The Lowdown: Coach “Pop”, Tony Parker, NFL sack record, Bryce Harper and more
Just like that, it’s Wednesday, and here is THE LOWDOWN!
The San Antonio Spurs manhandled the Miami Heat in game 3. LeBron, Wade, and everyone’s favorite prehistoric power forward, Chris Bosh, were all less-than-impressive in the blow-out loss on the Spurs home floor. The 113-77 beating by the veteran Spurs was the obvious story last night, but the fact that Tony Parker got a bit banged up and will undergo an MRI this morning to see if it’s simply cramping, or something more severe. For the Spurs’ sake, hopefully it’s something minor, and won’t require Parker to miss any time. (Beyond The Buzzer)
Speaking of the Spurs, and their French-born star point guard, San Antonio head coach, and future hall of famer, Greg Popovich, claims that foreign players are “harder working” than American players. So, does “Pop” have a point here, or is he simply blowing smoke? (Pass The Pill)
Last little tidbit on the San Antonio Spurs (I promise). The Spurs made 673 three-pointers in last night’s win over the defending champs (no really, they drained an NBA Finals RECORD, 16 shots from beyond the arc). Here is a video recap of all 16 from deep.
(Video courtesy of Eye On Basketball)
So… We all know that the NFL’s single-season sack record stands firm at 22.5 sacks. This record is held by New York Giants former DE, and co-host of LIVE With Kelly And Michael, Michael Strahan. Well, before your start thinking that record (set back in 2001) has a chance of making it through the 2013 season, you better start thinking again. Carolina Panthers defensive end, Greg Hardy, a third-year player, who is coming off an 11-sack season, says that his ” goal for this year” is “50 sacks”. Sure, whatever you say, pal. And if you believe that, then I have some magic beans to sell you. (Helmet2Helmet)
Bryce Harper does NOT appreciate the DL (go frickin figure!). In fact, Harper had just received a round of cortisone and PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) injections on Monday. (Nats Enquirer)
I want to play already! Can’t sit here and watch my boys out there! Miss being on the field! #DLsucks
— Bryce Harper (@Bharper3407) June 12, 2013
Former Orlando Magic, and Los Angeles Lakers great, Shaquille O’Neal, has shockingly taken (another) shot at soon-to-be free agent center, Dwight Howard. This most recent shot at Dwight comes in the wake of Chauncey Billups saying that Blake Griffin is “too nice” on First Take earlier this week. Shaq has essentially recycled what Chauncey said, but instead of firing the insult gun at Blake Griffin, Shaquille aimed and fired at his favorite target… Dwight Howard. (ESPN LA)
This is what the big fella had to say:
“I’m a connoisseur of giggling and playing and all that … but when I cross that line, I’m ready to tear your face off. … He’s just too nice. If I was him, I would get into the same mood I was in.”
Johnny Football (Johnny Manziel) has boarded the “We Hate Tim Tebow” train. The train currently sits at full capacity. The Texas A&M quarterback said “I would hope that I’m a better passer than Tim Tebow,”. This comment was made on ESPN’s First Take. Tebow has recently taken his talents to New England and the 40-minute loops of “all Tebow, all the time” have started back up on networks such as ESPN. (Fox Sports Southwest)
Here it is, the moment you’ve all been waiting for. Sports-Kings daily Lockdown lady of the day. Paulina Gretzky: