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Good morning. The NCAA pulled a bit of a fast one.
Today, the men’s First 4 tips off, but the full Round of 64 gets underway
tomorrow. One more day to agonize over which 12 seeds to pick to pull the
In today's Sprint:
🏈 Free agent frenzy
🏒 Unstoppable force
🏁 NASCAR meme race
Trivia: Yesterday, the New York
Rangers scored 7 goals in one period. Which team holds the
NHL record for the most goals scored in one period?
At 4:00 PM ET yesterday, the NFL year officially began, signaling a rush of
free agent signings after two days of speculation (thank you, league
Who made the biggest moves?
The bottom of the AFC East is not messing around. Between the Patriots’
record $250 million spending
spree and the Jets inking lucrative deals with DE Carl Lawson and WR
Corey Davis, the division looks surprisingly competitive.
Other big moves:
Cornerback Patrick Peterson to the Minnesota Vikings
Offensive tackle Trent Williams back to the San Francisco 49ers
Edge rusher Bud Dupree to the Tennessee Titans
Wait a minute. It's not the teams that spend the most or make the splashiest
signings that usually win (unless you're Tampa Bay). It's the teams that
spend the smartest:
Safety John Johnson to the Cleveland Browns, suring up a weak
secondary with one of the league's best safeties
Offensive linemen Joe Thuney and Kyle Long to the Chiefs, giving Pat
Mahomes much needed protection
A bit confusing: The Las Vegas Raiders focused on their defensive line,
signing Yannick Ngakoue and Solomon Thomas. The confusing part? Due to the
shrunk cap, they had to release
or trade most of their starting offensive line, the team’s biggest
Turns out coaches
might not be necessary in hockey. With their entire coaching staff
out due to Covid-19, the New York Rangers put on an offensive clinic on the
likes of which we won’t see again for a very long time.
(12-12-4) New York Rangers 9 vs. (14-10-3) Philadelphia Flyers 0
New York scored an astonishing seven goals in the 2nd period,
highlighted by Mike Zibanejad’s hat trick and three assists. That’s
only the second six point period for a single player in NHL history.
(15-25) Cleveland Cavaliers 117 vs. (20-20) Boston Celtics 110
To the horror of Boston fans everywhere, their team now owns a worse
record than the Charlotte Hornets (20-19) who feature former Celtics
Gordon Hayward and Scary Terry Rozier.
(26-14) Milwaukee Bucks 109 vs. (28-13) Philadelphia 76ers 105 -
After the game, 76ers Dwight Howard had an interesting
take. He “wanted to go Stone Cold Stunner” Giannis
Antetokounmpo, who was at mid court after hitting a big shot in
(16-24) Sacramento Kings 121 vs. (14-25) Washington Wizards 119
Russell Westbrook bricked a dunk and De’Aaron Fox nailed a
buzzer-beater over Bradley Beal for the Kings’ win. Just another
night for the Wizards.
Champions League - Round of 16
Chelsea 3 vs. Atlético
Madrid 0 on aggregate
With a 2-0 win in their 2nd leg, Chelsea advances to the Champions
League quarters for the first time since 2014. The Blues haven’t
lost since early January.
Bayern Munich 6 vs.
Lazio 2 on aggregate
Robert Lewandowski and Bayern cruised to an easy victory, setting
themselves up nicely to defend last year’s Champions League title.
College Basketball - Men's First Four
#16 Texas Southern (16-8) vs. #16 Mt. St. Mary’s (12-10) - 5:10 ET on truTV
#11 Drake (25-4) vs. #11 Wichita St. (16-5) - 6:27 ET on TBS
#16 Appalachian St. (17-11) vs. #16 Norfolk St. (16-7) - 8:40 ET on truTV
#11 UCLA (17-9) vs. #11 Michigan St. (15-12) - 9:57 ET on TBS
Utah Jazz (29-10) vs. Washington Wizards (14-25) - 7:00 ET on NBATV
Charlotte Hornets (20-18) vs. Los Angeles Lakers (27-13) - 10:30 ET on NBATV
Pittsburgh Penguins (18-10-1) vs. New Jersey Devils (9-13-4) - 7:00 ET on
Honda Classic - 2:00 ET on NBC
WATER COOLER TALK
🏁 The Kansas Speedway will welcome the NASCAR Cup Series race called
McBusch Race 400 on May 2, a name voted on by fans online. Never
underestimate the power of the internet.
🏀 Former 12-year NBA veteran Shawn Bradley has
been left paralyzed after being struck by a vehicle while riding his
bicycle a block from his home in St. George, Utah.
🏀 LeBron James ditched Coca-Cola for Pepsi, becoming
the face of the new Mountain Dew Rise energy drink.
🏀 The NBA and NBPA agreed to new
protocols for Covid-19 vaccinated players, including not wearing a
mask at practice facilities, no PCR tests on days off, and no quarantine
time for exposure.
🏈 Drafted in 2004, Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald is a free
agent for the first time in his career. If he stays in Arizona,
he’ll play alongside Deandre Hopkins and newly signed A.J. Green.
🏈 In about the time it takes me to do my daily walk, Patrick Mahomes
$3.4M worth of NFTs (digital trading cards) with his likeness.
D. The Buffalo Sabres scored 9 goals in the 2nd
period of a 1981 game against Toronto, winning the game 14-4.