December 23, 2013
Peyton Manning sets TD record: Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning has had a remarkable year and it continued on Sunday when he broke the NFL record for touchdown passes in a season. Manning threw for four scores in Denver’s win 37-13 win over the hapless Houston Texans this weekend. That gave him 51 for the season, breaking Tom Brady’s record of 50 from 2007.
And … he’s gone. Again.: Kobe Bryant made his return for the Los Angeles Lakers a couple of weeks ago and while he wasn’t exactly playing at an All-Star level, the hope was that he’d return there with some games under his belt. Yeah, so much for that. The Mamba injured his knee after returning from the devastating ACL injury and will now miss six more weeks. The Lakers just can’t seem to catch a break and while there’s talk about shutting him down, I’m not sure that’s the right thing to do. The Lakers are a .500 team right now, but if they can make a significant move or two in advance of the NBA trade deadline and get Steve Nash back from injury, who knows where things could end up? Plus, do you want to be the person to tell Kobe he can’t play again this season?
Southern Illinois coach goes off: Southern Illinois basketball coach Barry Hinson made headlines last week for his legendary rant after his team’s loss to Murray State. Hinson’s a colorful guy, but this rant that included calling his player’s mama’s boys, saying one of his guards is ‘awful’, and mentioning that his wife could outdo the horrific 2-11 shooting of his big men in the game was one of the best ever. If you’ve not yet seen it, Merry Christmas.
Return of Jesus Shuttleworth: The Miami Heat and Brooklyn Nets apparently aren’t all that thrilled with their current jerseys. The two teams are going the street ball route and will be wearing nicknames on the backs of their jerseys in a couple of upcoming games. Ray Allen is expected to don the name J. Shuttleworth on his for his iconic movie role as Jesus Shuttleworth in Spike Lee’s ‘He Got Game’ movie from the 1990s. I’m all for having fun in pro sports, but nicknames? Really? Someone needs to remind these teams that they’re in the NBA – the highest level of professional basketball. This isn’t some crazy minor league stunt, it’s the National Basketball Association. What’s next – allowing players to suit up in warmups or t-shirts for games?
Football at Fenway: Notre Dame has played in their fair share of sports venues, but they’ll soon be able to add Fenway Park to that list. The Fighting Irish will take on Boston College in 2015 at the home of the Red Sox as part of their Shamrock Series.
Christian Laettner jersey up for auction: Christian Laettner went onto a pretty nice career in the NBA, but he’ll always be most remembered for his college career and, more specifically, his game-winning shot against Kentucky in the 1992 NCAA Tournament. Laettner’s shot lifted Duke to an overtime win and eventually, a national championship. His jersey from that game is now set to hit the streets via an auction from Lelands. If you want it, though, expect to pay a pretty penny for it with the reserve set at a cool $100,000.
Kevin Youklis heads to Japan: Former Boston Red Sox star Kevin Youklis has decided to play another season of baseball … but in Japan. Youklis is no longer the All-Star player he once was and is in serious decline. Last season, he batted only .219 with two home runs in 28 games. Still, that was enough to get him a $4 million deal with the defending Japan Series champions, the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles.