Water Cooler – October 11th, 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.
We open the daily news with a goodbye to one of baseball’s all-time great managers.
MLB news: Bobby Cox’s career ends after Giants eliminate Braves in NLDS
At 69 years old, Bobby Cox is finally calling it quits as a Major League Baseball manager. His Braves fell 3-2 to the San Francisco Giants in Game 4 of the National League Division Series last night and, since he already decided 2010 was his swan song, it’s all over for Cox.
He walked off to a home crowd at Turner Field chanting his name. In a post-game press conference, he was emotional. That’s understandable considering what he leaves behind: a 1995 World Series title, 15 division titles (one with Toronto, 14 with Atlanta), four Manager of the Year awards and, of course, more ejections than any other manager with 158. Happy trails, Bobby.
NFL news: Patriots reacquire Deion Branch; police apologize to Pacman Jones?
The Seattle Seahawks shipped wide receiver Deion Branch back to the New England Patriots on Monday for a fourth-round pick. Branch had his best seasons in New England, including a 78-catch, 998-yard 2005 campaign. In the 2004 Super Bowl, Branch caught 11 passes for 133 yards to earn MVP honors.
Believe it or not, the police are apologizing to Pacman Jones for something. They questioned him after he drove his car over a curb in Cincinnati to avoid a pedestrian or another vehicle. Witnesses took photos on their phones and shared them online, claiming that Jones had been arrested. Jones, naturally, was disappointed by the incorrect portrayal of what happened. Cincinnati police chief Tom Streicher formally apologized to Jones at a news conference yesterday.
NCAA football news: UNC kicks Marvin Austin off team; Alabama WR Julio Jones breaks hand; Notre Dame TE Rudolph out for season
Some big names will be missing from NCAA football action in coming weeks. First off, North Carolina has kicked defensive tackle Marvin Austin off its football team. Apparently, the agent benefits probe from the NCAA was just too much. The Tar Heels had enough. The NCAA has also deemed UNC defensive end Robert Quinn and receiver Greg Little “permanently ineligible” in light of the probe.
Alabama’s pride took a hit when it lost to South Carolina last weekend and its top receiving weapon, Julio Jones, suffered some literal pain. Jones broke his hand in the defeat and had surgery Sunday to have a plate and screw inserted. His status is completely uncertain at the moment. Teammates like quarterback Greg McElroy believe Jones, who caught eight passes for 118 yards on Saturday, will be back sooner rather than later.
The same can’t be said for Notre Dame’s Kyle Rudolph, viewed by most as one of the country’s top tight ends and major NFL prospect. He will miss the rest of the season due to hamstring surgery. Rudolph already had 28 catches for 328 yards and three touchdowns this year.
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