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

  • How about the Oklahoma City Thunder? After knocking off the Spurs, the Thunder took a 3-1 series lead Tuesday night, thanks to 26 pts from Kevin Durant and a triple-double from “Super” Russell Westbrook.  Game 5 will be in Oakland, but with the way OKC is playing it doesn’t look great for the defending champs.

Westbrook going Super Saiyan

  • Monday night featured a thrilling game four in Toronto that saw the Raptors tie the series at 2. Game 5 is Wednesday is back in Cleveland (gross), can LeBron and the Cavs take advantage of their home court once again? The NBA’s finals ratings definitely hope because a Thunder-Raptors finals is NOT what they pictured before this season. (UPDATE: Um, yes … yes they can)
  • Speaking of the Raptors, center Bismack Biyombo said he “received permission” from former NBA shot blocking star, Dikembe Mutombo, to use his patented finger wag after a block. Mutombo denied that, but said that he “doesn’t need it [permission].” Both big men are natives of the Congo and Mutombo has been outspoken about his support for the 23 year-old in the series against the Cavs.

  • Packer’s running back Eddie Lacy has lost some serious weight after being super fat last season. He worked out with the inventor of P90x and changed his lifestyle as a whole according to his trainers.  Packers’ running back Coach Ben Sirmans says Lacy “got the message” and knew he wasn’t going to get more chances if he didn’t change what he looked like after last season. Will Lacy regain his Rookie of the Year form? Probably, unless he finds a way to put a pound of cheese curds in his body every day before training camp.

  • Bengals’ Pro Bowl tight end Tyler Eifert will miss three months after undergoing foot surgery. He may miss a few games, but claims that he will be ready for Week 1 of the season.  After losing two receivers and a starting offensive tackle in the off-season, it’s moments like these that sometimes I REALLY question being a Bengals fan. This has “setbacks” and “shutdown for the season” written all over it.  (lets out sad sigh of frustration)
  • Jaguars’ first round pick Jalen Ramsey really wanted to be number 23 this season. Problem is, another player has that number.  Ramsey signed a deal with Nike’s Jordan brand and wants Michael Jordan’s number on his football uniform. Safety James Sample is not going to give it to him despite an offer of $30,000.  It’s just a number dude…
  • Raise your hand if you thought Stephen Strasburg would be 8-0 with an ERA under 3.00 while Matt Harvey would have a losing record and an ERA over 6.00 If you raised your hand, you’re probably a Nats fan.
  • Todd Frazier is leading the American League in home runs with 14. The Reds have lost 9 in a row.  And I spend my nights crying myself to sleep!

  • The Pittsburgh Penguins tied up the NHL Eastern Conference finals and forced a game seven with the Tampa Bay Lightning. This has been a great offensive series with the winner of each game scoring 3+ goals and two of those games have gone to OT.  I guess three goals is the magic number for Game Seven.

  • Meanwhile, San Jose closed out the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday and it was quite a series for the Sharks’ offense who tallied 22 goals. All those Warriors fans can become Sharks fans now if the Thunder make it three straight against the defending champs.
  • Pittsburgh running back James Conner announced he is officially cancer-free. The 2014 ACC Player of the Year tweeted out that his body is free of Hodgkin lymphoma just six months after being diagnosed. Give it up for this guy, great story!

  • For all those who are unaware, WE ARE NOW LESS THAN 100 DAYS AWAY FROM FOOTBALL SEASON BABY. Feel free to break into your happy dance however and wherever you see fit.

  • How about Bartolo Colon? He turned 43 years old this week, fired seven innings of one-run ball in a win in Washington, and told Nats’ catcher Wilson Ramos that he wasn’t going to swing at any pitches because his back hurt. He lived up to his word striking out three times looking. Please let Bartolo play forever.

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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!