WATERCOOLER CHAT: KNICKS SURGE PAST HEAT, ALL STAR GAME STARTERS, FISHER FIRED

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In the NBA, it was a rematch between the New York Knicks and the Miami Heat.  LeBron was back and Dwayne Wade was wearing red-tinted glasses to protect himself from the bright lights of MSG.  They effect his migraines.  New York is a team to be taken seriously this year, and they gave the Heat a fight last time they played.  Well, you better believe that they were ready for them.  The Heat got out to an early lead behind a fantastic game from Wade (34 points, 16 rebounds), but in the fourth quarter the Knicks surged past them.  Amar’e Stoudamire put up 24 points, and then Danilo Gallinari (a rising star) hit a clutch 3-pointer to ice the game.  Spike Lee, Donald Trump, and the entire fan base went crazy!  The Knicks are for real this year.  NY Kincks 93, Miami 88.

Also in the NBA, the starters for the All-Star game were announced.  Typically, the all-star game is purely an entertainment spectacle, but many are saying that this year has some gravity to it.  They have spectacular players in the game, and ever since LeBron’s departure from Cleveland to partner with fellow all-stars, it has sparked other stars around the league to raise their game up.  For the east, it’s LeBron, Dwayne Wade, Dwight Howard, Amar’e Stoudemire, and Derrick Rose (who beat out Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo).  For the west, it’s Kobe Bryant (of course), Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant, and in a blast from the recent past… Yao Ming at center.  This game is going to be brutal, and should be a fantastic spectacle.

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Finally, in the NFL, it’s the end of an era  After 16 seasons, Jeff Fisher has been fired as coach of the Tennessee Titans.  Fisher first took over as head of the Houston Oilers and guided the team’s move from Houston to Tennessee.  He even led them to the Super Bowl in 1999.  The Titans were rather successful over this decade, but they hadn’t won a playoff game since 2004.  They had a fantastic season in 2008, got a playoff bye, but got upset in the second round.  This past season, Fisher got in to a dispute with starting quarterback Vince Young.  The Titans will most likely part with Young, but they’ve also decided to move on from Fisher.  Time for a fresh start in Tennessee.

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