Hit and Run: Oh, it’s hockey playoff time, is it? I hardly noticed.


If you guessed 87 as the number of minutes the Pens spent in the sin bin Sunday, you'd be terribly close. (Photo: Getty Images)

You can blame the Leafs’ freefall from playoff contention on this, but I’ve been suffering from hockey fatigue. And so, you’ve been without an NHL Playoff Preview, and for that I apologize.

It seems I haven’t missed too much actual hockey, if the Pittsburgh-Philly series is any indication. The Flyers took a commanding 3-0 lead in the quarterfinal series with an 8-4 win Sunday over the Pens, a game highlighted with more Pier 6 brawls in a single afternoon than I’ve witnessed in recent memory. Someone want to remind Crosby that he should be using his stick to score goals, not whack Bryzgalov’s glove? Ugh. Thankfully, there’s a nice cooling off period for these guys – they don’t meet again until Wednesday.

Because good things come in threes, there’s three Game 3’s happening tonight: the Rangers are in Ottawa, Boston visits Washington and San Jose hosts St. Louis. Each series is tied 1-1.

Now let’s talk baseball…after the jump.


Yup. That was awesome. (Photo: Matt Slocum/AP)

I once heard that squirrels were nothing more than rats with better reputations. It seems that rep has been elevated with the news that the St. Louis Cardinal’s World Series ring incorporates an image of the infamous Rally Squirrel. Anaheim’s Rally Monkey didn’t enjoy this kind of stature.


(Photo: Getty Images)


Javy Guerra rocked the 42, as did everyone else in Major League Baseball, on Jackie Robinson Day Sunday. (Photo: Getty Images)

How about those L.A. Dodgers? 9-1, 6-0 at home and leading the NL West to start the season after years of non-baseball-related drama. You can insert your Magic pun here. They hit the road to start a series Tuesday night against CuteSports’s Brewers. P.S. we can’t begin to tell you how glad we are that Vin Scully returned to the mike Sunday. Seriously, science needs to find a way to help us keep that wonderful man around forever.

Sharon Cherop is fierce! (Photo: Elise Amendola/AP)

Running really isn’t for crazy people, but it may help if you’re a little eccentric to withstand the mental agony that comes with running the Boston Marathon in temperatures of about 85 degrees. Wesley Korir, a native of Kenya who now lives in the U.S., topped the elite men category, while Sharon Cherop (also of Kenya) lead the way for the women. Cherop’s time was 2:31:50. Jeebus. I have friends who kill to run a half in that time! We’re…not worthy.

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