Water Cooler – June 1st, 2011
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.
Top PUBLIC Bets Today:
#1. 920 Boston Red Sox 99%
#2. 907 Pittsburgh Pirates 82%
#3. 928 Detroit Tigers 81%
#4. 906 Atlanta Braves 80%
#5. 901 Philadelphia Phillies 78%
#6. 2 Vancouver Canucks 75%
#7. 904 Chicago Cubs 74%
#8. 911 Florida Marlins 64%
#9. 924 Seattle Mariners 63%
#10. 913 San Francisco Giants 61%
Sports News – NBA news: Nowitzki, Miller banged up after Game 1 of the Finals; Jerry West hints at trading Monta Elis; McHale takes Houston coaching job
A rough-and-tumble Game 1 of the NBA Finals left players on both the Dallas Mavericks and Miami Heat reeling. Dirk Nowitzki tore a tendon in his finger while trying to strip Chris Bosh and said he “couldn’t straighten [his] finger out” afterwards. He’ll have to wear a splint for the rest of the playoffs.
“It won’t affect him,” Miami’s LeBron James said. “He’s still going to be great. He’s still going to be Dirk.”
Is it just me or is Mike Miller injured in a new, creative way every day? He already battled through injuries to his shoulder, both thumbs, a knee, and his head (concussion) this season. He’d been wearing a protective sleeve over his left shoulder but appeared to aggravate it last night. His arm went limp during a few possessions in Game 1 and he left AmericanAirlines Arena in a sling.
New Golden State Warriors special advisor Jerry West has already hinted that Monta Ellis could be traded. He recently suggested to the San Jose Mercury News, “When I look at [the team], obviously they need more size. I’ve seen teams trade players that score tons of points and people say, ‘How in the world can you trade that player?’ Because he might score tons of points and the team doesn’t win.”
The Houston Rockets have their new head coach. It was rumored over the last week and now it’s a reality: Kevin McHale took the job. The former TNT analyst has a 39-55 career record in interim coaching duty.
MLB news: Kurt Suzuki instructed to avoid home-plate collisions; chemotherapy for Gary Carter; Soriano hits DL
After San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey’s season ended on a collision at home plate, the Oakland Athletics are changing how they think about plays at home. General manager Billy Beane has instructed catcher Kurt Suzuki to avoid collisions.
“I said to him, ‘I don’t want you planting yourself in front of the plate waiting to get creamed. You’re an Athletic catcher – be athletic,” Beane said. “I don’t subscribe to the theory that you should be a crash-test dummy,” Beane said he also told Suzuki. “I don’t want to lose you for six months.”
Hall-of-Fame catcher Gary Carter was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor on Tuesday. Because of the tumor’s location, surgery isn’t possible, so Carter will underdog chemotherapy and radiation to treat it. He’ll return to his Florida home to begin the process.
The Chicago Cubs home-run leader this season is DL-bound. They placed Alfonso Soriano on the 15-day DL yesterday with a quad strain. He’s expected to return after the minimum amount of time. He has 12 homers this season.
NHL news: Panthers to name Kevin Dineen head coach
The Florida Panthers’ coaching search appears to be over. They have a news conference scheduled for today and are expected to name former NHL forward Kevin Dineen as their next head coach. He coached the AHL’s Portland Pirates for the last six seasons, so he’s earned his way to the big leagues.
Dineen had a solid a career as a player, tallying 355 goals and 760 points with the Whalers/Hurricanes, Flyers, Senators and Blue Jackets. His career year was 1988-89, when he had 45 goals and 89 points with Hartford. He replaces Peter DeBoer, whom the Panthers fired at the end of this past season.
NFL news: Andy Robustelli dead at 85
The NFL lost a Hall-of-Famer yesterday when Andy Robustelli passed away at age 85. The defensive end played for the Rams and Giants from 1951 to 1964. He was a seven-time All-Pro and won the Player of the Year award in 1962.
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