There are a lot of reasons San Diegans should be rooting for the Los Angeles Clippers. I’ve also been known to encourage San Diegans to root for the Anaheim Ducks. These seem like healthier alternatives than ignoring all professional sports leagues that don’t have a team in San Diego County.
If you’ve adopted the Clippers and Ducks as your NBA and NHL teams, you’re in luck! Both are in the playoffs and neither is losing their first-round series. The Clippers lead the Warriors 2-1 in their series, while the Ducks are tied 2-2 with the Dallas Stars.
For all of the times that I’ve complained about San Diego’s sports “dead zone” and wished for an NBA and/or NHL team to come to town to save us from it, this is a great time of year to adopt your nearest professional basketball or hockey team and enjoy all of the fun and excitement of the playoffs (and dream about the San Diego Surfers, which is the name we’ve all agreed on for San Diego’s next professional sports franchise, right?).
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The Padres Will Never Be Healthy
I have some good news! Well, kind of. The Padres are only one game under .500! By time the sun comes up tomorrow morning, that could be a cool 12-12 after 24 games. That’s not that bad!
The bad news is that the Padres are in fourth place in the NL West and the never-ending run of season-crippling injuries continues …
• Josh Johnson, expected to be the #1 or #2 starting pitcher in a rotation meant to carry the Padres to success this year, will undergo Tommy John surgery before ever throwing a pitch for San Diego. It will be his second time getting the procedure done on his throwing arm.
• Chase Headley, desperate to prove that he can stay healthy and perform at a superstar level, is once again injured and headed to the 15-day DL with a strained calf.
• Seth Smith, who has been admirably filling in at LF for the injured Carlos Quentin, will miss a few games with a strained groin muscle.
• Padres manager Bud Black is aggressively trying to injured his one healthy and effective starting pitcher, regularly pinch-running Andrew Cashner and even putting him in left field for a batter.
No matter how hard they try, the Padres either struggle to hit the baseball, stay healthy, or both. This could be the start of another long year for Bud Black.
Who Will the Chargers Take in the Draft?
• If you listen to the experts, the Chargers are dying for Notre Dame’s DT Louis Nix in the first round but will settle for the best CB available if he doesn’t.
• Ten years ago, the Chargers franchise was forever changed when the team used its No. 1 overall draft pick on Eli Manning before trading him to the New York Giants.
• The entire 2014 NFL regular season schedule was released. We already knew who the Chargers were playing and where, and now we know when.
• Voluntary workouts have started for the Chargers, meaning lots of players are getting together, working out and beginning to focus on the upcoming season.
• The push for a new Chargers stadium is heating up — again. Most economists don’t think a stadium is a good investment of public money — including the ones who want a new stadium.
Stories You May Have Missed
• San Diego’s Meb Keflezighi won the Boston Marathon.
• Longtime NBA sideline reporter Craig Sager is battling leukemia. In recent years, Sager has tirelessly battled to try and get good answers out of notoriously grumpy Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich. Popovich, in the first Spurs game since Sager’s announcement, insisted on being interviewed by Craig’s son, Craig Sager Jr., and sent a message to his sparring partner that will leave you in tears.
• NFL teams continue to show that they are hilariously overmatched for the simple task of employing women and/or treating them like they’re equals.
• GIF of the Week: Billy Hamilton, OF for the Cincinnati Reds, is a very fast person.
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