WATERCOOLER CHAT: IRSAY ARRESTED, COWBOYS TAKE CHANCE ON WEEDEN, PHIL JACKSON NEW KNICKS PRESIDENT

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In the NFL, it looks like absolutely nobody is above the law.  Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay was arrested on a DUI charge, and now faces 4 felony counts, including the possession of a controlled substance.  We’re used to seeing this kind of thing from a wayward player here and there, but not a team owner.  These people have an image to uphold.  So how will the NFL punish Irsay?  Likely a lengthy suspension — although it’s hard to understand how that applies to a team owner.

Elsewhere in the NFL, the Cowboys are sticking with quarterback Tony Romo this year as their guy.  They have decided, however, to get him a new back-up QB.  They have opted to give former Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden another chance.  Weeden basically floundered in Cleveland, however, was a superstar while playing at nearby Oklahoma State just a few years ago.  Perhaps he still has the talent to succeed, and maybe the fault was that of the Browns coaching staff.  This might just be a steal  by the Cowboys, taking a QB that everyone else has given up on.

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Finally, in the small, quiet lull before the NCAA Tournament storm, all eyes are on the latest movie in the NBA from the New York Knicks.  The Knicks haven’t performed well this season, and appear to be a franchise falling apart. They are in danger of losing their only superstar, Carmelo Anthony,  and possibly facing a multi-year rebuilding project.  There is man who can cure those woes:  Phil Jackson, The Zen Master.  The Knicks and Jackson agreed to terms Monday that Jackson would be the new team president.  He used to play for the Knicks and has a penchant for winning.  He will turn the culture around in New York, and Carmelo’s attitude will most likely improve at lightning speed.

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