The Viral Roundup – Ndamukong Suh’s Earning Scrooge McDuck Money Edition
Good morning! We trust your weekend was full of sexy adventures and delightful Daylight Savings related anecdotes. Welcome to the latest instalment of The Viral Roundup. We’re a friendly recap you can find every weekday morning that’s packed with all the big news, big scores and big buzz nutrients that a growing sports fan needs as part of their balanced breakfast. In this today’s edition: The Dolphins make a big free agent splash, Russell Westbrook keeps playing like he’s been Game Genie-d and the Rangers blank Chicago in Original 6 action.
Did You Hear?
Ndamukong Suh is set to join the likes of Marino, Csonka and Ecco as America’s new Dolphin superstar. This weekend’s big Big BIG NFL news is the reported $114 million dollar deal that will bring the defensive powerhouse (and discipline magnet) to Miami and potentially bust the Fins out of a back-to-back 8-8 season groove. The pact would make Suh the richest defensive player in the league and provide a definite upgrade to Joe Philbin’s club which was a paltry 24th against the rush in 2014. Suh would join the likes of Cameron Wake and Randy Starks on a D-line that has the potential for big things in 2015. As you might have noticed, the AFC East has already provided a number of big personnel moves. Eagles RB LeSean McCoy is coming to Buffalo, star wide receiver Brandon Marshall is out as a Bear and in as a Jet and the Patriots were able to re-sign safety Devin McCourty.
Did You See?
Steve Mandanda is one suave dude. During a postgame interview, the Marseille goalkeeper showcased some superstar reflexes and an awfully relaxed demeanour when he snatched a water bottle out of the air that was hurled at him by an angry fan. Mandana was chatting with a reporter during a postgame interview when the projectile came his way and the goalie confidently grabbed the bottle. Once the item was nabbed, Mandana asked the reporter if he’d like some water. It was some slick James Bond style cool dude stuff and it was all captured on camera. Marseille won that day’s game 6-1, but the bottle grab was what the internet was raving about.
Did You Know?
- Russell Westbrook will rack up a triple-double on you and everyone you care about. The Oklahoma City Thunder superstar exited last night’s game against the Raptors with 30 points, 17 assists and 11 rebounds, the guard’s fifth triple-double in six games. More importantly for OKC, they also notched a 108-104 final score on Toronto. The Raps, who finally have All-Star Kyle Lowry back, have lost three straight and are tumbling down the Eastern Conference standings with minimal grace and/or style. As of this morning, Toronto are a 40/1 bet to win the NBA Championship this summer.
- BREAKING: The Golden State Warriors are a good professional basketball team. Stephen Curry & Co. notched a 104-96 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers in a contest that provided this insane highlight from Curry.
The victory marked the sixth straight home W for the Warriors, a triumph that also snapped a three game road win streak for the Clips. (Golden State was favoured by nine before tipoff.) After the game, Warriors star (and Defensive Player of the Year contender) Draymond Green was bumped by Clippers guard Dahntay Jones during a postgame interview. Jones denied the bump was intentional, but Green would comment on the contact later on. Green, who knocked down 23 points on Sunday, said he expects the league to take a look at the incident and got in a good jab at Jones’ lack of on-court impact. “If [Jones] gets suspended they may not even notice,” quipped the Golden State player.
- Cam Talbot has got a blank space, baby and he’ll write your name. The Rangers goalie gave Chicago the Taylor Swift treatment on Sunday, backstopping New York to a 1-0 OT win. Derick Brassard was the man responsible for the extra time tally and shook himself out of a lengthy goal drought (14 games without one) in the process. The road victory pulled the Blueshirts to one point back of the rival Isles in the Metropolitan Division, while the charity point earned by Chicago tightens up the Central Division chase a tad. The Blackhawks are currently projected as a 15/2 bet to win Lord Stanley’s Cup.
- In Sunday’s other Original Six tilt, Boston came up big at home versus Detroit. Daniel Paille notched a pair of markers and Niklas Svedberg turned away 36 shots to lead the Bruins to a 5-3 victory and tighten their grip on a playoff spot. The Red Wings will look to turn their fortunes around tonight at home versus the oh-so-lowly Edmonton Oilers.
- Ndamukong Suh wasn’t the only big NFL name revealed to be on the move over the weekend. Chip Kelly’s elaborate Philly lineup reshuffle continues on with longtime Niners running back Frank Gore potentially swapping coasts to play for the Eagles. The reported deal would have Gore in Philly for three years. Speaking of new acquisitions, Seahawks cornerback Byron Maxwell has confirmed that he’ll be signing with the Eagles on Tuesday. The club could certainly use the help against the pass. In 2014, only the Falcons gave up more yards through the air.
- Philadelphia’s personnel overhaul features another offensive star finding a new locale in 2015. LeSean McCoy is off to Buffalo and now wide receiver Jeremy “Don’t Call Me Burt” Maclin is set to sign with the Kansas City Chiefs. Maclin caught 85 passes and amassed a robust 10 TDs as an Eagle last year and in KC he’s expected to solve the club’s WR woes. In case you forgot, the Chiefs had ZERO TDs from their wide receiver unit in 2014.
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