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Sunday, October 23, 2016


Alabama had plumbing problems and fans were told not to use bathrooms

Alabama mascot

It was a nightmare situation for Alabama fans during Saturday’s game at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa. Not only were the Tide briefly trailing Texas A&M, but the bathroom situation at the stadium was a mess.

There was an announcement early on that there were water pressure issues, so fans were discouraged from using the bathrooms.

Of course, there were some jokes made in response:

They better get that fixed. They don’t want to get a reputation like this stadium.

Wolves reportedly continue to talk Tyus Jones trade, Sixers could be interested


Tyus Jones looks like an expendable piece on the Minnesota Timberwolves roster, and an Eastern Conference counterpart could stand to benefit.

According to a report by Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical on Saturday, the Wolves remain engaged in trade talks on Jones. The Philadelphia 76ers are also mentioned as one specific team Minnesota has been talking with.

Jones, 20, averaged 4.2 points and 2.9 assists per game in 37 appearances for the Wolves last year as a rookie. He is a capable second unit point guard who can score and create, but Minnesota has a logjam at the position with Ricky Rubio, Zach LaVine, and No. 5 overall pick Kris Dunn all clawing for minutes.

It’s worth noting that Philadelphia is thin in terms of point guard depth and that Jones was teammates in college at Duke with Sixers big man Jahlil Okafor when they won the national championship in 2015.

Report: Mavs expected to push hard for DeMarcus Cousins in summer 2018


The Dallas Mavericks have struck out time and time again with elite centers on the free agent market, but you have to admire their perseverance.

According to a report by Tim MacMahon of ESPN on Saturday, the Mavericks are expected to go hard after Sacramento Kings big man DeMarcus Cousins when he becomes a free agent in the summer of 2018.

The Mavericks currently have newcomer Andrew Bogut penciled in as their starting center, but Bogut’s contract expires after the 2016-17 season. Meanwhile, it seems unlikely that Mavs lifer Dirk Nowitzki, who is pushing 38 years of age, would continue playing beyond the 2017-18 campaign. The timing of the report is also interesting as Dallas recently signed Jaleel Cousins, DeMarcus’ younger brother, though he was ultimately a casualty of the team’s final roster cuts.

The elder Cousins’ frustration with the Kings is beyond well-documented, and it would shock absolutely no one if he were to bolt Sacramento at the very first opportunity he got. We’ve seen this script before with the Mavericks, who have come up empty in their free agent pursuits of Dwight Howard, DeAndre Jordan, and, most recently, Hassan Whiteside. But it’s at least worth keeping an eye on as the team searches for the next face of their franchise with Nowitzki’s retirement looming.

Eddie Jackson out for season with broken leg

Eddie Jackson Alabama

Alabama senior defensive back Eddie Jackson suffered a fractured leg and is out for the season, Nick Saban said after the Crimson Tide’s win over Texas A&M on Saturday.

Jackson suffered his injury on a punt return in the second half and was carted into the locker room:

Jackson entered Saturday’s game with 21 tackles and an interception returned for a touchdown.

Terry Francona: Trevor Bauer ‘very confident’ injured finger will hold up during World Series

Trevor Bauer finger

After being unable to get through even an inning of his start in the ALCS, Cleveland pitcher Trevor Bauer is confident that the worst of his finger injury is behind him.

Manager Terry Francona said Dr. Thomas Graham would do some extra suture work on Bauer’s injured finger to ensure that he will be good to go during the World Series.

“He’s going to suture it back up so it won’t bleed,” Francona said, via Zack Meisel of “That’s really the only issue. And he’s very confident that this is not going to be an issue.”

Bauer himself was very firm. It will have been 10 days between starts if Cleveland saves him for Game Three, and he is certain he won’t have any further issues.

“I’ll be able to pitch, no problem,” Bauer said.

The Indians hoped the same in his ALCS start, but the wound was so fresh that it simply didn’t work out. The prognosis sounds a lot better for the World Series.

Roger Goodell blames public ‘misunderstanding’ for criticism of punishments


Roger Goodell defended the NFL’s priorities in a rather awkward way on Friday.

Goodell spoke to Richard Conway of the BBC and was asked about the ongoing Josh Brown domestic violence situation. In particular, Goodell was asked about the criticisms of the league’s priorities on cracking down on celebrations while players like Brown get off relatively easily.

“I understand the public’s misunderstanding of those things and how that can be difficult for them to understand how we get to those positions,” Goodell said. “But those are things that we have to do. I think it’s a lot deeper and a lot more complicated than it appears but it gets a lot of focus.”

It gets a lot of focus because it doesn’t seem to add up, and blaming the public for not understanding it well enough isn’t going to win Goodell any new converts. We’re well aware of the reasoning Goodell has given for the crackdown on celebrations. We also know, however, that it isn’t just the public that disapproves of Goodell’s handling of the Brown situation. Perhaps the NFL does have an explanation for the discrepancy, but we’re not hearing it.

Mack Wilson avoids targeting penalty on huge hit against Texas A&M (Video)


During Saturday’s game between Alabama and Texas A&M, Crimson Tide freshman Mack Wilson delivered a huge (and controversial) hit on Aggies wide receiver Speedy Noil.

Noil was back to return a kickoff late in the first quarter. After receiving the ball in the end zone, the junior was met shortly after crossing the ten yard line by Wilson, who looked like he had been shot out of a cannon.

Not surprisingly, many were expecting a penalty to be called for targeting on Wilson. However, no flag was thrown. Here’s a close up of both players prior to impact.

After seeing the play, ESPN’s Max Bretos offered a suggestion for similar plays in the future.

The topic of what constitutes targeting has been discussed at great lengths and surely will continue to be after this hit by Wilson.

ESPN commentator criticized for Charlie Strong ‘noose’ comment

Adnan Virk

ESPN TV host Adnan Virk faced some backlash on Saturday for a poor choice of words when talking about Charlie Strong’s job status.

Texas lost to Kansas State 24-21 to drop to 3-4 on the season. The defeat has people questioning the job security of Strong, who is in the middle of his third consecutive losing season as head coach of the Longhorns.

When discussing the defeat, Virk said the noose around Strong’s neck was tightening.

Talking about nooses tightening around a coach’s neck is another cliche to describe a coach in danger of being fired. But given the history and sensitivity regarding African-Americans and lynchings, a better choice of words would have been “his seat is getting even hotter.” Virk likely agrees.

As of now, Texas’ AD is not talking about Strong’s job status.

H/T College Spun

Texas athletic director avoids Charlie Strong questions after loss to Kansas State


The Texas Longhorns dropped to 3-4 after a 24-21 loss to Kansas State on Saturday, putting coach Charlie Strong’s future in further doubt.

Naturally, reporters trailed Texas athletic director Mike Perrin after the defeat looking for insights on Strong’s future with the school. They didn’t receive any answers.

Strong’s Longhorns have Baylor looming next. As of yet, there is no indication that he’s going anywhere. In fact, it had been previously reported that, while Strong’s job isn’t safe, he was likely on until the end of the season and gone after that. That said, Kansas State isn’t a team Texas would have expected to lose to, and perhaps Perrin will reassess that plan in light of the result.

Jonathan Allen with insane sack against Texas A&M

Jonathan Allen sack

Jonathan Allen delivered one insane play on Saturday against Texas A&M.

Early in the game, the Alabama senior used some crazy moves to record a sack on Aggies QB Trevor Knight. Watch him use a swim move and then a Superman-style dive to get the sack:

If the Crimson Tide gave away helmet stickers, Allen would probably get about a half dome full for that effort. He’s now added to his sack total on the season, which was at five entering the game.

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