Water Cooler – March 8th, 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.
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Sports News – NFL news: Tom Brady still wearing walking boot
Quick Tom Brady update for Pats fans, fantasy football owners and anyone with a schoolgirl crush: he’s still in a walking boot six weeks after he had surgery on his right foot. He played his MVP season with the foot fractured. Yep, he’s the man. Recovery time for the surgery he had is traditionally three months.
MLB news: Hand surgery for Domonic Brown; Judge approves testimony of former players in Bonds trial; Indians sign Nick Johnson
Tough break for Philadelphia rookie outfielder Domonic Brown, whom many pundits picked to win the National League Rookie of the Year award this season. He broke his hand during an exhibition game Saturday and will undergo surgery today to repair the hamate bone in his right hand. Brown is expected to miss four to six weeks and won’t be ready for Opening Day.
Former players will be allowed to testify in the Barry Bonds trial. U.S. District Judge Susan Illston said Monday that players will be permitted to testify about their relationship with Greg Anderson, Bonds’ former personal trainer and the man who allegedly supplied him with PEDs.
Photographs and information about Bonds’ physique will also be part of the trial. Mike Murphy, the San Francisco Giants’ longtime clubhouse manager, will testify about Bonds’ growing hat size. A Nike employee will discuss changes in his foot size. Prosecutors will also show photographs of Bonds’ growing physique during his career to the jury.
Nick Johnson can’t stay healthy but he still has plenty of appeal to major-league teams because of his .401 career on-base percentage. The Cleveland Indians signed the first baseman/DH yesterday to a minor-league deal with a spring training invite.
NBA news: Erik Spoelstra creates “Crygate”’ Kevin Love ties double-double record
A day after Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra said there were “guys crying in the locker room” after Miami’s loss to Chicago on Sunday, he was backtracking like crazy over what is now being dubbed “Crygate.”
At practice yesterday, Spoelstra told reporters that he “saw glossy eyes” but heard no actual whimpering. Either way, opposing NBA players are having fun with it. Amar’e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony of the Knicks chuckled at the Heat on Sunday, with Stoudemire suggesting that Chris Bosh was the biggest crier of the bunch.
Kevin Love is on the verge of history. The Minnesota Timberwolves big man is having an insane season, averaging 20.9 points and 1.58 boards, and he just tied Moses Malone’s NBA record by recording his 51st consecutive double-double. Malone, the Hall-of-Famer, set the record in 1978-79. Love will attempt to break the record on Wednesday against the Pacers.
NHL news: Steve Sullivan sidelined with groin surgery
Plucky but brittle Predators forward Steve Sullivan just can’t avoid the injury bug. The little guy underwent groin surgery over the weekend and is expected to miss four to six weeks. Sullivan, who already missed time because of injury this year, had 22 points in 43 games.
NCAA basketball news: Ohio State breaks three-pointer record
There are nights when a team is just dialed in from beyond the arc…and then there’s what Ohio State did on Sunday.
The top-ranked Buckeyes went 14 of 15 on three-point attempts and made their last 14 attempts in succession, setting an NCAA Division-I record for the best single-game percentage by a team with at least 10 attempts.
Jon Diebler led the way by hitting seven of his eight attempts. He’s hit 17 of his last 20 treys over his last two games.
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