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October 26th 2010: Daily Sports News – Gossip – Headlines

Water Cooler – October 26th, 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.


Looks like I spoke too soon about the NFL escaping major injuries in Week 7. We lead off the day’s news with major problems for two soon-to-be-former contenders.

NFL news: Tony Romo breaks clavicle; Brett Favre has fractures in ankle

Big Trouble in Big D

The Dallas Cowboys can kiss their Super Bowl hopes goodbye this season. They were already on thin ice entering their clash with the New York Giants on Monday night and things went from bad to worse. With the Cowboys leading in the second quarter, Tony Romo took a big hit from Michael Boley and broke his clavicle.

The early prognosis states that the Cowboys’ star quarterback will miss six to eight weeks but it’s entirely possible that his season is over. Dallas falls to 1-5 and essentially needs to start looking ahead to 2011.

The Minnesota Vikings, now 2-5, are in a similar boat. Admittedly, I thought Brett Favre was hamming up his pain during Sunday’s loss to Green Bay, conveniently limping every time he threw a pick. But it turns out he was legitimately banged up. An MRI on his left ankle yesterday revealed two different fractures. Though neither injury requires surgery, it’s very possible that Favre’s NFL record of 291 consecutive games started (315 including the playoffs) is about to end.

MLB news: Blue Jays hire John Farrell as manager, ManRam to follow? MLB could expand playoffs

The Toronto Blue Jays’ plans for 2011 involve plucking one – and perhaps two – former pieces of their division Rival Boston Red Sox.

The Jays have hired John Farrell as their new manager. He was Boston’s pitching coach since 2007, mentoring young stars like Jon Lester and Clay Buchholz, and he’ll try to do the same with a young Toronto rotation that includes Ricky Romero, Brandon Morrow and, eventually, Kyle Drabek.

Could Farrell’s old Red Sox buddy, Manny Ramirez, follow him to Toronto? ManRam certainly wants to. He grew up a Blue Jays fan and has consistently mashed at the Rogers Center. But is he really a good fit for Toronto at age 39?

Even more good news for the Jays: it’s possible that the MLB playoffs could expand in a couple of years. The MLB players’ union is open to adding wild-card teams for 2012 – perhaps two more per league to bring the total to 12, which would mirror the NFL’s format.

Is it possible that the Yankees’ fans have ruined the team’s chances at landing Cliff Lee this offseason? Reportedly, they yelled obscene things and threw beer at Lee’s wife when she sat in the visiting family section at Yankee Stadium last week. Not the best idea if you want to woo a player, is it?

NHL news: Michael Nylander breaks his neck

Scary stuff in the AHL this week. Playmaking center Michael Nylander, once a first-line NHL stalwart, was trying to fight his way back into the league through the AHL’s Rochester Americans. However, he suffered a possible career-ending injury on Saturday against the Grand Rapids Griffins.

Nylander took an awkward hit from behind and fell into the boards, breaking his neck. He’ll require surgery to repair his vertebra, will probably miss the rest of 2010-11 and may never play hockey again.

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