Five thoughts on what we liked – or didn’t like – during this weekend in sports:
* The one aspect of Game 6 of the NBA Finals that won’t go away is how Miami didn’t start fouling with about a minute left. In an elimination game, down by 10, don’t you pull out all of the stops to win? The Heat just let the Mavericks run plays and didn’t bother to foul until 18 seconds remained in the clinching Dallas victory. Dumb. Dumb. Dumb.
* Guess we wrong about those Cleveland Indians. In a matter of a month, they have gone from leading the A.L. Central with a 30-15 record to go 4-14 in a dead heat with the Detroit Tigers. At this rate, the Indians will go from trading-deadline buyers to sellers.
* The feel good story entering the College World Series this weekend has to be the Cal Bears. They have gone from fighting to avoid elimination as a sport at the Berkeley campus to a trip to Omaha for college baseball’s ultimate event. Wonder what Athletic Director Sandy Barbour thinks about the baseball program now?
* Jeff Gordon’s Sprint Cup victory Sunday can’t get enough praise. This is the first season he has at least two victories since 2007 and he moved into third on the all-time wins list. There’s no question he will go down as one of the greatest drivers, even if he does have a “hate club” slightly smaller than LeBron James.
* Talk of MLB’s realignment seems like a make-up call. Baseball could gone with two 15-team leagues in 1998 when it expanded to 30 teams. And now the buzz is MLB wants the Astros to go to the AL to create a rivalry with the Texas Rangers? Didn’t baseball move the Milwaukee Brewers to the NL so it would no longer have an even more heated rivalry with the Minnesota Twins. Doh!