WATERCOOLER CHAT: BASEBALL TRADES, TX LONGHORNS LOADED, BUTCH JONES NEW CAPTAIN

BASEBALL

Roy Halladay The blockbuster baseball trade involving two Cy Young winners is official.  Here’s what happened.  The Phillies receive Roy Halladay, the best pitcher in the American League, in exchange for strong prospects.  In turn, Cliff Lee heads to Seattle to become a second ace along with Felix Hernandez.  The reason:  Cliff Lee was just a little too expensive for the Phillies to keep, and they had to let him go.  This could put the Mariners back in the AL West race again.

Elsewhere in baseball trading, the Angels lost their ace John Lackey to the Boston Red Sox.  This was one of those predictable things.  Lackey pitched incredibly for the Angels last year, and that’s when a team like the Red Sox come looking.  The Sox lost to the Angels in last season’s post-season, and they’re hoping that having a strong improvement to their pitching staff will put them atop the Yankees in the AL East again.

BASKETBALL

In college basketball, take a look at the #2 Texas Longhorns.  This team is absolutely loaded this year, with some of the best High School recruits in the country.  They’re currently 9-0 after absolutely destroying UT-Pan American last night 104-42. That… is a bloodbath.  Freshman phenom Avery Bradley led the way with 18 points.  This Texas team might seriously go all the way this year.

FOOTBALL

In college football, the undefeated Cincy Bearcats may have lost their head coach to Notre Dame, but they quickly found his replacement.  They’re hiring Central Michigan’s Butch Jones to be the new captain.  The Bearcats are currently preparing to play Florida in the Sugar Bowl under the guidance of their offensive coordinator, Jeff Quinn.  Unfortunately for the Bearcats, their perfect season may have an unfortunate end as all the head coaching changes can leave a team confused and misguided.  It’s even possible that their new coach, Butch Jones, could coach them in the game.  That’s kind of strange when you think about it.  Imagine being led to one of the biggest games of the year under the leadership of one person, and then all of the sudden, someone random is over there on the sidelines calling the shots on the big day.  This may not end well for Cincinnati.

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