WATERCOOLER CHAT: MCELROY NEW JETS’ QB, LAKERS EDGE BOBCATS, NOAH’S TRIPLE-DOUBLE

FOOTBALL

In the NFL, the New York Jets are still in the headlines. After being eliminated from the playoffs on Monday night, Rex Ryan has benched quarterback Mark Sanchez…but not for Tim Tebow. Former Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy has been named the starter next week for the battle against the San Diego Chargers. The move leaves people scratching their heads after the Jets spent so much effort in getting Tim Tebow, but now it seems as though it was a move that had nothing to do with football and only with publicity.

BASKETBALL

In the NBA, the Los Angeles Lakers came close to losing against the abysmal Charlotte Bobcats. Kobe Bryant needed his 7th straight game of 30 or more points to top the Bobcats 101 – 100. The Lakers were down by as much as 18 late in the third quarter at home in the Staples Center. Charlotte had the chance to win on several shot attempts before the buzzer went off, but was unsuccessful and was handed their 12th straight loss.

Also in basketball, Joakim Noah registered a triple-double for the Chicago Bulls in a 100 – 89 win over the Boston Celtics. Noah finished with 11 points, 13 rebounds, and 10 assists. And for the Celtics Rajon Rondo’s 26 points and eight assists wasn’t enough for Boston to win on the road.

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