Water Cooler – May 2nd, 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 – NHL news: Boucher to start Game 2
Even though he struggled in Game 1 against Boston, allowing five goals on 23 shots Saturday, Brian Boucher will get the nod in goal again for the Philadelphia Flyers tonight. His 4-2 record and 2.79 goals against average in the 2010-11 playoffs are better than what alternatives Michael Leighton (0-1, 3.44) and Sergei Bobrovsky (0-1, 3.84) have to offer.
NBA news: King staying in Sacramento at least one more year; Tom Thibodeau wins Coach of the Year; K-Mart on the move in free agency?
It turns out the Sacramento Kings aren’t changing homes just yet. The Maloof family, which owns the team, has given the City of Sacramento one year to find the financing for a new arena. If it doesn’t, the team will move. There had been strong suggestions that the Kings were moving to Anaheim for the 2011-12 season.
The Chicago Bulls’ Tom Thibodeau has been named the NBA’s Coach of the Year. In his first season as head coach, he took Chicago to a league-best 62-20 record. It was Chicago’s first 60-win season since the Michael Jordan years. The Bulls’ accomplishments in the regular season were particularly impressive considering that Joakim Noah and Carlos Boozer both missed significant time with injuries.
Kenyon Martin is set to test the NBA’s free-agent waters. He suggested to the Denver Post that he may not return to the Denver Nuggets next season. “Being part of a winning team is more important than starting,” he said. The 33-year-old has had microfracture surgery on both knees and has missed a whopping 203 games over his last seven years with Denver.
MLB news: David Freese needs surgery for broken hand; Andy Pettitte to return in 2012? Andre Ethier’s hit streak continues
St. Louis Cardinals third baseman David Freese just can’t catch a break – or can’t stop catching breaks. He’ll miss at least a month because of surgery to repair a broken bone in his left hand. Freese took a pitch on the hand from Atlanta’s Scott Linebrink in the sixth inning of Sunday’s game. He was betting .356 with 14 RBI before the injury.
Could the Rajun Cajun Andy Pettitte make a comeback in 2012? The big lefthander is sitting out 2011 but has reportedly told his friends that he may want to pitch next season. Pettitte, the majors’ all-time playoff wins leader, turned down a one-year, $12-million offer from the Yankees this year because he said he lost the “hunger” and “drive” to compete.
Andre Ethier’s hit streak lives on. The Dodgers outfielder singled off San Diego’s Dustin Moseley in the seventh inning yesterday to extend his run to 27 games.
NFL news: R.W. McQuarters shot by masked man; Ravens still furious with Bears over botched trade
Former NFL cornerback R.W. McQuarters was shot in the back by a masked assailant on Saturday night. The ex-first-rounder was hit through the driver-side window of his vehicle and managed to drive himself to the hospital. His injuries are not life-threatening.
The Chicago Bears and especially general manager Jerry Angelo are in hot water over a botched draft-day trade with the Baltimore Ravens. They reportedly agreed to trade the Ravens the 29th pick in the draft plus a fourth-rounder for Baltimore’s 26th pick. However, Angelo never called in the deal and never told the Ravens. Time expired on the clock and the Ravens had to pick at No. 26.
Baltimore believes it should be compensated with the fourth-round pick, which Chicago later traded to Washington to move up in the second round. Commissioner Roger Goodell has asked Chicago to give Baltimore a pick; the Bears haven’t yet complied.
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