BLS Water Cooler Cram Session 5/19/14
Who wants to watch an hour of the Mothership and their 1,500 different analysts break down the same game over and over again? We sure don’t (Unless Original #BuschBabe and BLS Favorite Jaymee Sire is anchoring). Here’s what you may have missed in the sports world yesterday.
CALIFORNIA CHROME WINS THE PREAKNESS STAKES
California Chrome got it done again on Saturday in Baltimore as he captured the Preakness Stakes in front of a record crowd of 123,469 at Pimlico Race Course. It was a near perfect trip for the Northern California horse as he ran clean out of the gate and smooth around the track until jockey Victor Espinoza put his foot on the throttle around the last turn to the end, beating Ride On Curlin by a length and a half at the end of the 1 3/16-mile race. The time was 1 minute 54.84 seconds and the first Triple Crown since Affirmed in 1978 is now in play. Here’s co-owner Steve Coburn after the race with TVG.
Trainer Art Sherman at least raised the possibility Sunday morning that California Chrome might not run in the June 7 Belmont Stakes in New York if racing officials there wouldn’t let him wear the nasal strip he’s worn in his last 6 victories in a row; however, fearing major backlash and loss of what will be one of the most dramatic events in all of sports in 2014, the New York officials granted the request to use the nasal strips early on Monday. So now in 3 weeks it’s:
Busch League Sports had all your coverage for the 139th running of the Preakness Stakes on Saturday.
- BLS handicapping expert, Red Ryder dropped his thoughts on the race, betting the race and gave horse by horse analysis in, PREAKNESS STAKES: The BLS Comprehensive Field Guide and Betting Preview. Check it out and find yourself a winning ticket on Saturday.
- Earl wrote a great story about the debauchery that goes on at InfieldFest at Pimlico Race Course. Have a look at Wire to “The Wire” – Partying at Pimlico for the Freaky Preakness.
ATLETICO MADRID WINS LA LIGA TITLE
Atletico Madrid won the La Liga title with a 1-1 draw against Barcelona at the Camp Nou Saturday. It was the 1st league title for Atletico since the 1995-1996 season. Coach Diego Simeone was able to get the job done even without the services of star striker Diego Costa, who had to come off early in the match with a hamstring injury. Diego Godin was the hero for Atletico, as his early 2nd-half goal tied the game and eventually became the title winner (video below on Busch League Sports Instagram). Atletico finished on 90 points while Barcelona finished 2nd with a 1 goal difference lead on 3rd place Real Madrid; both teams finished on 87 points. To see Alexis Sanchez’s stunning 1st half goal for Barcelona and the class that Barcelona fans showed towards Atletico post-game check out; Atletico Madrid Wins La Liga Title.
ATLETICO MADRID 1 BARCELONA 1
- Goals: (BAR) Alexis Sanchez 34′ (ATL) Diego Godin 49′
La Liga Final Table
Osasuna and Real Valladolid were relegated to the Spanish second division on Sunday. Atletico Madrid, Barcelona and Real Madrid qualified for next season’s UEFA Champions League and Athletic Bilbao earned a trip to the UCL qualifying round with a 4th place finish.
NBA PLAYOFFS (For Box Scores Click Here)
The Pacers pretty much led wire-to-wire in their game 1 win Sunday in Indianapolis over Miami. The Thunder and Spurs Western Conference Finals series starts tonight in San Antonio. The Thunder will be without the services of power forward Serge Ibaka for the series with a left-calf strain.
HEAT 96 @ PACERS 107 (SUN) (IND LEADS 1-0)
- IND – Paul George 24 pts, 7 asts. Roy Hibbert 19 pts, 9 rebs. David West 19 pts (8-11 FGs), 7 rebs. TEAM: (51% FGs, 42% 3 Ps)
- MIA – Dwayne Wade 27 pts (12-18 FGs). LeBron James 25 pts, 10 rebs. Chris Andersen 14 pts (6-7 FGs) TEAM: (10-15, 66% FTs)
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NHL PLAYOFFS (For Coverage Click Here)
Los Angeles won a crucial game 7 on the road on Friday night in Anaheim, but then came out flat in Chicago in game 1 of the Western Conference Finals. The Rangers dominated in Montreal on Saturday in game 1 in the East Finals and the news got worse for the Canadiens as it was revealed early Monday that goaltender Carey Price will be out for the remainder of the series with a lower body injury.
KINGS 6 @ DUCKS 2 (FRI) (LA WINS 4-3)
- LA – GOALS: Carter, Gaborik, Kopitar, Pearson, Richards, Williams. Quick 25 saves.
- ANA – GOALS: Palmieri, Perry. Gibson 14 saves.
RANGERS 7 @ CANADIENS 2 (SAT) (NY LEADS 1-0)
- NY – GOALS: Kreider, McDonagh, Nash, Richards, St. Louis, Stepan, Zuccarello. Lundqvist 20 saves.
- MTL – GOALS: Bourque, Eller. Price 16 saves.
KINGS 1 @ BLACKHAWKS 3 (SUN) (CHI LEADS 1-0)
- CHI – GOALS: Keith, Saad, Toews. Crawford 25 saves.
- LA – GOALS: Toffoli. Quick 17 saves.
Detroit and Oakland continued their torrid start to the 2014 season as the Tigers swept the Red Sox at Fenway, while the A’s hammered the Indians in Cleveland, outscoring the Tribe 30-6 in their 3 game sweep. In other news the White Sox had to put MLB home run leader Jose Abreu on the 15-day disabled list with tendonitis in his ankle.
- DODGERS 7 @ DBACKS 0 (FRI) — LA – Greinke 8 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 6 Ks. Puig 3-5, 2B, HR (8), 2 RBIs. Van Slyke 2-5, 2b, HR (4). AZ – Miley L (4-3) 6 IP, 7 H, 4 ER.
- PADRES 1 @ ROCKIES 3 (FRI) — COL – De La Rosa W (5-3) 7 IP, 1 H, 0 ER. Stubbs 2-4, 2B. LeMahieu 2-4, 2B. SD – Denorfia 2-4, 2B, 3B.
- MARLINS 7 @ GIANTS 5 (FRI) — MIA – Yelich 2-4, HR (5), 4 runs. Dietrich 2-5, HR (5), 2 RBIs. Saltalamacchia 4-5. SF – Sandoval 2-4, 2B, RBI. Morse 2-4.
- TIGERS 1 @ RED SOX 0 (FRI) — DET – Scherzer W (6-1) 6 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 7 Ks. Hunter 2-4, RBI. BOS – Lester L (4-5) 5 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 7 Ks.
- ORIOLES 4 @ ROYALS 0 (FRI) — BAL – Tilman W (4-2) CG, 5 H, 0 ER. Davis 2-3, HR (3). Cruz 2-3, 2 RBI. KC – Guthrie L (2-3) 8 IP, 8 H, 4 ER.
- A’S 11 @ INDIANS 1 (FRI) — OAK – Gray W (5-1) 6 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 9 Ks. Reddick 2-4, 2 HRs (3,4) 6 RBIs. Donaldson HR (10), 3 RBIs. CLE – McAllister 1.1 IP, 5 H 8 ER.
- BLUE JAYS 2 @ RANGERS (FRI) — TOR – Hutchison W (2-3) CG, 3 H, 0 ER. Cabrera 2-run 2B in 8th. TEX – Darvish L (3-2) 8 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 11 Ks.
- RAYS 3 @ ANGELS 0 (FRI) — TB – Archer W (3-2) 5.2 IP, 2 H, 0 ER. Escobar 3-3, HR (3), BB, RBI. ANA – Weaver L (4-3) 7 IP, 3 H, 2 ER.
- MARLINS 5 @ GIANTS 0 (SAT) — MIA – Koehler W (4-3) 7 IP, 4 H, 0 ER. Stanton 2-4, 3B, HR (12). SF – Sanchez 3-3, 2B.
- CUBS 3 @ BREWERS 0 (SAT) — CHI – Jackson W (3-3) 7 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 11 Ks. Castillo 1-3, 2B, 2 RBIs. MIL – Garza L (2-4) 7 IP, 4 H, 3 ER.
- PADRES 8 @ ROCKIES 5 (SAT) — SD – Smith 1-3, HR (4), 2 RBIs. Quetin 1-1, HR (1), 2 RBIs. COL – Tulowitzki 3-4, HR (12). Gonzalez 2-3, 2 2B, 3 RBIs.
- DODGERS 7 @ DBACKS 18 (SAT) — AZ – Goldschmidt 4-5, 2 2B, 2 HR (8,9), 6 RBIs. Pollock 4-6, HR (5), 2 RBIs. LAD – Kershaw L (2-1) 1.2 IP, 6 H, 7 ER.
- A’S 6 @ INDIANS 2 (SAT) — OAK – Donaldson 3-4, 3B, 3 RBIs. Moss 2-3, 2B, HR (9), 3 RBIs. CLE – Tomlin L (2-1) 6 IP, 5 H, 3 ER.
- TIGERS 6 @ RED SOX 1 (SAT) — DET – Porcello W (7-1) 8 IP, 6 H, 1 ER. Cabrera 3-5, HR (7), 2 RBIs. BOS – Bogaerts 2-3, HR (2).
- ORIOLES 0 @ ROYALS 1 (SAT) — KC – Duffy W (2-3) 7 IP, 2 H, 0 ER. Aoki 2-4. Butler 1-4, RBI. BAL – Norris L (2-4) 7.1 IP, 4 H, 1 ER.
- RAYS 0 @ ANGELS 6 (SAT) — LAA – Wilson W (5-3) 9 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 7 Ks. Green 1-3, HR (1), 2 RBIs. TB – Ramos L (1-3) 1.1 IP, 4 H, 4 ER.
- BRAVES 6 @ CARDINALS 5 (SUN) — ATL – Freeman 3-3, HR (8), 3 RBIs. Upton 2-4, 2B, HR (10), RBI. STL – Wong 1-3, 2B, 3 RBIs.
- MARLINS 1 @ GIANTS 4 (SUN) — SF – Vogelsong W (2-2) 7 IP, 5 H, 0 ER. Sandoval 2-4, HR (3), RBI. MIA – Turner L (0-2) 6 IP, 6 H, 4 ER.
- PADRES 6 @ ROCKIES 8 (SUN) — COL – Morneau 2-5, walk-off HR (9), 2 RBIs. Tulowitzki HR (13), RBI. SD – Rivera 2-4, HR (3), 2 RBIs.
- MARINERS 6 @ TWINS 2 (SUN) — SEA – Hernandez W (5-1) 8 IP, 7 H, 2 ER. Saunders 2-4, 2B, 3B, 2 RBIs. Cano 4-5, 2B, RBI. MIN – Plouffe 2-4, 2 RBIs.
- A’S 13 @ INDIANS 3 (SUN) — OAK – Cespedes 2-5, 2B, 5 RBIs. Moss 3-3, 2 2B, 3B, 3 RBIs. Reddick 2-4, 2B, 2 RBIs. CLE – Brantley 2-3, HR (8), 2 RBIs. Bourne 1-3, HR (1).
- RAYS 2 @ ANGELS 6 (SUN) — LAA – Shoemaker W (2-1) 6 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 6 Ks. Pujols 3-4 HR (12), 2 RBIs. TB – Price L (4-4) 6.2 IP, 11 H, 5 ER.
- TIGERS 6 @ RED SOX 2 (SUN) — DET – Hunter 2-5, HR (5), RBI. Martinez HR (10), 2 RBIs. Cabrera 3-4, 2B, 2 RBIs. BOS – Bogaerts 2-4, RBI.
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Byron Nelson Championship (1st Round)
Brenden Todd made an incredible par-save on the 13th hole Sunday when he chipped his ball that was up against a tree left-handed to within 7 feet and then made the par putt. He then went on to win the Byron Nelson Championship by 2 strokes. It was the 1st ever victory on the PGA Tour for Todd in his 77th career start. Canadian Mike Weir, who hadn’t been in contention in a very long time, finished 2nd. Here’s video of Todd’s amazing shot and the rest of the best shots of the week at TPC Four Seasons.
|Pos||Player||To Par||Rd 1||Rd 2||Rd 3||Rd 4||Total|
|T3||Charles Howell III||-10||68||66||69||67||270|
- Miguel Angel Jimenez became the oldest man to ever win on the European Tour when he captured his country’s national championship, The Spanish Open, in a playoff victory on Sunday. The timing of “The Mechanic” could not be any better for Busch League Sports as we had this article, THE MOST INTERESTING GOLFER IN THE WORLD, planned for weeks. Give it a read.
Arsenal came from 2 goals down to beat Hull City 3-2 in extra time in the FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday. It’s the 1st trophy of any kind for Arsenal since their 2005 FA Cup triumph over Manchester United.
ARSENAL 3 HULL CITY 2
- GOALS: (HC) James Chester 4′ (HC) Curtis Davies 8′ (ARS) Santi Cazorla 17′ (ARS) Laurent Koscielny 71′ (ARS) Aaron Ramsey 109′
As a reminder BLS is running a Countdown to the World Cup on a daily basis by bringing you some of the best wives and girlfriends of players involved in Brazil 2014. We are now 23 days away from kickoff, so make sure you countdown with us, as we add to this distinguished list. Countdown: Wags of World Cup 2014.
- The Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) and Michael Sam‘s representation announced Friday night that the documentary series that was set to feature the first openly gay NFL player has been postponed.
- The NFL announced Friday afternoon that Indianapolis Colts linebacker Robert Mathis has been suspended for the first 4 games of the 2014 season because of a violation of the league’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs.
- Michael Phelps cruised to victory in the 100-meter butterfly at the Charlotte Grand Prix, while longtime rival Ryan Lochte watched with a brace on his injured left knee. It was the 1st victory for Phelps since the 2012 Olympics. His time of 52.13 seconds was about a half body-length better than runner-up Pavel Sankovich, a 2012 Olympian from Belarus.
- Novak Djokovic extended his recent dominance over Rafael Nadal by rallying for a 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 victory Sunday to win the Italian Open for the 3rd time. The loss marked the 1st time in a decade that the top-ranked Nadal has lost more than 2 matches on clay in the same year.
- Serena Williams kept the crowd from being a factor in a 6-3, 6-0 victory over 10th-seeded Sara Errani to win the Italian Open also for the 3rd time Sunday. Errani was bidding to become the first Italian to win the tournament in her home country in nearly 30 years.
AMGEN TOUR OF CALIFORNIA
Stage 8 (Pismo Beach to Santa Barbara)
- The world’s best sprinter Mark Cavendish won Stage 8 in an exciting finish and fellow Brit Bradley Wiggins won the 2014 Amgen Tour of California as the 8 day race concluded Sunday.
MONDAY’S NOTABLE GAMES (All Times Pacific)
- NBA Playoffs (Thunder @ Spurs) 6:00 PM TNT
- NHL Playoffs (Rangers @ Canadiens) 5:00 PM NBCSN
- MLB (Tigers @ Indians) 4:00 PM ESPN (Brewers @ Braves) 4:10 PM
When Will The Bass Drop?
The Lonely Island has done it again! Thanks to BLS good pal, Mike Cook, for alerting us to this gem which aired on Saturday Night Live this weekend. Again, perfect timing for Busch League Sports as we just got done talking about knob turning DJs on our latest podcast late last week. Clearly this is poking fun at Avicii as the lettering in the logo is the same that the Swedish superstar uses. Andy Samberg and the Lonely Island never disappoint! Hilarious!
Billboard Music Awards
The Billboard Music Awards Sunday night were mostly forgettable. Justin Timberlake and Lorde were the big winners and JT delivered the highlight of the night with this acceptance speech via satellite.
BLS Mayor Ford Award
Congrats to legendary Californication character Hank Moody who has won the very 1st Busch League Sports Mayor Ford Award. What’s the BLS Mayor Ford Award you ask? Go have a look right here: First Annual Mayor Ford Lifetime Achievement Award – Get Moody
BUSCH LEAGUE SPORTS PODCAST (5-15-14)
There will be a new edition of the Busch League Sports Podcast available tomorrow morning. For now catch up on the past couple episodes you may have missed.. All shows now available for download on iTunes. Kill an hour at work today and have a listen.
The Busch Leaguers drop some “Opinions Under the Influence” on:
- The Preakness Stakes & The Triple Crown
- PGA Tour (Byron Nelson Championship)
- The Homogenization of the PGA Tour
- Donald Sterling
- European Football
- Steve Kerr to GSW Hoops
- The Upcoming Weekly BLS Awards
BLS also offered beer-soaked insights on topics like the InfieldFest at Pimlico, Porta-Potty Hurdles, Swedish DJs, David Duval’s sunglasses, and voyages to South Beach, Miami. You won’t find this kind of expertise anywhere else. Give us a little feedback on twitter @BuschSports or Facebook Busch League Sports.
ENJOY YOUR MONDAY!!!