5-at-10: Weekend winners, losers, Odds on LeBron's next stop, Rushmore of all movies based on true story

5-at-10: Weekend winners, losers, Odds on LeBron's next stop, Rushmore of all movies based on true story

June 11th, 2018 by Jay Greeson in Breaking News

Rafael Nadal celebrates after beating Dominic Thiem 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 to win the French Open on Sunday in Paris. Nadal won the tournament for the 11th time in as many appearances in the final.

Photo by Michel Euler

Weekend winners

Rafael Nadal. He's now 11-0 in finals at the French Open, and simply put no individual athlete has dominated one venue ever more than Nadal has at the French. He also became the third player to surpass $100 million in career earnings. That's a good weekend.

Justify. We went almost 40 years between triple crown winners and now becomes the second in four races to pull it off. Justify joined Seattle Slew as the only horse to win the triple and be undefeated. If Justify ever runs again somebody has some splainin' to do.

Golden State. Mercifully the Warriors put the Finals series out of its misery. Still, the Warriors, with three titles in four seasons, are chasing a spot among some of the all-time best teams.

Alex Ovechkin. This is how we want all our athletic heroes to celebrate, right? Saturday, Ovechkin threw out the first pitch at the Nats game. Took the cup to an after party and did a keg stand with the beer in the cup. Then led some of his Capitals teammates for a group swim in a city fountain before passing out with the Cup. Great times.

Dustin Johnson. Wow, DJ was awesome this weekend at Memphis. Awesome. How dominant? The new world No. 1 was six shots clear of the runner-up and at least 10 shots clear of everyone else in the field. He also cemented his spot as the favorite this week at Shinnecock Hills and reminded us that Johnson on his A-game is as good as or better than any other player in the world on his A-game.     

Luke Combs

Luke Combs

Photo by Caleb Dirks



Weekend losers

— MLB. Shohei Ostani was the best story the sport has seen in a long while, and his UCL injury is potentially a disaster. Yes, Ohtani could be back in a month, but a lot of folks believe it could mean Tommy John surgery and that seriously could mean we will not see Ohtani until 2020.  

— That Riverbend dude who cancelled on Saturday night.

— For the second consecutive week, there is some head-scratching controversy in IndyCar racing. Last week, it was the dude who wrecked the pace car in Detroit. This week, the flag-waver pulled and waved the checkered flag a lap too early. Man, you had one job. One.

— Robert DeNiro. The legendary actor dropped the F-bomb at the President during the Tony Awards on Sunday night. Forget the politics, have we arrived at a place where everyone has to use filthy talk to get their point across? Hey like Trump or loathe him. That's your opinion but at least try to insult him with a small dose of decorum. Whatever. 

— Vandy. And it was one of those great series that someone unfortunately had to lose, but the Commodores lost Game 3 to Mississippi State in extra innings to have their season one-win short of Omaha. It was a fantastic game that capped a fantastic series. 

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James follows through on a shot during an NBA basketball practice, Wednesday, May 30, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. The Cavaliers face the Golden State Warriors in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday in Oakland. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James follows through on a...

Photo by Marcio Jose Sanchez



LeBron

We got what we wanted and the Warriors reminded us how good they really are. Still the discussion of the last month of MJ or LeBron will now turn to where will James play next year. And expect that talk to continue to swirl throughout the summer.

The drama around LeBron is consistently surprising. It's always something, whether something is there or not. 

Suit shorts. LeBron losing four to the Warriors and one to a blackboard. The fallout of the cast on his hand after Game 4. The nonsensical talk about how losing a Finals is a negative thing. (Sure winning is better, but the simple fact that MJ at 33 played in six NBA Finals and James has played in nine at the same age is not a negative for James.)

So where will James' next team call home. It's impossible to know what he is thinking and he's the rarest of free agents in that he can call a team and ask what are you willing to do to have me listen to your pitch.

As we like to do, let's view from the folks that make their living on these type of things. Here are the odds for James' next team:

Lakers — 2-to-1

Rockets — 11-to-5

Cavs — 7-to-2

76ers — 7-to-2

Celtics — 10-to-1

Spurs — 12-to-1

Warriors — 20-to-1

Clippers — 20-to-1

Heat — 33-to-1

This and that

— Jordyn Adams is an elite high school football recruit who committed to North Carolina. He also was drafted in round one last week by the Angels. He made the prudent — and million-dollar — choice and picked baseball. 

— Speaking of golf, Baylor School alums Keith Mitchel (tied for 37th, $30,415) and Luke List (tied for 56th, $14,787) cashed checks this weekend in Memphis.

— Speaking of Luke, he will tee off at 1:03 p.m. Thursday. And he is in a group of total bombers off the tee. Total bombers. Tony Finau (second in average driving distance this season at 315.8 yards), List (third at 315.3 yards), and Gary Woodland (sixth at 313.3 yards) are half of the top six in average driving distance. (Side note: Keith Mitchell is eighth at 311.5.)

— Should Trump invite Justify to the White House? Thoughts?

Today's question

Weekend winners and losers. Discuss.

As for the day, June 11, we can explore.

In 1962, three dudes escaped from Alcatraz, the only ones to ever do it.

Joe Montana is 61 today. Shia LaBeouf is 32. John wayne died on this day in 1979.

Jacques Cousteau would have been 108, and in truth there are few people who are more renowned as experts in their field than the underwater overbook that was Cousteau.

As for a Rushmore, well, Henry Hill would have been 75 today. He died in 2012.

Couple of weeks ago, we asked about a Rushmore of sports movies based on a true story. 

Since Hill was a central figure in "Goodfellas" If we went movies based on real-life stories, whatcha' got?

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