Vegas ice show, LeBron & Dubs have another go & Bryan Colangelo


By Mike Ashley

JACKPOT: If Vegas wins the Stanley Cup they won’t hang a banner. It’ll be a velvet rendering of Marc-Andre Fleury.

LEBRONATHON: Eighth straight Finals for LeBron James and the fourth straight Warriors and Cavaliers matchup. King James seems to be dragging a bunch of guys off the street with him this year. I have a feeling this era will be more important in retrospect than it is to casual fans now. #50sYankees&Dodgers

NEVERENDING KNIGHT: Vegas Knights announced that if there’s a Game 5 back in Las Vegas next Thursday, their pregame light-and-knight show starts immediately after Monday’s Game 4 in Washington.

HOLD ON: Just to clarify, I believe holders on NFL field goal and PAT attempts can still kneel.

NUCLEAR TEX WINTER: How come no one is blaming Dennis Rodman for the cancellation of the first nuclear talks with North Korea? He hasn’t finished explaining the Triangle offense and hairstyles to Kim Jong-un either.

SEVENTY-TWEETERS: Philadelphia GM Bryan Colangelo is on the verge of joining Roseanne in ‘The I Got a Good Thing Going, Let Me Tweet Some Stupid Stuff and Lose My Job’ club. 

TIMEOUT FOR TRIVIA: Golden State and Cleveland going at each other a fourth straight time for a championship made me wonder what teams have played each other the most for a title. Talking Big Four team sports here.

ON AN INTERMISSION: Somebody check what’s in the juice boxes Golden State players drink at halftime to always kick butt in the third quarter.

FEVER PITCH: Think the U.S. doesn’t have a team in the World Cup this summer? In the past 10 international soccer ‘friendlies’ for each on U.S. soil, Mexico has drawn nearly four times as many spectators (444,928) as the United States team has. 

PEOPLE ARE SAYING: There’s a rumor that Golden State coach Steve Kerr may retire after this season. He would be brilliant on TV, and really in any job where his main function wasn’t just to remind Kevin Durant to pass the ball.

GUY IN THE BROWN SOCKS HAS NEXT: The Rockets missed 27 consecutive 3-point attempts against the Warriors. I was watching a Game Seven in the NBA, and YMCA noontime pick-up broke out.

O’S WOES: I’m starting to get a Ryne Sandberg-with-the-late-80s-early-90s-Cubs vibe from Manny Machado and the Orioles. If Baltimore trades him, whattya gonna watch then, Hon?

TRIVIA ANSWER: Celtics and Lakers, 12 times in the NBA, just ahead of Yankees-Dodgers (11 times) in MLB. Toronto and Montreal, eight times in NHL, and Giants and Bears six times in the NFL, none in the Super Bowl era. And remember nothing in sports before ESPN actually counts unless you want Stephen A. Smith to shout at you.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Mike Ashley has covered college athletics for over 30 years. He has worked in the athletic departments at Virginia Tech, Radford University and Marshall University, in addition to freelance work from his Northern Virginia home. Ashley has also worked as a stand-up comic, and has been a regular on many radio stations throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region. His work appears in Terrapin Times (covering the University of Maryland), NCAA programs, Blue Ribbon YearbooksAthlonLindy’s, and on bathroom stalls in major sporting venues. He has also co-authored a book on the golden age of Virginia Military Institute football, “Best Regrets: VMI’s John McKenna and The Lost Age of College Football.” Previously, the Salem, Va., native has helped author books on the New York Yankees, Emmitt Smith, Maryland’s 2002 NCAA basketball championship, and published a book on the history of Radford University.

William Roth