Football at Fenway?
Fenway Park hasn't hosted a football game since the Johnson administration, but that's all set to change in 2015. Boston College and Notre Dame will play a game at the venerable ballpark, following the example of football games being played at Wrigley Field and Yankee Stadium. Fenway's quite a bit smaller than your typical college football venue, but it's always interesting to see the typical formula shaken up a bit. We'd love to see what the Monster Seats end up going for at this one.
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NFL Week 16 -- Bears at Eagles
It's getting late in the NFC East and NFC North, and first-year coaches appear to be outwitting their veteran counterparts. Chip Kelly's Philadelphia Eagles fell with a thud last weekend, but still own a one-game lead over the dysfunctional Dallas Cowboys. Marc Trestman's Chicago Bears, juggling Jay Cutler and Josh McCown throughout the season, fought off a slow start to top the Cleveland Browns and take a half-game lead over the Green Bay Packers into this weekend. Both teams still could wind up winning their respective divisions, but Sunday night's winner almost certainly will have the better shot.
A sport's "unwritten rules" are generally unwritten for a reason, but for some players, they are of paramount importance. Kendrick Perkins hasn't been having the best season, but he was able to eject Bulls center Joakim Noah from the Thunder's locker room when Noah tried to visit Thabo Sefolosha. Sefolosha had visited the Bulls' locker room without incident after the Thunder's 107-95 win, but when Noah returned with him to the Thunder's den, Perkins took offense, saying, "They just let anybody in the locker room?" Noah wisely made his exit, but the two exchanged words again outside the locker room. Fortunately, nothing else transpired, otherwise this would just be sad. Right now, it's sad and hilarious.
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Kobe Bryant out six weeks
Just when it looked like Kobe Bryant was starting to show flashes of his old self after his comeback from an Achilles injury, calamity: The Lakers legend has a fracture of the lateral tibial plateau in his left knee that will sideline him for at least six weeks. The Lakers are in a tough spot -- they're 12-13 and would have faced a tough road to the playoffs even with Kobe at full strength. Now they face an interesting decision: Do they go all-in this season and try to tread water until Kobe comes back, or do they bet on him still being an elite player come next season?