Netflix and Trade, Pay Day, & Slumber Party.
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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Quick Hits
  • Trouble At Home? New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick showed up to a press conference with a black eye, and refused to elaborate on how it happened. Perhaps Belichick's daughter finally had enough overly-passionate mouth-kisses from her father and finally fought back? We may never know for sure.
  • You Upset? The #11 West Virginia men's basketball team upset #1 Kansas in a surprisingly dominant 74-63 win. Kansas turned the ball over a season-high 22 times, a figure that would even make Brett "NFL Pick King" Favre blush.
  • Slumber Party. Michigan football head coach Jim Harbaugh plans on staying the night at Quinn Nordin's house, who's the No.1 kicking recruit in the country, in a bid to woo him away from Penn State to join the Wolverines. The sleepover will reportedly have movie time, and may very well include nail-painting, hair-braiding, and a tea party.
  • RIP, Moose. Former Butler basketball star Andrew "Moose" Smith, who played in two NCAA Final Fours, passed away at age 25 after a battle with Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and leukemia.
  • Jolly Joel. The Chicago Blackhawks announced a three-year contract extension for coach Joel Quenneville, who's won three Stanley Cups in six years, on the same day he tied Al Arbour as the second-winningest coach in NHL history. Not bad for a day's work, considering we barely mustered the strength to do laundry today.
  • Netflix And Trade. Pitcher Drew Storen said he was in the midst of a "Netflix and Chill" sesh with his wife when he found out he was traded from the Washington Nationals to the Toronto Blue Jays.

The Main Event
WHAT?
After a 21-year absence, professional football is coming back to Los Angeles!

WHAT ELSE?
NFL owners approved relocation bids from the St. Louis Rams and San Diego Chargers for a move to Los Angeles by a final vote of 30-2. The Rams are locked in for the move, while the Chargers have until Jan. 16, 2017 to agree to lease terms with the Rams, as they’ll be sharing a shiny, $1.9 billion new stadium in Inglewood, which is also home to charming organizations such as the Bloods and Crips. The Rams will move to Los Angeles for the beginning of the 2016 season, but their new stadium won’t be ready until 2019. The NFL has yet to officially announce the Rams' “home” for the next three seasons, although the LA Coliseum, which may actually be as old and decrepit as the Colosseum in Rome, has opened their doors to them. It beats playing in their current digs, the Edward Jones Dome, which Time listed as one of the worst stadiums in the country.

THOUGHTS?
Both the Rams and Chargers previously resided in Los Angeles, which is why you’ll see news outlets and social media goons plastering phrases like “welcome home” and “homecoming!” all over the internet for the next several months. If it becomes too much to handle, take solace in knowing the soon-to-be bloated Los Angeles Rams bandwagon will come to a screeching halt when hop-on fans realize they're inheriting a Nick Foles-led team that hasn’t made the playoffs in over a decade. Fans will go back to hating and/or ignoring them, inevitably forcing the Rams to move on from Los Angeles once again, and thus, completing the NFL circle of life.

Good Sport
PAY DAY
MLB owners opened their pocket books this week as several players signed with new teams. Pitcher Wei-Yin Chen and infielder Chris Johnson were signed by the Miami Marlins, with Chen's five-year, $80 million deal sure to make Johnson feel embarrassed by his paltry $23 million contract. The Colorado Rockies got slightly less worse (last place in their division in three of the past four years) by signing outfielder, and 2x Golden Glove winner, Gerardo Parra on a three-year, $27.5 million deal. Finally, the Los Angeles Dodgers took advantage of mended diplomatic relations between Cuba and the U.S. by importing Cuban pitcher Yaisel Sierra on a six-year, $30 million contract. We can't wait to hear Sierra argue with current Dodgers star Yasiel Puig on correct vowel placement in their first names.

Bad Sport
WALKING WOUNDED
At this rate, the Pittsburgh Steelers may need to hold It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia-style open tryouts before their divisional matchup against the Denver Broncos this Sunday. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has an AC sprain and torn ligaments in his throwing shoulder, wide receiver Antonio Brown still doesn't know what day it is after a vicious hit to the head, and running back DeAngelo Williams is nursing a sprained ankle. It's still unclear if any of these players will be able to suit up come Sunday.

Never Forget
The time a Sky Sports reporter got nailed in the head with a soccer ball. Never forget.

What to Watch (All Times Eastern)
NBA. Pacers at Celtics - 8pm on ESPN; Heat at Clippers - 10:30pm on ESPN
NHL. Bruins at Flyers - 8pm on NBC Sports
COLLEGE BASKETBALL. Duke at Clemson - 7pm on ESPN2; Georgetown at St. John's - 6:30pm on Fox Sports; Mississippi at LSU - 9pm on ESPN2; Marquette at Villanova - 8:30pm on Fox Sports 1; Southern California at UCLA - 11pm on ESPN2
SOCCER. Premier League: Liverpool vs. Arsenal - 2:55pm on NBC Sports
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