The spring is a ridiculously fun time for sports fans, and Wednesday this week was really a night for the ages. If you were still reeling from Jordan Spieth’s historic collapse on Sunday at The Masters, or moping about the fact that there isn’t a single Canadian team in the NHL Playoffs, well, you really missed out. Speaking of which, Wednesday marked the opening games of the 2015-2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs. There are no Canadian teams in the mix, but there are plenty of Canadian players taking part, including goaltender Brian Elliott, who posted a shutout in St. Louis’ Game 1 overtime victory over the defending Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks Wednesday, and, of course, Sidney Crosby, who had a pretty goal in the Penguins’ 5-2 Game 1 win over the Rangers.
Meanwhile, at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, the Blue Jays actually managed to score some runs after the fifth inning, in a strong 7-2 win over the New York Yankees. They haven’t been too remarkable just yet, but heading into last night’s game they had won two of their last three and had a chance to pull back up to .500. But we haven’t even gotten to the amazing parts yet!
Wednesday was also an historic night in the NBA – and not just because the Raptors won their record 56th game, fielding a lineup of rookies ahead of tomorrow afternoon’s playoff opener versus Indiana. No, Wednesday night also marked the final game of L.A. Lakers star Kobe Bryant’s illustrious career, which he celebrated by scoring 60 points in a win over Utah. It was the most scored in a single game by any player all season. The 37-year-old hadn’t put up 60 in a game since 2009, of course, this time it took Bryant a career-high 50 shots and an inordinate amount of passes from his teammates to reach the impressive stat. As that future Hall of Famer gave his farewell bow, a current star in the middle of his prime, Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors, capped off a truly remarkable season, by becoming the first player to ever score 402 3-pointers in one season. That beats Curry’s own record from last season, which was a mere 286. Curry netted 46 points in his team’s 125-104 win over Memphis Wednesday for the Warriors’ record-breaking 73rd win of the 2015-2016 campaign. Losing a mere nine times this season, they passed the 1996 Chicago Bulls as the winningest regular season team in NBA history.
They’ll look to defend their status as NBA champs in the coming weeks as this remarkable spring of sports continues, while we sports fans sit back and enjoy the ride.