During the first six games of the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals, the Vancouver Canucks have won their three home games by a margin of five goals to two goals, while the Boston Bruins romped in their three home games by a whopping 17-3 advantage. Boston goalie Tim Thomas has allowed only eight shots past him in the first six contests and yet the series is tied 3-3. In total, the Bruins have outscored the Canucks 19-8.
If Vancouver wins Game 7 at home, the Stanley Cup will return to Canada for the first time since 1993.
Throw in Mark Recchi of Boston, who seems to have found the Fountain of Youth at age 43, along with Roberto Luongo, the Vancouver goalie who has been very shaky at times and you have all the makings of a very intriguing deciding game of the NHL finals.
If you thought the NBA playoffs went on for quite a while, you would be right. The Wall Street Journal noted that an alligator could be conceived and born in less time. The 54 days it took to crown Dallas champion is literally more than enough time to produce an alligator.
Hummingbirds can be conceived and born in less time than it takes to complete March Madness or a college football bowl season and the NFL and MLB playoffs last around 28 days or just enough for a peacock to be conceived and born, although not necessarily the NBC version.
Soccer's Champions League goes on for 92-102 days, long enough to produce a snow leopard..
LeBron James' monumental collapses late in games, during the NBA Finals, made it possible for the Dallas Mavericks to win their first-ever NBA Championship. LeBron played scared down the stretch, enabling the Mavs to celebrate their title on Miami's home court.
In the postgame media session, LeBron was asked whether it bothered him that so many people were happy to see him fail and hit another low point.
Last Wednesday night, the CMT Music Awards topped the fourth game of the NHL Stanley Cup Finals by 185,000 viewers or percentage wise the Country Awards drew 7% more viewers. Maybe hockey fans just couldn't find Versus.
Shoppers began to line-up last Wednesday morning at a Walmart in Gainesville, Florida, but the book signing was not scheduled to begin until 6 PM Thursday. One of the first in line was Holly Palmeter, who brought her eleven-year-old grandson with her to get an autograph from her favorite former Gator quarterback Tim Tebow.
"I didn't care if I had to wait a week for that man, "said Palmeter. "He's an inspiration. My grandson has a good role model in Tim. We bought two copies and the wait was well worth it.
Wrestling legend Kurt Angle was in London last week to promote an upcoming grappling tour of the United Kingdom. While there, he announced his plans to attempt to make the US team and compete in the 2012 Olympic Games. The former WWE superstar and current TNA performer won a gold medal in freestyle wrestling at the 1996 Atlanta Games and now hopes to reclaim his spot on the podium at the age of 43, sixteen years after his first medal.
Angle said he has been training for two months and has nine more to train before the US Olympic Trials.
If you still are not sure who will win the NBA championship, a Wall Street Journal study may give you a clue. The Dallas Mavericks players cannot seem to keep their hands off each other and that's a good thing.
Researchers logged every instance of teammates, who could be seen touching one another (high fives, butt slaps, chest bumps, hugs, etc.). In the first three games (period of WSJ research) of the 2011 NBA Finals, the Mavericks led with 250 slaps or taps, almost twice as many as the Heat, who had only 134 instances of televised contact. Tyson Chandler led all players with 90 high fives, while Chris Bosh topped the Heat with 49.
The Boston Red Sox just completed their second consecutive three-game sweep of the Yankees, at Yankee Stadium, and are now 8-1 versus New York this season, having outscored the Yankees 60-37 in the nine games.
Two straight road sweeps of New York, by Boston, last occurred in 1913.
During the Heat’s shootaround, prior to Tuesday’s Game 4 of the NBA Finals, LeBron James was asked if he needed to win the Finals MVP to justify his decision to bolt from Cleveland and sign with Miami.
"That's ridiculous," said James. "I have two MVP trophies sitting in my house back in Ohio and I haven't won anything. It doesn't matter to me."
James is playing like the Finals MVP is irrelevant to him, scoring a total of eleven points during the fourth quarters of the first five games of the series.
One more interesting James related note, a popular basketball proposition involved an over/under of 26 points, as his estimated point total for Thursday’s Game 5. The King would finish well below with only 17.