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There hasn’t been a starting pitcher elected to the Hall of Fame since Nolan Ryan in 1999.  I’m going to go way back for one that I feel is deserving.

Bobby Matthews pitched from 1871-1887 and compiled 297 wins for the Fort Wayne Kekiongas, the Baltimore Canaries, the New York Mutuals, the Cincinnati Reds, the Providence Grays, the Boston Red Caps, and the Philadelphia Athletics. His career ERA was 2.89. If he had three more wins, 1 more win every five years of his career, he would have been a lock for the Hall of Fame. He had a three year stretch where he went 96-63. He has another three year stretch where he was 90-48. He was in the top 10 ten times in ERA (including leading the league in 1874), twelve times in Wins (2nd in 1874 with 42), twelve times in Winning Percentage, nine times in Strikeouts (led the league twice). He won 25 or more games seven times in his career. He was the first to develop the spit ball. He also was one of the first pitchers to master the curve and sinking fastball. He’s the only pitcher to win 50 games in three different major leagues (National Association, National League, and American Association). He was the winning pitcher in baseball’s first professional league. In 1878 and 1880 he pitched in non-sanctioned leagues for more money, so he is not credited with as many wins as he could have been. Judging by his record, his innovation in the art of pitching, his excellence, and his longevity, I think he should be in the Hall of Fame.


Past Chronicles
Bert Byleven
Andre Dawson
Dale Murphy
Mark McGwire

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Does Mark McGwire deserves to be in the Hall of Fame? Yes, he hit a ton of home runs (583 to be exact), but he’s a career .263 hitter. You know he used steroids. Would he have reached the 500 mark without juicing? I don’t know. While I don’t think he should be the scapegoat for the whole Steroid Era, I really don’t know if I’d punch his ballot. I’m kinda glad I don’t have to make that decision.  Here are the numbers.

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583 Home Runs – (7th All-time)
1167 Runs
1414 RBI – (60th All-time)
1626 Hits
.263 BA
1317 BBs – (34th All-time

Rookie of the Year
12 All-Star Games
1 Gold Glove
3 Silver Sluggers
3 Top 5 MVP finishes

Top Ten Finishes
Runs – Twice (’98 & ’99 when he was juicing)
Home Runs – Ten Times (spanned his career)
RBI – Six Times (Never really impressive until ’98 & ’99)
BBs – 6 Times

So the $25,000 question. Do I elect Mark McGwire into the Hall of Fame. My answer….No. He was pretty much a one trick pony. 1626 hits. That’s not enough for me. Sure, he busted out all of those home runs, but how many were steroid aided? Was his career extended because of steroids after all of those injuries? Did he start juicing early in his career like Canseco making him even more of a fraud? Sorry Big Mac fans. If he did more than launch steroid home runs into the stands, I’d probably vote for him. I don’t think the HOF needs a one-trick pony with strong steroid ties.

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Bert Byleven
Andre Dawson
Dale Murphy

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Dale Murphy was a great player. Arguably the best in the league from ’82-’85. He was not only a great hitter, but an excellent fielder as well. I think he deserves to be in the Hall of Fame.  Here are his credentials.

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398 Home Runs (45th All-time)
1266 RBI (110th All-time)
1197 Runs (160th All-time)
2111 Hits (197th All-time)
7 All-Star games
2 MVPs (Back-to-back)
Lou Gehrig Memorial Award
Roberto Clemente Award
5 straight Gold Gloves
1 30-30 season
4 Silver Sluggers
Led the league in Slugging % in ’83 & ’84
Led the league in Runs in ’85
Led the league in Total Bases in ’84
Led the league in Home Runs in ’84 & ’85
Led the league in RBIs in ’82 & ’83
Led the league in Walks in ’85

Although his case is not as strong as Andre Dawson’s, I still feel he was dominant enough to earn a spot in Cooperstown.  Like The Hawk, The Murph played on crappy teams most of his career, playing in only one postseason.  Yet, he was able to put up solid numbers every year.  If I had a ballot, I’d punch Dale Murphy’s name.

Past Chronicles
Bert Byleven
Andre Dawson

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Friday Tidbits 1/11/08

11 January 2008

Joe Gibbs retired. I think this time it’s for good. Seattle smoked Washington on two INT returns for TDs. Santana Moss made the laziest play on one of them. Jacksonville twarted a late comeback by Pittsburgh on a David Garrard 32 yard scramble. MJD scored twice and Fred Taylor found the endzone. Tom Brady was named MVP. Big surprise. Rich McKay will remain Atlanta’s President, but he handed over the GM duties. Seattle signed DT Craig Terrill to a three-year extension. Finally, an NFL Award that didn’t coincide with the Lester Awards. Bob Sanders was named Defensive Player of the Year. St. Louis fired OC Greg Olson. Fred Taylor was named to the Pro Bowl to replace Willie Parker. Browns rookie Joe Thomas was added to the first of I’m sure many Pro Bowl teams, replacing Buffalo’s Jason Peters. Cleveland announced that Derek Anderson will start at QB next year. Hines Ward didn’t waste any time having his knee surgery. T.O. returned to practice. Brett Favre said he’d be back next year. At one point, I was equally annoyed with Favre and Clemens. Seems like an eternity ago.

Jason Kidd messed around and got back-to-back-to-back triple-doubles.  He’s up to ten on the season.  Tyson Chandler had 22 points and 22 rebounds in a New Orleands victory over Golden State.  New York lost, but Zach Randolph grabbed 22 rebounds to go along with his 18 points.  Former player J.R. Rider was arrested on outstanding warrants.  He’s classy.  LeBron just missed a triple-double (39 points, 11 rebounds, 8 assists).  The Timberwolves won.  They beat the Heat without Shaq so don’t be too impressed.  Charlotte handed the Celtics their fourth loss of the season.  Denver G Chucky Atkins needs surgery to repair a sports hernia.  Sounds like fun.  Shocker of the year.  Grant Hill will miss a couple weeks.  This time he’s having an appendectomy.

This week’s shutouts:  Dominik Hasek vs. Dallas and Colorado.  Martin Brodeur vs. Philadelphia.  Detroit’s Pittsburgh’s Ty Conklin vs. Florida.  St. Louis Manny Legace vs. Carolina.  Edmonton’s Mathieu Garon vs. NY Islanders.  Carolina’s Cam Ward vs. Boston.  Nashville’s Chris Mason vs. Los Angeles.  Anaheim’s Jean-Sebastien Giguere vs. Toronto.  Philly’s Antero Niittymaki saved 54 shots in a victory over Toronto.  Philly will have to play without Joffrey Lupul for a couple weeks because of a head injury.  Dallas signed C Mike Ribeiro to a five-year $25 million deal.  Edmonton lost LW Raffi Torres for the year with a torn knee. Chris Osgood signed G Chris Osgood to a three-year deal.  Florida traded a 7th round pick for Chicago D Magnus Johansson.  Washington broke the bank, handing Alexander Ovechkin a 13-year, $124 million contract extension.  Philly’s Scott Hartnell netted a hat trick against the Rangers.  The Wild changed ownership. Craig Leipold, who used to own Nashville, is the new chairman.

Goose Gossage was inducted into the Hall of Fame.  Jim Rice, Andre Dawson, and Bert Byleven got screwed.  Roger Clemens had his say on 60 Minutes.  He filed a defamation suit against Brian McNamee.  It’s going to be another case of He Said-He Said.  He won’t have to speak to Congress just yet as the hearing got pushed back.  Hideo Nomo signed a minor league deal with Kansas City.  Texas signed Ben Broussard to a one-year deal worth $3.85 million.  The Phillies signed Jayson Werth to a one-year deal.  Seattle signed Miguel Cairo.  Colorado signed Marcus Giles to a minor league contract. 
LSU beat Ohio State 38-24 to win the National Championship.  Matt Flynn threw four TD passes.  Rutgers ran all over Ball State in the prestiguous International Bown.  Ray Rice had 280 yards and 4 TDs.  He is entering the NFL draft.  Joining him are Texas A&M TE Martellus Bennett, Illinois RB Rashard Mendenhall, Kansas CB Aqib Talib and LT Anthony Collins, Michigan WR Adrian Arrington, Clemson RB James Davis, Vanderbilt WR Earl Bennett, West Virginia WR Darius Reynaud, and UCF RB Kevin Smith have declared for the NFL draft.  June Jones resigned from his post at Hawaii to take on SMU.  His AD Herman Frazier got canned.  QB Ryan Mallett is leaving Michigan.  Notre Dame CB Munir Princei is transferring to Missouri.  LSU topped off a memorable week by bring home the Outland Trophy. 
Coach K won his 787th victory.  He’s now sixth on the All-time list.  You know Dickie V had a tear in his eye.  #1 UNC beat #19 Clemson behind Wayne Ellington’s 36 points.  #14 Texas beat #24 St. Mary’s behind D.J. Augustine’s 30 points.  Oregon upset #21 Arizona 84-74.  West Virginia upset #11 Marquette.  #16 Villanova edged #13 Pitt 64-63.  #9 Tennessee held off #15 Mississippi 85-83 in the battle of double letter teams.  Charlotte upset #19 Clemson.  #22 Dayton beat #20 Rhode Island.  Arizona State beat #24 Arizona.   
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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Andre Dawson was a five-tool player (Hit for Power, Hit for Average, Field, Throw, Run). He was one of the best players in the game for over a decade. I think he deserves to be in the Hall of Fame, especially before we get knee deep in the steroids era.

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438 Home Runs (35th All-time)
1591 RBI (32nd All-time)
1373 Runs (88th All-time)
2774 Hits (45th All-time)
8 All-Star Games
Rookie of the Year
8 Gold Gloves
4 Silver Sluggers
Led the league in Hits in ’83
Led the league in Total Bases in ’83 & ’87
Led the league in Home Runs in ’87
Led the league in RBIs in ’87
3 25-25 seasons

The Hawk played on crappy teams most of his career, playing in only two postseasons. The fact that he put up great numbers consistenly on bad teams shows how steady he was. His numbers would likely be even better if he had a better supporting cast. Andre Dawson was an all-around great player who should be voted into the Hall of Fame.

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Bert Byleven

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Before I get started, I want to congratulate Goose Gossage on his election in the Hall of Fame.

Circle Me Bert…right into the Hall of Fame
How long does Bert Blyleven have to wait until the Hall comes knocking on his door. He has 287 wins…287 wins. He pitched 22 seasons. Do the math and you see that if he won about .5 more wins per game in his career he would have the magical 300 wins and I wouldn’t be typing this post. The fact that he pitched on some pretty bad teams should factor into the equation. I understand he never won the Cy Young awards, but neither did a lot of pitchers…including Nolan Ryan. I’m not saying he’s on the same level as Nolan, but they do have some similarities. They both pitched on some pretty bad teams and shared success despite that circumstance. The fact is Bert is the 5th all-time leading strikeout pitcher in the history of MLB. He was third when he retired, but has since been passed by The Rocket and The Big Unit. He is 9th on the all-time shutout list with 60. Most pitchers in today’s generation won’t have 60 complete games, yet alone shutouts. He won a World Series in 1987 so he’s won the big one. Critics will say that he hung around to accumulate the stats, but he had some impressive single-season accomplishments as well. He was twice name as an All-star. He finished 13th in 1989 in MVP voting. Not bad for a pitcher in the beginning of the Steroid Era. He finished third in Cy Young voting twice and fourth once so at least he was invited to that party. Ten times he was in the top ten in ERA. Six times for wins. Eleven times (including first in 1977) he was in the top ten in WHIP. Fifteen times (including first in 1985) he was in the top ten in strikeouts. Eleven times for innings pitched. Twelve times he was in the top ten in complete games (including a league high 24 in 1985). Ten times for shutouts (tops in ’73, ’85 and ’89). I realize he lost a lot of games and gave up a ton of homers, but I think the numbers speak for themselves. After all, how many of todays coddled pitchers are going to even approach the 300 win total? Tom Glavine could be the last one in a long time to reach that plateau. I’m not comparing him to Randy Johnson in dominance, but he only has 284 wins. Mike Mussina Mussina…250. David Wells…239 (which is more that I would have expected), Jaime Moyer…230.  Schilling….216.  Kenny Rogers…210. Pedro…209. There are thirty nine pitchers in the HOF with less wins than Bert (take a look for yourself ). Now Bert is a good broadcaster for the Twins. Given his past success and his continued involvement in baseball, I believe it’s time to let him in.

Friday Tidbits 1/4/08

4 January 2008

The Patriots finished their 16-0 season. Tom Brady set the record with his 50th TD pass. Randy Moss set the record with his 23rd TD reception. Tennessee and Washington earned the last playoff spots in their respective conferences. Tony Gonzalez became the all-time leader for receptions by a Tight End. Andre Davis took two to the house as Houston beat Jacksonville. Devin Hester took one to the house as well for Da Bears. It was his record sixth TD return this season, which broke the mark of five he set last year. Cleveland missed the playoffs despite a 10-6 record. The Colts signed Bob Sanders to a five-year extension worth $37.5 million. NFL Official Jim Quirk was fined $8K for grabbing Packer LB Nick Barnett by the neck. Baltimore fired Brian Billick. The Dolphins fired GM Randy Mueller. Big surprise. He also fired Cam Cameron. Shocking. The Chargers signed GM A.J. Smith to a five-year extension. The Bungles fired their Defensive Coordinator and LB Coach. Mike Martz got the boot in Detroit. Tennessee put TE Bo Scaife on IR with a lacerated liver. That just sounds painful. Mike Nolan will still be the Coach of San Francisco, however, he won’t be GM anymore. Adrian Peterson won Offensive Rookie of the Year. Bill Belichick won Coach of the Year Honors. Warren Sapp is hanging up his cleats. 

Phil Jackson tied Red Auerbach for seventh on the all-time regular season victories for coaches. He couldn’t break the record against the Celtics despite his team wearing throwback jerseys and short shorts from the pre-Fab Five era. Dwayne Wade scored 48, to go along with 7 rebounds and 11 assists, in a overtime loss to Orlando. Dwight Howard had 29 points and 21 rebounds in the win. The Sixers traded Kyle Korver to Utah for Gordon Giricek and a first round pick. If Kevin McHale would have made the deal for the Sixers, he would have sent Korver and a first found pick for Giricek. That’s just the way he operates. Jamaal Tinsley will miss at least a week with a hamstring injury. Hopefully, he won’t get arrested or shot in his down time. Portland had their 13 game winning streak snapped by Utah. They did win their next two following the loss. Lamar Odom was suspended for a game for a flagrant foul on Ray Allen. Ron Artest has a month to write new songs as he’s out following elbow surgery. Deron Williams handed out 20 assists in a win over Philly. Tracy McGrady will miss a week or two with a knee injury. The Lakers will be without Chris Mihm for a month with a bum heel. 

Alexander Ovechkin scored four goals against Ottawa. Paul Kariya had a hat trick of his own against Dallas. Columbus’ Rick Nash had one against Edmonton. Steven Reinprecht’s hat trick helped Phoenix beat Colorado. Evgeni Malkin had his first NHL hat trick against Toronto. This week’s shutouts: San Jose’s Evgeni Nabokov vs. St. Louis, Atlanta’s Alexander Ovechkin vs. Boston, Pittsburgh’s Ty Conklin vs. Buffalo, Philly’s Antero Niittymaki vs. Florida. St. Louis’ Manny Legace vs. Detroit. Nashville’s Dan Ellis vs. Dallas. Boston’s Tim Thomas vs. Washington. Vancouver’s Roberto Luongo vs. the Rangers. The Islanders signed Kyle Okposo to a three-year deal. He’s the guy who left the University of Minnesota midseason. His GM made remarks about the development of Okposo. Edmonton’s Ethan Moreau returned for the first time in over a year. Pittburgh’s Gary Roberts broke his leg. Pittsburgh beat Buffalo in the Winter Classic. Sid the Kid netted the game winner in a shootout. Detroit’s Mike Babcock will coach the East and Ottawa’s John Paddock will coach the West in the All-Star Game. Chicago’s Jonathan Toews will miss a month with a sprained knee. Colorado will be without Ryan Smith for two months because of a broken ankle. 

If Roger Clemens says Brian McNamee lied in his 60 Minutes inteview, he could face a lawsuit. Clemens claims the injections were Lidocaine and B-12. Maybe Rafael Palmeiro gave it to him. Houston signed Oscar Villareal to a two-year deal. Jim Leyritz was charged with DUI manslaughter after he crashed into Fredia Ann Veitch’s car, killing the 30 year old woman, while drunk. Jose Canseco signed a deal for a sequel to Juiced. Raul Ibanez and Jamie Moyer denied Shane Monahan’s claims that the Seattle Mariners clubhouse culture pushed steroids and amphetamines. Matt Clement signed a one-year deal with St. Louis. He was the Red Sox version of Carl Pavano. Chicago acquired Nick Swisher from Oakland for a trio of minor leaguers. 

The Bowl season rolled on as Boston College beat Michigan State in the Champs Sports Bowl, TCU beat Houston in the Texas Bowl, Oregon State beat Maryland in the Emerald Bowl. On Saturday Wake Forest beat UConn in the Meineke Car Care Bowl (that’s really a bowl?), Mississippi State beat UCF in the Autozone Liberty Bowl, Joe Paterno avoided the casket as Penn State beat Texas A & M in the Valero Alamo Bowl. Cal beat Air Force in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl (huh?). Fresno State beat Georgia Tech in the Roady’s Humanitarian Bowl. Oregon destoryed South Florida in the Sun Bowl. Kentucky beat Florida State in the Motor City Bowl. Oklahoma State beat Indiana in the Insight Bowl. Auburn beat Clemson in the Chick-Fil-A Bowl. Alabama beat Colorado in the Petrosun Independence Bowl. Tennessee beat Wisconsin in the Outback Bowl. Missouri pounded Arkansas in the Cotton Bowl. Tony Temple outrushed Darren McFadden 281 to 105 yards. Michigan beat Florida in the Capital One Bowl. They really recovered from their two early losses. Texas Tech beat Virginia in the Gator Bowl. USC destroyed Illinois in the Rose Bowl. Georgia pounded Hawaii in the Sugar Bowl. West Virginia smoked Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl. I guess they got by without Rich Rodriguez. Kansas beat Virginia Tech in the Orange Bowl. Finally, a close BCS game. UCLA named Rick Neuheisel as its next head coach. Texas RB Jamaal Jones will enter the draft. Central Michigan signed Butch Jones to a two-year extension. Miami DE Charles Campbell will enter the draft, as will Florida DE Derrick Harvey. 

#2 Memphis beat #18 Arizona, Dayton housed #6 Pitt, Wisconsin edged #9 Texas, Winthrop beat #19 Miami, Boise State beat #21 BYU, Oklahoma upset #23 West Virginia in double-overtime. Michigan kicked G Jerret Smith off the team. Auburn’s Korvotney Barber will miss a month with a broken hand. He was shooting 72% from the field. Pitt will be without Levance Fields for a couple months with a broken foot. #22 Rhode Island beat Fairleigh Dickson despite 39 points from Manny Ubilla. #14 Texas beat TCU behind Damion Jones’ 29 points and 14 rebounds. UCLA will be without Michael Roll for three weeks with a foot injury. Depaul upset #16 Villanova.

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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Happy New Year’s

31 December 2007

It  was an interesting year.  The Mitchell Report dominated the baseball world.  It wouldn’t have been a memorable year for me had the Red Sox not won the World Series.  Colorado had a heck of a run and A-Rod had an amazing season.  Scott Boras looked like a jerk, which I enjoyed.

The NFL season was great for me being a Patriots fan, except for that little videotaping scandal.  Tom Brady and Randy Moss lit the NFL on fire.  Cleveland came out of nowhere.  It was a shame they missed the playoffs.  Washington overcame so much to make it in the playoffs.  Joe Gibbs looked like the game had passed him by until a late season surge.  Brian Westbrook was a beast.  LT was LT.

The NBA ended with another Spurs title.  They play the game the right way, and can beat almost any style of play.  The only thing they can’t do is get eyes glued to the TV even when LeBron in making his NBA Finals debut.  The Celtics are relevant again thanks to former teammated Kevin McFail and Danny “Thank for saving my job” Aine hooking up.  Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Ray Allen have the Celtics looking tough.

Anaheim took home the Stanley Cup, but Sid the Kid proved that he’s the future. 

Florida was crowned champion in both football and basketball this year.  Heck of a run for the Gators.

Hope you had a great year, and I hope you have an even better one this year.

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Friday Tidbits 12/28/07

28 December 2007

The Patriots improved to 15-0. Tom Brady threw his 48th TD pass. Randy Moss caught his 20th and 21st TD passes. Kevin Everett went to the Bills game this weekend. Unfortunately, they couldn’t win one for him. Willis McGahee cracked his ribs. Chicago destroyed Green Bay giving Dallas home field. The Redskins took the Wild Card lead with a win in Minnesota. Steve Smith showed a pulse with 137 yards and a score. The Cowboys won, but Terrible Owens left with an ankle sprain. The Jets place Laveranues Coles on IR. The Dolphins placed Channing Crowder, their leading tackle on IR. Tom Brady was named AP Player of the Year. Rudi Johnson was held out this week. JaMarcus Russell is going to start for the Raiders this week. San Diego signed DL Ryon Bingham to a three-year extension. LaDainian Tomlinson became the leading rusher heading into Week 17. Philip Rivers was trash talking Jay Cutler on the sidelines. The Panthers’ IR just got a side of Julius Peppers. Marvin Harrison actually practiced. Warren Sapp got fined $75K for questioning game officials. Patrick Crayton signed a four-year extension with Dallas. His teammated, Terry Glenn, may play this weekend.

Kobe Bryant became the youngest player to reach 20,000 points. Jason Kidd messed around and got his 94th career triple-double. He also moved into 6th place in career assists. Marcus Camby got one the hard way…points, rebounds, and blocks. The Timberwolves actually won a game. Chris Bosh scored 42 in losing fashion. Yi Jianlian scored 29. Speedy Claxton is out for the season with a knee injury. The Bulls fired Scott Skiles. Chris Paul dropped in 40. Boston won is Ray Allen’s return to Seattle to improve to 24-3.

Martin Brodeur became #2 on the career shutout list at 95 when he blanked Calgary. Other shutouts this week: Columbus’ Pascal Leclaire vs. Atlanta, Detroit’s Chris Osgood vs. St. Louis. Jason Arnott netted a hat trick against the Kings. The Flyers extended John Stevens’ contract one year. Carolina RW Justin Williams tore his knee and will miss several months. A groin injury landed Chicago RW Martin Havlat on the IR. Niklas Lindstrom signed a two-year extension with Detroit. Joe Sakic will have hernia surgery today and miss a couple months. Ottawa’s Jason Speeza scored his 300th point.

Mark Prior signed a one-year deal with San Diego. The White Sox signed Alexei Ramirez, who exiled from Cuba. Colorado signed P Luis Vizcaino to a two-year deal. Cincinnati traded Josh Hamilton to Texas for Edinson Volquez and Danny Herrera. The Phillies signed OF So Taguchi. Florida signed Jose Castillo. Kansas City signed C Miguel Olivo to a one-year deal.

The Bowl season rolled on with Cincinnati beating Southern Miss in the Papa John’s Bowl, New Mexico blanking Nevada in the New Mexico Bowl. BYU edging UCLA in the Pioneer Las Vegas Bowl. Florida Atlantic crushed Memphis in the New Orleans Bowl. East Carolina topped Boise State in the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl. Purdue defeated Central Michigan in the Motor City Bowl behind Curtis Painter’s 546 yards. Texas blasted Arizona State 52-34 in the Pacific Life Holiday Bowl. Kentucky will be without RB Derrick Locke, who fractured a rib in practice. Missouri signed Gary Pinkel got a $550K raise and a one-year extension.

Bob Huggins won his 600th game. #2 Memphis soundly beat #4 Georgetown 85-71. #10 Michigan State beat #5 Texas 78-72. #12 Tennessee got by #24 Xavier 82-75. Mississippi upset #15 Clemson 85-82. Oakland knocked off #21 Oregon 68-62. New Mexico State suspended C Hatila Passos and G Paris Carter. Pitt lost Mike Cook for the year with a knee injury. NC State lost Farnold Degand for the year with a knee injury. Eddie Sutton is pursuing his 800th win with San Francisco. UNC’s Bobby Frasor tore his knee.

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 12/21/07

21 December 2007

Brett Favre passed Dan Marino to become the league’s passing leader. No word on whether Marino slugged Favre for breaking all of his records this year. New England won Spygate 2 to move to 14-0. Miami finally won a game. Tampa Bay finally returned a kick for a TD. Jeremy Shockey broke his leg. Brian Westbrook angered fantasy football owners, and saved a few, when he took a knee at the one yardline negating a sure touchdown. Dallas S Roy Williams got suspened for his horse collar tackle on McNabb. Alge Crumpler, DeAngleo Hall, Chris Houston, Roddy White, and Joe Horn were fined for were fined for uniform violations when they expressed their support for Michael Vick. The NFL is so lame. Who cares? Dallas signed NT Jay Ratliff to a five-year extension. Viking Dwight Smith got busted with pot. Last year he got arrested for getting busy in a stairwell. Bright guy. Sean Taylor was voted to the Pro Bowl. Isn’t it nice those kids decided to rob and ultimately murder him? Bill Parcels signed a four-year deal as the head of football operations with the Dolphins. I know I’m already sick of the Tuna/Fish/Dolphins references. Willie Parker broke his leg in the Steelers win over St. Louis. 

LeBron James became the fastest player to score 9000 points in his career. Kirk Hinrich has a pulse. He notched a triple-double for the Bulls. Atlanta F Shelden Williams was carjacked. Dwight Howard scored 31 and grabbed 20 boards. Carlos Boozer scored 39 to go with 12 boards, but lost to Atlanta. Al Jefferson had 22 points and 20 rebounds in a losing effort against Miami. Tim Duncan showed his back with 36 points and 17 rebounds, but he lost to the Suns. Chris Bosh became Toronto’s all-time rebound leader. Detroit snapped Boston’s nine game winning streak. Alonzo Mourning tore his knee, which will more than likely end his playing career. I’ve always like ‘Zo. Troy Hudson’s career might be over because of a hip injury. That would leave him more time to focus on his hip hop. I just hope I never have to hear another of his songs. Michael Jordan must have inspired the Bobcats by practicing with them. They knocked off the Jazz. Caron Butler messed around and got a triple-double vs. Chicago. Dwayne Wade scored 41 in a losing effort against New Jersey. 

Philadelphia signed F Mike Richards to a twelve-year, $69 million contract. His teammate Joffrey Lupul netted his 2nd hat trick in three games. Anaheim traded Andy McDonald to St. Louis for Doug Weight, Michal Birner and a draft pick. This week’s shutouts: Toronto’s Vesa Toskala vs. Atlanta, Boston’s Alex Auld vs. Columbus, NY Rangers’ Henrik Lundqvist vs. Pittsburgh, Vancouver’s Roberto Luongo vs. New Jersey, Anaheim’s Jean-Sebastien Giguere vs. San Jose. Scott Niedermayer is back with Anaheim. Vancouver will be without C Brendan Morrisson for a few months following wrist surgery. Toronto will be without D Bryan McCabe for a couple months because of a broken hand. Chris Simon received a 30 game suspension. He’s the Ron Artest of the NHL. Kyle Okposo is leaving the University of Minnesota to fill-in for Simon for the Islanders. Carolina F Craig Adams was suspended for hitting Alex Steen with his stick. Pittsburgh F Ryan Malone missed time with a infection on his leg. Gross. Marian Gaborik scored five goals in the Wild’s over the Rangers. 

Andy Pettitte admitted to taking HGH in 2002. Fernando Vina admitted to using HGH to recover from an injury. Brian Roberts also admitted to using steroids. He only did it once though. Right. I’m sure it had nothing to do with the fact that he hit 2, 1, 5, and 4 HRs in 2001-2004 seasons and then 18 in 2005 when he was teammates with Sammy Sosa and Rafael Palmeiro. Arizona traded with Oakland for Dan Haren. They turned around and dealt Jose Valarde, who lead MLB in saves last year to Houston. The Twins continued their mockery of the free agent season by signing Mike Lamb. They keep picking up junk players and try to pass them off as impact players. Texas signed reliever Kazuo Fukumori. St. Louis traded Jim Edmonds to San Diego for a minor leaguer. The Dodgers signed P Hiroki Kuroda to a three-year deal worth $35 million. Never one to miss an opportunity to be in the limelight, Pete Ro$e spoke out against the steroid users saying the users are “making a mockery” of baseball. To quote Triumph the Insult Dog, “that’s like vomit telling poop it stinks”. Reliever Ron Mahay signed a two-year deal with Kansas City worth $8 million. C Michael Barrett signed a one-year deal with San Diego worth $3.5 million. Colorado signed Kip Wells and Mark Redmond to one-year deals. Curst Schilling says Roger Clemens should forfeit his Cy Youngs if it’s proven that he took PEDs. Carlos Silva signed with Seattle for $48 million over four years. Are you kidding me? Dontrelle Willis signed a three year extension with Detroit for $29 million. Geoff Jenkins signed with Philadelphia. Jonathan Papelbon’s dog ate the World Series ball. Doug Mientkiewicz can stop watching Mission Impossible to plan his attempt to steal it. 

Michigan finally got their man as Rich Rodriguez left West Virginia for the Wolverines gig. Duke hired David Cutcliffe, former Tennessee OC, as their new head coach. The snake Bobby Petrino hired his brother Paul to be his OC. Houston named Kevin Sumlin, an assistant at Oklahoma, as it’s new coach. He’s the school’s first black head coach. Cincinnati extened Brian Kelly’s contract five years. Miami fired defensive coordinator Tim Walton. Clemson’s Nick Watkins, Christian Capote, and Tramaine Billie were declared academically ineligible for the Chick-fil-A Bowl against Auburn. Boise State’s Jeremy Childs, Keith McGowen, and Ben Chandler will miss the Hawaii Bowl because of unspecified violations. Tim Tebow was named AP Player of the Year. Florida State suspened 20 players from the Music City Bowl for a cheating scandal. They’ll also miss the first three games next year. No word on whether Clem Haskins was involved. Kansas Coach Mark Mangino was named AP Coach of the Year. CB Eugene Clifford was suspended by Ohio State. Tennessee’s T Demonte Bolden and LB Rico McCoy were declared academically ineligible. Utah kicked off the Bowl Season with a 35-32 win over Navy. 

Rick Pitino won his 500th game. Tennessee F Duke Crews will be out indefinitely because of a heart condition. Eric Gordon returned to Indiana and scored 26. Nebraska knocked off #16 Oregon. Arizona State pounded #17 Xavier. Purdue upset #20 Louisville. Syracuse will be without Eric Devendorf for the rest of the year after he tore his ACL. Gonzaga’s Steven Gray returned from a fractured wrist to score 12 points vs. Northern Colorado. Brook Lopez has regained his eligibility for Stanford. Wisconsin-Milwaukee kicked Torre Johnson, their leading scorer and rebounder, to the curb following his arrest on the suspicion of battery. Laval Lucas-Perry is transferring from Arizona to Michigan. Somebody finally got their wish as Dick Vitale had surgery on his left vocal cord. His wife’s ears finally get a rest. Just kidding. We hope for a speedy recovery. He should be back in February, baby. Although Dukie V is probably in mourning this morning after his #7 Duke Blue Devils were knocked off by #9 Pitt 65-64 on Levance Fields’ clutch three in OT. Oklahoma knocked off #20 Gonzaga.

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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