Tuesday Tuesday

playoffs roll on, WNBA Preview and Goff gets paid

It’s a fun change-of-pace in today’s Tuesday edition. The playoffs are still rolling, and we got ‘em, but we’re pressing pause to show some love to other sports including the WNBA which tips off tonight with a Caitlin Clark-inspired sellout and The Lions gave Jared Goff that “win us a Super Bowl, please” paycheck. Let’s get to it!

Today’s WTF Stat of the day: Most points in a playoff game, MIN history:

44 - Anthony Edwards (This year vs DEN - Game 4)

43 - Anthony Edwards (This year vs DEN - Game 1)

41 - Anthony Edwards (Last year vs DEN)

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Written By: TorchPro and Jeff Yoder

🏀 WNBA Season tips off tonight with tons of excitement for it’s newest superstar Caitlin Clark, a new franchise in Toronto, and Charter Flights - more below.

💰️ 🏈 Detroit Lions Jared Goff becomes the highest-paid player in franchise history with a $212 Million Extension.

🏁 NASCAR’s In-Season Tournament with Track brackets and a $1 million prize going to the winner in 2025. (ESPN)

🏀 Bronny to the Lakers? Bronny James has officially been medically cleared for the NBA after last summer’s cardiac incident, and he’s looking good so far at the draft combine. Laker father, Laker son? (CBS Sports)

⚽️ Premier League Title Scenarios. Anything other than a win for Arsenal would’ve given City a chance to clinch the title on Tuesday. Instead, the Premier League will come down to the last day of the season. (NBC Sports)

Wyatt Johnston with 2 goals on his 21st birthday and a hug from TorchPro co-founder

🏀 NBA Playoffs

S-G-A-Game: Thunder Storm Mavs

The Mavericks had a narrow lead late in the 4th quarter, and a 2-1 series lead over OKC, before Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Thunder stormed back. SGA (34-8-5) recorded his third straight 30-point playoff game while Dallas missed a bunch of critical free throws. There’s a big difference between down 3-1 and tied 2-2. OKC is still kicking. Series Tied (2-2)


Tatum's Takeover Time

Jayson Tatum didn’t have a 30-point game in the C’s first seven playoff games, but he didn’t need to. It looks like JT (33-11-5) is starting to take over after back-to-back 33-point performances to help the Celtics push the Cavs to the edge. It’s not over, but all signs point to Boston in the East Finals.BOS Leads Series (3-1)

🏒 Stanley Cup Playoffs

‘Cane You Believe It?

Trailing 1-0 with 20 minutes left and their season on the line, the Hurricanes scored four unanswered against the Rangers in the final period to force Game 6 last night. Kuznetsov, Staal, Martinook, and Necas (1G, 1A) all scored in a backs-against-the-wall third-period frenzy. NYR Lead Series (3-2)


Stars Align on Johnston’s 21st B-Day

Dallas’ Wyatt Johnston (2G, 1A) had a three-point night on his 21st birthday to lift the Stars to the edge of the Conference Finals. Miro Heiskanen (1G, 2A) also tallied three points. The Stars are 7-2 in their last nine playoff games, and they've essentially buried the Avs if not for a Game 1 comeback.DAL Leads Series (3-1)

⚾️ MLB 

Tipping the ‘W’ 🙌 

WNBA Season Tips on Heels of Hype Train -- Caitlin Clark, New Toronto Franchise, Charter Flights & More


The 2024 WNBA season is expected to be unlike any before it. More eyeballs and ticket sales have been inevitable since the dawn of the Caitlin Clark phenomenon. The Indiana Fever is one of eight teams on the docket for tonight’s season-openers. The league has also made a push to get private charter flights for players this season. And just last week, the ‘W’ awarded its 13th expansion franchise to Toronto billionaire Larry Tanenbaum’s Kilmer Sports Group. They’ll begin play in 2026. For now, we set our sights on the first 40-game season.


2024 WNBA Storylines to Watch


Clark-a-Palooza: By now, you're likely aware that Caitlin Clark draws ticket sales harder than any women’s basketball player to come before. Even on the road tonight, the Connecticut Sun has a sellout opener for the first time in decades. Clark’s first preseason game in Indiana was also a sellout (preseason!). At least three teams have moved games to larger arenas so they can accommodate Clark-a-Palooza this summer.


Pocket Aces: The Las Vegas Aces are back-to-back defending WNBA champs. They open the season as the clear-cut favorites to win it again for a third time, but there’s a super team in New York (Liberty) who could dethrone the champs. Will Vegas make it three-of-a-kind?


MVP Odds: A’ja Wilson (Aces) and Breanna Stewart (Liberty) open as the MVP favorites. Both stars have won the award twice already, and there’s a good chance one of those two will take it again. Dark horses are lurking, though. Nneka Ogwumike (Storm) finds herself in a rejuvenated spot with a new team alongside Jewell Loyd, and the rookie Clark (Fever) could adjust quicker than expected.


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WNBA Tip-Off (Tonight)

Liberty at Mystics (7:00 pm ET, ESPN3)

Fever at Sun (7:30 pm ET, ESPN+)

Mercury at Aces (10:00 pm ET, ESPN+)

Lynx at Storm (10:00 pm ET, ESPN3)


🏈  The Lion’s Share

Detroit Makes QB Jared Goff Highest-Paid Player in Franchise History With $212 Million Extension


They love Jared Goff in Detroit. L-O-V-E... After being discarded in Los Angeles, the former No. 1 pick’s relentless leadership fits this city's persona like a tight chinstrap. The Lions believe he’s the man to take them where they’ve never been — a Super Bowl. He almost did. Detroit gave Goff a four-year, $212 million contract extension on Monday night, effectively making him the highest-paid player ever to wear a Lions jersey. The deal includes $170 million guaranteed. His annual salary now ranks second among all quarterbacks behind only Joe Burrow. And if you question why, it’s simple: Goff was top-4 in yards (2nd) and touchdowns (4th) this season, and he took the Lions further than any QB before him. 


Highest-Paid QBs (Annual Salary)

1. Joe Burrow (CIN): $55 Million

2. Jared Goff (DET): $53 Million

3. Justin Herbert (LAC): $52.5 Million

4. Lamar Jackson (BAL): $52 Million

5. Jalen Hurts (PHI): $51 Million


Goff’s 2023 Season Stats

4,575 Yards | 30 TDs | 12 INTs | 67.3 Comp. %


Goff 🤝 Lions — A Mutual Respect

The Lions are one of four franchises that have failed to appear in a Super Bowl. They’ve only won playoff games in two years during the Super Bowl era — 1991 and 2023. After the former No. 1 pick by the Rams was traded for Matthew Stafford, Lions fans and Goff had to watch Stafford win the Super Bowl almost immediately. Goff responded by leading the Lions to their first playoff win in 32 years. Then another. Detroit was just three points shy of heading to the Super Bowl this Winter. You pay that man.

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WNBA Tip-Off (Season Openers)

Fever at Sun (7:30 pm ET, ESPN+)

Mercury at Aces (10:00 pm ET, ESPN+)


NBA Playoffs

Gm 5: Pacers at Knicks (8:00 pm ET, TNT)

Gm 5: T-Wolves at Nuggets (10:30 pm ET, TNT)

Stanley Cup Playoffs

Gm 5: Bruins at Panthers (7:00 pm ET, ESPN)

Gm 4: Canucks at Oilers (9:30 pm ET, ESPN)



Phillies at Mets (1:10 pm ET, MLBTV)

Cubs at Braves (7:20 pm ET, MLBTV)

Yankees at Twins (7:40 pm ET, TBS)



EPL: Tottenham vs. Man. City (3:00 pm ET, NBC)

Trivia Time Answer

B. London. 10,568 athletes (5,892 male / 4,676 female competed setting 38 world records and 99 Olympic records. Michael Phelps won his 22nd medal becoming the most decorated US Olympian.