NFL Trade Deadline, Brock Lesnar, Brett Favre and Tuesday's Big Stories
From NFL trade deadline talk to Brock Lesnar to Brett Favre, Tuesday's sports headlines have been filled with a little of everything.
And with the MLB playoffs and more on the horizon, let's quickly breeze through today's latest and greatest breaking sports news...
Just because Jeff Fisher is known to crack jokes doesn't mean he can't be serious.
In fact, let's rewind to yesterday's Monday Night Football game as a prime example.
According to Yahoo Sports, Fisher was asked to call timeouts for MNF commercial breaks—something the Tennessee Titans coach refused to do.
"[Jacksonville coach] Jack [Del Rio] used his timeouts," Fisher said. "My understanding is they needed network timeouts, and that's why Jack used his timeouts. They came over and asked me to do it, but I said, 'I was hoping to get a first down and kneel on it.'"
But wait; there's more.
Upon further investigation, especially considering many believed Fisher to be making another joke with the media in the team's 30-3 romping of the Jacksonville Jaguars, Terry McCormick of TitanInsider.com got the inside scoop based on the Tennessee coach's press conference on Tuesday with the local media:
"At the two-minute warning in every game in the fourth quarter, there are conversations that go by. There's conversations that take place at the two-minute warning before the first half. But there's conversations that take place, and it's the official's responsibility to give the head coach a status of commercials and TV timeouts," Fisher said. "Yesterday, I was told that they were two short. And they looked at me and smiled, and I said, 'Sorry, I can't help you.' Mike Carey came across and said, 'Here's the deal. We're two short.' And I said, 'Mike, I can't help you. I'm trying to get a first down and I'm gonna kneel on it.'"
So there you have it.
Fisher was telling God's honest truth after all.
Turns out the Jags' Del Rio was much less hesitant when asked to comply with the timeouts request.
Del Rio called two timeouts, both after the two minute warning, so the NFL could fit in commercial time.
Sadly, it's not a joke...
Was it a home run, or was it fan interference?
You tell me.
Oh wait; that's right, this is the MLB—where commissioner Bud Selig likes to run the league as if we were still living in the 1960s.
Yes, I understand that baseball is America's Pastime and all that jazz.
Trust me, I love the game.
But something has got to give.
I've said it time and time again, but change is something that Major League Baseball must learn to embrace.
Yet even with replay, officials still sometimes get it wrong.
Sure, the New York Yankees did have a second home run overturned upon further review of Lance Berkman's bomb that was called a fair ball—only to have the call reversed, correctly, and called foul.
But rewind two batters to New York's Robinson Cano.
On a called-homer that was absolutely fan interference, the ump said the fan did not interfere and no replay was used.
Ask commissioner Selig.
If instant replay is available on ANY questionable call, it should be allowed to be used.
MLB must open it's mind and expand instant replay in the game, plain and simple...
With the NFL dishing out fines for hard hits on a more consistent basis, the key question begins to become: Will the hefty fines truly solve the problem?
After the week 6 matchups, players such as Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison, New England Patriots safety Brandon Meriweather, and Atlanta Falcons cornerback Dunta Robinson all received hefty fines from the league.
Harrison was fined $75,000, with Meriweather and Robinson being charged $50,000 apiece by the NFL.
"Future offenses will result in an escalation of fines up to and including suspension," NFL executive vice president of football operations Ray Anderson said in a letter to each player, according to NFL.com.
The recent increase in hard collisions and player concussions has led the league to begin fining, and possibly suspending, players who commit illegal hits.However, fining these guys may not be the best answer.
NFL players, especially those in the secondary, have begun arguing that new rules and fines are taking away from the game.
Even some of the guys absorbing those hits week-in and week-out have argued the same thing, but the NFL is only trying to keep the game safe.
Yes, it's football and it's dangerous.
But a line must be drawn somewhere, and the league is doing it's best to make a mark in the sand...
According to TMZ, the football scandal at the University of North Carolina goes all the way back to Brian "The Boz" Bosworth.
In the ongoing agent recruiting scandal at UNC, Bosworth has close ties to both men in the middle of the controversy, according to the report.
John Blake first approached Bosworth in the late 1980s, according to the TMZ report, while Bosworth was still in school.
Blake, who was an assistant football coach at the University of Oklahoma at the time, told Bosworth, "I have a guy who's going to change your life," according to TMZ.
The "man" mentioned to Bosworth ended up being agent Gary Wichard, who was eventually hired by "The Boz" as his agent when he entered the NFL.
The San Francisco Giants are on a roll.
And regardless of the hype surrounding the Philadelphia Phillies, righty Matt Cain and company cruised to a 3-0 shutout on Tuesday afternoon in San Francisco.
With the win, the Giants grab 1 2-1 National League Championship Series lead.
Leading the way offensively for San Francisco with one RBI apiece were Freddy Sanchez, Cody Ross, and Aubrey Huff.
Game 4 of the NLCS is slated for Wednesday, Oct. 20, at 7:30 p.m. EST in San Francisco.
Things such as football take a backseat to life when events such as those suffered by Rutgers defensive tackle Eric LeGrand take place.
LeGrand, who is paralyzed from the neck down following a hard hit last weekend against Army, had to have emergency overnight surgery to repair his spine after the game.
According to the latest wire reports, the letters, videos, and prayers from fans around the nation are what's keeping LeGrand and his family going.
"I do know this," Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano told People on Tuesday. "Your prayers matter, and all our prayers matter, and we believe Eric's going to recover and that's our approach, and that's his approach. We're going to take it one step at a time."
According to ESPN wire reports, Atlanta Falcons cornerback Dunta Robinson has been fined $50,000 for his hit on Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson in Sunday's game.
"In the second quarter of Atlanta’s game against Philadelphia, Robinson unnecessarily struck a defenseless receiver," the NFL stated in a letter sent to the Falcons cornerback, according to ESPN. "That action violated Rule 12, Section 2, Article 8 (g) of the NFL Official Playing Rules, which states that it is unnecessary roughness if the initial force of the contact by a defender’s helmet, forearm, or shoulder is to the head or neck area of a defenseless receiver who is catching or attempting to catch a pass."
Both Jackson and Robinson suffered concussions following the hit; Jackson is likely out for week 7 while Robinson's availability for Sunday's game remains questionable.
The NFL trade deadline came and went without much noise this afternoon, with the only real move coming between Kansas City and Tampa Bay.
According to USA Today, the Chiefs have shipped defensive end Alex Magee to the Buccaneers—with both teams also swapping undisclosed 2011 draft picks.
Magee played in two games this year with Kansas City and made two tackles, according to the report.
Although the details of the meeting have yet to be released, Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre met with NFL security personnel on Tuesday.
According to wire reports, the league did not confirm the meeting and NFL.com is reporting that no official statements will be made about Favre on Tuesday.
Favre is currently being investigated for alleged inappropriate voice mails and texts being sent to sideline sports reporter Jenn Sterger in 2008.
According to numerous wire reports, the NBA has banned the use of Athletic Propulsion Labs' Concept 1 spring-based shoe.
The league made the announcement on Tuesday because "“under league rules, players may not wear any shoe during a game that creates an undue competitive advantage," according to the report.
And although the shoes have been banned, the controversy surrounding the shoes has made the Los Angeles based shoe company quite popular.
"Because of the NBA ban announcement, we are experiencing an enormous amount of traffic," a message on the APL website stated Tuesday.
Although Brock Lesnar is still a heavy favorite heading into this coming Saturday's bout with Cain Velasquez, the line for the heavyweight king have begun to decline.
Originally opening at -170 for Lesnar, that line dropped to -125 earlier today before bouncing back to a current -150.
Regardless of what the line ends up being come fight-time, Saturday's bout between Lesnar and Velasquez should be quite entertaining.