Josh Helmuth delivers your Sports Fix.
The NHL Stanley Cup playoffs are under-way, and with a couple of big surprises. Well, besides falling glass and illegal head smash hits……The Vancouver Canucks have the number one seed in the west, but are already on the verge of elimination in the first round with another loss to the Kings one-nothing on Sunday to go down three games to nill. And even though their the number 4 seed in the east, the Pittsburgh Penguins have been picked as popular favorites with the return of a healthier Sidney Crosby — they're already down three-nothing to the Flyers. The Blues and leading goaltender Brian Elliot are number two in the west, while the top two seeds in the east are the Rangers and Bruins…….the Bruins defending their title after winning last year's Stanley Cup.
Heartwrenching news out of Italy on Saturday, as word broke that Livorno midfielder Piermario Morosini collapsed and died of cardiac arrest while on the field during a Serie B match at Pescara. He was only 25 years old. It's been less than a month since Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba survived cardiac arrest during a game in England……..
In news that would deserve a 'that's heavy doc' from Marty McFly — the U.S. government will begin its second effort to persuade a jury in D.C. that Roger Clemens lied when he told Congress he never used performance enhancing drugs. Just nine months ago federal prosecutors brought Clemens forward but the effort resulted in a quick mistrial due to the showing of a barred video. Like his generational counterparts Rafael Palmeiro, Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa…..Clemens was once considered a sure first-ballot hall of famer, but now may not see Cooperstown with his career tainted with speculation of steroids and human growth hormone.
Staying in biesbol for the speed round! Giant's closer Brian Wilson will have season ending reconstructive elbow surgery…..we're assuming the beard will stay. The St.Louis Cardinals released their World Series championship rings which included an engraved immortilization of the rally squirrel. And Sunday, April 15th was the not only the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic….but the 65th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier. All players on all teams wore Robinson's number 42 on Sunday to commemorate the hall of famer.
There's your sports update for this glorious week of April. I'll see ya here again next Monday for your Sports Fix!