The Daily Buzz: Thursday, June 20

Thursday is going to be a busy day, what with Game 7 of the NBA Finals going on and all. But that doesn’t mean we should so quickly dismiss how great of a day Wednesday was.

On the ice, the Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks played a shootout for the ages in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final, with the ‘Hawks tying the series at 2-2 after a 6-5 overtime win. (Unfortunately, if you were watching in Austin, Texas, you probably missed the end).

Elsewhere in the basketball universe, the LA Clippers and Boston Celtics started talking again after they had previously stopped talking about a mega-trade that would send Doc Rivers and Kevin Garnett to Los Angeles, and Kendrick Perkins sold his bulldog on Twitter.

We paid tribute to the late James Gandolfini, an A-list sports fan who sadly passed at the age of 51 on Wednesday, Bruce Arians offered his thoughts on gay athletes in sports and the Aaron Hernandez news just keeps getting weirder.

As for the rest of the news, here’s what you may have missed:

• Kate Upton appeared to diss alleged ex-BF Justin Verlander on Twitter (deleted the tweet):

• You can own a rare ring from the controversial 1919 World Series, if you’re willing to fork over a fortune for it at auction. (The current high bid is at $33,275).

• The Jacksonville Jaguars will be installing the NFL’s largest scoreboards at the expense of 7,000 seats. Fortunately, nobody was sitting in them anyway.

• Indianapolis Colts cheerleaders do a photoshoot — in Michigan?

• Chris Bosh does not care for the Miami Heat fans who left Game 6 early:

• Pat Connaughton: From hoops at Notre Dame to the pitcher’s mound in the Cape Cod League.

• Hockey is helping to heal Boston during the Bruins’ Stanley Cup run.

• The Drew Brees Foundation came up big for a local high school football team hoping to play in Brees’ 7-on-7 tournament at Disney.

• The Astros need to sign this guy:

• There were more than a few really strange hairdos at a dog-grooming competition.

• John Calipari will drive a Sprint Cup pace car at Kentucky Speedway on June 29.

• Meanwhile, Coach Cal’s rival, Rick Pitino of Louisville, says leaving the University of Kentucky was the best decision he’s ever made.

• Here is a breakup song about small-market teams and free agency:

• Rutgers football coach Kyle Flood says two SEC schools ducked the Scarlet Knights in future scheduling.

• Finally, an Andrew Wiggins moment in Lawrence, Kan.

• Jerry Sloan returns to the Utah Jazz — as an advisor.

• Justin Morneau high-fives his “teammates” after a home run against the White Sox:

• Major League veteran Bill Swift to become head coach at Arizona Christian.

• Colts’ Mr. Irrelevant hoping to prove his worth.

• Brothers heading to Bulgaria to swim in Deaflympics.

• Ex-Michigan State linebacker Seth Mitchell eyes revenge, mayhem in boxing debut.

• Former NFL lineman hears coyotes in the CFL.

• Jimmy Fallon’s Stanley Cup superlatives are pretty dead-on:

• Zeller family lends its basketball savvy to summer camps.

• The Ed O’Bannon suit is reaching a critical stage.