The Viral Roundup – They Might Be Giants Edition
Did You Hear?
Odell Beckham Jr. continues to amaze. New York’s star wideout caught two huge second half TDs to pull the Giants (a two point road favourite) to a 31-24 victory over Miami. The Monday night triumph marks Tom Coughlin’s 170th win as an NFL head coach. Eli Manning threw four touchdowns for the G-Men while Ryan Tannehill racked up 236 yards through the air in a losing cause for Miami. The Dolphins now drop to 5-8 and New York is stuck in the NFC East’s 6-7 logjam.
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The Golden State Warriors had their massive 24 game win streak snapped on the weekend to fall to a not too shabby 24-1 win-loss record. It didn’t eclipse the 71-72 Lakers run of 33 consecutive victories in the record books, but it’s fair to say that the incredible run of basketball ladled out by the Golden State for that stretch was borderline unbelievable. The NBA’s video wing has put together this helpful look back at the most glorious moments from Steph Curry & Co.’s streak. By the way, the Warriors are considered an 11/10 favourite on the futures board to capture the 2015-16 NBA title this summer.
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- Jordan Hill scored 20 points off the bench to push the four-and-a-half point favourite Pacers to a 106-90 victory over the visiting Raptors. Toronto could have used a healthy DeMarre Carroll in the lineup. The 29-year-old forward missed his fifth straight contest with a knee issue.
- The Washington Capitals played inhospitable guests at the Mike Sullivan’s head coaching debut for the Pens. T.J. Oshie scored twice for the Caps and Braden Holtby was superb with 44 saves to give Washington a 4-1 win over Pittsburgh. Speaking of the Penguins, on Monday they dealt blueliner Rob Scuderi to Chicago for Trevor Daley.
- Three grand slam victories helped propel Serena Williams into the SI cover spot as Sports Illustrated’s Sportsperson of the Year. The tennis superstar racked up championships at the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon with only one grand slam title separating her from tying Steffi Graf’s mark for racking up those major triumphs. It’s the first time Sports Illustrated has crowned an individual female athlete as their Sportsperson of the Year (previously known as “Sportsman” or “Sportswoman” of the Year) since Mary Decker was named the winner in 1983.
- The Houston Texans are sorting out what the future holds for their quarterback situation and reports surface that pivot Brian Hoyer has suffered his second concussion in under a month. Hoyer suffered the injury in Houston’s ugly 27-6 primetime loss to the Patriots. T.J. Yates took over the position after Hoyer’s injury on Sunday and will be the starter for Sunday’s crucial AFC South matchup versus Indianapolis. For their part, the Colts are uncertain if franchise QB Andrew Luck will return this year. At the moment, no line has bubbled up for this showdown.
- The arms race continues in the NL West! Fresh off World Series glory with the Kansas City Royals, Johnny Cueto has sorted out a deal with San Francisco worth $130 million over six years with an opt-out close after year two. Cueto was a bit of a bust in the regular season as a high profile acquisition by Kansas City, but earned his keep with strong play in the postseason. He joins a Giants rotation that also includes Madison Bumgarner, Jeff Samardzija, Matt Cain and Jake Peavy. San Francisco, who finished an iffy 84-78 in 2015, are considered an 8/1 shot on some futures boards to win the 2016 World Series.
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