Blackhawks Rising

by Ronald A. Rowe June 24th, 2013 | Weekend Review
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stanley cup nasaWithout further embellishment, here are the top 5 sporting events of the weekend ending June 23rd:

#5 Um, What?
India won the ICC Champions Trophy in Cricket this weekend. I have to confess I didn’t watch the match, but the international coverage inspired me to cover some of the highlights. India won 129 for 7 to 124 for 8. Yeah, that’s a close one. Or is that a blowout? According to the wire reports, India scored a slip point, a gully point, and a silly point. I’m not making that up.

#4 Players’ Revenge
A week after the golf course beat all comers on the PGA tour, the players took it to the course. A different course, mind you, but still the only course they had to play. A week after no golfer managed to even reach par, there were 57 players with a negative number to report at the Travelers Championship this weekend. None lower than Ken Duke and Chris Stroud who both finished regulation at 12 under par, forcing a playoff that took two extra holes for Duke to walk away with a victory.

#3 Sweep
Two weeks ago the Toronto Blue Jays were 27-36 about a zillion games out of first place in the AL East. Now they’re 38-37, still five games behind division leader Boston, but the ‘Jays are a team on the move. They swept the second place Baltimore Orioles in a three game weekend series, including a 13-5 shellacking to wrap up the series. They have won 11 games in a row. Pitching, hitting, and fielding are all coming together for Toronto. There’s no telling how long this ride will last, but it’s a beautiful thing for Canadian baseball as long as it does.

#2 Persistence Pays Off
Martin Truex Jr. won the Toyota Save Mart 350 on Sunday. It was Truex’s first victory since 2007, when Harry Truman was president and the Hustle was the hottest new dance craze sweeping the nation. The victory put an end to a drought of 218 Sprint Cup races without a win and set a record for the longest span between the first and second wins for any driver in Cup history.

#1 Hawks Soaring Toward Victory
The Chicago Blackhawks were the undisputed champions of the 2012 NHL regular season. Their 77 points were far and away the best in the Western Conference. Only one other team in either conference, the Pittsburgh Penguins, was within 10 points of that lofty total. This weekend the ‘Hawks moved onestep closer to making a much more meaningful claim on the 2012 season — winning Lord Stanley’s Cup. The 3-1 victory over the Boston Bruins on Saturday moved Chicago to one win away from hoisting the trophy.

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