Archive for August 15th, 2012

WATERCOOLER CHAT: ANGELS BACK ON TRACK, BYNUM KNEE SURGERY, 3 ON 3 AT THE OLYMPICS

BASEBALL

The Los Angeles Angels have all the talent in the world.  They’ve got the best player in baseball in Albert Pujols, the best young player in baseball in Mike Trout, and they just traded for one of the best pitchers in baseball in Zack Greinke.  They were hot earlier this summer, but August has been a rough month for the halos.  At 0-1, Greinke was looking to get his first win as an Angel.  And he would get that opportunity against the Indians.  Greinke pitched marvelously, and got some fantastic run support from Pujols, who blasted a 3-run homer.  Remember that Pujols struggled earlier this season, but now has 26 homers, and is on pace to finish yet another season with 30 home runs.  Greinke got out of there with a win, and hopefully the Angles are getting back on track for the playoffs.  LA Angeles 9, Cleveland 6.

BASKETBALL

As the new face of the 76ers franchise, the Philly coaching staff wants Andrew Bynum to be as healthy as possible for the remainder of his career.  Bynum has been plagued by knee injuries, and only last year was he able to stay healthy and complete the full season.  It was a season that saw him definitely emerge as the second best center in the league.  The Sixers want to protect their investment, so they’re sending Bynum to Germany for the same type of knee surgery that both Kobe and Alex Rodriguez have undergone.  It’s a type of operation that isn’t sanctioned in the US, but seems to be working wonders for some of the best athletes in the world.  The Sixers are banking that it can cure Bynum’s knee woes, and ensure that he stays dominant for at least the next 5 seasons.

Finally, in basketball, there has been some outcry that there is only ONE basketball event in the Olympics.  It’s basically just… basketball.  Seems obvious, but they spend 2 weeks trying to determine who will get the gold medal.  Meanwhile, swimming has tons of entertaining events in which an athlete can medal.  And volleyball has at least two:  the 6-person team and the 2-on-2 beach volleyball.  So why shouldn’t basketball have a 3-on-3 half court event.  After all, every basketball player in the world has played 3-on-3 ball at some point, so everybody could relate to it.  Each country could have multiple representatives, and the teams would be very exciting.  Imagine LeBron, Chris Paul, and Kevin Love taking on Carmelo, Durant, and Derrick Rose in the gold medal match.  That would be fun to watch, and now the Olympic committee has said that they are considering it for the 2016 Olympics. Why say no to something that everybody would want to see?

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