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.

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 11/2/07

2 November 2007

The Red Sox claimed Game 3. They jumped out to a 6-0 lead. Matt Holliday and the Rockies got within one before Boston made it a 10-5 final. Jacoby Ellsbury (4 hits) and Dustin Pedroia (3 hits) led the charge. Dice-K picked up the victory. The Sox finished the sweep in Game 4. My imaginary brother Jon Lester got the win. Jonathan Papelbon got his 3rd save. Mike Lowell took home the MVP. Marcus Giles was released from San Diego. Craig Biggio went out in style winning the Roberto Clemente Award. A-Rod cho$e to re$cind hi$ contract with the Yankee$. He up$taged the World $erie$ to do $o. Hank Aaron said he stayed away from the B*nds’ home run chase because he didn’t want to talk about steroids. I understand. Joe Girardi has become the next Yankees manager. Have fun Joe. Detroit got SS Edgar Renteria from the Braves for prospects. Carlos Guillen will move to First Base. Grady Little got canned as the Dodgers manager. Joe Torre will replace him. Milwaukee did not pick up an option on Geoff Jenkins. The White Sox did the same with Darin Erstad. Curt Schilling said there are 13 teams he’d play for next year. Mike Cameron got suspended 25 games for testing positive for a banned stimulant. Joel Zumaya hurt his shoulders while moving stuff during the San Diego fires. The Orioles didn’t pick up the option on Kris Benson. Barry B*nds says he’ll boycott the Hall of Fame if they put the asterisk ball in. I say, two birds with on stone.

The Rich get richer as the Patriots activated Richard Seymour and the Poor gets poorer as the Jets lost Jonathan Vilma for the season with a knee injury. Marvin Harrison missed a game for the Colts. Old Man Vinny Testaverde got the start. The Pats ran it up against Washington 52-7. Classy. The Colts remained unbeaten as well setting up a dream matchup for ESPN. I’m sure most of you are sick of the talk already. Drew Brees is back. So are the Saints. The Chargers are also back. The Lions are 5-2. Kitna doesn’t seem so crazy now. St. Louis and Miami remain winless. Green Bay beat Denver in OT on a 82 yard TD pass from the ageless wonder Brett Favre. Washington will be without CB Carlos Rogers for the year following a knee injury. The Jets are going with Kellen Clemens at QB. Dallas locked up Tony Romo for six years. Oakland kicked Mike Williams to the curb. The Pack put DeShawn Wynn on the IR ending his rookie campaign. Jacksonville DT Marcus Str*ud tested positive for steroids. If he was an MLB player, this would be front page news. Jon Kitna dressed up as a naked guy and his wife as a fast food employee at a Halloween party. He was poking fun at Joe Cullen. Sorry, but that’s funny. Rod Smith is gone for the year with a hip injury. Hang ‘em up Rod. It was a great run. Don’t drag it out.

F Kris Draper signed a three-year extenstion with Detroit. Washington signed LW Alexander Semin to a two-year deal worthy over $9 million. Rod Brind’Amour recorded a hat trick for Carolina on Saturday against the Islanders. Atlanta’s Ilya Kovalchuk also had a hat trick. His came against Ottawa in a loss. Rick DiPietro did the same for the Islanders against Tampa Bay. The other NYC goalie, Henrik Lundqvist, shutout Washington. Nashville’s Dan Ellis shutout Vancouver. San Jose put F Ryane Clowe and D Rob Davison on the IR. RW Dustin Brown singed a six-year deal with the Kings. Calgary reached a six-year deal with Miikka Kiprusoff. Philly will be without D Derian Hatcher for a few weeks following knee surgery. Rick Tocchet got the green light to return to the NHL in February. I wonder who took that month is his pool? I’m guessing Gretzky’s wife. Detroit and Ottawa are your top teams with 23 and 20 points respectively. Detroit’s Henrik Zetterberg is your points leader with 24. Pascal Leclaire has the lowest Goals Against Average for Columbus with a 1.25 GAA.

Mike Bibby has a bad thumb that will keep him out a couple months. Denver will be without Chucky Atkins for over a month with a groin injury. To nobody’s surprise Eddie Griffin had a 0.26 blood alcohol content when we died a few months ago in a fiery crash with a train. His demons got him. The Timberwolves bought out Juwan Howard’s contract. He signed on with Dallas. The Wolves will be without Randy Foye for a month with a knee injury. Tim Duncan signed a two-year extension. Kobe dropped 45 in a season-opening loss to Houston. Sasha Pavlovic signed a three-year deal with the Cavs. He’s back. Referee Joey Crawford is back. Dallas held LeBron to ten points. Yuck. The T-Wolves signed Al Jefferson to a big extension. The Sixers couldn’t do the same with Andre Iguodala nor the Bobcats with Emeka Okafor. Rip Hamilton missed the Piston opener. T-Mac dropped 47. Kevin Durant scored 27 in his 2nd NBA game.

#1 Ohio State had no problem with #25 Penn State. #4 Arizona State beat #21 Cal. #5 Oregon dropped #12 USC. #23 UConn beat #10 South Florida. #18 Georgia handed #11 Florida their third loss of the year. Mississippi State upset #14 Kentucky. NC State upset #15 Virginia. Tennessee got by #16 South Carolina. Jamaal Charles ran for 290 yards as #19 Texas got by Nebraska. The Huskers lost QB Sam Keller for the year with a shoulder injury. Top games this weekend include #1 Ohio State vs. #21 Wisconsin, #3 LSU vs. #17 Alabama, #4 Arizona State vs. #5 Oregon, and #23 Virginia vs. #24 Wake Forest.

Georgia’s leading scorer from last year, Takais Brown, got kicked off the team. Oral Roberts suspended F Marchello Vealy for team violations. Cal will be without PG Jerome Randle for a month following a kidney biopsy. Texas G Dogus Balbay will go under the knife to fix a bum knee. Washington G Ryan Appleby fractured his thumb and will miss over a month.

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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A Tale of Two Cities

29 October 2007

What can you say about the Red Sox? They were down and out again against Cleveland. Yet, I never was nervous. I figured Beckett would win Game 5 and send the series home to Boston. I figured Schilling would step up in Game 6 and once they got to Game 7 anything would be possible. I thought the layoff for Colorado would have an impact on them. It’s tough to play for your playoff lives every day for a month and then shut it down. An edge is lost. However, I don’t think you can blame a sweep on the layoff. I think the best team just won. If the NL had won the All-Star game and they started off in Colorado, maybe it would have made a difference. I’m not sure. Beckett has been unreal. It’s strange to imagine that if Albert Pujols had come to bat in that All-Star game, the outcome of the World Series could be different. How stupid is that? That’s another argument for another day though. I don’t want to take anything away from my beloved Red Sox. They won in blowout fashion. They won in nail-biting fashion. Papelbon’s saves were the old-fashioned variety. He didn’t come in the 9th with no runners on and close the door. He pitched them out of jams. The Sox had such timely hitting. When there were two outs is when they got their toughest. They just wouldn’t allow you to end innings. The rookies stepped up big time. The big bats did what they needed to. The starters put them in positions to win. But most important of all, they did it with class. The Red Sox not only made you happy they won, but they made you proud to be a fan of them. They respected Colorado, and you could tell.

One side note: That reporter who starts asking Lowell where he’s going to play next year while he’s accepting his MVP Award should be fired. Who cares where he’s playing next year now? I’m so tired of media trying to get a scoop and get the ball rolling on what’s next. How about we enjoy the moment for a change? An the idiot who’s asking Tek to compare the 2004 team and this team doesn’t get it. There is a time and place for that question. I love a debate as much as anyone. However, this guy just won the freakin’ World Series. Let him celebrate and think about the players he just went through it all with. Ahh. That really annoyed me.

OK, we’re not talking light years away, but we might as well be. While I am happy that the Patriots are achieving unbelievable success, I can’t say that I’m all that proud to be a fan today. I’ve thought it was heartless at times the way they treat their players. When you ask to get paid, you’re asked to get gone. Unless you truly can’t be replaced. However, I’ve overlooked that because it is a business and they are just doing what is in the teams best interest. The whole videotaping scandal left a bad taste in my mouth. While other teams may be doing it, that’s not an excuse. It doesn’t make me feel any better about the situation. It wouldn’t be as bad if it were only adults who were aware of the situation. I don’t like the fact that kids can see that they cheated and have achieved success. Even if the cheating didn’t really help in any way or form, the fact is a kid can see that a little cheating can help you get better. However, it gets worse from there. The running up of the scores on teams the past few weeks has been sickening. I get that these teams are made up of and ran by adults. They can take it. They are getting paid for their efforts. However, how about that 10 year old kid who sees his team just getting worked? How about that 12 year old kid who sees that it’s OK to keep piling on the points and statistics? Miami was clearly outmatched. You’re up 35-7. Do you really need to go down there and add one more TD in the half? So you give up a score to make it 42-21 with ten minutes in the game. Do you really need to bring Brady back in? This week was even worse. 52-7. Are you serious? There are no BCS awards for bigger margin of victories. I’ve always liked Joe Gibbs. I think it’s a bit disrespectful to continue to pile it on a Hall of Famer Coach. You’re up 38-0 after three. Why is Brady even in the game still? Why is he still throwing the ball? I’m glad they are winning, don’t get me wrong. I just don’t like the manner in which they are doing so. I’m sure there are a lot of NFL fans (and plenty of fellow Patriot fans) that think I’m nuts or soft. I just don’t like the taste that’s left in my mouth following a 52-7 victory over Joe Gibbs.

So I’m going to stop thinking about the Patriots for a little while. I am going to avoid the overhyped matchup this weekend like the plague. Instead, I am going to enjoy another World Series victory from a team that just gets it.

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Friday Tidbits 10/26/07

26 October 2007

J.D. Drew got thing going early with a grand slam in Game 6. Curt Schilling settled down to go 7 strong innings as the Red Sox evened the series. Paul Byrd was linked to HGH before Game 7. The Sox finished off the comeback to advance to the World Series to face Colorado. Hank Steinbrenner fired back at Joe Torre. Sorry Hank. You just made it worse. I guess the apple (or in this case jackass) doesnt’ fall far from the tree (bigger jackass). Tony LaRussa is returning to St. Louis for two more years. Trey Hillman was named Kansas City’s new manager. Tim Wakefield was left of Boston’s World Series roster. The Red Sox smoked Colorado in Game 1 13-1. Dustin Pedroia led off with a home run. Manny, Papi, and Lugo each had three hits. Youk and Manny scored 3 runs. Beckett struck out 9 while allowing 1 run in 7 innings. Game 2 was much more competitive, but the result was the same. Another Boston victory. Curt Schilling got the win, but Hideki Okajima was amazing in relief. Matt Holliday had four hits, but got picked off of first in the 8th. Mike Lowell drove in the game winner. The Series moves to Colorado.

Tom Brady stayed on fire as he threw 6 more TDs. This is getting ridiculous. He has 27 TDs through 7 games. That’s Tecmo football numbers. The Pats remain unbeaten at 7-0. Indy kept pace by defeating Jacksonville on MNF. Jacksonville lost QB David Garrard for a month with a sprained ankle. Miami remains winless. St. Louis joined them. New Orleans won again. Rob Bironas kicked 8 FGs in a Tennessee win over Houston in a thriller. Another reason why a fantasy football league without kickers would be sweet. Can you imagine to losing to that? Priest Holmes made his return. Kenny Watson had 130 yards and 3 TDs filling in for Rudi Johnson. I think he may be better than Rudi at this point. Ronnie Brown was lost for the season when he tore his ACL trying to make a tackle. Thanks Cleo. The Chargers were forced to practice in Arizona because of the fires. Chris Henry was cleared to return to practice with Cincinnati. He has two more games on his suspension. Hopefully he doesn’t get arrested again before he’s free to play. Steven Jackson should finally return to action. Richard Seymour returned to practice for New England. Wait, they are 7-0 without one of their best defensive players. Uh oh league. Byron Leftwich had ankle surgery. He’s soft like butter. Rod Smith returned to practice for Denver. Zach Thomas got whiplash from an accident last week and will miss this week’s game in London. The Vikings locked up their 3rd best player (behind AP and Kevin Williams), punter Chris Kluwe with a six-year extension. Alex Smith will return to action this week.

Columbus G Pascal Leclaire shutout Buffalo last Friday and St. Louis on Thursday. Manny Fernandez recorded a shutout of the Rangers for Boston. Pittsburgh’s Marc-Andre Fleury shutout the Rangers. Phoenix got a shutout from Alex Auld against Anaheim. LA King G Jason LaBarbera shutout Nashville. Nashville’s Dan Ellis returned the favor by shutting out Atlanta. Henrik Lundqvist shutout New Jersey for the Rangers. G Ray Emery returned for Ottawa. He won his debut. Atlanta put goalie Kari Lehtonen on the IR with a groin injury. Toronto’s Darcy Tucker is out with a knee injury. New York Islander D Bryan Berard will miss a couple weeks with a groin injury. Edmonton D Sheldon Souray is out with a shoulder injury. The Rangers will be without F Ryan Callahan because of a knee injury. Olli Jokinen is now Florida’s career point and goal leader. The Wild dropped their first regulation game to Calgary.

Josh Howard was suspended two games for fighting with Brad Miller. Later he sprained his wrist. Denver suspended J.R. Smith for three games for misconduct. Allen Houston gave up his comeback attempt. Six refs were disciplined in the gambling scandal. Charlotte’s Adam Morrison tore his knee and will probably miss the entire season. No word on how his hair or mustache is doing. The Timberwolves shook up their lineup sending the selfish Ricky Davis and Mark Blount to Miami for Antoine Walker. I’m just surprised McHale traded with someone other than Boston. Lamar Odom could miss the start of the season with a shoulder injury. Kevin Durant sprained his ankle.

#4 LSU beat #17 Auburn on a last second play. Vanderbilt shocked #6 South Carolina. #7 Kentucky was dropped by #15 Florida. UCLA upset #12 Cal. #14 USC squeaked by Notre Dame 38-0. #16 Missouri destroyed #24 Texas Tech. Alabama crushed #21 Tennessee. Pittsburgh upset #23 Cincinnati. Georgia Tech RB Tashard Choice is out with a knee injury. #2 Boston College stormed back to defeat #8 Virginia Tech 14-10 on Thursday. They scored their two TDs in the final 2 minutes of the game. Big games this weekend include #1 Ohio State vs. #25 Penn State, #4 Arizona State vs. #21 Cal, #5 Oregon vs. #12 USC, #7 West Virginia vs. 5-2 Rutgers, #9 Kansas vs. 6-2 Texas A&M, #10 South Florida vs. #23 UConn and #11 Florida vs. #18 Georgia.

Nevada F Richie Phillips is out a month with a stress fracture to his leg. Pepperdine kicked G Kingsley Costain off the team for violating a school policy. Pitt G Darnell Dodson is transferring to Miami Dade College. He had eligibility issues. UNC is the preseason #1.

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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Go Sox!

24 October 2007

The World Series kicks off tonight.  I am so excited.  While football is my favorite sport, and fantasy football is one of my favorite passions, the Red Sox are my team.  Even though I love the Patriots and all of their recent success, the Sox are the one.  If I had to give up either the 2004 World Series title or the 3 Patriot Super Bowl victories, I would be handing back three Lombardi trophies. 

I’ve moved around quite a bit over the years.  I was born in Philadelphia.  When I was 3 or so I moved to Minnesota.  When I was 6 or so I moved to Ohio.  I was in the 2nd grade when I moved to Massachusetts.  I moved to Pennsylvania in the 6th grade.  I stayed in Pennsylvania until I finished up college at Syracuse University.  Then I moved to Minnesota, which is where I’ve been ever since.  While I was in Massachusetts I became a sports fan.  More specifically, a Boston sports fan.  I loved the Red Sox most of all.  I liked the Patriots as well, but it took off more during the Drew Bledsoe years.  I used to love the Celtics, but that faded as their once proud franchise was driven into the ground.  Living in Minnesota, I’ve become a Timberwovles fan, although it’s getting to be brown paper bag time.  I loved KG.  I was a huge McHale fan so it was easy to root for my new home team.  As my interest waned in the NBA it became tougher to cheer for Boston as well at the Wolves.  I am somewhat excited about the direction of the team and their youth movement.  It’s going to take some time, but at least they did something.  Still I refuse to go to a game until either McHale is gone or the team straightens itself out. 

Man, I’ve got off track.  Back to the Red Sox.  I have followed the Red Sox from afar.  Whenever they come play the Twins at the Metrodump I try to make it down to see them, proudly wearing my “B” hat.  In an odd coincidence, the Red Sox were in the World Series the year my Dad was born (1946), the year I was born (1975), and the year my son was born (2004).  Three times is the charm as they won in my son’s birth year.  Only a couple months old, he watched the World Series with me.  Now that he’s three, I’m not sure if he’ll sit down and watch this one.  I sure hope so.

 If I haven’t lost you already, now I’ll tell you what I expect out of the series.  I expect Colorado to be a little rusty early on.  They have been off for a LONG time.  It’s hard to stay sharp during such a lenghty layover.  It couldn’t have come at a worse time for the Rockies either.  They were red hot.  I think Josh Beckett will keep their bats cool tonight.  I expect the Rockies to get things figured out at home.  However, I think Boston wins in 6.  I think Josh Beckett takes home another World Series MVP. 

That’s my take.  What’s yours?  Please feel free to leave a comment.

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Friday Tidbits 10/19/07

19 October 2007

Colorado stayed on fire (21 of 22) to sweep Arizona and advance to the World Series. Cleveland had Boston on the ropes, but Josh Beckett fired a gem sending the series back to Boston. Curt Schilling and Fausto Carmona square off in Game 6. Joe Torre walked away from the Yankees. I wish he walked a week ago before he got that insulting offer, but he did the right thing. He is such a class act on on off the field. Yankee fans have to have a bitter taste in their mouth after what went down. As a baseball fan I want to say “Thanks Joe” for doing it the right way. Dusty Baker will be manager for the Reds next year.

Tom Brady threw 5 more TDs. He’s thrown the most after 6 games in NFL history. It’s also the first time anyone threw at least 3 TDs in six games to start the season. Tony Gonzalez broke the all-time TD mark for Tight Ends. LT scored 4 TDs vs. Oakland. Kyle Boller started for Steve McNair. Jamal Lewis shut it down because of a sore foot. Vinny Testaverde started for Carolina…and he won. Adrian Peterson had 224 electrifying yards and three long scores. New Orleans finally won a game. The same can’t be said for St. Louis or Miami. Brett Favre broke another record. After becoming the winningest QB, and the TD leader, he came back to Earth as the INT leader. Kansas City traded Michael Bennett to Tampa Bay. It must have been trade Wisconsin Badger day as Chris Chambers was dealt to San Diego for a 2nd round pick. The Patriots got Randy Moss for a 4th round pick, but hey good deal San Diego. Some Great news to report. Kevin Everett was able to take some steps with a walker. Tim Hasselbeck joined Arizona as they can’t keep their QBs healthy. Javon Walker is going under the knife. His knee surgery is expected to keep him out a month. Good thing I didn’t cancel both trade offers I made for him. I got SA, Driver, and Walker for Ocho, Kevin Curtis, LenDale, Heap, and Dallas D. If I can stay afloat until Walker comes back I may be OK. I might have flushed my chances down the toilet.

Philadelpha F Jesse Boulerice was suspended 25 games for cross-checking Ryan Kesler. Boston’s Phil Kessel scored his first career hat trick on Friday. Colorado’s Joe Sakic netted his 15th career hat trick on Saturday. Josh Harding filled in with a shutout for Minnesota as they improved to 5-0. Ottawa signed F Randy Robitaille to a one-year deal. Buffalo signed F Jochen Hecht to a four-year deal worth $14 million. Philly’s Martin Biron had back-to-back shutouts against Atlanta and New Jersey. Ottawa is the NHL points leader. Minnesota is the only team without a regulation or OT loss.

Former NBAer Keon Clark was arrested for drug and weapons charges. Sacramento C Justin Williams was given a leave while he’s investigated for sexual assualt. Jason Kidd is being investigated for groping a woman at a club. The legal system will decide if the case has merit, but I want to say something to Kidd. You’re 34. Stay out of the club.

#1 LSU got bumped by #17 Kentucky. Joining them was #2 Cal, who was dropped by Oregon State. Also upset was #15 Cincinnati by Louisville, #18 Iowa by Illinios, and #19 Wisconsin by Penn State. #6 Oklahoma took care of #11 Missouri. #2 South Florida got dropped by Rutgers in the Thursday game. Some nice matchups this weekend. USC vs. Notre Dame. Hehe, just kidding. LSU-Auburn, Ohio St.-Mich St., Kentucky-Florida, Cal-UCLA, Mizzou-Texas Tech, and Tenn-Bama should be good.

Gonzaga’s Josh Heytvelt missed practice with a sore foot. Indiana coach Kelvin Sampson got in trouble for calling recruits. He is losing a scholarship and a $500K raise. Notre Dame F Luke Harangody will miss time with torn ligament in his thumb. Wisconsin G Michael Flowers is taking a leave for medical reasons. Arkansas G Nate Rakestraw will miss time with broken pinkie. Missouri suspended Darryl Butterfield following an assault arrest. Stanford C Brook Lopez was suspended for academic violations.

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 10/12/07

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.

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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.

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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.

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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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