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This was the scene yesterday in Cleveland; over a million people from all over celebrating the 2016 NBA Champion Cleveland Cavaliers. On Sunday evening, the Cavs entered the Bay Area with a chance to win it all, and when all was said and done, 182 total points were scored, and 93 of them belonged to the Cavaliers, resulting in the Cavs winning the NBA Finals. It was Cleveland's first pro sports championship since the Cleveland Browns blanked the Baltimore Colts, 27-0, to win the NFL Championship on December 27, 1964.
The Warriors' last lead of the season was 87-86 with over five minutes left in regulation. It was actually 87-83, but LeBron's three FTs made it a one point game. Another Cavs three gave them a 89-87 lead, but Klay Thompson tied it up with 4:39 left; scoring what would be the Warriors' final basket of their season. After over three scoreless minutes, Kyrie Irving hit what would be the championship clinching three to make it 92-89 with 53 seconds left. LeBron went one out of two at the line with 10.6 left to seal it.
LeBron not only won his third NBA Championship, but his third Finals MVP as well. Above all of that, he did what he said he would do: he delivered Cleveland a championship. Some trivial notes: the Cavaliers became the first team to win the Finals after trailing 3-1. Also, this was the first time all year that the Warriors lost three straight games.
The CFL season begins tonight, with three of the four Opening Week games being playoff rematches from last year! The season begins in Toronto with the Argonauts hosting the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in a rematch of last year's Eastern Semifinal. Last year, the Tiger-Cats won the game, 25-22, behind a last second FG. Tomorrow, the Montréal Alouettes head to Winnipeg to face the Blue Bombers in a game between two clubs who failed to reach the playoffs. On Saturday, the Edmonton Eskimos and the Ottawa Redblacks will face each other in a rematch of last year's Grey Cup Championship, which the Esks won, 26-20. The week will end in Vancouver with a Western Semifinal rematch between the Lions and the Calgary Stampeders. The Saskatchewan Roughriders are idle this week.
It looks like the top spot in MLB is suddenly crowded. The Cubs had been the sole possessors of the best record in baseball for the longest, but that lead is narrowing, as they are tied in wins with the Rangers and Giants (47).
I have to mention this, though. To borrow from one of my favorite children's books, Nationals OF Michael Taylor had a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad night last night in LA. Not only did he strike out FIVE TIMES against the Dodgers (in a game that Kershaw didn't start), but he committed a horrendous error in the bottom of the ninth that turned what was supposed to be a Yasiel Puig single into a walk-off two run HR. It's safe to say that Taylor could use a hug right now.
The Indians are still in first place in the AL Central, holding a three game lead over Kansas City and a four game lead over Detroit. It was expected to be a two team race between KC and Detroit, but the White Sox went on a hot start and led for weeks. Even so, the Indians were not expected to be atop the Central this close to All-Star Break. Which brings us to...
The #1 Burning Question of the Week: Are the Indians playoff bound this year?