The Home Stretch

Baseball is coming down to the wire.  There are what seems like 15 teams fighting for the last 2 wildcard spots in the AL

Of course the only team I want to see take one of those spots is the Angels.  I don’t care about the other spot.  It’s basically useless.

Now, the Angels made two rather large additions this week adding second baseman Brandon Phillips and outfielder Justin Upton.  Those two additions will really help down the stretch, but they don’t address the biggest problem with the Angels.

Starting Pitching.

Actually, make that all of their pitching, because the bullpen isn’t much better.

The return of Garrett Richards should help out, but he is coming off almost 3 straight years of injury.  Can we really expect him to be the ace of the staff?  No.

I do still believe that the angels will sneak into the playoffs and maybe make a run deep into October.  But, that is based on whether or not the Angels hitters can stay hot.  Albert Pujols has had the best hitting week of his Angels career and if that continues they can beat anybody.

Go Angels.

In beer news I just tasted a very strange beer the other day at Mikkeller Brewing SD.  Raspberry Blush.  It is a Berliner Weiss brewed with raspberry and coffee.  It was an odd combo, but it really worked.  The raspberry flavor immediately hits you in the taste buds and then tails off into a coffee finish.  It was quite tasty and definitely recommendable.

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Is It Basketball Season Yet?

Wow!  I haven’t been on here in quite a while….  I should really stop being so lazy and start writing again.  It is what keeps me sane after all.  So, as to be expected I am a little insane right now and the sports world is as well.

Tonight is the Mayweather/McGregor fight and honestly I couldn’t care less.  I think Mayweather wins, but McGregor proves he is a legitimate boxer.

Golf playoffs have started and you know what that means.  Only 4 more tournaments and then nobody cares about golf until next year.  Better get your golf fix in right now.

My LAA Angels are actually in the playoff hunt and not surprisingly a Mike Trout “slump” has lead to a few poor games in a row for the halos.  If the Angels want him to stay in Anaheim long term, they better find a way to win games when he isn’t at his historically amazingly bestest.  I think the Angels sneak into that second wildcard spot, but don’t expect a deep run into October.  Far too many holes to fill on that roster to win a World Series.

Football is about to begin.  That sucks.

The IT/Kyrie trade is about to get real weird if it has to be nixed because of IT’s health.  Cleveland better find another suitable trade and Boston better find a way to fix the relationship with IT that they basically ruined when they kicked him out the door.  Could be interesting there.

I haven’t been drinking much beer lately, but two beers I had a couple weeks back that were spectacular were two Watermelon inspired offerings.  Anderson Valley Briney Melon Gose and Founders Green Zebra.  Both beers were immaculate and highly recommended.

That’s all for now.  I’ll see you guys again… Some time?

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Summer League Final

The LA Lakers are playing in an NBA final… only problem is that it’s in the NBA Summer League.  Still, the Lakers have impressed even while playing without Brandon Ingram for all but the first game.

The Lakers and Blazers are the only teams left in this Summer League Tournament and tonight’s game should be an entertaining, even without Lonzo Ball playing.  I think the Lakers can still win tonight, but it will be a little more difficult without Ball.  He has been absolutely unstoppable during the Summer League.  Apart from the first game against the Clippers where you can tell his nerves took him out of the game, Lonzo has been the best player in the Summer League.

The Lakers are more than just Ball though.  Kyle Kuzma has been out of his mind.  Making everything from 3 and showing why the Lakers could use him and Ingram in a small ball/everyone can handle the point lineup.

If anything, the Lakers look like a much improved team this upcoming season.  I don’t think they make the playoffs.   The West IS WAY TOO tough and deep.

Expect competitive play in every game this year from the Lakers and a move towards contention in a year or two.  It’s not far off Laker fans.

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Summer of NBA

Every summer we get a new crop of kids whom we all sit around and judge, wondering if they will ever amount to anything.  Sometimes even one game into their NBA Summer League debuts, we are hard pressed not to consider whether or not they are going to be the next big thing.  It is a somewhat broken system, but many would argue it’s tried and true.

During this basketball “down time”, seasoned NBA players are getting millions of dollars thrown at them over a few years to sign with the same team or a new team.  Free Agency.  Does your favorite player want to stay and build something or do they bail for money, a championship, etc.? It’s a whirlwind of emotions as players and teams scramble to make the best decisions they possible can.

This year has been no different as the money starts flowing, the movement continues.  Kevin Durant taking a huge pay cut to remain with the Warriors may be the most selfless move so far, but let’s see what other moves have been made.

Chris Paul to the Rockets.  Not gonna work out.  Sorry Houston, 2 dominant ball handlers never pans out (please view the countless failed attempts at this previously).

Paul George to the Thunder.  A great move if he decides to stay.  A terrible move if he and Westbrook both bail for the Lakers next year.

Paul Millsap to the Denver Nuggets.  Solid move here, but that doesn’t guarantee a top 6 spot in the LOADED West.

Jimmy Butler to the Timberwolves.  See explanation above i.e. George, Millsap.

Gordon Hayward to the…  Don’t know about this one yet.   Best bets are back to Utah or off to Boston.  Either is a good move, but Boston has a better chance at an NBA Finals where they can be demolished by Golden State.

Blake Griffin stays a Clipper.  This means nothing.  Clippers will be lucky to make the playoffs. Unless they get Gallinari as well and then they get a 7 seed.

Carmelo Anthony… Still a Knick, but willing to take a trade to ruin the lives of people in Houston and Cleveland.  If you want a title, stay away.  Far, far away.

 

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THE Draft

It’s draft season and luckily for me that doesn’t mean a war draft just yet, but we have already completed the NFL and MLB drafts and the NHL draft is next week I believe.  However, the NBA draft is today and that makes me happier than I could have imagined. Not only do the Lakers pick 2nd overall, but they have a rather big chance to land a big name in a trade (Paul George most likely).

The top 2 picks seem rather set in stone, but there are always those last minute decisions teams must make before they actually call out the names of who they are drafting.  My gut tells me that the status quo will be found and no surprises will come off the board through the first two picks at least.  Let’s look at what I believe will be the top 10 picks.

#1 Philadelphia- Markelle Fultz

#2 Los Angeles Lakers- Lonzo Ball

#3 Boston- Josh Jackson (then either he is traded or 1 of their other 15 wings are traded)

#4 Phoenix- Jayson Tatum

#5 Sacramento- De’Aaron Fox

#6 Orlando- Malik Monk

#7 Minnesota- Jonathan Isaac

#8 New York- Lauri Markkanen

#9 Dallas- Frank Ntilikina

#10 Sacramento- Zach Collins

I see the Knicks making a poor choice this high up by taking Markkanen, but the Knicks never make sensible choices.  Also, I see Dennis Smith Jr. going #11, not at #5 or #6 where a lot of people are seeing him go which is mainly do to a poor outside jumper and lazy attitude on defense.  Go Lakers!

 

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Happy Father’s Day

Apparently I have succumbed to only writing on the high holidays anymore.  Don’t know when that happened, but I will try to do better moving forward.

Happy Fathers day to all the amazing fathers out there, but especially to my own dad, who is by far the best dad in the world.  It’s days like today that I try my best not to overlook all the things that he has done for me in my life and do nothing but thank him for molding me into the person I am.  Thank you dad for one of the millions of things that you have given me in my life.

Fathers day means it’s US Open Sunday.  I don’t know about anyone else, but it looks like it’s gonna be a real close one down the stretch.  There are a ton of guys who have absolutely no experience in this position in a major and that could mean a bunch of nervous golf swings come early afternoon.  I want Rickie Fowler to win, but I see somebody like Brooks Koepka blasting two 3-woods over 300 yards and making eagle on 18 to win by a stroke.  Should be fun.

I haven’t had much new beer lately other than the flat out incompetent beer that is made in Utah.  Alright, the beer itself can be mighty tasty, but their damn alcohol by volume laws are insane and making the beer less consumer friendly.  I don’t necessarily drink beer for the alcohol content, but I do drink beer for the alcohol content.  Come on Utah, I know you don’t want everyone driving around drunk, but have some faith that beer drinkers can handle more than 4.0% beer.  You’re better than that as a state.  I think.

Here’s probably the best beer I had out in Utah.  Uinta HooDoo

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Has It Started Yet?

Why the hell do the NBA Finals not start until Thursday?  I am sure there is a valid excuse out there somewhere, but I don’t want to hear it.  I want to see some actual quality basketball, damnit.  Anyways, I got the Warriors in 6.  Lebron keeps things interesting, but Golden State is just damn near unbeatable right now.

Moving on… Mike Trout is on the DL for the first time in his career.  Not that anybody outside of the Angels fanbase even knows that.  Oh, and the guy is having the best year of his career so far.  You know the career now in its 6th full season and having not finished worse than 2nd in the MVP voting any of those years.  Again, you wouldn’t know it because the best player in the league, by a pretty big margin, is being forgotten due to the stupidity and loudness of Bryce Harper.

This past weekend I attended a beer festival in Long Beach, CA.  It was by far the worst festival I have ever been too.  It felt like a bunch of people rented an area, bought some kegs from bevmo and said, “hey, check out our beer festival”.  The only thing that saved me from a horrible beer weekend was going to two breweries before the festival.  The Bruery is a well known place that until recently was considered great craft beer.  Now that they have sold however, I’m sure people are going to want to stop considering them craft.  We’ll have to wait and see.  The other place was Phantom Ales.  I’ve never tasted anything from them before, but I was blown away with their selection.  They had Sour Cherry Mead that was sublime.  Amazing stuff.

That’s all for now.  I won’t be talking about the Tiger Woods arrest just yet, because I want to hear what actually happened first and then make wild accusations that make no sense.  It will be fun.  Til next time y’all.

 

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