BLURTING STUFF ABOUT SPORTS blog #1:

Federer’s dream run, NCAA Women’s Basketball Champs, and NBA regular season

— April 2nd, 2017 —

TENNIS: Roger Federer beats Rafael Nadal, 6–3, 6–4 at the Miami Open Final

A Fedal classic. I didn’t want to miss this. Growing up, I had watched a bit of tennis back in the day. Through my parents, particularly my dad, I figured out instantly that Roger Federer was one of the best tennis players ever and that Nadal was the up-and-coming talent from España who had a knack for being in Federer’s way… a lot. I couldn’t remember how many times these two incredible athletes played against one another. So I checked the stat. Federer and Nadal have played 37 times (Nadal taking 23 of the games to my surprise), including this Miami Open Finals meeting. It was a hot and humid day in Miami when these two veterans came onto the hard court.

Like the title says, Federer takes home the Miami Open title! Federer hit the ground running when he was able to win the set with a great service game. However, on both sides, there were a few unforced errors where the player could have capitalized taking a point. Nadal himself has also been managing some injuries of his own injuries, is eager to bounce back in the second set. But that never came to be. When it came to game point in the second and final set, Nadal rallies back a shot that ends up sailing long giving Federer the victory. Just as Federer extends his arms to the crowd to celebrate, the crowd responds with a loud standing ovation. This is Federer’s third title since January. It looks like the 35-year old veteran is doing a fine job in not only finding his form but also achieving success in such a short timespan after taking an extended break due to a torn meniscus injury that required surgery. And Federer’s dream run continues… #GOAT

NCAA’s Women’s Basketball Championship: …and SOUTH CAROLINA TAKES IT!!

The South Carolina Gamecocks beat the Mississippi State Bulldogs, 67–55, to give South Carolina their first ever national championship. In the first half, Mississippi State was down 26–36. Fairly tight game in the third quarter when the both teams scored about the same number of points (18–16). I wasn’t until the final four minutes of the fourth quarter that South Carolina took over. The South Carolina players on the court and bench players were going nuts. Their fans feeding off of their team’s resurgence in the 4th quarter after keeping a slim lead in the third. They could taste it…victory is near.

Timeout was called by the Gamecocks. With the team’s band playing a jazz upbeat tune, players from each bench run on the court after with 46.1 seconds left. South Carolina inbounds and calls another timeout once getting past the half court line. A full team substitution for the South Carolina. And then the Mississippi State coach follows suit. It’s done.

“SOUTH CAROLINA HAS WON THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP!”, Dave O’Brien announces after the buzzer beater rings and confetti pours down on the court. A’ja Wilson for South Carolina was awarded the Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four with a game-high 23 points to go along with 10 rebounds. Morgan Williams, who had shot the game clinching jumper in Miss. State’s semifinal win against UCONN, played ZERO minutes in the fourth quarter. This was also Dawn Staley’s first ever championship, including her basketball playing days. It was a majestic sight seeing both teams very emotional after the buzzer sounded. One team feeling complete euphoria while the other, frankly, feeling like shit. Expect the same for tomorrow’s NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship, which is Gonzaga facing returning finalists, North Carolina.

SIDE NOTES:

  • NBA: Warriors demolish the Wizards at the Oracle Arena, 139–115. This is Warriors without Kevin Durant, who is still out due to an ankle injury. Curry, Thompson, Green leading the way with 42, 32, and 35 points, respectively. Highlight for the Wizards was that there was some solid bench play for them, keep in mind this was a blowout loss. Bogdanovic added 20 points, and Jennings had a 9/7/3 stat line. Just a bit over TWO MORE WEEKS until the NBA Playoffs begin! And I’m also qualified for the finals of my basketball fantasy league. Things in the Basketball universe are only intensifying in the next few days
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