Water Cooler – November 10th, 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.
Time to catch up with The Big Three in today’s news. Who do you think had the biggest game last night: LeBron? D-Wade? Bosh? Try Millsap.
NBA news: Heat blow 22-point lead, lose to Paul Millsap’s 46 points; is Yao’s foot “bothering him”?
Who needs The Decision when you have Paul Millsap? The Utah Jazz forward did his best Tracy McGrady impression last night against the mighty Miami Heat. Millsap scored 11 points in the final 28 seconds of regulation to erase an eight-point deficit. He finished with a career-high 46 points as Utah beat the Heat, who led by as many as 22 points in the game.
According to crackerjack reporter Darko Milicic, Yao Ming’s repaired foot, the one that almost cost him his career, is “bothering him” again. Milicic claims Yao told him that. He then added his expertise by suggesting that “It’s kind of on the coach to figure out his minutes and how to play him to get the most out of him. [The Rockets] really need him as their main number one option.” Glad you’re on top of things, Darko. Maybe you can give us the latest on Carmelo and the Knicks.
MLB news: Derek Lee has thumb surgery; Ichiro ties record with 10th Gold Glove
Free agent first baseman Derek Lee just underwent surgery to repair a torn right thumb ligament. Wondering why he slipped from .306, 35 homers and 111 RBI in 2009 to .260, 19 homers and 80 RBI in 2010? Lee reportedly suffered the thumb injury on Opening Day of this past season.
The American League Gold Glove winners were announced Tuesday. Ichiro Suzuki won his 10th straight Gold Glove. He tied the record for most Gold Gloves by an American League outfielder, sharing it with Ken Griffey Jr. and Al Kaline. Ichiro has won the award in all 10 of his big-league seasons.
The other AL Gold Glove awards went to Mark Teixeira (first base), Robinson Cano (second base), Evan Longoria (third base), Derek Jeter (shortstop), Carl Crawford (outfield), Franklin Gutierrez (outfield), Joe Mauer (catcher) and Mark Buehrle (pitcher). The NL winners will be announced today.
NFL news: Steelers lose left tackle Starks for season; Al Harris signs with Miami
Ben Roethlisberger’s blind side may be a bit more available for opposing pass rushers for the rest of 2010. Steelers left tackle Max Starks requires surgery for a disc injury in his neck and is out for the season. The injury leaves Pittsburgh without both its starting tackles; right tackle Willie Colon is also out for the year after injuring his Achilles in June.
Al Harris is now a Miami Dolphin. The Green Bay Packers released the veteran corner two days ago. Harris then signed with the Dolphins and as of today is already practicing. He’ll replace former first-round pick Jason Allen, whom Miami released to make room.
In an effort to cut down on the violent collisions leaving so many players concussed this year, the NFL has released an 11-page document detailing illegal hits, how the disciplinary process (suspensions and fines) works and including black-and-white drawings to show what illegal hits look like.
NHL news: League adopts “schoolyard pick” format for All-Star rosters
If you’ve ever watched the NHL All-Star game, you’ll probably agree that it’s a snoozer. Like the Pro Bowl, it suffers from the lack of body contact. But the league has announced a facelift that should make things a bit more interesting this year.
After the 42 All-Stars have been chosen, the All-Stars will vote on two captains per team. The captains will then pick from the All-Star player pool, schoolyard fantasy draft style, to make their teams. The picks will be televised in a live event.
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