Nets' future without Lopez?
As poorly as the 2013-14 season started for the Brooklyn Nets, they still had legit playoff hopes, and not only because the NBA Eastern Conference is awful. They had something many teams don't: A legit center in Brook Lopez, averaging 20.7 points and 6 rebounds per game. Those playoff hopes took a huge hit with the news that Lopez has been lost for the season to a broken foot -- the same foot he had surgically repaired in 2011. And though we hate to bring it up at a time like this, NBA fans know and remember how Yao Ming and Bill Walton -- two of the best centers to ever play the game -- had their careers shortened by chronic foot injuries.
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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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