The Spotlight On A Great Night In SportsĀ 

I’m going to change things up a little bit today. Rather than previewing the biggest stories in sports today. I’m going to take a look back at a crazy Friday night in the world of sports. I’m going to breakdown an hour by hour breakdown of everything that went down on a day that reminds you why it’s so much fun to be a sports fan. 

5:00PM- Jaguar Down- On the way home from work I flipped on WFAN only to hear the unfortunate news the Jacksonville Jaguars number one pick & 3rd overall pick in this year’s NFL Draft, Dante Fowler Jr. tore his ACL & will miss the entire 2015-2016 season. This breaks your heart for the talented defensive end and for a Jaguars organization who just can’t seem to catch a break. 

6:00PM- Noah’s Arc- It was always a matter of if not when the Mets would be calling up Uber prospect Noah Syndergaard. When Mets Pitcher Zach Wheeler when down for the season with Tommy John surgery during spring training, Syndergaards promotion became that much more imminent. Wheelers injury allowed the Mets to put veteran Dillon Gee into the rotation with the idea that if any of the Mets starting went down for any reason they would have an opportunity to bring up either Syndergaard or fellow top prospect Steven Matz. Syndergaard gets the nod and the start Tuesday in Chicago. While Mets fan rejoice I wonder if this makes Dillon Gee the next Wally Pipp. 

8:30 PM- Harper Makes History- I mentioned Harper’s three homer game the other day on here and the very next time out Bryce Harper followed up that performance with a 2 homer effort. The five homeruns in 2 games ties an MLB record for Bryce & makes him the youngest player to accomplish the feat at just 22 years old. Not bad for Major League Baseball’s “most over rated” player. Remember folks, Harper is just 22 years old. 

9:30pm- “Well The Rangers are done”- this is at least the text I got from a buddy of mine with the New York Rangers went down 1-0 in the 3rd period of Game 5 with under 5 minutes left, facing elimination. Then with only 90 seconds left Chris Kreider tied the game, sending my entire block into a frenzy. This led to overtime & before I knew it… the series was shifting back to DC for game 6 tomorrow night. 

10:30PM- Every Rose Has Its Thorn- Immediately following the fireworks going on at MSG, I got to watch a few more fireworks go down at the United Center. With just 10 seconds left JR Smith drained a clutch 3 pointer (something I have never said as a Knicks fan) to tie the game for the Cavs & set me up nicely for yet another overtime thriller, right? Not so fast, because 10 seconds later Derrick Rose stepped up to drain and equally clutch 3 pointer to give the Chicago Bulls the win & an impressive 2-1 series lead. Talk about drama! 

1:00AM- It’s All In The Family- Going into a momentum shifting game 3 between the LA Clippers & Houston Rockets, the question was whether all star guard Chris Paul was going to be able to suit up. Well Paul did suit up but during game 3 it was another guard who stole the show & propelled the Clippers to a dominant 124-99 victory. That guard was Austin Rivers who came off the bench to drop 25 in only 23 minutes to pick up the slack for Paul, who only played 23 minutes in his own right. If the Rivers name sounds familiar it’s probably because Austin Rivers is the son of former NBA all star, Doc Rivers, the same Doc Rivers who is currently the head coach for the Clippers. 

We’ll talk about a fun day in sports with big stories across the board from football to baseball to both the NBA & NHL Playoffs. Just another reason why I’m proud to be a sports fan. 

The Spotlight On Today’s Sports 5/4/2015

Back in the saddle again with a slew of sports on tap for what proves to be a busy week of sports as the NBA Playoffs as well as the NHL Playoffs,  move into their second rounds of action.  Let’s move into some of the bigger stories and games that are going on in the world of sports. 

1) You Down With MVP?- Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry was named the 2014-2015 regular season MVP today, the first MVP for the Warriors since Wilt Chamberlain back in 1960 and the first point guard to win the award since Derrick Rose in the 2010-2011 season.  Curry averaged 23.8 points per games, 2 steals per game, 7.7 assists per game and 4.3 rebounds per game. While the numbers are obviously very good for Curry, they aren’t career bests for Curry other then his steals per game & his overall numbers were better last season. With that said, however, Curry was the best choice for MVP this season, no matter what Houston Rockets fans tell you, as he led the Warriors to an NBA best 67-15 record only losing 2 games at home the whole season. As Curry stated today during a press conference, while MVPs are nice, the goal for the Warriors is the NBA championship, so far they haven’t been tested in the postseason. 

2) Counsell Gets The Nod– Major League Baseball’s worst record to start the season belongs to the Milwaukee Brewers at 7-18. Thus, it didn’t come as any big surprise when the Brewers fired manager Ron Roenicke after 4 seasons and a 342-331 record and one NL central title. The only think surprising about the firing is that it came off the heels of the Brewers first series win of the season. His replacement shouldn’t come as much of a surprise as longtime utlitity man Craig Counsell was offered the job this morning. Counsell retired with theBrewers  organization in 2011 and since has been working as a general manager to the team’s general manager. The Brewers gave Counsell, who will take over managerial duties tonight, a node of confidence by rewarding him with a 3 year contract through the 2017 season. 

3) The Defining Series- For years the dominance of Lebron James & the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference has been called into question. Would the Hear have been able to make it to three straight NBA Finals of Derrick Rose were healthy? Well well finally get somewhat of answer tonight as it will be Lebron James ba Derrick Rose except this time it will be Lebron leading a Cleveland Cavs team to do battle with the Bulls in the Windy City. With all do respect to what the Atlanta Hawks have accomplished, I think the winner of the East is coming out this series. The first game between these two teams kicks off tonight at 7PM EST! 

That’s gonna do it for me today but I’ll be back later today with my first review up on the site, which is a heartwarming story. Until then, be well & may the fourth be with you!

 

The Spotlight On Today’s Sports- 4/25/2015

After a day off to prepare for my trip to Orlando, Florida flying out of New York… I am back looking at our top three highlights in the world of sports for today, Saturday April 25th, 2015. I’m updating live from Laguardia Airport, here we go! 

1) New York, New York- Last night the New York Mets’ impressive 11 game game winning streak came to an abrupt end when the New York Yankees defeated the Mets 6-1 at Yankee Stadium. Today the Mets look to answer back when their Superstar Pitcher, Matt Harvey takes the mound! It will be interesting to see how to Mets respond to the loss and if they can push the series to a decisive game tomorrow night for bragging rights of New York!

2) One More For The Coliseum- Today the New York Islanders & Washington Capitals will be playing game six live from the Nassau Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum. This is the final year in which the Isles will be playing at the Coliseum & with the Isles down 3-2 in their best of seven series, this could be their final game ever at Nassau Coliseum. The New York Rangers await the winner of this series. 

3) Sweep City?- On the Basketball side of things today, two teams will be looking to avoid getting swept, both the New Orleans Pelicans & the Milwaukee Bucks. The good news for both teams is that they’re both home, the bad news is that they both may just be delaying the inevitable as no team in NBA history has come back from a 3-0 deficit. 

That’s going to do it for me but I hope everyone enjoys a big sports weekend. Be sure to check out my Spotlight Sports Pick Of The Day as I’m already 3-1!

The Spotlight Sports Pick of the Day


Spotlight Sports Pick Of The Day: Chicago Bulls (-3) 

One of my favorite plays is game 3 of the NBA Playoffs when the better seed goes up 2-0.  Oddsmakers have no choice but to make that team a much lower favorite because they’re now the away team. Truth is though if a team is a better team than they’ll find a way to win even on the road. I went with the Bulls because I think they’re so well coached that I don’t see them getting caught on the road… 3 points is also a gift so take it and run. 

Record (2-1)