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The Walk Talk Ten

May 24, 2011

1. I'm sure Nick Gillung, Mercyhurst College and Punxsy baseball fans are disappointed that the Lakers fell two victories shy of reaching the NCAA Division II Championship. At least he finished his collegiate career with one of his finest games last Friday — seven innings, three hits, no earned runs and 14 strikeouts.

2. While Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis may be correct when he says that crime will pick up "if you take away our game," it's preposterous if that happens. When asked why, he said, "There's nothing else to do ..." So a millionaire athlete has nothing else to do but play his sport? What happens when he retires?

3. Animal Kingdom, this year's Kentucky Derby winner, finished second to Shackleford in the Preakness Saturday. Well, I guess horse racing is once again irrelevant until next May.

4. Penn State men's basketball coach Ed DeChellis has resigned to take the same job at Navy. Penn State athletic director Tim Curley said that DeChellis "built a strong foundation for the program." How is a 114-138 overall record, a 41-95 Big Ten record and one NCAA Tournament berth in eight years a strong foundation?

5. The Cavaliers have been through a tumultuous year, but finally won something last Tuesday: The No. 1 pick in this summer's lottery. Still, it doesn't fix the fact that one of the best players in the NBA, LeBron James, walked away last summer.

6. The Cavs also have the No. 4 pick, so their best bet would be to decide upon either Arizona forward Derrick Williams or international center Enes Kanter with the top pick and take whichever point guard is left after that: Duke's Kyrie Irving, Kentucky's Brandon Knight or UConn's Kemba Walker. If Williams or Kanter are gone by the time their No. 4 pick comes around, they'll either be reaching with their second selection or will have to take a second point guard.

7. Check out this score from a Southern Indoor Football League game: Erie (Pa.) Explosion 138, Fayetteville (N.C.) Force 0. The 138 points was announced as an unofficial indoor football record, according to the Erie Times-News. The Explosion's defense scored nine touchdowns. The offense scored on its first three plays. Fayetteville's first two possessions resulted in defensive touchdowns by Erie. Ridiculous.

8. San Jose Sharks forward Joe Thornton wanted to drop gloves and fight before the opening faceoff of Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals last week. How can the sport be taken seriously when players are more concerned with fighting than playing hockey in the playoffs?

9. Dwyane Wade and LeBron James are clearly the best two players on the Miami Heat, but no player is more important to that team than Chris Bosh. Bosh provides an inside presence that both Wade and James cannot duplicate. If the Bulls are unable to stop Bosh, the Heat won't have any trouble reaching the finals.

10. The May 13 death of the New York Rangers' Derek Boogaard, who has suffered at least four concussions in his career, is tragic. Medical examiners ruled that the death was an accidental mixture of alcohol and the painkiller oxycodone. It once again comes as no surprise that Pittsburgh Penguins star center Sidney Crosby hasn't played since Jan. 5 due to concussion symptoms.

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