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.

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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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Friday Tidbits 12/14/07

14 December 2007

New England pounded Pittsburgh to improve to 13-0. Tom Brady threw for 399 yards and 4 TDs. Randy Moss caught his 18th & 19 TD passes. So much for guarantees. Miami remained winless. Peyton Manning tossed 4 TDs of his own, including his the 300th of his career, as Indianapolis destroyed Baltimore. Bart Scott got fined $25K for throwing the flag into the stands. Rodney Harris*n was fined $5K for taunting Brian Billick. Mike Shanahan was docked $25K for comments on the Travis Henry appeal. Reggie Bush may miss the rest of the season with a knee injury. Denver signed Brandon Stokley to a three-year extension. Marshawn Lynch returned to action for the Bills. Leonard Pope dislocated his ankle and will miss the rest of the year. Jerramy Stevens was suspended a game for violating the substance abuse policy for a DUI arrest last April. Mario Williams had 3-1/2 sacks to give him 13 for the season and a Texans record 17-1/2. Anyone willing to apologize to the Texans yet? Oh yeah, Houston pounded Denver. 

Pat Riley won his 1200th game. Chris Paul dropped 43 points on Memphis. Manu Ginobili scored 37 in back-to-back games. Micheal Redd’s 41 weren’t enough to beat Kevin Durant (35 points) and the SuperSonics. Stephon Marbury returned to the Knicks. Shareef Abdur-Rahim will miss the rest of the season after knee surgery. Josh Howard poured in 47 as Dallas bested Utah. Deron Williams did his part with 41 points. Big Al Jefferson scored 32 and grabbed 20 boards as Minnesota beat Phoenix. Chris Bosh returned to action. So did LeBron. T.J. Ford was carried away on a stretcher following a flagrant foul. Jamaal Tinsley was involved in a shooting outside a hotel. The Celtics improved to 18-2. Michael Redd was one assist away from a triple-double. Penny Hardaway got kicked to the curb. The Clippers waived Ruben Patterson. Atlanta’s Al Horford was suspended a game for his hit on Ford. 

Colorado’s Milan Hejduk had a hat trick of goals and assists. Detroit’s Henrik Zetterberg netted a hat trick against Minnesota. Philly had two guys net hat trick in the same game. Joffrey Lupul(plus 3 assists) and R.J. Umberger against Pittsburgh. Calgary’s Jarome Iginla and Kristian Huselius netted hat tricks against Tampa Bay. Dion Phaneuf had five assists in that game. This week’s shutouts: Detroit’s Dominik Hasek vs. Minnesota, Florida’s Tomas Vokoun vs. the Islanders, San Jose’s Evgeni Nabokov vs. Phoenix. New York Rangers’ Henrik Lundqvist vs. New Jersey. Ottawa’s Martin Gerber vs. Carolina. Florida’s Tomas Vokoun vs. St. Louis. Nashville signed David Legwand to a six-year, $27 million deal. Atlanta claimed Mark Recchi off waivers. Montreal will be without C Bryan Smoinski for six weeks because of a sprained knee and W Steve Begin for a couple weeks because of a separated shoulder. San Jose will be without Jonathan Cheechoo (groin) and Jeremy Roenick (knee) for a week or more. The Bruins will be without Manny Fernandez for the rest of the year following knee surgery. Pittsburgh G Marc-Andre Fleury could miss a couple months with a sprained knee. Carolina’s Scott Walker got suspeneded one game for head-butting Ottawa’s Mike Fisher. 

Miguel Tejada was traded to Houston. Eric Gagne signed a one-year deal with Milwaukee. Pittsburgh traded reliever Salomon Torres for minor leaguers. LaTroy Hawkins signed a one-year deal with the Yankees. Paul Lo Duca signed with Washington. Colorado signed Aaron Cook to a three-year, $30 million deal. David Segui admitted to using steroids and HGH during his career. San Diego signed Tadahito Iguchi. The Cubs signed OF Kosuke Fukudome to a four-year deal worth $48 million. The Twins signed SS Adam Everett. The Cubs declined an offer to Mark Pryor making him a free agent. Cliff Floyd signed with Tampa Bay. The Mitchell Report was released. A bunch of names were mentioned. I’m sure many more were omitted. Aaron Rowand signed a five-year, $60 million deal with San Francisco. David Eckstein signed a one-year deal with Toronto. The cheap Minnesota Twins signed their yearly garbage free agent in Adam Everett. 

Florida’s Tim Tebow became the first sophomore to win the Heisman Trophy. Darren McFadden won the Sporting News player of the year. Tennessee extended coach Phillip Fulmer’s contract through 2012. Paul Johnson left Navy to coach Georgia Tech. Ken Niumatalolo will take over for Johnson. Rutgers coach Greg Schiano spurned Michigan. Texas A&M will buy out football Dennis Franchione. Can you imagine being paid $4.4 million not to work? Move over Nick Saban. We have a new gutless wonder. Bobby Petrino quit on the Atlanta Falcons to take over the Arkansas gig. Paul Wulff is the new coach at Washington State, his alma mater. Southern Mississippi hired Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Larry Fedora as its new coach. Louisville RB Anthony Allen will transfer next year. 

Kansas G Brandon Rush was arrested for failing to appear in court on traffic charges. #10 Michigan State beat #22 BYU. Dayton upset #11 Louisville. Wright State beat #13 Butler. #15 Marquette beat #23 Wisconsin. Southern Illinois upset #24 Saint Mary’s. David N. Arseneault of Grinnell had 34 assists…in one game. Louisville suspended Derrick Caracter for a curfew violation. Tubby Smith finalized a seven-year deal with Minnesota. USC will be without F Kasey Cunningham for the year after he tore his knee.

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Friday Tidbits 12/7/07

7 December 2007

Three youths were charge in Sean Taylor’s murder. He was buried on Monday. Unfortunately the Redskins couldn’t honor him with a win. Roy Williams will miss the rest of the year. The Giants will be without Derrick Ward for the year witha broken leg. The Ravens shut McNair down for the year. Zach Thomas is done with Miami this year. LaDainian Tomlinson ran for 177 yards and 2 scores against Kansas City. Peyton Manning fired four TD passes. The Jets kept Miami winless. Adrian Peterson returned for the Vikes with 116 yards and 2 TDs. Travis Henry won his appeal and won’t be suspended for failing a drug test. Denver cut Sam Adams. The Vikings will be without Ray Edw*rds for four games after a steroid violation. Pittsburgh’s Anthony Smith is guaranteeing a win against New England this weekend. They should have Santonio Holmes, Troy Polamalu and Marvel Smith back to increase their odds. Washington beat Chicago in a game where both starting QBs were knocked out with knee injuries. Washington gets a much-needed rest both mentally and physically.

Andrei Kirilenko had a triple-double. It only took until games 13 & 14, but the Bulls finally won consecutive games. Dallas had beaten the Hornets 21 straight times dating back to 1999. Chris Paul and company saw to that streak snapping. Dwight Howard grabbed 23 rebounds to go along with his 30 points against Phoenix. Kevin Durant scored 35. Tracy McGrady fired in 40 against Sacramento. He added a triple-double against Memphis. Stephon Marbury’s dad died during one of his games. He was initially at Madison Square Garden. Jerry Sloan signed an extension with Utah. Tim Duncan’s knee gave San Antonio a scare. Minnesota Timberwovles coach had back surgery and will be out for a while. Former coach Duane Casey needed back surgery last year, but that was because Kevin McHale stabbed him there. “That’s Amare” Stoudamire had 42 points and 13 rebounds against Indiana. Steve Nash handed out 17 assists. He followed that up with18 helpers. Cleveland matched Charlotte’s offer on Anderson Varejao. Allen Iverson dropped 51 in a loss to the Lakers. Sacramento will be without Kevin Martin for a month after he pulled his groin. Tyson Chandler grabbed 22 boards against Detroit. Marcus Camby had 20 against the Lakers.

Zach Parise had his first career hat trick against Montreal. Dustin Byfuglien did the same against Phoenix. Nik Antropov made it three with his against the Rangers. The Wild’s Wes Walz decided to retire. This week’s shutouts: Martin Brodeur vs. Montreal, Atlanta’s Ilya Kovalchuk vs. the Islanders. Edmonton’s Mathieu Garon vs. Anaheim. Carolina’s Cam Ward vs. the Rangers. Dallas will be without RW Jere Lehtinen for two months following abdomin surgery and D Philippe Boucher for a month following his shoulder surgery. Nashville F Scott Nichol was suspended five games for hitting Patrice Brisebois in the head. Philly’s Riley Cote was suspended for three games for throwing an elbow. They are trying to revive the Broad Street Bullies moniker. Court documents revealed that Todd Bertuzzi’s hit on Steve Moore may have been ordered by Coach Marc Crawford. Scott Niedermayer will rejoin Anaheim. Boston traded a minor leaguer and a draft pick for G Alex Auld.

The Tigers made a big splash by acquiring Miguel Cabrera and Dontrelle Willis from Florida for prospects. The Mets traded OF Lasting Milledge to Washington for C Brian Schneider and OF Ryan Church. The Padres sign P Randy Wolf to a one-year deal that could be worth up to $9 million. Washington traded with Tampa Bay for Elijah Dukes. Boston re-signed Mike Timlin. Andy Pettitte will pitch for the Yankees this year. Atlanta traded Jose Ascanio to the Cubs for Will Ohman and Omar Infante. Kansas City signed Jose Guill*n to a three-year $36 million deal. He was be suspended 15 games for HGH involvement. Jay Gibb*ns was also suspended. David Riske signed a three-year deal with Milwaukee. Andruw Jones signed a two-year deal with the Dodgers worth $36 million. Not quite Willie, Mickey, and the Duke, but LA does have some nice Centerfielders now. Washington signed Aaron F’n Boone.

The craziness continued as #1 Missouri and #2 West Virginia fell to Oklahoma and Pitt respectively. The BCS is really a mess now. #6 Virginia Tech avenged an earlier loss to #11 Boston College. #7 LSU took care of #14 Tennessee. Colt Brennan threw for 442 more yards and 5 more TDs against Washington to overcome a 21 point deficit to remain undefeated. Nobody else wants it. Let them play for the National Championship. Oregon State upset #17 Oregon. UCLA fired Karl Dorrell. LSU DT Glenn Dorsey won the Bronko Nagurski Trophy as the nation’s top defensive player. He added the Lombardi Award, honoring him as the nation’s top college lineman or linebacker. Nebraska hired Bo Pelini, who was the Defensive Coordinator for LSU. Les Miles will remain at LSU. UConn Coach Randy Edsall will stay with the school despite his success. Virginia DE Chris Long (Howie’s son) won the Ted Hendricks Award for being the best defensive end. Yemi Babalola and Brandon Joiner of Texas A&M football players have been charged with armed robbery. Les Miles will be with LSU through 2012. At least that’s what his contract says. Darren McFadden won the Walter Camp and Doak Walker Awards. Tim Tebow won the Maxwell and Davey O’Brien Awards. Safe to say one of them will win the Heisman.

Lute Olson is going to take a leave for the rest of the season. #8 Texas upset #1 UCLA 63-61. #4 Kansas beat #24 USC. #15 Indiana beat #22 Southern Illinois. Eric Gordon led the way with 22 points. He got hurt, but Indiana kept rolling. Arizona upset #9 Texas A&M behind Jerryd Bayless’ 26 points. Freshman Alex Legion wants to transfer from Kentucky. Washington Guard Adrian Oliver is also transferring. #6 Washington State bested #19 Gonzaga 51-47.

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Friday Tidbits 11/30/07

30 November 2007

I’ll start off with some sad news. Sean Taylor was shot and killed in his home. Philly pushed New England to the limit, but the Pats survived to improve to 11-0. At least the ’73 Dolphins have some hope. Ocho Cinco grabbed three TD passes. Kolby Smith filled in for Larry Johnson/Priest Holmes with 150 yards and 2 Tds. Oakland won the game though, their first in 17 AFC West games. Minnesota returned 3 Eli Manning picks for scores. Devin Hester returned two more touchdowns. Memo to Special Teams Coaches. Devin Hester is good. Shaun Alexander, Travis Henry, Marshawn Lynch, Santonio Holmes, Troy
Polamalu, Donovan McNabb, and Larry Johnson are among the stars that missed last week. Cedric Benson had surgery on his leg which will end his disappointing 2007 season. Ricky Williams returned, but Miami remained winless. There was a little rain in Pittsburgh. In the Thursday Night Game tht most of America couldn’t watch, Dallas smoked Green Bay. The score wasn’t out of hand, but the game was never really in doubt. Brett Favre got knocked out of it. Tony Romo threw 4 TDs. MeO had 156 yards and a score. Ryan Grant did look good for the Green & Gold though. Shaun Alexander and Travis Henry may actually play this weekend.

Jason Kidd got his 91st career triple-double. Baron Davis and Caron Butler messed around and got triple doubles…in the same game. LeBron notched his 4th of the season. He didn’t get his 5th on Tuesday, but the Bulls handed the Celtics their 2nd loss. He sprained his finger in a loss to Detroit on Wednesday. Luol Deng returned, but the Bulls kept losing. Dwight Howard pumped in 39 points to go along with his 16 rebounds. He’s a beast. I guess the Celtics didn’t like the taste of their second loss as they pounded New York by close to 50. Phil Jackson got a two-year extension with the Lakers for a mere $24 million.

This week’s shutouts include: Vancouver’s Roberto Luongo vs. Chicago, Anaheim & Columbus, Columbus’ Pascal LeClaire vs. Minnesota, New Jersey’s Martin Brodeur vs. Atlanta, Buffalo’s Jocelyn Thibault vs. Montreal, Pittsburgh’s Marc-Andre Fleury vs. Atlanta, St. Louis’ Manny Legace vs. Calgary. Chicago’s Martin Havlat, playing in his first game since the season opener, scored two goals. Dallas RW Jere Lehtinen suffered and abdominal strain. He’ll be out a while. Sean Avery is having wrist surgery. Detroit (36 points) and Ottawa (34 points) are you leaders. Vincent Lecavalier is still the scoring leader. Chris Osgood is your Goals Against Average leader.

More sad news to report. Joe Kennedy died Friday morning. He was 28. Cincinnati signed closer Francisco Cordero away from Milwaukee for four years, $46 million. He last pitched for Toronto. Kerry Wood is re-signed with the Cubs despite multiyear offers from other clubs. My fictitious brother Jon Lester won the Tony Conigliaro Award. Minnesota made a splash by acquiring Delmon Young and others for Matt Garza and others. Next up Johan Santana and Joe Nathan. Yorvit Torrealba will return to the Rockies after signing a two-year deal. The Mitchell Report will include names of steroid users. Speaking of steroids, HBO is looking into a Game of Shadows movie. I wonder if they will just cut footage from the Hulk movie to save on costs when portraying Barry B*nds. Speaking of B*nds, he’s looking to add another lawyer to his legal team. I wonder if the new lawyer will be responsible for B*nds or his ego.

Arkansas knocked off #1 LSU. Darren McFadden had 240 yards of total offense and 4 TDs. Despite the win, Houston Nutt still resigned. It didn’t take him long to find work as he quickly signed with Mississippi. #15 Hawaii beat #19 Boise State as Colt Brennan threw for 495 yards and 5 TDs to break the all-time TD passing record. Texas A & M knocked off #13 Texas. Florida QB Tim Tebow broke his hand. Georgia Tech fired Chan Gailey. Indiana gave Bill Lynch a four-year deal. Washington State axed Bill Doba. Ted Roof is out at Duke. Houston’s Art Briles is Baylor’s new coach. Auburn extended Tommy Tuberville’s contract. This week’s big games are #1 Missouri vs. #9 Oklahoma for the Big 12 Championship, #6 Virginia Tech vs. #11 Boston College for the ACC Championship, and #7 LSU vs. #14 Tennessee for the SEC Championship. Tom Osborne is the interim coach at Nebraska. After legal battles it was revealed that Joe Paterno is being paid $500K this year. All I’m saying is Penn State is getting a heck of a bargain.

Bobby Knight was named in a hunting incident where he or his hunting companion fired birdshot at people on two different occasions. Brigham Young upset #6 Louisville. Texas Tech knocked off #14 Gonzaga. Florida State bumped #24 Florida. #16 Texas destoyed #7 Tennesse 97-78. Xavier thumped #8 Indiana. NC State squeaked by #19 Villanova. USC destroyed #18 Southern Illinois. #7 Duke beat #20 Wisconsin. LSU F Tasmin Mitchell is out for the year following ankle surgery. Clemson F James May sprained his hip. Arizona Coach Luke Olson returned to practice.

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Friday Tidbits 11/23/07

23 November 2007

Brett Favre tied Marino with his 62nd 3 TD game. Chester Taylor filled in for Adrian Peterson with 202 total yards and 3 TDs. Andre Johnson came back and dominated. MeO caught four TD passes. Randy Moss had to match him with four of his own. Brady threw five more as the Pats improved to 10-0. Miami lost again to move to 0-10. Jevon Kearse was benched in favor of Juqua Thomas. Michael Vick headed to the cooler early. No word on whether or not he’ll ask the judge to sentence him in dog years. NY Giants LB Mathias Kiwanuka broke his leg. Priest Holmes retired for good. Shaun Alexander is going to miss again. I’m sorry, did he somehow get back on that Madden cover? Tennessee is giving Mike Williams a shot. Green Bay lit up Detroit behind Favre’s 381 yards and 3 TDs (63rd career). Favre completed 20 straight passes in the process. Dallas smoked the Jets. Indy crushed Atlanta. Hopefully, Mike Vick got to watch the game, but I doubt they have the NFL Network in the Big House. Manning tossed 3 TDs. 

Dwight Howard became the youngest player to 3000 rebounds. He edged out Shaq. Jason Kidd messed around and got his 89th career triple-double. He had 19 rebounds. Sick. Larry Hughes is out a month with a bruised leg. LeBron (40 points), Damien Wilkins (41), David West (40), and Kevin Martin (43) all cracked open 40s last Friday. Boston finally lost. Orlando did the deed. The Lakers’ Kwame Brown sprained his knee. He’ll be out for a while. Stephen Jackson is back from suspension. Orlando traded Trevor Ariza to the Lakers for Brian Cook and Maurice Evans. Mike Conley is out with a shoulder injury. Gilbert Arenas is out three months with a knee injury. Ron Artest took a leave from Sacramento to be with his daughter who is undergoing a medical procedure. LeBron dropped 45 on Minnesota. Boston (9-1) and Orlando (10-3) are the best in the East. Phoenix (10-2) and San Antonio (9-2) are the best in the West. LBJ is the scoring leader. Marcus Camby is the rebounding leader. Steve Nash is the assists leader. 

Martin Brodeur won his 500th career game. Rick DiPietro won his 100th. Dallas’ Jussi Jokinen scored 4 goals in a victory over Colorado. Philly’s Daniel Briere had a hat trick against Carolina. This week’s shutouts: NY Islanders’ Rick DiPietro vs. New Jersey, Atlanta’s Johan Hedberg vs. Carolina. Toronto’s Vesa Toskala vs. Ottawa. Phoenix’s Ilja Bryzgalov vs. the Kings after being claimed off waivers. Dallas’ Mike Smith vs. LA. Detroit’s Chris Osgood vs. St. Louis. Minnesota will be without Mikkou Koivu for a week with a cracked bone in his leg. Vancouver’s Mattias Ohlund was suspended for the incident. Chicago F Rene Bourque will miss a month with a broken thumb. Washington traded C Brian Sutherby for a draft pick. Anaheim signed C Ryan Getzlaf to a five-year $26 million deal. Washington fired Coach Glen Hanlon. Ottawa is the best in the East with 33 points. Detroit’s 31 points are best in the West. Vincent Lecavalier is your scoring leader. Dan Ellis is your Goals Against Average leader. 

Torii Hunter took is Gold Glove to Anaheim Angels of Los Angeles, California, United States, North America, Earth. A-Rod took home the AL MVP. Jimmy Rollins took home the NL MVP. The Red Sox are adding more seats next
year and raising prices. Eric Chavez had another shoulder surgery. Atlanta traded RP Oscar Villarreal to Houston for OF Josh Anderson. Kenny Rogers kicked Scott BorASS to the curb. The Mets signed 2B Luis Castillo to a four-year, $25 million deal. Tom Glavive is returing to Atlanta. I like this move. The Red Sox signed 3B Mike Lowell to a three-year, $37.5 million deal. Mariano Rivera signed a three-year, $45 million extension. I guess Yorvit Torrealba isn’t going to be a Met after all. They acquired Johnny Estrada from Milwaukee instead for Guillermo M*ta. Jason Kendall will replace Estrada. The White Sox cut Scott Podsednik. 

Lloyd Carr is stepping down at Michigan. Maybe Nick Saban should follow him after he likened his team’s loss to Louisiana-Monroe to 9/11 and Pearl Harbor. Then he likened his team to alcoholics who have hit rock bottom. What a moron. Texas Tech beat #4 Oklahoma behind Graham Harrell’s 420 passing yards. #6 West Virginia beat #22 Cincinnati. #7 Ohio State beat #21 Michigan behind Chris Wells’ 222 yards. #9 Georgia beat #23 Kentucky. #17 Boston College bumped #15 Clemson. Oregon QB Dennis Dixon will miss the rest of the season following knee surgery. #16 Hawaii won without star QB Colt Brennan. Zach Brown ran for 250 yards against the Golden Gophers. #11 USC kicked this week off by killing #6 Arizona State 44-24. This week’s other top games are #1 LSU vs. 7-4 Arkansas (today), #15 Hawaii vs. #19 Boise State (tonight), #2 Kansas vs. #4 Missouri, #3 West Virginia vs. #20 UConn, #8 Virginia Tech vs. #16 Virginia, #7 Georgia vs. 7-4 Georgia Tech, #12 Florida vs. 7-4 Florida State, #18 Kentucky vs. 7-4 Tennessee, and #25 BYU vs. 8-3 Utah. 

#3 Memphis beat UConn 81-70 behind Chris Douglas-Roberts’ 33 points. Providence upset #18 Arkansas. Virginia beat #17 Arizona. Siena upset #20 Stanford. #22 NC State got beat by New Orleans. Oral Roberts welcomed back F Marchello Vealy from suspension. Louisville C David Padgett will miss the season with a knee injury. #2 UCLA beat #11 Michigan State behind Kevin Love’s 21 points and 11 rebounds. Saint Mary’s beat #11 Oregon. Miami G Adrian Thomas will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury. Kansas won their 600th game at Allen Fieldhouse. #10 Duke beat #13 Marquette behind Kyle Singer’s 25 points. Ohio State knocked off #21 Syracuse. Freshman Kosta Koufos led the way with 24 points, 9 rebounds. #25 Davidson lost to Western Michigan. George Mason beat #20 Kansas State on Turkey Day.

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Friday Tidbits 11/16/07

16 November 2007

Brett Favre joined Dan Marino in the 60,000 yard club. Fred Taylor reached 10,000 yards. Shayne Graham kicked Field Goals like his teamates get arrested…in bunches. Seven to be exact. Rexy is back because of a Griese injury. He led Da Bears to victory. Green Bay blanked Minnesota. Adrian Peterson left the game with a torn knee ligament. St. Louis finally won. Miami wasn’t as fortunate. Tony Romo fired 4 TD passes. Darren Spoles had both kickoff and punt return TDs. Peyton Manning tossed 6 INTs while losing to San Diego. He should have won though. A certain kicker missed a chip shot. Marvin missed the game. They had a bunch of injuries, including Syracuse’s Dwight Freeney. Seattle blanked San Fran. Unfortunately, Nolan’s dad died over the weekend. Adding insult to injury Larry Johnson was fined for planting a flag in the end zone following a TD. LJ will miss this week’s game too. The Vikings originally docked Troy Williamson a paycheck for missing the San Diego game to be with his family following the death of his grandmother. I guess the bad PR was too much, and they gave the money back. Brodie Croyle is going to start next week. The Colts grabbed up Simeon Rice off waivers. PacMoron Jones is accepting a plea deal to get promotion in his “make it rain” incident. Ricky Williams has been reinstated by the league. He will rejoin the Fins on Monday. Brandon Lloyd was put on IR by Washington. Oh no, what are they going to do without him? 

An estimated 200 million people watch Yi vs. Yao. Gilbert Arenas had his knee drained. Vince Carter sprained his ankle. Stephon Marbury went AWOL on the Knicks. He’s a flake. He got fine $180K and rejoined the team the next night. Milwaukee will be without Michael Ruffin for over a month with a broken wrist. T-Mac dropped 41. He also sprained his elbow this week. Tim Duncan was held to 5 points. Pat Riley said he should suit up because his team stinks so bad. Ron Artest came back from suspension. Phil Jackson made a Brokeback joke following his team’s loss. He’s in a little hot water over it. LeBron messed around and got another triple double. Dwayne Wade made his season debut. The Celtics are off to their best start in 35 years at 7-0. Golden State is the lone winless team. 

Tampa Bay’s Vincent Lecavalier netted a hat trick. He is the points leader with 29. Dan Ellis has a league-leading 1.35 GAA. Shutouts this week: Toronto’s Andrew Raycroft vs. Buffalo. San Jose’s Evgeni Nabokov vs. Phoenix twice. Edmonton’s Mathieu Garon vs. Vancouver. The Kings scored 5 goals in the 3rd period before evenutally beating Dallas in OT on Saturday. Boston G Manny Fernandez and F Shawn Thornton landed on the IR. Toronto will be without D Pavel Kubina for a while with a knee injury. Ranger F Sean Avery is rubbing people the wrong way. He could be a marked man. Wayne Gretzky got fined $10K and his D Nick Boynton got suspended for Boynton’s fight with Steve Bernier late in Tuesday’s shutout loss to San Jose. Marion Gaborik finally returned to Minnesota’s lineup. He scored and they won. Ottawa is the first team to 30 points. 

Brry B*nds got indicted. I wonder what the ostriches are going to say now. C.C. Sabathia took finally beat the Red Sox. Not when it mattered, but he beat out Josh Beckett for Cy Young honors. Jake Peavy took the NL Cy Young. Dustin Pedroia and Ryan Braun took home Rookie of the Year honors in their respective leagues. Cleveland’s Eric Wedge and Arizona’s Bob Melvin won Manager of the Year for their respective leagues. The Phillies re-signed J.C. Romero to a three-ear deal. A-Rod won his ninth Silver Slugger. It appears he is set to sign a ten-year $275 million deal. Vlad won his seventh. Chicago dealt Jacque Jones to Detroit for Omar Infante. Todd Jones re-signed with Detroit. Jorge Posada signed a four-year extension with the Yankees. Kevin Youkilis shaved his goatee for charity. The Twins made their major offseason move. No they didn’t deal Santana yet, they traded with Chicago for Craig Monroe. The Mets scooped up free agent catcher Yorvit Torrealba. Joe Nuxall, the youngest player in MLB history at 15 years, 10 months, and 11 days, lost his bout with cancer. He was 79. 

#1 Ohio State got beat by Illinois. Whoops. Maryland upset #8 Boston College. Wisconsin pasted #12 Michigan. Cincinnati smoked #13 UConn. Mississippi State took down #22 Alabama. #10 Georgia beat #18 Auburn. #19 Virginia blanked Miami 48-0. Ouch. Colt Brennan tied the NCAA mark with his 121st TD pass. How left with a concussion though. Florida’s Tim Tebow ran for 5 TDs and threw 2 more. Nebraska’s Joe Ganz had 510 yards passing with 7 TDs. Texas Tech coach Mike Leach got fined $10K for ripping officials. #2 Oregon kicked the college week off with an upset loss Thursday night to Arizona. Heisman hopeful Dennis Dixon was injured in the process. Other big games this week are #4 Oklahoma vs. 7-4 Texas Tech, #6 West Virginia vs. #22 Cincinnati, #7 Ohio State vs. #21 Michigan (did they both look past their opponents last week?), #9 Georgia vs. #23 Kentucky, and #15 Clemson vs. #17 Boston College. 

O.J. Mayo made his highly anticipated debut with 32 points, but #18 USC lost to Mercer. Jonny Flynn scored 28 for Syracuse in his debut, break Carmelo Anthony’s record. Eric Gordon trumped them all with 33 in his debut with Indiana. N.C. State’s freshamn J.J. Hickson went 12 for 12 from the field to score 31 in his debut. Kansas G Sherron Collins is out 4-6 weeks with a stress fracture to his foot. Georgia G Billy Humphrey for possession of a long knife. Kentucky will be without G Jodie Meeks for a month because of a stress fracture. #5 Georgetown pounded Michigan. #3 Memphis faces UConn today. #17 Arizona plays Virginia on Saturday.

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Friday Tidbits 11/9/07

9 November 2007

Adrian Peterson broke the single-game rushing record with 296 yards. He’s scary good. His teammate, Troy Williamson, got docked a game’s pay for attending his grandma’s funerual. New England remained undefeated as Tom Brady (3 TDs)brought them back to hand the Colts their first loss. There was a little hype for this game. There were some big name injuries as Frank Gore missed SF’s game, Chad and Larry Johnson left their games with
neck and foot injuries, and Jay Cutler left with a leg injury
.Drew Brees continued to storm back with 445 yards and 3 TDs. Reggie Bush had over 100 rushing and receiving. The Lions improved to 6-2 by destroying the Broncos. Brett Favre tossed for 360 yards. MeO torched the Eagles for 174 yards, and got fined $10K for waiving a towel on the sidelines. Big Ben tossed 5 TD passes. Look out people, Chris Henry has been activated and ready to play. Hopefully, he doesn’t get arrested before game time. Tank Johnson has also been cleared to play. He just needs to get through the metal detector first. PacMoron Jones was told he’s not getting an early release from his suspension. 

Torre looks weird in Dodger blue. Seattle declined the option on Jose Guill*n. Tough week as his name has been linked to steroids, along with Matt Willi*ms. The Red Sox picked up Tim Wakefield’s. Sammy S*sa wants $7 million to play steroid-aided baseball next year. Joe $ource$ $ay A-Rod wanted $350 million to $tay with the Yankee$. I don’t like this guy. Greg Maddux is returning to the Padres for $10 million. I really do like this guy. Curt Schilling will be back with Boston one more year. I really, really like this guy. Andy Pettitte declined his option with the Yankees. Ryan Zimmerman broke a bone in his wrist swinging a bat. Big Papi had his knee scoped. Greg Maddux won a record 17th Gold Glove

KG was brilliant in his Celtics debut with 22 points and 20 rebounds. LeBron bounced back from his poor opener with 45 points. He messed around and got a triple-double this week. Amare Stoudemire missed a game because of a sore knee. Jason Kidd picked up his 50th triple-double with New Jersey. It was his 88th of his career. Peja Stojakovic’s 10 three pointers and Chris Paul’s 21 assists set team records in a win over Kome BrIant and the Lakers. Denver’s Nene is out six weeks with a thumb injury. 

Mike Modano became the all-time leading American scorer. San Jose signed D Sandis Ozolinsh. Ottawa signed C Jason Speeza to a seven year, $49 million extension. This week’s shutouts: Phoenix’s Mikael Tellqvist against Dallas. Columbus’ Pascal Leclaire against St. Louis. Carolina’s Cam Ward against Washington. Pittsburgh’s Dany Sabourin against New Jersey. New York Rangers’ Henrik Lundqvist for against Philly. Dallas’ Marty Turco against Anaheim. Montreal’s Cristobal Huet vs. Buffalo. Atlanta’s Ilya Kovalchuk, Carolina’s Cory Stillman, and Phoenix’s Peter Mueller netted hat tricks. There were five shutouts on Monday night. Buffalo will be without Tim Connolly and Adam Mair with abdomen and ankle injuries. Todd White scored his 100th career goal. Eric Lindors officially retired. Ottawa and Detroit have league best 26 and 25 points respectively. Detroit’s Henrik Zetterberg leads with 25 points, but some Sid Crosby kid is nipping at his heals. Pascal Leclaire has a ridiculous 1.12 GAA for Columbus. 

#1 Ohio State took care of #21 Wisconsin. Florida State upset #2 Boston College. #3 LSU beat Nick Saban and #17 Alabama. #5 Oregon beat #4 Arizona State. #8 Kansas hung 76 on Nebraska. Cincinnati upset #18 South Florida. #23 Virginia barely got by #24 Wake Forest. Arkansas RB Darren McFadden tied an SEC record with 321 rushing yards against South Carolina. He combined with Felix Jones for 487 yards, which is an NCAA record . Virginia lost RB Cedric Peerman for the year. Big games this weekend are #10 Georgia vs. #18 Auburn, #11 Virginia Tech vs. 6-3 Florida State, #12 Michigan vs. 7-3 Wisconsin, #13 UConn vs. 7-2 Cincinnati, #14 Texas vs. 7-3 Texas Tech, #17 USC
vs. 6-3 Cal, #21 Clemson vs. 6-3 Wake Forest, and #24 Tennessee vs. 6-3 Arkansas.

Arizona coach Lute Olson is taking a leave of abscence. UCLA will be without G Michael Roll for a month or so after tearing his plantar fascia. UNC’s Tyler Hansbrough, Georgetown’s Roy Hibbert, Tennessee’s Chris Lofton, Michigan State’s Drew Neitzel, and UCLA’s Darren
Collison have been named preseason All-Americans
. Kentucy lost F Ramon Harris indefinitely with a foot injury. Divison II Grand Valley State beat Michigan State and Findlay beat Ohio State in exhibition games. Kentucky got beat by Gardner-Webb. Maryland will be without James Gist and Landon Milbourne for their season opener because of NCAA violations. UW-Milwaukee kicked leading scorer Avery Smith to the curb for rule violations. Florida State extended coach Leonard Hamilton’s contract.

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