Looking for a midweek pick-me-up? Don’t worry we have that and more for you with the highlights of the wide world of sports with a triple-double for lunch, the reason a cricket star is shelling out cash for opening his mouth and a hair-raising situation in the NFL.
Make this Wednesday as exciting as a 1,000-point inning.
The LNG Team
MLB (Major League Baseball)
- Class time. On Wednesday afternoon MLB will announce the 2016 Hall of Fame Class. Friday we will break down the newly elected players and see how the steroid era is represented.
NBA (National basketball association)
- For the three! Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors has recorded a triple-double for the third consecutive game. According to ESPN.com he is just the 15th player to accomplish this in the NBA's history.
NFL (National Football League)
- Breaking it down. Friday we’ll breakdown the NFL playoffs so you’re in the know for the weekend.
- Home run to hail mary. In a puzzling move, Cleveland Browns (football) hire New York Mets' (baseball) Paul DePodesta. DePodesta’s new role will be the Chief Strategy Officer and is known for his role with the Oakland A's for his use of analytics. He is portrayed by Jonah Hill in the movie “Moneyball.”
- Moving on up. Three NFL teams have filed to relocate to Los Angeles – San Diego Chargers, Oakland Raiders and St. Louis Rams. The NFL has said it will support two teams moving to one market. The two stadium deals include one backed by the Rams and a Chargers - Raiders jointly backed project that would have two teams sharing one stadium. NFL owners will vote next week at league meetings if one or any of the teams will move.
- Fuzzy Wuzzy was a bear. Retired Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher made an appearance on Chicago morning TV Tuesday morning. His appearance made barbers everywhere drool because Urlacher had hair; something he hasn’t had since 2000. Notice the very subtle the difference in the photo from the LA Times. Urlacher has been previously linked to Jenny McCarthy. (Hair courtesy of RESTORE by Katona).
- Head coach. Former Real Madrid player, Zinedine Zidane is set to become next head coach for Real Madrid. He is the 14th manager in past 13 years. Zidane’s playing career was filled with greatness but flawed by the infamous head-butt in the 2006 World Cup where Zidane blatantly rammed an Italian defender. He was thrown out of the World Cup as a result and France went on to lose the final game of the World Cup to Italy.
UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship)
- Live from New York. Former UFC Woman Bantamweight Champion, Ronda Rousey, is set to host Saturday Night Live on January 23. She is the first mixed martial arts fighter to ever host the show. Rousey was undefeated with a record of 12-0 before stunning the world by losing her championship belt on November 15 to Holly Holm. Rousey isn’t new to showbiz as she had a cameo in the movie “Entourage” as Turtle’s love interest.
- You thought your last first date was filled with awkward moments. That’s nothing compared to West Indies cricketer, Chris Gayle, who was fined $7,100 (USD) for asking a female TV reporter out for a drink during their interview. He probably knew the answer to his question when he filled an awkward silence with “don’t blush baby.” The bosses didn’t find it funny stating that it bordered on harassment and was inappropriate in the workplace.
- In more cricket news, a Mumbai teenager, Pranav Dhanawade, shattered a 115-year-old cricket record by scoring 1,009 runs in an inning. Bombs away! (We’ll dive more into cricket another day but as it relates to today, the batsman can hit until he gets out, essentially like a home run derby).
- What is a triple–double? In basketball, a triple-double is when during one game a player has double digit stats in three of five different categories. (Five categories are points, rebounds, assists, steals, and blocked shots.) Draymond Green had 13 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists in Monday night’s game.