Happy Friday. First things first. Like many of you, the Sprint team is taking off Monday to celebrate our country's fallen heroes. We’ll be back in your inbox Tuesday morning.
For today, what a weekend in sports. NBA and NHL Playoffs, Indy 500, Champions League Final, and NCAA lacrosse Final Four. Safe to say the Watchlist is packed.
- the Sprint team
In today's Sprint:
⚾ An epic pickle
👟 Memorial Day shoes
🏎️ Indy 500 traditions
Trivia:What is the highest finish for a woman at the Indy 500?
WATER COOLER TALK
🏈 The Atlanta Falcons reportedly have an offer including a first-round pick for Julio Jones. If he’s traded it’ll be after June 1st because of the structure of his contract.
⚾ The Cubs’ Javier Baez duped the Pirates into pickling him between first and home while another runner sprinted for the plate. The best part? Baez was never tagged and wound up on second base. Craziest baseball play we've seen in years.
🏀 The fans who spit on Trae Young, dumped popcorn on Russell Westbrook, and harassed Ja Morant’s parents were all banned from their respective stadiums.
👟 JJ Watt teamed up with the Pat Tillman Foundation and Reebok to create limited edition shoes for Memorial Day. All of JJ’s proceeds go directly to the Foundation.
Once a year, 33 drivers compete for one of the most coveted trophies in motorsports: a bottle of milk.
Quick backstory: In 1936, Louis Meyer was photographed drinking a bottle of buttermilk (interesting choice) after becoming a three-time Indy 500 winner.
An opportunistic marketing executive for the Milk Foundation saw and, determined to have the winner of the Indy 500 drink milk, cut an endorsement deal with the race.
The tradition continued until World War II, took a brief break, and returned for good in 1954.
The drivers have options. Before the race, the drivers vote to decide if the winner gets whole, two percent, or skim milk. This year, buttermilk and chocolate milk were written in while whole milk won.
Zero votes for oat milk. Take that, Oatly.
The race itself: The 105th running of the Indy 500 will be the widest attended sporting event since the pandemic. 135,000 tickets have been sold. Incredibly, that's only 40% of the track's capacity.
Sunday 11:00 AM ET on NBC
AROUND THE LEAGUES
Carolina Hurricanes4vs. Nashville Predators 3 - OT
Down 3-1, the Canes stormed back to send the game to overtime where Sebastian Aho (2 goals) deflected the puck out of the air and into the net for the game-winner.
Carolina wins 4-2.
Montreal Canadiens4vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 3 - OT
The Canadiens blew a 3-0 lead but bounced back in overtime to force game 6.
Toronto leads 3-2.
#7 LA Lakers 109 vs. #2 Phoenix Suns 95
Anthony Davis (34 pts, 11 reb) dominated both ends of the floor. Devin Booker and Jae Crowder were both tossed at the end of the game. Expect the Suns to come out fighting for Game 4.
Lakers lead 2-1.
#3 Denver Nuggets 120 vs. Portland Trailblazers 115
Nikola Jokic (36 pts, 11 reb) continues to play like the MVP-favorite, lifting his Nuggets past Damian Lillard (37 pts, 5 ast).
Denver leads 2-1.
#3 Milwaukee Bucks113vs. #6 Miami Heat 84
The Bucks handed the Heat their biggest loss in franchise history and can sweep the series on Saturday.
Bucks lead 3-0.
Stat:Jrue Holiday of the Bucks is +88 in the playoffs, the highest of any player.
Quote:“No way Tim Tebow is a better athlete than I am.”
- Former NFL RB Brandon Jacobs (38) announcing his comeback to the league. Tebow did look ripped yesterday.
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