For the first time all summer, the spotlight will finally shift away from the NBA and NHL. First off, congratulations to the Chicago Blackhawks for winning the Stanley Cup last night in Game 6. The Bruins notched a goal mid-way through the first period to go up 1-0 on the Hawks but the Hawks countered with a goal of their own early in the second period. With the score level at 1-1, the Bruins broke through with 8 minutes left in the 3rd period, and it appeared as if they had sealed a trip back to Chicago for Game 7. But then with the one-minute mark looming in the 3rd period, Chicago desperate for a goal, sent goalie Corey Crawford to the bench to get the extra skater. Seconds later, Bryan Bickell tied the game at 2-2. With under a minute left, the teams met for the faceoff, preparing to enter OT for the fourth time in six games but Dave Bolland sent a shot hurling towards the net that took a bounce or two before winding up in the back of the net. The Boston Garden went silent and with two goals in 17 seconds, the Chicago Blackhawks clinched the series and the Stanley Cup.
With the NBA and NHL in the rear view mirror, the MLB can finally take center-stage for the summer as teams are looking to get hot and stay hot. One team, who looked to continue their hot streak, was the Toronto Blue Jays. Winners of 11 straight games, outscoring their opponents 70-27 during the streak, the Blue Jays finally looked like they were living up the hype when they made big off season moves to acquire the likes of Jose Reyes, Josh Johnson, and R.A. Dickey. Unfortunately, the Tampa Bay Rays had other plans, notching three straight home runs in an eight pitch span during the second inning to win 4-1. One of which was by Wil Myers.
One of the best tennis tournaments of the year started yesterday. The beautiful grass courts of Wimbledon showcased some of the premier players, as Roger Federer, Andy Murray, and Maria Sharapova all continued to show their dominance in major tournaments. To nearly everyone’s surprise, #5 seeded Rafael Nadal was eliminated in the first round of a major for the first time in his career, losing to Steve Darcis of Belguim 7-6,7-6,6-4. Other players such as Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic look to take the court during Day 2.
There is no new news regarding the Aaron Hernandez situation other than increased police involvement. There has been reports that police were using scuba gear to search through adjacent rivers and creeks close to Hernandez’s Massachusetts home in hopes of finding evidence.
From Editor (a.k.a. Greg):
Big Thanks to Joe
I have a lot of work that I have been working through these past couple of days so I apologize for not getting to the Daily Dojo. Joe will be helping me out for the time being with Daily Dojo writing. Joe will also be helping write and contributing pieces to the site.
Interesting fact from last week
Phillies led off a game against the Nationals with a single and then a Michael Young home run. Their next hit came in the tenth inning. They were no-hit for nine innings and almost won the game. I have no idea if that has ever happened before and Baseball Reference is being no help because I cannot find the time to search through the box score of every game ever recorded. One day I’ll look into it because my research adviser suggested I look into it and I think that it is really interesting. I will write about it, but not on my off day. He’s asking me to do extra research on my off days? He cannot be serious (I’m just kidding Dr. K. It’s something I would want to look into and have fun in Oregon).