From "The Rundown" : THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT

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Happy Birthday, basketball. 118 years ago today, the 13 original rules of the game were nailed to a Springfield door or printed in a Springfield YMCA newsletter or somehow otherwise presented to Springfield and thus the world. And the reason Dr. Naismith stopped at 13 is because No. 14 was too obvious to write down. It said, "When down by two with no time remaining, a team shall not give the ball to a rookie on a 10-day contract who has never before made a three-pointer in his career." So through that loop-hole, your Jazz welcomed Sundiata Gaines, who dropped in the heartbreaker at the buzzer that left LeBron and the rest of the Cavs standing slack-jawed.

More from The Rundown, including another shutout from another Brodeur and why Bill Cowher might be waiting to take a bite out of the Big Apple, after the jump.


Two days ago, a Brodeur (Marty of the New Jersey Devils) pulled off the regulation/overtime/shootout shutout of the Rangers in New York. Your Ottawa Senators thought that was a pretty good idea, so they pulled their own Brodeur (Mike) off of their minor league practice ice in Binghamton, NY and had him drive three hours to Manhattan for the game. Actually, he didn't drive. He napped in the back seat. Just enough rest to make 32 saves for his first career shutout in just his second NHL start. Meanwhile, the Rangers haven't put the biscuit in the basket since Saturday - a span of 144 minutes, 32 seconds.

"That's the team that he really coveted. This is where he always wanted to be. The Mara family, he's been very close to them...He's known them very well and was on the inside track - before the Giants won the Super Bowl - for that job. And I think he's holding out for that opportunity if it presents itself."

- If a bus told you that Bill Cowher wants to be the next head coach of the Giants, would you believe it? What if the bus was The Bus, as in Jerome Bettis?

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