The Viral Roundup – Philadelphia Freedom Edition
Hello! Welcome to a special Friday the 13th installment of The Viral Roundup. We’re light on hockey masked horror villains picking off sexy teens, but we do have all the big stories, big buzz and big developments that have gone down in the world of sports. In today’s edition: Philly acquires the NFL’s rushing champ, Kyrie Irving has a Texas-sized game in San Antonio and Andrew Hammond continues to dazzle for the Sens.
Did You Hear?
It’s not like Eagles/Cowboys games need any more talking points, but DeMarco Murray suiting up for his ex-club’s arch rival in 2015 is something to chat about. The coveted tailback has packed up his league leading 1,845 rushing yards from Dallas and transported them to Chip Kelly’s squad. Murray is expected to sign a five year pack worth $42 million with half of that being guaranteed money. The deal will reunite #29 with his University of Oklahoma roommate (and fellow fresh acquisition) QB Sam Bradford. Oh, also the Eagles snapped up ex Chargers rusher Ryan Matthews for good measure. Eagles mastermind Chip Kelly is either a mad genius with all of his moves or this offseason is the equivalent of Caligula making his horse a senator. Either way, fascinating stuff.
Did You See?
Will Ferrell managed a feat that would even have Bill Brasky in awe. The beloved SNL alum played ball for ten MLB teams in five stadiums in the name of charity. The memorabilia worn by Ferrell will be auctioned off with the proceeds going to Cancer for College and Stand Up to Cancer. The whole affair will also make its way to HBO as part of an upcoming special. “I’m actually hoping that my acting career is over after today,” quipped Ferrell when interviewed by MLB Radio. The club’s graced with the comedians presence included the A’s, the Mariners, the Cubs, the Angels, the Reds, the Diamondbacks, the Giants, the White Sox, the Dodgers and the Padres.
Did You Know?
- Last night’s Cavs/Spurs tilt in San Antonio was everything that was hyped and more. Cleveland (a 2 point favourite going in) edged out Gregg Popovich’s crew in OT, collecting a 128-125 victory that was indebted to All-Star Kyrie Irving contributing 57 of those Cavs points. Irvin was clutch late in the game, generating 27 of that 57 in the 4th quarter and OT. The big W for Cleveland snapped San Antonio’s impressive 6 game win streak. As of this morning, the Cavs are listed with 2/1 odds to win the NBA Championship.
- Washington were listed as an 8 1/2 point favourite heading into a home court clash with Memphis and the Wizards had no problem exceeding that margin. Of course, those sorts of things happen when your opponent benches guys like Zach Randolph, Marc Gasol and Tony Allen in the name of rest. The Wizards crushed the hibernating Grizzlies to emerge with a 107-87 victory. John Wall finished with 21 points for Washington and teammate Marcin Gortat exited with 22. Wall & Co. hold a 37-28 record that suggests they might leapfrog a freefalling Raptors squad that’s sitting at 38-26 in the standings.
- Any chance Grimace gets snapped up in the free agent market this summer? Ottawa is continuing to reap the benefits of having Andrew Hammond (a.k.a. the Hamburglar) between the pipes. The Sens rolled over the Atlantic Division leading Montreal Canadiens with an impressive 5-2 victory. Captain Erik Karlsson lit the lamp twice against the usually formidable Carey Price and Hammond notched 27 saves to keep Ottawa’s longshot playoff hopes alive. Hammond has posted a remarkable 8-0-1 record since teleporting in from the AHL.
- For all the tepid-to-negative reviews they received on trade deadline day, the Boston Bruins actually look like they’re back on track. The B’s claimed a hard-fought 3-2 shootout win last night at TD Garden versus the Tampa Bay Lightning. Patrice Bergeron netted his 19th marker of the season in regulation, plus a shootout tally in the victory. The Bruins can currently boast a robust 6-0-1 record over the last 7 games and they hold a healthy 6 point lead over the Panthers for the Eastern Conference’s final Wildcard spot.
- The playoff scramble in the National Hockey League’s Western Conference continues to be a wild one. The Los Angeles Kings are currently one point up on the Winnipeg Jets for the final Wildcard spot thanks to an important road victory in Vancouver. Jonathan Quick turned aside 19 shots in a 4-0 shutout of the rival Canucks and Marian Gaborik potted his 21st goal of the 2014-2015 campaign. The Kings have been 7-2 as a visiting team since February 5 and their improved playoff outlook is the welcome spin-off. Meanwhile, the Jets were on the receiving end of a 4-2 thumping at the hands of the Florida Panthers. Goalie Michael Hutchinson once again looked shaky, giving up 4 goals on 21 shots and Winnipeg couldn’t even exit the game without another troubling roster hit. Towering D-Man Tyler Myers left the game with an upper body injury, joining practically half the team in sick bay.
- The New York Islanders have no commitment jitters when it comes to star defenseman Johnny Boychuk. A seven year deal has been hammered by the two parties that will keep Boychuk, an essential part of the club since being dealt by the Bruins, with the franchise for a long time to come. Boychuk can boast racking up 7 goals and 25 assists for a 2014-15 Isles team that’s been the best squad Long Island’s seen in a long time. The Islanders are currently pegged as a 14/1 pick to lift the Stanley Cup this summer.
- The duo of Revis and Cromartie has reformed. (That’s a reunited Prozzäk level get!) The New York Jets have inked a four year deal that will bring Antonio Cromartie back to the franchise that cut him after an underwhelming 2013 campaign. Last season was not an underwhelming one for the cornerback. He had 3 interceptions and a Pro Bowl selection to his name as an Arizona Cardinal. Cromartie’s defensive coordinator in the NFC West, Todd Bowles, is the newly appointed Jets head coach.
- There’s no more Dwyane Bowe at Arrowhead Stadium. At least that’s the case in the home locker room. The veteran wideout that spent eight seasons in Kansas City and caught 532 passes with 44 paydirt appearances as a Chief has been released by the franchise. The cut saves the club $5 million against the cap.
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