Villanueva, Voodoo and Kevin Garnett


Villanueva, Voodoo and Kevin Garnett

By Adam Hart

Sometimes Wicked Good Sports likes to flex its investigative journalism muscle; it's the one that makes your thumb bend. Accordingly, investigative journalists are great thumb warriors. But that's neither here nor there.Don't worry, this isn't one of those boring investigative reports about poisoned meat at your local supermarket or those wolves roaming the Midwest, eating small children for dinner. WGS focuses on the important stories, like the Voodoo curse put on Kevin Garnett.Hot off the digital presses:

AUBURN HILLS -- A member of the Detroit Pistons will soon be taken into custody for questioning in the injuring of an opposing NBA player, WGS has exclusively learned.

Pistons forward Charlie Villanueva is expected to cooperate with law enforcement officials in the investigation into the use of Voodoo to harm another, according to two sources who provided this information on the condition of anonymity because they're not real people.

Villanueva initially became a person of interest in the case when he refused to say he respects Kevin Garnett.

During Wednesday night's rematch, Garnett came up limping after a first-half dunk. The injury appeared similar to one suffered in the 2008-09 season, but sources confirmed dark forces were afoot.

"It's one thing to call someone a 'cancer patient' on the court, but to call him a nobody? Well, do nobodies use voodoo dolls to inflict pain on another during a professional basketball game? Not in the America I love," said one source. "And Charlie Villanueva wanted to prove, once-and-for-all, he's not a nobody."

As this is all circumstantial evidence, WGS has also learned officials believe the entire case rests solely on the accuracy of an anonymous note. Detectives were expected to search Villanueva's locker at The Palace at Auburn Hills for voodoo dolls or remnants of such.

A copy of the note has been obtained by WGS and will be shared publicly for the first time: The UConn product earlier this season accused Garnett of calling him a "cancer patient." Since that time, Garnett has refused to discuss the prior trash talk case, in the process calling Villanueva a "nobody."

If enough evidence is gathered, which will surely be the case after thoroughly inspecting the authenticity of this unbiased note, charges may be brought. Villanueva would face a maximum sentence of 24 hours ridicule on sports radio stations across the country, if prosecuted.

Villanueva could not be reached for comment, mainly because WGS didn't try contacting him.

Pastrnak on B's loss: "We kind of stopped playing"


Pastrnak on B's loss: "We kind of stopped playing"

BOSTON – At the end of the day, it was simply a game where the Bruins allowed themselves to get outworked in the third period and overtime. 

The B’s held a three-goal lead in the second period and still enjoyed a two-goal lead in the third period, but eventually dropped a frustrating, futile 5-4 overtime loss to the Buffalo Sabres at TD Garden on Saturday night. It was clear to most speaking after the game that the Bruins eased up on the gas pedal once they’d scored their fourth goal of the game in the second period, and simply watched as the Sabres stomped all over them in the game’s second half. 

“I think we might have been a little bit too scared to play [in the third period], you know? We tried to just flip the pucks away, and didn’t make any plays trying to get it in the zone. Instead we should have just kept going like we did in the first two periods,” said David Pastrnak, who scored a pair of goals early in the loss to allow the Bruins to build up the three-goal lead. “Obviously we’re disappointed. We got one point. I think we didn’t play our game in the third period. We kind of stopped playing and they were all over us, and you know, it’s on us. We were the ones that gave them their point, but the first two periods were good. It’s just another learning session.”

To Pastrnak’s point, the Bruins were outshot by a 15-6 margin in the final 20 minutes of regulation and 21-6 overall in the third period and overtime prior to Ryan O’Reilly’s game-winner during 3-on-3 play. It was at this point the Bruins certainly missed stalwart stay-at-home defensemen Adam McQuaid and Kevan Miller in the D-zone, and fell short of qualified penalty killers while trying to burn off a Brandon Carlo interference call at the end of the third period. 

All of that caught up to them once the Bruins loosened their grip on the Sabres, but certainly the feeling is that the loss should’ve been avoidable even if some of the circumstances made it difficult for the Black and Gold. It also should have been avoidable against a Sabres hockey club that was dreadful last season, and is again one of the doormats in the Atlantic Division in the early going thus far. 

“Those are the games you can’t lose. We obviously didn’t do the job there in the third and close it out, but we’re going to have to regroup and work on our game and be better for the next one,” said Brad Marchand. “We didn’t play the game we needed to play. We relaxed a bit and we started losing a few battles in the wrong areas, and you know, they just played better than we did.”

It’s mystifying that any team would need a crash-and-born loss like Saturday night in order to learn any lessons moving forward, and it certainly might have been a different story for the Bruins if they weren’t missing a few big defensive pieces. But that’s not how it went down for the Black and Gold as they sagged under rising pressure from the Sabres, and simply stopped working when the chips were on the table late in Saturday night’s game. 

Astros beat Yankees in Game 7 to advance to World Series, 4-0


Astros beat Yankees in Game 7 to advance to World Series, 4-0

HOUSTON - Charlie Morton and Lance McCullers combined on a three-hitter, Jose Altuve and Evan Gattis homered and the Houston Astros reached the World Series, blanking the New York Yankees 4-0 Saturday night in Game 7 of the AL Championship Series.

Just four years removed from their third straight 100-loss season in 2013, the Astros shut down the Yankees for two straight games after dropping three in a row in the Bronx.

Next up for the Astros: Game 1 of the World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday night. Houston aces Dallas Keuchel and ALCS MVP Justin Verlander will have plenty of rest, too, before the matchup begins at Dodger Stadium.

Houston has never won even a single World Series game. The only previous time the Astros made it this far, they were a National League team when they were swept by the Chicago White Sox in 2005.

Now, manager A.J. Hinch's club has a chance to win that elusive first title, while trying to boost a region still recovering from Hurricane Harvey.

Houston improved to 6-0 at Minute Maid Park in these playoffs and became the fifth team in major league history to win a seven-game postseason series by winning all four of its home games.

Morton bounced back from a loss in Game 3 to allow two hits over five scoreless innings. Starter-turned-postseason reliever McCullers limited the Yankees to just one hit while fanning six over the next four.

Combined, they throttled the Yankees one last time in Houston. Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez and their New York teammates totaled just three runs in the four road games.

CC Sabathia entered the game 10-0 with a 1.69 ERA in 13 starts this season after a Yankees loss. But he struggled with command and was gone with one out in the fourth inning.

Houston was up 2-0 in fifth when former Yankees star Brian McCann came through for the second straight game by hitting a two-run double after snapping an 0-for-20 skid with an ground-rule RBI double to give Houston its first run on Friday night.

The Yankees, trying to reach the World Series for the first time since 2009, lost an elimination game for the first time this season after winning their first four in these playoffs. New York struggled on the road this postseason, with this loss dropping the team to 1-6.