The Viral Roundup – Kentucky’s Still Unbeaten Edition
Howdy! Welcome to the inaugural go-around of The Daily Roundup. As the title suggests, it’s our daily rundown of all the important sports blab you’re waking up to. Big wins, big losses and the key slices of news and video are all here in one convenient easy-to-swallow blog capsule. Heat up some toaster strudels and check out what the sports world is talking about on the morning of February 26, 2015.
Did You Hear?
The Los Angeles Times is reporting that Angels slugger Josh Hamilton met with Major League Baseball due to a disciplinary issue. Halos GM Jerry Dipoto acknowledged that the meeting took place, but declined to elaborate as to why the parties had to have a meeting. Shoulder surgery had the outfielder projected to be out of the lineup until May and the club gave Hamilton approval to stay with a friend in Houston as he rehabbed instead of trekking out to Spring Training. It’s unclear how this meeting might impact the former MVP’s return to the Angels, although there is a report suggesting this might be a substance abuse issue. Jon Heyman of CBS says he spoke with a source that claimed Hamilton had suffered a relapse and that the 33-year-old admitted to a binge that included cocaine use. Hamilton has a well documented history of substance abuse struggles, although from a disciplinary standpoint he would considered a first time offender on the Major League level. Things haven’t exactly been heavenly for Hamilton in his run with the Angels. Since exiting Texas to sign a five year pact worth $125 million in 2013, Hamilton’s batted an anemic .255 with 31 homers and 123 RBI over the past two seasons.
Did You See?
What would it take to get you to play college football at the University of Wisconsin? An endorsement from Chris Farley, you say? That’s a perversely specific request, but the Badgers can provide that for you. The Big Ten school dusted off a clip from the vault starring the comedy legend and plunked it on YouTube for the world to see. In the 12 second clip, Farley channels his troubled motivational speaker character Matt Foley and informs potential recruits that if they don’t go to the University of Wisconsin they will end up in a van down by the river. No word yet on if the Badgers considered hiring Bennett Brauer as a talent scout.
Did You Catch?
- Kentucky are still crushing skulls in Division I play. The Wildcats are a sterling 28-0 following a 74-56 thrashing of Mississippi State. (The 18 point margin of victory had gamblers biting their nails. UK faced a 17.5 point spread on some lines, with others offering the fraction-free 18.) John Calipari’s squad benefitted from a career-high 18 point performance from freshman Trey Lyles, continuing the team on the path to potentially close out the regular season with an undefeated record. The Wildcats will have to mow through Arkansas, Georgia and Florida to achieve the feat.
- Rajon Rondo wasn’t on the court for last night’s Dallas Mavericks loss to the Atlanta Hawks. The Mavs point guard served a one game suspension following a heated exchange the night before with head coach Rick Carlisle. Dallas certainly could have used Rondo. The Eastern Conference leading Hawks smacked down their guests with a 104-87 showing. Also troubling for the Mavs: Dirk Nowitzki only managed 4 points in 25 minutes on the court. Oof.
- Speaking of Texan clubs that underwhelmed away from home on Wednesday night, San Antonio was handed its fourth straight loss courtesy of the Trail Blazers. Portland pulled away in the 4th quarter with a 14-2 run and the final was 111-95 once the buzzer sounded. The Spurs can at least look forward to games against the Sacramento Kings and the sinking Phoenix Suns in the near future as potential streak-snappers.
- Break up the Sens! Ottawa racked up its third straight win thanks to Andrew Hammond blanking the Anaheim Ducks in his third career start. The victory on the west coast isn’t going to springboard Ottawa into the Western Conference playoff picture, but it does represent the latest stumble for a Ducks squad that’s only won 4 of its last 10 contests. Not exactly a stretch befitting a division leading club, now is it? Coach Bombay would be a touch disappointed.
- The Chicago Blackhawks got some awful news yesterday. Star forward Patrick Kane has been placed on long-term IR following a cross-check from Panthers defenceman Alex Petrovic that left the Hawks star with a broken left collarbone. The club’s physician is projecting a return in about 12 weeks. The IR situation means Chicago might be in the mood for some action on trade deadline day. Kane’s likely done for the regular season and the club now has some cap room to work with. Stay tuned.
- Adjust your NFC North projections accordingly, because the Lions and Packers have both dumped some name value veterans. Detroit have cut ties with RB Reggie Bush following an injury riddled 2014 campaign, placing the former Kardashian beau in a crowded free agent tailback class. Over on the frozen tundra, LB AJ Hawk’s years of service and action hero name couldn’t keep him from getting axed by the Green Bay Packers. Dropping Hawk opens up a tidy $3.5 million in cap space.
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