WATERCOOLER CHAT: MNF SHOWDOWN, TROUBLED LARRY JOHNSON

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Hines Ward.jpgMonday Night Football saw a showdown of two of the league’s top teams — the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Denver Broncos.  The Broncos started the season undefeated, but got a lashing last week against the Ravens.  Would this week prove that was a fluke, or that they have some missing bolts indeed?  Well, much has been said about the Broncos surprisingly productive offense behind new quarterback Kyle Orton.  But, this game belonged to Big Ben and the Steelers.  He hooked up with Hines Ward twice for touchdowns in the second half, and finished the game with 233 yards and 3 touchdowns.  Denver’s offense, on the other hand, just couldn’t get it done.  Their 2 running backs, Correll Buckhalter and Knowshon Moreno ran for a combined 27 yards.  Denver is now on the down swing, and Pittsburgh the up.  Pittsburgh 28, Denver 10.

Elsewhere in the NFL, the Kansas City Chiefs have finally had enough of their troubled, loud-mouth running back Larry Johnson.  Johnson was a pure star for the Chiefs for roughly 3 full seasons, putting up amazing stats.  However, he’s just had too much trouble with the law and the media (making gay slurs), and that was that.  They released him yesterday, and will now go with Jamaal Charles as their running-back.  With Johnson now available, there are a few teams who could desperately use him.  Possibly Seattle, who are suffering at the position, or maybe Indianapolis, who could use Johnson as another weapon in the backfield.  It’s probable that Johnson will find a home before season’s end.

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Finally, earlier this year we reported that Isaiah Thomas, NBA Hall of Fame point guard, and former GM and coach of the New York Knicks, had decided to go into college coaching.  Which team did a he choose?  A small school called Florida International.  It was a good place for him to experiment, and the school, of course, welcomed his celebrity to bring attention.  Well, their first match-up was against none other than the defending National Champions, the North Carolina Tar Heels.  FIU didn’t keep it close, but they did hold their own against the champs, losing by only 16 (Hey, it could have been much worse).  North Carolina 88, FIU 72.

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