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Leading things off is the death of Junior Seau. Arguably the greatest linebacker of all-time and greatest defensive player of the 90's, Seau was found dead last Wednesday inside of his Oceanside, California home with a self inflicted gunshot wound to the chest. The San Diego County medical examiner ruled the death a suicide just one day later. Seau's family is considering to allow forensic pathologists to examine his brain to see if there are signs of CTE, Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, a neurological disorder that leads to dementia and may stem from repeated head injuries. In other words, they'll try to determine if Seau's suicide can be linked to the possibly hundreds of concussions he suffered during his 20 year NFL career. The former Charger will be a sure bet first ballot Hall-of-Famer in 2014.
'I'll Have Another' wasn't just the most common phrase spoken on Cinco De Mayo this past Saturday, but was also the name of the winning horsy at the Kentucky Derby. 'I'll Have Another' is a chestnut colt that was ridden by a rookie jockey and is the first out of post number 19 to win the Derby in it's 138 year history. He beat highly favorited Bodemeister by one-and-a-half lengths.
We are one step closer to having a college football playoff. Granted it will only be 4 teams, but hey, it's better than what we have now, right? Maybe. Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany said a four team model is being considered that would give preference to conference champions ranked in the top six. Meaning, instead of just giving the best 4 teams the playoff spots, a number 6 ranked team that wins the Big East could get the nod over a number two ranked team from the SEC. For example, Alabama, who won the national championship this past January ranked number 2 in the country after defeating LSU - who was number 1 and won the SEC ahead of the Crimson Tide. In the new model, it would be likely that Alabama wouldn't have had the shot at the national title game. Nebraska chancellor Harvey Perlman said that 'no system is going to be perfect' and that ' he doesn't think it's possible to pick the two best teams in the country to play. In football that just doesn't work.' he said. Ya, why pick the two best teams to play for the championship? That's wouldn't be just at all.
Now it's time for the speed round, starting with all baseball stuff!
The Angels' Jered Weaver threw the second no-hitter of the season last week against the Twins. Yankees closer Mariano Rivera is out for the season with a torn ACL after falling awkwardly in the outfield while shagging fly balls in a pre-game warmup in Kansas City last week. Cole Hamels admitted to hitting 19 year-old rookie Bryce Harper on purpose after plunking him in the back with a fastball. And Albert Pujols finalllyyyy hit his first home run as an Angel on Sunday in his team's 4-3 win over the Blue Jays. And to finish things off, Brad Keselowski won at Talladega, and the super hot Los Angeles Kings swept the St. Louis Blues to reach the Western Conference finals, as an eight seed.
That's all she wrote folks, well, he wrote. I wrote this. You know what I mean. Thanks for watching. I hope to see you here again next Monday, to get your Sports Fix.