By Eduardo Maisonet, III / @edthesportsfan
For FOX Deportes
Since I have been tasked to write about all things basketball and soccer related, I will routinely roll out my new column “Tres Arriba, Tres Abajo.” The three positives and negatives of what I’ve seen transpire on the hardwood and on the pitch. Lets rock.
1) Swag FC Bayern Munich Out: In the game that would determine the UEFA Champions League final game on May 19th, the FC Hollywood (Bayern) squad provedtheywerethebettereleven in their two contests versus Real Madrid. Of course, they might not have realized it would take 210 minutes instead of the usual 180, and of course the dreadful penalty kicks. Manuel Neuer’s clutch save, along with a dreadful miss (we’ll get back to this) sealed Los Blancos fate.
2) Kevin Durant’s Late Entry For Dunk of the Year: I don’t think he will win, mostly because many didn’t see it, but KD’s two-handed onslaught on the 7-footer Javale McGee (and the rim) was plain nasty. Don’t believe me? Here’s the videoproof.
3) James Harden Is Cleared To Play: Staying on the Oklahoma City Thunder theme (if you continue reading me, my hometown bias for OKC will become a tad noticeable. I apologize in advance.) continues on a positive note after Sunday’s ugly incident with Metta World Pe….I mean, Ron Artest and James Harden. While Artest has been served with his 7-game suspension, Hardenhasbeencleared to return to basketball activity. We’ve seen concussions keep out players for long durations of time (see Crosby, Sidney) and its good to see Harden back in good health and able to contribute to OKC’s title run.
1) Rest In Peace, La Liga: In the span of 24 hours we’ve witnessed Real Madrid and Barcelona eliminatedfromtheUEFAChampionsLeague and the two most hyped squads in football perished from Europe’s ultimate club tournament. Maybe the football gods said that “El Clasico” was enough and someone else needs the shine, and we’ll just have do to without Ronaldo and Messi. The Blues vs. FC Hollywood hits your television screen on May 19th.
2) Larry Brown Felt Sick About Jordan Firing Him: ThecoachingnomadthatisLarryBrown recently landed his 14th pro or college job late last week at Southern Methodist University. His last job was as head coach of the Charlotte Bobcats, and that gig ended prematurely after the great Michael Jordan flicked the ashes on his cigar and fired his fellow North Carolina alum. Larry Brown said he felt “sick about it” about being by Jordan on aninterviewontheDanPatrickshow, and worries about the people MJ has around him. Personally, I think we can all say that being fired isn’t always a bad thing.
3) Sergio Ramos Air Mails His PK, Deserves Punishment: When you’ve made 26 consecutive penalty kicks like Cristiano Ronaldo has, I can give you a pass. However, the Sergio Ramos start-and-stop, trying to be cute, thenkickingtheballroughlytoPauGasol’ssummerhome is unacceptable. He needs to be forced to cut those locks immediately.
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