NBA – The familiar trend of large blown leads in this NBA Finals series was evident again in Game 5, as the Lakers saw a 19-point first half advantage disappear pretty much even before the intermission. Last night, however, the Celtics proved they had already slaked their thirst for historic comebacks, or just wanted to claim the title in front of the home crowd. Either way, the Lakers win 103-98 and the laughable Kobe-as-Jordan comparisons never seem to die even though Mamba didn't do a whole hell of a lot down the stretch in this game. Meanwhile, rumored lycanthrope Pau Gasol put in 19 points and 13 boards. Paul Pierce led the way for Boston with 38 points in 47:58 of playing time. If only he'd have gotten those remaining two seconds. The Lakers get to try to be the first team to overcome a 3-1 Finals deficit when the series switches back to Boston Tuesday, with the added difficulty of doing so without a defense. Jordan would find a way!
MLB – Injuries galore with the Yankees losing Chien-Ming Wang in the middle of a 13-0 rout of the Astros and Yadier Molina getting steamrolled at the plate by the Phillies' Eric Bruntlett. The St. Louis installment of the Catching Molinas held on for the tag, but had to be carted off with a neck brace on, but seems to be all right. An inning later, Rick Ankiel scored on a Phillies throwing error to win it for the Cards in 10… The Marlins avoid a sweep in the Battle of the Overachieving Florida teams with a 9-3 win featuring an impressive outing by starter Ricky Nolasco, who finished an out away from the Marlins' first complete game in nearly two years…Oakland gets its second straight Battle of the Bay Area sweep over the Giants. Now if only they'd doing a little sweeping around Oakland.
U.S. Open – Like the NBA Finals, this too shall continue. An 18-hole playoff round awaits today between prolific porn actor Rocco Mediate and some guy who's the best golfer in the world. But unlike those pesky basketball Finals, this golf bidness is actually halfway interesting. Le Tigre stormed back with an amazing round Saturday on a hampered knee and Rocco is a pudgy middle-aged guy named Rocco. Sports Illustrated termed Tiger's gutsy performance at Torrey Pines Saturday as "mind over meniscus" which I in turn file under "puns for my perineum".