The Stack is here on a very special two-month anniversary Friday and there are a few things to talk about including the playoffs so let's get right to it and see what made "the stack" for today, Friday, May 17:
Knicks stay alive, Spurs close out Warriors
The New York Knicks' season is not done quite yet. Guided by Carmelo Anthony's game high 28 points, the Knicks staved off elimination by beating the Indiana Pacers 85-75. The Knicks still trail 3-2 in the series. The Pacers were hurt before the game even began when they decided to sit guard George Hill who had a concussion. Doesn't sound like it is too serious, but the Pacers need Hill. He adds another weapon to their team. No reason to panic in Indiana. They'll come back home where they are far more comfortable and they'll knock off the Knicks in six. Good win for the Knicks, but they haven't shown enough in this series to tell me and most of America that they'll beat Indiana.
The Cinderella story has ended for the Golden State Warriors. The most interesting team remaining in the western conference was ousted by the San Antonio Spurs 94-82, ending their season. The Spurs didn't look like themselves the first two games of the series, but looked very good the last four. They were the veteran team in the series and their playoff experience paid off. Tough to see the Warriors go. They were a fun bunch to watch. The injury to Steph Curry really affected them. They'll be back next year. They have a lot of young talent on that team and Mark Jackson is a great coach. Spurs now play the Memphis Grizzlies in the western conference finals.
Bruins win another overtime game, Kings stage comeback victory
Boston's amazing come-from-behind overtime win against the Toronto Maple Leafs in game 7 of the first round won't soon be forgotten. They played another classic last night in the first game of their series with the New York Rangers, pulling out another overtime victory, this time 3-2. Both goalies played well, but both teams left a few goals out on the ice. Numerous posts and cross bars were hit, but the better team won. The Bruins were sharper, they were more aggressive and they played one of their best games of the season. This is going to be a very physical series and one that goes the distance or close to it I feel. Both teams are very evenly matched. And the hero of Monday night, Patrice Bergeron, assisted on the game-winner to Brad Marchand. Great game. Expect more games like this one throughout the series.
The Los Angeles Kings pulled out their inner Boston Bruins, coming back from trailing 3-2 late in the third period to score two goals twenty-two seconds apart with just over a minute to go to lift the Kings past the San Jose Sharks 4-3. The Kings now have a 2-0 series lead. Down 3-2, the Kings went on the power play with 2:41 remaining in the game and as Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic tried clearing the puck out of the Sharks zone, he flipped it into the stands, getting a delay of game penalty. Replay showed that it looked like it went off a Kings player, meaning there shouldn't have been a penalty, but the call stood. It proved costly for the Sharks as the Kings scored a power play goal on their 5-on-3 powerplay to tie the game and then score another powerplay goal seconds later. What a finish! What a game. Devastating loss for the Sharks. They had to think they were in good position in the series to steal one from the Kings and go back to San Jose for game 3 tied 1-1. Instead they go back to San Jose a desperate team down 2-0. They must win game 3. I think they can, but it is going to be awfully difficult.
Tonight's lone NHL playoff game is...
Ottawa Senators @ Pittsburgh Penguins 7:30 PM ET NBCSN (Penguins lead series 1-0)
David Beckham set to retire
Bend it Like Beckham is about to hang it up. David Beckham, an icon in the soccer world, will retire at the end of the season with Paris Saint-Germain. Onf of the best football players of our generation, very few players could do what Beckham did, not just on the pitch, but to grow the game globally like Beckham did. He was like a rockstar. Heck, he still is kind of a rock star. He is married to Posh Spice after all. Look at some of his career honors:
DAVID BECKHAM - CAREER HONORS
Champions League: 1998???99
Premier League (6): 1995???96, 1996???97, 1998???99, 1999???2000, 2000???01, 2002???03
FA Cup (2): 1995???96, 1998???99
Intercontinental Cup: 1999
Community Shield (4): 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997
La Liga: 2006???07
Spanish Supercopa: 2003
Los Angeles Galaxy:
MLS Cup (2): 2011, 2012
MLS Supporters' Shield (2): 2010, 2011
MLS Western Conference -
Winners (Regular Season) (3): 2009, 2010, 2011
Winners (Playoffs) (3): 2009, 2011, 2012
Ligue 1: 2012???13
Some will say that when he came over to play with the Galaxy in the MLS that he didn't quite achieve what many soccer fans would have hoped and grown the game more across the country. In some respects, that is true. Soccer's popularity is growing an extremely high rate across the United States. Just look how many soccer leagues there are and how many youth are playing the game. It still though doesn't have quite the mainstream effect that some would like though and Beckham couldn't quite do enough despite being the superstar he is. Maybe I'm wrong. I would love to hear others thoughts on that. To me though, I didn't watch soccer (apart from the World Cup) prior to Beckham playing MLS and and I didn't watch when he was with the Galaxy. I'm sure many other people didn't either. Still Beckham has a legacy that few will every touch. He is truly one of the most important athletes in terms of a global impact we've ever seen.
The second leg of horse racing's triple crown takes place Saturday with the running of the Preakness Stakes in Maryland. Orb won the Kentucky Derby, but the field is once again a tough one with other horses like Goldenscents. With the way Orb ran in the sloppy conditions at the Kentucky Derby, he should win the Preakness as well. He was a favorite to win the Derby. Maybe it's that I would love to see a Triple Crown winner, something we haven't seen in horse racing since Affirmed in 1978. But when a favorite wins the Derby, there's a sense that this may indeed be the year. I'll take Orb to win the Preakness.
Coming up Monday: Reaction to weekend's top sports stories