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Thoughts From the Sidelines

Playoffs are over—start your barbeques!

By Sumner Spence | Jun 27, 2013

This past weekend brought a very exciting close to the finals of both the NBA and NHL.

As predicted, the NBA finals went to the seventh and final game with both teams living up to the level of play that we all want to see in a playoff series. The Miami Heat brought the series to a tie in the sixth game in an amazing overtime win against the San Antonio Spurs. The final game was a great two-point match up all the way to the last 40 seconds! I have been following basketball for 20 years or so, ever since Michael Jordan came back from his first retirement. I must say that this was the most compelling series in the finals that I have seen. Congratulations to Miami. They have a chance to become a dynasty next year if they can win this again.

The NHL finish was perhaps even more exciting than the NBA final game. At the end of game six in the NHL finals, the Chicago Blackhawks ultimately won the Stanley Cup with a record-setting comeback in the third period to beat the Boston Bruins. Chicago scored two goals in 17 seconds to come back from a 2-1 deficit to win. This is the fastest two goals scored in this amount of time to win in the finals in 70-plus years of professional hockey. I was cheering for Boston to win because of the tragedy of the bombing at the Boston Marathon, but congratulations go to Chicago winning their second Stanley Cup in four years. They beat the Philadelphia Flyers in 2010.

This week I have been watching Wimbledon with its crazy upsets in the first few days. Seems to me the injuries have a lot to do with the fact that the players do not get to play on the main courts until the actual tournament. The grass seems to be slippery when it's not been broken in. It's a shame to think that the ultimate winners could be more about who has the best footwear.

The U.S. Women's Open Golf tournament is being played in South Hampton, N.Y.  this weekend. You can see some of it on ESPN2 and NBC. I have nothing good to say about the Phillies, so we'll just stop here for now.

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