BALLSTON SPA, NY – I’m filling in for West Coast Craig this week and know the blood was boiling after last week’s batch of Ebs’ Hot Takes. Well, get ready! I’ve turned the temperature up once again. Here’s my latest edition of Hawt Taeks (as they call ’em up here in Western New York)!
OKC steals it on the road. I know, this will probably upset some people – like Angry Ward – but I’m sticking to my guns. I called an Oklahoma City vs Cleveland NBA Finals before the playoffs even started and I’m not backing down now.
It’s so hard to pick against the team that has two of the top-5 players in the NBA. I can also guarantee that the Thunder will make more than three 3-pointers, and chances are good Golden State won’t make make 21 treys again either.
Oklahoma City has already won once at Oracle. Why not twice?
Clayton Kershaw is the best player in baseball. All you New York Mets fans got to see Kershaw’s dominance in full force Sunday, and it didn’t turn out too well.
If I was drafting my Fantasy Baseball team today and had the No. 1 overall selection, Kershaw is my guy. There isn’t another pitcher playing on his level and both Mike Trout and Bryce Harper are under-perfoming a bit right now. He’s the guy.
If the Los Angeles Dodgers can get just a little bit out of rookie sensation Julio Urias the rest of the way, they’ll be a tough team to beat this summer.
Pens win it in seven. While the San Jose Sharks are coming out of the tougher Western Conference, and traveled a harder journey to get to the Stanley Cup Finals, there’s just something about the Pittsburgh Penguins.
With Sidney Crosby finally starting to play like the superstar we’re all used to, and with the additional star power of Phil Kessel, Evgeni Malkin, Kris Letang and Chris Kunitz I give the Penguins the edge.
I understand that the Sharks are the hot team right now and have a tremendous power play, but this is their first Stanley Cup Finals. The Penguins, on the other hand, won the Stanley Cup in 2008-09. Experience could play a factor, like it has in recently – the Super Bowl and World Series.