Water Cooler – October 7th, 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.
For the second straight day, we open the daily news with something Earth shattering. Apparently Doc Halladay is God.
MLB news: Roy Halladay throws second no-hitter in playoff history; Red Sox owners buying Liverpool?
Roy Halladay toiled in obscurity as a Toronto Blue Jay for over a decade. But the secret was finally revealed this season: he’s the best pitcher in the business.
As if a perfect game in May and 21 wins weren’t enough this season, Halladay stepped up and tossed a no-hitter in his playoff debut, shutting down the Cincinnati Reds and walking one batter. To top it off, he also drove in a run, so he essentially beat the Reds by himself. Doc’s no-no was just second in MLB postseason history. The last one came in 1956 when Don Larsen tossed a perfect game.
Fun fact: Don Larsen is alive. He congratulated Roy Halladay in an interview with the Associated Press. “Quite a nice effort he had,” Larsen quipped. “You have to give him credit for that.” A little halfhearted, Don, but we’ll take it.
It looks like the Boston Red Sox owners are venturing into English soccer. On Tuesday night, New England Sports Ventures dropped $477 million to buy Liverpool . The majority of the money would reportedly cover the debts of current owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett Jr., though they are expected to challenge the deal in court.
NFL news: Jay Cutler out versus Panthers; Max Hall named Cardinals’ starting quarterback
The Bears said Jay Cutler was “OK” after he was concussed in Chicago’s loss to the New York Giants last week. But it should come as no surprise that they spoke too soon considering he took nine sacks in two quarters.
Cutler has been ruled out for Sunday’s game against Carolina, ending a stretch of 57 straight starts. Todd Collins will get the nod in his place. Cutler will practice on Thursday and Friday and be re-evaluated next week.
Attention, BYU fans: your former star quarterback is now an NFL starter. Max Hall will start over Derek Anderson in the Arizona Cardinals’ Week 5 matchup against New Orleans this Sunday. Hall got a cup of coffee after Anderson was hooked in Arizona’s blowout loss last week, completing eight of 14 passes for 82 yards.
NCAA football news: Two Baylor receivers arrested
After a Baylor basketball star was already arrested this week, two Baylor football players are in the same boat now.
Sophomore receivers Willie Jefferson and Josh Gordon were charged with misdemeanour marijuana possession after police got a call to a Taco Bell near Baylor’s campus. They found Jefferson passed out in the driver’s seat of his car in the drive-through lane with Gordon beside him. Police found marijuana with them in the car.
NBA news: Pistons forward Jerebko out five to six months
The Detroit Pistons already had an uphill climb awaiting them in the Eastern Conference this season and it just got tougher. Swedish forward Jonas Jerebko tore his right Achilles’ tendon in Detroit’s exhibition game against Miami on Tuesday. He averaged 9.3 points and six rebounds as a rookie last season.
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