Hottest Sports Stories for Thursday, Dec. 8

Gabe Zaldivar@gabezalPop Culture Lead WriterDecember 8, 2011

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 29:  Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on November 29, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
Nick Laham/Getty Images

Miami Marlins settle for Plan B, it's horrible to live in Manchester right now and Sidney Crosby may want to look into a less physical activity. 

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NEW ORLEANS - APRIL 24:  Chris Paul #3 of the New Orleans Hornets guards Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers in Game Four of the Western Conference Quarterfinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs at New Orleans Arena on April 24, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisia
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Before the ink could try on the new CBA, the Lakers proved absolutely nothing has changed. Reports surfaced that the Lakers shored up the one hole they had at point guard by trading for Chris Paul. 

Question on Everybody's Mind: Was this a smart move?

Our Take: Not yet. The Lakers depth and size went bye-bye. The only way this makes sense is if the Lakers land Dwight Howard. If they do that, you can just run Kobe, CP3 and Superman out there every game and lead the league in wins. 

Hype Meter: 5 out of 5 Killer Crossovers

There is no bigger name in basketball than the Los Angeles Lakers. On a day when the LA Angels lead headlines in the morning, the Lakers emerged to trump them with a huge purple and gold news story. 

Deeper Dive: 

Chris Paul: CP3's Move to Lakers Does Not Guarantee Him a Championship (B/R) 

Sources Report Mega Three-Way Deal (ESPN)



ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 28:  C.J. Wilson #36 of the Texas Rangers pitches in the sixth inning during Game Seven of the MLB World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium on October 28, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty I
Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

Not long after inking Albert Pujols to a ridiculous 10-year contract, the Los Angeles Angels agreed to terms with C.J. Wilson on a five-year deal. At least they are trying to do something to win next year, even if it screws them over in three years. 

Question on Everybody's Mind: Will the Angels win the World Series in 2012?

Our Take: I am still not sold on the offense after Pujols. Their collective on-base percentage last year was .313 and they finished 10th in the AL in runs. Pujols will help improve those numbers, but by how much? The rotation was always going to be strong, even if they didn't sign Wilson. 

Hype Meter: 5 out of 5 Fake Los Angeles Teams

Switching their name to "Los Angeles" even though they are nowhere near there has made the Angels into big spenders and they are trying to prove that they are the Yankees of the west coast. Good luck with that. 

Deeper Dive

C.J. Wilson Signing Doesn't Bring Angels Any Closer To Title (B/R)

Angels To Add Wilson To Winter Meetings Haul (LA Times)



ST. LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 30: First baseman Albert Pujols of the St. Louis Cardinals waves to the crowd during the World Series victory parade for the franchise's 11th championship on October 30, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Szczepanski/Getty Im
Ed Szczepanski/Getty Images

After talk that he would not be signing a deal before the end of the Winter Meetings, Albert Pujols found a deal with the Los Angeles Angels that was too sweet to pass up. Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports reports that the deal is for 10 years and between $250-260 million. 

Question on Everybody's Mind: Is Pujols worth that kind of a deal?

Our Take: If he was 25 or 26 and signed this kind of contract, you could justify it. But the fact of the matter is he is going to be 32 in January and his numbers have gone down in each of the last three years. He is still great, but not as great as he once was and things will just keep trending downward.

Hype Meter: 5 out of 5 Fat New Contracts That Make Me Wish I Had Athletic Ability

Pujols may get some criticism from fans in St. Louis but the Cardinals should be commended for not trying to match the deal the Angels gave him because they can't afford to have a contract that bad on their hands for that many years.

Deeper Dive

Why Pujols 10-Year Contract Will Be Disaster For Angels (B/R)

Breaking Down Pujols To Los Angeles (MLB Trade Rumors)




CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 27:  Starting pitcher Mark Buehrle #56 of the Chicago White Sox delivers the ball against the Toronto Blue Jays at U.S. Cellular Field on September 27, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

When we last left those crazy kids in Miami, they were giving Albert Pujols an offer of billions of dollars and half the land in Florida. They have since settled on left-hander Mark Buehrle for what is the equivalent of three Mike and Ike's by comparison. 

Question on Everybody's Mind: Did Marlins fail?

Our Take: No, Miami came out better than you think they did. Consider that Josh Johnson is just as likely to hit the DL as Greg Oden is to win an uneven leg contest, and you now see that they shored up what they needed to. I can only imagine the south paw is bumping this on his Zune right now. 

Hype Meter: 5 out of 5 Not Huge Fan of Miami Right Nows 

If I can get super serial that the Miami Marlins will only get more annoying in the next couple of weeks. They are setting the table to stock pile talent usually reserved for the privileged northeast. I'm quietly throwing a "I'm so happy they lost Pujols" party. 

Finally Somebody Said It Tweet Award: 

Deeper Dive: 

MLB Free Agents 2012: Marlins Will Be Just Fine After Pujols Swing and Miss (B/R)

Miami Marlins Sign Buehrle, Move Past Pujols (Miami Herald




BASEL, SWITZERLAND - DECEMBER 07:  Wayne Rooney of Manchester United walks dejected after Basel scored their second goal during the UEFA Champions League Group C match between FC Basel 1893 and Manchester United at St. Jakob-Park on December 7, 2011 in Ba
Jamie McDonald/Getty Images

For one bright day, Cleveland wasn't the worst place to live for sports fans. That distinction belonged to Manchester, England. Home of United and City, two of the best clubs in the world that are now watching the Champions League from home. 

Question on Everybody's Mind: So, does this, like, matter?

Our Take: You bet your soccer balls it does. Manchester City spent the GDP of three countries just so they could compete in the Champions League. They finally make it in, only to flame out before the knockout stages.

Hype Meter: 5 out of 5 Miami Heats 

From the rest of the football world to Manchester, here. United has long been the standard for English club play, and now they are sent packing. I'm not sure how you pronounce it, but I believe it's spelled, huzzah. 

Deeper Dive: 

UEFA Champions League: Early Exit an Embarrassment for Manchester United (B/R) 

Youth Not Cutting it At Manchester United (Daily Telegraph




NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 29:  Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on November 29, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
Nick Laham/Getty Images

Sid the Kid will take a seat for the next couple games. Please don't worry, Penguins fans. He is much safer that way. 

Question on Everybody's Mind: Not, Again. 

Our Take: Well, not really a question but I see your point. Crosby collided with teammate Chris Kunitz and the team is taking a very cautious approach. He doesn't have any concussion-related symptoms, so all is good. 

Hype Meter: 4 out of 5 Jose Reyeses

The Penguins are doing the right thing here, I think. Are they going to sideline him after every hit he sustains? If so, he may save his legs, playing well into his 80s.  

Deeper Dive: 

Sidney Crosby Sits as a Precaution (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review




ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 28:  Albert Pujols #5 of the St. Louis Cardinals celebrates after Yadier Molina #4 draws a bases loaded walk to score Allen Craig #21 in the fifth inning during Game Seven of the MLB World Series against the Texas Rangers at Busch S
Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

From the land of scuttlebutts come rumors the Angels are making pitches at Albert Pujols and CJ Wilson. Talk about some greedy Gus's. 

Question on Everybody's Mind: What's the word, bird?

Our Take: Since you asked nicely, the LA Times report the Angels are pursuing Pujols like Ben Affleck hitting on Minnie Driver. Don't expect Good Will Hunting (F-Bomb at 3:28 mark) to come and save them either. There was also this tasty tweet from ESPN's Jim Bowden. 

Hype Meter: 5 out of 5 How You Like Dem Apples 

This would put the Angels near the top of my extremely annoying things list, right next to the Yankees, Red Sox fans and Zack Morris' propensity to incessantly trust Screech with secrets. 

Deeper Dive:

Cardinals and Angels Get it On Over Pujols (Yahoo! Sports) 




Because videos are a great way to pass time at work


Here is a trailer about a quarterback whose throwing motion has me thinking he may be right handed. 

Deeper Dive: Tim Tebow Video: Watch Trailer Documenting Birth of an NFL Legend (B/R) 



Blake Griffin finds it hard to deal with ping-pong balls. But that's only because he isn't trying to dunk them. 

Deeper Dive: Watch Clippers' Star Show How Bad He Needs Hoops (B/R) 



This golfer is so amazing that he can smoke and play at the same time. Oh, and he has no arms. Now you have no excuse for slicing into the woods. 



Little bits of goodness with a chewy center


TMZ  Sports reports Owens is feeling the pinch and will be taking it easy in his birthday festivities. Instead of making it rain, he will commence drizzling it with friends. Somehow, this makes him far more likable. 




Two elementary school teachers were reported to have been bored at a recent Bills game. Okay, the report actually states they were caught having sex in the disgusting bathrooms. I just assume boredom started it all. 



I'm lukewarm on slideshows. Now, slideshows with NFL cheerleaders...yup


Until tomorrow, enjoy the Coreys

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