This week in sports stars history on the tracks of New York. American Pharoah was able to complete the Triple Crown this past Saturday and gave horse racing a shot in the arm. American Pharoah was the first horse to win the Kentucky Derby, Preakness, and the Belmont, since Affirmed in 1978. With history as the main player, these are the things we learn in sports.
7. Dez wants to get paid.
Dez Bryant for the Dallas Cowboys is considering skipping the start of the season if he doesn’t receive a contract extension. ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reports that Byrant, 26, is considering skipping game 1 against the New York Giants to prove his point. Bryant had the franchise tag placed on him during the off season. Bryant can receive a long term deal only until July 15. Micheal Silver of NFL.com can confirm that this isn’t a rumor.
Again, Dez Bryant just told me (of sitting out Week 1 if he doesn’t have longterm contract done) ‘This is no rumor; it’s legit’ @nflnetwork
— Michael Silver (@MikeSilver) June 12, 2015
Mortensen noted Bryant has not signed his franchise-tag deal that guarantees him $12.8 million. Bryant’s agent, Tom Condon, said, “Our goal is still to get something done on a long-term basis by the deadline.” Bryant is coming off a Pro Bowl season, and expectations are high for Dallas. Dallas can’t afford for Bryant to not be on the field at any point this season.
6. Kanye West doing Kanye West things at the NBA Finals.
— Robert Littal (@BSO) June 12, 2015
Kanye West try’s to takes some shine away from the NBA Finals as he pretends to be an NBA player and answer questions. O you mad Huh? It now you move Riley Curry.
5. Will the Real J.R. Smith please sit down
Cleveland Cavilers guard J.R. Smith is having a terrible NBA finals, or as he would put it, he played like Horse Sh*t. He missed 10 of his 12 shots, and became the first player in finals history to go 0-8 from three. His problems in the big moment are one of the reasons he was packaged with Iman Shumpert in the deal that sent both of them to Cleveland. Smith has always had the ability to get hot at the dribble of the ball, and if he want Cleveland to win a title, he will have to start heating up.
4. Hey Ladies, USA Women’s National team seek a World Title.
The United States remained unbeaten at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup after playing out a scoreless draw against Sweden and former coach Pia Sundhage on Friday night in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The women’s team wants to bring back home the title for the first time since 1999. Even with the problems that surround goalie Hope Solo, the team is still poised to be the best in the world.
3. 27 up and 27 down, Pitcher Chris Heston throws no-hitter against the Mets
San Francisco Giants’ pitcher Chris Heston threw the first no-hitter of the season against the New York Mets. Bleacher Reports’ Jacob Shafer writers that after Heston’s masterful 11-strikeout performance against the New York Mets on June 9, he became the first Giants rookie to throw a no-no since Jeff Tesreau in 1912. Not a bad way to begin your career in the MLB.
2. Riley Curry getting this work even when she’s sleeping
There will be at least one more game played in Oracle Arena as the series between the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers is tied at 2 games apiece. Riley Curry has really been the star of the playoffs since her arrival on the scene in the Western Conference Finals, but she has been a no show since the star of the NBA finals, until now. Steph Curry’s wife, Ayesha Curry decided to troll the Cavalier fans by posting this picture of Riley on instagram.
1. Run, Run, Run
American Pharoah has won the Triple Crown something that hasn’t been accomplished since 1978. Racing has clearly taking a backseat to every single sport that is played in America, but a win like this might jump start the sport once again. David Hill of The New Yorker explains how racing use to be the main sport in this country.
“For more than twenty years after the Second World War, horse racing led all American sports in attendance figures. In 1973, the year that Secretariat won the Triple Crown after a twenty-five-year drought, attendance at North American race tracks topped seventy-six million. (By comparison, the combined attendance for American League and National League baseball that year was just over thirty million, a high-water mark for that sport.) Attendance at race tracks has since plummeted to a small fraction of those numbers. (Hill)”
But it seems that if a star can be born within the sport, then eyes will go to the screen. If that happens then Horse Racing has a heart beat once again.
King Jut (@KingJut92)