Water Cooler – August 26th, 2010
Here we go with today’s sports water cooler talk. Here, you won’t just find the straight news; you’ll find the stuff everyone is talking about – the ice breakers, the Twitter Sports Picks and topics…well, basically all the stuff you discuss at the water cooler.
We have a little bit of everything in the news today, including some new hirings, trade rumors, a potential scheduling change in the NFL and more.
NFL news: Chargers talking trade with Seahawks only? Camarillo traded to Vikings; 18-game sked?
Disgruntled San Diego Chargers wideout Vincent Jackson has been given permission by his team to seek a trade – but only with one team in particular.
The Pro Bowler is only allowed to speak with the Seattle Seahawks. The Chargers claim there are several teams to which they simply refuse to send Jackson. He asked that San Diego simply tell him which teams it wants excluded, but they refused.
Greg Camarillo’s numbers are about to take a spike. The Dolphins traded the possession receiver to the Brett Favre-led Minnesota Vikings yesterday for cornerback Benny Sapp. The acquisition for Minnesota comes one day after the Vikes signed Javon Walker.
With Sidney Rice out long-term due to hip surgery and Percy Harvin battling migraines, Minnesota needed an insurance policy.
Commissioner Roger Goodell claims there is “overwhelming support” for an 18-game NFL season.
That may be true among the owners, but plenty of players have already spoken to the contrary, including Ray Lewis, Matt Hasselbeck and Steve Hutchinson, each of whom wondered what type of toll two extra games would take on players’ bodies.
NBA news: Nuggets hire Masai Ujiri as new GM; Howard and Melo to star in Chinese movie
The Denver Nuggets’ GM search is over. Masai Ujiri, the Raptors assistant general manager since 2008, is Denver’s man. He was formerly an international scout with the Nuggets.
Dwight Howard and Carmelo Anthony are slated to become Chinese movie stars. They’ll star in the movie Amazing, a film about basketball players finding their dreams, helmed by an acclaimed Chinese director. I can smell the Oscar magic already.
NHL news: Kings sign Willie Mitchell; Raffi Torres to Canucks
One of the bigger free-agent dominoes in the NHL this summer has finally fallen. Rough and tumble defenseman Willie Mitchell was a sought-after commodity and the Los Angeles Kings finally got their hands on him, signing him to a two-year deal yesterday.
The rival that let Mitchell walk, the Vancouver Canucks, made a signing of their own yesterday. They inked power forward Raffi Torres to a one-year contract worth $1 million. Torres had 19 goals last season and has two 20-goal seasons to his name.
MLB news: Two different teams blow nine-run leads in same night
As if one nine-run comeback wasn’t crazy enough, we saw two last night in Major League Baseball.
The Colorado Rockies trailed 10-1 and fought all the way back to beat the Braves 12-10. Now with four straight wins, are they about to start their annual ridiculous September hot streak?
The Giants weren’t so lucky. They erased a nine-run deficit against the Reds but ended up falling in extra innings.
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