Even forgetting for a moment that the San Francisco Giants just took two of three from the Los Angeles Dodgers, and now have a six game lead in their division after play tonight, Bay Area sports fans have a lot going for them. The San Jose Sharks got to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in their 25-year history, and the Golden State Warriors are on the precipice of their second straight NBA title.
The Warriors lost at home tonight, though, 112-97 to LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavielers, which means the championship series shifts to Cleveland for game six. Fans were ready for a home town celebration, but now don't want that to happen. That would mean losing game six and hosting a game seven, where anything goes. The faithful will likely do the next best thing—show up at the Oakland Coliseum for the away game in Cleveland, watch it on the big screen, and hope for a party.
As far as the Sharks and their fans are concerned, they were so close to hockey's ultimate prize, but at least they got to see the Stanley Cup presented in their arena. Fans, and even the players however disappointed, will never forget that and make them hungrier for a title next year. The 'cup skate' is the best celebration in team sports, and it happened in San Jose. Not bad.
So, Oakland is one win away from an NBA title, San Jose got to host the Stanley Cup clincher, and San Francisco has a first place baseball team with that 'even year' thing building momentum. As for the Forty-Niners, Santa Clara got to host the Super Bowl earlier this year. That counts, doesn't it?
Forced to watch baseball: Lots of people don't go to baseball games, but the Oakland A's had one person who was there, essentially against his will. Warriors forward Draymond Green was suspended for tonight's game for making an “unnecessary contact with a retaliatory swipe of his hand to the groin" of James in game four. A suspension means you are not allowed in the arena, so Green was sequestered in a luxury suite at the A's game, and then would have been ushered to the arena next door if the Warriors won. At least Green got to see a victory. The A's beat Texas 14-5.
Dodger fan: One Golden State Warrior was booed this weekend. Klay Thompson went to Saturday's Dodgers-Giants game, but was booed when he was shown on the video board wearing a Dodger cap. Giants fans know that Klay's bother Trayce plays for the Dodgers, but still weren't willing to give him a pass.
Blanked: The Marysville Gold Sox won eight of their first nine games in a new collegiate wood bat league this season, but were clobbered tonight in Medford, Oregon, losing to the home town Rogues 13-0. It's the first time the Gold Sox have been shut out in almost five years—a span of 221 consecutive games.
Would you like some more O.J.?: Despite this not being a significant anniversary of the trial or the verdict, this year is the second coming of O.J. Simpson. After the ten-episode drama The People vs. O.J. Simpson on FX a couple of months ago, ESPN/ABC debuts a five-part documentary called O.J.: Made in America. The first two-hour episode ran on ABC Sunday night, but will be shown again tomorrow on ESPN, and the other parts will air on ESPN during the week. The latest version delves more into the sports life of O.J. before the trial, and also the role his celebrity status had in the case. If you're up for ten more hours of O.J., it might be worth filling up the DVR.