1. Quick Hits
- Montreal, Pittsburgh and Anaheim win their Stanley Cup playoff series openers.
- The Jets and former Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson have a deal.
- Here’s the Buffalo Bills new logo when Donald Trump buys the team. Sort of.
2. Florida State
If you haven’t done so, I would advise that you read yesterday’s New York Times investigation into the Jameis Winston case at Florida State.
Winston is the star quarterback who led the Seminoles to the National Championship. Along the way he was accused of rape. Please read the story and then draw your own conclusions on how seriously the charge was investigated by the University and local police.
3. Opening Night
This was the opening tease on CBC last night for Hockey Night in Canada. In 3 minutes it tells you everything you need to know about hockey. The tradition, the skill, the excitement. But unfortunately they also chose to emphasize the violence. After watching the tape, is there any wonder why so many players have brain issues later in life?
All the players wore #42 the other day for Jackie Robinson Day, the 67th anniversary of Jackie breaking the color barrier. Cue a great Vin Scully story. It’s worth sitting through the commercial.
5. You Betcha
It’s not enough to pick who will win games, the St. Louis Rams are offering $100-thousand if you can exactly predict their 2014 schedule. The Buffalo Bills have a similar contest offering season tickets for life as a prize. (No jokes about that being a life sentence.) What’s next, correctly pick every round of the draft? Guess which uniform colors the team will wear all season? How many replay challenges by the coach? And by the way, the NFL doesn’t think that gambling has anything to do with its success.
Happy Birthday: Former pro wrestler “Rowdy” Roddy Piper. 60.
Bonus Birthday: Actress Jennifer Garner. 42.
Today in Sports: Mickey Mantle hit a homer in Washington that gave birth to the phrase “tape-measure homer.” 1953.
Bonus Event: The Joey Bishop Show debuts (with Regis Philbin as his sidekick) on ABC to compete with Johnny Carson. It lasted two and a half years. 1967.
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