What a glorious weekend we had in the lower mainland… to watch sports on television.
Saturday was dominated by the beautiful game. First there was breakfast from Paris, which saw Serena Williams, despite being ravaged by a flu bug for half of the fortnight coming back to halt the momentum of the Czech Republic’s Lucie Safarova. The American needed three sets to earn her 20th grand slam title.
The men’s final on Sunday was exceptional. The Stanimal, Stan Wawrinka was aggressive and it paid off, as the Swiss star won in four compelling sets over world number one Novak Djokovic. Wawrinka hit 60 winners compared to half that from the Serb.
On the pitch, 300 million on the planet watched a Champions League final which lived up to the billing in Berlin. The three South American Amigos up front for FC Barcelona; Argentina’s Messi, Neymar of Brazil and Uruguay’s toothy wonder Suarez, were too much for Juventus in a 3-1 triumph.
I was one of 5.6 million in this country that dropped in on Canada’s 1-0 win in the Women’s World Cup opener at Edmonton.
American Pharaoh won the Belmont Stakes and the triple crown. The first horse to do so since 1978.
The night was capped by the Whitecaps who surprised a lot of folks, including the Galaxy in LA. Kekuta Manneh had a supreme strike in the first half. Vancouver should have had more. Defender Kendall Waston shut down Robbie Keane and had 14 clearances as the Caps ended LA’s 29-match home unbeaten streak.
Also on Sunday, I did not see Kendall Jenner at the Montreal Grand Prix although her rumoured new beau Lewis Hamilton won the event. Game 2 o the NBA Final was fun as the Lebrons surprised the Warriors in OT.
One thing which was missed, game two of the Stanley Cup Final. Sorry Gary, get your season done by the end of May.