Water Cooler – June 7th, 2011
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.
Top PUBLIC Bets Today:
#1. 916 San Francisco Giants 86%
#2. 914 San Diego Padres 84%
#3. 927 Seattle Mariners 83%
#4. 906 Cincinnati Reds 82%
#5. 922 Cleveland Indians 74%
#6. 902 Philadelphia Phillies 73%
#7. 924 Texas Rangers 70%
#8. 912 Milwaukee Brewers 68%
#9. 909 St Louis Cardinals 66%
#10. 907 Atlanta Braves 66%
Sports News – NHL news: Nathan Horton knocked out of Stanley Cup with severe concussion
The Boston Bruins can hold their heads high after pummelling Vancouver in an 8-1, circus-like victory that brought the Stanley Cup back to 2-1. But the big win came a huge cost.
Nathan Horton took a massive hit from Aaron Rome in the first period and was carted off on a stretcher. He had the use of all his extremities in the hospital but was diagnosed with a severe concussion. Horton is out for the rest of the playoffs. He was Boston’s second-leading postseason scorer with 17 points and had three game-winning goals, including two in Game 7s. Aaron Rome as of 30 minutes ago was suspended for the rest of the Stanley Cup Finals in a precedent setting bit of discipline.
MLB news: UCLA players dominate top of draft; Lenny Dykstra charged with theft, drug possession; Hanley Ramirez to DL
Monday’s MLB draft started in style for UCLA, as two of the top three picks were Bruins. Predictably, the Pirates took power righthanded pitcher Gerrit Cole first overall. He went first to the Yankees in 2008 but decided to attend university. At No. 3, the Arizona Diamondbacks chose UCLA lefty Trevor Bauer.
Seattle’s pick at second overall was surprising, as the M’s went with lefty Danny Hultzen out of Virginia. Many scouts expected them to grab third baseman Anthony Rendon out of Rice. He was the 2010 NCAA Player of the Year but slipped all the way to Washington at sixth overall, possibly because of concerns over a shoulder injury.
Lenny Dykstra, a retired former All-Star Philadelphia Phillies outfielder, appears to have hit rock bottom. He was charged Monday with 25 misdemeanor and felony counts of grand theft auto, identity theft and drug possession. According to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office, Dykstra, his accountant and a friend leased three high-end cars from a Southern California dealership thanks to bogus info and claiming credit through a fake business. When Dykstra was arrested at his home in early April, police found cocaine, Ecstasy and HGH. If convicted, Dykstra faces up to 12 years in prison. [soliloquy id=”82219″]
As expected, the Florida Marlins have placed struggling shortstop Hanley Ramirez on the 15-day DL with a back strain. Rehab hasn’t worked yet and he hasn’t played since May 29. Hanley is batting .210 with four homers. He’s a .307 career hitter.
NBA news: Monta Ellis-for-Andre Iguodala trade in the works? DeShawn Stevenson calls Heat players “actors”
After Jerry West hinted at trading Monta Ellis last week, it appears he and the Golden State Warriors might be going forward with that plan. Rumor has it they’re discussing a deal that would send Ellis to the Philadelphia 76ers for Andre Iguodala. It would make Golden State more expensive but also bigger and more defensively sound. It would give Philadelphia a legit scoring machine, as Elis averaged 24.1 points last season with the Warriors.
Dallas Mavericks guard DeShawn Stevenson called out Miami Heat superstars LeBron James and Dwyane Wade for being “great actors” this week. He said their ability to draw fouls has made it difficult to defend them in the NBA Finals and that “we’ve got to take hard fouls, but if you touch them they’re so dramatic you might get a flagrant too.”
NFL news: Tom Brady optimistic about a lockout resolution
For what it’s worth, Tom Brady at least thinks the NFL lockout will end in time for the 2011 season. Though he’s one of the plaintiffs in the players’ lawsuit against the owners, he’s optimistic about a resolution based on the latest news from both sides.
“Everyone’s working hard for a great outcome,” Brady said. “And I’m confident a lot of reasonable people will come to a very reasonable agreement.”
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