By Nick Baum
SUNDAY – 4/29/18
This year’s NFL Draft proved to be very exciting as a combination of top quarterbacks from college as well as other prospects rushed out into teams needing more depth. All 32 NFL teams took 8 turns, with 256 picks.
The Cleveland Browns had the first overall pick in the draft for the second time in a row, picking Baker Mayfield, a quarterback for Oklahoma. The Browns, through a trade, also got the fourth overall pick, and the Super Bowl winning Philadelphia Eagles got the last pick of the round.
Notable picks in the draft include the Buffalo Bill’s pick of Josh Rosen, Wyoming quarterback, as many fans of the team panned the decision. The “slider” of the draft, or player who waited longer to get drafted than expected, was Derrius Guice, LSU running back, in which many teams were concerned about his behavior and attitude. He was drafted in the third round by the Washington Redskins, the same team who drafted “Mr. Irrelevant”, the last pick of the draft, Virginia Tech wide receiver Trey Quinn.
Sources: Fox 8, ESPN, NFL.com
By Nick Baum
THURSDAY – 4/26/18
The National Basketball Association (NBA) playoffs have proved to be a fun and exciting atmosphere. The Cleveland Cavaliers, 2016-17 season runner-ups and 2015-16 season champions, have struggled recently in their first round.
The Cavaliers are struggling against a worse off Indiana Pacers team, who has constantly played up and held on to the series. By Game 5, the series score was 2-2 until LeBron James pulled up one of his best games yet. Besides scoring 44 points, 10 rebounds, and 4 assists, James also hit the game winning shot that would shift the series in their favor, a 2 game winning streak after losing the series to the Pacers 2-1.
As the shot clock winded down, the score was tied 95-95 with seconds remaining. James got the ball at the free throw line, a very crowded free throw line with many Pacers swarming around him trying to force an overtime. However, James got out of the pile, dribbling backwards to the point where he was two feet behind the three point line, and then decided to shoot it, sending the ball ripping through the net and a game winner.
Sources: ESPN, Bleacher Report
By Nick Baum
WEDNESDAY – 4/18/18
The newest team of the National Hockey League, the Las Vegas Golden Knights has made a playoff sweep, winning four games in a row against the Los Angeles Kings to make sports history.
The Las Vegas Golden Knights has become the first team in the NHL, NBA, or MLB to sweep their entire first playoff series in their first season. The Las Vegas team beat the Los Angeles Kings last night 1-0, winning them their first postseason series.
The Golden Knights finished the regular season as champions of the Pacific Division, very unusual for any expansion team to do in their first season. The Vegas Golden Knights will look to the next round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs to see if they can repeat their historic victories.
Sources: NHL.com, ESPN
By Nick Baum
FRIDAY – 4/13/18
The end of the regular season has dawned on the National Hockey League, and from has come the postseason. Also known as the Stanley Cup Playoffs, 16 teams will try to compete in a playoff series, with each competition having a 7 game series, first to 4.
So far, all 16 teams have played in their first games so far. Some notable victories include the Pittsburgh Penguins over the Philadelphia Flyers, two rivals. However, the Penguins shutout the Flyers in tremendous fashion, with the final score being 7-0.
Other featured teams include the Winnipeg Jets and Toronto Maple Leafs, the only Canadian teams to be in the playoffs this year, and the first Canadian team in the playoffs in three years.
Sources: Google, ESPN