay Area Series (Oakland-San Francisco) and many more intriguing series to watch and enjoy. Starting next season, the Houston Astros will make the move to the American League, evening up both leagues at 15 teams apiece and extending Interleague play throughout the 162-game season. Since 1997, the American League has dominated Interleague play, accumulating more wins then the National League in 11 of the 15 seasons so far (As of play today the AL is up 48-40, this season).

June 17th. Father's Day 2012. I'm sure for most of you, a lot of your childhood memories are ones that included your Dad. I know my dad and I had plenty of late summer nights out at the ballpark working on either my fielding, throwing, or batting. My father is the reason, I have such a passion/love for sports and I enjoy (there is nothing like it, haha) sitting on the couch together and watching a sporting event. Make sure on Sunday you let your Dad(s) know how much they have meant to you and take the time to watch a ballgame or go play catch out in the backyard with them, I'm sure they would appreciate that a great deal.

Boomer's Slam Dunk: 2012 NBA Finals Preview

Ohhh...This is going to be good!

Monday, June 11, 2012

Boomer's Slam Dunk: NBA Conference Finals Recap

As we inch closer to tomorrow nights Game 1 of the NBA Finals (9 PM ABC), lets take a final look back at the Eastern and Western Conference Finals. Come back tomorrow to get my preview for the NBA Finals as the Oklahoma City Thunder take on the Miami Heat.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Boomer's Wall of Fame Wednesday


Due to the fact that the Los Angeles Kings (NHL franchise), are about to win their 1st Stanley Cup in the team's history (Tonight 8 PM NBCSN), two guys that had a lot to do with getting them to their first ever Stanley Cup appearance back in 1993, are getting inducted up onto Boomer's Wall of Fame. Enjoy, and please if you are not doing anything tonight, watch Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals, NBC/NHL need the viewers (ratings are bad).

First up on the players side, "The Great One" Wayne Gretzky.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Boomer's Diamond Notes: Batting Avg., HR's, RBI's, etc.

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As of the start of play on June 5th, here are your leaders in the Triple Crown Stats:

AL Avg.                                            NL Avg.
Paul Konerko .366                            Melky Cabrera .364
Josh Hamilton .348                           David Wright .361
Derek Jeter .336                                Joey Votto .346

AL HR's                                            NL HR's
Josh Hamilton 21                               Carlos Beltran 15
Adam Dunn 17                                  Carlos Gonzalez 14
Edwin Encarncion 17                        Ryan Braun 14
Curtis Granderson 17

AL RBI's                                           NL RBI's
Josh Hamilton 57                               Andre Ethier 46
Miguel Cabrera 44                             Carlos Gonzalez 45
Edwin Encarncion 43                        Carlos Beltran 42

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Boomer's Slam Dunk: NBA Conference Finals Update

Western Conference Finals: Spurs lead 2-1

Game 1: Spurs won 101-98

Basically, the best chance for the Thunder to steal a game in SA, slipped away in the closing quarter as the Spurs outscored the Thunder 39-27 in the 4th quarter. Spurs were lead by 26 points (off the bench) from Manu Ginobili and got a stellar performance from Tony Parker (18 pts.) and Tim Duncan (16 pts.) to run their win streak to 19 straight games and winners of their first nine postseason games. The Thunder will probably look back at this game and think, "we let this one slip away". The Thunder were lead by Kevin Durant (27 pts.) and James Harden (19 pts.). It was a good 1st game to this series that must people are predicting will go the distance. 

Game 2: Spurs won 120-111

Unlike Game 1, this game was controlled by the Spurs from the opening tip. Up 11 at halftime (55-44), the well-oiled machine that has been the Spurs all postseason took a 2-0 series lead, as they ran their streak to 20 straight W's and 10-0 in the postseason, winning Game 2 (120 to 111). Spurs were lead by Tony Parker who put on a great performance in front of the home fans (40 mins., 34 pts., 8 asst., and just 2 TO's). Ginobili chipped in 20 pts. off the bench as the Spurs knocked down 11 of 26 3 pt. attempts (42 %). Even, Tim Duncan had a thunderous dunk that made us all turn back time a few years. The Thunder got a stellar performance from their Big Three (Durant 31, Harden 30, and Russell Westbrook 27), but it wasn't enough as they traveled back to OK City down 2 games to none in the best of 7 series. 

Game 3: Thunder won 102-82

My Oh My. What a difference a change of scenery and familiar faces will do for a team. With their backs against the wall down 2-0 in the series the Thunder jumped out to an early 8-0 lead, only to be down at the end of the 1st quarter vs. the Spurs 24-22. However, the rest of the night belonged to the young and athletic Thunder of OKC, as they rolled to a 20 point W, thus snapping the Spurs 20-game win streak. Ironically, the Thunder run their home record in the playoffs to 6-0, as they were lead by Kevin Durant's 22 points and received a much better performance from their starting lineup, most notability, Thabo Sefolosha scoring 19 points and coming up with 6 steals. The Thunder on the night forced the Spurs into 21 TO's and looked rejuvenated in front of their college-like atmosphere crowd. The Spurs were lead by Tony Parker and Stephen Jackson with 16 points a piece. Tim Duncan (11 pts.) and Mano Ginobili (8 pts.) combined to just shoot 6 for 20 from the field. Thunder look to even the series tonight in OKC (8:30 TNT).

Game 4: Tonight 8:30 TNT
Game 5: Monday 9:00 TNT 
Game 6: Wednesday 9:00 TNT *if needed*
Game 7: Friday 9:00 TNT *if needed* 

Eastern Conference Finals: Heat lead 2-1

Game 1: Heat won 93-79

With the Heat having a day or two of extra rest and home-court, they took Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals down in South Beach, by 14. After a first quarter in which they only had 11 POINTS!, the Celtics regrouped to outscore the Heat in the 2nd quarter 35 to 25, and the two teams headed into the locker room tied at 46 all. However, the C's did not care the momentum over into the 2nd half and ran out of gas after just 48 hours before playing in a Game 7 vs. the 76ers in the Conference Semifinals. The Heat were again lead by the dynamic duo of LeBron James and D. Wade with 32 and 22 points, respectively. Its really hard to stop either or both of these guys when they start rolling and get out in the open court...Case In Point. The Celtics got 23 points and 10 rebounds from Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo chipped in 16 points. On the night, the C's were called for three T's, thats one....two....three Technical Fouls.

Game 2: Heat won 115-111 F/OT

A thrilling game to watch, gave us one of the greatest performance by a player in postseason history, Rajon Rondo's 53 minute, 44 point, 10 assist, and 8 rebound "Beast Mode" game. However, even after LeBron missing another GW shot, the Heat were about to survive in OT and pull out the 115-111 Game 2 victory to take a 2-0 series lead vs. a very game/old Celtics squad. The Celtics were in control for most of the game until late in the 3rd quarter, and just ran out of gas down the stretch. Both teams shot a number of FT's as the Heat were 31-47, while the Celtics were 26-29 from the charity line. The Heat got 34 from LeBron and 23 from D. Wade, with Mario Chalmers chipping in 22 points and 6 assists. Along with Rondo's 44 point performance, Paul Pierce had 21, Garnett 18 and Ray Allen 13, with a cold blooded 3 pointer near the end of regulation to tie the game up. The Celtics headed back up to Beantown down 2-0 in the series and faced a must win in Game 3 last night.

Game 3: Celtics won 101-91

And they got just that. A 10-point win after leading all night the Celtics got a scare late from the Heat in the fourth, the Celtics were able to hang on and get their first win of the ECF. Outstanding performance from Garnett 24 points, Pierce 23 points and Rondo's 21 and 10 assist, the Celtics got some much needed extra energy playing in front of the home fans, and need a repeat performance Sunday Night, to knot this series up at 2-2. The Celtics received 19 bench points and shot 20-26 from the free throw line, the Heat only got to the charity line 20 times making half of their freebies. Down 22 (85 to 63) heading into the 4th quarter, the Heat trimmed Boston's lead all the way down to 8 points (95 to 87) with 2:40 left, but did not get any closer as the Celtics closed out the game. The Heat were lead again by LeBron with 34, but did not get the same performances from D. Wade (18 points) and Chalmers (14 points) as the previous two games down in Miami. Game 4 is back in Boston Sunday Night on ESPN at 8:30.

Game 4: Sunday 8:30 ESPN
Game 5: Tuesday 8:30 ESPN
Game 6: Thursday 8:30 ESPN *if needed*
Game 7: Saturday (June 9th) 8:30 ESPN *if needed*

Friday, June 1, 2012

The Pre Classic

Eugene, Oregon.  Home of TrackTown, USA.  This weekend is the Prefontaine Classic, one of the premiere track & field events not only in America but in the world.  Hayward Field is a legendary facility made extremely popular by former Oregon Head Coach Bill Bowerman and stud/phenom Steve Prefontaine.  It's been sponsored by Nike since 1978 because, well, duh.

Originally started as the Hayward Field Restoration Race, in 1975 the name was changed to the Prefontaine Classic after legendary University of Oregon distance runner and Olympian Steve Prefontaine was killed in a car accident a week prior to the meet.  At 24 years young, we lost one of the greatest distance runners in our history before he even got to his prime.

The Memorial

the Memorial Tournament

Yesterday was the first round of the Memorial in Dublin, Ohio (just outside of Columbus on the northwest side).  It's a popular tournament because it's a Jack Nicklaus founded tournament and designed course.  The "home" course for The Golden Bear, so to speak.  Steve Stricker won this tournament last year.  Tiger won it 3 times in a row from 1999 to 2001 and has a record 4 wins (2009).  The worst score to ever win is even par back in the inaugural event in 1976.  The best score was 20 under par by Tom Lehman in 1994. As a restricted field event on the PGA Tour, only the first 75 players on the previous year's money-list are guaranteed invites.  It's one of 5 events to be given that "invitation status only."  It was the first non-major to ever sell out and still does to this day.  Since being played the first weekend in June, it's a great tune up for the US Open that follows in two weekends (Father's Day).