The Viral Roundup – Woe Is Rory Edition
Happy Thursday! We’re hope you’re doing well. Welcome to another breakfast friendly 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 brand new day in the world of sports. In today’s edition: The British Open loses a contender, Jason Pierre-Paul continues to recover and the O’s feel the broom.
Did You Hear?
The writing was on the wall, but the decision was made official on Wednesday: Rory McIlroy will not be competing at this year’s Open Championship. The Northern Irish golf superstar injured his ankle over the weekend playing soccer with some friends and now St. Andrews is done a contender. This development marks the first time in over sixty years that the defending champ would not be at the tournament to defend his trophy and McIlroy’s attention shifts to making a full recovery. At the moment, Grand Slam hopeful Jordan Spieth is pegged by oddsmakers as the most likely British Open winner at 9/2. Dustin Johnson (12/1) and Justin Rose (16/1) have also emerged as relative favourites.
Did You See?
Gronk made a video for his 2016 party cruise and you need to see it because GRONK. Trust us, this video is every bit as ridiculous as you imagine it is.
Did You Know?
- Minnesota’s doing their best to stay in the AL Central race (Kansas City hasn’t made things easy) and that process includes a three game sweep of the Baltimore Orioles. The Twins (a +120 moneyline home underdog) couldn’t notch a run off of O’s starter Ubaldo Jimenez, but they did notch a pair of jacks in the sixth versus relief hurler Bud Norris in a 5-3 victory at Target Field. Minnesota’s had an excellent time at home in 2015, going a robust 28-15 on their soil. The Twins are currently seen as a 33/1 shot to win this year’s World Series.
- Do you know what’s up with the fireworks-related injury that New York Giants star Jason Pierre-Paul suffered? If so, you have some valuable information, because the details have been pretty sparse across the board. ESPN reports that Giants officials came to visit the defensive end, but did not have an in-person meeting with the athlete. Pierre-Paul has suffered burns and possible nerve damage as a result of the incident, but it was believed not to be career-threatening. It appears the Giants defensive staple’s right index finger has been amputated. Word has also surfaced that Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback C.J. Wilson has also suffered a firework-related injury to his hand.
- The Montreal Alouettes have confirmed that pivot Rakeem Cato will be the club’s starter in tomorrow’s clash in Winnipeg. Cato had a marvelous outing in Week 2, throwing for 241 yards and racking up three TDs in a strong 29-11 victory over Calgary.
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