Brett Favre, Carmelo Anthony, Tony Romo and Tuesday's Late Sports News
Brett Favre, Carmelo Anthony and Tony Romo are the stars of today's headlines.
Brett Favre got knocked out of another game, this time literally, as he suffered a concussion in the Minnesota Vikings' Monday Night Football matchup with the Chicago Bears. Many are speculating the concussion is the final blow to his career.
Carmelo Anthony has been linked to the New York Knicks in recent headlines, and he has been quoted as saying New York is the only place he wants to go.
Tony Romo is done for the season, as the Cowboys will put him on injured reserve.
Here's a closer look at this stories and Tuesday's late news across the sports world.
UConn Women's Basketball defeated No. 20 Florida State by 31 points today on their home court. The Lady Huskies' 89th consecutive victory sets a new NCAA record for most consecutive victories in any sport, passing John Wooden's UCLA 1971-74 mens team.
George Wooden, John Wooden's grandson, said his grandfather would be thrilled if he was here to see it today.
"My grandfather would be thrilled," said Greg Wooden, grandson of the legendary UCLA men's coach. "He would be thrilled that his record was bring broken by a women's basketball team. Over the last 10 years or so of his life, he always felt the best basketball being played at the collegiate level and it was not by the men."
Shaquille O'Neal being the Guest Conductor for the Boston Pops is yet another reminder that the Big Diesel is aging. He has played just 17 games this season, and doesn't figure to be a major part of Boston's offense.
We all knew when he got to Boston, he would just be an extra ticket seller while being granted the chance to still compete. However, as we have seen with Minnesota Vikings QB Brett Favre, refusing to quit isn't always honorable, nor wise.
Favre was knocked out of the Monday Night Football match-up with the Chicago Bears after suffering a concussion. Analysts are speculating the injury could be the end of a Hall of Fame career.
So what decisive injury will put O'Neal on ice? It seems that's the only way O'Neal will retire, and unfortunately it's not completely out of the question.
Reby Sky, a 24-year-old Playboy model who hosts Lucha Libre USA: Masked Warriors on MTV2, wrote the other night on Twitter that she has rejected a contract offer from World Wrestling Entertainment.
"Weird day. Just had to turn down WWE (per my Lucha Libre USA contract). Very weird day," she wrote.
Rebecca Victoria Reyes, professionally known as Reby Sky, got her start in dance and theatrical arts. She is also a concert pianist. She first posed for Playboy magazine in 2007.
Soon after her stage work, Sky appeared in various television programs and music videos, including Midnight Spike (Spike TV), Date Patrol (TLC-TV), Faking It (TLC-TV) andMás Maíz, a music video featuring N.O.R.E. and Fat Joe.
Reby is currently working as on-air talent for Sirius Satellite Radio on the pro-wrestling show, Busted Open. She has also become an on-air host/reporter for the online sports networkSportsRev.TV. In 2010, Reby is a featured interviewer and has added commentary work for the MTV2 program, Lucha Libre USA: Masked Warriors, a show focusing on the transition of lucha libre and related organizations to the United States.
NFL Playoff Picture looks slightly bleak for Pittsburgh Steelers star safety Troy Polamalu. He is still nursing an Achilles injury, and the Steelers have been "hush-hush" so far on his status.
However, it is not likely fans will see him on the field against the Carolina Panthers (2-12), because really, what's the point? They will most likely sit him out for Thursday's game so he will be ready for the playoffs.
ESPN echoes the idea: "Pittsburgh played without its star safety Sunday and suffered a 22-17 loss to the New York Jets. It was further proof the Steelers (10-4), who clinched a playoff berth despite the loss, won't go very far unless their do-it-all safety gets healthy. Polamalu is expected to rest his Achilles in the final two regular season games and return for the postseason. "
One thing is for sure: Polamalu is the deciding factor for Pittsburgh, and fans can bet they will see him come playoff time.
Tony Romo was placed on Injured Reserve by the Dallas Cowboys today, ending his season early. The early exit will give Romo just enough time to begin his wedding plans with new fiancee Candice Crawford.
While Romo's "bad" news means he gets to sit back and relax in street clothes while his teammates finish out two meaningless games to finalize their dreadful season, Romo will be daydreaming about what flowers to have as centerpieces at the reception.
According to celebs.gather.com, "Cowboys quarterback Romo proposed to Crawford, the blonde KDAF-TV anchor and former pageant queen, on her 24th birthday." The ring has an estimated value of $80,000, just a little less than Romo will make while riding the pine.
He will be out six to eight weeks. Boo-hoo!
Related (loosely): Check out Bleacher Report's picks for the Pro Bowl.
Brett Favre suffered a possible career-ending concussion in the first quarter of the Minnesota Vikings' Monday Night Football loss to the Chicago Bears. The game was played at TCF Stadium, home of the Minnesota Golden Golphers.
The field had to be cleared off following a heavy snow cover before game time, and the turf was frozen when Favre's helmet slammed into the ground on a sack in the first quarter.
Many are now wondering what Favre will do if he indeed stays retired this time. The 41-year-old may disappear for a while, and TMZ will publish pics of him moving his lawn, or hunting in the backwoods of the South.
Eventually, he will find his way back to television. First, as a guest analyst with a quarterback's point of view, likely too harsh on defensive backs that can't catch the ball. Eventually, you may just see Favre hosting his own Monday Night Football games. You may be celebrating the end of his career as a player, but get ready for Favre the MNF analyst!
Carmelo Anthony was quoted in several media reports as saying he would like to play for the Knicks. However, it is another New York area franchise that is closer to bringing the Superstar East.
The New Jersey Nets appear to be the frontrunner in acquiring Anthony's services. There are other teams involved in the trade, which look to satisfy Anthony's demand to be surrounded with talent before signing a long-term deal with the Nets.
If a trade is achieved, many NBA officials feel it would significantly upgrade the Nets and possibly make them a playoff contender in the near future.
The Sporting News has this to add: "It’s not immediately known which other teams are involved in the talks, but the Nets are willing to send rookie forward Derrick Favors, the expiring contract of Troy Murphy, two or three first-round picks and $3 million to Denver for Anthony and Harrington. Other Nuggets and Nets players would likely be included too, according to the report. In fact, center Brook Lopez is the only Net who is not on the table."
NFL Playoff Picture has the New York Giants clinging to a Wild Card berth. They are 9-5 with two games left, and hold a one game lead over the fleeting Green Bay Packers in the NFC playoff hunt.
The Giants and Packers will go head-to-head on Sunday to decide if the Packers are still vaguely in it, or if the Giants will make plans to face Atlanta or possibly Chicago. Once again both Manning brothers are caught up in fierce playoff contention, with Eli's Giants a game better than Peyton's Colts.
New York is also still alive in the division, but they will need some help from division-leading Philadelphia, a team that has been red hot and just came back from 21 points down to drop the Giants in dramatic fashion.
With just two games to go, it's now anyone's division in the NFC East and the Wild Card.
Pete Sampras was in the news over the last few weeks, when it was reported some of his Grand Slam trophies and other memorabilia were stolen from a Los Angeles storage warehouse.
However, it was recently revealed that some of the stolen property was recovered in an LA area park. One of the trophies and a scrapbook cataloging major events were picked up within just a few miles of the warehouse, but most of the Grand Slam trophies and other achievements are still missing.
Thus far, the Los Angeles police department is staying relatively quiet on the matter, and updates will be posted when further information is divulged.
NFL Playoff Picture looks like this: The Atlanta Falcons have the best record in the NFL, and are a win away from locking up Home Field Advantage throughout the playoffs. However, the team chasing them in their division also stands in the way of success.
On Monday, the Falcons will take on division rival New Orleans for the right to play at home in the post-season. The Saints will enter the game 10-4, a different perspective than last season, when they were in the position the Falcons have this year.
The match-up will be at home in Atlanta, and could be a preview of the NFC Championship. Even if the Falcons fall to the Saints at home, they face the worst team in the NFL, the Carolina Panthers, the following week at home. It appears one way or another the Falcons are in the driver's seat heading into the playoffs.
NFL Playoff Picture is becoming clear for most, but there is still a race in the NFC West, as three sub-.500 teams slug it out to determine who gets a "Christmas Gift" and a trip to the playoffs.
The St. Louis Rams, Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers are all separated by just one game, with the Arizona Cardinals at 4-10 and just two games back!
The NFC West reminds NFL fans of the current college football situation, in which UConn earned a BCS bid despite not being ranked until the final week of the season. One thing is for sure: Any team that gets one of these teams in the opening round should beware: Anything can and will happen in sports. It could be the story of the year if one of these teams reaches the playoffs and knocks off a top team. Stay tuned!
NFL Playoff picture is taking shape, and the Chicago Bears are suddenly the team to beat, having blown out the Minnesota Vikings on frozen turf last night.
Jay Cutler has the Bears in position to possibly gain a home game to open the playoffs. After the Atlanta Falcons at 12-4, there are three teams at 10-4, including the Philadelphia Eagles, New Orleans Saints, and Chicago Bears.
Each team has just two games left, and if the Bears win out their remaining schedule, they can secure a home game to open the playoffs. They face a suddenly rejuvenated Jets team next week before finishing off the regular season with the Green Bay Packers, likely minus Aaron Rodgers.
Opening the playoffs at home could be a huge spring board for the Bears, and playing on frozen turf is something Cutler and Chicago is prepared for.
Brett Favre is done for the season, and possibly his career after suffering a concussion on a sack by Bears DE, Corey Wootton, in Monday Night Football's first quarter. The turf at TCF Stadium was frozen, having been covered in snow until less than 24 hours before game time.
Favre's helmet bounced off the turf at the end of the play, and he laid motionless for several moments before being helped off the field.
All reports pointed to rookie Joe Webb getting the start. However, just minutes before kickoff, Favre decided he was healthy enough to play, and told ESPN he wanted to play in a blizzard. However, the snow let up shortly before kickoff, and Favre didn't last long beyond that.
If this is really it for Favre, it ends a 20-year, Hall of Fame career.