We take you into the weekend with a loaded Cheat Sheet, headlined by Steph Curry’s 51-point (record-breaking) night, Colin Kaepernick wanting out of San Francisco, and Dexter Fowler fooling everyone by signing (back) with the Cubs. Also, maybe the craziest basketball shot you will ever see, and cat problems. We’ll get to all that and more…
Steph Curry drops 51 and sets NBA record for most consecutive games with a 3-pointer. Yawn.
In the latest edition of “Steph Curry is from another planet and this basketball thing is far too easy for him”, Steph scored 51 points (including 10 three-pointers), and set the NBA record for most consecutive games with a three-pointer (128):
And yes, of course he made another half-court shot. Shame on you for wondering.
Now to the tweets that may drop your jaw to the floor:
Steph Curry moves past Kyle Korver and now has the most consecutive regular-season games with a 3-pointer. pic.twitter.com/RObrnjC3KL
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) February 26, 2016
7 times in NBA history a player scored 50 points and made 10 3-pointers in a single game. Steph Curry has 4 of the 7 games — ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) February 26, 2016
Steph Curry is the 1st player in NBA history to record a 50-point game with one or fewer free throw attempts. pic.twitter.com/RPfWlElgjc
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) February 26, 2016
More crazy Curry stats. From 28 feet to 50 feet, he’s 35-of-52 this season. Better efficiency than making 100% of your 2s — Ethan Strauss (@SherwoodStrauss) February 26, 2016
What more is there to say about this guy? It’s just… it’s unlike anything we’ve ever seen.
We’ve never seen anything like what Steph is doing this year. We may never see it again. Just enjoy it.
— Nate Duncan (@NateDuncanNBA) February 26, 2016
Oh, and the Warriors are now 52-5 (lol). And Vegas now considers them favorites to top the 95-96 Bulls’ 72 wins. I certainly wouldn’t be one to bet against them right now.
Colin Kaepernick wants the 49ers to trade him
Source: Kaepernick’s agents have requested permission from the team to seek a trade. — Rand Getlin (@Rand_Getlin) February 25, 2016
The 49ers are unlikely to just give Kaepernick away to another team, and right now, their only other option is Blaine Gabbert. There would seem to be a good chance San Francisco uses their first-round pick on a quarterback, but drafting purely on need is always a bad idea, especially at the No. 7 overall pick. They’ll have to really like a quarterback at that spot.
Everyone thought Dexter Fowler was an Oriole, and then he showed up to Cubs camp with news that he’d signed with Chicago instead
The craziest sports story of the day involved veteran MLB outfielder Dexter Fowler signing with the Cubs… after everyone thought he had a deal in place with the Orioles. As you’ll see in the link, Fowler’s agent Casey Close absolutely ripped the Orioles’ organization and media members for how this whole process was handled, saying that Fowler never actually had a deal in place with Baltimore, despite reports saying otherwise over the last few days.
No one on the Cubs even knew Fowler had signed with the team, until president Theo Epstein brought Fowler out to surprise them on their practice field Thursday in Mesa, AZ.
Epstein was very proud of the surprise, providing this fantastic quote:
Dallas police said Thursday they have referred their domestic violence case against Johnny Manziel to a grand jury, which will consider whether to charge the troubled Cleveland Browns quarterback on allegations that he attacked his ex-girlfriend. Police released a statement saying they have asked the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office to present a misdemeanor assault case to the local grand jury. Such a charge carries a maximum punishment of one year in jail and a $4,000 fine.
– Matt Yoder with a great read, that may make you sad at the same time (it certainly made me sad): The sports highlight show is dead.
– A couple of notable new MLB rules coming: MLB reportedly updating slide rule, putting clock on mound visits. The slide rule was inevitable and overdue, really. The injuries to the Mets’ Ruben Tejada (in the NLDS) and Pirates’ Jung-Ho Kang made it pretty clear something needs to be done already.
– The Brooklyn Nets have waived Joe Johnson, which gives him the opportunity to sign with a playoff contender. Even at 34, the 7-time All-Star can still score and help a lot of teams, so it will be interesting to see where he lands.
– The Chicago Blackhawks made a big move on Thursday, acquiring Andrew Ladd from the Winnipeg Jets. Ladd was on the Blackhawks’ 2010 Stanley Cup-winning team and will fit in perfectly with Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa (when he returns from injury) on the team’s first line.
– Philadelphia Flyers goalie Michal Neuvirth had a Save of The Year candidate, to save the game. This play is nuts.
– The Albuquerque Isotopes are hosting Better Call Saul night. Hopefully not too much squat cobbler action going on there.
– And… the Columbus Blue Jackets are paying tribute to David Puddy and Seinfeld. Gotta support the team.
– Report: Doug Martin likely to leave Buccaneers in free agency. Doug Martin, Matt Forte, Lamar Miller… usually not a great idea to buy aging backs, but these are all three guys that could really be a big boost to a contending team.
– Yasiel Puig buys helicopter to avoid Los Angeles traffic. Of course he does.
– Joey Bosa might not be the top-10 pick he’s been made out to be. Really interesting, in-depth stuff here from former NFL defensive end Stephen White.
– When the robot uprising goes down, blame this asshole. I very much enjoyed this one.
– The many signs that Mike Judge’s ‘Idiocracy’ is upon us. “Welcome to Costco, I love you. Welcome to Costco, I love you. Welcome to Costco, I love you. Welcome to Costco, I love you.”
One last breath of gratuitous procrastination
So, this backwards, full-court, buzzer-beating prayer of a shot actually happened in a Georgia Southern University intramural game:
Screw it, one more breath of gratuitous procrastination
Think of the towel bar as the Golden State Warriors and the cat as the Philadelphia 76ers here: