Sports ‘n Stuff 5/31/22

The box office over Memorial Day Weekend was all about TOM CRUISE and “Top Gun: Maverick”.

The movie broke the record for biggest Memorial Day opening of ALL TIME domestically, with $126.7 million from Friday through Sunday . . . and $156 million if you add in Monday’s total.

The previous record holder was “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End”, with $153 million.

This was also the biggest opening for a Tom Cruise movie, and the first time he’s cleared $100 million or more.  Tom’s previous best was “War of the Worlds” . . . which had a three-day opening take of $64.9 million in 2005.

The Boston Celtics held off the Miami Heat in game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals Sunday 100-96 and now head to the NBA Finals for the first time since 2010. 

And they face the well rested Golden State Warriors, who last appeared in the finals in 2019. The series starts on Thursday night and here is the rest of the schedule.

Game 1

  • Location: Chase Center – San Francisco
  • Date: Thursday, 6-2
  • Time: 6 p.m. PT
  • Channel: ABC

Game 2

  • Location: Chase Center – San Francisco
  • Date: Sunday, 6-5
  • Time: 6 p.m. PT
  • Channel: ABC

Game 3

  • Location: TD Garden – Boston
  • Date: Wednesday, 6-8
  • Time: 6 p.m. PT
  • Channel: ABC

Game 4

  • Location: TD Garden – Boston
  • Date: Friday, 6-10
  • Time: 6 p.m. PT
  • Channel: ABC

Game 5 ***

  • Location: Chase Center – San Francisco
  • Date: Monday, 6-13
  • Time: 6 p.m. PT
  • Channel: ABC
  • If Necessary ***

Game 6 ***

  • Location: TD Garden – Boston
  • Date: Monday, 6-16
  • Time: 6 p.m. PT
  • Channel: ABC
  • If Necessary ***

Game 7 ***

  • Location: Chase Center – San Francisco
  • Date: Sunday, 6-19
  • Time: 5 p.m. PT
  • Channel: ABC
  • If Necessary ***

Results from the Coca Cola 600 at Charlotte motor speedway:

Denny Hamlin is your winner followed by Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, Chase Briscoe and Christopher Bell.

Cole Custer finished 21st.

Disney has released a trailer for the upcoming live-action version of Pinocchio. The film is set to premiere later this year, dropping on Disney+ on September 8. Starring Tom Hanks!

You can see the trailer @TheJTurk

Johnny Depp took the stage in the U.K. this weekend, following closing arguments in his defamation trial with ex-wife Amber Heard on Friday.

Depp joined Jeff Beck at the concert venue Sheffield City Hall on Sunday, followed by a second show at Royal Albert Hall in London on Monday, where he received a standing ovation.

The jury in the Depp-Heard trial is currently in deliberations. Depp is suing Heard for $50 million, while she is countersuing him for $100 million.

Star defensive tackle Aaron Donald says he’d be “at peace” with his career if he and the Los Angeles Rams can’t agree to a new contract.

The Rams have acknowledged that they are working on a new contract with Donald, who is signed through the 2024 season but has no guaranteed money left on his deal. At the annual league meeting in March, Rams coach Sean McVay said that he was relieved that Donald had decided to return for the 2023 season. However, on the “I am Athlete” podcast  Donald indicated that his return is contingent on getting a new deal. It’s all about the guarantee!

Jameis Winston is seven months removed from surgery on his ACL. As the New Orleans Saints quarterback continues to recover, a new report has fans speculating about his future with the Saints. According to head coach Dennis Allen, the plan is for Winston to start in Week 1. However,  according to Nick Underhill of Should he not be able to go by then, Andy Dalton and Ian Book would be the next two quarterbacks in line. There is also another option — trading for one of the quarterbacks currently on the block.

Baker Mayfield and Jimmy Garoppolo are very available, JS

Antonio Brown has made his plans known for the upcoming season. And it won’t involve playing football games. In an interview with the Fan Controlled Football League, the talented pass catcher said that he is done with the NFL. 

When asked if he’d ever suit up again, he had the following to say.

“Nah, don’t play yourself looking at me to play.”

Instead, it seems like he’s ready to focus on his music and entertainment career.

Bleacher Report MLB Power Rankings 

  1. Dodgers
  2. Yankees
  3. Mets
  4. Brewers
  5. Astros
  6. Padres
  7. Twins
  8. Rays 
  9. Blue jays 
  10. Cardinals

Cleveland Guardians #21

The Guardians beat the Royals 7-3 yesterday after dropping 2 of three games at Detroit over the weekend. The Guards host KC again tonight with Cal Quantrill on the bump. Pregame at 5:30, first pitch at 6:10 on 1480 WHBC.

Today is Tuesday May 31,

Today in Sports and Pop Culture History

1879 – New York’s Madison Square Garden opened. 

32 years ago – In 1990, “Seinfeld” debuted on n NBC.  It took a few seasons to take off, but it’s now regarded as one of the greatest TV shows of all time.

22 years ago – In 2000, the first episode of “Survivor” aired on CBS.

Celebrities celebrating birthdays today:

Indians catcher Jake Taylor for m “Major League” Tom Berenger is 73 (“Platoon,” “Rough Riders,” “Hatfields & McCoys”)

Clint Eastwood is 92 (“Rawhide,” “Dirty Harry,” “Mystic River,” “Gran Torino”)

NFL Hall of Famer Joe Namath is 79 (Legendary quarterback for the New York Jets from 1964 to 1975, known as Broadway Joe. In 1967, he became the first quarterback to throw for over 4,000 yards in a single season and he was named MVP of Super Bowl III in 1969. He finished his career with the L.A. Rams in 1977 and was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1985.)