Josh Helmuth delivers the top sports stories of the week.
Jumping right in, I'll Have Another. It's a horse, which is the greatest name for one. By the way, what were you thinking? He won the second leg of the triple crown on Saturday after finishing first at the Preakness. After winning the Kentucky Derby as well, I'll Have Another will try to become the first horse to win all three major races since Affirmed in 1978, when he competes in New York at the Belmont Stakes on June 9th. I'll Have Another defeated favorite Bodemeister in both races thus far and won by 1 1/2 lengths in the Derby and by a neck in the Preakness, the exact same margins Affirmed posted over his rivals during his wins 34 years ago. The bad news is that this is the 12th Triple Crown try since 1978, with the last 11 horses failing to win the third race of the trifecta. But hopefully, I'll Have Another will get his request.
Moving to the NBA Playoffs. Just about all hell broke loose in Miami, with the Heat feeling just that, and a lot of it, after Miami got demolished in game 3 in Indiana, further proving that the Heat could be in serious trouble without Chris Bosh, who is out with an abdominal injury. Game 4, well that was a different story. LeBron James dropped 40, who along with teammate Dwyane Wade, combined for 70 of their team's 101 points. Oh, and James also added 18 rebounds and 9 assists in their Game 4 win. The series is now tied 2-2 and if it goes 7 games, game 7 would be in Miami. The winner of the series will be in the conference championship against either Philadelphia or Boston.
And out west, the San Antonio Spurs, who says they're too old? They completed their sweep of the Clippers on Sunday for their ticket to the Western Conference finals. It is 18 straight games the Spurs have won, sporting a perfect 8-0 playoff record so far. The Spurs will play the winner of the Thunder/ Lakers series, one in which Oklahoma City is up 3 games to 1.
And to close, how about some fun-filled facts? Here's a future trivia answer for ya. A 1920 New York Yankees jersey worn by the Great Bambino, Babe Ruth, sold for more than 4.4 million dollars at an auction on Sunday. To put that into perspective, you could buy about 73 brand new Corvettes for that price. But hey, these are the threads of Babe Ruth here! It is the earliest known uniform worn by baseball's all-time greatest player, and now sets a record for any sports memorabilia item ever sold. The jersey, that was bought by Lelands.com, has been on display for years at the Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum in Baltimore, and was worn shortly after Ruth was sold to the Yankees by the Boston Red Sox for $100,000 dollars following the 1919 season.