The Rundown: Short and Sweet

May your Monday start off how you like your coffee, strong and balanced.

 

With a side of sugar,

The Last Night’s Game Team


NBA (National Basketball Association)

  • Back it up. Steph Curry and his Golden State Warriors are up 3-0 in their playoff series vs. Portland Trail Blazers. Although the playoffs may have already swept Warriors' head coach Steve Kerr. Kerr was unable to coach game three and will not coach game four (and may be out for the entire playoffs) due to chronic back pain which caused him to miss half of last season.
  • Sweep you off your feet. The Cleveland Cavaliers swept the Indiana Pacers to become the first team to advance to second round of the playoffs. This marks LeBron James’ record-breaking 10th sweep in a playoff series. Curious what’s happening in the playoffs? We have you covered.

NASCAR (National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing)

  • Rain delay. Just when you tried to impress your racing fan boss and watch yesterday’s NASCAR race from Bristol, it never happened. The race was postponed until today due to weather. You can catch it at 1 pm EST here.

Overtime

  • In the epic playoff battle between his team, the Oklahoma City Thunder (NBA), and the Houston Rockets, MVP candidate Russell Westbrook hasn’t let his reputation of fashion guru suffer. After yesterday’s loss, he continued to bring his A game at the postgame press conference. We’ll let you determine if his avant-garde outfit is on point or should be pointed toward the exit.

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Coaches’ corner

  • The Chicago Cubs won the World Series (MLB – Major League Baseball) last year and broke their championship curse. That win comes with a lot of new fans. Their rival, Cincinnati Reds, took advantage of that situation with the “Bandwagon Fan Cam,” displaying Cubs fans throughout the stadium. Bandwagon fans are fans who start to like a team only when they win. Convenient.

The Rundown - How ‘Bout Them Apples?

Dinner parties, a hot date, vacation getaway, farmer’s market…whatever your weekend has in store for you, we have what everyone’s talking about so you can enjoy a blissful, awkward moment-free weekend.

 

How ‘bout them apples?

The Last Night’s Game Team


PGA (Professional Golfers’ Association)

  • Sad kitty. Tiger Woods announced he recently had his fourth back surgery to alleviate ongoing pain. With his last victory in 2013, it’s doubtful that we will ever see him dominate again but here’s to hoping.

NFL (National Football League)

Tennis

  • Acing pregnancy. Tennis star Serena Williams will soon have another title, Mom. She announced via snapchat that she is 20 weeks pregnant, meaning she won the Australian Open while roughly nine weeks pregnant. The record-breaking tennis player is taking the rest of the season off. Williams is engaged to the co-founder of the website Reddit.  

Overtime

  • Time Magazine released its list of the “Top 100 Most Influential People” but the list isn’t simply for tech company presidents and world leaders. There are quite a few athletes on the list including gold medal winning gymnast, Simone Biles, former San Francisco 49ers quarterback (NFL), Colin Kaepernick and UFC Champion (Ultimate Fighting Championship), Conor McGregor. For a complete list and to find out why they made the cut, click here.

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  • Yet another country crooner sings the national anthem before the Nashville Predators playoff game and yet another win for the Predators. Luke Bryan sang the Predators (#8) to a win over the Chicago Blackhawks (#1). Now they will advance to the next round of the playoffs.

For the first time in NHL history, a No. 8 seed swept a No. 1 seed in the first round of the playoffs. (FYI - Carrie Underwood’s husband Mike Fisher plays for the Predators).

Coaches’ corner

  • What does it mean for a team to “sweep” a series? Sadly no, that doesn’t mean the team learned how to clean. A sweep means one team won every game in the series. Fans are known to bring brooms to the game when their team is on the verge of a sweep. Finally a good use for that thing!