>Welcome to this week’s edition of the Friday Five, and assuming I finish it up in the next 45 minutes, it will actually be done on Friday this week! Yes, Al Michaels, I do believe in miracles.

5) Stanley Cup Finals are set
According to the picture on the front of ESPN.com, the Chicago Blackhawks are facing the Philadelphia Flyers for the NHL’s championship. This is of utmost importance, as you can see…
4) Celtics become first team to make it to the NBA Finals
As I am writing this, the Celtics have closed out the Magic in the Eastern Conference Finals, making them the first team to play for the NBA Finals. They now await the winner of the Lakers-Suns series. Good thing they have a couple extra days. They’re getting pretty old.
3) Cardinal pitchers allow 3 runs in 22 innings, and lose 2 games.
The St. Louis Cardinals managed to hit a new offensive low this season. Adam Wainwright pitched 7 innings, striking out 12 and allowing a solo HR to Jerry Hairston Jr. only to be tagged with the loss in a 1-0 defeat. The next night, Jaime Garcia pitched 6 scoreless innings to lower his ERA to 1.14, and managed to get a no decision, as the Cards lost 2-1 in 13 innings… on a Jerry Hairston Jr. walk-off HR. Just for the record, JH Jr. has 2 HR’s and 15 RBI’s this season. You’re welcome…
2) Helio wins the pole at the Indy 500.
I don’t talk about racing all that much. In fact, I don’t care about racing at all, but we’re talking about the Indy 500 here… it’s a big deal. Plus, it gives me the opportunity to pull a Night-at-the-Roxbury-ish, “HELIO!!!!”
1) UCONN cited for 8 NCAA rules violations
I knew there was a reason why the Huskies didn’t make it to the Tourney this year. They suck, AND they are cheaters…
There you have it – Friday Five in a nutshell… and on a Friday. Hopefully next week will give us a bit more sports fodder to dwell on.