Archive for February 13th, 2014

WATERCOOLER CHAT: PITT BEATS SYRACUSE, MICHAEL SAM GETTING ENDORSEMENTS, JETER TO RETIRE

BASKETBALL

In college basketball, undefeated Syracuse faced a tough test heading in to face the Pittsburgh Panthers in Pitt-land.  The crowd was raucous, and even though Syracuse is #1 and Pitt is #25, the Pitt Panthers were favored in this game.  Why?  Because Pitt beat Syracuse in Syracuse earlier this season, AND they’ve won 9 straight at home against the nation’s Top 5 teams over the years.   Pitt did beat up on the Orange, and led by one with just 4.4 seconds to play.  Syracuse had the ball, but they would have to go the length of the court.  They gave it to their star freshman Tyler Ennis, he dribbled up and launched a deep 3 for the win, and… BANG!!!  He got it.  Syracuse gets the win and stays undefeated.  Syracuse 58, Pitt 56.

FOOTBALL

In college football, Michael Sam is still in the news after coming out as gay.  Everyone has been extremely supportive of Sam, as he is truly an inspiration.  Now it looks like the brands are lining up offering him sponsorship deals.  Apparently, Sam said, that every time he is on the phone, some company is calling with an offer.  And these include many offers from Fortune 500 companies.  Many of these companies have major LGBT initiatives, and feel that Sam is the perfect spokesman.  What a fantastic story.

BASEBALL

And finally, in the baseball world, it looks like this is the end of an important era in New York.  Derek Jeter said he will retire at the end of the 2014 season.  This will be his last year, and he is truly one of the greatest sportsmen to ever play the game.  Jeter has been battling injuries the past few seasons, and while he has still occasionally come up as clutch for the Yanks, he is likely looking at getting cut at some point.  He probably doesn’t want to play for another team, and will take his final lap around the league this season.  Jeter will most definitely be an important presence in the baseball world after his career.

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