Archive for February 14th, 2012

WATERCOOLER CHAT: MOSS WANTS BACK, UNITING CONFERENCES, LIN SANITY

FOOTBALL

In the NFL, we may be getting a treat next season.  After a downward spiral, Randy Moss, essentially, had to retire.  He had an amazing late career in New England, until he had some serious issues and became a nuisance to the Patriots organization.  After that, the Pats shipped him off to Minnesota, where he did absolutely nothing.  So… he retired.  He waited for the phone to ring in the 2011 season, but nobody called for his services.  Now, after a year off, Randy Moss says he wants to play football again.  Randy Moss is now 35 years old, and that’s pretty old for a such a physically demanding position as wide receiver.  Moss said he needed to work some things out in his life, but is ready to play football again.  Most likely nobody is going to bite on Moss, as he showed that he was pretty much washed up in 2010 — even on the Titans who brought him in for that extra kick on offense.  But, you still have to wish him luck on a comeback.

Elsewhere, in college football, in an effort to survive, two small conferences are joining forces.  It looks like the Mountain West and Conference USA may unite to form a large conference of young, pesky, up-and-coming programs.  The Big East raided both of these conferences towards the end of last season, inviting TCU and Memphis to join (this after several Big East schools are bolting for the ACC).  The new conference doesn’t have a name, but would most likely be ready by the 2013-2014 season, and would include UNLV, New Mexico, Wyoming, Colorado State, Air Force, Hawaii (in football only), Southern Miss, Tulsa, Marshall, Rice, UTEP, UAB, Tulane, East Carolina, Nevada and Fresno State.  This conference might even have its own championship game, which could have BCS implications.  It will be interesting to see if they pull this off.  Bottom line is they need to.

BASKETBALL

Finally, in the NBA, everyone knows about “Lin”sanity — how Jeremy Lin has totally turned this New York Knicks team into a winner.  The oddest thing about this is he’s done it with all-stars Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire on the bench.  Thus, Knicks fans have been asking questions as to whether Carmelo’s return would rattle the solid chemistry the Knicks are experiencing.  After all, Anthony is an alpha-dog and typically wants the ball in his hands.  But, just yesterday, Carmelo said that he can co-exist with Lin.  ‘Melo said that when he gets back, he still wants the ball in Lin’s hands, with LIN running the show.  Carmelo said he would play off THAT.  If this is possible, then maybe the Knicks actually do some serious damage in the playoffs.
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