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April 7th 2019

 

NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
VIRGINIA OVER Texas Tech

Week of April 15th, 2019


Up

Virginia won the national title.

Tiger Woods won The Masters.

The Kings hired Luke Walton.

UCLA hired Mick Cronin as its hoop coach.

The Florida Panthers named Joel Quenneville head coach.

The Patriots re-signed K Stephen Gostkowski.

The Vikings gave Adam Thielen a new deal.

Auburn’s Bruce Pearl got a five-year deal.

Purdue gave football coach Jeff Brohm a new deal.

Giants WR Sterling Sheppard got a new four-year deal.

Steve Alford signed with Nevada.

Markus Howard decided to return to Marquette.

 

Down

The Lakers and coach Luke Walton parted ways.

The Sixers lost to the Nets.

The Raptors fell against the Magic.

The Nuggets lost game one to the Spurs.

Jon Lester went on the injured list (hamstring).

Indians P Mike Clevenger is out 6-8 weeks (back).

Chris Mullin resigned from St. John’s.

Yankees C Gary Sanchez went on the injured list.

Dodgets C Russell Martin went on the injured list (back).

Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette was arrested.

The Kings fired Dave Joerger.

The Grizzlies fired JB Bickerstaff.

The Cavaliers parted ways with Larry Drew.

 

Week of April 15th, 2019

Each week I’ll write about the world of sports: 

*What a performance by Tiger Woods. He won the Masters, his first major title in 11 years. He was brilliant in the final round, looking like the Tiger of old. It’s amazing because many thought he would not play competitive golf again. Now he is a major champion again.

*The NBA playoffs started with several upsets. The Nets stunned the Sixers. The Spurs upset the Nuggets. The Magic upset the Raptors.

*Thank you Dwyane Wade, you have been a winner on and off the court since I first saw you and called your games at Marquette. ⁦ God bless you, the NBA needs more like you. There is no doubt, you are truly a CHAMPION in the Game of Life.

*Congrats also to Dirk Nowitzki, who announced his retirement after 21 great years. He also will be missed.

*Now that Luke Walton is free from the Lakers how long will it take for the Sacramento Kings to make a smart decision and hire him. The young guy can coach and the Kings have a nice group of young talent .

*UCLA finally got its man in Mick Cronin, a tough disciplinarian, tenacious recruiter and smart enough to adjust his style of play to his talent. Look for a run and press team.

*Steve Alford did not stay unemployed for long, signing at Nevada. He takes over from Eric Musselman, who went to Arkansas.

*The transfer portal is over 700 already and will be much higher when the school year ends. I would like to know with grad transfers, what is the % that get their Masters in the year they play after transferring?

*Recruiting grad transfers has become bigger than ever. You will see many of the elite conference schools adding them to their rosters. Do you really believe they are making the moves in many cases for the academics?

April 15th, 2019

 

PTP’ER OF THE WEEK: Tiger Woods

TEAM OF THE WEEK: Houston Astros

SHOCK OF THE WEEK: Spurs over Nuggets

STOCK UP: Virginia basketball

STOCK DOWN: Amir Johnson with a cell phone

 

 

Quote of the Week

“What a magical moment with Tiger Woods capturing his fifth green jacket as Masters champion.”

-Dick Vitale