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The Baker’s Dozen: 13 Big Things in Sports this Week

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  • Carlos Beltran hit his 400th home run Sunday in a Yankees win over the White Sox. Hall of Famer?

  • The Cincinnati Reds may not be exceptional at anything this season, but first baseman Joey Votto took a little dig at fans in Philadelphia on Sunday by holding onto a ball he was about to throw into the crowd. I don’t blame him, I still have nightmares about the Roy Halladay playoff no-hitter in 2010 as well.

  • The Chicago Cubs hit their first rough stretch of the season this past weekend, losing three out of their last five games including a disappointing game Sunday against the rival Pirates. A poll was taken around the Windy City asking if Cubs fans were concerned; the most common answer from the survey; “I didn’t know it was baseball season. Go Cubs.”
  • The Oklahoma City Thunder knocked the San Antonio Spurs out of the playoffs in a surprising six-game upset. It brings up three important questions; Was that Tim Duncan’s last NBA game? Is reaching the Western Conference Finals this season enough to keep Kevin Durant in OKC? Can the Thunder pull an upset over the Warriors after three losses to the defending champs in the regular season?
  • Speaking of the Thunder, they started the road to that upset over the Warriors with a Game One win in Golden State on Monday night.  Westbrook had 19 points in the third quarter and the Thunder really dominated the second half.  Can their size finally take down the Warriors offense?  We’ll see, but I’d expect a classic Golden State three-point barrage in Game Two.
  • The Raptors finished off the Miami Heat in impressive fashion to punch a ticket to the Eastern Conference Finals where they will play the Cavaliers. The Raptors are actually 2-1 vs the Cavs this season, but Cleveland is also shooting 46% from three-point range this postseason, THAT’S JUST STUPID GOOD!!!!  The Raptors may miss big man Jonas Valanciunas, but not all that much if Bismack Biyombo keeps on doing this:

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  • The Timberwolves’ Karl Anthony-Towns was crowned Rookie of the Year. The number one overall pick averaged 18 points and 10 rebounds while also leading the team in field goal percentage and blocks.  Craziest thing about KAT’s season is that FEW NOTICED! This kid is unbelievable at age 20. Imagine him in 2-3 years. I am trading in my Anthony Davis Team USA jersey for one with Towns’ name on it.

  • The Atlanta Falcons announced incredibly cheap prices for their new stadium’s concessions which is a genius way to attract Atlanta fans to the stadium since no one in the ATL gives a hoot about the Falcons.
  • The betting lines for some of college football’s biggest games were released over the weekend. Notable match-ups see Alabama as a double-digit favorite over USC, LSU as a ten-point favorite over Wisconsin, and Oklahoma as the favorite in their big game against Ohio State. Just about 100 days until college football season people … we can make it … maybe.
  • Pittsburgh took Game Two of the NHL Eastern Conference Finals and Sidney Crosby scored his first ever playoff overtime goal to tie the series at one game apiece.  This should be a good series that hopefully ends with Pittsburgh losing because I don’t like anything that has to do with that city and I am the one writing this article.

  • But the Western Conference Finals should be a GREAT series! St. Louis held off a last-minute barrage from San Jose to take a 1-0 lead in the series. These teams have a great contrast of styles and should make for a lot of high-scoring and tight, physical games. I really want to see seven games here. The Sharks have been low-key outstanding all year and I just love watching how the Blues beat people up.  I think St. Louis will win in the end, but it’s going to be a DAMN fun series.
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Shake n' Bake is a true sports nerd. Few things make him happier than sitting down with a beer and watching highlights to breakdown games and player's skills. If there is one thing Shake knows it is football and the NFL Draft ranks up there with Christmas and Opening Day. The author of the "Baker's Dozen" isn't just waiting around for weekends in the fall. He's all in on basketball, hockey, baseball, and golf. Shake is going let you know how he feels about something and is about as blunt as it gets so be ready Schmo's!