Archive for February 5th, 2009

WATERCOOLER CHAT: LEBRON STILL THE MAN, BECKHAM LEAVING, RAIDERS NEW COACH

NBA

LeBron James reminded us once again that he is LEBRON JAMES, as the Cavs traveled to New York City.  LeBron put up yet another triple-double this season and finished the night with 52 POINTS!  Now, he joins Michael Jordan as the two players to score more than 50 points in multiple games at Madison Square Garden.  Al Harrington had a nice game for the Kincks with 39 points, but New York still remains a sub-500 team, and their fans have no expectations of a playoff appearance.  Their team completely lacks stars, and are, coincidentally, hoping to land LeBron James (the man who keeps clobbering them), in the summer of 2010.  Cleveland 107, New York 102.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

The Duke Blue Devils are one of the most unpredictable teams this season.  They have been sheltered in the top 5 for quite a while, and even moved to #1 last week.  However… whenever Duke comes to town, teams tend to step it up a notch.  Beating Duke is just more satisfying for some reason.  The latest victor — #10 Clemson.  And they didn’t just beat Duke with some last second heroics.  Nope, they absolutely crushed the Blue Devils.  Trevor Booker had 21 points for Clemson, and Duke only scored 47, their lowest point total since 1994… when they lost to Clemson.  Clemson 74, Duke 47.

SOCCER

And in soccer, it’s official, David Beckham has publicly said that he wants to end his time with the Los Angeles Galaxy and the MLS, and play full time for AC Milan.  Beckham came to the States a few years ago in an MLS attempt to jolt interest in the league.  But that experiment is apparently over now, as Beckham will inevitably become a permanent member of the elite Italian football club.

NFL

Finally, a little post Super Bowl NFL news.  The Oakland Raiders have officially made Tom Cable their head coach for next season.  Cable took over the team from Lane Kiffin early last season, and owner Al Davis liked his efforts and has awarded him the gig.  The most notable item from this headline is that this is the 5th head coach the Raiders have had since 2003 (when they went to the Super Bowl).  The others, in ascending chronological order:  Bill Callahan, Norv Turner, Art Shell, Lane Kiffin, and now Tom Cable.  So now the question is, will owner Al Davis be introducing a new coach in the winter of 2010?

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