TOP 5 AT 5 FOR WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 15TH
1. Brady Sick and Missed Practice
Tom Brady was held out of the portion of the New England Patriots practice open to media Wednesday due to llness, according to NFL.com. A source told Ian Rapoport that the quarterback was sick after Bill Belichick declined to reveal the reason for Brady's absence at his press conference Wednesday.
There is no reason yet to believe Brady's status for the AFC Championship game Sunday against the Denver Broncos is in jeopardy.
2. Spurrier Gets A New Contract
South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrior will get a raise tomorrow.
The state reports Spurrier will get a raise, from $3.3 million to $4 million, for next season after leading the Gamecocks football team to a win in the Capital One Bowl and a #4 ranking in the final poll of the season.
Even with the raise, Spurrer will remain the 3rd highest paid head coach in the SEC behind Nick Saban ($5 mil) and Les Miles ($4.3 mil).
3. Shock and Awe Man!!!
John Grant of Mayville, Wisconsin was fined $240 for tasing his wife after the Chicago Bears beat the Green Bay Packers in November. Grant and his wife had made a bet over the outcome of the game, and the loser was to be tasered.
His wife called the cops after the incident, claiming that she didn't want to be tased, but video evidence on her phone showed her laughing.
4. Kershaw and Dodgers Close on a Record Deal
Friday is the last day that teams can offer arbitration-eligible players a contract extension, and rumors are swirling that the Los Angeles Dodgers and star pitcher Clayton Kershaw are closing in on a deal that would make him the highest paid pitcher in the league and possibly even the highest paid player.
The 25-year old Kershaw won the Cy Young Award as the league's best pitcher in 2011 and 2013, and finished second in the voting in 2012.
5. Schottenheimer to Interview for Vandy Job
Brian Schottenheimer, who is the son of former NFL head coach Marty Schottenheimer, will interview for the head coaching vacancy at Vanderbilt after James Franklin left the school to take over Penn State's football program. Brian is currently the offensive coordinator for the St. Louis Rams, who finished in last place in the NFC West this past season.