Friday Tidbits 8/31/07

31 August 2007

That dogfighter officially made his plea. He apologized. Blah, blah blah. Atlanta is going after $20 million of his guaranteed money. Lance Briggs was charged with leaving the scene of the accident. Left behind was a $350 K Lamborghini. I guess Goodell’s message is at least half being heard. Although it didn’t stop the stupid behavior, at least the players are cognizant there are consequences for it. Asante Samuel joined the Patriots in camp. The Vikings pathetic QB situation got a little better when they added veteran Kelly Holcomb. The Jags signed LB Chris Claiborne. Corey Simon signed with Tennessee. Tim Couch admitted to using HGH while trying to revive his career. Sinsinnati’s Frostee Rucker received a one game suspension from the league for bad behavior. NFL kicks off next Thursday.

Ken Griffey, Jr. finally hit home run #591 & 592. I should have called him out sooner. Gary Sh*ffield landed on the DL with a shoulder injury. Houston fired Manager Phil Garner and GM Tim Purpura. Aaron Boone is out for the rest of the season with a knee injury. At least he didn’t hurt it playing basketball this time. The pathetic Twins hit into a triple play in an important matchup with first place Cleveland. Precious. The Yanks got bombed 16-0. It didn’t seem to matter as they swept the Red Sox. Alfonso Soriano returned to the Cubs lineup. The Dodgers picked Esteban Loiza up off of waivers. [url= http://www.sportingnews.com/blog/JJDidier/]JJDidier wanted to point out that Cabrera and Ramirez went yard in the same game. No, not Florida’s version, but Cleveland’s. The pathetic Twins broke ground on their new ballpark. It was delayed because of the bridge collapse. The snake Bud S*lig was there. He tried to contract the Twins. I wouldn’t have invited him.

Team USA is rolling. Yi Jianlian finally signed with Milwaukee. The Celtics added G/F James Posey to their depleted roster. You think Mark Cuban looks geeky now? Wait until you see him on Dancing with the Stars. Of course, if you’re watching that…well, you might relate with Cuban’s geekiness. Not to make light out of Eddie Griffin’s death, but former Seton Hall teammate Marcus Toney-El said “I guess heaven needed a power forward”. Dude, that line was used already for Phil Rizzuto when Steinbrenner said “Heaven must have needed a shortstop”. Get you own material. Rafer Alston was charged with stabbing a man. Kevin Martin signed a five-year extension with Sacramento. Ruben Patterson signed with the Clippers. Just what Michael Vick wanted. Ron Artest came to his defense. Charlotted re-signed Jeff McInnis.

Anaheim re-signed LW Chris Kunitz for four years at $14.9 million. G Ed Belfour is leaving the NHL for the Swedish Elite League. Jussi Jokinen signed a two-year deal with Dallas.

The college football season kicked off. #2 LSU pounded Mississippi State 45-0. #10 Louisville destroyed Murray State 73-10. Brian Brohm took the early Heisman lead throwing for 375 yards and 4 TDs. #16 Rutgers (38-3 over Buffalo) and #24 Boise State (56-7 over Weber State) continue their winning ways from last year. While, it’s great college football is back, ESPN’s hype machine is way overboard. I wonder why I don’t watch that station anymore. The game of the weekend is #12 Cal vs. #15 Tennessee. #9 Virginia Tech will have an emotional opener as they will honor the victims from last year’s tragedy. USC RB Emmanuel Moody is transferring to Florida. Florida T Phil Trautwein will be out 6-8 weeks with a stress facture.

Nevada’s PG Lyndale Burleson was declared academically ineligible for the fall semester. Robert Mitchell is transferring from Duquesne. Arkansas F Sonny Weems broke his hand.

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Friday Tidbits 8/24/07

24 August 2007

Ookie aka Michael Vick accepted a plea deal for his dogfighting crimes. Atlanta also lost QB D.J. Shockley for the year, although his is injury related not drowning and electrocuting dogs related. Denver traded DT Gerard Warren to Oakland for a draft pick. Travis Henry sprained his knee. He should be OK. Trent Green was named Miami’s starter. No, this doesn’t have much fantasy football impact. A move that does have fantasy impact was the contract extension of Larry Johnson. LJ and the Chiefs agreed on a contract extension. The deal was 5 years, $43.2 million with $19 million guaranteed. As an LJ owner, I’m excited even though he’s not sure he’ll be ready for the opener. They play Houston that week. He’s killing me if he doesn’t play. The Eagles cut LB Jeremiah Trotter. He’ll catch on somewhere. Tiki Barber ripped Eli for lack of leadership last year. Eli ripped back saying Barber showed no leadership by ripping Coughlin publicly and distracting the team with retirement talks midway through the season. I have to say Eli won this round. Plaxico Burress returned to practice for the first time in almost three weeks. You can pencil in the Vikings as NFC North Champions after they signed WR Robert Ferguson…Hehe. The Bus says he faked an injury so he didn’t get cut. Lil’ Bob Sanders returned to practice for the Colts. Tom Brady had a boy. New York traded OL Pete Kendall to Washington.

Johan Santana mowed down 17 Rangers. A few days later they took it out on poor Baltimore. They scored 30 runs (most since 1897) on them. Jermaine Dye signed a two year, $22 million extension with the White Sox. A-Rod clubbed his 40th home run. Bobby Jenks blew it. He gave up a hit to snap his streak of retiring 41 consecutive batters before he could break the record. He has to settle for tying the mark. He did save the game though. He’s been a rare bright spot for the White Sox. 42 most be an unlucky number because that’s where Brandon Webb had his streak snapped. Tim Hudson continues to make a run at the NL Cy Young after improving to 9-0 in his last 11 starts. Detroit got Joel Zamaya back. Pedro should be returning to the Mets in a few weeks, and Chase Utley has been cleared to throw and swing. Garrett Anderson drove in 10 runs against the Yankees. Cole Hamels will miss a start with an elbow strain. The guy who caught the #756* home run ball has to sell it because he would be taxed on it. Tell me that’s not some crap. Until he sells it, it shouldn’t be taxable. The former Mets clubhouse attendant who distributed steroids named names to the Mitchell investigation. Speaking of steroids, Gary Sh*ffield will be out a while with a shoulder injury. Albert Pujols homered in 5 straight games. It was his 30th homer of the season making him the only guy to have 30 home runs in his first seven seasons. David Wells is bringing his plus sized waist to LA. Ken Griffey, Jr. has forgot how to hit a home run.

Former Timberwolves F Eddie Griffin died when his SUV crashed into a freight train. It took several days to identify his body via dental records. It looks like he finally lost his battle with alcohol. Minnesota’s Mark Madsen hurt his shoulder in a boating accident. Speaking of boats and the Timberwolves, former Wolves G/F Latrell Sprewell had his yacht (Milwaukee’s Best) repossessed. I guess he should have signed that 3 year, $21 million contract that was insulting at the time. I guess he used his money to feed his family rather than make the boat payments. Washington re-signed F Andray Blatche. He’ll be out until November. Whatever will they do without his 1.1 points and 1.6 rebounds? James Posey plead guilty to reckless driving. Harrah’s is building an arena in hopes of attracting a pro team. After the Donaghy situation, all I can say is “Good luck with that”.

Colorado signed C Wyatt Smith and D Wes O’Neill. Columbus signed C Michael Peca. Vancouve re-signed C Trevor Linden. Los Angeles signed D Jon Klemm.

West Virginia LB James Thomas and CB Ellis Lankster were charged with transferring and receiving stolen property. Alabama CB Simeon Castille was charged with disorderly conduct. TCU DE Tommy Blake returned to the team after missing a few practices for personal reasons. Texas WR Billy Pitman is out with a shoulder injury. Cal FB Will Ta’ufo’ou is out 3-6 weeks with a knee injury. Clemson RB Ray Ray McElrathbey tore his ACL and will miss the season. Iowa WRs Dominique Douglas and Anthony Bowman were suspended following their arrest. USC sent WR Jamere Holland packing. Pitt OL Chris Jacobson dislocated his knee cap. I’m sure that stung a bit. The Hurricanes announced they will leave the Orange Bowl for the bigger money Dolphin Stadium will bring in 2008. Oklahoma freshman Sam Bradford was named the starting Quarterback. Virginia Tech QB Ike Whitaker has switched to WR. Oregon State WR Sammie Stroughter is taking a leave of abscence to deal with personal issues. A 59 year old is going to play Division III this year. This really annoys me. Yeah, it’s a feel good story for older people. I get that angle. However, he got into a fight and got kicked off the team 40 years ago. He screwed that up. Some 20 year old kid got cut because this guy wants some attention. The team wanted some attention too, which is why he’s on the squad. Division III football is mainly for fun. This selfish guy is stealing that from someone. Sorry I blew up on that.

Richard Jefferson must have liked Arizona, as he gave $3.5 million to his old school. He was trumped by Nike’s Phil Knight, who donated $100 million to the University of Oregon. Georgia Tech C Ra’Sean Dickey will miss the first half of the season because of bad grades. Duke F David McClure had knee surgery. Illinois G Jamar Smith was suspended next year for boozin’ and cruisin’. Alabama PG Ronald Steele will undergo knee surgery. Syracuse will be without G Andy Rautins next year as he injured his knee.

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Friday Tidbits 8/17/07

17 August 2007

Baseball lost a legend on Monday when Phil Rizzuto passed away. He’ll be missed. I know, I know he’s a lifetime Yankee, but he was such a great Ambassador of the game. Bobby Jenks tied a Major League record retiring 41 consecutive batters. His streak is still active. Bobby Cox broke the record for most ejections by a manager. Sweet. Paul Lo Duca landed on the DL. Nomar also landed on the DL. Darryl Strawberry is in some hot water with the government. They are seeking a half a million from him in unpaid taxes. Another former Major Leaguer is in trouble. Jose Offerman was charged with assault for hitting a pitcher and catcher with his bat. Assault and battery on the battery. Nice. Prince Fielder got suspended for three games. Jason Gi*mbi won’t face any discipline from Bud Selig since he cooperated with the Mitchell investigation and wrote checks to charities. I actually agree with this since he’s one of the only guys who’s seeds haven’t shrunk so much from the juice to actually fess up. Carlos Zambrano signed a contract extension with the Cubs for 5 years, $90 million. Cha-ching.

Another Philly RB will miss time with an injury. Usually it’s Buckhalter, but this time Ryan Moats broke his ankle in a preseason game. New York Jets RB Thomas Jones injured his calf. Vince Young was held out of a preseason game for missing curfew. Lane Kiffin must have had some bad chili. He found himself at the hospital with a viral infection. I think he’s just sick of the Raiders. Houston signed Tyrone Poole. The Jets finally signed rookie CB Darrelle Revis. Only JaMarcus Russell is unsigned. First PacMoron wanted to be a fake wrestler. Now he wants to be a rapper…in a group called Posterboyz. Yeah, let’s be proud of your suspension. Green Bay cut Robert Ferguson. Last year I called him a sleeper. He’s a sleeper again this year, but he won’t wake up. New Englad signed DE Ty Warren to a five year extension. See they do pay the guys the feel aren’t replaceable. The Chiefs got nothing going on the ground again in their 2nd preseason game. Please pay Larry Johnson.

Pat Riley says he wants to coach for three more years. I wonder after that if he’ll take a few years off and knife another friend in the back when his team gets good again. Brevin Knight signed with the Clippers. I figured he’d be a good fit for Boston and their depleted roster. Golden State ended one of the worst contracts in NBA history when it bought out Adonal Foyle. Four men were charged with robbing Antoine Walker. Referee Tim Donaghy pleaded guilty to gambling charges. Detroit inked Jarvis Hayes. San Antonio signed Ime Udoka. Memphis traded with Washington for the rights to G Juan Carlos Navarro.

Rick Tocchet got two years probation for his gambling ring. I bet his wrists hurt after the slap on them he received. Mike Ricci is calling it a career after 16 seasons…Quitter. Just kidding, that’s a nice run. Former St. Louis Coach Mike Kitchen signed on as a Florida assistant. Chicago traded RW Radim Vrbata to Phoenix C Kevyn Adams. The Islanders signed D Andy Sutton for three years and C Josef Vasicek foe one year. Toronto’s Mark Bell pleaded No Contest to a Drunk Driving and Hit-and-Run Charges. He’ll spend 6 months in the cooler. Former Montreal VP and GM Sam Pollock passed away at the age of 81. New Jersey signed D Paul Martin to a three year, $11.5 million deal. He went to the same high school as my wife.

Game back on for Freshman Pitt QB Pat Bostick. He left the team for personal reasons, and now he’s back to compete for the starting gig. He won’t have WR Derek Kinder to throw to though. He’s out for the year after tearing his ACL. Arkansas lost WR Marcus Monk for 4-6 weeks with a knee injury. Houston OL Jerrod Butler passed out while lifting weights. Scary. I pass out at the thought of lifting weights. New Mexico State WR A.J. Harris rejoined the team after a resolution of his assualt charge. Duke reinstated LB Michael Tauiliili, who was arrested on DUI and gun possession charges. He will sit out the first game…ooooh. USC is losing some depth as RB Emmanuel Moody will transfer. He probably won’t even be missed as they are so stocked.

Texas Tech C Esmir Rizvic gained an additional half season of eligibility, after losing half a season to a broken eye socket. I’m surprised the tight (expletive) NCAA would approve that. Florida A & M fired stalker Mike Gillespie.

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Friday Tidbits 8/10/07

10 August 2007

Well, the Juice Watch is finally over. We feared this day would come, and it has. Barry B*nds hit home run #756. It’s amazing what steroids can do for you. ESPN showed a picture of Barry on Pittsburgh and on San Fran. I love seeing the Pittsburgh pictures because it’s so obvious what he did. Bud Selig wasn’t at the game, although he was there for 755.

Last weekend was a milestone weekend. Besides the cheater tying Hank Aaron, A-Rod became the fastest to 500, and more importantly Tom Glavine won his 300th game. Steady Eddie Guardado made his return to the Reds. Eric Byrnes signed a three year, $30 million extension with Arizona. Torii Hunter must have licked his chops. Red Sox signed scrubby Bobby Kielty. San Diego kicked David Wells to the curb. Toronto beaned A-Rod. Cl*mens answered, and got suspended 5 games. Pedro Martinez made a rehab start, but got rocked by the Lakeland Flying Tigers. Rick Ankiel made it back to the Bigs. This time as an Outfielder. He homered in his first game. The Phillies bought Russell Branyan from the Indians.

Brady Quinn finally struck a deal with the Browns. Joey Porter had his knee scoped. Carolina S Mike Minter retired. Chicago dealt Dante Wesley to New England. Priest Holmes made it clear that he’d take Larry Johnson’s job if he continues to hold out. He’ll be without LT Damion McIntosh for 4-6 weeks though. Mike Alstott is out for the year. He may retire. Chicago FB Obafemi Ayanbadejo will miss four games because of steroids. The Colts DT lost Booger McFarland for the year. Cleveland’s Willie McGinest will be out six weeks following back surgery. PacMoron appeared on a wrestling program. He’s a clown. The NFL preseason kicked off. Oh yeah.

Elton Brand blew out his Achilles. Jermaine O’Neal made it be known he wants to become a Laker and play with Kobe. The Celtics needed warm bodies after the mega trade with Minnesota so they signed goofball Scot Pollard and Eddie House. They’ve also called Reggie Miller to see if he’ll make a comeback. Allan Houston and Charles Oakley are also thinking comeback. New York C Randolph Morris was charged with reckless driving. Houston G Rafer Alston was charged with misdemeanor assault and public intoxication. Penny Hardaway signed with Miami.

Doug MacLean has put together a group to buy the Tampa Bay Lightning. Edmonton rejected an offer to be sold. LA signed LW Michael Cammalleri to a two year deal worth $6.7 million. Tampa Bay C Ryan Craig was awarded a one year $850K contract in arbitration. Jean-Sebastien Giguere won’t be getting jiggy with it for a while after his sports hernia surgery. Chicago Coach Denis Savard got a one year contract extension.

Tennessee suspended RB LaMarcus Coker indefinitely. Pitt QB Pat Bostick left the school for personal reasons. Florida RB Brandon James pleaded no contest to a drug possession charge. He got put on probation and will have to do some community service. Wisconsin suspended RB Lance Smith last month because he was facing battery and disorderly conduct charges. He was reinstated an hour before the first practice started. Real tough message you sent out Wisconsin. Washington WR Anthony Russo is out a month with a broken finger. Psycho punter Mitch Cozad was found guilty. Miami LB Glenn Cook and S Lovon Ponder are out with injuries.

Wake Forest assistant Dino Gaudio will replace Skip Prosser next year. Ball State named Billy Taylor their new Coach. Mack McCarthy has become the new coach at East Carolina.

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Friday Tidbits 8/3/07

3 August 2007

Barry B*nds took his freak show on the road looking for #755 & 756. He’s still looking. Carlos Zambrano, my preseason Cy Young favorite, was the first to 14 wins. Ichiro became the third fastest to reach 1500 hits, trailing only Al Simmons and George Sisler. Kenny Rogers made his way back to the DL. Houston traded for Ty Wiggington for Dan Wheeler. Then they sent Morgan Ensberg down. Jose Cansec* has a new book coming out, and claims he has dirt on A-Rod in it. It will be dismissed because A-Rod is one of the guys who get a free pass from speculation, along with Roger Cl*mens, David Ortiz, Ryan Howard, Albert Pujols, and Ken Griffey, Jr. among others. I’m not saying I believe it per se, but I wouldn’t be surprised. How can you at this point? Atlanta won the Mark Teixeira Sweepstakes. They also got Octavio Dotel from KC. The Mets acquired Luis Castillo from the Twins. The Twins, especially Johan, Hunter, and Nathan are mad that they traded Luis and they didn’t bring in a bat. The Phils got Kyle Loshe from the Reds. Look out, I think he just gave up another home run. The Yanks got Wilson Betemit for Scott Proctor. Boston got Eric G*gne for Kason Gabbard. Carlos Beltran was put on the DL. His teammates blew Tom Glavine’s chance at win #300. Police found cocaine at Rod Beck’s house. The Cubbies moved into 1st place. Curt Schilling should be back this weekend. Minnesota cancelled a game due to a tragic bridge collapse. Very sad news. Jake Peavy reached 1000 K’s for his career. Florida’s Josh Johnson will have Tommy John surgery. Roger Cl*mens got bombed in the Bronx. He gave up 9 hits and 8 runs in 1-2/3 innings.

The Timberwolves finally traded Kevin Garnett. They received Al Jefferson, Theo Raliff and his expiring contract, Ryan Gomes, Gerald Green, Sebastian Telfair and his baggage, and two first round picks in exchange for the Big Ticket. Boston now has three of the best players in the league in KG, Ray Allen, and Paul Pierce. I’d say this is a deal that helps both teams. Smush Parker signed with Miami. What’s Kobe going to do without him? Eddy Curry was robbed at gunpoint. A few weeks ago it was Antoine Walker who was robbed in Chicago. The only funny thing about the Curry story is that the police chief’s name is John Madden. Minnesota made some quieter news by buying out Troy Hudson’s contract. What a move! Of course, it was McHale’s dumb move in the first place to sign him so I’m not giving him that much credit. The C’s signed Eddie House to a free agent deal. If you can hoop at all, head to Boston. They need bodies. Wizards F Andray Blatche got pinched trying to buy some booty from a cop. You’re in the NBA, you shouldn’t have to pay for it.

The NFL lost a legend Monday with the passing of Bill Walsh. Calvin Johnson signed with Detroit. Arizona signed Levi Brown. Adrian Peterson signed a mega deal with the Vikings. The Skins signed LaRon Landry. SF signed Patrick Willis. Only JeMarcus Russell, Darrelle Revis, Brady Quinn, Dwayne Bowe, and Jon Beason are left. Imagine that. Kansas City hasn’t signed rookie WR Dwayne Bowe. They are the same cheapskates who aren’t willing to pay Larry Johnson. That sucks. Buffalo traded Darwin Walker to Chicago for a 5th round pick. Tim Couch signed with Jacksonville..stop laughing. Michael Vick aka Ron Mexico aka Ookie’s co-defendant Tony Taylor pleaded guilty. Gulp. The Patriots lost DB Chad Scott for the year because of a knee injury. Jacksonville lost C Brad Meester for two months with a broken foot. Frank Gore will miss the preseason with a broken hand. Daunte Culpepper signed with the Raiders. I think he thought Moss was still there. Look out, Culpepper just got sacked again. Michael Strahan and the Giants have a mini-drama going…Yawn.

Buffalo signed Derek Roy to a six year, $24 million contact. They also inked Nathan Paetsch to a 3 year deal. Montreal signed RW Michael Ryder to a one year deal worth $2.95 million. The Rangers signed Marcel Hossa to a one year deal. Zach Parise signed a four year, $12.5 million deal with New Jersey. Sean Avery and the Rangers went to arbitration. They pretty much split the difference with Avery getting $1.9 million next year. Edmonton signed Dustin Penner away from Anaheim for $21.25 million.

Oklahoma State LB Alex Odiari was arrested for having a fake ID. A college kid in the bar underage. That sickens me. Oh wait, I used to do it all the time. Boise State Ian Johnson married cheerleader Chrissy Popadics last weekend. You’ll remember he proposed to her after he scored to win the Fiesta Bowl. Texas LB Sergio Kindle was arrested on DWI charges. Brigham Young extended Coach Bronco Mendenhall through 2011. Bronco is such a bad (expletive) name. Speaking of names, Oklahoma will have names on the back of their jerseys again.

Washington State signed Coach Tony Bennett to a seven year deal. New Mexico State kicked F Tyrone Nelson to the curb for robbing a pizza man. Tulsa Coach Doug Wojcik got two years added to his deal. UNLV Coach Lon Kruger had successful bypass surgery. Six of them in fact.

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