Posted by: Tom Duch | January 6, 2010

Headlines

Lots of sports news this week as the NFL playoff picture was finally figured out, the Redskins got a new coach, Tom Brady wins something, a first ballot MLB Hall of Famer retires, and the St. Louis Cardinals Holliday season continued into the new year. Playoff football is just a few days away, but I’ll save my picks for my next post. Here are the January 6th headlines according to ESPN.com:

Washington declares Shanahan as new head coach

Shortly after getting flown out to DC by owner Daniel Snyder, Mike Shanahan agreed to a 5 year deal to coach the Redskins. The deal, worth approximately $7 million, was made after a long afternoon of negotiations between the two sides. Shanahan saw tons of success in the ground game while in Denver, producing 6 different 1,000 yard backs over his 13 years in Denver (Terrell Davis, Olandis Gary, Mike Anderson, Clinton Portis, Reuben Droughns, Tatum Bell). That type of success is needed for a team that ranked 27th in rush offense this season.

“Don’t call it a comeback!”: Brady named Comeback Player of the Year

Tom Brady was named Comeback Player of the Year today after throwing for 4,398 yards and 28 touchdowns and helping the Patriots win another AFC East title. Brady is just a year removed from knee surgery, two years removed from an NFL MVP award, and just a week removed from beating me in my fantasy football championship. This pick was a no brainer for the league, although Cadillac Williams came in 2nd in the voting only 5 votes behind Brady.

“Big Unit” hangs them up

At the age of 46, “The Big Unit” Randy Johnson called it quits after 22 Major League seasons. The Unit accomplished the ultimate pitchers goal of 300 wins this past season, pushing his career record to 303-166. Randy is second on the all-time strikeout list, was a co-MVP of the World Series with the Diamondbacks, and had two perfect games including a perfect game. Big Unit was one of a kind with that scary 6’10” frame, flowing mullet, and 101 MPH video game fastball. Perhaps the only noticable blemish on his resume to sports fans is his accidental exploding of a bird during a game. In the words of Happy Gilmore, “He shouldn’t of been standing there.”

“Holliday” Season continues for Cardinals

Matt Holliday is the newest player in baseball to earn a $100 million contract, signing a 7 year deal worth around $120 million. On the Doug Gottlieb Show, Holliday said he was excited to play with who he considered “the best player of all time” in Albert Pujols. It’s a little early to declare that, but I’m sure he’s just overly excited to know that he’s going to be seeing plenty of good pitches batting behind Pujols. Holliday is young and he can hit, and by signing him they remain a big contender in the NL.

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