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Jan 11th 2010: Daily Sports News – Gossip – Headlines

Monday’s Water Cooler – January 11, 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 topics…well, the stuff you discuss at the water cooler.



Thank heaven for the Cardinals and Packers. If it weren’t for their absurdly entertaining efforts, the NFL playoffs would’ve treated us to four dud games over the weekend. Let’s catch up on the latest sports news.

NFL news: Pats dynasty ending; Will USC suffer same fate without Pete Carroll?

Not everyone was surprised to see the Patriots pummelled at home on Sunday – I sure wasn’t – but we did witness an eye-opening moment for the NFL. Not even Tom Brady could save a woeful Pats team on Sunday and it’s clear the “find a way to win” era is over for the current Patriots squad. As much as we’ve talked up their glory days, they haven’t won Super Bowl in five seasons…going on six.

A team that only once sniffed a Super Bowl, the Seattle Seahawks, is luring a legendary college coach from the south. Pete Carroll has resigned from USC and is reportedly on the verge of making it official with the Seattle Seahawks. Maybe staying near the Pacific will give Carroll better luck than he had in his last NFL foray? It wasn’t horrible, but a 33-31 career record is not very Carrollesque.

In a weekend of blowouts, Arizona and Green bay rescued us. Their 52-45 finish qualifies as the highest-scoring game in NFL playoff history. In a losing effort, Aaron Rodgers toppled another Brett Favre record; his 422 passing yards were the most ever by a Packer quarterback in a postseason game.Online Sports Betting at Sportsbook

MLB news: Reds add Cuban flavour; Cards tease us with pure awesomeness

The Aroldis Chapman sweepstakes have finally ended. Apparently, after five or 10 years of loading up on young sluggers, the Reds finally realized that they couldn’t win baseball games without that whole “pitching” gimmick. Chapman is 18 years old and throws 100 miles per hour. He’s like the Michelle Wie of baseball. Uh, the male Michelle Wie.

Speaking of manliness, Mark McGwire – yes, that Mark McGwire – could be making a comeback. We already know he’s signed as the St. Louis Cardinals hitting coach (“OK, fellas – just grab this syringe and swing for the fences”), but Tony La Russa has actually entertained the thought of using him as a pinch hitter this season. It doesn’t matter what anyone thinks about McGwire’s past; that’s just cool. If you’re not hoping it happens, you’re lying.

NBA news: Pacers, T-Wolves discuss swapping stars; Shaq, Baldwin swap saliva

Reportedly, Minnesota general manager David Kahn offered Al Jefferson to the Pacers for Danny Granger. The offer got rejected faster than Tiger rejecting a…wait, Tiger doesn’t reject anything with a pulse. Anyway, you have to respect Kahn for trying, but offering the egotistical Jefferson, who is also recovering from a knee injury, is akin to offering your moldy sandwich for a fresh one in the cafeteria.

Shaquille O’Neal took a spill over the weekend in a battle with the Portland Trail Blazers and landed on Daniel Baldwin. He atoned for the collision by planting a kiss on the “actor.”

Notice how, 10 years ago, we could distinguish Daniel Baldwin from his brothers by calling him “the fat Baldwin”? That tells us nothing today.

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  1. While I agree that the Patriots are not the team they were a few years back, but organizations that know how to win will always find a way to quickly reload and get back on top. For all you Patriot haters out there, enjoy this season because they will be back with a vengence next year.