In the past week we’ve seen a first-time Stanley Cup champion, a horse racing Triple Crown champion, a record French Open winner and a Warriors party like it’s 2017 or 2015. You can party with these random thoughts for a Wednesday.

• And the chant begins: “Sweep, sweep, sweep” as the Warriors defeat the Cavaliers in four games to win their third NBA championship in four years. Of course, a special shout out goes to JR Smith, whose brain lock in Game 1 gave the Warriors the opportunity to win a perfectly loseable game.

• By the way, for those fans who claim the Warriors would have won four consecutive championships if not for that Draymond Green suspension in the 2016 playoffs, consider that Kevin Durant more than likely would have signed elsewhere as a free agent if the Warriors had won that year. No way he would have added anything to a two-time defending NBA champion. And there would be no Hamptons 5, no two consecutive Larry O’Brien trophies in the Bay Area with anticipation of three in a row.

• As the Warriors celebrated the franchise’s sixth championship (1947, 1956, 1975, 2015, 2017, 2018), the Washington Capitals celebrated their first Stanley Cup. Anyone watching ESPN couldn’t go long without seeing long-suffering Capitals’ winger Alex Ovechkin gleefully hoisting the cup on the ice, throwing out the first pitch at a baseball game or downing beers somewhere.

• For 37 years there was not a horse racing Triple Crown winner, now there have been two since 2015. Justify on Saturday became the 13th horse to win the coveted title, going undefeated along the way. He follows American Pharaoh, who earned — it’s a test of speed and endurance over three races — the title in 2015.

• And with that win, the owners of Justify will get paid, and the horse will, too. Justify was purchased by WinStar Farm, Head of Plains Partners, Starlight Racing and the China Horse Club, for $500,000 in 2016. Its owners had a $60 million breeding deal in the works before the Belmont Stakes that jumped to $75 million after the win.

• That $75 million deal was more than the then-record $70 million paid for Kentucky Derby winner Fusaichi Pegasus in 2000.

• If that sounds like a lot of money — and it is — according to ESPN, plans are for Justify to be, ahem, sent out to breed 250 times in his first year at $150,000 per foal. At that rate, the deal would pay for itself in just two years. And you’d have one tired horse.

• And if you want to think of greatness, think of Rafael Nadal and the French Open. He won his record 11th singles title on Sunday.

• Madison Bumgarner, who missed the first two months of the season with a broken left pinkie finger, was ejected during the sixth inning of his second start of the season by umpire Jeremie Rehak after having already been taken out of the game by manager Bruce Bochy. It was the first time Bumgarner had been tossed in his career. “There was just a lot of borderline pitches that I didn’t get,” Bumgarner said afterward. The Giants lost to the Miami Marlins 7-5.

• Condolences to the family of Dwight Clark, the 49ers and their fans. His iconic catch in 1981 launched a franchise from mediocrity into greatness, a period of five Super Bowl victories over 10 years. Clark announced in March 2017 that he was suffering from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis — Lou Gehrig's disease. Former 49ers owner Eddie DeBartolo Jr. best summed up what Clark meant to others: “My heart is broken. Today, I lost my little brother and one of my best friends. I cannot put into words how special Dwight was to me and to everyone his life touched. He was an amazing husband, father, grandfather, brother and a great friend and teammate.”

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