Fun Fact of the Day: With 106 points this season, Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane is the first U.S. player to win the Art Ross Trophy (given to the NHL’s regular-season scoring champion). Congrats!
Welcome back Goalposters! This was a busy weekend in sports, so grab your XL coffee and catch up on what you missed.
History in the making… Last night the Golden State Warriors dominated in the 4th quarter to beat the San Antonio Spurs (92-86). Now they are just one win away from beating the Chicago Bulls record 72-10 season. Their last game is this Wednesday against a depleted Memphis Grizzlies team. One team’s record is another team’s record lost. This was the Spurs first loss at home all season. They were this close to becoming the first team in NBA history to win all its home games.
Willett or won’t it? Yesterday, Englishman Danny Willett won the Masters to take home that coveted green jacket. Just two weeks ago Willett wasn’t even planning to compete because his first child was due yesterday, April 10th. Fortunately, baby Zachariah came a week and a half early clearing Papa Willett’s schedule to win his first Masters! Who was even more surprised? Last year’s defending champ Jordan Spieth who was #1 on the leader board until the last 9 holes of the tournament. Then he started to implode, including a quadruple bogey on hole 12 (psst—that means he scored 4-over par on the hole). Who aced the course? Shane Lowry, Davis Love III, and Louis Oosthuizen all shot hole-in-ones on hole 16. Check out Oosthuizen’s incredible shot, which banked off another player’s ball.
Playoffs here we come… The first round of the playoffs start this Wednesday! This weekend the last two teams in the East clinched their playoff berths: the Philadelphia Flyers and Detroit Red Wings. The streak lives. The Red Wings have made it to the playoffs 25 years in a row—the longest active streak of any North American sport. Let’s make it one to remember… Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk announced that this is likely to be his last season before he heads back to mother-Russia to spend more time with his family. It will be a sad farewell for Datsyuk who has been a mainstay of the Red Wings team, including their championship wins in 2002 and 2008.
Out for the count. Manny Pacquiao is heading into retirement on top, after unanimously beating Timothy Bradley, Jr. this weekend. This was a huge win for Pacquiao, who unanimously lost the underwhelming “Fight of the Century” against Floyd Mayweather, Jr. last May. Back to the homeland. Though many are skeptical, Pacquiao has said that he’s ending his 21-year career to spend more time with family and serve the Philippine people. He’s already held 2-terms in congress and he is running for senate next month. He’s favored to win the election, despite his offensive comments about homosexuals being worse than animals earlier this year.
The beginning of a beautiful Story. Colorado Rockies rookie Trevor Story has made history. On top of being the 1st player to score home runs in each of his first 4 games, this weekend he had his 7th home run in 6 games to make the best start in MLB history, beating Larry Walker Mike Schmidt, and Willie Mays. Needless to say, he’s a rookie to watch as this season develops!
Brave pitching. Yesterday, Atlanta Braves reliever Dan Winkler broke his arm while pitching against the St. Louis Cardinals. More bad news. The Braves lost the game 12-7, making this their 5th straight loss to start the season.
How could you? On Friday, the L.A. Dodgers pulled rookie Ross Stripling out of the game in the 8th inning when he was in the middle of a no-hitter. Dodgers fans were crazy upset because Stripling could have been the first player to pitch a no-hitter in his majors debut since Bumpus Jones in 1892. Fans got even angrier when the Dodgers blew their lead, losing to the San Fancisco Giants (3-2). Why’d they pull him out? Stripling had Tommy John surgery 2 years ago (that’s a surgery to replace a ligament in the elbow) and the manager decided to keep him to a limited pitch count to preserve his arm.
Seen and Heard
A new roommate comedy? When leaving an L.A. bar this weekend, troubled former Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel told TMZ reporters that he’s living with another famous Texas A&M alum, Von Miller. Miller is the reigning Super Bowl MVP and has been a staunch Manziel supporter. Sources say that the two are not actually living together, even though both are currently in L.A. this off-season: Manziel to party and Miller to compete on “Dancing with the Stars.”
A senseless tragedy. Former New Orleans’ Saints defensive end Will Smith was murdered on Saturday night following a car accident. Smith had a heated exchange with the driver of a Hummer that rear-ended his Mercedes. He was shot several times and was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. Smith’s wife was also shot twice and was taken to the hospital. The Hummer driver, Cardell Hayes is in police custody. A tangled web. Hayes sued the New Orleans police department after his father was killed by police officers in 2005. One of the officers named in that suit was at dinner with Smith earlier that night. Reports indicate that the events do not appear to be related.