It was worth staying up late Wednesday
May, 3, 2012
By Matt Lindner | Special to ESPN.com
Getty Images, US Presswire, Getty ImagesFor many fans, especially those on the East Coast, Wednesday night was a struggle between your inner child and your adult self.
On one hand, the responsible thing to do is to go to bed at a reasonable hour so you're bright eyed and bushy tailed in the morning. On the other, you just might miss watching sports history.
While midnight is known as the witching hour the world over, the minutes following had a certain other ethereal quality to them. So if you went to bed at a decent hour, allow us to get you up to speed:
At 12:20 a.m. ET, the Grizzlies beat the Clippers, 105-98, to even up their series at 1-1. O.J. Mayo scored 10 of his 20 points in the final 12 minutes as Memphis avenged its Game 1 meltdown. It was a game good enough to lead SportsCenter, were it not for ...
The Stanley Cup playoffs, where the Rangers and Capitals played for nearly six hours before Marian Gaborik lifted the blueshirts to a 2-1 victory in three overtimes. With players' legs resembling a tray of Jell-O, Gaborik put a one-timer past rookie Caps goalie Braden Holtby to give New York a 2-1 series lead.
That would have been the talk of the water cooler except for the fact that Jered Weaver was busy making history in Los Angeles of Anaheim.
As the Capitals and Rangers were duking it out, across the country in Los Angeles of Anaheim, greatness was reaching its manifest destiny. Jered Weaver, who had just fallen short of the Cy Young eight months prior, was hoping to become the second man to throw a no-hitter this year.
Right around the time Gaborik scored his winning goal, Angels starter Weaver coaxed Twins catcher Ryan Doumit to harmlessly fly out to center, keeping a no-hitter intact through seven innings.
The night reached its logical conclusion at 12:35 ET when Alexei Casilla flied out harmlessly to Torii Hunter.
Next time, think twice before you crash early.