Water Cooler – November 17th, 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.
Offseason wheeling and dealing in Major League Baseball takes center stage in today’s news.
MLB news: Braves acquire Dan Uggla; Roy Halladay wins NL Cy Young; Dunn, Lee meeting with teams
It was almost a foregone conclusion that the Florida Marlins would trade Dan Uggla. But the return they got for him yesterday was laughable.
Florida shipped Uggla – the only second baseman in Major League Baseball history with four straight 30-homer seasons – to the Braves for Omar Infante and Mike Dunn. Huh? Infante did an admirable job as Atlanta’s utility man last season, batting .321, but he’s still a glorified bench player. Dunn is a solid left-handed reliever. Even worse for the Marlins, they made the deal within their own division. They’ll be seeing plenty of Uggla next year.
Roy Halladay was named 2010 National League Cy Young winner yesterday. He won the award unanimously and became just the fifth pitcher ever to win it in both leagues, joining Roger Clemens, Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and Gaylord Perry. Halladay led the NL with 21 wins and was first in the majors in innings, complete games and shutouts.
We haven’t seen the big offseason waves yet but the ripples are starting to form. The Texas Rangers flew to Arkansas to meet with Cliff Lee yesterday. The Chicago White Sox held preliminary discussions with Adam Dunn; I have to think he’d have a shot at 50 homers if he jumped from Nationals Park to U.S. Cellular Field. The Marlins are nearing a three-year deal with catcher John Buck, who clubbed 20 homers with Toronto last year.
NFL news: McNabb’s deal has out clause; NFL looking into LaRon Landry spitting incident
Maybe the Washington Redskins’ contract extension with Donovan McNabb was just a PR move after all? And not a horrific decision? It turns out that he’s only truly guaranteed $3.5 million, not $40 million. Washington has the option to cut McNabb after this season and owe him no extra money. Phew.
Another week, another spitting incident in the NFL. The league checks for video evidence any time a player is accused of spitting on another during a game. Last week, the NFL didn’t have enough evidence to punish Le’Ron McClain. Now, it’s investigating LaRon Landry.
Philadelphia Eagles center Mike McGlynn claims that Landry spit on him during the Eagles’ domination of the Redskins on Monday night. Landry denies it, claiming: “I’m aggressive. I’m not that type of player.”
NHL news: Scott Hartnell claims Max Lapierre choked him; Chris Pronger steals game puck
There’s no love lost between the Philadelphia Flyers and Montreal Canadiens after last year’s playoff series. After Montreal’s 3-0 win last night, Philly captain Mike Richards claimed that P.K. Subban “thinks he’s better than a lot of people” and “hasn’t earned respect.”; Brian Gionta and Scott Gomez caught Chris Pronger trying to steal the game puck after Carey Price’s shutout; and Scott Hartnell accused Max Lapierre of choking him during a scrum. Good times.
NCAA football news: FBI interviews former MSU player in Newton probe
Cameron Newton hasn’t dodged the axe yet. The probe about his camp and/or family seeking cash during his recruitment continues. On Tuesday, a former Mississippi State player spoke with the FBI: John Bond. He told MSU officials last January that he’d been asked by Kenny Rogers for $180,000 in exchange for Newton’s commitment to the Bulldogs. Bond has no further comments right now because of the “ongoing nature” of the investigation.
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