Hello again everyone, it’s Shanna McCarriston wish you all a glorious Friday.
I’ve been a little sad the last few days because my Boston Bruins didn’t exactly have the game they needed Wednesday night, and were eliminated from the playoffs. It’s certainly not how I saw it go, but alas, here we are. I had a couple of friends from Boston at the game and they said it was LOUD. Like next level noise.
I have not been in a high stadium since before quarantine, and even though it is fans cheering on the team, I am not a fan of, I miss that feeling. Let me know on Twitter which team are you most excited to look back on personally.
Speaking of sports, that’s what this newsletter is about. Today we are going to talk about college football news, NBA playoff recs and more. And away … we … go.
📰 What you need to know
The CFP group formally recommends the 12 team playoff model🏈
During Wednesday’s newsletter, we discussed the possibility of the College Football Playoff expansion taking place, and since then we have some serious new developments. On Thursday, a College Football Playoff working group formally recommended expanding the four-team field to 12 teams.
How the 12-team model works:
- Invite the top six conference champions
- Invite six large teams
- No limit on the number of choices from a conference
- No conference would receive an automatic bid
- Top four conference champions would say goodbye in the first round
- Playoff brackets do not take into account rematches in the regular season when teams are ranked
- No reseeding in the quarterfinals or semifinals round
This recommendation will be discussed at the CFP’s Management Committee meeting on 17-18. June. If the expansion hpens, it will probably not start until at least 2023.
The four-person CFP working group said in a statement: “… it is important that we consider the possibility of more teams and more student-athletes participating in the play-offs. After reviewing several options, we believe that this proposal is the best opportunity. to increase participation, improve the regular season and increase the national excitement of college football … “
Dennis Dodd says the SEC and Pac-12 would benefit from this change, while Notre Dame would not. Look at the full list of winners and losers from the proposed expansion.
David Cobb also went back and looked at what the 12-team field would have looked like in the last seven seasons. This is what the playoffs would look like if this expansion went into play faster.
2. Bucks do not defeat 🏀
The Milwaukee Bucks did it, they beat the Brooklyn Nets, who are favorites to win it all. Let’s not get too much ahead of ourselves, it’s just a game and the Nets still have a 2-1 lead in the series, but this game was crucial to any hope in Milwaukee.
The 86-83 victory put the Nets in a more vulnerable position, although they still show that they are the super team they have been hyped to be.
For Brooklyn, Kevin Durant leads with 30 points, with Kyrie Irving taking 22. On the other side of the ball, Khris Middleton had a 25-point game and Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 33.
Let’s look at takeaways from Milwaukee’s victory:
- Bucks avoid historically insurmountable deficit: The Bucks came into the game 2-0 in the series, and while history shows when the series sits at 2-0, the leading team has a 97% chance of advancing that still leaves that chance. However, no team has come back from a 3-0 deficit.
- Milwaukee stars out-produced Brooklyn stars: If we know anything, we know the Nets have a few stars, but on Thursday night, the Bucks’ top players were the ones driving their team to victory. Middleton and Antetokounmpo combined for 79% of the team’s point production.
- A forgettable game for Joe Harris: Harris is a top scorer, but he was clearly out last night and shot only 1-for-11 from the field and made only one of his seven 3-point attempts. The team was still able to come this close to a victory despite his challenges. When he is back to shooting, as he normally does, the nets will have another weon to use in the event of an offense.
Jazz goes up 2-0 in the series against the Clippers 🏀
The Utah Jazz kept things rolling with a 117-111 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers to give them a 2-0 series lead. The Jazz led by as many as 21 points in the competition, but a Clippers comeback threatened the lead.
On the Clippers side, you guessed it, Reggie Jackson led the team in points by 29. OK, that’s probably not what any of us would have guessed.
Donovan Mitchell turned out to be too explosive at the Los Angeles offense.
Here are takeaways from the game thanks to our very own Sam Quinn:
- Mitchell’s mastery: Regardless of coverage, Mitchell was still able to perform as the star he is. The Clippers have no answer for him, even changing their proach and Mitchell was able to adapt to everything they tried.
- Wasted the Clippers’ best move: After 21, the Clippers increased their zone defense and it almost worked. But the key word here is almost. While back in the game, they still lost, and now they showed their opponents a big card they could have saved.
- Do not do yourself any favors: When Derrick Favors replaced Rudy Gobert, the difference was clear. With Gobert on the field, the Jazz won the minutes he played, but the story changed with favors. The Clippers also became more aggressive against favors, knowing they had not played Gobert.
Game 3 is scheduled for Saturday night at. 20:30 ET and will be crucial for the Clippers. Since a 3-0 deficit is historically impossible to overcome in the playoffs, Los Angeles needs a check in the winning column to give itself a better shot at this series.
4. NHL Stanley Cup Playoff semifinals are set 🏒
Are there others who have a hard time believing we’re that close to the Stanley Cup final? As of last night, the Stanley Cup Playoff semifinals are officially set.
The Las Vegas Golden Knights beat the Colorado Avalanche 6-3 to win the series in six games. With that win, the Golden Nights will now face the Montreal Canadiens in one semifinal, while the New York Islanders take on the Tampa Bay Lightning in the other.
As a Boston fan, it’s hard for me now to choose who I want to win the series between Islanders and Lightning. However, I must point out that ever since Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady led to Tampa, their team has been quite successful. I know, people from New England still can not walk an hour without mentioning TB12.
Lynet has the experience and the team with a little more for them, but do not count out with the islanders who want to make their first final appearance since 1984.
📝 Odds and ends
📺 What to see this weekend
🏀 76ers vs. Hawks, 19:30 | ATL +1 | TV: ESPN
🏀 Suns vs. Nuggets, 22.00 | DEN -1.5 | TV: ESPN
🏀 Jazz vs. Clippers, 20:30 | LAC -3.5 | TV: ABC
🏀 Not against bucks, 15.00 | MIL +2 | TV: ABC
🥇 The best I saw on the internet
Former Carolina Panthers’ Greg Olsen has updated everyone on his son TJ, who needed a heart transplant. Last week, Olsen shared that his eight-year-old got the call he needed and would go into surgery. Yesterday, Olsen shared a heartwarming video by TJ to tell his siblings the good news. This is the best video you can watch all week, maybe all month.