Fun Fact of the Day: 44-year-old hockey legend Jaromir Jagr just signed a 1-year contract extension with the Florida Panthers. About 38% of active NHL players were born after Jagr made his NHL debut on October 5, 1990.
NBA: NBA Playoffs Round 2
Like the last game, but better. Last night, the Toronto Raptors beat the Miami Heat 96-92 in overtime to tie up the series 1-1. Toronto’s stars DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry have been missing shots all postseason. Instead, the Raptors have been relying on big man Jonas Valenciunas, who has been their rock throughout the playoffs.
NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs Round 2
More hockey than you bargained for… Last night the Nashville Predators beat the San Jose Sharks 4-3 in triple overtime to tie up the series 2-2. At 111:12 it was the longest game in Predators franchise history with the final goal scored by Mike Fisher in the 3rd OT. Everyone could have made their bedtimes after a goal scored by Sharks Joe Pavelski in the 1st OT, but the refs waved off the goal because they said Pavelski interfered with the Predators’ goalie. Meanwhile in the Lou… The Dallas Stars beat the St. Louis Blues 3-2 in their own overtime thriller to tie up the series 2-2. The Stars rebounded nicely after an embarrassing 6-1 loss in Game 3.
Seen and Heard
Larry’s ice-cold managerial style. After 6 seasons with the team, the Indiana Pacers decided not to renew head coach Frank Vogel’s contract. Nearly everyone agrees that Vogel’s been a great coach. He led the Pacers to the NBA Playoffs 5 out of the past 6 years, and the year they didn’t make it superstar Paul George was out with injury. So why are they moving on? Pacers president and basketball legend Larry Bird said that even good coaches get stale after 3 years (including himself), and the team needs a new voice. Thanks, Lar. That was super comforting. Bird also revealed that he didn’t deliver the bad news in person and that Vogel kept trying to convince him to change his mind on the call.
Always think before you tweet. 5-star QB recruit Tate Martell announced that he was de-committing from Texas A&M and reopening the recruiting process. Afterwards, a Texas A&M wide receivers coach Aaron Moorehead started spitting Twitter shade. He sent subtweets about “loyalty” and the “all about me” generation. While Moorehead didn’t name Martell, we all knew which Becky he was talking about. You’re coming across a wee bit psychotic. Moorehead’s Twitter tantrum caused 2 other high school prospects to re-think their commitment to Texas A&M.
The Kentucky Derby. Ah the Derby! It’s that delightful excuse to dress up in big floppy hats and chug mint juleps all day until a 2-minute horse race. This year’s favorite to win it all is Nyquist, who is undefeated to date. Does that name ring a bell? Nyquist’s owner is a huge hockey fan and named the horse after Detroit Red Wings’ Gustav Nyquist. For more on the thoroughbreds you should know about, click here. 4pm ET on NBC.
Round 2 of the NBA playoffs continue! Click here for your complete schedule and bracket.
Round 2 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs continue! Click here for your complete playoff schedule for the weekend.
Early thrillers. Even though it’s just the first week of May, folks are excited for 2 key matchups this weekend: (1) The Washington Nationals will take on the Chicago Cubs—both of these teams have been kicking butt this season, so this should make for a fun 3-game set, Saturday 4:05pm ET on FS1; and (2) the good old Red Sox v. Yankees rivalry, Sunday 8:05pm ET on ESPN.