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Morning News: Injuries, Bending it Like Beckham, and the BCS

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Strike One:  Yesterday Adrian Peterson left the Vikings game in the first quarter with a wonky ankle.  The Lions are perpetually a Matthew Stafford injury from another lost season.  And the lowly Eagles had to make due with Vince Young after Michael Vick broke a couple ribs.  Some injuries can mean the end of a season for the player–other can effectively end the season for the whole team.  Jay Cutler broke his right thumb on Sunday, and he may not play again in the regular season.  Losing him casts a shadow over the Bears’ resurgent season (they’ve won five straight games), and may bring an end to their playoff hopes.  Which injuries or lost players have derailed seasons for your beloved teams?

Strike Two:  Five years ago, the LA Galaxy signed David Beckham, hoping to bring international credibility to the MLS and heighten the profile of futbol soccer in America.  Last night, in what is probably Beckham’s last American soccer match, the Galaxy won the MLS Cup.  Did Beckham’s occasional presence in American soccer heighten your interest in the MLS?  Has the increased profile of international soccer won you over as a fan?  What international sports/teams do you follow?

Strike Three:  The BCS had another shake-up this weekend, when Oregon, Clemson, Oklahoma (thanks a ton, Baylor), and my Oklahoma State Cowboys all endured upset losses.  Now the top three teams in the country all come from the SEC West, and look to be on a collision course as the season nears an end.  At least half a dozen other teams have some kind of path to the BCS Championship, requiring various kinds of help from the teams above them.  Where’s your rooting interest lie?  Who do you want to see playing for the crystal ball?

  • Buddy

    Strike One: As a Cubs fan, 1985 stands out as a season wrecked by injuries. Sutcliffe, Eckersley, Trout, and Sanderson all spent significant time on the DL that year. The Cubs were in 1st place in June, but sank like a stone when the starting rotation went down.
    Strike Two: Who is David Beckham?
    Strike Three: Bring on the BCS chaos! I’d love to see Houston in the title game.

  • Chuck

    Strike 1: That is the NFL for you. With longer seasons, more preseason and playoff games the whole season comes down to a crap shoot about who doesn’t get hurt vs who is better. Does Prior and Wood getting hurt and derailing a decade of Cubs games count?
    Strike 2: I have not cared about soccer at all since I was 10 and played my last soccer game.
    Strike 3: GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO CYCLONES!!!!!!!!! My alma matter did me proud.

  • Jedi

    I think you’ll see sentiment change over the next two weeks – and if OSU beats OU, they’ll slide into 2nd place and play whoever is deemed to be the best of the SEC West. Rematches are almost universally despised (OSU-Michigan had a better case for a rematch a few years back, and instead TWO-loss LSU got in).

  • Katie

    Strike 1: it’s a little disappointing that the Lions are starting to fall apart. It was exciting and nerve-wracking to see them play so well, but they play the Packers on Thursday… hopefully they don’t decide to get good again.
    Strike 2: the only reason Beckham would have given recognition to MLS is that he’s semi-attractive. His soccer skills had nothing to do with it.
    Strike 3: “college sports” is synonymous with University of Wisconsin in my book. Otherwise, not a lot of interest anywhere else.

  • Eddie Von White

    1. I think the NFL makes mountains out of mole hills when it comes to injuries perhaps because of the fear of law suits later on. Vick, Cutler, Peterson – let them decide whether they can play or not.
    2. I hope soccer never becomes an American sport. It’s not us. We make our own sports in the USA.
    3. I don’t follow the BCS.

  • MJ

    Fear of lawsuits? Please explain.

  • Eddie Von White

    Well, not too long ago there was a lot of chatter about former NFL players suffering from emotional distress and post-concussion syndrome and how that led to suicidal behavior and other bad things. It cast a negative light on the NFL as not caring about their former employees. In my opinion that played a major role in the fact that now they have all these new rules on playing after an injury, how hard the players can be hit, etc. It’s just my opinion, I’m not necessarily saying these rules are a bad thing, just that it’s changed the game.

  • 1. In 1975 Scott May broke his arm in the last week of Indiana University’s undefeated regular season. IU lost to Kentucky in the NCAA Regional Final, 92-90. If May does not break his arm, it is not too far fetched that IU would have had two undefeated seasons in a row (giving them consecutive NCAA championships.)

    2. Who? What?

    3. I don’t really care, but, like Buddy, I favor chaos and unlikely suspects in the final game.

  • BLPCB

    Strike 1: The 2004 Cubs team. If we had just managed to win a couple more games that year, we could have made the playoffs, and I felt we would have won had we made it.
    Strike 2: What Chuck said
    Strike 3: The Big Chaos System is at it again. Jedi, 2-loss LSU played Ohio State in 2007. 2006 was the 1 vs. 2 game. Interesting side note on that game, the day of that game, the winning lottery numbers in Ohio was the score of the game 4-2-3-9. Sadly I think we are in for a Bama-LSU re-match, because I don’t see Oklahoma State winning the Bedlam game, and Oklahoma and Oregon blew their chances with losses this weekend. The only way we can have complete and utter chaos is if Auburn and Arkansas can take out Bama and LSU this weekend. I really wanted Boise State in the national title game, and this weekend would have been their golden opportunity for that. Congratulations to Bob Stoops on officially graduating from the Bret Beilima school of clock management. What a stupid use of a timeout. Let the game go into OT.

  • Seymour Butts

    Strike 1: Last year my favorite NFL team had well over a dozen players on IR and managed to win the Superbowl.
    Strike 2: Soccer blows chunks. I follow the Northwest Norway Naked Curling League. Amazing sights and sounds.
    Strike 3: BCS is heavy on the BS. Not much sense paying attention to a “championship” that is not earned on the field, but in the minds of coaches and writers who all have their bent.

  • cap’n obvious

    Strike 1-It’s over for the Bears and it never started for the Vikings.
    Strike 2-The MLS Cup, or championship game, or whatever they call it, was played 5 miles as the crow flies from my house. A free ticket in a seat next to Jessica Beil could not have convinced me to go. The NHL is international…us and the Canadians. That’s good enough for me.
    Strike 3-I love that the BCS is a mess…and I am hoping that it doesn’t magically work out that the 2 best teams play in the title game this year. Give us our 8 or 16 team football tournament.

  • Jedi

    I think some of you need to glance at the Bears schedule again – 3 of their next 4 games are against teams that have basically a backup QB starting for them. It’s possible they could show up to play Minnesota on New Year’s Day needing only a win to make the playoffs.

  • BLPCB

    Seymour – I posted that on facebook, all these Bears fans are like “Your QB was never injured”
    My response:
    1. The back-up QB is the most popular Bear in Chicago
    2. In the words of the Love-tron, the Bears get off the bus running
    3. The Bears have historically been built on a strong defense and a lousy offense
    4. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=avRHH9uAL4Q
    Cap’n – College football should adopt a 16-team playoff, all 11 conferences get an automatic bid, no special rules for Notre Dame. Either join a conference or earn an at-large bid like everyone else. Keep the non-BCS games and consider them the NIT of college football. Teams that lose the conference championship game and don’t make the playoff, guarantee them an automatic bowl game, much like regular season conference champions who don’t win their tournament in hoops. In the interest of player safety from the extra games, adopt the NFL’s timing rules, keep the clock running after a first down, instead of a temporary stop to set things up. Teams playing for the championship at most play 17 games, 3 more than they do now.

  • BLPCB

    Just got an EPSN update on my iPod, Verlander won the MVP

  • Dusty Baylor

    Lol..the back up QB is the most popular man in Chciago- Not since Cutler got here he’s not. Losing Cutler is a huge blow.

    God the 1985 Cubs. I was always pretty knowlegeable about the Cub minor leaguers…but…Derek Botelho..Steve Engel…Johnny Abrego? Who the Eff were these shmucks?

  • Buddy

    Don’t forget Jay Baller and Ray Fontenot!

  • Anyone else catch the story about Z getting nailed in the grill by a ball in winter league? Stitches in his lip. One can only hope that Michael Barrett was the batter…revenge is best served cold.

  • Buddy

    “It is very cold…in space!”

  • Doc Raker

    *Dlee in 2006 kinda hurt the Cubs chances after that monster year he had in 2005.
    *Hee Sop Choi in 2003, his injury was devasting to the Cubs.
    *Mark Prior 2004
    *Mark Prior 2005
    *Mark Prior 2006
    *Mark Prior 2007
    *Mark Prior 2008
    *Mark Prior 2009
    *Mark Prior 2010
    *Mark Prior 2011
    *Mark Prior 2012 and beyond

  • Doc Raker

    MLS? Is that a disease?

  • Doc Raker

    BCS? Is that a treatment for a disease?

  • Jedi

    Apparently Raker didn’t like his place in the Wizzie standings.

  • Doc Raker

    I had lunch with Cubbiedude and his lovely wife today. We ordered dry white toast and a diet lemonade for Seymour but he never showed up, so much for ‘order it and he will come’. We had a nice time, Cubbiedude has much wisdom and I really enjoyed meeting up with him and I am not just saying that because he beat me to the check. We lunched at The Abbey, the place Mark McGuire made famous in 1998 by wearing a “Abbey” baseball cap in all of his interviews.
    Great to meet you Cubbiedude, hope to see you soon. Thanks for lunch!

  • Sources close to Prior say his towel workouts are proceeding nicely. Scratch ’12 off your list Raker.

  • FWIW, toast is probably too carb-y in hindsight. Mention a garden salad, dry, and I bet he beats you to the table next time.

  • Seymour Butts

    Subway!

  • Doc Raker

    Quizno’s I thought was preferred.
    *The Fullerton Flyers of the Independent Baseball League are pinning there hopes on Prior, again.

  • Buddy

    Doc must have consumed lots of coffee today.

  • Doc Raker

    I am just a medium for a higher power, kinda like Stevie Ray Vaughan.

  • Dusty Baylor

    Uh…comparing missing DLee….to missing Hee Seop I Can’t Hit an Inside Fastball? Really?

  • Doc Raker

    That’s the genius of the humor Dusty Baylor, tongue and cheek, foot in mouth, finger up nose. VFTB commandment 11- don’t take everything seriously.

  • Buddy

    VFTB Commandment 12: Never pet a burning cat.

  • Seymour Butts

    What number is the one about eating yellow snow?

  • I believe that would pertain to number one [booooooooo]

  • Seymour Butts

    Very Punny!