The Viral Roundup – So Long Sepp Edition
Howdy! Welcome to another go-around of The Viral Roundup. We’re your friendly one-stop shop featuring all the big news, big buzz and big developments headlining a new day in the world of sports. In today’s edition: FIFA prez Sepp Blatter heads for the exit, the Rangers wail on the White Sox and Adrian Peterson is back with the Vikings.
Did You Hear?
It’s the day that looked like it might never come: Sepp Blatter will no longer be the president of FIFA. The 79-year-old soccer power player has announced he will resign from the position just days after being re-elected for a fifth term. Blatter’s resignation plans come as he’s in the middle of a massive corruption scandal that’s also featured several FIFA officials getting arrested. He’s been in the role since of president since 1998 and a new election is expected in the future with late 2015 – early 2016 being the target range. Blatter will remain president until the election is held.
Did You See?
Is Lionel Messi’s incredible Copa del Rey goal is still burned into your brain? Of course it is. That play was a soccer miracle worthy of obsessing over. Now you can relive the magic in 16 languages with a special superclip that’s bubbled up online. There’s a chance you won’t be able to hear any of the calls because you’ll still be in a bliss coma, but that’s just a minor issue.
Did You Know?
- Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals begins tonight in the Sunshine State. The Tampa Bay Lightning enter tonight’s contest as the -120 moneyline home favourite, but Chicago is favoured by Vegas (a -145 series pick) to emerge victorious in the best of seven. If Chicago wins, it’ll be their third Stanley Cup win in six years (we’ve come a long way from the post 1961 drought) while Tampa Bay is looking to nab the silver prize for the second time in franchise history. Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews is listed as the 3/1 favourite to walk away with the Conn Smythe.
- The New Jersey Devils have found their new bench boss. The club has chosen AHL coach John Hynes as the man for the job. Hynes has spent the past five years as the head coach of Pittsburgh’s Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins farm club. Current Devils GM Ray Shero is an ex-Pens guy so Hynes was a candidate Shero was already quite familiar with. Hynes enters his first NHL gig as the youngest coach in the league and will be tasked with turning around a Devils squad that finished a paltry 12th in the Eastern Conference.
- The Montreal Canadiens would like to hang onto Jeff Petry for an extended stretch so they’ve signed the American blueliner to a six year contract. The Habs acquired Petry from the Oilers at the trade deadline where he contributed 7 points in 19 regular season games with his new team and scored twice in the postseason. The 27-year-old defenseman was slated to become a free agent come Canada Day.
- After what feels like a ridiculously long wait for news we already knew, Fred Hoiberg has finally been announced as the official head coach of the Chicago Bulls. The Iowa State staple was largely responsible for rebuilding the Cyclones program and put the university in the last four NCAA tournaments. He’ll be taking over for the fired Tom Thibodeau who had a strong record with the club, but also clashed with management. Thibodeau was axed following Chicago’s disappointing Round 2 exit at the hands of an injury-ravaged Cavaliers squad.
- Miami has dreams of being a mighty basketball power yet again and it looks like they have their eyes set on Kevin Durant. Dan Le Batard’s column in the Miami Herald suggests that the Heat want to get Dwyane Wade to opt-in so they can have a shot at the OKC megastar. The only trouble is that Wade is reportedly considering going elsewhere if Miami isn’t going to give him a better deal. Wade’s made contract compromises in the past to help the franchise out, so it’s not too wild for the valuable guard to want to be rewarded for his service.
- Clay Buchholz proved to be a stingy host when the Twins rolled into Fenway Park. The Red Sox starter held Minnesota to a paltry three hits while racking up 8 Ks over 8 innings in the club’s 1-0 blanking of their guests. Boston acquired all the run support they needed courtesy of a Rusney Castillo RBI single in the bottom of the 7th. Game 2 of this four game set continues today with a matinee clash.
- The Tigers dropped their fifth game in a row on Tuesday with Oakland happily gifting Detroit with another L. A’s 2B Ben Zobrist socked a grand slam to help lead Oakland (a +124 road underdog) to a 5-3 win. The Tigers will look to get back on track tomorrow with Anibal Sanchez on the hill. Oakland counters with rising star Sonny Gray.
- Joey Gallo knows how to make a first impression. Texas’ prized prospect made his Major League debut last night in Arlington and went 3-4 at the plate notching a single, a double and a homer with 4 RBI to his name before the 15-2 pummeling of the White Sox was through. Shin-Soo Choo and Carlos Corpopán also went yard in the blowout win. Rangers star Josh Hamilton missed the contest due to hamstring tightness and Jose Abreu was out of the lineup for the White Sox with a finger injury.
- Toronto and Washington traded wins yesterday in interleague doubleheader action. The afternoon showdown between the two clubs featured the Nats emerging victorious with Jordan Zimmerman on the mound for a 2-0 blanking of their Canadian visitors. The Jays bounced back in the second matchup with a 7-3 thumping of D.C.’s club. Toronto CF Kevin Pillar had a memorable outing in the late show, going 3-4 with a pair of taters.
- Philadelphia pulled out a comeback win to top Cincy last night. Down 4-1 heading into the bottom of the 6th, the Phillies answered with homers from Chase Utley and Maikel Franco to knot things up and a pinch-hit RBI single from Darin Ruf gave Philly the 5-4 walkoff win over the Reds. The Phillies were definitely hungry for the W. They were bogged down in a seven game losing streak heading into Tuesday’s action.
- Adrian Peterson’s absence from the Minnesota Vikings has come to an end. The superstar running back reunited with the club to participate in some organized team activities, a development that comes after a near nine month estrangement following Peterson’s much publicized child abuse scandal. The franchise has previously declared that they would not trade Peterson and that he would either play for the Vikings or not at all this season. The two parties have had a relatively frosty relationship in the tailback’s absence from Minnesota and #28 has publicly expressed a desire to restructure his contract. “I’m returning because I want to. I’m a part of this football team and I owe it to the guys I play with and to our coaches,” Peterson told ESPN regarding his return.. “I was planning on coming in this week, and I’m looking forward to getting back on the field. It’s what I love to do.” We’ll have to stay tuned to see how this all plays out.
- The New Orleans Saints would like to keep their partnership with Cameron Jordan rolling on for years to come. The Saints have agreeed to terms with the defensive end on a contract extension that will keep him with the club into the next decade. Jordan’s deal runs through 2020 and comes with $33 million guaranteed coming his way with a potential max of $60 million. The 25-year-old 2011 first rounder has racked up 29 sacks and 196 combined tackles in 64 games with the franchise. New Orleans is currently listed by oddsmakers as a 40/1 shot to win the Super Bowl this season.
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