Thursday Afterschool Special: Sock Tricks and Untied Shoes!

Bills coach makes history

Kathryn Smith became the first full-time female NFL coach after her promotion to quality control-special teams coach. She was previously the Bills' administrative assistant to the head coach, and started her career in 2003 as an intern for the New York Jets.

The Cardinals made Jen Welter the first female NFL coach of any kind this summer when they hired her on an internship basis to work with inside linebackers in the preseason. While Welter did not stay on staff for the regular season, Bills coach Rex Ryan mentioned her and conversations he had with Cardinals' coach Bruce Arians about her as factoring into Smith's promotion.

The Warriors sit one out, score anyway

How good are the 39–4 Golden State Warriors? During last night's 124–94 win over the Bulls, they had two players tying their shoes during an offensive possession — and still managed to score with Harrison Barnes taking on the entire Chicago defense.

The Jonathan Drouin saga continues

The relationship between Jonathan Drouin and the Tampa Bay Lightning, the team that made him the third pick in the draft just two years ago, went from bad to worse last night. After the Bolts demoted Drouin to the minors earlier this month, his agent revealed that the player requested a trade back in November. Lightning GM Steve Yzerman promised to try to move the discontented second-year player. 

Well, after a few weeks of playing in the minors and waiting to be traded, Drouin has had enough. He refused to play last night for the Syracuse Crunch, Tampa's AHL affiliate. In response, the Lightning suspended the player indefinitely without pay. Yzerman reiterated his intention to trade Drouin this morning, but admitted his sitting out games, not to mention the earlier public trade request, hasn't made his job any easier. 

Sock trick?

Score three goals in a game in the NHL? Fans throw hats on the ice. Score six goals in a game in the National Lacrosse League? Fans throw their socks on the field. Talk about a stinky tradition!

Kawa signs with the Cubs

The Chicago Cubs signed infielder Munenori Kawasaki to a minor league deal, which is a good excuse to post one of his many hilarious interviews.

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