Last Thursday ended up being a busy one for me.
Not the typical busy of making sure a paper gets on the press correctly before hitting up both softball and baseball diamonds, but the overall world of sports had plenty of things going on.
Luckily, it was a night where I could head straight back to my place and hang out, although I would not be relaxing much anytime soon.
Not long after I got in the door, the Red Sox started their game with the Tigers in town before the Bruins did the same with the Columbus Blue Jackets in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.
The playoff hockey was delegated to the TV via my laptop and I streamed the Red Sox game to my phone that I had just upgraded a few weeks ago. I never turned in the old machine and, hey mom and dad, I’m probably gonna keep it. It will continue to serve more purposes than just allowing me to stream on my phone whilst also surfing social media on a handheld device so, don’t be expecting a Best Buy gift card in the mail.
While I am addressing my family in Milford, with this paper being dated May 2, I would like to wish my brother Mitch a happy birthday forever, every year you can look back on this and you can never say I ever forgot your birthday.
Now the other thing I eventually streamed on my phone was the NFL Draft and again I could keep up with the live picks and the reactions on Twitter while also selectively hearing Doc Emrick tell me what’s happening at the TD Garden.
There were plenty of storylines coming out of the first round, as normally is the case, but plenty with local ties. Kyler Murray, although most recently an Oklahoma Sooner, played his high school ball at Allen, tremendously well by the way, and became the first athlete chosen in the first round of both the MLB and NFL Drafts. He was also the third consecutive first-overall pick who calls Texas his home with Baker Mayfield (Lake Travis) and Myles Garrett (James Martin) setting the bar.
Not long after Murray came off the board, Ed Oliver’s name was called by Buffalo Bills management with the ninth overall pick, making him only the sixth Houston Cougar selected in the top 10. I saw him play against Tulsa, and as Patriot fan am not excited about him joining that division but go Houston, right?
Soon following that was a more somber feeling with the news of John Havlicek’s passing. I am obviously not old enough to have experienced that 1965 Eastern Conference Final anywhere near live but as a Celtics fan, his steal was something that forever stuck out in my memories of the history of that team. The current version of the team was quick to honor him with a black stripe on their shoulder with his #17 on their chase for banner No. 18.
Another Massachusetts connection arose in the draft with the 13th and 14th picks calling names from the commonwealth, to toot that horn for a second. Clemson’s Christian Wilkins and Chris Lindstrom from Boston College both got the call and will join Tytus Howard as first-round selections forever.
Howard was the pick of the Houston Texans, where his experience playing tackle for Alabama State will hopefully provide added protection for Deshaun Watson in the coming year.
In the meantime, between picks, I would check in on the softball diamond in the La Grange, where there was postseason softball going on with the STSN guys on the call. Thanks to their stream, and that extra phone that my parents won’t be getting back, I was able to stay up-to-date on their game which was a back-and-forth affair that ended in a one-run decision, which you can read more about in this section.
To top it all off, the Bruins and Blue Jackets needed more time than the regulation three periods and the full range of emotions was reached when Weymouth-born Charlie Coyle buried the winner to stake claim to Boston land in the first game of the series.
It was also the moment where I felt it seemed to be the appropriate time to go to bed as 9 p.m. stared me in the face (I’m getting old) but it was only because so many sports happened but I was luckily able to stay abreast with all the topics thanks to my amazing family. Happy birthday Mitch! And to the STSN guys, it is much appreciated.
Cole McNanna is the sports and education editor of The Sealy News and can be reached at email@example.com.