It is the return of the ‘True or False’ game.

Rules and/or directions are not necessary for these statements.

1) Players on the B.C. Lions just received a pay boost.

TRUE

Effective, June 1st, 2019, the minimum wage in B.C. increased $1.20 or 9.5% to $13.85 per hour.

Does this mean the Lions no longer have to play a ‘nickel’ defence?

2) The NBA off-season is more exciting than its regular season.

TRUE

Tell me a regular season you can remember that had the same impact or drama regarding Kawhi Leonard and where he was going to play?

His six-day wait (that seemed like six weeks) before making his decision may eventually come out in a movie.

Free-agency started with a bang when both Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving went to the Brooklyn Nets.

In addition, major trades keep us alert at all times, as OKC sent Paul George to the LA Clippers and followed that up by dealing Russell Westbrook to Houston for James Harden and picks.

3) Milwaukee offers the best bang for the “Buck” for next year’s NBA title.

FALSE

This is my bad attempt at humour, but that aside, the Bucks have odds of 9-2, only behind the LA Clippers at 3-1 and slightly ahead of the LA Lakers at 5-1.

For my money, Golden State, at 12-1, is as good a bet as any out of the 30 teams.

I am not as quick to write the Warriors off as many have already done.

The last time Kevin Durant wasn’t on their team, Golden State went 73-9.

Yes, Klay Thompson has a torn ACL but he should be recovered for the 2020 playoffs.

The Warriors still have Steph Curry and Draymond Green and don’t underestimate the addition of D’Angelo Russell, who averaged 21 points a game this past season with Brooklyn.

If you are wondering, the Toronto Raptors are now a disrespectful 80-1 longshots since Leonard announced he was taking his talents to the Clippers.

The NBA odds are right here.

4) The Vancouver Canucks will be a playoff team.

FALSE

At least not in 2019-20, which is the Canucks 50th season.

Adding Tyler Myers from Winnipeg, Jordie Benn from Montreal and Micheal Ferland from Carolina will add to their depth but that won’t be enough to carry Vancouver into the post-season.

On the bright side, Rookie of the Year Elias Pettersson should be in the 80-plus point range, if he can stay healthy, which is a big “if”.

Pettersson is coming off 28 goals and 66 points in 71 games.

5) Taylor Gauthier will lead the Prince George Cougars to the playoffs.

TRUE

After surprisingly not getting drafted, Gauthier will be highly motivated and out to prove the sceptics wrong.

22 goalies were selected in this year’s NHL draft, and he wasn’t one of them.

He was overlooked, despite having plenty of international experience and being ranked seventh among North American goalies by Central Scouting.

The Gauthier watch should be one of the most compelling stories of the Cougars season.

6) The Toronto Blue Jays will lose 100 games this year.

FALSE

It will be close either way.

The Jays are 34-57 with 71 games left.

This means Toronto has to win 29 games to avoid the century mark in losses.

It is quite possible the Jays will be fielding a weaker lineup next month as the non-waiver trading deadline is July 31st.

7) The Green Bay Packers will be the most improved team in the NFC.

TRUE

Aaron Rodgers is still Aaron Rodgers and he will likely embrace the change at head coach going from Mike McCarthy to Matt LaFleur.

The Packers big upgrade should be on defence where they signed high-priced pass-rushers  Za’Darius Smith and Preston Smith.

In addition, Green Bay’s two first-round picks (lineman Rashan Gary and safety Darnell Savage Jr.) are highly touted defensive players.

They also added Adrian Amos from Chicago, a safety that started 56 games over the last four years.

8) This week’s Hart Attack column was the best ever!

FALSE

But, are you in agreement it was a close second?

 

FROM THE QUOTE RACK:

The NFLPA chief is telling agents to “plan for a work stoppage” after the 2020 season. To which the Oakland Raiders are saying they’ve already been there the past five years.

*Comedy writer Jim Barach http://jokesbyjim.blogspot.ca/

Pete Alonso won Home Run Derby. So will his REAL prize be getting traded from the New York Mets?

*Comedy writer Janice Hough of Palo Alto, California www.leftcoastsportsbabe.com

I knew Peter Alonso would win the HR derby when he replaced his cousin with the entire NY Mets bullpen to pitch to him. (Mets bullpen with an MLB-worst 21 blown saves)

*Contributor Marc Ragovin of New York

Former Golden State Warriors coach Don Nelson is reportedly a grower of pot in Hawaii. I hear they call the stuff ‘Whoa Nellie.’

*Contributor Bill Littlejohn of South Lake Tahoe, California

Title of competitive eater Joey Chestnut’s new ESPN “30 for 30” documentary: “The Good, The Bad, The Hungry.”

*Dwight Perry of the Seattle Times http://www.seattletimes.com/author/dwight-perry/


IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:

A survey of online flirting by Badoo.com has identified the three pick-up lines women respond to the most:
3. I love the way you dress;
2. You have beautiful lips;
1. I play in the NBA.

*Canadian comedy writer RJ Currie www.Sportsdeke.com

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Hartley Miller is the news and sports supervisor and morning news anchor for 94.3 the GOAT and Country 97.
He also is the 94.3 radio colour commentator for P.G. Cougars home games.
His column appears Fridays on myprincegeorgenow.com.
Send along a quote, note, or anecdote to hmiller@thegoatrocks.ca