Water Cooler – November 8th, 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.
The NFL news from the weekend follows the theme of what we’ve seen all season: brutal hits, trash talk and vicious locker-room wars between players and coaches.
NFL news: Austin Collie concussed; Channing Crowder claims a Raven player spit on him; Childress, Harvin have heated argument
This week’s big concussion victim: Indianapolis Colts receiver Austin Collie. He was knocked unconscious for a long time – it seemed like 10 minutes or more if you were watching – after taking a hit from Eagles safety Kurt Coleman. Unlike some other recent hits, like the James Harrison fiasco, Coleman’s hit was tougher to decipher. Was Collie defenseless, as the officials claimed? He seemed to have possession of the ball and wasn’t in the air.
Dolphins linebacker Channing Crowder freaked out during Miami’s loss to Baltimore last week, needing his teammates to restrain him. Was it a wounded ego because the team he trash talked all week laid a beatdown on his team? Not according to Crowder. He claims that Ravens fullback Le’Ron McClain spit in his face.
Though Minnesota kept its season on life support by winning in overtime yesterday, another ugly story leaked before the game. Percy Harvin and Brad Childress had a heated argument on Friday; Harvin reportedly almost punched Childress. Harvin said the argument was about Childress wanting him to get an MRI on his ankle and him wanting to just go out and play.
MLB news: Mets clubhouse manager says he bet on baseball; Moyer’s career over? Honus Wagner makes nuns rich
New York Mets clubhouse manager Charlie Samuels did his best Pete Rose impression on Friday. He admitted to betting on baseball one or more times. Samuels has been with the Mets for 27 years. The team suspended him on Thursday.
Jamie Moyer, who turns 48 this month, may finally have to hang up his cleats. He planned to return in 2011 after winning nine games in 2010 but reportedly reinjured his elbow in a Winter League game over the weekend. Retirement could be imminent.
Thanks to the legendary Honus Wagner, some nuns got a whole lot richer. The brother of a deceased nun died earlier this year and the School Sisters of Notre Dame in Baltimore inherited a Honus Wagner baseball card from him. Wagner cards are considered the rarest and most sought-after in baseball card collecting history. Even though the card wasn’t in mint condition, the nuns sold it for $262,000. They’ll donate the proceeds to ministries for the poor in 35 countries.
Isaiah Thomas still envisions LeBron in New York?
Just in case you though Isaiah Thomas was no longer crazy, here’s a quick update for you: he dreams of being the New York Nicks president in 2014 and signing LeBron James. Good stuff. He said he hopes “every single day of the week” to replace Donnie Walsh when he retires. Then he provided this glorious quote:
“When I look at my GM/executive record, if I’m evaluated on that, then whoever’s after Donnie, if you’re not talking about some of the top people in the game, I’ll put my draft evaluation record up against anyone’s.”
PGA news: Tiger Woods goes winless for the first season
For the first time ever, Tiger Woods has completed a PGA season without winning a tournament. He flopped at the HSBC Champions, ending his dream of 2010 glory. Even in Tiger’s rookie year, he won twice after turning pro in September, so this is uncharted territory for him.
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