MacCOON'S LOCKER ROOM

Talking Sports

PATRICK MacCOON
Posted 6/13/18

Sports talk, for many, makes the world go round.From listening to local radio or popular figures such as Michael Wilbon or Keith Olbermann on the national stage, some simply can't get enough.With the …

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MacCOON'S LOCKER ROOM

Talking Sports

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Sports talk, for many, makes the world go round.

From listening to local radio or popular figures such as Michael Wilbon or Keith Olbermann on the national stage, some simply can't get enough.

With the local prep beat quiet for now, while the countdown to Friday Night Lights is 65 days away, here are some hot topics worth talking about.

MIDSUMMER CLASSIC FANFARE

Over the past three tough-to-bear seasons, the Atlanta Braves have only had one player selected to the All-Star Game each year.

However, baseball's biggest surprise so far this season has three players leading the NL voting ballot so far, and one among the top three at every position.

Nationals fans surely will get a kick out of seeing Freddie Freeman, Ozzie Albies and Nick Markakis slotted into the lineup on their home diamond July 17 if the trends continue.

Behind American League stars Mookie Betts, Jose Altuve and Mike Trout, the best first-pitch masher in the Show leads the NL vote tally by over 100,000.

Freeman is well on his way to starting his first ASG and third total.

Tuesday night the NL's leader in batting average went "yicketty" again on the first pitch of an at-bat for his 13th home run of the season.

On 0-0 counts this season the face of the Braves is 24-of-52 (.462) with 13 extra base hits and 14 RBIs with a 1.338 OPS.

Meanwhile, the AL leading vote trio  is a combined 23-of-77 (.298) with seven extra base hits and 18 RBIs when putting the first-pitch in play.

Freeman and Markakis lead the MLB with 174 combined hits, while Altuve and George Springer for Houston come in second with 171.

The right fielder who many thought would be a part of a trade for the past couple of seasons leads the NL in hits and has the most votes for any outfielder behind Bryce Harper.

With an NL-leading 37 XBH to go with 16 home runs, Albies has also received the love in the fan ballot.

Braves Country has rallied together for their first-place club.

WHERE WILL LEBRON GO?

One of basketball's greatest players ever is expected to be on the move this offseason.

The Los Angeles Lakers appear to lead the way for the "King James'" talents, while Houston and San Antonio could be other fits in the West.

Meanwhile, Philadelphia seem to be the most suitable team he could join in the East, with Boston possibly in pursuit as well.

Magic Johnson once put up triple-doubles galore for the "Lake Show" and I believe LeBron will too next season.

JUSTIFY WINS TRIPLE CROWN

I never realized until recently just how big and strong some racehorses are.

After winning the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes, Justify became the lucky 13th thoroughbred horse to take the Triple Crown.

Justify is now worth $75 million (record), and whether or not another horse helped pave the way to victory is all for the birds.

U.S. OPEN

Dustin Johnson is a man on fire right now, and the heavy favorite to win the US Open.

However, unlike the basketball postseason, the thrill of watching golf's four major tournaments is waiting for the unknown.

So many different outcomes can occur and it is extremely tough to pick the winner correctly.

History goes against Phil Mickelson, but once again golf can throw some wild twists and turns at its viewers.

An improving Tiger Woods is sure to bring the fanfare to Southampton, N.Y.

JULIO

The Atlanta Falcons' prized wide receiver is holding out of mandatory camps right now, as he makes his case for being the highest paid player at his position.

Julio Jones and the franchise will get this worked out and he is not going anywhere.

You pay Matt Ryan, you pay his favorite target. That simple.

COUNTDOWNS

The NBA Draft will be held on June 21.

College football is 73 days away.

The NFL season is 85 days away. (Falcons at Eagles: "Thursday Night Football").

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