Barry Hinson's epic rant
Odds are, you weren't aware of who Barry Hinson was before last night, but his rant after losing to Murray State probably changed that right quick. Hinson called out his players in a lengthy tirade, calling them ''mama's boys'' and criticizing several of them by name. SIU's athletic director is backing Hinson, but at least one of his players didn't take the rant all that well -- senior forward Devonte Drinkard posted (and then deleted) a tweet that said, "I can't believe the little man had the nerve to call us mama's boys. Smh. I guess this is where Our team learns to point the finger."
Welcome to SportsNation! On Thursday, ESPN NHL analyst Barry Melrose will drop by to take your questions about the NHL season.
Melrose re-joined ESPN after coaching the Tampa Bay Lightning for the first part of the 2008-09 season. He first started with ESPN after coaching the Los Angeles Kings to the 1993 Stanley Cup Finals and was a commentator on ESPN and ABC since 1995. Melrose made his NHL debut with the Winnipeg Jets in 1979. A defenseman, he played for the Jets, Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings before retiring after the 1986 season.
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Is Mike Woodson on thin ice?
Mike Woodson's already-precarious position with the Knicks became that much more untenable on Monday, as a coaching blunder resulted in an embarrassing loss to the Wizards. Woodson failed to call a timeout to set up a final play with 6.9 seconds to play and trailing by a point, despite New York having three timeouts to use. Carmelo Anthony thinks Woodson is safe for now, but with losses piling up, it's becoming more and more likely that the Knicks will have a new coach soon.
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Punters are athletes -- this much is not in dispute -- but they're athletes with a focus on kicking things and not necessarily on tackling people. That being said, if they're in position to make a play, blockers have to take them into account. Terence Garvin did a bit more than take punter Kevin Huber into account, however -- he broke Huber's jaw and cracked a vertebra in his neck as a result of a massive hit during a 68-yard touchdown return in Sunday's Bengals-Steelers game. Officials didn't throw a flag, but this seems exactly like the type of hit that the NFL will come down on during its review.
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Mega-events coming in 2014
If mega-events are your thing, just wait for 2014. You'll get a double dose in February with a cold-weather Super Bowl in New Jersey and the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Bide your time until June, and you will be rewarded with the 2014 FIFA World Cup from Brazil with its conveniently timed games for U.S. viewing. Weather and construction delays could plague these events, but that hasn't dampened the public's anticipation for seeing greatness on a grand stage. With so much on the line, which event would you most want to attend? Would travel be a deterrent?