They gave the fans the old “it’s not you, it’s me.”
Honestly one of the biggest chokes in sports history
The Lightning were far and away the best team in the NHL this year, finishing 21 points ahead of the Flames for the best record in the league with the fourth-highest point total in league history. And they didn’t just lose to the Blue Jackets, the worst team in the Eastern Conference playoffs—they got swept. They’re the first President’s Trophy winner to ever fall victim to a first-round sweep.
That’s frustrating and embarrassing, no doubt. But is it frustrating and embarrassing enough to send a totally overwrought message to your fans on Twitter after the final horn that reads like the social media manager swiped it from a draft of a breakup text he was planning on sending to his girlfriend?
We don’t have any words and we know you don’t want to hear them.— Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) April 17, 2019
We understand your anger, your frustration, your sadness. Everything you’re feeling – we get it.
This isn’t the ending we imagined, and certainly not the one we wanted. Thank you for being there the entire way.
Seriously, they’re giving the fans the old “it’s not you, it’s me.” The only thing that could have made it more absurd is if they tweeted it as a screenshot of the iPhone notes app.
The response to the tweet was quick and hilarious.
Coach Cooper I don’t feel so good— Nate (@TermiNater88) April 17, 2019
I can’t wait for the inevitable parodies from other teams as the playoffs continue.
A night to forget for Steven Matz
Mets pitcher Steven Matz had about as bad an outing as you can ever have, allowing eight runs against the Phillies and not recording a single out.
You don’t have to be a baseball expert to realize that’s not something a lot of people have done before.
Steven Matz is only the 9th pitcher since 1908 to go 0 innings and allow at least 8 runs— Corey Seidman (@CSeidmanNBCS) April 16, 2019
Starting pitchers to face 8 batters and retire none, MLB history:— Jacob Resnick (@Jacob_Resnick) April 16, 2019
Steven Matz (NYM), tonight
Paul Wilson (CIN), 5/6/05
Paul Wilson (CIN), 7/10/03
Blake Stein (OAK), 8/31/98
Bobby Jones (NYM), 9/17/97
Bill Kreuger (OAK), 6/25/84
The Mets’ Twitter account started off the night so hopeful, but that changed quickly.
We are perhaps not as fired up as we were 30 minute ago— New York Mets (@Mets) April 16, 2019
Who wants free stuff?
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The best of SI
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Around the sports world
The former general managers of the Chargers and Giants go behind the scenes of the 2004 Eli Manning-Phillip Rivers trade. ... J.J. Watt is giving the commencement address at Wisconsin and was shocked to learn he had to write a speech ahead of time.
How did Collin McHugh do this?
Ryan Fitzpatrick says birthday cake made him fat
Ryan Fitzpatrick was asked about looking thicker in pictures & says he’s in “peak offseason form.” Fitzpatrick said he has 7 kids and a lot of birthday parties with plenty of cake. He said birthdays are over and he plans to get in more football shape as offseason goes on. pic.twitter.com/HzfGHUt5ET— Cameron Wolfe (@CameronWolfe) April 16, 2019
That’s how you circumvent a ban
Blue Jackets fans were irate that they couldn’t bring brooms to the arena as they attempted to close out the Lightning in a sweep.
But leave it to fans to find a way around that.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s team got knocked out of the Champions League by a scrappy little Dutch team
That’s Ajax’s first Champions League semi-final in 22 years.
Just a brutal Tinder opener
Better safe than sorry
Acuña also did this
Lionel Messi does it again
No arguments here
These bugs repair their homes by killing themselves and letting their guts patch up holes. ... A New Jersey dentist’s sexy mannequin lawn display is tearing his neighborhood apart, but he keeps bringing it back. ... The video game Assassin’s Creed could be used to help rebuild Notre Dame. ... A Florida man is accused of filling a water gun with urine and shooting his neighbor with it. ... When a Broadway play calls for Ethan Hawke to trash a kitchen, someone has to put it all back together.
Just a kangaroo causing havoc at a millionaire tobacco tycoon’s mansion
A good song
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