Josh Helmuth delivers your Sports Fix!
We're kicking things off with the NFL Draft – possibly the highest rated sporting event that has nothing to do with an actual game being played…. As expected, The Colts took Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck at number one overall, and the Redskins took Baylor Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Robert Griffin the third at number two overall. The other most talked about picks in the first round include Alabama running back Trent Richardson at number 3 to the Browns, Oklahoma state wide receiver Justin Blackmon to the Jaguars at number 5, LSU corner Morris Claiborne to the Cowboys at six, Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill went to the Dolphins at eight, and 28-year-old QB Brandon Weeden leaves Okie state to join the Browns — he got taken at number 22 overall.
The NBA playoffs are underway…and from the looks of it we're going to have some shortened rosters…or teams full of mummies…either way, there's going to be lots of tape involved. Guys are banged up. Already out for the rest of the playoffs with torn ACLs include the Bulls' Derrick Rose and the Knicks' Iman Shumpert. And Caron Butler of the Clippers is now out indefinitely after suffering a fractured left hand in his team's dramatic 27-point comeback against the Grizzlies Sunday night. Good news is NBA scoring champion, Kevin Durant and Lebron James ARE healthy… don't be surprised to see a Thunder v. Heat NBA Finals folks……
And almost one month of Major League Baseball is finally complete….and the two-hundred-and-fifty million dollar man, Albert Pujols, still doesn't have a home run– making it arguably the most expensive slump in MLB history. Now, good ol' Pooey will hit a home run eventually…he has to ….right? But just days ago, the first baseman went through the longest hitless stretch of his career at 21 at-bats, and has now gone 113 at bats without a homer dating back to last year. Here's a fun filled stat: Since 1974, only five men have began a season with 400 or more home runs and failed to homer in their first 80 at-bats, that includes WIllie McCovey, Carl Yastrzemski, Eddie Murray and Ken Griffey Jr…and now Pujols…..now here's the REAL fun fact…. of that group, not one averaged more than 16 home runs per season for the remainder of their careers. Pujols isn't worried, Angels fans are…and Cardinals fans…….(smile)…….
Calvin Johnson beat out Cam Newton in the vote to be on the cover of Madden NFL 13. Rafael Nadal made history by becoming the first player in the Open Era to win two tournaments seven times after beating David Ferrer in the Barcelona Open on Sunday. And Chad Dawson won his rematch against Bernard Hopkins on Saturday night, getting back the title of WBC light heavyweight champion after a 12-round majority decision.
That's your sports update for this week. Thank you so much for watching. I'll be back next Monday, so be sure to stop by again for your Sports Fix.