5.18.15: The first two jewels on the crown

Top of the Morning! Let’s start things off with a highlight from this weekend’s Preakness Stakes — where American Pharoah won the race. If he wins at Belmont Stakes on June 6th, he’ll be the 11th horse to win the Triple Crown! Can he do it?

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NBA

And just like that, it’s the conference finals. How did we get here? Out West, the Golden State Warriors closed out the series last week  against the Memphis Grizzlies, while the Houston Rockets had an incredible comeback in Game 6 and clinched a dominating victory against the LA Clippers on Sunday afternoon.

In the East, the Cleveland Cavaliers overcame major injuries to defeat the Chicago Bulls, while the Atlanta Hawks beat the Washington Wizards in 7 games to win the series.

What’s next?  The Golden State Warriors play the Houston Rockets, and the Cleveland Cavaliers play the Atlanta Hawks. Get ready, games kick off this week!

NHL

The Anaheim Ducks looked mighty impressive in their Sunday night win against the Chicago Blackhawks — as in 4-1. Let’s see what happens in Game 2, but Game 1 was all Ducks, who are now 9-1 in the playoffs.

Canada is back on top — of the world championships,  that is — after defeating Russia for the gold medal on Sunday.

This week is full of more hockey, and tonight is Game 2 of the Tampa Bay Lightning and NY Rangers series that kicked off on Saturday. Rangers are currently up 1-o.

MLB

Josh Hamilton is expected to return to the lineup next week for the Texas Rangers. It’s his first game back in the Majors since heading back to Texas.

The Miami Marlins fired Mike Redmond on Sunday night. The Marlins will now look for a new manager — their 6th one in the last six seasons.

It was almost a non-hitter… until it wasn’t for Shelby Miller of the Atlanta Braves. Miller had an impressive day despite losing the no-hitter with one out remaining in the 9th.

 

JUST FOR FUN

Playoff Beards
Four teams remain in the NHL playoffs – what do you think about their facial hair?

 

STORIES FOR INSIGHTS, COOL FACTOR + DEBATE

La Liga
Barcelona takes home the title
With the help of Lionel Messi, they claimed a 1-0 victory against Atletico Madrid

Empty Seats
What happened to the Yankees’ popularity?
They lost Jeter and Rivera, and missed the playoffs the past two seasons — having A-Rod back isn’t quite making up for all that

Tom Brady
Sitting on the sidelines
Even though he’s appealing his suspension, what do these four games really mean?

5.11.15: I Called Game

Good Morning! Remember that time there were three awesome buzzer beaters in one weekend? Hard to say which one was the most impressive, but Paul Pierce’s was truly the most fun:

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NBA

Midway through the second round, the NBA playoffs are still equally as exciting as they started out. In the East, the Cleveland Cavaliers’ series against the Chicago Bulls is all tied up at 2-2 and heading back to Cleveland after LeBron James’ game-winner for the Cavs on Sunday (which came after Derrick Rose’s game winner on Friday night in dramatic bank shot fashion). The Washington Wizards are up 2-1 on the Atlanta Hawks after Paul Pierce’s delightful game-winner in which he called game, not bank. Game 4 is coming up in DC on Tuesday.

Out West,  the Golden State Warriors are down 2-1 to the Memphis Grizzlies, but expect MVP Stephen Curry to bring it for Game 4 on Monday night in Memphis. Meanwhile, the LA Clippers are up 3-1 against the Houston Rockets after a convincing win Sunday night.

This week, tune in for all the action each and every night … the magic of the playoffs: games almost every night! And, let’s hope for less injuries and good health!

NHL

The NHL playoffs are on and popping on the ice. Of note, the NY Rangers defeated the Washington Capitals  on Sunday eve to force a Game 7 this week and the Montreal Canadiens beat the Tampa Bay Lightning to force a Game 6.

In non-playoff news, talented free agent goalie Matt O’Connor signed a two-year deal with the Ottawa Senators.

Let’s talk Hockey Worlds. The United States will advance to the quarterfinals after knocking out Slovenia. They will join Russia, the Czech Republic, and Canada in the next rounds.

MLB

The New York Yankees defeated the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday night, but the real story was Michael Pineda, who had a career high 16 strikeouts.

The LA Dodgers won their 9th straight against the Colorado Rockies on Sunday night despite Clayton Kershaw coming up short in his attempt to win his 100th game. Also — it may be May, but the Rockies had to clear off four inches of snow prior to game-time!

Lastly, the Washington Nationals gave DC sports fans another thing to cheer  about with a sweep of the Atlanta Braves this weekend.

Other

This past week, the NFL released the Wells Report on the New England Patriots’ “deflategate” scandal.

In all things gold, Rickie Fowler is the new champion of the PGA Tour Players Championship. Congrats!

Andy Murray did something he’s never done before and defeated Rafael Nadal for the first time on clay to win the Madrid Open.

 

JUST FOR FUN

Happy Mother’s Day (better late than never!)
The coolest moms we’ve ever seen, doing the coolest things we’ve ever seen — Here’s to you!

STORIES FOR INSIGHTS, COOL FACTOR + DEBATE

The Evans Scholarship
When a summer caddy job on the golf course turns into a full ride
A summer job on the green can shape you for life, but it also can change your life

Goodbye, Bill Simmons
Come September, we remember all the times we had together
His work will go down in history, and we are looking forward to following his story elsewhere

All’s quiet
Manila after Manny’s loss
Thinking about how the outcome of a fight — but especially the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight — affects Pacquiao’s home country

8 points, 9 seconds
Remembing Reggie Miller’s legendary game
Nearly 20 years ago, Reggie Miller led the Indiana Pacers back from the brink in a magical 8 point, 9 second performance