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We’re down to the conference finals in the NHL and the NBA playoffs. Last night, the Los Angeles Kings where the last team to make the conference finals with a 6 – 2 win over the Anaheim Ducks. The Kings advance to face the Chicago Blackhawks in the Western conference finals. It’s a match up that features the last two Stanley Cup winners. The Eastern conference finals starts this afternoon with the New York Rangers vs. the Montreal Canadians. Chicago and Montreal have home ice advantage for the conference finals series. As you know from listening to the show we live in the Chicago suburbs; so I’d like to see the Blackhawks come out of the West. How about a Chicago/New York Stanley Cup final? I’m sure the NHL would love to see a match up like that with two big market teams in the Stanley Cup finals. In the NBA conference finals I think everyone got the match ups they expected. In the Eastern conference it’s the Miami Heat vs. the Indiana Pacers. Even after all there ups and downs the Pacers got by the Washington Wizards to make the conference finals. Miami has looked like the best team by far in the Eastern conference, but don’t forget the Indiana has the #1 seed and has home court advantage in this series. A lot of experts think home court won’t matter, but you never know and Indiana has it. The Western conference final feature the Oklahoma City Thunder vs. the San Antonio Spurs. The Thunder had struggled finding its way to the finals while the Spurs have been by far the best team in the Western conference playoffs. With the way the playoffs have played out so far it looks like more and more we’re going to get a rematch from last season and will see the Heat vs. the Spurs in the NBA finals. I’d like to see the Spurs win one more title before Tim Duncan’s career ends, but Miami is going to be tough to beat for any team. While I don’t like the way that Miami has went about winning their titles you can’t argue with their results. LeBron James seems to be understanding that he needs to take over with Dwayne Wade no longer being the player he once was. Chris Bosh used to be a top NBA player, but since going to Miami he has had big outputs every once in a while he’s not the top player he once was. The Spurs have their fair share of top NBA talent in Duncan and point guard Tony Parker. I’m not sure if Manu Ginobili is still a top NBA player, but he hits big shots and knows how to fill his role in the Spurs offense. Of course there is no guarantee at all that the NBA finals will have the Spurs or the Heat in them, but they look like the best two teams playing right now.

I was happy to see Michael Sam get drafted. He was picked by the St. Louis Rams in the 7th round of the NFL draft. It was a good landing spot for Sam as he played his college football at the University of Missouri and he’ll try to make the jump to the pro’s in the same state. Some people had issues with the fact that Sam and his boyfriend kissed a few times on television after he was drafted. It caught me off guard at first, but then I realized that it’s no different from any other draft pick kissing his girlfriend after he’s selected. The one negative that I had heard was the planned reality show that the Oprah Winfrey Network was going to do. I heard a report late last night that the show has been postponed and I think that’s in Sam’s best interest. The last thing a rookie 7th round pick needs is a camera following him around while he’s trying to make a team. Sam has an uphill battle to just make the team and the last thing he need was a show bases around that.

A lot of baseball talk on yesterday’s show, It Snowed Here Today, with Mr. Fantasy. A player that came up and is off to a hot start is Troy Tulowitzki. With about 25% of the baseball season in the books Tulowitzki leads the national League in batting average at .389, is tied for the league lead in home runs with 11 and is 2nd in RBI’s with 33. Now I’m not saying that Tulowitzki is going to win a triple crown, but I wondering if this is the season he stays healthy and we see the kind of numbers he can put up. I think a lot of baseball people have wondered the same thing. What do you think; is this the year Tulowitzki stays healthy?

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It’s one of those times in the year where playoff series run over the top of each other. It seems like the NBA playoffs get all the attention, but for me the NHL playoffs are far more exciting. Sadly for Dan the Man and I, our pick for the Stanley Cup (The Chicago Blackhawks) are one game away from being knocked out of the playoffs. In most series the better team will win, but with the NHL I believe there are more upsets by the lower seeded teams. Remember the Los Angels Kings won it all last season as an 8th seed. The Kings still have a chance to repeat this year as they’re ahead in their series 3 – 2 against San Jose. With the strike shortened season, we didn’t get to see a lot of the Eastern Conference teams. Catching up through the playoffs; the Pittsburgh Penguins really look like the best team in the NHL. Pittsburgh closed out the Ottawa Senators last night to move into the conference finals. They’ll take on the Boston Bruins or the New York Rangers. Boston, Detroit and Los Angels have a chance to close out their series and move on to the conference finals.

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Oddly I talked last night on the show that if the Indiana Pacers won last night it would be a close game. Well the Pacers won 97 – 94 and LeBron James committed two turnovers in the final five seconds to help Indian win. Looking at this series so far Indiana could really be up 2 – 0 going to Indiana. The Pacers have the pieces that the Miami heat don’t do well against. Of course when you have LeBron James on your team you are the favorite in every game. James is far and away the best player in the NBA and that can be tough for me to write; since I’m a big Kevin Durant fan. The series is headed to Indiana 1 – 1 and they say the series hasn’t started until the home team loses a game. In the Western conference San Antonio is up 2 – 0 on Memphis, but a lot of people are still picking Memphis. Jerry Hoover was on with us Wednesday night and has Memphis in this series. The series is in Memphis for the next two games; San Antonio is a veteran team and they’ve been here before; so we’ll see how the Grizzlies do at home.

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The baseball season is rolling along and of course the talk of the show is The Bet. At the start of the year Dan the man and Mr. Fantasy put a fitted hat on the line. Dan the Man had the Dodgers to win it all, but Mr. Fantasy said they’d be the third best team in California. Right now Mr. Fantasy is looking good, but remember #ItsJustMay. The Dodgers are sitting at 19 wins while San Diego and the Angels have 21. The Giants and the A’s each have 26 wins. So the Dodgers have about 7 plus games to make up; so will see how things work out for Dan the Man. It seems to be a Friday night special on the show that we get an update on The Bet.

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So Brian Urlacher decided to retire as a Chicago Bear. As much as it seemed like he wanted to try to play this upcoming season there was no team out their willing to sign him. I still believe that if former Bears head coach Lovie Smith would’ve gotten one of the opening coaching positions this off-season Urlacher would be playing for that team. As we know Smith is going to be an analyst; so no one signed Urlachler. There’s no doubt the Urlacher will go into the Hall of Fame, but is he a first ballot hall of famer. On Friday nights show there was a good point brought up. Will they put two middle linebackers in the Hall of Fame in the same year? As good of a player as Urlacher was Ray Lewis was better and he retired at the end of last season as well. I think everyone expects that they’ll both be in the Hall of Fame, but will they go in together is the question?

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