Friday Tidbits 10/12/07

12 October 2007

Manny Ramirez smashed a 3 run homer in the 9th to give the Red Sox a 6-3 win in Game 2. Curt Schilling, aided by Papi & Manny back-to-back jacks, finished the sweep. Cleveland got a hand from Mother Nature as bugs swarmed The Jake. They irritated Joba Chamberlain into game-tying wild pitch. Cleveland won it in the 11th. Johnny Damon saved the day as the Yanks struck back. Cleveland put the Yankees to bed in Game 4. Paul Byrd was the word and got the series clinching win. Chicago could have used some luck as they found themselves swept by Arizona. They can’t blame Bartman this time. Joining them will be Colorado, who swept the Phillies while winning their 17th game in 18 tries. Tom Glavine decline a $13 million option with the Mets. Pittsburgh gave manager Jim Tracy the axe. Charlie Manuel earned a two-year extension with the Phillies. Atlanta GM John Schuerholz is moving on to team President. Colorado took Game 1 of the NLCS. They have won 18 of their last 19 games.

Week 5 saw Green Bay fall out of the undefeated ranks. It was basically a must win for Chicago. Brett Favre did throw for 322 yards in the loss. New England, Indy, and Dallas stayed perfect. Tom Brady threw 3 touchdowns for the 5th straight game. Indy won without Addai or Marvin Harrison. Tony Romo tried to give away the game with 5 INTs and a fumble, but Nick “Stick a” Folk “in ‘em” drilled a 53 yarder following a successful onsides kick. Dramatic stuff. Matt Leinart fractured his collarbone. He’s out for the year. Tim Rattay was brought in for when Kurt Warner gets hurt. Larry Johnson got a whopping 12 yards on the ground. Hines Ward missed another game. Trent Green got another concussion. New Orleans, St. Louis, and Miami lost again. Jake Delhomme will miss the rest of the year with his elbow injury. Vinny Testaverde was signed for QB depth. A spinal injury is forcing Seattle FB Mack Strong to retire. Michael Pittman got hurt for the Bucs so Zack Crockett was brought in. Kellen Winslow said that Joey Porter is too angry and needs a hug. I love it.

Golden State’s Monta Ellis had a scare. He hurt himself in practice. It was thought that he might have been paralyzed. Thankfully, he’s OK. Charlotte’s Sean May will miss another season, this time for microfracture surgery. He sure gets injured a lot. KG had a solid Boston debut. He had 19 points and 16 rebounds as they won their preseason opener in Italy. San Antonio signed Bruce Bowen to an extension. This just in. Michael Finley finally let go of the NBA trophy. Eddy Curry has a tear in his shoulder. Ouch. He won’t need surgery though. Sacremento C Spencer Hawes will have knee surgery. No word on when he’ll return. Allan Houston is going to attempt a comeback with the Knicks. Washington Wizard C, and former Syracuse Orangeman, Etan Thomas underwent heart surgery.

Alexander Ovechkin picked up his 200th point. Columbus G Pascal Lecliare shutout Anaheim last Friday. He got his second one on Wednesday. The Wild’s Niklas Backstrom also recorded his 2nd shutout Wednesday. Martin Gerber recorded a shutout on Saturday. Ray Emery, who? Nashville’s David Legwand recorded a hat trick against Dallas. The Islanders signed D Radek Martinek to a three-year extension and C Richard Park to a two-year extension. Nashville lost D Shea Weber for a month or so after he dislocated his knee cap. Ouch. Detroit will be without F John Franzen for a month with a knee injury. New York Ranger F Sean Avery separated his shoulder, and will miss a month. Toronto F Jason Blake has chronic myelogenous leukemia, but it’s treatable, and he should be able to play through it. Dallas C Mike Ribeiro was activated from the IR. Columbus got C Michael Peca back from the Injured Reserve. Toronto’s Mats Sundin set team records with his 390th goal and 917th point. Darryl Sittler previously held both records. Buffalo’s Tim Connolly shutout Atlanta to drop them to 0-4. Florida’s Tomas Vokoun shutout New Jersey.

#1 LSU had a come from behind victory over #9 Florida 28-24. #4 Ohio State beat #23 Purdue. It was Florida’s second straight loss. #10 Oklahoma got by #19 Texas. #15 Virginia Tech beat #22 Clemson. #17 Missouri blasted #25 Nebraska. #20 Cincinnati squeaked by #21 Rutgers. Now to the upsets. #2 USC got dropped by Stanford, ending USC’s 35-game home winning streak. Illinois bumped #5 Wisconsin. Tennessee smoked #12 Georgia. Finally, Kansas upset #24 Kansas State. Virginia Tech will be without leading tackler LB Vince Hall for a month or more after he broke his wrist. Texas lost WR Limas Sweed with a wrist injury. This week’s top games are #1 LSU vs. #17 Kentucky, and #6 Oklahoma vs. #11 Missouri. Mark Sanchez will start at QB for USC this week. Wake Forest upset #21 Florida State last night.

New Mexico’s Tony Danridge had surgery on his broken leg. Stanford C Brook Lopez was ruled academically ineligible. Georgia suspended F Takais Brown, C Albert Jackson, and G Mike Mercer for violations. Texas freshman Gary Jackson has been cleared to practice despite a heart condition.

That concludes the Tidbits. As always, feel free to add any stories you liked this week in sports or discuss any of the stories I mentioned.

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Friday Tidbits 10/5/07

5 October 2007

The Red Sox and Cubbies won their divisions on the same night. How sweet is that? The Mets historic collapse led to a division title for the Phillies. Willie Randolph won’t get the axe though. Arizona wrapped up the AL West. Colorado knocked off San Diego in a one game playoff. Magglio Ordonez and Matt Holliday won the batting titles. A.J. Pierzynski signed a two-year extenstion with the White Sox. C.C. Sabathia joined the 19 win club. Jim Leyland will be the Tigers skipper through 2009. Carlos Pena and Dmitri Young won Comeback Players of the Year. The cynic in mean wonders about Pena’s amazing breakout season. Speaking of which, Scott Schoeneweis is the latest name to be implicated for steroid use. The Braves are moving on without Andruw Jones. Florida’s Hanley Ramirez had shoulder surgery. So did Gary Sh*ffield. Carlos Beltran had knee surgery. Tim Wakefield, Bartolo Colon, and Gary M*tthews, Jr. were left off the playoff roster for the Red Sox-Angels series. Adam Eaton was left of the Phillies roster. Josh Beckett pitched a beautiful complete game shutout to give the Red Sox Game 1. Colorado stayed hot stealing Game 1 from Host Philadelphia. Kazuo Matsui’s 5 RBIs and near cycle gave Colorado a 2-0 lead. Brandon Webb struck out 9 as he allowed just 1 run over 7 innings to beat the Cubs. Chris Young’s 3 run jack helped give Arizona a 2-0 lead. Cleveland bombed the Yankees 12-3. Kenny Lofton, of all people, led the attack with 4 RBIs.

Brett Favre became the all-time TD pass leader. The Browns knocked off Baltimore. New England, Indy, Dallas and Green Bay remained undefeated. Atlanta and Buffalo picked up their first wins. San Diego, Baltimore, Chicago, and Pittsburgh were upset. Daunte Culpepper ran for 3 scores and passed for 2 more against his former team Miami. His former teammate, Randy Moss, grabbed two more touchdown passes. Tony Romo threw 3 TDs and ran for another one. Griese didn’t play any better than Grossman. Justin Fargas and Patrick Crayton were the latest to have breakout games. Denver lost G Ben Hamilton for the season because of concussions. Hines Ward missed a game. McNabb probably wishes he missed the Giants game as he was sacked 12 times. Tampa lost Cadillac Williams and tackle Luke Petitgout “Junction” for the season with knee injuries. Ricky “Puff, puff, give” Williams has applied for reinstatement. SF QB Alex Smith will miss this week’s game. He’ll likely be out longer, but it doesn’t look like he’ll need surgery. Keenan McCardell signed on with Washington. Miami will be without Vonnie Holliday this week after he broke a bone in his ankle. Michael Vick took a PETA class on animal cruelty. Shoot, he could have taught the class. He knows all sorts of ways to be cruel to animals. Oh wait, it was prevention of cruelty. That makes more sense. While he was in class, Atlanta decided to ask for $16 million in signing bonus money back from the dog killer. Indy lost LB Rob Morris for the year after knee surgery. Cincy lost LB Lemar Marshall. St. Louis is benching Marc Bulger and his broken ribs for Gus Frerotte. Rodney Harris*n is back fort eh Patriots following his steroid suspension. The rich get richer. Denver RB Travis Henry, the league’s leading rusher, may have to shut it down because he was smoking weed. What an idiot. I’m waiting for the Chris Crocker YouTube video. “Leave Travis alone. He’s going through some tough times. His knee and ankle are hurting. He was just medicating his football injuries. Leave Travis alone. He lives in Colorado. Marijuana is the state flower there. Leave Travis alone. He had nine kids from nine nagging women. Of course he needs an escape. LEAVE TRAVIS ALONE RIGHT NOW. I mean it. Otherwise you have to deal with ME.”

The LA Kings smoked Anaheim in the season opener in London. Anaheim took Game 2 to earn the split. Detroit welcomed them back to the U.S. with a shootout loss. Philly’s Steve Downie was suspended 20 games for a nasty hit on Dean McAmmond. Dany Heatley signed a six-year, $45-million extension with Ottawa. He celebrated with 2 goals and an assist to start Ottawa off in the Win Column. Saku Koivu scored a pair of goals in Montreal’s season-opening win. Paul Stastny trumped them both though, as he scored a hat trick for Colorado as they beat Dallas. Nashville’s Chris Mason and Minnesota’s Niklas Backstrom recorded shutouts in their team’s openers.

New Jersey’s PG Marcus Williams will be out a while with a broken foot. The Cavs signed G Devin Brown and traded David Wesley for Cedric Simmons. Minnesota traded Trenton Hassell to Dallas for Greg Buckner. The Knicks traded for the rights to Jared Jordan. Speaking of the Knicks Isiah Thomas was found guilty of sexual harassment. Amare Stoudamire got his knee scoped. The Bulls will allow Ben Wallace to wear his headband next year. Oh boy. San Antonio will retire Avery Johnson’s number. Kwame Brown was with disorderly conduct and interfering with an officer after his friend got pullled over for driving drunk the wrong way on a one way street.

What a wild weekend of college football. It started with #18 South Florida beating #5 West Virginia. Then #3 Oklahoma fell to Colorado, #4 Florida lost to Auburn, #7 Texas fell to Kansas State, #10 Rutgers lost to Maryland, #13 Clemson lost to Georgia Tech, #21 Penn State lost to Illinois, and #22 Alabama fell to Florida State (I really do like it when Saban loses). Some things don’t change though as Notre Dame lost again. I must have jinxed Oklahoma and Florida because in last week’s tidbits I said “Is it just me or is it weird that South Florida and Rutgers became good while Auburn, Colorado, and Ole Miss have become bad”. Ole Miss must not have gotten the memo. Memphis DL Taylor Bradford was gunned down. His teammates beat Marshall for him. Florida S Tony Joiner was charged with burglary. This week’s top matchups are #1 LSU vs. #9 Florida, #4 Ohio State vs. #23 Purdue, #10 Oklahoma vs #19 Texas, #15 Virginia Tech vs. #22 Clemson, #17 Missouri vs. #25 Nebraska, and #20 Cincinnati vs. #21 Rutgers.

Duke named G DeMarcus Nelson as their captain. Bud Mackey, a Indiana recruit, was arrested for trafficking cocaine. UCLA gave Ben Howland a seven-year contract extension. Cincinnati will be without F Mike Williams for the season following an Achilles injury.

That concludes the Tidbits. As always, feel free to add any stories you liked this week in sports or discuss any of the stories I mentioned.

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Friday Tidbits 9/28/07

28 September 2007

Brett Favre tied Dan Marino with his 420 TDs as Green Bay upset San Diego. The Raiders won. Of course, they did play Cleveland. Donovan McNabb let his playing to the talking. McNabb, Westbrook, and Kevin Curtis were amazing. Jon Kitna threw for 446 yards in a losing effort. Kevin Curtis and Roy Williams each went over 200 yards. I’m not sure if that ever happened before. Tom Brady threw 2 more TDs to Randy Moss. Ho hum. Dallas destroyed Chicago. Michael Vick got busted for “listening to the Doobie Brothers”. You following me? Not smart to smoke weed after a guilty plea. The Bears finally pulled the plug on Rex Grossman. Griese gets the call. DeAngeleo Hall was fined $100K for his meltdown. What a puke. Deuce McAllister is out for the year with a knee injury. Steven Jackson is out a week or more with a bad groin. Drew Brees donated $2 million to Purdue for an athletic facility.

Josh Beckett became the first 20 game winner since 2005. Mike Mussina won his 250th game. Cleveland clinched the AL Central. Anaheim clinched the AL West. The Red Sox and Yankees clinched a playoff spot. Prince Fielder clubbed his 50th home run. There was a Manny sighting in Boston. A-Rod went over the 150 RBI mark. Milton Bradley tore his knee arguing with an umpire. That umpire (Mike Winters) was suspended for the rest of the season and postseason for baiting Bradley. Survey says they are both a-holes. Michael Young had his 200th hit for the 5th straight year. Fausto Carmona, Chien-Ming Wang, and Jake Peavey all recorded their 19th victories. Ryan Howard is tied for the all-time single-season strikeout record with 195. The remaining pennant races are great. The Red Sox have a two game lead on the Yankees. Philly and NY are tied for first. The Cubs have a two game lead on Milwaukee. Arizona has a one game lead on San Diego. San Diego has a game edge over the Mets and Colorado, who’ve won 11 straight to get in the chase, in the Wild Card race.

Shawn Marion wants to be traded. LA is a likely destination. Troy Hudson signed with Golden State. That’s awesome. Now that he’s in California, T-Hud can continue his wonderful rap career. LeBron is going to host Saturday Night Live.

The NHL season kicks off on Saturday. Tampa Bay D Dan Boyle accidentally cut his wrist with his skate and will be out a month. The LA Kings waived G Dan Cloutier. Vancouver G Roberto Luongo said he would retire if the league used bigger nets. Chicken. Philly F Scottie Upshall broke his wrist and will be over more than a month. St. Louis will be without D Jay McKee for a month because of a foot injury.

There were some stunners last weekend in college football. My Syracuse Orange knocked off #18 Louisville 38-35 despite 555 yards and 4 TD passes from Brian Brohm. Andrew Robinson had 423 yards and 4 scores for the ‘Cuse. Miami doubled up #20 Texas A & M 34-17. Michigan beat #10 Penn State 14-9. #22 Georgia beat #16 Alabama 26-23. I like it when Saban loses. The other matchup betwen ranked teams saw #2 LSU defeat #12 South Carolina 28-16. Oklahoma DE John Williams is out for the year with an Achilles injury. The weekend kicks off tonight with a sweet matchup between #5 West Virginia and #18 South Florida. #6 Cal vs. #11 Oregon should be a good matchup. #9 Wisconsin vs. 4-0 Michigan State could be good. Is it just me or is it weird that South Florida and Rutgers became good while Auburn, Colorado, and Ole Miss have become bad.

Kentucky G Joe Crawford had knee surgery. Louisville C Clarence Holloway had open-heart surgery. Ohio State gave Coach Thad Matta a $480,000 raise. Tennessee suspended D Duke Crews indefinitely for a rule violation. Syracuse’s Carmelo Anthony was on hand to break ground on the Carmelo K. Anthony Basketball Center, a practice facility for the men and women’s teams. He donated $3 million for it. Corliss Williamson is retiring from the NBA (didn’t know he was still playing) to become an assistant coach for Arkansas Baptist College. Georgetown signed Coach John Thompson III to a 6 year contract extension.

That concludes the Tidbits. As always, feel free to add any stories you liked this week in sports or discuss any of the stories I mentioned.

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Friday Tidbits 9/21/07

21 September 2007

NFL Week 2 was insane. The Patriots smoked San Diego. Randy Moss scored twice. I guess the video scandal didn’t matter. Cleveland knocked off Cincinnati 51-45. I don’t think the Cavs even score that much. Derek Anderson’s five TDs did the trick. It helped that Jamal Lewis carved up the Cincy D for 215 yards. Carson Palmer threw 6 TDs in a losing effort. Brett Favre moved past John Elway as the NFL’s winningest QB. He had 3 TD passes against the sucky New York Giants. San Fran, Houston, Washington, and Detroit joined Green Bay at a surprising 2-0. Tampa Bay stomped the Saints. I guess last year was a fluke. Buffalo’s Kevin Everett is able to move both hands now. Great news. They say he may be able to walk in a couple of weeks. Amazing. Tennessee extended Jeff Fisher’s contract four years. New York’s Steve Smith will be out a couple weeks with a broken shoulder blade. The Falcons raided the retirement home and brought back Morten Anderson. Seattle gave DB Jordan Babineaux a five-year extension. The Jets lost return man Justin Miller. Tank Johnson may be taking his guns to the Lone Star State. As a Cowboy, he may be able to buy a truck and keep his bazookas in the gun rack. Byron Leftwich siged with Atlanta. I used to love McNabb. He went to Syracuse while I was there. He plays for my 2nd favorite NFL team. However, I have become annoyed with him. He said that black quarterbacks are criticized more than white ones. Tell that to Eli Manning or Rex Grossman. Could it be, perhaps, that you play in a market where the fans are very critical? If Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt was booed, then anyone is fair game. When you sign a contract worth upwards of $100 million, you are going to be held accountable. I’d say that’s pretty standard. Washington lost another O-Lineman. Guard Randy Thomas will be out for the bulk of the year with a torn tricep muscle. MeO got fined for his TD celebration. He made fun of the Video scandal. I think it’s kind of funny. Andre Johnson is out this week. San Fran LB Manny Lawson is gone for the year with a knee injury. Jax lost S Gerald Sensabaugh for the season with a shoulder injury.

The Yanks took 2 of 3 in the weekend series against Boston. Boston is holding on by its teeth. They’ve tanked in 1978 fashion. Jim Thome blasted his 500th home run. The tainted #756 ball sold for $752,467. It would have been cool if they paid $756,000 instead. They dropped the ball. No pun intended. Michael Young drove in 7 runs against Oakland. Frank Thomas smashed three home runs in one game. The Sun came up. The governement taxed someone. Ben Sheets got hurt again. Boston shut down Hideki Okajima because of tired arm. I wish they did the same with Eric G*gne. Ken Griffey, Jr. will finish yet another year on the DL. This time with a groin injury. He did hit 30 home runs this year moving him to 593. Toronto’s Vernon Wells is shutting it down as well. Houston rookie J.R. Towles drove in 8 runs. The Cubbies are in first place. San Diego has won 7 straight and is only a half game out of first.

Dikembe Mutumbo is returning for one more year. Don Nelson agreed to an extension with Golden State. J.J. Redick has a broken bone in his right hand. The league’s second most hated referee Joey Crawford was reinstated. Utah’s AK-47 says he wants out. Milwaukee matched G Charlie Bell’s offer sheet from Miami. They don’t seem too concerned with whether or not people want to play there.

The NHL preseason is underway. Anaheim D Mathieu Schneider broke a bone in his left ankle. He’ll be on the shelf for a while. His teammates Teemu Selanne and Scott Niedermayer still haven’t decided if they’ll retire or not. Buffalo’s Teppo Numminen hopes to play despite open heart surgery. Vancouver D Sami Salo fractured his wrist. Ottawa C Mike Fisher signed a five-year extension with the club. Sean Burke retired after tending nets for 20 years.

Another wild week of college football. #1 USC took care of #19 Nebraska 49-31. #2 LSU (44-0 over Mid Tenn) and #3 Oklahoma (54-3 over Utah St.) routed inferior opponents. #5 Florida beat #22 Tennessee 59-20. Kentucky knocked off #9 Louisville. Utah flattened #11 UCLA 44-6. I didn’t know Lloyd Carr coached UCLA this week. Just kidding Lloyd. Michigan actually won this week, rolling on Notre Dame 38-0. Coach Weis needs to start videotaping the opposing team’s play signals. Maybe then his team could score a touchdown. #21 Boston College bumped #15 Georgia Tech 45-24. #16 Arkansas fell to Alabama 41-38. Texas S James Henry became the 6th Longhorn to be arrested since June. They are starting to rival the Bengals. The best matchups this week are #2 LSU vs. #12 South Carolina and #16 Alabama vs. #22 Georgia.

Pitt PG Levance Fields got the stun gun treatment when he was rasslin’ with a cop. I guess he shouldn’t have tried to grab the cop’s gun. Alabama PG Ron Steele will redshirt next year following knee surgery.

The Phoenix Mercury won the WNBA Finals.

Floyd L*ndis had to give back his T*ur de France vict*ry.

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Friday Tidbits 9/14/07

14 September 2007

What a weekend for NFL action. Randy Moss (183 yards) had a monster game for NE. Chris Brown (175 yards) was great as Tennessee upset Jacksonville. Brett Favre tied John Elway for the most career wins as Green Bay upset Philly. Houston drilled Kansas City. Wonder if Atlanta wishes they kept Matt Schaub? Detroit won a game. LT ran for another score..ho hum. He did pass for another one too. Adrian Peterson, Marshawn Lynch, and Calvin Johnson all had impressive NFL debuts. Shaun Alexander broke 100 yards and had a score. Still think he’s a bust TWOMINUTEDRILL? Romomania is back after he tossed 4 TDs and ran for another. JaMarcus Russell finally signed with Oakland. Chicago S Mike Brown suffered his annual season-ending injury early this year. Joining him is NT Dusty Dvoracek. Orlando Pace will also miss the season. New England got pinched for videotaping NYJ play calls. That’s just dirty. Belichick did an Giambiesque apology. The Pats got fined $250 K. Belichick got fined $500K. If they make the playoffs they lose a 1st round pick. If they miss the playoffs they lose a 2nd & a 3rd.. Cleveland traded Charlie Frye to Seattle. Washington signed Reche “I cost the Patriots a Super Bowl Berth” Caldwell. Tampa Bay cut David B*ston. The Ravens will be without Ogden this weekend. Jax K Josh Scobee will be out 3-6 weeks. Terry Glenn went under the knife again. None of this matters though. What matters in football this week si that Buffalo’s Kevin Everett, who injured his neck last week, was able to move his arms and legs.

A-Rod smashed home runs #50 & 51 as the Yankees rolled. Wonder why the Yankee fans aren’t booing now. He also hit HR #52, his fifth game in a row with a homer. Trevor Hoffman picked up his 1000th strikeout. Greg Maddux didn’t walk a batter for his 9th consecutive start. Jay Gibb*ns is the latest name to come out in connection with steroids and HGH. Milwaukee became the third team ever to hit three straight home runs to start a game. Josh Beckett and Chien-Ming Wang picked up their 18th wins. Jeremy Bonderman is shutting it down for the year. I can’t help but sing “Jeremy’s broken” in my head. Surprisingly the White Sox extended Ozzie Guillen’s contract through 2012. Scott Rolen shut it down for the year. Troy Gl*us is out for the year because of a foot injury. The Phillies turned their 2nd triple play of the season. Jim Thome his HR #499. Terry Ryan stepped down from his post with the Twins. David Wells improved to 3-0 with the Dodgers. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Some great news in the battle of PEDs. MLB should have a blood test in 2008 to detect HGH. Problem is the MLBPA will never approve.

40 year old rookie C Greg Oden is having knee surgery. I’m not sure if it’s arthritis setting in. He’s expected to miss half the season or more because of his Microfracture surgery. Shades of Sam Bowie and Bill Walton? Portland may be cursed. 76er C Samuel Dalembert has a stress fracture in his left foot foot. Philly dealt C Steven Hunter and F Bobby Jones to Denver for F Reggie Evans and the rights to F Ricky Sanchez. New Jersey signed F Malik Allen. Houston’s Justin Reed had drug charges dropped. Dallas signed Devin Harris to a five year, $42 million extension. LeBron had Lasik surgery.

New York Islander G Mike Dunham is hanging up his skates for a clipboard as he will become the team’s new goalie coach. Vancouver D Aaron Miller is having abdominal surgery. Toronto’s Mark Bell was suspended 15 games for drunk driving and hit-and-run no-contest pleas.

#2 LSU opened eyes with its 48-7 mauling of #9 Virginia Tech. #5 Oklahoma pound Miami 51-13. Sooner fans said they’d pound them by three scrores. I didn’t buy it. Here’s me eating crow. #7 Texas beat #19 TCU 34-13. #14 Penn State pounded Notre Dame 31-10. #20 Hawaii escaped La Tech 45-44 behind Colt Brennan’s 548 yards and 4 TDs (plus a rushing TD). South Carolina knocked off #11 Georgia 16-12. South Florida stunned #17 Auburn 26-23. #22 Boise State had their 14 game winning streak snapped by Washington 24-10. Oregon proved that Michigan sucks right now. The College Football landscape sure has changed. Notre Dame, Michigan, and Miami are all struggling and changing QBs. Big games this weekend include #1 USC vs. #14 Nebraska, #5 Florida vs. #22 Tennessee, #15 Georgia Tech vs. #21 Boston College, and sucky Michigan vs. sucky Notre Dame.

Oklahoma State C Kenny Cooper is transferring. He’s looking for more PT. NC State freshman Johnny Thomas will miss the entire season with a knee injury.

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Friday Tidbits 9/7/07

7 September 2007

Football is back. Instead of hearing about dogfighting, DUIs, domestic abuse, etc. we get to talk real football. Man, did the Colts ever look good. First Manning hit some guy from Syracuse. Marvin Harrison or something. Joseph Addai was great. Reggie Wayne was the real deal Holyfield. Indy D was on point. Manning was Manning. The Saints on the other hand were awful. Deuce and Bush couldn’t get it done against an Indy D that was awful last year. Brees didn’t go downfield at all. Jeremiah Trotter signed a one year deal with Tampa Bay. Speaking of Tampa Bay, former DE Simeon Rice signed on with Denver. Randy Moss finally got back to practice. They Pats quickly cut Reche Caldwell. Michael Strahan finally rejoined the G-Men. They just wanted to skip the preseason. Little Tiki says he quit because of Coughlin. Am I the only one who is sick of Tiki? Don’t go away mad Tiki. Just go away. Rodney Harris*n was suspended four games for HGH. Also suspended was Dallas QB coach Wade Wilson. Baltimore signed QB Kyle Boller to a one-year extension. Pat Williams signed a three-year extension.

Pedro Martinez finally made it back for the Mets. He won his debut and picked up his 3000th strikeout in the process. Ichiro picked up his 200th hit for the 7th straight year to tie Wade Boggs AL record. If he does it again next year, he’ll tie Wee Willie Keeler. Scott Baker took a perfect game into the 9th. He had to settle for a one hit shutout. Clay Buchholz didn’t have to settle as he fired a no-hitter in his 2nd career start. Johnny Vander Meer doesn’t have to worry. He’s in the bullpen now. Erik Bedard strained his oblique. Josh Beckett and Chien-Ming Wang became the first 17 game winners this season. Wang is once again quietly joining the Cy Young chase. A-Rod hit his 47th & 48th home runs in one inning. Carlos Delgado will be out of action with a hip strain. Carl Crawford was suspended two games for an altercation with an umpire. Rick Anki*l had another great game. He hit two HRs and drove in 7 runs. However, word came out that he received HGH in 2004. The HGH ring is different from the one Rodney Harris*n is involved in. That’s no good. Troy Gl*us has been named as well in a third ring.

Some sad news to report in the NBA. Jameer Nelson’s father was found dead in the Delaware River. LeBron James scored 31, the most ever for an American in an Olympic qualifier, as the U.S. won the FIBA Americas championship. Shaq has filed for divorce from his wife. The Celtics signed Big Baby Davis. The NBA is going to use replay to review fights and flagrant fouls. I just hope someone is going to review the refs.

The Dallas Stars are trying to take advantage of the NBA referee scandal. They are running a billboard that says “The only thing our refs shave is the ice.” I love it. Patrick Marleau signed a two year, $12.6 million deal with San Jose. Joining him will be Jeremy Roenick, who signed a one-year deal. San Jose is the perfect fit for JR as he’s so old that his skin resembles that of a shark. Montreal will retire Larry Robinson’s #19 and Bob Gainey’s #23. Pierre Turgeon is calling it quits after 19 years. Anaheim F Samuel Pahlsson had surgery to fix a sports hernia.

Michigan saw it’s title hopes washed down the drain. No, Ohio State didn’t beat them again. It was little old Appalachian State. #10 Oklahoma poured it on against North Texas. They won 79-10. Sorry, BSF, but that’s classless. In the only matchup of ranked teams, #12 Cal beat #15 Tennessee 45-31. Clemson upset #19 Florida State 24-18. NC State’s Toney Baker will miss the season with a knee injury. Pitt QB Bill Stull will miss a month with a thumb injury. Nebraska signed Bill Callahan to a three-year extension. Wisconsin RB Lance Smith won’t be allowed to play in road games this year because of battery charges. You think Wisconsin should just suspend him? I’d say so. There are some sweet matchups this week. #2 LSU vs. #9 Virginia Tech, #7 Texas vs. #19 TCU, and #5 Oklahoma vs. Miami highlight the weekend.

Boston College signed coach Al Skinner to an extension that will keep him at BC through 2013. Duquesne suspeneded F Stuard Baldonado indefinitely following drug charges.

That concludes the Tidbits. As always, feel free to add any stories you liked this week in sports or discuss any of the stories I mentioned.

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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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