The blog post in which I express my feelings on the Sharks’ elimination from the playoffs

This photo stinks.

I had only gone to Staples Center once prior and it was also a Sharks-Kings game. Of course, that time the game was in December so it was different and it was three years ago before the Kings became the Kings of hockey. The game tonight was Game 7. It was one of the best seven-game series hockey had to offer in recent years. This was what great hockey was about.

Knowing the Sharks, this season was going to be a struggle and this series wasn’t going to be easy. The Sharks were still trying to find their own identity. But as they tried to do so in this shortened season, they also had to win an important playoff game. It was a tough journey.

I could easily just say that Jonathan Quick was too good, but I won’t. He was good. But the Sharks didn’t challenge him enough. The shots on goal were too easy most times. Credit to the Kings for keeping the area in front of the net congested, but there were numerous times where the Sharks just didn’t give Quick a challenge.

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Giants and A’s wearing batting practice caps for tonight’s game

Wearing batting practice caps for games isn’t out of the ordinary during the regular season. In fact, this past week we’ve seen the Twins and Blue Jays do it.

But this is the first time in my memory that the A’s and Giants will join the trend. New Era confirmed to me via Twitter that their batting practice caps will see the field during tonight’s game.

I think this might be an attempt to help boost merchandise sales or maybe just a way to change things up?

But at least this isn’t an unfamiliar look. These two teams faced each other numerous times during Spring Training, so these two caps being on the field together isn’t a first.

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Appreciating the Spurs as a dynasty like no other

Consistently good for so long.

Call it what you want to, but despite the lack of sex appeal from the San Antonio Spurs, they are exactly what I love about basketball.

Most times dynasties can get boring, but the Spurs aren’t your typical dynasty. They don’t win three straight titles like the Lakers or Bulls. Instead they consistently make the playoffs and every other year, they win a title. They haven’t done it since 2007, but this year’s team could very well get one more.

I look at the core of this Spurs team of Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili and just marvel at how lucky we are to watch these three, along with coach Gregg Popovich, produce such consistency for so long.

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