Sunday, May 4, 2008

Sunday Random Thoughts: A Busy Day In Sports

I know this is weird. I know it's weird because I'm writing about non-football related sports. That's okay, I'll have some more of the schedule preview up and ready to go on Monday. This is a new Oh No Romo segment that I want to try out. It's called the Sunday Random Thoughts. I'll be giving my own personal random thoughts on things. Hopefully, this will work out for the better because I am a completely random person. It's time to get things started.

Ohh, how busy it can be in this wild and crazy world of sports. This weekend was a good one for sports.

De La Hoya Wins, Setting Up Showdown for Mayweather in the Fall

One year removed from his first fight with Floyd Mayweather, Jr., 35-year-old fighter Oscar De La Hoya picked up a unanimous decision (119-109 twice, 120-108) victory over former 'Contender' contestant Steve Forbes.

De La Hoya needed that win. He's reaching the end of his career and closing in on a rematch with Mayweather.

The fight itself started out interesting, but slowed down as the rounds progressed, favoring De La Hoya the entire way.

He went in and got out with a win. Now we wait for the De La Hoya-Mayweather announcement.

Big Brown Wins Kentucky Derby

The 134th Kentucky Derby came and went, but it didn't go without a victory and a somber defeat.

Big Brown, the 2-1 favorite at post time, won the Derby at a time of 2:01 3/4. The horse remains undefeated and will be a huge favorite in the Preakness in a few weeks. For jockey Kent Desormeaux, it's his third Kentucky Derby win. He won two previous times in 2000 with Fusaichi Pegasus in 2000 and Real Quiet in 1998.

Unfortunately, some sad news to report from the Derby. Eight Belles, a Filly (young female horse for those who didn't know) broke two ankles shortly after the race and was euthanized on the track. It's a sad story and it brings back memories of Barbaro at the Preakness in 2006. My thoughts and prayers go to the trainer and owners of Eight Belles.


Two second round games were on tap for Saturday night.

The defending champs hit a roadblock. The San Antonio Spurs lost game one of the Western Conference semifinals on the road to the New Orleans Hornets, 101-82.

Hornets power forward David West had a strong night, leading all scorers with 30 points. West also had nine rebounds.

Small forward Peja Stojakovic scored 22 and guard Chris Paul scored 17 and had 13 assists.

Spurs guard Manu Ginobili led the Spurs with 19 points.

This is not a good way to start out the Conference semifinals if you're the Spurs. The Spurs and Hornets battled back and forth for most of the game, only to fall flat late.

Game two is on Monday night. We'll see if something happens.

MEANWHILE, The Pistons have moved on from their first round series with the 76ers, crushing the Magic, 91-72. A couple thoughts before I move on to the next game.

Does anybody else think Stan Van Gundy sounds like Chris Farley's Matt Foley character from SNL? I'm not saying he looks like him or anything, but he has to sound something like him, if only a little.

Also, is Mike Fratello trying to restore his youth by going blonde? I didn't think he was that old to begin with.

MLB-ing Our Way to the Top

Brandon Webb is on his way to another Cy Young season. The Diamondbacks pitcher is 7-0 to start the season. If I had to make a prediction about how many wins he'll get before he loses, I would pick nine. How many games will Webb win this season? I pick 21.

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