THE DAY AFTER
Even if you're not a sports fan you couldn't help but notice the MAIN EVENT on Sunday was the NBA Finals Game 7 --the outcome wasn't swell for Bay Area basketball fans--but the drama and sheer magnitude of the goings-on at Oracle in Oakland dictated the domain on Father's Day no less.
*Among the high and lowlights of the Sporting King...
*The KNBR Radio play-by-play duo of Tim Roye and Tom Tolbert was about as perfect a broadcast as anyone can listen...although if, like me, you turned down the sound from the ABC broadcast and wanted to listen to Roye/Tolbert, there was an almost 8 second delay--the description on radio was ahead of the TV broadcast which was annoying...I went back and forth. Roye, who is terrific and not a homer, was just as exciting even though it was a Cleveland victory. Roye was especially great at the end noting it was the first Cleveland title in over 50 years --he didn't waver because the Warriors were on the short end of the stick...and Tolbert, who really has become an excellent color analyst broke down the game in a very concise manner even though you knew he was dismayed by the Warriors loss. Pros do that and Tolbert, comedy act and all, was at his best throughout and at the very end.
NOTES...A Game 7; maybe the biggest championship game in Bay Area Sports history and the Bentley guy at KRON didn't even show up in Oakland. He's got an excuse; he hosted the KRON sports show after the game. Predictably, Bentley guy was his usual insipid self with fake and phony "aw-shucks" "it's only a game" wise-guy comments. Radnich is so lazy it's amazing KRON needed to have his bod in the studio...fortunately, no one was watching...The KGO (ABC7) post-game show with Larry Beil and Adonal Foyle was just OK, nothing extraordinary, with the usual analysis and player/coach comments from the locker room...The ABC telecast was pretty decent --although Mark Jackson and Jeff Van Gundy talk way too much for my taste...if they both got paid by the word, they'd have Lebron's money...speaking of which, was that "injured" Leron at the end a BIG FAKE or was I missing something? And big mouths Jackson and Van Gundy fell for it.