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.
There has been a ton going on in the sports world as of late, but this week, let’s step away from three of the big four and focus on other points of interest. Yes, we are in the midst of the conference finals in both the NBA and NHL, but I think there is enough out there on those subjects to get you through the week. (I can’t quite bring myself to shun the NFL.)
Here are few items you may have missed, or will be looking forward to watching.
Earlier this week, Tom Brady’s wife, supermodel Gisele Bundchen, told CBS This Morning that Brady has suffered a few concussions throughout his career, including one last year. Brady has never made it public knowledge that he has ever suffered one. It’s no secret that Bundchen wants Brady to retire, something he has always fought, and this might be her latest tack.
Is what Gisele said true and, if so, will Tom ever admit it? Doubtful. He’d be throwing his team and its doctors under the bus.
have to intervene after another “envelope gate” (including a fake one): 1/20
tell at least one joke about Donald Trump: 1/19
bring his kids on stage: 4/1
Jimmy Kimmel is returning as Oscars host! It’s the first time since Billy Crystal hosted in both 1997 and 1998 that an entertainer will repeat as host.
No one could forget this year’s show, where the Best Picture presentation was bungled and given to the wrong winner (La La Land was incorrectly announced as the winner at first before actual winner, Moonlight, was honored). After Kimmel’s return was announced, the late-night talk show host said, “If you think we screwed up the ending this year, wait until you see what we have planned for the 90th anniversary show!” Expect that whole debacle to be relived in some way, shape or form.
So what will he have planned? Now that we know what Kimmel can do, he’ll likely have to set the bar higher. Or will he stick to what he knows best: Trump jokes and interacting with the audience?
Another possibility is to somehow involve his children. He recently made headlines after opening up about his young son’s heart issues. Lots of people (including celebs) sent well wishes and donated to local hospitals, so it would be the perfect opportunity for Kimmel to show off how well his son is doing and potentially garner more donations for a worthy cause.
I guess we’ll find out March 4th!
Wimbledon 2017: 7/1
US Open 2017: 2/1
On Tuesday, Maria Sharapova was denied a wildcard into the French Open solely based on her past. The Russian recently returned from a 15-month doping suspension, and is already paying the price. The president of the French Tennis Federation refused to give her a wildcard entry, saying he has to protect the sport. And it appears Wimbledon will follow suit.
While she has moved her way up the rankings a tad (which has helped her secure a place in a qualifying tournament for Wimbledon) Sharapova will likely need to be issued a wildcard for Wimbledon as well. But will the All England Club want to look more lenient on drugs than Roland Garros?
That leaves the US Open. By that time, Sharapova could very well have earned a spot into the tournament. And she’s determined to do so. In a tweet posted earlier this week, Sharapova said “If this is what it takes to rise up again, then I am in it all the way, everyday.”
No rocket science here. Over the past few days, the odds Always Dreaming will win this year’s Preakness have hovered between 1/1 and 4/5, so I’m going to go right down the middle.
Always Dreaming is an amazing horse that is getting a lot of screen time right now. During this week’s practice, he’s been calm, controlled, and posted a few good times. Taking the second jewel is no easy feat, but he’s a deserving odds-on favorite status. The field isn’t huge (11 horses) and he just cleaned everyone’s clock in the slop at Churchill Downs. (None of the Preakness newcomers who sat out the Derby pose a real threat.)
If Always Dreaming does pull it off Sunday (May 21st), he’d be in line to become the just the second horse since Affirmed in 1978 to win the Triple Crown. The only thing standing in his way is the longest Triple Crown track, the Belmont Stakes (June 10th). But let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves just yet.
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