Spain needed 120 minutes and 7 penalty kicks, but they finally put away Italy. Italy had more chances to score and were pretty dominate in the regulation. Once it went into Extra Time, Spain started to take over. Vincente del Bosque made a curious substitution by putting Javi Martinez up top for Fernando Torres, but Spain still won the game because penalty kick botched by Leonardo Bonucci.
It was a crazy beginning to the first round of the NBA Draft. No trades in the top 5, but I do not think anyone doing a mock draft had the outcome of Anthony Bennett, Victor Oladipo, Otto Porter Jr, Cody Zeller and Alex Len. Zeller being the first center taken in the draft is interesting. He was a top 5 player prior to his sophomore year at Indiana, but dropped because he was not even the best player on his own team. I just don’t know if he will succeed in the NBA. Biggest trade of the first round for me was the Nerlens Noel trade to the Philadelphia 76ers. The New Orleans Pelicans get Jrue Holiday and the 76ers get the rights to Nerlens Noel and a protected 2014 first round pick. This trade was a big step in the Sixers rebuilding process and it appears that they are trying to tank for Andrew Wiggins. He has been said to be the best prospect since Kevin Durant, and some people say he is the best since LeBron James. The 2014 draft class will blow away this one anyway, so two picks next year will be big for the Sixers. The only way they do not get a 1st round pick from the Pelicans is if it is in the top 5.
Boston Celtics gave away Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce. I cannot even say they traded away. They got three unprotected first round picks. However, I doubt they come of any value for the Celtics. Late first rounders rarely turn into stars in the NBA. With Brooklyn looking like a top team in the East next year, the 2014 pick will become a late pick. The 2016 and 2018 picks are up in the air, but I really think they won’t be lottery picks. I agree with Bill Simmons. It was a bad trade and I feel bad for Boston Celtics fans like him.
Mike Muscala got drafted by the Dallas Mavericks with the 44th pick. However, that pick had already been proposed in a deal to the Atlanta Hawks. This makes sense since the GM for the Hawks was at the Patriot League Championship game. I am glad that he got drafted and its exciting for Bucknell and the whole student body.
In the upcoming weeks leading up to the All Star Break, I am going to be doing reviews of each division in baseball. I already gave a little preview of the AL East two days ago in the Daily Dojo. I will also give you another preview. The worst division in baseball is… the NL East. And its not even close. The Braves lead the division by 5.5. And guess what? They are a mediocre team at best. “But Greg, they have the Upton brothers, Simmons, Heyward, Kimbrel and a good starting rotation!” They are below .500 when they are not playing their own terrible division. Mediocre at best. That would just be a preview as to why the NL East is the worst division in baseball
Baseball Quick Hits
- Derek Holland has return to form this season. He only gave up two hits in a shut out against the Yankees. He also had seven strikeouts. Real good bounce back year for Holland
- Matt Garza had 10 strikeouts in 7 innings against the Brewers yesterday afternoon. Cubs are lucky he is back to being the pitcher he used to be. Valuable trade chip.
- Excited to see Max Scherzer pitch tomorrow night against the Rays. He has been dominate this year, and I am intrigued to see how he does against an average Rays line up. Also want to see how Wil Myers, future stud muffin, fairs against him.