@BarDown) May. 28, 2016 1:15 PM
(Getty Images/Rocky W. Widner/NHL) Can you believe it? The Stanley Cup Final is finally here, as Game 1 goes Monday night. After the grind of the regular season, only two teams are left standing, and at the beginning of the postseason, they probably weren't many people's pick to make it this far. The Pittsburgh Penguins and San Jose Sharks asserted themselves as the two best teams in the NHL over their postseason runs, and finally, one will be crowned the best. A matchup of the caliber deserves some incredible artwork, which the one and only Eric Poole, a friend of BarDown, has provided. (Eric Poole) Outstanding cartoon mascot artwork for what should be an amazing Stanley Cup Final. Check out all of EPoole88's work here. (H/T: @Epoole88)
@BarDown) May. 28, 2016 12:30 PM
(Getty Images/Rick Madonik) Less than 24 hours after LeBron James praised the 'unbelievable' Raptors fans, J.R. Smith decided to follow suit and give an incredible shoutout to Kyle Lowry on Instagram.
Lowry and Smith both attended the Playaz Basketball Club, which is where he and Smith competed against each other at a young age. Smith wasn't Lowry's only close connection on the Cavs, though, as Kyle played against Tyronn Lue and told him he wanted to be like him.
@BarDown) May. 28, 2016 12:03 PM
(Getty Images/Adam Glanzman) Seeing David Price sign in Boston broke the hearts of many Blue Jays fans, and on Sunday, the fans will finally have an opportunity to release some of that anger and frustration they feel as Price will take the mound for the first time in Toronto with his new team. Ahead of a game and moment Price has been waiting for since the beginning of the season started, he joked about being booed by the Blue Jays faithful. Price is referring to Marcus Stroman telling fans to boo him when he takes the mound in Toronto for the first time, and we imagine that might be the case. On the other hand, as a Jays fan, you still have to respect the guy for giving all he had to this city and team. He was a big part of an unforgettable run, and that fact alone may have some fans changing their tune ahead of the game.
@BarDown) May. 28, 2016 11:20 AM
(Getty Images/Nathaniel S. Butler) The war of words off the court between Drake and the Cavs was just as good as the Eastern Conference Finals itself. Once it was all said and done, though, Cleveland got the last laugh, and their inspirational leader made sure Drake knew that by roasting him on Instagram.
For those that don't know who 'Lil Kev' is, he's the model on a Tommy Bahama ad that Richard Jefferson saw and tore out of a magazine because he looked a little bit like Kevin Love. Since then, Lil Kev got his own Instagram account, with the help of Jefferson, and he hasn't disappointed with posts like the one Friday night and these gems.
@BarDown) May. 28, 2016 10:55 AM
Although Cleveland's Championship drought dates back to 1964, the city certainly has the teams capable of ending it. Aside from the Browns, of course, the Cavaliers are going back to the NBA Finals with a much better chance of winning than last year, and the Indians are off to a great start this season as well. With a 25-21 record so far, which has them in second place in the AL Central, half a game behind the White Sox for first, a playoff appearance at the very least isn't out of the question for this Cleveland club. That being said, it is still May, there are a ton of games left to be played, and that point was perfectly illustrated Friday night at the Indians and Orioles game when some fans decided to build the best beer can pyramid you've ever seen in the 7th inning.
@BarDown) May. 28, 2016 12:41 AM
(Getty Images/Dave Sandford) During Game 6, LeBron James threw down a huge dunk and then started yelling at Drake on his way back up the court. In essence, the one-sided exchange silenced Drake to say the least. After the Cavaliers advanced to the NBA Finals for the second straight year, however, Drake was quick to wish his best to King James and perhaps make peace?
Drake also took to Instagram, where he's done some of his trolling of the Cavs recently, to congratulate Cleveland and Toronto on historic and incredible seasons.
@BarDown) May. 27, 2016 11:53 PM
(Getty Images/Vaughn Ridley) The Toronto Raptors team didn't just turn heads this postseason. Their fans did as well. From the incredible support at Jurassic Park every single game of the team's playoff run to the unbelievable atmosphere they created at the ACC for home games, Toronto's fan-base helped proved that this city, and this country, is as much a basketball city and country as any other in the world. After the game, LeBron James recognized, praised and respected the crowd with these humble words in an interview with Doris Burke. While the King made some enemies this series with his flops, you still have to respect the fact the he recognized the Toronto fans and paid them such an outstanding compliment. He may have knocked the Raptors out, but King James deserves the utmost respect.
@BarDown) May. 27, 2016 11:26 PM
(Getty Images/Rick Madonick) What a season it has been for the Toronto Raptors. A franchise record for wins, an Eastern Conference Finals appearance, and two home wins against the Cavaliers when everyone said they wouldn't win a game. This season was about proving people wrong, and despite not reaching the NBA Finals, the Raptors made believers out of many skeptics, and more importantly, they fought to the bitter end and made this country as proud as ever. The internet shared their congrats to the Cavaliers, and also their praise and thanks to the Raptors for an unforgettable season.
@BarDown) May. 27, 2016 10:53 PM
(Getty Images/John Williamson) P.K. Subban pleaded for Jose Bautista to come to Game 6, and the Blue Jays slugger didn't break his promise. Once the Blue Jays game was over, which they won 7-5, Bautista made his way to the ACC to watch the conclusion of Game 6 with Subban court side.