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The Philadelphia Daily News
BY TOM MAHON; Daily News Staff Writer

Most athletes try to stay out of hot water. Titans safety Bernard Pollard would welcome it.

Pollard told "ESPN The Magazine" that the Broncos purposely turned off the hot water to the showers in the visiting locker room after last year's Week 14 matchup in Denver.

The Broncos won, 51-28, in a game played in freezing temperatures that included an NFL-record 64-yard field goal by Denver's Matt Prater.

The Titans undoubtedly were looking to wash away the embarrassing loss with a long, hot shower, but Pollard said someone at the stadium made sure that didn't happen.

"You know the hot water was working before the game, then all of a sudden after the game it's not working?" Pollard said. "They are bringing in millions or almost billions of dollars a year. I'm sorry, but that was a switch that was hit."

Pollard's theory doesn't hold water, hot or otherwise. But with his conspiratorial mind, there could be a career in politics in his future.

Flavor enhancer

Legend has it that members of the 1940 New York Rangers somehow started a fire inside the Stanley Cup and then urinated on it to extinguish the blaze. In 2008, Red Wings center Kris Draper said his infant daughter "pooped in the Cup."

That said, Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar decided to eat cereal out of Lord Stanley's bowl over the weekend.


Johnny Baseball

Hard to believe it was 50 years ago at the 1964 All-Star Game that Johnny Callison belted a three-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to lead the National League to victory and become the only Phillie to ever win the All-Star MVP award.


July 15, 2014




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