What Goes Up Must Come Down

Hawes
Hawes
Posted: January 26, 2012

ISAAC NEWTON was so right. For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. And this certainly holds weight when referring to the science of sports.

Here's a few examples of Newton's theory within the local sports realm this week alone - and it's only Thursday.

Pro: Penn State's new football coach, Bill O'Brien, has 19 verbal commitments,the most recent from a top high school lineman from New Jersey, despite the child abuse scandal that has rocked the school since November.

Con: The Penn State family has been in mourning since Sunday after legendary football coach Joe Paterno died at age 85. Paterno's funeral services are today in a region known as Happy Valley.

Pro: Flyers winger Scott Hartnell was added to the NHL All-Star roster Tuesday, joining teammates Claude Giroux and Kimmo Timonen. It's Hartnell's first appearance in an 11-year career.

Con: Flyers captain and defenseman Chris Pronger, who arguably would have received an All-Star berth if healthy, hasn't played since Nov. 19 and has been ruled out of action for the rest of the season with a concussion.

Pro: Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber awarded PPL Park, home of the Union, hosting rights to the 2012 MLS All-Star Game on July 25.

Con: It's likely the Union will start the 2012 campaign without Frenchman Sebastien Le Toux, a 2010 MLS All-Star. He had a trial at English Premier League club Bolton last week and could bid bon voyage before the close of Tuesday's European transfer window.

Pro: The Sixers lead the Atlantic Division by four games in what has clearly been a team effort. Seven players average double figures with Lou Williams leading the way at 15.5 points per game.

Con: Spencer Hawes, the Sixers' big man, has missed five games and could miss more nursing an Achilles' injury. Hawes, averaging 10.4 points and 8.8 rebounds, told reporters Tuesday: "I've taken these [five] games, and if I'm going to invest in getting it better I want to make sure." Hawes could return Monday, when his Sixers host Orlando and Dwight Howard.

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