Water Cooler – December 29th, 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.
Enjoy and Happy Holidays everyone!
NFL news: Pro Bowl rosters announced
The AFC and NFC rosters for the 2011 Pro Bowl were announced yesterday. Among the AFC offensive shoo-ins were MVP frontrunner Tom Brady, Philip Rivers, Arian Foster, Andre Johnson, Brandon Lloyd, Dwayne Bowe and Antonio Gates.
Possible snubs? What about Matt Cassel? He lost out to Peyton Manning even though he’s arguably having the better year than the legend. Chris Johnson, Rashard Mendenhall and Mike Wallace are also on the outside looking in.
Defensively, It was no surprise to see Dwight Freeney, Robert Mathis, Troy Polamalu, James Harrison, Haloti Ngata, Nnamdi Asomugha and Darrelle Revis make the squad, not to mention vets Ray Lewis and Ed Reed. But rookie corner Devin McCourty was an interesting choice. Rookie Joe Haden wasn’t so lucky.
On the NFC side, Michael Vick was the easy bet and leading vote getter. He’s joined by Matt Ryan and Drew Brees at quarterback, who beat out Aaron Rodgers and Josh Freeman. Among the other offensive picks were Michael Turner, Adrian Peterson, Roddy White and the explosive DeSean Jackson.
Defensively, rookie defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh was the big story, earning a Pro Bowl nod after a season in which he lived up to his considerable hype. Among the other NFC defensive Pro Bowlers were Clay Matthews, Patrick Willis and Julius Peppers.
NHL news: Darryl Sutter resigns as Flames GM; Canadiens acquire James Wisniewski
After captaining a sinking ship in Calgary for several seasons too long, Flames general manager Darryl Sutter finally stepped down yesterday. He joined the team as a coach in 2002, assumed GM duties in 2003 and relinquished his coaching role in 2006. The Flames are 16-18-3 this year, good for fourth in the Northwest Division.
The Montreal Canadiens made a move to bolster their power play yesterday, acquiring a right-handed point shot in James Wisniewski from the New York Islanders in exchange for a 2011 second-round pick and a conditional 2012 fifth-rounder. He had 21 points in 32 games but was a minus-18 for the last-place Isles.
NCAA football news: Joe Paterno insists he’s not finished
He’s 84 years old and pretty much everyone expects him to step down given his age and shaky health. But, according to Joe Paterno, Joe Paterno isn’t finished coaching Penn State. He said during yesterday’s Outback Bowl news conference that he “honest to goodness” has not entertained the thought of retiring after 45 seasons.
NCAA basketball news: Kansas benches Marcus Morris
Third-ranked Kansas apparently has depth – enough that it can bench its top scorer. Jayhawks coach Bill Self benched Marcus Morris after the junior was ejected from his last game. Morris, who averages 15.5 points and 6.1 boards for the undefeated Jayhawks, was tossed on December 22 for throwing an elbow at California’s Harper Kemp.
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