Hotdogs, lake trips, sunburns and sports talk: the recipe for a perfect holiday weekend. We dedicate this issue to the men and women who gave it all, so we can enjoy all life has to offer.
The Last Night’s Game Team
NHL (NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE)
- David and Goliath. The Stanley Cup Final starts tonight in Pittsburgh. The Pittsburgh Penguins, the defending champions, will take on the Nashville Predators, the upbeat underdogs playing in their first Stanley Cup ever. Catch the game on NBC.
- Back in the game. After being out with an injury for the past few games, Mr. Carrie Underwood (AKA: Mike Fisher, the captain of the Predators) is expected to hit the ice once again tonight.
- Making history. In front of a crowd of over 300,000, 40-year-old Takuma Soto won the Indy 500 for the first time in his career, making him the first-ever Japanese-born driver to win that specific race.
Rough weekend. There was a streak of bad luck going around this weekend for some of the other Indy drivers. Scott Dixon, who started the race in the pole position, was robbed at gunpoint at a Taco Bell and then was in a horrific crash during the race (thankfully he’s okay). Then F1 (Formula One) driver Fernando Alonso, who drew a lot of attention because of his mid-season switch to Indy racing, went from leading the race to having engine failure near the end, and he didn’t even finish. Someone get these guys some four leaf clover or something...
- Keeping the winning streak alive. The University of Maryland’s women’s lacrosse team won its third national championship title in four years, finishing their season undefeated. Now the U of M’s men’s team will look to do the same thing when they face Ohio State today.
- Sebastian Vettel, a driver for Ferrari in this weekend’s F1 (Formula One) race in Monaco, ended a 16-year winless streak for the Ferrari team. Cue tears of joy and loud renditions of “We are the Champions.”
- The Stanley Cup is a best-of-seven series, meaning the first team to win four games will take home the holy grail of hockey.
- A high school softball pitcher from New Jersey threw a perfect game last week. Why is that such a big deal? A perfect game means not a single player from the other team made it to a base for the whole game. Talk about girl power!