With your morning coffee – 1/12/12

Or your hot tea or orange juice or hot cocoa or Diet Dr. Pepper…whatever your morning beverage of choice, here is what’s been happening: 

  • The Oakland Raiders fired Hue Jackson on Tuesday, making it 7 different head coaches in the last 8 seasons. Over the course of one season on the job, he defended the decision to trade a 1st and 2nd round pick for Carson Palmer and coached a team with the most penalties in team history. Think about that last part. It’s the Raiders. It’s no small task to have a team with such a complete lack of discipline that they commit the most penalties in that franchise’s history. Considering Romeo Crennel and Norv Turner are the other two coaches in the division, Broncos fans can’t help but wish that Jackson had stayed to complete the trifecta of hapless opposing head coaches.
  • The Los Angeles Clippers defeated the Miami Heat in a thrilling overtime game by the final score of 95-89. Fans expected a game of constant alley oops and showmanship and instead were treated to a contest in which everybody did things at which they are terrible: Blake Griffin shot jump shots (8/22), Vinny Del Negro tried to be an NBA coach (his team somehow won), Chauncey Billups tried to turn back the clock (shot 2/11) and LeBron James tried to be clutch (failed). The Clippers won because Chris Paul is crazy good, DeAndre Jordan blocked six shots, the Heat couldn’t make free throws and Mario Chalmers was their best player in the final minutes of the game (actually). Games like this provide Heat-haters everywhere with a tiny glimmer of hope that this seemingly dominant team (8-2 record) will tank again in the playoffs. #Lebum and #Lechoke were both trending on Twitter shortly after the game ended. 
  • Kobe Bryant scored 40+ points for a second consecutive night as the Lakers defeated the Utah Jazz. He accomplished this despite playing on a mediocre team with a bum wrist. I continue to be baffled by the fact that the annoying players in Miami make me admire and almost cheer for Kobe Bryant. Ewwwwww……
  • Manny Ramirez stated that he plans to return to baseball and that he wants to be a role model: “I want to show people that Manny can change, that he can do the right thing.” Hayden spent a lot of time trying to think of something clever to say about this, until he realized that this headline entertains people standing on its own absurdity. He will be shocked if any team actually takes a chance on Manny after what happened over the last year and a half. 
  • Oh yea. Alabama defeated LSU 21-0 in the “national championship” game on Monday night. They won despite not winning their own conference or even their own division in their own conference. Like so many others I would be fine with this if they earned their berth in the game by navigating their way through some type of playoffs. They didn’t and we just have another reason that the BCS is bogus. But don’t take my word for it. Read cases for a college football playoff system here here here here and here
  • What happens tonight: great slate of college basketball games and the continued build-up to the weekend of NFL divisional games. Pace yourself as you get excited about the NFL games…there is definite risk for overload. Example: ESPN just did a segment, on Sportscenter, where they turned Tebowmania into a series of super hero comics. Seriously. On second thought, you might want to catch up on your TV shows on DVD instead of exposing yourself to this nonsensical “coverage.” 
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