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HRABE: Tuesday Morning Odds & Ends

By Chris Hrabe
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A couple of thoughts over my coffee on this Tuesday morning…

-I remember not too long ago when Cardinals-Cubs games weren’t only fun, but were meaningful. I miss the days of the rivalry meaning just as much on the field as it does off the field. Hopefully, the Cubs are on the verge of becoming relevant again.

I say that because there’s something special about Cardinals-Cubs games that have big time meaning in the NL Central race. Don’t get me wrong, the series are still fun no matter what, but I believe that baseball suffers when some of the best rivalries in the game aren’t also the most competitive.

I think the Cubs will eventually become relevant again for more than the bickering that the organization has done with the rooftop owners around Wrigley Field, and I look forward to those days. Fans of both teams should as well.

 -I wrote before the NBA Finals started that the Spurs weren’t getting enough credit from people for the type of basketball team that they are. For some reason, a lot of fans are lazy, and still think San Antonio is a defensive-minded, slow-paced, grind it out team.

The truth is, they are anything but that. This series has been all about the Spurs taking the Heat out of their comfort zones on both end of the court, and it’s worked magnificently in the 3 San Antonio wins. Just about the only way to neutralize LeBron James for stretches is to throw everything you have at him. The Spurs have done that, hitting James with a different look almost each possession.

I don’t know if it will be enough for the Spurs to win one game in Miami, but it’s certainly been a competitive and compelling series. Oh, and, it helps that Danny Green has hit just about everything that he’s looked at.

-Some people love that the US Open can make the best golfers in the world look average or even worse, and some can’t stand it. Count me as someone who doesn’t really mind one way or the other, as long as big names are involved and the storylines are compelling.

And how about the storylines on Sunday? Phil Mickelson, Justin Rose, Rickie Fowler, Hunter Mahan, Steve Stricker & more. Huge name after huge name at the top of the leaderboard.

I enjoyed the coverage of the tournament, and thought it was a fun finish at Merion, with a few guys having and ultimately blowing opportunities before Justin Rose took advantage and won the Championship. It’s too bad Tiger wasn’t in the mix, but there wasn’t a shortage of marquee storylines for me.

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