Weekly Rewind 5/26/15 Edition: Featuring – NFL rule changes, Giants dominate Dodgers, and NBA Conference Finals

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Another week of sports is in the books. And what a busy week it was. The NBA Conference Finals began and could already be over in a couple more days. The NFL had their Spring Owners Meeting in San Fran, and rules changes were very high on the agenda. But, let’s start off with the red hot San Francisco Giants, who put a beatdown on the LA Dodgers last week. Also, in the ‘City by the Bay’.

Giants dominate Dodgers, Bumgarner goes deep off Kershaw

One of the biggest rivalries in only baseball, but all of sports has been a one-sided affair so far this season. The Giants have dominated their arch-rivals from southern California. The Giants have won 7 of the 9 meetings. The last three victories were even more dominating, as the Giants shut out the Dodgers in all three games of the three game set, played last week in San Francisco. The Dodgers are no stranger to such futility. These same Giants shutout the Dodgers three consecutive games in 2012 also.

The pitching performances put on by veterans Tim Hudson, Tim Lincecum, and Madison Bumgarner were truly remarkable. The latter of which, was the performance by Bumgarner. He would also homer in that game. That homerun only came off his counterpart on the mound, Clayton Kershaw, who has certainly had his problems against San Fran. It was Bumgarner’s second hit off of Kershaw. While, Kershaw is 3 for 5 in his career against Bumgarner. The loss dropped Kershaw to a head-scratching 2-3 record on the season, with a 4.42 ERA. He does lead the league, however with 26 strikeouts.

The defending World Series champs are one hot club. After starting the year 4-10, the Giants are 23-10 since. The best record in baseball during that time span. That 3-game sweep of L.A. has them only a game and a half out of first. The Dodgers are hanging on, but only by a thread.

NBA Conference Finals – Lebron leads Cavs past Hawks in sweep. Warriors look to eliminate Rockets

LeBron James, is one step closer to doing what he set out to do when he decided to return home to Cleveland. The Cavaliers have swept the Atlanta Hawks and headed to the NBA Finals. It’s truly been one wild ride for these Cavs who were heavily criticized early in the season for their slow start. But, he who laughs last, laughs best. LeBron and company are laughing all the way to the Finals.

This latest trip would not have been possible if not for the mid-season acqusitions of Timofey Mozgov from the Denver Nuggets, plus Iman Shumpert and J.R. Smith from the New York Knicks. Mozgov, gave the Cavs size and the rim protector they would need. Shumpert, gave them the intense perimeter defender that can find his shot at times, and Smith gave them that deadly perimeter shooter that could help spread the floor.

This has to go down as truly one of LeBron’s most impressive feats. He said, that he and the Cavs faithful would have to be patient in their quest for a title. They haven’t quite reached it yet, but just the fact of them being this far quite astonishing. Now, they await their opponent, which should be the Golden State Warriors. Even though they wouldn’t be guarding each other, the entire world wants to see Steph Curry matched against LeBron. It looks like the world will get their way, unless the Rockets have a miracle up their sleeve. The NBA Finals begin June 4th.

Speaking of the Rockets/Warriors series, what a wild ride it’s been. Especially, one that’s been pretty one-sided. It’s had a bit of everything. Close games, big comebacks, big runs, flagrant fouls, injuries, comebacks from injuries and even curses. Yes, curses by way of rapper Lil B who has it out for James Harden and gesture like he’s ‘cooking’ something after a big play. Last night, the basketball world held their breath when Steph Curry took a huge fall when he tried to climb over Trevor Ariza for a loose rebound. Curry, would return to action and should be fine for Game 5. A game where the Warriors can close out the Rockets and return to the NBA Finals for the first time since 1975.

NFL Owners met for their annual Spring Owner’s Meetings last week in San Francisco. High on the agenda were rules changes involving extra points and 2-point conversions. The results were moving the ball for extra points back from the 2-yard line to the 15. Making it a 32-yard field goal. The other changes also involved PAT’s (points after touchdown) .

Two-point conversions will now place the ball at the one-yard line, instead of the two. Also, during PAT’s, the defensive team will now be eligible to score two points if they recover a fumble or pick off a pass and return it for a score.

The defense being able to cast-in on points if the offense turns the ball over makes a lot of sense. However, the new rules for kicking and Two-point conversionsconversions have the phrase ‘if it ain’t broke don’t fix it’ ringing loud and clear. Moving the ball to the one-yard line makes things a bit easier for offenses, and who’s ever had a real issue with extra points being a little too easy to make. Very few, if any. These changes go into effect this upcoming season. Will these new rules stick for the long haul? Time will only tell.

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