This is our new weekend roundup that recaps some highlights and lowlights from the weekend that was. This weekend was jam packed with event from top 25 college basketball matchups to NHL hockey to NBA basketball to the Australian Tennis Open and even golf is making its way into the news in 2013. There was a lot to choose from but a few stood out about the rest. Let’s get to it.
Sharks F Patrick Marleau – His torrid start to the season has been historic. He opened up the 2012-13 season with four consecutive multi-goal games. It was the first time that this has happened in 95 years. Marleau tied the NHL record set by Cy Denney by opening up a season by having four multi-goal games. Marleau’s streak was broken on Sunday night as he was held to just one goal in the Sharks 4-1 win over the Vancouver Canucks.
Tiger Woods – Woods is competing at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines this weekend. It will conclude later today after dense fog forced the cancellation of an entire round over the weekend. With 11 holes to play, Woods has a commanding six shot lead. After 54 holes, Woods was at 14-under. In his career he is 49-4 when leading, or sharing the lead, after 54 holes. He came into the event with seven wins at Torrey Pines and he has not won eight events at any one course.
The Chicago Blackhawks – It is scary how good the Blackhawks are playing to open the season. As hot as Patrick Marleau is for the Sharks, that is how hot the whole team is for Chicago. The Blackhawks entered the weekend having won each of their first four games and looking to tie their franchise record of five-straight wins to open a season on Saturday against Columbus. Chicago took down Columbus 3-2 on Saturday which set up a faceoff with their rivals, the Detroit Red Wings. The game did not disappoint as it went to overtime when Blackhawks defenseman Nick Leddy beat Jimmy Howard to give the Blackhawks their sixth straight win, the longest streak to start a season in the team’s 85 year existence.
As good as some people had it this weekend, others weren’t quite so lucky...
Eagles RB LeSean McCoy – Despite not playing in the NFL Pro Bowl that was held on Sunday in Hawaii, Shady McCoy managed to get into some hot water elsewhere. Late Saturday night into early Sunday morning, McCoy and a woman named “Steph” began arguing publically on Twitter. Details about the twos relationship became apparent as we found out that Steph was the mother of McCoy’s son. Steph turned the argument quickly commenting on his “manhood,” calling him a “dead beat dad” and proclaiming that the All-Pro running back had contracted a sexually transmitted disease. The argument led McCoy to call on his Twitter followers to verbally attack Steph and tell her to “get a job” and she is a “bum.” Deadspin.com captured it all before McCoy claimed he was hacked and he deleted his Twitter account.
Celtic G Rajon Rondo – The Celtic entered the weekend having lost five straight games as they took on the Hawks on Friday night. Rondo drove into the lane Friday and kicked out a pass but landed awkwardly on his knee. The original diagnosis was a hyperextension of his knee and that the guard would not be able to return to the game that the Celtics ended up losing. During halftime of the Celtics 100-98 double-overtime victory over the Heat on Sunday, it was learned that Rondo had undergone a MRI and that he had torn his ACL. He will have surgery to repair the ligament and is out for the season.
Flyers G Michael Leighton – The Flyers backup netminder made his first regular season start for the Flyers since December 30, 2010. He appeared in the 2011 playoffs for the Flyers in their infamous goaltender carousel. Many people questioned the move to sign Leighton as a backup to Ilya Bryzgalov after Sergei Bobrovsky was traded to Columbus. Leighton played all of last season with the Adirondack Phantoms. Last night he made a few saves early that seemed to get the Flyers fans in his corner. That quickly changed as he allowed three straight goals to the Lightning with less than six minutes remaining in the first period. He allowed the Lightning to score within the first minute of the third period to increase their lead to 4-1 then gave up a fifth goal to Steven Stamkos to ice the game a little more than midway through the third period. Leighton stopped 21 of the 26 shots fired his way for a .808 save percentage. That certainly does not ease the mind of Flyers fans who were already unhappy Leighton was playing to begin with.
Quote of the Day:
"You don't get to the moon by climbing a tree."