Fun Fact of the Day: Baylor’s men’s basketball team was ranked #1 in the AP Poll this week for the first time in its history! But its reign on top will be short-lived. Last night, they were blown out by #10 WVU, 89-68. The 21-point margin was the largest loss for a team’s first game ranked at #1.
When you ghost on your boss. N.Y. Knicks star Derrick Rose went missing on Monday night. He showed up to practice earlier in the day, but then he was nowhere to be found for the team's game against the New Orleans Pelicans. Just before the game, teammates and members of the Knicks staff tried to reach him but didn’t hear back. They got so worried that they even sent someone to look for him at his apartment. The next day, Rose showed up to practice like nothing had ever happened. When he was asked where he was, he replied that he went to be with his mother in Chicago for a family issue. He also said he didn’t answer the Knicks’ phone calls because he needed “space.” Mmmm… OK? This isn’t a good sign for the Knicks’ team dynamics. Not only have they lost 8 of their last 9 games, but rumor has it Rose has been annoyed with coach Jeff Hornacek. Apparently, the feeling is mutual, because in recent games Hornacek has been putting in undrafted rookie Ron Barker over Rose in the 4th quarter.
We’re going to need a bigger cup. FIFA voted unanimously to expand the World Cup from 32 to 48 participating teams in 2026. Supporters of the change are excited that the tournament will be even more inclusive, but cynics say that it’s just FIFA’s way of getting more money. The bigger tournament is expected to bring in an extra $1B in television, sponsorship, and ticketing revenue every World Cup. The expanded field could be an advantage for the USA’s chances of hosting in 2026. The new format will mean that the host country will have to have training sites, housing, and facilities for an extra 16 teams, which favors the USA and China.
Hey now, you’re an All-Star. The NHL announced the 2017 All-Star rosters. The big stars of hockey like Sidney Crosby, Patrick Kane and Alex Ovechkin were all selected, as well as a couple of exciting new rookies like Auston Matthews and Patrik Laine. As usual, there were a few snubs and confusing selections, like Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews. Toews was a little embarrassed that he was selected for the team. Even though he’s helped lead the Blackhawks to 3 Stanley Cups and is a big name in the world of hockey, his production has been pretty weak so far this season. You can tune in to see all the All-Stars in the 3-on-3 tournament on January 29th.
Seen and Heard
Did he or didn’t he? Duke’s latest villain Grayson Allen is in the center of another maybe-controversy. ICYMI, Allen was given an “indefinite” suspension that lasted only 1 game for his habit of tripping opponents. Now, he’s back on the floor and everyone is watching him like a hawk. Last night, #7 Duke lost big to #9 Florida State and in the middle of the game, someone noticed that Allen may have shoved a Florida State coach while he was falling off the court. Was it an incidental shove or more villainy? Judge for yourself.