Wow…this is my first post in nearly two months. Man, how time flies. In the nearly two months since my last post numerous things have gone down in my life and in the wide world of sports. For myself, I graduated college on Mother’s Day with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sport Management, as well as minors in Sport Communication and Law & Business. I obtained my first full-time job, working for Nike. It sure is a dangerous place to work. Four new pairs of shoes, nine shirts, five pairs of shorts, two pairs of pants, and twelve pairs of socks later, I basically have a whole new wardrobe. I am also in the process of looking at continuing my education and going on to graduate school. The Boston area has been my home for the last four years and is where I want to continue to be. Hopefully everything pans out the way I hope it will.
Enough about me, and on to the world of sports. Since my last post numerous things occurred. My favorite Boston Bruins were eliminated from the playoffs by the Washington Capitals, and the Los Angeles Kings defied the odds and became the first 8-seed in NHL history to hoist Lord Stanley’s Cup. Even though the Bruins didn’t go back-to-back I am glad the Kings won. Growing up, I have gone to so many Manchester Monarchs games, the American Hockey League affiliate of the Kings, I can’t even count. Numerous guys that I have seen play in Manchester raised the Cup above their heads this year, including the Conn Smythe Trophy winner this year Jonathan Quick.
Bruins goalie Tim Thomas told everyone that he will take a year off from the game he loves to focus on “the 3 F’s.” This being family, friends, and faith. As a result, Tuukka Rask will be the Bruins starting goalie next season, and more than likely for many years to come. The 2012 NHL Draft took place in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania last week and the Bruins made goaltender Malcolm Subban of the Belleville Bulls the 24th overall selection. Malcolm is the younger brother of Montreal Canadiens defenceman P.K. Subban. As you can imagine, a sibling rivalry is now brewing.
The Boston Celtics were eliminated by the Miami Heat in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals. The Heat went on to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder in five games in the NBA Finals. LeBron James finally captured his first title and will now have a ring to call his own, as well as a Finals MVP.
Tiger Woods won the Memorial Tournament by five strokes to push his career wins total to 73, tied for second all-time in PGA Tour history with Jack Nicklaus.
Jerry Sandusky was found guilty of 45 of 48 charges he faced and will spend a minimum of 60 years in prison due to his actions while at Penn State.
The Arizona Wildcats won the NCAA Division-I College Baseball National Championship, knocking off the defending champion South Carolina Gamecocks in two games.
Lastly, Kevin Youkilis saw his time run out as a member of the Boston Red Sox. The under performing and injury prone third baseman was traded to the Chicago White Sox to make way for the emerging Will Middlebrooks. Zach Stewart and Brent Lillibridge were sent to Boston in exchange for Youkilis. Boston is 8-2 in its last ten games and is now 40-35 on the young season.
These past nearly two months have certainly been interesting for me personally and for the sports world. Now that I’m back, be ready for more posts to come.