Fun Fact of the Day: Fun-loving Rob Gronkowski will be the next cover-boy of the Madden NFL ’17 video game. He is the first tight end and Patriots player to be selected. And no, he’s not worried about the curse.
One Western titan down, one to go… The Oklahoma City Thunder beat the San Antonio Spurs last night 113-99 and will be moving on to the Western Conference finals. After losing Game 1 of the series by a whopping 32-points, the Thunder kept their cool and won 3 games straight against the Spurs. Next up Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook will face the scary-talented Golden State Warriors, who beat the Thunder in all of their 3 regular season meetings. Was this the last one? As soon as last night’s game ended, Spurs’ aging superstars Tim Duncan, 40 and Manu Ginobili, 38 were bombarded with questions about whether they would return for another season. They say they will take their time and figure it out, but they love playing together and for such a great organization. If you doubt their team chemistry, just check out these hilarious HEB commercials that they’ve been doing for 10+ years.
It’s not you, it’s me. Yesterday, Scott Skiles decided to step down from coaching the Orlando Magic, because of philosophical differences with management. The Magic were terrible this year with a 35-47 record, but believe-it-or-not that was actually a 10-game improvement from last season. If you thought turnover at your job was bad… 12 (or 40%) NBA coaches from the beginning of the season are now kaput.
The Predators become the prey. The San Jose Sharks trounced the Nashville Predators 5-0 in last night’s Game 7. They will to move on to the Western Conference final against the St. Louis Blues. This is the Sharks’ first time back to the Western Conference final in 5 years, after a series of postseason collapses and missing the playoffs altogether last year.
Spotlight on the Rio Olympics
The Olympics start in less than 3 months and ICYMI Brazil is not doing so hot right now. Here’s a brief update on what’s going on with the Olympic preparations.
Does this presidential impeachment affect anything? The International Olympic Committee says things are going to be just fiiine. The only difference you’ll notice is that interim president Michel Temer will participate in the opening ceremony instead of Dilma Rousseff.
And what about Zika? Yea… about that… Last week, an epidemiology professor warned that the Olympics should be delayed or moved because of the potential for spread of Zika across the globe, among other reasons. So you can understand why spectators and athletes are not super psyched to go, including soccer star Hope Solo who said she will spend all the time she’s not competing in her hotel room.
Any other causes for concern? Oh, just shoddy workmanship and contaminated water. Last month, part of a new coastal bike path got caught in a big wave and crashed into the ocean killing 2 men. Last year, an Associated Press investigation found that swimming and boating athletes could get sick from the surrounding water that is filled with feces and other contaminants.
Who might miss this raging dumpster fire? Next month, the World Anti-Doping Agency will decide whether the Kenyan and Russian track teams will be able to participate in the Olympics, after discovering that both countries’ anti-doping policies are a complete mess.
It’s called “dog food” for a reason … Serena Williams posted a Snapchat of herself feeling sick after trying some dog food. She’s currently in Rome for the Italian Open and ordered some doggie room service for her pooch, Chip. She said that it looked good enough to eat, but guess what? It wasn’t and she got sick. Fortunately, Serena recovered in time to win her 3rd round match yesterday.
Round 2 of the NBA playoffs finish up! Check out the weekend’s schedule here.
The Conference finals of the Stanley Cup Playoffs begin!
- EAST: Tampa Bay Lightning @ Pittsburgh—check out Game 1 of the series! Friday 8pm ET on NBCSN
- WEST: San Jose Sharks @ St. Louis Blues—check out Game 1 of the series! Sunday 9pm ET on NBCSN
The Players Championship (aka “THE PLAYERS”) is the most prestigious golf tournament after the 4 majors. All the names you know and love are competing for their share of the biggest purse in golf. So far Jason Day is leading the pack with a record-tying first round 63, while Jordan Speith is still riding the struggle bus after he imploded at the Masters last month.