Fun Fact of the Day: Yesterday, the St. Louis Cardinals scored 4 runs against Cubs ace Jake Arrieta, ending his historic streak of 29 straight starts with 3 or fewer runs allowed. But don’t fret, the Cubs still went on to win (9-8), bringing Arrieta his 23rd straight win and a 9-0 record to start this season.
Righting the ship. The Cleveland Cavaliers completely destroyed the Toronto Raptors last night (116-78) to take the lead in the Eastern Conference Finals 3-2. By halftime the Cavs were already up by 34 points and everyone changed the channel. LeBron James and Kevin Love helped lead the Cavs to victory, after they lost 2 straight games to the Raptors in Toronto. And they could win it all. Now that the Golden State Warriors have been falling apart over in the West, the Cavs are the new odds on favorites to win the championship, followed by the Oklahoma City Thunder. That’s right, the poor Warriors have dropped all the way down to #3, according to the Vegas bookies.
Our first Stanley Cup final contender! The San Jose Sharks beat the St. Louis Blues (5-2) to advance to the Stanley Cup final for the very first time in franchise history! This is a super exciting moment for the Shark’s old mainstays Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau, and team captain Joe Pavelski, who experienced all of the team’s many heartbreaking losses in playoffs past. Next up! The Sharks will play the winner of tonight’s Tampa Bay Lighting v. Pittsburgh Penguins Game 7.
Seen and Heard
Did I say that? I meant the exact opposite. Earlier this week, Buffalo Bills General Manager Doug Whaley said in an interview, “[football is] a violent game that I personally don't think humans are supposed to play.” Three guesses who didn’t like that? The NFL has been trying to dig out of its latest PR nightmare, after a congressional report found that the NFL tried to improperly influence a concussion study. Don’t mind me, I’m just going to walk this back. Yesterday, Whaley released a statement saying that his previous answer was a “poor choice of words” and that the game is safer than ever. Mmhmm…
Every rose has its thorn. If you’re a “Bachelorette” fan, you saw JoJo give a rose to Jordan Rodgers on the show’s premiere this past Monday night. Yep, “Rodgers” as in the brother of Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers. Jordan wants you to know that he was a QB too; he rode the bench on 3 different NFL teams. He said, she said. During the episode, Jordan explained that his last relationship ended because he was too focused on work, but his ex-girlfriend took to Instagram to say that football wasn’t the problem—cheating was. O, snap! Break out the popcorn and get ready for some great reality TV.
The Western Conference finals continue! Oklahoma City Thunder @ Golden State—the Thunder lead the series 3-1, 9pm ET on TNT
The Eastern Conference finals of the Stanley Cup Playoffs continue! Tampa Bay Lightning @ Pittsburgh Penguins—the series is tied 3-3, 8pm ET on NBCSN