Thoughts on Game of Thrones, what Koepka has shown & Pelicans’ pick could be blown
By Mike Ashley
WARRIORS ARE COMING: Golden State sweeping Portland without Kevin Durant was like Khaleesi taking down Westeros with just one dragon. And we all know the Westeros Conference is the toughest.
THREE-EYED WIZARD? In a related note, visionary Bran Stark reportedly turned down the Washington Wizards’ GM job, too.
THE PACK SURVIVES? ‘Game of Throne’ writers were very critical of Aaron Rodgers and the Packers’ 6-9-1 finish last year. They thought Green Bay should have been much better in the NFC North.
THE PREAKLESS: I saw the start of the Preakness and just felt this driverless-car-thing has gone far enough.
WORKING FOR THE WEEKEND: Brooks Koepka has won 4 of the last 8 majors, ratcheting up the pressure on what his career total can be. For the record, only six golfers have ever won eight or more majors. That begs a question – what do pro golfers do to relax? They go work an 8-5 job somewhere on their days off?
HOW’D DUKE EVER LOSE? There’s a school of thought that RJ Barrett is a better NBA prospect than Zion Williamson. ESPN commentators just threw up in their mouth a little.
TIMEOUT FOR TRIVIA: The Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger is hitting .405 as this is written. Who was the last Major Leaguer to hit .400 and when did he do it?
JUST SAYIN’: Would have been nice if Magic Johnson had picked any other day than the one when the Lakers named their new coach to air his dirty laundry on national TV.
COMEDY SHOWTIME: And Jeannie Buss, who has enabled everyone atop her organization without picking one person to run things, is the real culprit in the Lakers’ dumpster fire.
OUT OF SINK: On the plus side, the Washington Nats just sold corporate naming rights for their bullpen to the White Star Line of cruise ships.
WEST CONFERENCE STORY: I lost a lot of interest in the NHL Playoffs when the Washington Caps were ousted. I lost all interest once there was no hope for a Sharks-Jets rumble.
TRIVIA ANSWER: The ‘Splendid Splinter’ Ted Williams of the Red Sox batted .406 in 1941. In my fan lifetime, only three players have been over .375 for a season – Tony Gwynn (.394 for the Padres in strike-shortened 1994), George Brett (.389 for the Royals in 1980) and Larry Walker (.379 for the Rockies in 1999).
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 Yearbooks, Athlon, Lindy’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.