Fun Fact of the Day: Swimmer Michael Phelps is on the cover of the next issue of Sports Illustrated with all 23 of his Olympic gold medals. The weight of those medals is approximately 14.6 pounds. That doesn’t even include his 3 silver and 2 bronze medals.
All good things must come to an end. The San Antonio Spurs narrowly defeated the Houston Rockets last night (102-100), ending the Rockets’ impressive 10-game winning streak. Even though they lost, the Rockets still proved that they could hang tough with one of the best teams in the West.
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Over and out. The NFL fined the N.Y. Giants $150,000 and their head coach Ben McAdoo $50,000 for using a walkie-talkie during the team’s win over the Dallas Cowboys. McAdoo explained that his headset wasn’t working, so he used the walkie-talkie to get ahold of QB Eli Manning. Unfortunately, coaches aren’t allowed to use the walkie-talkies or they get grounded—err, I mean penalized. That’s because, unlike approved headsets, the walkie-talkies don’t automatically shut off when there are 15 seconds left to go on the play clock. So why do they have them at all? The NFL provides the walkie-talkies for officials to monitor communications. Backup QBs are also allowed to listen in and learn from their coaches’ communications, but they aren’t allowed to speak into them.
The Pros. Yesterday, the 2016 Pro Bowl selections were announced. (Psst—don’t know what the Pro Bowl is? We’ve got you covered.) Seven Oakland Raiders were picked, the most of any team. That’s not too surprising because the Raiders clinched a playoff spot for the first time since 2002. Other notable selections included Dallas Cowboys rookies QB Dak Prescott and running back Ezekiel Elliott and New England Patriots QB Tom Brady for the 12th time.
A post-Sale sale. The Boston Red Sox traded pitcher Clay Buchholtz to the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for a minor league second baseman. Buchholtz spent his entire 10-year career with the Red Sox, but he’s had some ups and downs with the team. Once upon a time, he was a highly touted All-Star, but his performance has slipped over the past few seasons. Now, the Red Sox don’t have room for him anymore, because they acquired ace Chris Sale from the White Sox. Even though the team didn’t get much in return for Buchholtz, they cleared out his big $13.5 million salary for 2017.
Mixon feelings. Two years ago, Oklahoma’s running back Joe Mixon pled guilty to misdemeanor assault, after he punched a female student so hard she broke 4 bones in her face. The school suspended him for 1 year, but he was back to being a big football star this past season. Now, the assault is back in the news because after a protracted legal battle, the disturbing surveillance video was finally released. Many people are criticizing Oklahoma’s coach for being too lenient on Mixon, because had had access to the video before deciding on the 1-year suspension.