The Viral Roundup – The Mighty Captain Serious Edition
Good morning! We trust your St. Patrick’s Day went alright. If it went a bit too well, don’t worry. All this text is set at a low volume and we have the curtains drawn to keep the sunlight out. This is the March 18 go-around of The Viral Roundup, your one stop shop for all the big news, scores and buzz in the world of sports. In today’s edition: Jonathan Toews leaves the Islanders dazed, Popovich tears into his Spurs following a loss to the lowly Knicks and Ole Miss enter the field of 64.
Did You Hear?
In what could be a potential Stanley Cup Finals preview, the Chicago Blackhawks (favoured 15/2 to win the big silver prize this summer) pummeled the visiting New York Islanders and Jonathan Toews had a game to drool over. Captain Serious notched two goals and two assists in a decisive 4-1 Chicago triumph that had opposing franchise player John Tavares on the ice for every Hawks goals. Oof. Marian Hossa also potted a pair in last night’s game and the Hawks are now perched five points back of St. Louis for pole position in the Central Division.
Did You See?
We are truly living in a charmed age. The Atlanta Hawks are selling 2 Chainz t-shirts ahead of the “I’m Different” rapper’s appearance at the team’s home game versus Miami on March 27. A shirt will set you back $28 and foam finger will cost you $6. Reminder: 2 Chainz played college ball at Alabama State.
Did You Know?
- Devan Dubnyk continues to cure what ails Minnesota. The #40 stopped 25 shots and Matt Dumba laid claim to an extra time winner as the Wild emerged with a 3-2 OT victory over the sagging Predators. The W gave Minnesota their eighth straight road win and increased breathing room in a crowded Western Conference playoff race. On the side of things, Nashville continued their ugly stretch of home stumbles. It was the fifth straight home loss for Nashville.
- Stellar goaltending from Brian Elliott coupled with two Alex Steen markers were enough for St. Louis to extinguish the Calgary Flames. The Blues exited Cowtown with a 4-0 victory and bumped Calgary down to the #9 seed in the process. The home L paired with Winnipeg’s 5-2 victory over San Jose drops the Flames (at least temporarily) out of a playoff spot. St. Louis are currently tied with Anaheim and New York for points in the Presidents’ Trophy derby and have been given 10/1 odds to win the Stanley Cup.
- Losing to a miserable New York Knicks squad has got to sting the ego and San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich didn’t pull any punches in summing up his team’s play. The longtime bench boss slammed his team’s 104-100 OT loss in Manhattan as “pathetic.” Rookie Langston Galloway scored a career high 22 points for New York and the Knicks improve their record to a slightly less troublesome 14-53. Argentine star Manu Ginobili remains day-to-day with an ankle injury and was out of the Spurs lineup for this humbling defeat.
- Here’s something we haven’t typed in a while: The Detroit Pistons won last night. Point guard Reggie Jackson turned in a remarkable performance with 23 points and 20 assists to lead the Pistons to a 105-95 home victory over the Memphis Grizzlies. The win snaps a 10 game losing streak that put Detroit into a freefall in the Eastern Conference standings. Marc Gasol scored 17 points and collected 11 rebounds for Memphis in the loss.
- The Los Angeles Clippers came precariously close to squandering a massive third quarter versus playoff-minded New Orleans. The Clips were up 63-41 on the Pelicans early in the third quarter but wound up with a much tighter 99-93 victory once the final buzzer sounded. Blake Griffin’s box score boasts 19 points and 11 boards in the L.A. win. By the way, oddsmakers currently have the Clippers as a 20/1 pick to win it all this year. New Orleans are fighting to make their way into the playoffs next month. At the moment, the Pelicans are tied with the Oklahoma City Thunder for the #8 seed in the West.
- It’s never too early to put the madness into March. The lengthy tournament battle for NCAA basketball supremacy kicked off in style last night. The Pirates of Hampton cruised past Manhattan in the battle of the #16 seeds (their reward: a date with undefeated Kentucky) and Ole Miss erased a 17 point halftime deficit to earn a 94-90 win over fellow #11 seed BYU. Junior Stefan Moody provided 26 points in the Rebels comeback victory and they’ll play #6 seed Xavier on Thursday afternoon.
- The Canadian Football League revealed their latest commish. Jeffrey Orridge has been tapped as the successor to longtime CFL commisioner Mark Cohon. Orridge’s previous gig was serving as the executive director of CBC Sports. Under his watch, the CBC nabbed the rights to the Olympics but he was also at the helm when Rogers swooped in to become the country’s NHL TV rights power player.
- Trent Richardson has entered the competition to start at running back for the Oakland Raiders. The Silver and Black were said to be one of the teams pursuing new Philly acquisition DeMarco Murray, but on Tuesday they signed the ex Colts tailback. Richardson had a 2014 to forget. He accumulated 3 TDs and a paltry 3.3 yards per carry last season and had a messy split with Indianapolis. The Crimson Tide alum will be going toe-to-toe with 2013 6th round pick Latavius Murray for the lead back position.
- San Diego inked a deal to help alleviate the free agency loss of wideout Eddie Royal. Stevie Johnson has signed a three year deal with the Chargers and will be an endzone option for QB Phillip Rivers. Johnson had an underwhelming 2014 campaign with the San Francisco 49ers, pulling in 35 passes (including 3 TDs) for 435 yards.
- Could soccer megastar Cristiano Ronaldo be airing a career in the United States? That’s the report that intrigued North American fans of The Beautiful Game on Tuesday. The Portuguese forward’s agent suggested that his client might be eyeing a leap across the pond, albeit not until 2018 when his deal with Real Madrid is wrapped up. A report from Grant Wahl of Sports Illustrated said that multiple sources can confirm the interest. Ronaldo, who would be 33 at the time of this potential MLS debut, would be most likely to land in Miami, Los Angeles or New York.
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