The Viral Roundup – Split The Difference Edition
Howdy! Welcome to a special Thursday installment of The Viral Roundup. Why is it special? Um… *shuffles papers nervously* Anyway, we’re your friendly one-stop shop for all the big news, big buzz and big developments headlining a brand new day in the world of sports. In today’s edition: Brandon Saad scores hero status in the Windy City, Glendale approves to terminate the Coyotes arena deal and Toronto notches their eighth straight W.
Did You Hear?
Ladies and gentlemen, we have a Best of 3 on our hands. Chicago bounced back on Wednesday night to beat a Bishopless Bolts squad and knot the Stanley Cup Finals up at two games apiece. Brandon Saad scored the evening’s game-winner in the 3rd period to nudge the Blackhawks to a 2-1 home triumph. Ben Bishop was out of the lineup for Tampa due to the unidentified mystery ailment that’s been troubling him throughout the series. 20-year-old backup Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 17 out of 19 shots for the Bolts in a losing cause, while Corey Crawford made 24 saves for Chicago. Tampa’s power play underwhelmed throughout the night with the Eastern Conference champs going 0 for 4 with the man advantage. The series now shifts back to Florida for Game 5 on Saturday night.
Did You See?
As you may have heard, John Oliver has been doing an incredible job of eviscerating FIFA this summer. Care to see the HBO star add to his tally of wins? Of course you do. Oliver decided to mock disgraced FIFA official Jack Warner’s rambling speech that aired on Trinidad and Tobago TV with an appearance of his own. Just like Warner, Oliver bought airtime on TV6. The results are amazing.
Did You Know?
- The saga of the Arizona Coyotes took a fascinating turn last night. Glendale City Council voted 5-2 to terminate the city’s lease agreement with the franchise. The original deal stuck in 2013 was a fifteen year $225 million pact, but it’s clear the city wants out. “We are disappointed with the city’s decision to violate its obligations under the agreement that was entered into and duly approved only two years ago,” said Coyotes co-owner and CEO Anthony LeBlanc. “We will exhaust any and all legal remedies against the city of Glendale for this blatant violation of its contractual obligations to us.” Expect a legal firestorm and speculation on if we’ll see moving vans in the near future. This is gonna get messy.
- The NBA Finals have been delightful this year, haven’t they? (Especially if you have a fetish for questionable officiating and superstar players going through weird quality swings.) Game 4 goes down tonight in Ohio with Cleveland holding a 2-1 series lead over Golden State. Cavs guard Matthew Dellavedova was hospitalized after Game 3 due to dehydration, but exited the hospital yesterday. Here’s a stat that should have even the most cautiously optimistic Cleveland sports fan giddy: 84% of NBA Final squads that scored a Game 3 win in a 1-1 series have gone on to snag the title. The Warriors may be down a game but Vegas still has Golden State as a -120 shot to win the series.
- The Blue Jays have eight in their hearts. Toronto (a -150 moneyline home favourite) laid a 7-2 smackdown on Miami in matinee action and improve their win streak to eight straight. Scott Copeland was on the mound for the Jays and earned his first Major League W for his troubles and there were homers galore for the Canadian side. Josh Donaldson, Jose Bautista, Jose Reyes and Justin Smoak all went yard in the victory. The Jays now hit the road to start a set with the Red Sox and the Marlins will look to get back into a winning groove at home versus the Rockies.
- Speaking of AL East clubs on hot streaks, the Yankees had their seven game win streak snapped courtesy of an extra innings affair versus Washington. Denard Span’s 11th inning infield single brought Tyler Moore home for the game-winning run as the Nats edged past the Yanks 5-4. Beyond the loss, New York was hit with even more bad news on Wednesday. Closer Andrew Miller is DL list bound due to a muscle strain in his forearm. Dellin Betances is expected to shift from set-up to closer while Miller’s out of the lineup.
- The Cardinals continue to enjoy their comfortable perch at the top of the NL Central. St. Louis (a road favourite at -130) doubled up on Colorado 4-2 on Wednesday. Cards starter Carlos Martinez sees his record improve to 7-2 on the season and Matt Carpenter went 2-5 on the day with a valuable 3rd inning RBI. St. Louis travels back to Missouri to host Kansas City tomorrow, while Colorado heads to the Sunshine State for tonight’s game against the Marlins.
- Charlie Morton’s been a beast since returning to the Pirates after hip surgery. The Bucs hurler held the Brewers to a stingy three hits over 7+ innings and improves to 4-0 on the season following Pittsburgh’s 2-0 topping of Milwaukee. Starling Marte’s RBI single and Pedro Alvarez’s tater provided double the runs necessary to power past the Brew Crew. Milwaukee star Ryan Braun wound up leaving the game in the 6th due to dizziness.
- The Fins have brought in a familar face to lend Ndamukong Suh a hand. Miami have reportedly inked a one year pact to bring veteran defensive lineman C.J. Mosley into the fold. The ex-Lion played on the same D-Line as Suh in Motown and played 15 games as part of Detroit’s feared rush defense. The move compliments the high profile acquisition of Suh and adds another improvement touch to a Fins D that was too generous to tailbacks. Oddsmakers have the Dolphins as a 33/1 shot to win the Super Bowl.
- The Chargers will be honouring the accomplishments of the best rusher in their franchise’s history. LaDanian Tomlinson will have his #21 jersey retired on November 22 when San Diego hosts Kansas City in a Sunday night tilt. Only Lance Alworth, Dan Fouts and Junior Seau have had their numbers retired by the team. LT holds or shares 28 Chargers records and he was just really really really good.
- FIFA has elected to push back its decision for when they’re selecting the host of the 2026 World Cup. The delay isn’t too big of a shock considering the massive corruption scandal that’s flipped FIFA on its ear and led to arrests aplenty.
- The Women’s World Cup was idle on Wednesday. That break ends today with a quartet of games including an intriguing Germany/Norway bout in Ottawa.
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