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The sports calendar is packed

May 24, 2021

I want to start this week by recapping the incredible story of Shohei Ohtani from Japan. He plays for the Los Angeles Angels. His story is pretty remarkable as he is succeeding in something that hasn't been done in baseball for over 100 years. He is playing both in the outfield and as pitcher. The last player to successfully do this was the great Babe Ruth. And Babe Ruth only did that for 3 years. It will be fun to see how long Ohtani can keep this specialty going.

The PGA Championship is being held this week at The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island, South Carolina. The golf pundits are saying that the course play could be difficult due to the forecasted winds. I'm not so sure about this and I think the winning score will probably be between 10 and 12 under par come Sunday. I guess we will just have to wait and see who's right.

Back in 2012, Rory McIlroy won by 8 shots but the tournament was held in August instead of May. I assuming this prediction by the golf "experts" for the higher scores has to do with the temperature being cooler and the winds being strong now. The golfer I am watching this week is Keegan Bradley. He won the PGA Championship in 2011 and has been playing well in the last few months. After his first round he is tied for the lead at 3 under par. I also expect some European tour players to do well because the course is set up like a links course. The coverage is on ESPN and CBS over the weekend.

The NBA playoffs start this weekend. This is the first time in many years that the Philadelphia 76ers have a legitimate chance to make the finals of the Eastern conference. I don’t know who they are going to have to beat to get to the finals, most likely it would be the Miami Heat, or the Milwaukee Bucks or even the Brooklyn Nets. The 76ers play their first game on Sunday. This gave them a full week off since the last game of the regular season and hopefully they spent the time resting and getting recharged.

Have a great weekend.

 

  • 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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