WATERCOOLER CHAT: KANSAS VS DUKE, KENTUCKY VS MICHIGAN STATE, REED ERA ENDS IN HOUSTON

BASKETBALL

In college basketball, the sparks are starting to fly.  In the opening game of their college basketball season, it was Kansas vs. Duke, or, to put it more bluntly, the battle of Andrew Wiggins (Kansas) vs. Jabari Parker (Duke).  These guys are projected to go #1 and #2 in the NBA Draft, and it’s rare to see game between these type of titans in an opening match-up.  Plus, these guys are projected to be some of the best new superstars in the NBA.  So who would win?  Actually, they both won, as they both looked fantastic.  But, in the end, Kansas and Wiggins took home the win.  These guys could meet again in the NCAA Tourney.  Kansas 94, Duke 83.

And, prior to this game, we had another rare match-up as #1 Kentucky took on #2 Michigan State.  Usually a game like this is reserved for the NCAA Tournament Finals, but, hey, it happened, so might as well enjoy it.  The Kentucky Wildcats jumped out to an early 10-0 lead, but then Michigan State came surging back.  A lot of these guys at Michigan State played together last season, and that chemistry showed.  They pulled out ahead at the end of the game and will be the #1 team in the country going forward.  But, will they hang on to #1?  Michigan State 78, Kentucky 74.

FOOTBALL

And in the NFL, it looks like the Ed Reed era in Houston has come to an end just 10 weeks into the season.  The Texans brought in Reed to help their defense and put them over the top in the AFC.  Unfortunately, the Texans are now 2-7 and looking towards the future.  And they decided that Ed Reed wasn’t part of their future plan.  This was most likely because (A) he’s getting pretty old, but more notably (B) he criticized the team publicly after their game against Arizona.  Reed said that they were “out coached”.  That’s not exactly a politically correct response.  It throws your coaching staff under the bus.  You never hear Peyton Manning or Tom Brady say they were out coached after a loss.  It’s likely that some other team going for it all will enlist Reed’s services.

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