BLS Water Cooler Cram Session 5/5/14

Updated: May 5, 2014

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 dominant!

California Chrome dominant!

California Chrome made it look easy on Saturday, pulling away down the stretch to win the 140th Kentucky Derby by 1 3/4 lengths. The 3-year-old, who has won all four of his starts this year, is the 1st California-bred horse to win the Derby since Decidedly in 1962. Chrome ran 1¼ miles in 2:03.66  and was sent off as the 5-2 favorite by the crowd of 164,906, the second-largest in the Derby’s 140-year history. Commanding Curve, a 37-1 shot, rallied for 2nd, with Danza 3rd. Wicked Strong was 4th and Samraat finished 5th. Jockey Victor Espinoza won his 2nd Kentucky Derby (he rode War Emblem to victory in 2002). “This horse has so much talent,” Espinoza said. “By the three-eighths pole I knew that was it. I could see other horses struggling a little bit, and he was just smooth.” Art Sherman became the oldest trainer ever to win the Kentucky Derby at the age of 77. “He gave me biggest thrill I’ve ever had in my life,” Sherman said after the race . California Chrome will not ship back to the West Coast before the Preakness. Sherman said he will stay in Louisville for a week before shipping to Baltimore.

Owners Perry Martin of Yuba City, California and Steve Coburn from Reno, Nevada bred an $8,000 mare to a $2,500 stallion to produce the winner of the world’s most famous race. In 2008, Coburn became part of a 15-partner syndicate for a small filly named Love the Chase. They put down $3,900 for a 5 percent stake. Love the Chase flopped as a thoroughbred and the majority of the partners wanted to cut their losses and offered the horse to Coburn for $8,000. Perry also became interested in the horse, so they bought the horse together having never met. When the new partners finally met to sign ownership papers they had to come up with a race name. They opted for DAP Racing, short for “Dumb Ass Partners,” which stemmed from the majority of partners thinking they were “dumb asses” for investing in the horse. Coburn and Martin are now laughing their “dumb asses” off. “This is just a dream come true and a great birthday present,’“ said Coburn, who turned 61 on Saturday. We now wait 2 weeks until the Preakness Stakes in Baltimore to see if California Chrome can add the 2nd leg of the Triple Crown. The last horse to successfully win the Triple Crown was Affirmed in 1978. California Chrome will attempt to take the next step at Pimlico Race Course May 17, on NBC.

This $2 exacta cashed!!

This $2 exacta cashed!!

I was one horse away from hitting a $1 superfecta which would have paid out $7,600. So Close!! We did have one winner at Busch League Sports Sacramento headquarters as Andrea Williams hit a $2 exacta that paid out $340!! Congratulations to her! Here’s how we called the stretch at BLS Sacramento and also the winning ticket from Cal Expo.



NBA PLAYOFFS (For Box Scores Click Here)

We had 5 series-deciding game 7s in the NBA this weekend, the most ever for a single playoff round and tied for the most in any single postseason with 3 rounds still to go. For the most part, the games did not live up to the hype. The best game and finish of the weekend actually was game 6 in Portland.



Damian Lillard hit an unbelievable, buzzer beating, deep 3-pointer off an in bounds play with .9 seconds left (video below from Busch League Sports Instagram) to give Portland a 99-98 victory in Game 6 on Friday night that propelled the Blazers to the Western Conference semifinals for the first time in 14 years. It looked like Houston was going to force a game 7 when Chandler Parsons scored on a reverse lay-up with 0.9 seconds left to give Houston a 2-point lead, but then Lillard, who finished with 25 points, became the 1st player to make a buzzer-beating shot to win a playoff series since John Stockton’s 3 that led Utah over Houston in 1997’s Western Conference finals, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. LaMarcus Aldridge led the Blazers with 30 points and 13 rebounds. James Harden led the Rockets on Friday night with 34 points and Dwight Howard added 26 points and 11 rebounds.

The Portland Trail Blazers tweeted out this great photo after the win in a tribute to the last coach who led them to the NBA title, The Late Dr. Jack Ramsay.



The battle for California was physical all series.

The battle for California was physical all series.

Blake Griffin scored 24 points and Chris Paul added 22 points and 14 assists as the Clippers beat the Golden State Warriors 126-121 in Game 7 on Saturday night to win their 1st-round playoff series. It marks just the 3rd playoff series win in 38 years for the Clippers, who impressively kept their focus on the court even with all the Donald Sterling madness happening off of it. Stephen Curry had 33 points and 9 assists for the Warriors who were actually leading with 2:10 left in Game 7. Draymond Green added 24 points for Golden State. It’s well-known that these 2 teams do not care for each other and it got heated after the game in the tunnel.  Multiple sources who were present for the altercation indicate the incident began when Warriors players heard someone they believed to be a Clippers assistant coach loudly saying how quiet it was in the Warriors’ locker room. When Warriors players came out, there were no coaches present but a shouting match between players from both teams soon ensued in the tunnel. It never got physical but it was heated enough that police and security had to be called to calm the situation, according to ESPN.


  • RAPTORS  83 @ NETS  97  (FRI) (TIED 3-3) — BKN – Williams 23 pts. TOR – DeRozen 28 pts.
  • SPURS  111 @ MAVERICKS  113  (FRI) (TIED 3-3) — DAL – Ellis 29 pts, Nowitzki 22 pts. SA – Parker 22 pts, 6 asts.
  • HAWKS  80 @ PACERS  92  (SAT) (IND WINS 4-3) — IND – George 30 pts, 11 rebs, Stephenson 19 pts. ATL – Millsap 15 pts, 17 rebs.
  • GRIZZLIES  109 @ THUNDER  120  (SAT) (OKC WINS 4-3) — OKC – Westbrook triple double (27, 10, 16), Durant 27 pts. MEM – Gasol 24 pts.
  • NETS  104 @ RAPTORS  103  (SUN) (BKN WINS 4-3) — BKN – Johnson 26 pts, Thornton 17 pts. TOR – Lowry 28 pts.
  • MAVERICKS  96 @ SPURS  119  (SUN) (SA WINS 4-3) — SA – Parker 32 pts, Ginobili 20 pts. DAL – Nowitzki 22 pts.


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NHL PLAYOFFS (For Coverage Click Here)


Derick Brassard beat Marc-Andre Fleury 3 minutes and 6 seconds into overtime but the referee did not see the puck go in the top of the net, so Benoit Pouliot bizarrely did the same thing seven seconds later. After review, the Brassard goal actually ended up being the game winner and the Rangers stunned the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-2 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals Friday night. Pouliot and Brad Richards gave the Rangers an early 2-0 lead. Henrik Lundqvist stopped 34 shots and stuffed a late Pittsburgh breakaway in the final seconds of regulation. Lee Stempniak and James Neal scored for the Penguins. Fleury made 24 saves but was helpless on the winner.

  • WILD  2 @ BLACKHAWK  5  (FRI) (CHI LEADS 1-0) — CHI – Bickell 2 goals, Crawford 30 saves. MIN – Brodziak goal.
  • CANADIENS  3 @ BRUINS  5  (SAT) (TIED 1-1) — BOS – 5 different goal scorers, Rask 25 saves. MTL – Vanek 2 goals.
  • KINGS  3 @ DUCKS  2  in OT (SAT) (LA LEADS 1-0) — LA – Gaborik 2 goals, Quick 33 saves. ANA – Selanne goal.
  • WILD  1 @ BLACKHAWKS  4  (SUN) (CHI LEADS 2-0) — CHI – Saad 2 goals, Crawford 18 saves. MIN – McCormick goal.
  • RANGERS  3 @ PENGUINS  0  (SUN) (TIED 1-1) — NY – Malkin, Letang, Jokinen goal each, Lundqvist 32 saves.


MLB (For Box Scores Click Here)

San Francisco Sweep in Atlanta


Crawford and Bumgarner dominated Sunday.

Crawford and Bumgarner dominated Sunday.

Shortstop Brandon Crawford delivered the first multi-homer game of his career and left-hander Madison Bumgarner continued the Giants’ dominant pitching in a 4-1 victory Sunday at Turner Field. It was San Francisco’s first sweep in Atlanta since 1988. Amazingly, San Francisco did not have a hit with a runner in scoring position in the entire series, but still won 3 straight over Atlanta. The Giants rode strong starting pitching and 7 home runs over the weekend to a 5 game winning streak and a NL West leading 20-11 record.



  • GIANTS  2 @ BRAVES  1  (FRI) — SF – Lincecum W (2-1) 6 IP, 1 ER, Pagan (3) & Morse (7) HRs. ATL – Heyward 3-5.
  • BREWERS  2 @ REDS  0  (FRI) — MIL – Peralta W (4-1) 8 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 7 Ks, 2-3, 2B, 2 RBIs.
  • WHITE SOX  5 @ INDIANS  12  (FRI) — CLE – Santana 2-4, 2B, HR (4), 2 RBIs, Brantley 3-5, HR (5), 3 RBIs. CHI – Abreu HR (11)
  • RAYS  10 @ YANKEES  5  in 14  (FRI) — TB – Price ND 7 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 8 Ks, 5 run 14th. NY – Jeter 0-7.
  • A’S  1 @ RED SOX  7  (FRI) — BOS – Buchholz W (2-2) 6.1 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, Pedroia 2-3 GS HR (1), 4 RBIs.
  • ORIOLES  3 @ TWINS  0  (FRI) — BAL – Jimenez W (1-4) 7.1 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 10 Ks, Cruz 2-4, 2B, HR (8), 2 RBIs. MIN – Nolasco L (2-3) 9 IP, 3 ER.
  • GIANTS  3 @ BRAVES  1  (SAT) — SF – Vogelsong W (1-1) 6 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, Belt (8), Morse (8), Posey (7) HR each.
  • DODGERS  9 @ MARLINS  7  in 11  (SAT) — LA – Puig 2-6, HR (4), 3 RBIs, Crawford 2-run HR (1) in 11th. MIA – Ozuna 2-6 HR (5), 3 RBIs.
  • BREWERS  2 @ REDS  6  (SAT) — CIN – Cueto W (3-2) 8 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 10 Ks, Phillips 3-4.
  • METS  10 @ ROCKIES  11  (SAT) — COL – 2 runs in 9th, Culberson pinch-hit walk off HR (1), Arenado 2-5, 2B, HR (5), 4 RBIs.
  • RAYS  3 @ YANKEES   9  (SAT) — NY – Tanaka W (4-0) 7 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, Teixeira 2-4, HR (5), 3 RBIs. TB – Loney 3-4, 2B.
  • A’S  3 @ RED SOX  6  (SAT) — BOS – Lester W (3-4) 8 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 15 Ks. Ortiz (6), Gomes (3) HR each.
  • NATIONALS  0 @ PHILLIES  1  (SUN) — PHI – Hernandez W (2-1) 7.1 IP, 4 H, 0 ER. ATL – Gonzalez L (3-2) 7.1 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 7 Ks.
  • DODGERS  4 @ MARLINS  5  (SUN) — MIA – Fernandez ND 7 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 10 Ks, Stanton, 2-3 2 HRs (9,10).
  • A’S  3 @ RED SOX  2  in 10  (SUN) — OAK – Gray ND 6 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, Cespedes 2-5, 2B, 2 RBIs.
  • WHITE SOX  4 @ INDIANS  3  (SUN) — CHI – Abreu HR (12) Leads MLB. CLE – Kluber ND 8 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 13 Ks.


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Title Chase


Manchester City got a massive win at Goodison Park to remain in the driver’s seat for the Premier League title. Sergio Aguero was hurt again in the 1st half but he managed to score in the 22nd minute before he came off. Edin Dzeko scored just before the half and right after halftime and Man City was able to hold off Everton in the final minutes for the win. Man City is now tied at 80 points with Liverpool at the top of the table but Man City has an 9 goal lead on goal differential. They play vs Aston Villa Wednesday.

  • CHELSEA  0  NORWICH CITY  0  (SUN) — Chelsea 1 point behind Man City and Liverpool.


Cardiff City and Fulham will be relegated. Norwich City looks to be joining them, as Sunderland needs 1 point in 2 games to secure their place in the Premier League next season.



Title Chase


Barcelona dropped points against near the bottom of the table Getafe, giving up a 2nd half stoppage time goal for the draw. They now sit 3 points behind leaders Atletico Madrid but have a substantial lead on Atletico in goal differential. The 2 play each other in 2 weeks, the final game of the season. That game should be massive in determining the La Liga title.


Atletico gave both Real Madrid and Barcelona slight title hopes with a loss at Levante on Sunday. There may have been a slight hangover from the excitement of getting to the Champions League final this past week with a win at Chelsea. It’s simple from here on out for Atletico; win their last 2 games and they are the champions of La Liga.


Cristiano Ronaldo scored what probably is the goal of the season in La Liga with a magnificent back-heel volley in stoppage time to get Real Madrid a draw on Sunday. The video of the goal below is a must watch. Real Madrid needs Atletico Madrid to drop points in at least 1 of their last 2 games as they are 6 points ahead, with Real holding 1 game in hand. Atletico and Real Madrid will meet for the Champions League final in 3 weeks.


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 37 days away from kickoff, so make sure you countdown with us, as we add to this distinguished list. Countdown: Wags of World Cup 2014.






Floyd Mayweather won a majority decision over Marcos Maidana of Argentina on Saturday night before a sold-out crowd of 16,268 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. The bout unified welterweight world titles. The fight may have been the toughest of Mayweather’s undefeated professional career as Judges Burt Clements (117-111) and Dave Moretti (116-112) both scored the fight in Mayweather’s favor, while Michael Pernick had the bout deadlocked at 114. The decision elicited booing from the crowd which was filled with Argentine fans supporting Maidana. “I definitely think I won this fight,” Maidana said “Floyd did not fight like the man I expected him to,” Maidana added, according to Showtime. “He made me change the gloves. I had bigger gloves and everything and I still gave him a fight.” Mayweather retorted, “He was the guy holding me with one hand and hitting me with the other. I thought I was a boxer and he was a WWE wrestler.” The 30-year-old Argentine Maidana, threw an incredible 858 punches and landed 221, Mayweather threw fewer punches, 426, than Maidana but landed more, 230.



Wells Fargo Championship (Quail Hollow Club)

That's what's up Holmes!

That’s what’s up Holmes!

More than two years after going through brain surgery, J.B. Holmes is a winner again on the PGA TOUR. Holmes made a 3-foot bogey putt for a 1-under 71 and a one-shot victory over Jim Furyk in the Wells Fargo Championship. Furyk finished 2nd after shooting Sunday’s best round, a 65.  Holmes, always one of the longest hitters on tour, was diagnosed in 2011 with structural defects in the cerebellum known as Chiari malformations. He has had surgery twice: once to remove a piece of his skull and another because of an allergic reaction to the adhesive on the titanium plate at the base of his skull. What a great comeback story for the man from Kentucky!



Aaron’s 499 (Talladega Superspeedway)

Denny Does Dega!

Denny Does Dega!

In his 300th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start, Denny Hamlin overtook Kevin Harvick coming to the white flag to win the Aaron’s 499 at Talladega Superspeedway. The 45th spring race at the 2.66-mile superspeedway finished under caution, as a multi-car incident initiated behind the leaders as the white flag waved. As usual at Talladega, the race was filled with crashes and pile-ups. The win was Denny’s 1st at a restrictor-plate track and virtually ensured him a berth into the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. “We really just want to win races — regardless of what implications this means for the Chase,” Hamlin said. “It feels good to be back in Victory Lane. (We) just strategically saw that things were getting a little heavy there in the middle part of the race … and we were able to avoid (a wreck) and just play our cards right and make the right strategy.”




  • Stay tuned in to Busch League Sports for NFL draft coverage leading up to the 1st round on Thursday and then subsequent rounds next weekend. We will have a Busch Leaguer on hand in New York on Thursday for all the behind the scenes action.



  • JAMEIS WINSTON was reinstated to the Florida State baseball team less than a week after being suspended for shoplifting. He completed his 20 hours of community service and missed the 3 game series against Minnesota. Florida State swept the series anyway.
  • Top-seeded Loyola of Chicago beat 3rd-seeded Stanford 3-1 on Saturday night for the Ramblers’ first NCAA men’s volleyball title.
  • BYU won its 3rd consecutive National Championship in Rugby this past weekend giving them their 5th title overall. They beat Cal in the final for the 2nd year in a row, the final score was 43-33.



  • Barclays Premier League (Crystal Palace vs Liverpool) 12:00 PM NBCSN
  • NBA Playoffs (Wizards @ Pacers) 4:00 PM TNT (CLIPPERS @ THUNDER) 6:30 PM TNT
  • NHL Playoffs (Penguins @ Rangers) 4:30 PM NBCSN (Kings @ Ducks) 7:00 PM NBCSN
  • MLB (Dodgers @ Nationals) 4:05 PM (Rangers @ Rockies) 5:40 PM



Johnny Weir owns Churchill Downs

As predicted, BLS favorite Johhny Weir absolutely killed it at the Kentucky Derby. Like California Chrome, Johnny has the momentum of a runaway freight train that can’t be stopped. We at BLS can’t wait for NBC to trot Johnny (and Tara Lipinski) out again to cover fashion at a sporting event. Maybe the U.S. Open at Pinehurst in June, NBC? Those stiffs on the PGA Tour could use a little Johnny and Tara in their lives. Just watch the video below, ’nuff said.


A musical match?

A musical match?

Katy Perry and Diplo?

Apparently Katy Perry and BLS favorite Diplo are an item? The 2 were 1st spotted hanging out at Coachella last month and then last week they made an appearance at a movie premiere in New York City. We at BLS don’t see this one lasting long. Diplo is too good for Perry. Diplo continues to deliver great tracks with his group Major Lazer (and his side project Jack U with Skrillex), while Perry delivers failed relationships. She was previously married to Russell Brand and split from her last serious boyfriend John Mayer earlier this year after 18 months of dating. Diplo’s mom did seem overly excited about the couple in a recent interview though, so who knows? Diplo remains one of the highest paid DJs on the planet and one of our favorite artists at Busch League Sports. Who could forget the anthem of 2013 he delivered us? Bu-Bu-Bu-Bu-Bu-Bu…..