The Viral Roundup – The Brady Bunch Edition
Howdy and happy Tuesday! Welcome back to another go-around of The Viral Roundup. We’re your daily one-stop shop for all the big news, big buzz and big developments headlining the world of sports. In today’s edition: Tom Brady and the Pats face the discipline hammer, Atlanta pulls out a win and the Yankees score a quality start out of one of their highly priced arms.
Did You Hear?
The big question was whether or not the hammer of discipline would come down on the New England Patriots. The answer? The hammer definitely came down, but it’s debatable the extent of the severity of the punishment. Superstar QB Tom Brady has been suspended four games after the National Football League’s investigation into “Deflategate.” In addition, the Patriots have been fined $1 million and stripped of a pair of draft picks, including a first round pick in 2016. This punishment now places (presumably) backup QB Jimmy Garoppolo into the starting position for the club in the first four games of the 2015 campaign.
Did You See?
UNLV commit Derrick Jones is very good at dunking. How good? One slice of video has been blowing up online and it features the future Runnin’ Rebel going NBA Jam on the rim with a foul line windmill wonderdunk. There are no real words to describe it, only lengthy gasps.
Did You Know?
- The Hawks win! Atlanta (a four and a half road favourtie) knotted up their series with Washington thanks to a 106-101 victory in D.C. ATL guard Jeff Teague went off on the Wizards for 26 points and center Al Horford racked up a double-double in the postseason triumph. Washington’s superstar guard John Wall was once again out of the lineup due to injury. Next up: Game 5 goes down in Georgia on Wednesday night.
- The Warriors returned to their dominant form on Monday night. Golden State absolutely battered Memphis 101-84 in a Game 4 showdown to tie the series at 2-2. Stephen Curry provided 33 points and Draymond Green collected a double-double in the win. The Grizzlies were shaky from three point land going 4-18 beyond the arc. Memphis now tumbles to 3-9 when it comes to postseason Game 4s. Game 5 takes place tomorrow night in Oakland.
-Washington Capitals coach Barry Trotz is just fine with Alexander Ovechkin’s pseudo-guarantee for a Game 7 win. Trotz told reporters “I love it” when it came to #8′s vow to come back and win the series after dropping a 3-1 stranglehold and letting the New York Rangers back into the fray. Game 7 goes down tomorrow night at Madison Square Garden.
- With the Ducks and Hawks already locked into the Western Conference Final, both clubs sit at the top of the futures board to win the Stanley Cup. Anaheim and Chicago each have 21/10 odds to win hockey’s most coveted prize.
- Confetti and champagne for CC Sabathia. The Yankees hurler finally notched his first win of the 2015 campaign. The highly paid starter escaped with the decision with an 11-5 victory. Alex Rodriguez also cranked a homer during the contest, knocking his 662nd of his career out of the park. Mark Texeria and Chase Headley both socked round-trippers.
- The Orioles knocked knocked the ball out of the park not once, not twice, but thrice. Baltimore’s three homers gave the club a 5-2 win over Toronto at Camden Yards. Manny Machado, Chris Davis and and Adam Jones all knocked it over the wall for the O’s. Ubaldo Jimenez scored his 3rd win of the season with his work on the mound and the outing included 9 Ks. The two teams play again tonight.
- Pittsburgh escaped their Battle of Pennsylvania battle with Philly with a win. The Pirates scored a tight 4-3 victory over the Phillies even with some feistiness in the 9th. Pirates closer Mark Melancon shut the door in the final frame even with a run given up in that inning. Cleanup hitter Starling Marte went yard in the 3rd in the win.
- It’s no secret that the situation with New England’s tight end unit has been, um, “complicated” over the past few years and now a new addition has joined the corps. Former Washington TE Fred Davis has inked a one year pact with the Patriots. Davis missed last season courtesy of an indefinite suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy, but has recently been reinstated. The USC alum’s career totals include 163 receptions and 13 touchdowns over 72 games played
- There were no colossal upsets in the mix for Monday’s IIHF World Hockey Championship action, but Finland did require a shootout to escape with a 3-2 win over Belarus. Florida Panthers forward Jussi Jokinen scored the game clinching goal in the skills competition and Vezina nominee Pekka Rinne stopped 23 shots. Today’s action includes a handful of exciting contests: Russia vs. Finland, Slovakia vs. the United States and Switzerland vs. the Czech Republic.
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