Good morning. Back in 2010, Eric LeGrand was paralyzed playing football for Rutgers. Eleven years later, he's a public speaker and entrepreneur.
Eric launched LeGrand Coffee four months ago. Now, it'll be available at every Rutgers home football game for any Scarlet Knight who loves coffee as much as I do.
In today's Sprint:
🏃 NYC is back
🏀 NBA play-in games
⚽️ New NCAA champions
Trivia: Which team(s) played in the 2020 NBA Playoffs play-in game in Orlando?
Portland Trail Blazers
WATER COOLER TALK
⚽️ Tottenham Hotspur star striker Harry Kane wants out at the end of the season. In Tottenham fans’ worst nightmare, he wants to stay in England and both Manchester clubs have contacted his representatives.
🏃 The New York City Marathon will return after a two-year hiatus this November, where 33,000 runners can sweat next to each other to their hearts’ content.
Adam Silver probably did a little dance when the Warriors and Lakers finished 7th and 8th in the West, setting up the NBA’s dream play-in matchup.
How does the play-in work? Each conference’s 7th and 8th playoff spots are up for grab.
The #7 team from the regular season plays #8 with the winner entering the playoffs as the 7-seed and the loser getting one last chance.
#9 plays #10 with the winner playing the loser of the 7/8 game; that winner then becomes the 8-seed.
While it’s a little complicated, the format yielded great matchups.
#9 Indianapolis Pacers vs. #10 Charlotte Hornets - Tue. at 6:30 ET on TNT
#7 Boston Celtics vs. #8 Washington Wizards - Tue. at 9:00 ET on TNT
#9 Memphis Grizzlies vs. #10 San Antonio Spurs - Wed. at 7:30 ET on ESPN
The big one: #7 LA Lakers vs. #8 Golden State Warriors - Wed. at 10:00 ET on ESPN
With LeBron and AD both playing, the Lakers are the second most likely NBA champion. But 2021 Steph may put up 70 points. Anything can happen in one game.
Despite the controversy, the play-in worked
Players didn’t like it. Owners (especially Mark Cuban) didn’t like it. But the NBA? Loved it.
More teams played stars down the stretch.
More games mattered.
Set up six primetime, nationally televised games.
The bigger picture: The NBA’s Board of Governors only approved the play-in tournament for this season.
Assuming they’ll use the next few days as a test run, they’ll decide in the offseason whether to continue the format in the future, iterate on it, or revert back to 1-8 seeding based on regular-season records.
Women’s natty: #11 Santa Clara1 vs. #1 Florida State 1 - Santa Clara wins 4-1 on penalties
Santa Clara won the NCAA women’s soccer tournament, upsetting Florida State in penalty kicks to capture their first national title since 2001.
Kirsten, we really wanted to write this the other way around.