Archive for February 15th, 2012

WATERCOOLER CHAT: KNICKS ON ROLE, MANNING’S CHOICE, MANNY NOT ORIOLE

BASKETBALL

In the NBA, Jeremy “Lin”sanity continues.  The Knicks are on a 4-game winning streak since Jeremy Lin joined the starting line-up.  They finally took that show on the road to Toronto against a pesky Raptors team.  Jose Calderon has been playing great for the Raptors, and his 25 points gave them a healthy second half lead.  But, in the end, it all came down to Jeremy Lin… again.  Lin had 27 points on the night, with none more important than his shot with less than a second left. He nailed a 3-pointer to break the tie and give the Knicks the lead they needed to ice the victory.  That puts them on a 5-game win streak, with Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire about to rejoin the starting line-up.  This could get really interesting, really quickly.  NY Knicks 90, Toronto 87.

FOOTBALL

Elsewhere, in the NFL, the Peyton Manning drama continues.  Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay said that, ideally, he’d like to leave Peyton Manning’s career in Peyton Manning’s hands.  He said the door is open if Peyton wants to stay, that the Colts owe that much to Manning.  The Colts have to decide by March 8th if they will pay Manning a $28 million bonus to stay on the Colts the next 4 years or decline, at which point Manning becomes an unrestricted free agent.  In other words, they’d be letting him walk.  Most likely, Manning is on his way out, especially since Stanford’s Andrew Luck is likely on his way in.  But the Colts owner doesn’t want to be RESPONSIBLE for getting rid of Manning.  He would be lambasted.

BASEBALL

There was speculation that Manny Ramirez would have a new home next year:  The Baltimore Orioles.  The Orioles have a bunch of up-and-coming talent, but could use a slugger like Ramirez to occasionally clear the bases.  But now, the Orioles are publicly saying that they are no longer interested in bringing Manny to town.  They’re saying that they don’t think the 39-year old former all-star fits the culture of the clubhouse right now.  Plus, the Orioles have 4 players on their roster who hit more than 20 home runs last year, and that’s a rarity in the league.  In other words, they don’t really need Manny’s primary skill:  Blasting the ‘every-now-and-then’ home run.  Either way, look for the Orioles to be a team on the rise next season.

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