Tonight's Sports Report

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Tonight's Sports Report

Helluva day, and evening, for watching competitions on television, starting with the Women's Hockey Gold Medal Game between, as it has been every Winter Olympiad save one since the gals were given a go in 1998, the Canadians versus the United States.

USA won that first-ever meeting in Nagano, Japan, but it's been all Canada ever since.

This afternoon was no different, though Canada had to come back from an 0-2 deficit with less than four minutes left to win it in overtime, 3-2.

It was an exciting game, and both teams put on a terrific demonstration of hockey... skating, shooting and hitting... but it was still a choke by Team USA, the biggest I've seen since the 2011 Boston Red Sox and Atlanta Braves.

Hopefully, tomorrow noon's Gold Medal game between the USA and Canadian men will be as good... with a different outcome, of course.

Tonight on TNT...

...was the highly anticipated NBA game between two top tier teams, the defending Champion Miami Heat at the fast-rising Oklahoma City Thunder (née Seattle SuperSonics)... but in reality, the match-up everyone wanted to see was between four-time NBA MVP LeBron James and this sea­son's leading scorer and presumptive MVP Kevin Durant.

The Thunder opened the scoring, but "King James" quickly scored his team's first 12 points and proceeded to assert himself as the Heat maintained a 20 point lead until, with 5:50 left in the game, he drove the lane and left his feet to lay the ball in the hoop, Thunder 6'10" power forward Serge Ibaka gave him a forearm shiver to the nose.

Then, as James dropped toward the court, Ibaka hit him in the same place with the same forearm, in a downward chopping motion.

The Chesapeake Energy Arena staff could barely bring enough towels to staunch the bleeding (and clean the blood off the court) of the dazed James who had to be escorted from the court, having scored 33 points at that juncture.

The Heat won the game 103-81, and the argument of who's better, LeBron or KD, is over for the time being.

Someone who is over...

...but no one seems to have the heart to tell him, is ESPN college basketball color announcer, Dick Vitale.

Another enjoyable contest this evening was the NCAA match-up between the #5 ranked Duke Blue Devils and their unranked arch intra-state rivals, the North Caroline Tar Heels.

I can't stand Vitale!

I can't stand his exophthalmic eyes and his faked enthu­si­asm... but most of all I can't stand his phony voice

O, yeah...the Tar Heels came back from 11-points down at the 14:27 mark of the Second Half to upset Duke, 74-66.

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