The Viral Roundup – Spirit Of St. Louis Edition
Hello! Welcome to a special TGIF (shout-out to Libby Chessler) go-around of The Viral Roundup. We’re your daily one-stop shop for all the big news, big buzz and big developments headlining a new day in the world of sports. In today’s edition: Martin St. Louis hangs up his skates, the Pirates enjoy their matinee in Motown and there’s suspensions galore in the NFL.
Did You Hear?
After sixteen illustrious seasons, Martin St. Louis has decided to retire from the National Hockey League. Undrafted and undersized, St. Louis crushed expectations to enjoy a career packed with trophies (Hart, Art Ross), titles (Stanley Cup, Olympic Gold) and a collection of stats that merits significant Hall of Fame consideration. It was believed St. Louis would be investigating the free agent market after the Rangers indiciated they would not be re-signing the forward, but he’s opted for retirement instead.
Did You See?
With Martin St. Louis retiring, we thought it’d be appropriate to go to the archives and pull out the ultimate marquee moment in his career. St. Louis scored hundreds of goals in his time on the ice, but no marker was bigger than his Game 6 double OT winner in the 2004 Stanley Cup Finals. (Sorry, Calgary fans. Please mail the standard “GELINAS WUZ ROBBED!” video evidence to the usual address.) Thanks for the memories, Marty.
Did You Know?
- The Pirates found Detroit to be an awfully hospitable city. Pittsburgh (a -131 moneyline road favourite) swept the Tigers in their home ballpark courtesy of an 8-4 matinee triumph. Andrew McCutchen knocked in a pair of runs in the W and closer Mark Melancon racked up his Majors-leading 25th save of the season. The two clubs go their separate ways with Detroit looking rejuvenate themselves tonight at home versus Toronto, while Pittsburgh heads to PNC Park to host Cleveland.
- Yesterday was a great day for football players with clean urine. The NFL popped a number of players for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. The two biggest names? New York Jets defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson (suspended for four games) and San Diego Chargers tight end Antonio Gates (another positive PED test gives him a four game suspension too).
- The Capitals and Blues were able to swing a deal on Thursday. Washington dealt Troy Brouwer, prospect Pheonix Copley, and a third-rounder to Missouri in exchange for T.J. Oshie. The spotlight’s definitely on Oshie with this deal as the 28-year-old forward has 310 points in 443 career games plus a memorable 2014 Olympic campaign to his name.
- As expected, Tim Duncan will be back on the court for the 2015-16 season. The 39-year-old living legend has announced he’ll be returning to San Antonio for another run at the title. The Spurs are currently listed as a 17/2 shot to exit next summer as NBA Champions. Elsewhere in franchise players coming back to their squads, Dwyane Wade has inked a one year deal with Miami worth a tidy $20 million.
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