The One with a Showdown in the West

Fun Fact of the DayErnie “The Big Easy” Els had a complete meltdown on the 1st hole of the Masters, missing 6 putts in a row from less than a 2-ft distance to record the worst start in tournament history.  Just go to your home, ball!!


Today's Rundown

NBA 

70 down… 3 to go…  Last night the Golden State Warriors beat the San Antonio Spurs (112-101) to clinch the #1 seed in the West and gain home court advantage throughout the playoffs.  And they were able to defeat the Spurs’ best.  Spurs coach Gregg Popovich decided to play his starters against the Warriors, despite lots of rumors that he would rest them to get ready for the playoffs.  A sigh of relief.  The Warriors still have to win their last 3 games to beat the Chicago Bulls record 72-10 season, including one more game against the Spurs this weekend (for more info on the game, check out today’s Hot Read).

 

GOLF

Just a matter of course.  After Round 1, last year’s defending champ Jordan Spieth is leading the Masters posting a 6-under 66.  He was in a mini-slump at the beginning of the year, but so far he’s shown that he feels at home in Augusta. Spieth’s early morning tee-time allowed him to avoid some of the winds that affected the competition later in the day.  What about the rest of the Big Three?  Rory McIlroy is still in the race at 2-under, but pre-tournament favorite Jason Day had a rough back nine and ended the day at an even-par round of 72.


Seen and Heard

NFL

Is this Plan B?  Denver Broncos coach Gary Kubiak has reportedly been talking to hot mess QB Johnny Manziel about possibly joining the Broncos.  Sources say that any potential agreement would be down the road, depending on how Manziel’s domestic assault legal troubles shake out.  The contract would also have lots of behavior stipulations, like “Mandatory counseling: Yes” and "Drunken trips to Vegas: No."  Is this all the Broncos have to work with?  After winning the Super Bowl this year, the Broncos lost QBs Peyton Manning to retirement and Brock Osweiller to the Houston Texans.  Right now, Kubiak says that he’s committed to working with the 2 underwhelming QBs they have on the roster: new-acquisition Mark Sanchez and backup Trevor Siemian.


Hot Read

Missing college basketball already?  Don’t worry!  We’ve got you covered with our schedule of what to watch this weekend.

NBA

The Rematch:  San Antonio Spurs v. Golden State Warriors—I know, I know… the Warriors just defeated the Spurs by a pretty healthy margin, but things could be different this time around.  The teams will meet in San Antonio and the Spurs have not lost at home this season.  If the Spurs can beat the Warriors on Sunday and the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday, they could be the first team in history to go undefeated at home for an entire season—Something even the mighty Warriors haven’t been able to do.  Sunday 7pm ET, NBATV.

 

GOLF

Tee time!  Let’s see if Jordan Spieth can keep up his lead and win another green jacket!  Tune into the Masters this Friday-Sunday on CBS.  Here is your schedule.

 

NHL 

Last chance.  The regular season wraps up this weekend!  The playoff picture is nearly complete, but 3 teams in the East are still duking it out for the last 2 playoff spots: the Detroit Red Wings, Philadelphia Flyers, and Boston Bruins.  Yea, I said the Red Wings!  The Red Wings have a lot at stake here, because they have made it to the playoffs 24 years in a row—the longest active streak of any North American sport. 

Here are the games that everyone will be watching this weekend:

  • Detroit Red Wings v. NY Rangers, Saturday 12:30pm ET, NBC
  • Pittsburgh Penguins v. Philadelphia Flyers, Saturday 3pm ET, NBC
  • Philadelphia Flyers vs. NY Islanders, Sunday 7pm ET, NBCSN

 

COLLEGE HOCKEY

Take it to the ice.  Quinnipiac and North Dakota made it out of the Frozen Four last night and will facing off for the national championship this weekend!  Saturday 8pm ET, ESPN

 

We’ll see you on Monday with a summary of the big games!