News item: The Milwaukee Bucks and their fans are still complaining about the boorish and “disrespectful” behavior of rapper and Toronto Raptors fan Drake, who appeared to psych out popular Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo in the Eastern Conference finals.
My take: Clearly, it was the worst incident involving a clueless celebrity basketball fan since Larry David tripped Shaq in Season 2 of “Curb Your Enthusiasm.”
My take: That doesn’t seem to make much sense, but somebody obviously knew something, since the Raptors won by nine. They’re also a slight favorite in Game 2 and the Warriors’ odds are still a -150 favorite to win the series.
My take: I’m guessing they’ll go for Oregon State catcher Adley Rutschman, but I would take high school shortstop Bobby Witt Jr. Agree to disagree.
News item: The Tampa Bay Rays sold just 5,786 tickets to Tuesday night’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays, making the paid crowd the smallest at Tropicana Field in team history.
My take: That shouldn’t surprise anyone who has ever visited the architectural monstrosity known as “The Trop,” but the Rays deserve better. They entered the weekend with the fifth-best record in the major leagues and they’re doing it with the fifth-lowest payroll.
My take: Games are too long. Prices are too high. Big-screen televisions are too cheap. Strikeouts are too frequent. The commissioner proposes too many rules changes. It rains too much and it takes way too long to get the tarp off. Any questions?