You will read how this team shattered Apollo’s Curse, an old wives’ tale built on the fact that for more than a century no horse that failed to race as a 2-year old could win the Kentucky Derby.
Justify must have saved a hell of a lot of energy because Saturday he was a certified running machine that ran how and exactly where Smith guided him. It did not surprise the jockey. Not much does. Wayne Lukas, who at 82 has become the industry’s elder statesman, said of Smith before the race:
Darnold, pegged by many to be the top pick for months, went third to the other New York team. The Jets had traded with Indianapolis, going from sixth to third with the expressed intent to find a passer.
Like Mayfield, Darnold might sit behind a veteran, Josh McCown.
“I think whatever the coaches want me to do, if they want me to sit, want me to play, I’ll do my role,” he said.
Buffalo traded up with Tampa Bay to get Allen at No. 7. Allen is considered the passer with the most upside.
“Well, we’re going to find out in a few years if this class will pan out,” Allen said. “I definitely think it will. I want the most success for these guys, except when they’re playing me.”
At this point, a Wells Fargo Center employee jumped the gun. No, really, someone shot a confetti gun as Belinelli’s shot went through the basket and bounced onto the hardwood. Confetti strands fluttered around the North side of the arena. It caused a delay.
It was a microcosm of the Sixers night, of their performance all series against the Celtics. Like the confetti-gun shooter, the Sixers haven’t been quite ready for this moment. They pushed the game into overtime, but still lost at home, 101-98.
They had another chance for a Belinelli moment. For real confetti. Down one with 5.5 seconds left, Simmons attempted to inbound the ball to Joel Embiid. Al Horford stole it, made both free throws, and the Sixers missed a last-ditch heave for another chance at confetti.
Instead, fans booed (again) as they filed out, into the night.
The series will continue with Game 4 on Monday at 6 p.m. in Wells Fargo Center.