Five Things for April 12th: Only One Spartan Gets Picked in NFL Draft
1. For a team that was legitimately in the national title discussion to only get one player drafted is...curious. Darqueze Dennard was picked in the first round by the Cincinnati Bengals, but after that no Spartans were drafted. The most surprising omissions were Max Bullough, Micajah Reynolds, Isiah Lewis, Fou Fonoti, and Denicos Allen.
All of these guys will have a chance to make teams as free agents. Isiah Lewis will tryout with the Bengals, Fonoti with the 49ers, Allen with Carolina, and Bullough with the Texans. LSJ.com has an excellent wrap-up of where everyone landed, which you can view here.
The Michigan Wolverines had three players drafted: Taylor Lewan in the first round, Michael Schofield to the Broncos, and Jeremy Gallon late to the Patriots.
2. It wasn't a great weekend for the Tigers, who have lost three of their last four games. In yesterday's 4-3 loss to the Twins, Rajai Davis misplayed a ball that allowed two runs to score and let the go-ahead run get into scoring position.
The next batter was Eduardo Nunez, who singled home the go-ahead run. Robbie Ray pitched very well for his second straight start, giving the Tigers six scoreless innings. The bullpen surrendered the lead as Joba Chamberlain struggled to lock down the eighth inning. Chamberlain gave up three runs in that frame, which propelled Minnesota to the 4-3 win.
The Tigers still have a five-game lead in the division, but the scheduled gets much tougher over the next couple weeks. It starts tonight, with the start of a three-game road series against the AL east leading Baltimore Orioles. Rick Porcello pitches against Bud Norris in game one.
3. The Clippers mounted a furious comeback to even their series up with the Thunder. LA was down 22 points at one point, and trailed by 15 with ten minutes to go. LA then went on a 36-19 run to finish the game and grab an improbable victory. Kevin Durant had 40 in the loss.
The Pacers are still not playing their best ball, but they appear to be safe in this series against the Wizards. Indiana got a come-from-behind 95-92 win over Washington. Paul George had 39 points for the Pacers, who now lead the series 3-1.
4. Two perennial contenders had huge playoff games last night, and one of them came out of it with a win. That was the Chicago Blackhawks, who gutted out a tough home win against the Wild. Chicago now leads the series 3-2 as the series shifts back to Minnesota, where the Wild have yet to lose this postseason.
Other than one goal that went in off a Ranger defender, the Penguins could not solve Henrik Lunqvist. He played excellent, stopping 36 of the 37 shots sent his way, giving them a 3-1 win. Martin St. Louis, who's mother passed away on Thursday, scored the first goal of the game on mother's day. The Rangers forced a game seven, which will be played on Tuesday.
5. The other biggest story of the NFL draft is that Michael Sam was drafted, becoming the first openly gay player to get picked in NFL history.
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