Archive for December 18th, 2012

WATERCOOLER CHAT: JETS ELIMINATED, BOEHEIM 900TH WIN AND GUN CONTROL, KNICKS BOO LIN

FOOTBALL

In a Monday edition of the NFL, the Jets have been eliminated from playoff contention. The Jets’ inept offense proved to NFL fans around the country how bad the Jets really are this season. Jets starting quarterback Mark Sanchez only threw 4 interceptions on the night. But even with the poor throws and questionable play calling from New York’s coaching staff, the Jets found themselves in a position to beat the Tennessee Titans on the road. With about a minute left in the game the Titans were forced to punt from deep in their own territory, but instead of sending a high booming kick to the other side of midfield, he shanked it. The punt went 19 yards and set the Jets up perfectly with a short field to drive for the winning score. On their first play of the drive, the Jets fumbled the ball on the center-quarterback exchange. The Titans picked up the ball and called it a game. Tennessee Titans 14, New York Jets 10. Titans running back Chris Johnson finished the game with 122 yards and a touchdown on the ground.

 BASKETBALL

In college basketball, longtime Syracuse basketball coach Jim Boeheim racked up his 900th win last night. His Syracuse Orange topped the Detroit Titans, 72 – 68. Boeheim is only the third coach in history to reach the 900-win milestone joining Bobby Knight and Mike Krzyzewski. The 68-year-old coach is coaching at his alma matter for his 37th year. But as big as the win was, Boeheim took time in his post game press conference, to use it as a soapbox and preach about gun control.  He talked about the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School saying, “If we cannot get the people who represent us to do something about firearms, we are a sad, sad society,” he added that “If one person in this world, the NRA president, anybody, can tell me why we need assault weapons with 30 shots — this is our fault if we don’t go out there and do something about this.” Boeheim went on to say, “If we can’t get this thing done, I don’t know what kind of country we have.”

In the NBA, New York Knicks’ fans booed Jeremy Lin in his return to Madison Square Garden.  Lin had 22 points and 8 assists in his return to his old team’s stomping grounds. The Houston Rockets used his contributions along with James Harden’s 28 points and 10 rebounds to top the Knicks and sweep the season series from them. The 109 – 96 loss snapped the Knicks 10 game home winning streak.

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