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May 12th 2010: Daily Sports News-Gossip-Headlines

Wednesday Water Cooler – May 12th, 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.


Brian Cushing

It’s a relatively slow news day but that doesn’t mean we can’t discuss some interesting crossovers, like politics affecting baseball or former ballplayers trying to qualify for golf majors.

NFL news: Cushing tested positive for fertility drug

It turns out Houston Texans linebacker Brian Cushing didn’t directly test positive for anabolic steroids, but he’s hardly out of the woods. Like Manny Ramirez last year, Cushing tested positive for HCG, a fertility drug. It’s often used to soften the side effects of a drug use cycle – particularly one that spikes testosterone levels.

We can read between the lines on this one.

MLB news: Halladay won’t pitch in Toronto this season…because of the G20 Summit

It likely would’ve gone down as the game of the year in Toronto, a city enduring its worst-ever MLB attendance woes. But Roy Halladay’s return game isn’t to be in 2010. Because of security concerns at the G20 Summit in Toronto, the Blue Jays/Phillies series will shift south of the border to Citizen’s Bank Park.

Oh well – it’s not like the Jays had a chance to beat Doc anyway.

NBA news: Joe Johnson winds up on Craigslist

Joe Johnson will get the last laugh when he likely signs a nine-figure contract this summer. Until then, though, Atlanta Hawks fans are lashing out at their soon-to-be former star who said “he could care less” if they showed up for his games.

Thanks to some pissed off fans, Joe Johnson is now available on Craigslist. He’s looking for a new home, seeks $500,000 an hour and works hard from December to April – but “WON’T WORK OVERTIME!”

Too bad Isaiah Thomas isn’t still running the Knicks, as I’m sure he would’ve replied to the posting.

Golf news: Smoltz fails to qualify for U.S. Open

Some leftover news from the weekend: John Smoltz, a future MLB Hall-of-Famer, failed in his bid to qualify for the 2010 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. He wasn’t half bad; Smoltz shot a 76 and displayed solid all-around skills for the most part. The problem was that he couldn’t putt.

When asked about missing a two-footer, Smoltz explained, “That’s what happens when you don’t putt gimmes.”

NHL news: Coyotes staying put after all?

Glendale stepped it up in the 11th hour and the Winnipeg dream may remain just that for now. The Glendale City council guaranteed the NHL $25 million yesterday to keep the Phoenix Coyotes in Jobing.com Arena for the 2010-2011 season.

That could open the door for other buyers who prefer to keep the team in the U.S., like Ice Edge Holdings or the Jerry Reinsdorf-led Chicago group.

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