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With all of the Bruins hype starting to settle down around here, I have finally had a chance to look around and acknowledge that the world of sport did not, in fact, stop in the wake of Stanley Cup Championship. Weird, right? Apparently, not only did the world keep spinning – but all hell started to break lose:
· Clay Buchholz went on the 15-day disabled list after straining his lower back.
Jon Lester was pulled from the mound amist a no-hit outing due to a strained left lat. He was later added to the DL.
· Adrian Gonzalez missed Wednesday night’s game after experiencing stiffness in his neck. This was the first game that the all-star first baseman has missed this season.
· It appears that we will have to wait until July 18th to see the return of Carl Crawford, who has been rehabbing a left hamstring strain.
· NFL labor negotiations are fast approaching the drop-dead date (some are speculating that this date in July 10th) for an agreement before the preseason will be impacted. (In the meantime, watch this)
· 22 of the 30 NBA teams have claimed – despite the League grossing $4 billion – to have lost money ($300 million total) this past season, causing owners to lock players out after they could not reach an agreement on a new CBA with the NBPA. What this means: no summer league, no free agency signings, no training camps to give drafter rookies the opportunity to practice with new coaches and teammates, and most likely a shortened 2011-12 season.
· With the start of Roger Clemen’s perjury trial yesterday (The United States v. Roger Clemens), the government has proven that it literally has nothing better to do but waste time and money. Accused of lying under oath to the House Governemnt Reform Committee in 2008, Clemens faces six felony counts of perjury, false statements and obstruction of Congress. The Rocket faces up to 15-21 months in prison.
Almost immediately after Tomas Kaberle inked a 3-year, $12.765 million deal with the Carolina Hurricanes, the Bs acquired Joe Corvo (Carolina blueliner). Not that I was a Kaberle fan by any stretch of the imagination, but I’d take him over a guy that plead guilty to punching and kicking a 34-year-old woman in a Boston bar in 2003. The fuck?
So, ya, all that happened. Four games remain until the all-star break … I’m hoping that at that point things return to normal, or as close to normal as things can get around here.
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