Sunday night, the Western Conference defeated the Eastern Conference 152-149, in a pretty entertaining NBA All-Star Game from Orlando. Kevin Durant won the game’s MVP, scoring 35 points.
One of the biggest storylines of the night involved Kobe Bryant passing Michael Jordan for the most total points scored in All-Star Game history. Kobe needed 19 points to break the record of 262 points. He finished the game with 27.
In addition, the Lakers legend left Amway Center with a nasal fracture and mild concussion, after getting whacked in the face by Heat superstar Dwyane Wade, while Kobe was driving to the basket. The game was delayed for a minute while trainers attended to his bloody nose.
Friday, knuckleballer Tim Wakefield announced his retirement from the Boston Red Sox. Remarkably, Wakefield pitched until he was 45-years-old and just last season picked up his 200th and final career win.
Wakefield compiled a 200-180 record, during his 19-year career, including 186 wins with the Red Sox (other 14 with Pirates). This achievement places him in good company, as only Roger Clemens and Cy Young have won more games in a Boston uniform, each compiling 192 wins, the most in Red Sox history.
Thursday night, the 14-10 Celtics host the 14-11 Lakers in a TNT nationally televised game. Boston versus LA is arguably the NBA's best all-time rivalry, as these teams have met 12 times in the NBA Finals, with the Celtics winning nine of those meetings.
Lately, the Lakers have gotten the best of the Celtics in Boston, during the regular season, winning three straight and five out of six.
The two teams have combined for a total of 33 NBA titles, with Boston winning 17 and the Lakers winning 16.
Even more amazingly perhaps, the two iconic franchises have combined for 52 total conference championships (LA - 31, BOS – 21).
In the wake of their 21-17 victory versus the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI, the New York Giants have now put themselves in very select company by winning a fourth Super Bowl. New York joins the Cowboys, Packers, Steelers and 49ers as the only NFL teams with at least four Big Game victories.
The Steelers have the most total wins with six.
The Giants now own a total of eight championships in franchise history, including four NFL Championships won prior to the invention of the Super Bowl in 1967.
Sunday night, Tom Brady and Bill Belichick will be making a record fifth Super Bowl appearance as a quarterback/coach tandem. The Pats duo had been tied with Terry Bradshaw and Chuck Noll of the Steelers for the all-time record.
If the Patriots win, Brady will tie Bradshaw and Joe Montana as the only quarterbacks to win four Super Bowls. For Belichick, he would join Noll as the only two coaches to win four Super Bowls.
In addition, Brady will tie John Elway’s record of five Super Bowl starts from the QB position.
Sunday, the New York Giants and New England Patriots will play in Super Bowl XLVI, indoors at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Playing a Super Bowl indoors is not a big deal, as this will be the 14th Big Game played under a closed roof.
However, playing a game in a cold weather city, such as Indianapolis, is much more of a rarity. Of the 46 Super Bowls, this will be only the fourth game played above the Mason Dixon line.
The other three games include two stops in the Detroit area (Pontiac Silverdome in 1982 and Ford Field in 2006) and a visit to Minneapolis’ Metrodome in 1992.
It will be interesting to see what happens when the 2014 Super Bowl is played both in a cold weather city and outdoors, when the game takes place at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.