Archive for January 17th, 2012

WATERCOOLER CHAT: HEAT’S YEAR, CALDWELL GONE, GIANTS/NINERS

In the NBA, the Miami Heat have had a tough start to the season.  They’ve been on a 3-game losing streak and have also yet to win the road.  To add to the bad, they would be without Dwayne Wade on the road against a tough San Antonio team.  But, this would be the game they would finally turn it around.  LeBron James was an absolute monster against the Spurs, posting 33 points and 10 assists.  There was simply no answer for James, as the Heat scorched the Spurs.  With the win, the Heat are hoping to get on track to getting that #1 overall seed in the eastern conference.  This HAS to be their year.  Miami 120, San Antonio 98.

, In the NFL, it truly looks like the Indianapolis Colts are completely overhauling their team.  After a putrid 2-14 season, the new owners are getting rid of Jim Caldwell.  Caldwell had been the coach of the Colts the past few seasons.  He was appointed head skipper soon after Tony Dungy retired after winning a Super Bowl.  Caldwell was Dungy’s right-hand man, and was long-considered to be Peyton Manning’s “Guy”.  But, this season, Caldwell showed what kind of coach he is WITHOUT Peyton running the show.  Yeah… he’s disposable.  And now, with Peyton’s career in serious jeopardy after a neck injury, the Colts are cleaning house and paving the way for the Andrew Luck era.  Is Peyton the next guy to get shipped out of town?

Finally, in some other NFL news, the remarks are already flying between the Giants and the 49ers for the NFC Championship.  First off, Victor Cruz said that the Giants can’t be beat.  He says that they’re excited about playing the Niners because they like how they FEEL about them, that they think they can win.  Cruz said that the Saints would have been tougher, and the Giants are happy to be playing the Niners.  Additionally, Niners tight-end Vernon Davis said that he was PRAYING the Giants would beat the Packers, so the Niners could host the NFC Championship Game.  The Giants defensive back Antrel Rolle said that Davis should be careful what he wishes for because the Giants are coming for him.  This game is going to be terrific!

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WATERCOOLER CHAT: KC PAST BEARS, FISHER TO RAMS, MARTZ QUITS

In college basketball, the surprise team of the years has been the Baylor Bears.  People expected them to be good, but not still undefeated by this point in the season. Baylor, remember, was a basketball program in turmoil just about 5 years ago, when one player killed another on the team.  But, they’ve since recovered, and have had a very respectable program since.  Last night they took their unbeaten streak to the ultimate test… into Kansas’ Allen Field House.  Baylor has never won in Kansas, and were hoping they would finally shatter THAT streak.  Well, not so fast, because Kansas’ Tyshawn Taylor didn’t care for the Bears potent offense.  He scored 28 on the night, keeping Baylor in their place, as the Jayhawks cruised once again past the Bears for a win.  Kansas 92, Baylor 74.

In the NFL, the St. Louis Rams were predicted by many to finish in first place in the NFC West at the beginning of the season.  After all, they would have 2nd year man Sam Bradford coming off a spectacular rookie campaign.  Plus, their receiving corps looked pretty good with some young guys like Danny Amendola and a few rookies in the mix.  However, their season was plagued by injuries and their head coach Steve Spagnuolo had no answers.  Now, after such a putrid season, it looks like former long-time Titans head coach Jeff Fisher will be named the new head coach and officially introduced to fans today.   The Rams are hoping that Fisher can turn the organization around with his no-nonsense leadership style, similar to the one Jim Harbaugh illustrated in San Francisco this season.  Expect the Rams to be back on track next year.

Finally, in some other NFL news (and fittingly Rams news), it looks like famed offensive coordinator Mike Martz is calling it quits.  Martz solidified his reputation as an offensive genius while running the offense for the St. Louis Rams of the late 90s and early 00’s.  This was known as “The Greatest Show On Turf”, an offense that used to frequently put up points in the 40s and 50s.  This team won a Super Bowl in 1999 behind Kurt Warner at quarterback, Marshall Faulk at running-back, and Issac Bruce, Tory Holt, and Az-Hazir Hakim catching the passes.  Since then, Martz has made many pit stops (including San Francisco, Detroit, and Chicago) and every time he switched teams, fantasy football owners would inevitably draft the receivers on that team hoping for big fantasy points.  Now, Martz is hanging up the clipboard, and the game will miss one of the best offensive minds there ever was. 

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