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June 17th 2019

I celebrated my 80th birthday last week and the sport world celebrated several championships.

The Toronto Raptors beat injury-plagued Golden State to win the NBA title. Kawhi Leonard was brilliant. Guys like Pascal Siakam and Fred Van Vleet stepped up their games. Congrats to first-year head coach Nick Nurse on the championship.

The St. Louis Blues won th Stanley Cup title, winning game seven in Boston. Ryan O’Reilly won the Conn Smythe as Playoff MVP, and Jordan Binnington was brilliant in goal.
Gary Woodland made a number of clutch shots in winning the US Open golf tourney.
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June 10th, 2019

I celebrated my 80th birthday and was treated to great sports action. 

Rafael Nadal continued to show his dominance on clay, winning his 12th French Open

Kawhi Leonard showed his greatness as the Raptors won twice at Golden State.

Rory McIlroy showed his greatness with a 61 to win easily in Canada.

Sir Winston won the last triple crown race of the year at the Belmont.

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June 3rd, 2019

The Golden State Warriors showed heart on Sunday. The fought to a road win despite injuries to Key Thompson and Kevan Looney. They already were without Kevin Durant. The Finals are now tied 1-1.

The heavyweight boxing division has had several big names dominating. Deontay Wlder, Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury were the three big names.

Fans wanted to see Wilder-Joshua or a rematch of Wilder-Fury, which was a wild draw.

So much for a Deontay Wilder-Anthony Joshua heavyweight mega-fight. Andy Ruiz Jr. shocked the world by beating the previously-unbeaten Joshua at Madison Square Garden. Back to the drawing board for the Brit.

Ruiz Jr. was like Buster Douglas against Mike Tyson. He came in as a huge underdog. He shook up the heavyweight division.

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May 27th, 2019

The NBA and NHL finals are set. The Warriors are in the finals for the fifth straight year. Only the Celtics had more consecutive finals appearances. They take on the Toronto Raptors, who rallied from 2-0 down to win four in a row to send the Bucks home.
The St. Louis Blues are in the Stanley Cup final for the first time since 1970. They will face the Boston Bruins from the Stanley Cup.
The Minnesota Twins have dominated the AL. Rocco Baldelli is doing a great job in his first season as manager.
The French Open got underway. Rafael Nadal is the King of Clay.
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May 21st, 2019

A night I will treasure, receiving the Sports Emmy Lifetime Achievement award. Thanks to my loving family, my second family at ESPN. I also want to thank so many special people, a la the late Scotty Connal and Jim Simpson for getting me started, Bob Ley in helping me in the studio and the Montag group for representing me.

It was quite an honor when you think about some of the prior winners. Joining the likes of Jim McKay, Curt Gowdy, Howard Cosell, Vin Scully, Brent Musberger and many others is special.
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Quote of the Week

“John Calipari is like a CEO of a major corporation and is a money machine for BBN. He earns everyone of those dollars he is receiving.”

-Dick Vitale