Or, you know, last night. Anyway...
ITEM: The Spurs mercifully finished off the Cavs. Our long national nightmare of not watching mediocre basketball in the championship (Canada's, too, apparently. Go figure.) is finally over. Children the world over send their thanks and tears.
All I have to say about that is no way Parker is MVP against the Pistons. Sigh, a Pistons/Spurs series might not have done better ratingswise but it might at least have been watchable.
On to hockey.
ITEM: Lidstrom's won his 5th Norris. If it wasn't for Niedermayer in 2004, he'd have a streak stretching back to 2001. The scary thing is, he could have a lot more because not only has he finished as a runner-up several times throughout his 15 season career (Including for the Calder in his rookie season in '91. He lost to Pavel Bure, by the way.), he was playing at a really high level for a long tie before he started to be recognized for it nationally. The Norris trophy tends to be rewarded not just for a good season but for a good career and it takes a few seasons of playing at an elite level as a defenseman to even get a nomination. Really, even though he wasn't picked until after the Wings started winning the cup from, say, '94, '95 on, you could have credibly put Lidstrom's name on that list. He's just an awesome defenseman. Great stick. Scarily flawless positioning. Always plays the puck. The key forwards like Yzerman and Shanahan get a lot of the credit but, for my money, Lidstrom's been the most valuable player on the Wings for at least a decade. As long as he's playing for them, they've got a chance to compete. So good for him.
Still, for all his prowess, he's an incredibly boring, bland individual. I mean, total class act, very nice guy but he's not exactly a firebrand. They say teams take on the personality of their captain and, well, maybe that's why the current Wings just haven't sparked my interest.
ITEM: In other Wings news that I'm much less pleased by, looks like Hasek's coming back. Look, it's not that he's not a good goalie. He is. But what the Wings really need isn't the 42 year old Hasek, it's the 32 year old one. The one who wasn't just a good goaltender for Buffalo, the one who was jaw-droppingly great. I firmly believe that until the Wings get a real blue-chipper in goal, they're not going to win the Cup again – Giguerre, for example, was the best goaltender this year and, what do you know, the Ducks were the champions. And while Hasek is better than a lot of other goalies out there, the treads have worn a bit too far down on his tires, and the Wings could do better than giving them another spin. If there's no one else out there, then, sure, go for it. You could do worse, of course. But let's not pretend like signing Hasek is going to guarantee the Cup or anything and keep looking if there's a good prospect or free agent out there for the plucking.
ITEM: The glow from the no-hitter is fading. Dropping the next two games against the Brewers and falling two games behind Cleveland will do that for you. They made it closer than it looked last night but, yeah, they went 2-1 in the series against Milwaukee. The bullpen's been shaky all season, suffering from injuries and the like, but outings like that make me worry about the quality of the starting pitching, too. Oh well, they're still two games up on Seattle in the wildcard race so the news isn't all that bad.
ITEM: My mother, by the way, works near Comerica (I refuse to call it the CoPa. Just lame.) and reports that, yes, downtown is lousy with moths and they've drawn the gulls (I refuse to call them seagulls because there's no such thing.) to them like...uh, moths to a flame, I guess. Huh, that was a lame simile...