The Viral Roundup – Trophy Life Edition
Greetings! Welcome to a Colour Me Wednesday go-around of The Viral Roundup. We’re your friendly one-stop shop for all the big buzz, big news and big developments headlining a brand new day in the world of sports. In today’s edition: Steph Curry leads Golden State championship glory, Brock Holt hits for the cycle in Boston and some alleged hacking has the FBI on the Cardinals’ case.
Did You Hear?
All. Gold. Everything. Golden State are your 2014-15 NBA Champions. The Warriors captured the title last night and added a new chapter to the legacy of Cleveland sports misery all in one fell sweep by smacking down the Cavs 105-97 in Game 6. Steph Curry and NBA Finals MVP Andre Iguodala both scored 25 points apiece in the game that brought the Warriors their first title since 1975 while LeBron notched another triple-double in a losing cause. (King James provided a whopping 38.3% of Cleveland’s NBA Finals points.) The victory marks the first time since 2000 that a player’s won their first NBA MVP (see: Steph Curry) and went on to nab their first pro title too. #30 also joins the esteemed company of Bob Cousy and Magic Johnson as point guards that won the MVP trophy and the world championship in the same season. Sports fans in Cleveland will now have ample time to ponder what could have been if Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love were still healthy.
Did You See?
Elsewhere in Cleveland sports talk, did you catch Browns QB popping up WWE Raw on Monday? Wrestling villain (and former Curb Stomp practioner) Seth Rollins cut a promo mocking the city’s losing ways and even pointed out the pivot in the crowd. “Hell, Johnny Idiot Face over there is never gonna bring you a title,” sneered the pro wrestling champ. The arena got particularly salty over a jab at LeBron James too. Check out the world class taunting below.
Did You Know?
- It’s a great day for schadenfreude in Major League Baseball. The St. Louis Cardinals are reportedly being investigated by the FBI for (allegedly) hacking into the database of the Houston Astros. It looks like the Cards strolled past Houston’s database security to scope out everything from scouting reports to trade proposals and a whole lot more. The Cardinals, Astros and Major League Baseball have all said they’ve cooperated with the investigation and that’s pretty much where their statements end. Get your popcorn, etc. Speaking of the Cardinals, the club edged past the Twins 3-2 in yesterday’s interleague contest.
- Luis Valbuena teed off on Rockies pitching yesterday. The Astros slugger hit his fifteenth and sixteenth homer of the season in an 8-5 thumping of Colorado. The victory has Houston back on a winning track with their third straight W after a miserable spell of negative results. Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez blasted a two run for his club in a losing cause.
- Home is no longer a horrorshow for the Giants. San Francisco were on a nine game losing streak in their home park before they topped the M’s 6-2 yesterday. The Giants (a -118 moneyline favourite) enjoyed another strong outing from starter Tim Lincecum (who boasts a solid 7-3 record on the year) and runs knocked in from the likes Matt Duffy and Angel Pagan. Seattle was without new weapon Mark Trumbo in the starting lineup for a third straight game due to back spasms, although he did come to the plate in a pinch-hit capacity.
- Boston busted up their seven game losing streak in style yesterday with Brock Holt becoming the first Red Sox player to hit for the cycle since John Valentin 1996′s wizardry. Holt helped lead Boston (a -160 moneyline home favourite) to a strong 9-4 win over the Braves in a game where Wade Miley provided 8 Ks on the mound to collect his sixth win of 2015. The two clubs will play again tonight, but this time the series will be been shifted from Fenway Park to Atlanta’s Turner Field.
- The Padres say they’ll be sticking with interim manager Pat Murphy for the remainder of 2015. The bench coach stepped into the skipper’s role after longtime manager Bud Black led his team to a dissapointing start in his ninth season with the club. Murphy has managial experience under his belt. He guided the team’s Triple A affiliate in El Paso. Murphy couldn’t manage his team to a win on Tuesday, though. The Oakland Athletics beat San Diego 6-5 in a tightly contested affair.
- The Orioles obliterated Philly last night. Baltimore smacked eight homers and lit up the Phillies for nearly 20 runs in a 19-3 blowout where the O’s scored at least one run in every inning except for the 7th. The Phillies are currently in a eight game losing spiral.
- Ben Bishop’s mystery ailment was… a torn groin. The Lightning goaltender has fessed up to the physical issue that had him in and out of the lineup throughout the Stanley Cup Finals. Bishop says he felt the injury in Game 2 and it was the sort of problem that would have had him on the shelf for an extended stretch in the regular season.
- It’s never too early to start looking to the future. Or the futures board. The newly minted Stanley Cup champs from Chicago are the favourite with oddsmakers to win it all again in 2016. The Hawks are listed as a 6/1 shot to repeat with the Rangers (8/1) and Ducks (8/1) also earning favourable odds. You can probably guess who the biggest longshots are. Both Buffalo and Arizona (or wherever they’ll be playing) are seen a supreme 200/1 underdogs.
- It was another day of exits and advancement in the FIFA Women’s World Cup. The United States blanked Nigeria 1-0 in Group D play to top the divison and enter the Round of 16. The second spot was snapped up by the Aussies who tied Sweden on the pitch and edged them out in the standings. In Group C, Japan confirmed that they are a force to be reckoned with by remaining undefeated courtesy of a 1-0 blanking of Ecuador. The defending champs top the division and had advance to the knockout stage. Group C’s other Round of 16 representative will be Cameroon who scored twice in the second half to top Switzerland 2-1. Today’s slate features a quartet of matches, including an intriguing England/Columbia showdown in Ottawa.
- The Toronto Argonauts will begin their season with pivot Ricky Ray watching from the sidelines. The club’s veteran QB has been placed on the six-game injured list as he continues to recover from shoulder surgery. The hole at quarterback will be filled by backup Trevor Harris. The Argos enter 2015 as an 8/1 shot to hoist the Grey Cup.
- Wide reciever Da’Rick Rogers has been cut by the Kansas City Chiefs. The reciever was dropped by the AFC squad before their mandatory minicamp was set to begin. The Tennessee/Tennessee Tech alum has had a rep since his NCAA days of being extremely talented but dogged by disciplinary issues. The 23-year-old has never really caught on in the NFL (a handful of games with the Colts is as far as that goes) and will now be seeking employment with a different franchise. Oddsmakers list the Kansas City Chiefs are a 33/1 shot to win the Super Bowl.
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