Consider these items from the weekend, ranging from serious to ridiculous.
The Penguins' James Neal, left, jumped through the Flyers' Andreas Lilja, right, and Matt Carle on his way to scoring against Ilya Bryzgalov during the first period of Game 3 in a first-round NHL Stanley Cup playoffs series on Sunday
The Flyers have a 3-0 series lead on the Penguins after their victory on Sunday, which is really a shame. Philly took home the Game 3 victory 8-4 -- one game after another goal-fest in an 8-5 victory in Game 2. While there is something to be said for tightly checked 2-1 playoff games, there is more to be said for wide open, puck-moving hockey.
Is there any way to petition the NHL to make this, say, a best-of-15 series? Who among us wouldn't gladly watch these in-state rivals battle in perpetuity?
Conventional wisdom is that Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo -- who was benched in favor of Corey Schneider for Sunday night's Game 3 with No. 1-seeded Vancouver going in down 2-0 to the Kings -- is a postseason choker. But his career numbers once the bright lights come on are pretty consistent with his regular-season work. Luongo's all-time regular-season goals-against average is 2.52 (2.53 in the playoffs) and his save percentage is .919 (.916 in the playoffs).
Kudos to the Bulls' Derrick Rose for maturely handling coach Tom Thibodeau's decision to sit him down in the stretch of an overtime victory late last week. "It won the game, and I can't complain about anything," Rose said. Indeed. Part of us wonders why athletes need to be asked about these things in the first place, but Rose's response was still impressive.
• Eli Manning has already one-upped his brother Peyton when it comes to Super Bowl victories. Can he possibly top Peyton on the big stage of "Saturday Night Live"? Peyton had a memorable guest-hosting appearance in 2007; Eli will follow suit hosting the late-night show May 5.
The Rally Monkey might be suffering -- the man who came up with the idea for the Angels in 2002 reportedly was trying to sell his World Series ring in 2010 -- but the rally squirrel will be immortalized forever. And yes, this also has to do with a World Series ring.
The rally squirrel -- an actual animal that made an appearance for the Cardinals in the NLDS against the Phillies -- is immortalized on the team's championship rings, which were presented to players in a ceremony over the weekend.
Twins teammates Liam Hendriks and Ryan Doumit do not look much like each other. But each bears a resemblance to actor Seann William Scott -- the Minnesota native perhaps best known for his turn as Stifler in the "American Pie" movies. Do with this information what you will.
|NY Mets - WP: M. Harvey||3||FINAL|
|Chicago Cubs - LP: E. Jackson||2|
|Cincinnati - LP: S. Marshall||3||FINAL|
|Philadelphia - WP: J. De Fratus||5|
|Houston - LP: E. Gonzalez||4||FINAL|
|Pittsburgh - WP: J. Wilson||5|
|Seattle - LP: L. Luetge||3||FINAL|
|Cleveland - WP: V. Pestano||6|
|Toronto - LP: M. Buehrle||0||FINAL|
|NY Yankees - WP: H. Kuroda||5|
|Tampa Bay - WP: J. Hellickson||12||FINAL|
|Baltimore - LP: J. Hammel||10|
|Arizona - WP: T. Cahill||9||FINAL|
|Miami - LP: K. Slowey||2|
|Los Angeles - LP: P. Rodriguez||5||FINAL|
|Atlanta - WP: P. Maholm||8|
|Detroit - WP: R. Porcello||2||FINAL|
|Texas - LP: N. Tepesch||1|
|Boston - WP: A. Wilson||3||FINAL|
|Minnesota - LP: J. Roenicke||2|
|Milwaukee - LP: W. Peralta||6||FINAL|
|St. Louis - WP: J. Garcia||7|
|San Francisco - LP: M. Bumgarner||9||FINAL|
|Colorado - WP: J. De La Rosa||10|
|Chicago WSox - WP: C. Sale||3||FINAL|
|LA Angels - LP: C. Wilson||0|
|Kansas City - LP: J. Shields||1||FINAL|
|Oakland - WP: S. Doolittle||2|
|Washington - WP: R. Soriano||6||FINAL|
|San Diego - LP: H. Street||5|