Welcome to the 61st edition of Tuesdays With Mitch, where… let’s be honest, it was a pretty slow week in the world of Colorado sports. No worries, though. I got you covered with your WEEKLY ROUNDUP! Let’s get into it…
The NBA Draft Lottery is tonight. The Nuggets have a 5.4 percent chance of landing a top-3 pick. If they don’t get super-lucky with that, they’re looking at the 11th spot (or possibly 12th-14th, thought that’s fairly unlikely) in next month’s draft. According to most NBA Draft experts, they would likely be looking at a player in the range of Gary Harris, Nik Stauskas, Zach Lavine or Doug McDermott. These guys can all play, but it’s hard to envision them as franchise-changing superstars. It will be interesting to see how it all plays out. Regardless, they probably should have put together a more concerted tanking effort.
Did you know the NBA Playoffs are also going on right now? They are! It’s true! I haven’t mentioned them much (at all?) here because the first couple rounds are too long, boring and generally uninteresting. I can’t believe the Heat didn’t lose to the Wizards in the second round! Anyway, these two conference finals should be pretty entertaining. It’s too late to make an official prediction, but I think we’ll be looking at the Heat and Spurs again. I’ll take the Spurs to win it all.
I know the real reason you all read this blog, INDY 500 ANALYSIS! Are you pumped? I’m picking that foreign guy with the hot wife and fast car. On a more serious note, the 500 is on my bucket list. Partying on the infield with a bunch of hicks from Indiana on Memorial Day Weekend sounds like an absolute blast.
The Rockies had an interesting week that saw a no-hitter roll into the seventh inning at Coors Field, a triple play, and this walk-off homer:
Is there any personal accomplishment in a team sport that is cooler than a walk-off homer? I guess a game winner at the buzzer of an intense basketball game is in the same category. I can’t include a game-winning field goal because kickers don’t really count and there’s not the one-on-one, me-vs.-you aspect to kicking a ball through the uprights. Yeah, walk-offs are pretty awesome.
Anyway, that was a cool moment for Justin Morneau, who continues to enjoy hitting in this lineup. The homer meant the Rockies won another series at home. They have won all seven at the keg this year, which is a pretty sound formula for success.
The biggest series of the still-young year begins tonight, a three-gamer vs. the first place Giants, who lead the Rockies in the NL West by three games and currently have the best record in the National League. The Rockies absolutely have to beat the Dodgers and Giants if they hope to contend for the division.
Things don’t get easier after this series, when the Rockies are on the road for nine in a row. It makes for a tough stretch for the Rox, but if they can keep winning– or really, just keep their heads above water– they’ll be set up quite nicely when June rolls around. After the aforementioned road trip, 16 of 27 games will be at the keg.
The most recent road trip was a rough one that produced a 2-5 record. But I noticed a significant difference in my analysis and mindset compared to years past. Instead of an Ohh God here comes the collapse mentality, I simply thought Yeah it happens, they’ll be fine.
For whatever reason, things feel a little different this year.
I thought this GIF of Austin Jackson realizing Miguel Cabrera is from another planet was pretty hilarious. This is Jackson’s reaction to an unreal, late-inning, go-ahead homer from Cabrera.
Coincidentally, Cabrera is makes an appearance in my other favorite GIF of the week. This is pretty damn great.
I like the guy in the red vest who is all Hey look, I see a baseball player. But for real, Cabrera deserves some major props for this simple little move to make a young fan’s day.
On to the weekly departments…
Tweet of the week:
I thought it was pretty cool of the Rockies to get these two together because every time McKinrey struck out or threw the ball into left field I always thought Damn, Wes Welker kind of sucks at baseball. Why is he on the Rockies all of the sudden? Turns out they’re different people.
Stud(s) of the week:
The look on that girl/lady/woman’s face is priceless.
Also, HERO CAT! HERO CAT! HERO CAT! HERO CAT!
That cat is a damn American hero. (That’s why he is now called Hero Cat.)
Also, I can’t figure out how to embed InstaGram videos on here, but this dude in the silver slacks is sooooo studly.
Douche of the week:
Nuggets’ center Timofey Mozgov was in a really strange photo shoot for Esquire Russia. The photo below is one of like ten different pictures of this giant dude sullenly staring off into space while wrapped up in a bunch of shirts. It is really, really strange, man. Are all Russians this weird? Mozgov is probably not a douche, but this photo shoot is very, very douchey. It is also weird. Very weird.
Picture of the week:
This shot of Andrew Wiggins and his vertical leap made its way around the web pretty quickly. It is kind of mind-blowing.
A couple links worth sharing from the past week (lots of good stuff!):
Take nine minutes and watch this great SportsCenter feature on the Oklahoma City tornadoes, one year later. Moving stuff.
Drew Magary is one of the more unique writers on the web. His yearly commencement address to the class of 2014, “How To Suck” is definitely worth your time.
I just discovered a website called “Humanitarians of Tinder.” It’s pretty great.
Ted Berg taking batting practice off Mariano Rivera and relating it to the loss of his brother is a sad, thoughtful piece.
This E:60 report from Jeremy Shaap on the slave labor conditions in place to prepare for the World Cup in Qatar is unbelievable. Required viewing.
And finally, congratulations to all you graduates out there. For the college grads, it’s all downhill from here. The real world can be a pretty shitty place if you’re not careful. (I’m still trying to come to terms with the fact that I graduated from college four years ago, meaning I’ve been out of college longer than I was in it. Weird.) That said, this classic speech will never get old, especially when accompanied by some sweet late-90s animation. (Can you believe it’s actually now 17 years old?)
I love that speech, but you’ll never get me to floss on a regular basis, so QUIT TRYING, WORLD.
Happy Tuesday everybody. Enjoy your Memorial Day weekend. Grill a burger and drink a beer and be glad you live in America. Thanks for reading. See ya next week.
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