WATERCOOLER CHAT: NEW CONCUSSION RULE IN MLB, CLOWNEY FAST 40, METTA WORLD PEACE CUT

BASEBALL

In an attempt to fall in line with other sports worried about concussions and other player health issues, Major League Baseball has instituted a rule that will alter one of the iconic moments of the game.  From this point forth, there will be NO more collisions at home plate between a base runner and the catcher.  However, there is one exception — if the catcher steps in front of home base (toward 3rd base) to get in the way of the runner headed home.  The catcher then is obstructing the runner’s path, and a collision is necessary.  Prior to this, runners would slam into catchers to try and make them drop the ball and be ruled safe.

FOOTBALL

In college football, there have been a lot of question marks about star South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney.  He is a beast of an athlete, but he had a lackluster season at South Carolina, and now many pro scouts are wondering if he has the drive to make it in the NFL.  Clowney still feels like he should be the #1 pick, and it’s actually pretty tough to pass him up if you are a team like the Houston Texans or the St. Louis Rams picking #1 and #2 respectively.  On Monday, however, Clowney tried to prove his critics wrong and  ran the fastest 40-yard dash time out of all the defensive linemen.  This may not matter much to most casual fans, but scouts take a real interest in these numbers.

BASKETBALL

In the NBA, when Metta World Peace was cut by the Lakers at the end of last season, the New York Knicks picked him up thinking he could be a quality defensive veteran addition.  Unfortunately, Metta World Peace didn’t do much for the Knicks, and on Monday, the organization cut him.  There is a chance that the Lakers may re-sign him at a bargain rate, a contender might pick him up, he’ll retire or perhaps even play overseas…after all, he is Metta World Peace.

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