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"The Stack" 6-16-16

Ichiro Suzuki had two hits yesterday to surpass Pete Rose's all-time hits record of 4,257. However, 1,278 of those hits came in Japan and there is a debate as to whether or not he is the true hit king. It's still Rose in my book. Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
Ichiro Suzuki had two hits yesterday to surpass Pete Rose's all-time hits record of 4,257. However, 1,278 of those hits came in Japan and there is a debate as to whether or not he is the true hit king. It's still Rose in my book.
Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
Oakmont is the site of the U.S. Open this year and it will be very difficult with thick rough and fast greens. There will be a lot of frustrated players.
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The Stack is back with a few different topics to discuss today.  Golf’s second major begins, the NBA Finals may thankfully end tonight and plenty more so let’s get right to it and see what is in “the stack” for today, Thursday, June 16th:

 

Andrew Bogut out the remainder of Finals

 

If Golden State repeats as NBA champions they will have to finish off the Cleveland Cavaliers without Andrew Bogut who suffered a knee injury that will sideline him 6-8 weeks.  Bogut has been injured frequently so the loss of him isn’t earth shattering, but it isn’t great news either.  Fortunately for the Warriors they get Draymond Green back.  Green is playing once again on a short leash.  Another technical and he sits for game seven.  His tenacity on both ends of the floor, particularly on the defense end will be a welcome site to the Warriors.  The way the Cavaliers played in game five gives me and others reason to pause that the Warriors will regain momentum and find the answer just with Green back in the lineup.  However, I will go ahead and pick the Warriors to win game six tonight (9 PM ET ABC) for their second straight NBA championship.

 

Ichiro surpasses Rose (maybe)

 

Ichiro Suzuki had two hits in the Miami Marlins’ 6-3 loss to the San Diego Padres Wednesday.  That gives him 4,257 hits in his professional baseball career.  1,278 of those hits came in the Japanese professional league which has prompted quite a heavy debate on whether Suzuki really should be considered the all-time hits leader over Pete Rose since all of Rose’s hits came during his MLB career and not the minor leagues or some other professional league.  No doubt Ichiro is a hall-of-famer, but I think I may lean towards the side of Rose supporters that say Rose is still the hit king.  Baseball purists may think it is a big deal and no doubt arguments are commencing around the country as we speak, but I don’t really care one way or the other.  I can see the Rose argument and I can see the Ichiro argument.  I may side with Rose, but I can be persuaded.

 

U.S. Open preview

 

Golf’s second major of 2016 is taking place at what may be the hardest course that players have ever tried to conquer in a normal tournament, let alone a major.  Oakmont in western Pennsylvania is the site of the U.S. Open.  The rough is tall which will be rough for the players.  I mean really rough.  There is a lot of sand in the bunkers and it has been mentioned from a few caddies that players could get injured.  That may seem a little far-fetched, but you never know given that these playing conditions are going to be brutal.  The greens will be incredibly fast so good luck getting your ball to stop there.  That means putting is going to be incredibly important and the best putter in the field is Jordan Spieth.  Ever since Spieth’s back nine collapse at Augusta he has not been the same even though he did win one tournament a couple of weeks ago.  That makes me very cautious in picking him to win.  The players who are most accurate off the tee are going to be in the best position to win.  That may even mean hitting irons off of the tee box though this course is incredibly long.  There is even a par 3 that is about 280 yards.  It’s going to be tough.  Don’t count out the likes of Jason Day or Rory McIlroy, but in the end I will take Spieth to win narrowly with a score above even par, probably closer to the five over (+5) score.

 

Gordie Howe remembered

 

Seems very unfair that when Howe, one of the best athletes of the twentieth century, passed away on Friday that Muhammad Ali’s memorial stole all of the coverage.  Howe deserved better than that.  He was remembered by many hockey greats including Wayne Gretzky at a funeral Wednesday at the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament in where else, Hockeytown USA aka Detroit.  Howe was Gretzky before Gretzky was Gretzky.  32 years he played in a career that went over five decades.  What an incredible career.  801 goals!  Wow!  Just wow!  RIP Gordie Howe.  Mr. Hockey will live on and I love Gretzky’s idea that #9 should be retired by the NHL for every team.

 

Coming up Friday: NBA Finals reaction plus U.S. Open and more


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