The Viral Roundup – Getting Shady In Buffalo Edition
Greetings! Welcome to the March 4, 2015 installment of The Viral Roundup. We’re the internet’s easy to swallow capsule that contains all of the big scores, stories and distractions from the world of sports you’re waking up to this morning. Pour something hot into a mug and let us get you up to speed.
Did You Hear?
It’s about to get a bit less Shady in Philadelphia. The Eagles and Bills reportedly have a deal hammered out that will send star running back LeSean McCoy to Buffalo in exchange for linebacker Kiko Alonso. The deal reunites Alonso, who spent 2014 on the shelf with an ACL tear, with his old Oregon coach Chip Kelly and opens the door for Bills head coach Rex Ryan to get a sweet tattoo of McCoy eating buffalo wings inked on his neck. Shady was in line to collect a $10 million+ salary from the Eagles in 2015, a total that easily dwarfs Alonso’s cap hit. The swap is eye-opening news for NFL GMs on the hunt for a running back this season. C.J. Spiller is pretty much guaranteed to be headed elsewhere for work come training camp.
Did You See?
You probably didn’t imagine your day would include some Steve Francis news, but here we are. A slice of video featuring the three-time NBA All-Star getting his chain snatched at a club is making the rounds. In the clip, a melee breaks out and someone tries to snatch the chain off of the former basketball standout’s neck. Unfortunately for everyone involved, the chain didn’t pop and Francis was choked during this attempt at jewelry acquisition. TMZ reports that the dude eventually made off with Francis’ chain and that police were not called to the scene.
Did You Know?
- James Harden’s kick to LeBron’s groin on Sunday resulted in the man with the magnificent beard (it looks like something a warrior king would have!) being disciplined by the NBA and kept out of the lineup for last night’s clash with Atlanta. Houston looked like they might edge out a win over the Eastern Conference leading Hawks, but Atlanta rallied back from an 18-point deficit to emerge victorious with a 104-96 score at the final buzzer. The Hawks being favoured by 9 in this showdown cranked up the drama for anyone that happened to wager on this matchup.
- Speaking of Eastern Conference powerhouses, the Cleveland Cavaliers decimated the lowly Boston Celtics on Tuesday night. King James knocked down 27 points in his visit to Boston and zoomed past Ray Allen for 21st place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. The Cavs aren’t even in the top spot in their division, but that isn’t keeping the club from being projected as the most likely team to win the title in 2015. Cleveland’s currently being given 11/5 odds to take home the NBA Championship and 4/7 odds to lock up the Eastern Conference. In short, LeBron, Kyrie and Kevin are being pegged as the team to beat in 2015.
- In “How’s Ashley Judd doing?” news, Kentucky fought off a scary challenge from SEC rival Georgia to keep their undefeated season in pristine condition. The Bulldogs (who came in to this home contest as 10 point underdogs) looked like they might pull off the upset against John Calipari’s squad as they enjoyed a 56-47 lead with nine minutes remaining. The potential shocker was not in the cards as the Wildcats rallied back to earn the 72-64 victory. Freshman Karl-Anthony Towns closed out the night with 19 points and 7 rebounds as his school improved to a robust 30-0 record. Kentucky can lock up an undefeated regular season with a win on Saturday over Florida.
- There’s an old adage in hockey: “It’s hard to make the playoffs when you’re suiting up two emergency goaltenders at once.” Okay, that’s not really an ol’ timey saying, but it’s still a less than ideal situation for an NHL squad to deal with if they’re not tanking the season to nab Connor McDavid. (Note To Sabres: Consider starting an old Jack-o’-lantern in net.) Injuries to both Roberto Luongo and Al Montoya put the Florida Panthers in a scary spot last night. Center Derek MacKenzie and goaltending coach Robb Tallas were both summoned to take on the role of emergency options between the pipes in the Panthers showdown with the Maple Leafs. Neither ended up playing and Luongo returned to the ice in the third period to relieve an ailing Montoya. Bobby Lu’s resilience aside, the Panthers couldn’t topple the Leafs or solve a stellar Jonathan Bernier. The Panthers currently sit two points back of the final wildcard spot in the East.
- Whither Smashville? The Western Conference leading Nashville Predators have looked extra vulnerable of late and on Tuesday the club lost their fourth straight. Cory “Please Don’t Call Me Rob” Schneider backstopped the New Jersey Devils to a 3-1 victory over the Preds, providing a result that keeps the slim playoff hopes of fans in the Garden State alive. Nashville is currently being given 9/1 odds of winning the Stanley Cup this summer.
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