Today in sports, the world champion Seahawks had their Super Bowl Parade, a team set the new D-League record for three-pointers in a single game, thousands of recruits across the nation signed their letter of intent to play at the college level and continued on their dream towards bigger things, crazy performances happened in college basketball, and hockey had some important playoff jockeying on the fringes.
Hundreds of thousands of notoriously loud Seahawks fans cranked up the volume Wednesday, cheering, chanting and going berserk during a parade and ceremony to celebrate the first Super Bowl victory in the history of the franchise. The mood in Seattle was electrified as the parade featuring the NFL champions began near the Space Needle and made its way to CenturyLink Field, the home of the team. At a ceremony inside the stadium, the team thanked its loyal followers (the 12th Man) capping a day of boisterous celebration that drew an estimated 700,000 revelers to Seattle.
Something terribly unfortunate happened today in the realm of baseball. ESPN baseball analyst and star retired pitcher Curt Schilling who was a huge postseason figure for both the Arizona Diamondbacks and Boston Red Sox franchises, was diagnosed with cancer. This is after his wife had already battled cancer after being diagnosed with stage 2 malignant melanoma in 2001. I hope for the best in his fight against cancer and I believe he can fight it successfully using that same heart he used in that Bloody Sock game where baseball fans everywhere saw just what kind of strong will this guy had.
Blake Griffin had a huge night tonight in a losing 112-116 effort against the Miami Heat with 43 points, 15 rebounds, and 6 assists. LeBron James was the main guy that won that matchup for the Heat as he also put up gaudy numbers with 31 points, 8 rebounds, and 12 assists. Tim Duncan has been on top of his game lately and tonight he finished with 31 points, 11 rebounds, and 5 assists in a 2OT thriller where his Spurs won over the Wizards 125-118. The Lakers had a very small rotation tonight against the Cavaliers where only had 8 different guys out on the court all night. Three starters (R. Kelly, W. Johnson, S. Blake) all finished with over 40 minutes, and Blake had a triple-double with 11 points, 10 rebounds, and 15 assists. The Dallas Mavericks also had a huge win over a Western Conference rival as they took down the Memphis Grizzlies 110-96 Dirk had 26 points and Samuel Dalembert had a double double for the Mavs with 14 points and 10 rebounds.
There was alot of upset potential tonight but only one on of those close calls actually came to fruition as West Virginia took down #21 Oklahoma 91-86 in overtime. Eron Harris was on fire for the Mountaineers with 28 points while his teammate Juwan Staten pitched in with a double double with 20 points, 10 rebounds, and 6 assists. Boise State couldn't quite hold up against mid-major juggernaut San Diego St., while Indiana State also lost their hold on fellow mid-major juggernaut Wichita State. Wichita State and San Diego State held on their 24-0 and 20-1 respective records this time, but teams are getting closer and closer to cracking the code on these two and delivering them those 1st and 2nd losses. Stanford also beat recent Arizona-killer California 80-69 to pull even at 6-4 with them in the Pac-12.
It was a long time waiting for some college coaches to today as they were anxious to pull in those final puzzle pieces to what they are hoping is a successful 2014 season for their respective programs. One particularly antsy coach had to have been new USC coach Steve Sarkisan as he is trying to overcome the sanctions hanging over his program from years past' mistakes and pull in some key pieces under his watch to hopefully get his regime off to a good start. Well he must have been smiling from ear to ear as top uncommitted prospect (#3CB) Adoree' Jackson of California decided to stay in state and play for his Trojans. LSU coach Les Miles also has to feel really good about the future of his offense as he held on to #1 RB commit Leonard Fournette while also getting getting the #1 WR Malachi Dupre to sign there today after a long decision making process where it looked like he might go down to Tallahassee to catch passes from reigning Heisman Winner Jameis Winston. Now the Seminoles might have had time to be down about missing Dupre if they wouldn't have the #2 WR right behind him in Ermon Lane along with already having #6 WR Travis Rudolph. Also, anybody waiting for Baylor's offense to get any less explosive any time soon could be waiting for a while as all four of their best recruits are either a WR (#4 WR KD Cannon, #32 WR Ishmael Zamora, #44 WR Chris Platt) or an ATH that can play WR (#4 ATH Davion Hall). Also they have a great replacement option in place for recently departed Cyril Richardson as they signed the #2 JUCO OT Jarell Broxton (he'll likely slide in at that LG slot though). Alabama as always had a ridiculous signing class with the #1 OT's out of HS and JUCO (Cameron Robinson, Dominick Jackson) along with the #2 DE's out of HS and JUCO Da'Shawn Hand, D.J. Pettway). They also signed the #1 OLB, the #1 OC, the #2 OC, and , most importantly for the recent Tide teams....the #5 kicker. The Virginia Cavaliers had two huge in state signings for their program as they pulled two five star prospects in #1 DT Andrew Brown #1 S Quin Blanding. The Texas A&M Aggies also had a field day with four players who are #1 at their position. The Aggies picked up #1 DE Myles Garrett, #1 ATH Speedy Noil, #1 pocket passing QB Kyle Allen and #1 JUCO OG Jermaine Eluemunor. The Georgia Bulldogs also had to have been happy after keeping #3 DE Lorenzo Carter in state to play for them.
The Stars had a chance to slide into the #8 slot in the Western Conference, as they were just 2 points back of the #8 Canucks and the Canucks and #9 Coyotes were both idle. It's too bad they couldn't take advantage, they fought so hard and got into OT against the Sharks and looked like they had the momentum and then bam the Sharks won 2-1 and it was over. They had to just take their 1 point and stay tied for the #9 spot with the Coyotes and hope they take better advantage next time they have such an opportunity in front of them.
Terrence Williams and the Los Angeles Defenders set a new single-game three point record last night with 26. They beat the Bakersfield Jam 155-140 with four players eclipsing 20 points. It was a very impressive feat as they also shot 52% from behind the arc to do so instead of accomplishing it by sheer volume shooting while shooting 70 times with 37% or something of less efficient matter.