Friday Water Cooler – April 2nd, 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.
After a hiatus, the daily news beat is back and there’s plenty to discuss. As the Final Four weekend begins, it’s fitting that college hoops have grabbed the most significant sports headlines over the last 24 hours.
NCAA basketball news: 96-team tourney almost a done deal; John Wall not guaranteed to declare
Whether we like it or not, the NCAA is very close to expanding the March Madness tournament to a 96-team field.
The league has ironed out most of the details, including revenue distribution and how much time off the players would have. Logistically, the beefed-up March Madness would take place over the same time frame, but the top 32 teams would all receive first-round byes.
It’s interesting for sure, but there’s one question I haven’t heard asked yet. If any of the teams ranked 65-96 upsets one of the 33-64 seeds, doesn’t that set the underdog victor up for a disastrously lopsided beating in the next round? Imagine Duke battling the No. 96 school in the country because that plucky school got lucky with a buzzer beater in round 1. Sounds like potential for a laugher of a game, no?
Could missing out on a national championship this year delay John Wall’s ascension to the NBA?
Though Kentucky Wildcats coach John Calipari believes that Wall is done as a college player, Wall isn’t entirely sure he’ll declare for the draft this season. He says that “college is a great experience” and he “didn’t think it’d be this fun.” Really, John? You didn’t think being the best college basketball player in the country would give you a nice lifestyle on campus?
NFL news: Shaun Rogers the latest player in trouble with the law
Do NFL players believe it’s their duty to commit crimes during the offseason or what? The latest goon is big Cleveland Browns nose tackle Shaun Rogers.
Rogers was taken away “without innocent” – what a model citizen – but the stupidity of the incident blows my mind. Has Rogers never flown before? Does he not know about the whole “metal detector thingy” that airports have used for decades?
And, worse yet, why did he feel it was necessary to fly with a loaded weapon? Sigh.
MLB news: Giants take bobbleheads to a new level; Curt Schilling rips Phillies
As if Tim Lincecum bobblehead dolls wouldn’t be popular enough already on their July 17 release, the San Francisco Giants are going the extra mile with their collectibles. The first 20,000 fans will get a standard-issue doll but six lucky fans will receive one with real human hair.
The hair won’t be Lincecum’s own. It will be “someone else’s.” To me, that’s creepier.
Who knows what type of person donated the hair – or who was murdered – for the sake of the dolls?
Curt Schilling is made at the Phillies and it ain’t an April Fool’s joke. He laced into his former team yesterday for not keeping Cliff Lee.
While the Phillies moved Lee to restock their prospects cupboard after acquiring Roy Halladay, Schilling claimed the Lee trade to Seattle was “the stupidest thing they’ve ever done.”
Naturally, Schilling is biased; he believes in the logic of keeping two Cy-Young-caliber pitchers on the same team, as it worked with him and Randy Johnson in Arizona and with Pedro Martinez in Boston.
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