Archive for May 15th, 2013

WATERCOOLER CHAT: PACERS CRUISE ON TO VICTORY BUT FEW FANS, SPURS D TOO STRONG, FIGHTING IRISH CALLED CHICKENS

BASKETBALL

In the NBA, it was Game 4 between the New York Knicks and the Indiana Pacers.  The Knicks desperately needed to steal a win on the road if they wanted to stay alive in this series.  Plus, everybody was expecting a New York/Miami showdown, but with the way the Knicks have played lately, that is looking less and less likely.  Interesting enough, even though the Pacers are playing fantastic right now, their attendance in the playoffs has been lackluster.  There were plenty of tickets left at face value on all levels.  That’s a big problem in sports right now — nobody wants to be bothered to go to the games.  But in the game, the Pacers kept on cruising, and crushed the Knicks to take a 3-1 lead in the series.  The Pacers are the only team left in the playoffs who hasn’t lost a home game.  Indiana 93, NY Knicks 82.

Then, it was the much anticipated game between the Golden State Warriors and the San Antonio Spurs.  The series moved back to San Antonio, where the Spurs definitely needed to grab the win.  The pressure was on them.  But if they wanted to win, they would need to contain Warriors star guards Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson.  Problem is that when you live and die by your jump shot, it can be a rough night when you’re not shooting well.  The Warriors kept it close, but the Spurs defense was too strong in the 4th quarter, and they were able to contain Curry.  Tim Duncan had his 143rd career double-double as the Spurs took a 3-2 lead in the series.  Now it heads back to the Bay Area for Game 6.  San Antonio 109, Golden State 91.

FOOTBALL

Finally, in some controversy in college football, the long-time rivalry between Notre Dame and Michigan might be coming to an end.  With the college football 4-team playoff upon us (something very new in college football), every team is doing what  they can to have the best chance of making that playoffs, which means taking off their schedule certain games that could cause a loss.  Notre Dame doesn’t belong to a conference, so they usually have a pretty difficult schedule with some national powerhouses (e.g. Michigan, USC, Michigan State), that normally doesn’t affect their playoff standings.  Now, it looks like they plan to end their games against Michigan.  Michigan is now climbing back to national prominence, and Notre Dame knows that losing against them could seriously harm their agenda to always be in the Final 4.  Michigan coach Brady Hoke has called the Fighting Irish ‘chicken‘ for not playing.

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