Morning Line Archives: June 25-July 1


It seems quiet on the sports front now, now that a spring and early summer that was fit for a King is wrapped up—both the Los Angeles Kings in hockey and King James in the NBA. Congratulations to the passionate hockey fans in SoCal and the diehard hoops fans in South Beach. Both of them.

Sarcasm aside, congratulations do sincerely go out to those that followed the Kings through the long Cup-less existence to this point and those that followed the Heat in the dog days of the 15-20 wins seasons while they cleared the cap space to go out and get LeBron and Chris Bosh, while re-signing Wade. You suffered through the low moments and earned the right to ecstasy now.

Now baseball is our full-time focus here at TheSportsNotebook, and The Road To Kansas City and the July 10 All-Star game gets the daily attention. In previous reports we’ve covered the infield spots in both leagues and will roll on into the outfield and American League DH spot in anticipation of Sunday night’s announcement of the starting lineups. Then we’ll have our weekly Sunday report to keep abreast of the division and playoff races.  The one day we don’t have a baseball report will be Saturday morning, when we call on our NASCAR expert, my brother Bill, to preview that evening’s Quaker State 400 in Kentucky.

This week’s special feature comes to us courtesy of contributor Isaac Huss, who has given us a detailed breakdown of the NBA Draft that comes on Thursday night. Find out who needs what, what they can actually get, all mixed with in some witty commentary along the way. The Mock Draft will be posted by noon on Monday.

In the meantime, please check out TheSportsNotebook’s Historical Museum, where we celebrate fan bases that had notable years with their teams, with coverage on each year from 1976-2007. And take a look at the bookstore as well. I’ve got two historical memoirs—Memories of March Madness and The Last New Year’s, that cover the best of the NCAA Tournament and New Year’s Day college football. And there’s two collections of blog postings available. You can follow the 2011 baseball season from Opening Day to October and The Cardinals’ Gold Ring. And follow last college hoops season from The Carrier To Kentucky.  Everything is available for $3.49 or less and can be downloaded to a Kindle or I-Pad from Amazon.