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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Arguments, injuries for NFL coaches Sunday

10.17.11 at 8:00 am ET

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‘™¦ It was a tough day for NFL coaches Sunday. The big news was fired-up 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh instigating a confrontation with Lions coach Jim Schwartz with his obnoxious handshake after San Francisco’s big win.

Schwartz responded by chasing after Harbaugh, causing players to step in and separate the pair.

In Tampa, Saints coach Sean Payton suffered a broken leg and torn knee ligament after a sideline collision during New Orleans’ loss to the Buccaneers.

Here’s one more: Eagles coach Andy Reid is stung by a gut punch from a celebrating LeSean McCoy. At least the Eagles won, beating the Redskins.

‘™¦ Former Knicks forward Charles Oakley is not convinced the current members of the team have what it takes to restore New York to a title-contending level. Oakley said the West Coast style of coach Mike D’Antoni and star Amar’e Stoudemire won’t last in the East. “They’€™ve got hype,” Oakley said. “But hype don’€™t win nothing.” Oakley, who was an assistant coach with Bobcats last season, said he wants to help his old team but the Knicks “don’t want nothing to do with me.” He then took a shot at former team president Isiah Thomas. “I don’€™t understand how he even got a job with management,’€ Oakley said. ‘€œHe had nothing to do with the Knicks, then he talked bad about the Knicks. … If I see him, he’€™d better turn around and go the other way.”

‘™¦ The Associated Press college football poll is celebrating its 75th anniversary this fall. AP sports columnist Jim Litke takes a look at the controversy the poll has stirred up through the years.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Oct. 17, 2004, the Red Sox began their historic comeback against the Yankees with a 6-4 victory in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series, highlighted by a run in the ninth off Mariano Rivera to force extra innings. David Ortiz won it in the 12th with a two-run home run off which former Red Sox pitcher?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “This is probably, as a whole, one of our worst performances as an offense. It’s times like this when we show what we’re made of — that last drive.” — Patriots wide receiver Deion Branch, after Sunday’s victory over the Cowboys

STAT OF THE DAY: 116 — Regular-season victories for Tom Brady and Bill Belichick, tying them with the Dolphins duo of Dan Marino and Don Shula for most by a quarterback-head coach combination in NFL history

‘NET RESULTS: The Rangers won the game Saturday night to advance to the World Series, so this Texas fan who reached out and stole a ball from Rangers left fielder Josh Hamilton can rest easy.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Paul Quantrill

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Tennessee Ernie Ford died on this day in 1991.

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