Missed a few headlines this week? Worry not, ask I’ve got my finger on the sports pulse for you. Below is my weekly round-up of what’s trending in sports: perfect for water coolers, no rx cocktail parties, ask sports bars and board rooms.
- Gronkin’ out at the Oscars: Yes, you read that right. Rob Gronkowski, as in the flamboyant New England Patriots’ tight end, who has never been in a movie or in fact acted, will be on the red carpet this Sunday for the Oscars. NFL Network has picked Gronk as their red carpet correspondent for the biggest night in Hollywood. Will it be a train wreck or one of the funniest things an NFL player has ever done? The jury is out and personally, I can’t imagine Gronk having a serious conversation with Denzel Washington or Sally Field without admitting he’s a little too drunk. The Oscars were already on my radar but have now become a must see.
- Danica finally shines in Daytona: Danica Patrick is finally inching closer to getting her first NASCAR win after years of being in the spotlight as one of the few females in the sport and with only one Top 5 finish. The Daytona 500, the 200-lap 500 mile marque race of NASCAR is this Sunday, February 24th at 12PM CT on FOX. Patrick posted the fastest lap for qualifiers which places her in the front row at the pole for the start. It’s a huge feat as Patrick is the first female to ever earn the top spot at the 500 and puts her in a great position to win it all. Go Danica!
- Are Boozers’ days numbered as a Bull?: When the Bulls attempted to lure LeBron James to Chicago before he took his talents to South Beach, the Bulls made a risky decision to sign Carlos Boozer to a 5-year/$75 million dollar contract. Despite putting up the best numbers this season since his arrival, Boozer still remains the center of trade talks and Bulls’ GM Gar Forman is finally realizing that Boozer isn’t worth THAT much cash. Hush-hush trade talks are about to become the spotlight in the NBA with the trade deadline on Thursday. If the Bulls make a move, it will involve Boozer getting the boot…possibly sporting a Raptors jersey by the end of the season.
- Nike can’t catch a break: First Tiger Woods, then Lance Armstrong, now today’s scandal surrounds Oscar Pistorius. Nike has placed all of these celebrity athletes at the center of their campaigns, only to find them in the midst of sordid scandals and breaking the law. With Pistorius, who was recently charged with the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, Nike thought they had another 5-star campaign with the “Blade Runner”. Needless to say, Since Pistorious’ murder charges, Nike has ended their contract with Pistorious, pulled any remnants of the campaign and will wait to see the fate of their latest poster boy turned rotten.
- Talks of Reggie Bush going to Detroit: Since the 2013 Scouting Combine is a snooze this year, NFL fans should be fantasizing at the opportunities that come with free agency. One of the biggest names…Reggie Bush. Lions’ wide receiver Nate Burleson spoke on Monday how Bush would make a perfect fit in Detroit. Not exactly what a Bears fan wants to hear. We don’t want the Lions to continue to pick up weapons for their army. Let Reggie land in the floundering Arizona or even with the on-the-fence team in Cincinnati. Just not Detroit. Bears fans are still trying to figure out a way to deal with new coach Marc Trestman and his hair.