Need some quick odds on the week’s biggest storylines? (“Need” might be an overstatement; kind of want?) You’ve come to the right place. Let’s run through the newsworthiest happenings and transpirings from the world of sports, entertainment, and politics from the last seven days.
The Warriors lost KD to a knee injury, likely for the remainder of the regular season. If Tuesday’s game (a 112-108 loss to the Wizards) was any indication of how the Warriors will fare without KD, things don’t look good. With San Antonio hot on their tails, it’s very possible GS will slip in the standings, especially since they still have to face the Spurs twice.
Home-court advantage is huge for Golden State (26-3 home, 24-7 road). That makes holding onto the one-seed in the West vital. I just addressed the chances of that, above. As for the playoffs, themselves, their prospects hinge on when KD returns. The team is expecting him to be out for at least four weeks, but obviously it could be longer. If he returns after four weeks, he would get to play the last two weeks of the regular season, which would help get him back into form before the playoffs. If he’s out (or ineffective) in the first and second rounds, teams like the Thunder and Nuggets (currently seventh and eighth in the West, respectively) will be thinking upset.
Washington Capitals: 2/7
Minnesota Wild: 1/2
Ottawa Senators: 7/3
Montreal Canadiens: 5/2
LA Kings: 10/1
The NHL trade deadline came and went on March 1st without a lot of big moves. But there were a few clear winners and losers. We’ve already covered the latest Stanley Cup odds, so let’s focus specifically on how the biggest deadline actors (and non-actors) will do in the remainder of the regular season.
Washington and Minnesota both cemented themselves as Stanley Cup contenders when they added Kevin Shattenkirk (WSH) and Martin Hanzel (MIN) respectively. Ottawa, which is nipping at the Canadiens’ heals for tops in the Atlantic, added depth, but nothing that’ll shoot them to the top the Eastern Conference.
Montreal also added a few depth players, but didn’t address the team’s biggest need: a lack of scoring. The acquisition of Steve Ott and Dwight King have fans confused about the identity of the team.
Then there is L.A. The Kings sit about eight points back of a playoff spot and made some big moves, but were they the right ones? Bringing in Ben Bishop when they already have (a somewhat healthy) Jonathan Quick was puzzling; so was shipping off King and keeping Marian Gaborik, who comes with a fat cap hit.
An interesting choice by Dana White for George St. Pierre’s return. GSP hasn’t fought in the octagon since November 2013, and is now slated to face Michael Bisping in a middleweight title fight. There’s no date for the fight yet, but the two will meet for the 185-pound crown later this year.
So what are his chances? Not great. Well, not as good as usual for arguably the best pound-for-pound fighter of all time, anyway. GSP has been out for a while, and has never fought at 185 pounds. Meantime, this is the payday Bisping has been waiting for; expect him to take full advantage of his biggest opportunity to make a name for himself.
Even though it was nearly a week ago, the memory of what happened at this year’s Oscars is still fresh on our minds. PwC revealed accountant Brian Cullinan will not be returning to the show next year, but it wasn’t made clear if he’ll be fired over the whole “wrong-envelope” fiasco.
Cullinan was caught tweeting a picture of Emma Stone shortly after she won Best Actress, meaning it was just moments before Best Picture was announced. The tweet was quickly taken down, but it raises the question: will phones be banned from being backstage next year to avoid distractions?
According to multiple reports, Beatty and Dunaway were heard bickering before the show. Then, although it wasn’t fully their fault, they announced the wrong winner for Best Picture. While Dunaway high-tailed it out of there, Beatty pled his case. Don’t expect to see them grace the Oscar stage together again anytime soon.
Kimmel handled the whole debacle as smoothly as he could, considering he wasn’t near the stage when it all went down. The Academy loves press and people love controversy, so bringing back Kimmel – who evokes memories of the flub, but wasn’t responsible for it – seems like a natural choice. (Hey, it worked for Steve Harvey and the Miss Universe pageant!) But the Oscars don’t like to repeat hosts two straight years and there are a lot of talented people who would love a crack at the gig.
We saw a kinder, gentler Trump when he delivered his first speech to Congress. In what was his most presidential speech yet, Trump promised “a new chapter in American greatness”. While some called his words “inspirational,” it’s not clear if the Trump we saw then will be the Trump we see in the future… or even tomorrow. My guess is that he was simply saying what his advisors convinced him he needed to say, and that he’ll be back to his old self by next week.
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