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Hockey and basketball coming down the stretch

August 14, 2020

The NHL and NBA are coming to the end of their respective regular seasons. The 76ers only have one more game left before the playoffs begin at the end of next week. They are playing the Boston Celtics in the first round of the playoffs. The 76ers need to improve their defense if they want to have any chance to advance to the next round. Last night they played the defending champion Toronto Raptors and scored over 120 points, but lost the game anyway. That just has to change NOW.

In the NHL, I have completely lost track of how their playoffs are supposed to work. All I know is the Flyers are the number one seed in the eastern conference and they are playing the Montréal Canadiens in the first round. It would be very fitting if the Flyers can win their first Stanley Cup in 46 years at the end of this crazy disjointed season.

I don’t even know where the Stanley Cup finals will be held. Probably Montreal or Toronto. Hopefully, the Flyers can advance far enough so that it matters.

Collin Morikawa won the PGA championship by two shots over Paul Casey and Dustin Johnson. In the middle of the back nine on Sunday there were seven people tied for the lead at 10 under par. Collin was able to break out of the log jam by making an eagle two on the drivable par four 16th hole. At only 23, he is a very talented player. He has won three events on the PGA tour so far and only missed one cut in his career. Collin reminds me of Jordan Spieth. I hope Collin can maintain his great level of play longer than Jordan has been able to, because Jordan has not won a tournament for three years now.

My prediction about the weather affecting play did not come true. The weather was nice for most of the weekend. However, my prediction about Tiger Woods did come true. He finished in a tie for 37th place and looked rusty. I think he will be ready for the next major which is the US Open in the middle of September at Winged Foot golf club in New York. It was announced that there will be no fans at the Masters in November. The PGA Tour has adapted pretty well to having no fans. But golf has the advantage of being an individual sport.

Let’s all hope that the fans can come back by January or February of next year to all sporting events.

 

  • A 2002 Cape grad and 2007 UD grad, Lewes resident Sumner Spence is one of the Cape area's biggest sports fans. Wheelchair-bound his entire life, he has lived vicariously through his sports-playing father, brother, and friends, who gave him his love of sports. He hopes to provide new and interesting perspectives on the sports stories and issues of the day. Email Sumner at sumspence@gmail.com.

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