The NFL draft was this weekend, and the NBA playoffs started this weekend. To get a picture of how obsessed this country is with football: the NFL Draft raked in more viewers than any other Thursday night prime-time television show, and we all know Thursday night prime-time TV is the best TV. What was second to the draft? That’s right: Sports Center. None of us will ever truly get away from the NFL– not even in April.
As for the NBA, America’s Funniest Home Videos got better ratings than the NBA playoffs. This is what happens when you have a lock-out for half the season/Derrick Rose gets injured in the first game of the playoffs. Or maybe this is just what happens when you put the NBA playoffs on TNT.
More NBA news:
- Derrick Rose got injured in the last two minutes of Game 1 of the 76ers/Bulls series. Apparently the Bulls kept their star-player in, despite a 12 point lead late in the game? That doesn’t seem like a good idea. Derrick Rose is done for the post-season and needs surgery on a torn ACL. He’s questionable for the US Olympic team.
- Have you seen many a sad Knicks fan on the dreary streets wearing a limp Jeremy Lin jersey? You have? That’s because the Heat are already annihilating the Knicks in round one. On Monday, the Heat won 104 – 94.
- As for the rest of the playoffs: The Thunder are beating the Mavericks 2 – 0 (Dallas fans don’t care though; they’re still riding a high from last year’s championship win against the Heat). The Clippers upset the Grizzlies. The Spurs are predictably doing just fine. There are other teams, too, I guess.
And the NFL Draft…
- ANDREW LUCK GOT PICKED FIRST IN THE DRAFT BY THE INDIANAPOLIS COLTS? WHAT A SHOCKING UPSET! WHO WOULD HAVE THOUGHT?! Oh, yeah, everybody.
- There was a record eight trades in the first round of the draft. Highlights: the Browns traded up for Alabama running back Trent Richardson, the Jaguars traded up for Oklahoma State receiver Justin Blackmon and the Cowboys traded up for cornerback Morris Claiborne.
- Ah, the week after the draft. Where everyone not good enough to be drafted signs on to be third-string QBs. Like Boise State QB Kellen Moore did with the Lions on Monday!
The rest of sports…
- Tim Tebow was given his first job as a member of the Jets offense last week. Tebow will be utilized on special teams as a punt protector. The Jets say they play to use him 15 – 20 plays a game. Tim Tebow also turned down Kate Upton this week. A feat in and of itself since Kate Upton is the hottest woman on Earth.
- Metta World Peace (aka Ron Artest) elbowed James Harden in the head really, really hard on last Sunday’s Lakers-Thunder game. The elbow came after Artest dunked and earned the Laker an ejection from the game. The entire basketball community is up and arms over the whole thing. Would the entire basketball community be up in arms if Ron Artest wasn’t a showboating dick who records terrible rap-albums and performs painfully obvious publicity stunts to earn further celebrity? Probably not!
- Formerly awesome baseball player Albert Pujols is not as awesome for the Angels as he was for the Cardinals. He ended April with zero homers. Oh yeah, this is after he signed a $240 million deal with the Angels in the offseason. Money doesn’t buy a team.
- 26 year-old gold medal contender, Alexander ale One (Norway) was found dead of cardiac arrest in his bathroom on Monday night. The swimmer was the defending 100 breaststroke world champion.
- The BCS is on the cusp of adopting a four-game playoff! What will we have to complain about then?
- Delmon Young was suspended by the MLB for seven games following his hate crime charge for yelling anti-Semetic epithets at a Detroit hotel.
- Nashville Predators players Alex Radulov and Andrew Kostitsyn will not play in Game 3 against the Phoenix Coyotes because of a “violation of team rules” this weekend. Predators GM David Poile says: “The Nashville Predators have a few simple rules centered around doing the right things.” Apparently, Radulov and Kostitsyn engaged in some “unhealthy” activities this weekend. How salacious!
- In what was maybe the biggest game in Premier League history: Manchester City beat Manchester United 1 – 0 on Monday night.
In NYU news…
- Erin Admen was selected as a USA D-3 Soccer All-Star and will compete in Brazil against top U-22 teams from Rio and San Paulo.