THE REF: The 1972 Dolphins, NASCAR Fights And MORE

Every week, Chris Barth updates you on the important events in the sporting world – the ones you may have heard of and the ones you definitely missed. He’s watching the games and calling things as he sees them. This is The Ref. [Full Post]

The Marlins Traded Everyone

The Toronto Blue Jays benefited from the traditional Miami Marlins offseason fire sale, acquiring Josh Johnson, Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle, Emilio Bonifacio, and John Buck in one of the biggest blockbuster trades in MLB history. Experts were stunned by the trade, and attempts to reach the Marlins for comment were not answered, since owner Jeff Loria also traded all Marlins employees for “a LOT of maple syrup.”

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Mike Brown Got Fired, And The Lakers Hired Mike D’Antoni

Following a 1-4 start to the season, the Los Angeles Lakers fired coach Mike Brown. Though it was widely expected that the team would hire former coach Phil Jackson to take over, the front office instead hired Mike D’Antoni, who resigned as Knicks head coach midway through last season. Asked about the decision, Lakers owner Jerry Buss said, “We followed the old saying, ‘Winners never win and quitters never quit.’ Oh no. I’ve made a huge mistake.”

Texas A&M Upset College Football #1 Alabama

The 15th-ranked Aggies handed the Crimson Tide their first loss in over a year, winning 29-24 behind redshirt freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel. For many the win, which likely knocked Alabama out of the running for second-straight a BCS Championship, confirmed that A&M can still compete after an offseason move to the SEC division. I, for one, will still never take that division seriously, mainly because I accidentally type SEX almost every time I try to write it down.

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