Friday Tidbits 3/14/08

14 March 2008

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Dwayne Wade is out for the rest of the year following OssaTron treatment on his knee.  Chris Paul handed out 16 assists in a win over New Jersey.  He had 17 against San Antonio.  Utah’s Deron Williams had 15 as Phoenix lost again despite Steve Nash’s 15 assists.  Minnesota actually won a game despite 48 points from Kevin Martin.  Deron added 16 more assists in a win over Denver.  Tracy McGrady scored 41 as Houston won its 18th straight game.  Make it 19 as they knocked off New Jersey.  How about 20 as they beat Atlanta? LeBron…Kobe…make some room for Tracy McGrady in the MVP discussion.  Josh Smith had 22 rebounds in the loss.  Dirk Nowitzki became Dallas’ all-time leading scorer.  Nate Robinson had 45 points in an overtime loss to Portland.  Minnesota beat the Clippers. Eddy Curry has torn cartilage in his knee.  Phoenix beat San Antonio.  LeBron messed around and got a triple-double in a win over Portland.  He followed up with 42 points, 11 boards, and 7 dimes.  Hedo Turkoglu matched him in a win over Atlanta.  Allen Iverson has a fracture on his ring finger.  He’ll play through the pain.  Golden State picked up the option on Don Nelson’s contract assuring he’ll be back next season.  Boston was the first to 50 wins.  The beat Seattle for their tenth straight win.  David West returned for New Orleans.  I wish I had known or maybe I would have used him in my lineup this week.  Greg Oden was able to practice for Portland.  I hope he can get healthy because I like him a lot.  Caron Butler returned for the Washington Bullets.  Smush Parker signed with the Clippers.  Amare’s 36 points were enough to top Baron Davis’ near triple-double (38 points, 9 rebounds, 8 assists).

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Jarome Iginla became Calgary’s all-time leading goal scorer.  Anaheim’s RW Corey Perry is out over a month following surgery after injuring a tendon above his knee on a skate.  The Kings lost Goalie Jason LaBarberia to a hernia.  Buffalo send F Clarke McArthur to the minors.  Replacing him is Jochen Hecht.  Minnesota’s Eric Belander broke his toe.  This week’s shutouts:  New York Rangers’ Henrik Lundqvist vs. Boston, Dallas’ Marty Turco vs. Colorado.  Montreal’s Carey Price vs. New Jersey.  Carolina’s Cam Ward vs. Chicago.  Ottawa’s Martin Gerber vs. Montreal.   Phoenix’s Ilja Bryzgalov vs. Vancouver. Buffalo will be without defensmen Jaroslav Spacek and Dmitri Kalinin for a while because of injuries.  Detroit signed RW Daniel Cleary to a five-year, $14 million deal.  Vincent Lecavalier netted a hat trick against the Islanders.  Atlanta’s Ilya Kovalchuk matched him in a win over Calgary.  Dallas F Steve Ott was suspended three games for hitting Jordan Leopold in the head.  Andre Cogliano set a record by scoring in three straight overtime games.  Washington’s Olie Kolzig won his 300th game.  Chicago D James Wisniewski was suspended a game cross-checking Mikael Samuelsson.  Buffalo’s Nathan Paetsch got a concussion from an elbow delivered by Pittsburgh’s Georges Laraque.  Laraque was suspended.  Vancouver D Mattias Ohlund will miss the rest of the year after having knee surgery.  Tampa signed DE Marques Douglas.  Detroit is the first team to 100 points.  They tied Montreal with their 8th straight 100 point season.

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Larry Fitzgerald signed a four-year, $40 million deal with Arizona.  The New York Giants coughed up $21 million to Tom Coughlin over four years to remain their coach.  Seattle signed Julius Jones for four years and $12 million.  See you later Shaun Alexander.  Dan Morgan signed with the Saints.  Pittsburgh LB James Harrison was arrested for assault.  Denver signed safeties Marquand Manuel and Marlon McCree.  Jesse Chapman signed with the Jets.  Tatum Bell re-signed with Detroit for a year.  Who says you can’t go home.  Trent Green is returning to St. Louis (3 years, $8.9 million) and Warrick Dunn is going back to Tampa Bay (2 years, $6 million).  Dwayne Jarrett got popped for a DUI.  Joey Harrington re-signed with Atlanta.  Carolina cut C Justin Hartwig.  WR Devard Darling signe with the Chiefs.  Olympian Justin Gatlin worked out for NFL scouts.  He’s banned for using PEDs.  Why not try the NFL?  Tennessee reach a deal with Justin McCareins.  The Raiders signed Drew Carter.  David Carr signed with the Giants.  Denver fired GM Ted Sundquist.  Trent Dilfer was cut by San Fran.  Kevin Jones was cut by Detroit.  Mark Brunell signed a two-year deal with New Orleans.  Chris Brown signed with the Texans.

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Curt Schilling was placed on the 60-Day DL. Francisco Liriano made his return following Tommy John surgery.  He looked good.  The soft Mike Hampton strained his groin.  Old man Jim Edmonds strained his calf.  He’ll miss a couple weeks.  Nomar Garciaparra’s life was made a little easier as his main competition for the third base gig, Andy LaRoche, will miss a couple months after tearing a ligament in his thumb.  Adam Easton has a herniated disk in his back.  Texas is the latest team to give Sidney Ponson a chance.  Good luck with that. The Big Unit made his return the mound.  Unfortunately he got bombed.  Texas P Brandan McCarthy will miss a month or more because of forearm inflammation.  Toronto P Casey Janssen will miss the season with a shoulder injury.  Tampa Bay’s Rocco Baldelli will start the season on the DL.  His teammates got into a brawl with the Yankees on Wednesday.  Luckily for the Rays, Billy Crystal wasn’t with the Yanks yet or they would have been in a world of hurt.   Greg Maddux left the game after being hit in the leg with a line drive.

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#1 North Carolina beat #5 Duke 76-68 to win the ACC.  O.J. Mayo scored 25 as USC upset #7 Stanford 77-64.  #10 Georgetown defeated #13 Louisville 55-52 to win the Big East title.  Alabama knoced off #16 Vanderbilt 78-73.  My beloved Syracuse beat #20 Marquette 87-72.  Penn State beat #17 Indiana 68-64.  Ohio State beat #18 Michigan State 63-54.  #21 Drake won the Missouri Valley Conference tournament.  Lute Olson will coach Arizona next year. San Diego beat #22 Gonzaga 69-62 to win the WCC title and crash the NCAA tournament.  #25 Davidson beat Elon to win the Southern Conference Championship.  George Mason won the CAA title.  Siena took the MAAC.  Tyler Hansbrough was named the Sporting News Player of the Year.  North Carolina will retire his number.  Kevin Love was named Pac-10 Player of the Year.  Michael Beasley won Big 12 Player of the Year…shocking.  Oral Roberst won the Summit League tourney.  #10 Butler won the Horizon League tourney.  Mount St. Mary won the Northeast tourney.  Portland State won the Big Sky tourney.  97 year old John Wooden was able to leave the hospital after he broke his wrist and collarbone.  Loyola Marymount’s Rodney Tention resigned.  West Virginia beat #15 UConn, Pitt beat #13 Louisville, and #24 Marquette beat #14 Notre Dame in the Big East tourney.

South Florida gave Coach Jim Leavitt a two-year extension.  He’s penciled in to be their coach through 2014.  Oklahoma recruit Josh Jarboe was arrested for weapon possession and receiving stolen property.  Clemson RB Ray Ray McElrathbey is leaving the school.  West Virginia RB Noel Devine was arrested on battery charges.  I guess he’s not living up to his last name.

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The news keeps getting better for Kyle Busch.  First, he ascended to the top spot in the points race following Carl Edwards’ penalty.  Then he proved his worth by winning at the Atlanta Motor Speedway.  Matt Kenseth won the Nicorette 300.  There is a lot of discussion about tires in the news.  It’s above my head.

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John Daly’s swing coach had enough.  He said Daly is more interested in drinking than golf.  I guess he was right because Daly skipped the Arnold Palmer Invitational pro am, which left him ineligible for the event.  He recently spent a rain delay drinking in the Hooters tent and talking with Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Jon Gruden.  He had Gruden caddie for him when play resumed.  That’s just hilarious.  Sad, but hilarious.  Sean O’Hair won the PODS Championship.  Tiger Woods will try to win his sixth straight tournament in Bay Hill at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.  Fred Couples is tied with J.J. Henry for the lead at five under.

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Time for the ninth installment of the NFL Free Agent Report.  Click here for a link to earlier reports.

David Carr
Eli is going to have to look over his shoulder as another former #1 pick joins the Super Bowl champs.  OK, I made that up.  He did sign with the Giants though, to be their backup QB.  The deal was worth $1 million for one year.  Last year he completed 53.7% of his passes for 635 yards, 3 TDs, 5 INTs, and a passer rating of 58.3.   

Drew Carter
The Raiders added another wideout to the mix with the signing of Drew Carter.  He signed a one-year deal worth $2 million.  Last year with Carolina he had 38 receptions for 517 yards and 4 TDs.

Devard Darling
Darling signed with Kansas City.  The wideout had 18 catches last year with Baltimore for 326 yards and three TDs.   

Marques Douglas
Last year the DE had 72 tackles and 3 sacks for the 49ers.  He has had 326 tackles and 17 sacks over the past five seasons.  He signed a four-year deal with Tampa Bay.

Joey Harrington
Everybody’s favorite whipping boy returns to Atlanta.  He likely backup Chris Redman and  help mentor a rookie QB.  Hey, at least he wasn’t as hated as he was when he was in Detroit.

Justin McCareins
Justin is following Warrick Dunn and Trent Green’s lead by returning to a former team.  He’s heading back to Tennessee after four unspectacular seasons with the Jets.  Last year he had 19 catches for 232 yards.

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Warrick Dunn
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Who says you can’t go home?  After Atlanta cut Dunn, he made his triumphant return on Monday.  He signed a two-year deal worth $6 million.  He won’t be tabbed as the starter, but will take over when Cadillac gets hurt again. 

Larry Fitzgerald
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Turns out Fitzy isn’t going anywhere.  The Cardinals locked him up with a four-year $40 million deal.  When you consider his productivity (two 1400 yard, 10 TD seasons already) and the amount Berrian (six years, $42 million) and Javon Walker (six years, $55 million), I’d say this was a bargain. 

Trent Green
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Trent returns to St. Louis with his three-year $8.9 million deal.  I am hoping that Bulger stays healthy because Green doesn’t need any more concussions.  He will be a great mentor.  His health just worries me.

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He’s back!

Sorry Eagle fans, but his helmet will feature a Cardinal next year instead of the National Bird after signing a four-year, $40 deal.  Although he’d look good in green, there will be no change of scenery for the young, talented wideout. 

So Fitzy is staying.  What does this mean for fantasy owners?  It means you don’t have to worry as much about his production next year.  Anytime you switch teams and offenses there will be questions.  Staying in Arizona eliminates some of those questions.  There will be some discussion as to whether Kurt Warner or Matt Leinart will be throwing him the ball, but you can pretty much pencil him in for 100 catches, 1400 yards, and 10 TDs. 

No big news here.  For Cardinal fans, “no news is good news”.  For Eagles fans, “keep looking”.   Perhaps you can dangle Lito Sheppard in Detroit’s direction for Roy Williams.  I’m sure he’d LOVE a change of scenery.  Although I think Matt Millen has a thing for wide receivers.  It doesn’t hurt to hope though.

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Can Roy escape the haze of Detroit?

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One can dream.
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Time for the seventh installment of the NFL Free Agent Report.  Click here for a link to earlier reports.

Tatum Bell
Bell will return to Detroit for one year for a cool $1.6 million.  He played in only five games last year, running for 182 yards.  Kevin Jones tore his ACL last year, so Bell will have a chance to start. 

Jesse Chatman
I still think the Jets are making the moves to improve their running attack because they are going to select a running back in this RB deep draft.  Signing Chatman isn’t going to change that.  It could, however, be a sign that Thomas Jones will be shown the door.  Chatman was decent last year filling in for Ronnie Brown.  He ran for 515 yards and added 161 receiving yards.  He signed for one year. 

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Julius Jones
The Sehawks have already added T.J. Duckett.  Bringing in Julius Jones leads me to belive Shaun Alexander’s days are numbered.  Jones signed for four years and $12 million.  Jones had 588 yards last year after rushing for 1084, 993, and 819 in his first three seasons with the Cowboys. 

Marlon McCree
Denver add McCree to the mix at safety.  He had 67 tackles last year and three interceptions.  Unfortunately for McCree his INTs came in three of the first five weeks.  He’ll push John Lynch for the starting gig.

Dan Morgan
New Orleans is ready to take on the risk that is Dan Morgan.  He is very talented, but can’t stay on the field.  He’s only played four games over the past two seasons. In 2004 he had 102 tackles.  This is a low-risk, high-reward move for the Saints.  My guess is it doesn’t work out though.

Jake Scott
Score one for Tennessee.  After being the victim of free agency, the Titans struck back by inking Jake Scott away from Indianapolis.  He started 55 straight games for the Colts, which help him earn a four-year contract worth around $20 million.

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Larry Phitzgerald?

10 March 2008

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Is Larry Fitzgerald heading the the City of Brotherly Love?  Rumors persist that Fitz could be on the move.  Arizona keeps saying he’s not available for a trade.  That hasn’t stopped the speculation that Philly could acquire him. 

The move does make sense for both teams if Arizona isn’t willing or able to give Fitz the contract he demands.  Reggie Brown isn’t Larry Fitzgerald, but he isn’t bad.  If you could re-sign Bryant Johnson and bring in Reggie Brown, their receiving corps is still above average.  Plus, you’d add a Pro Bowl cornerback to your defense. 

 The Eagles could use an upgrade at WR, and even though the bounty is high, it still makes sense.  Larry Fitzgerald is a young, talented receiver.  He has all the ability of the top tier wideouts, but doesn’t come with the headaches.  He’s just a good, hard worker.  Something that would go over a lot better in Philly than the T.O. experiment.  Losing Lito would be a blow to the defense, but the acquisition of Asante Samuel more than softens that blow. 

I’m not sure if this deal will ever go down.  Sometimes when there is smoke, there is fire.  Sometimes no means no.  I think this time it’s the latter.  Sorry JP. 

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Time for the sixth installment of the NFL Free Agent Report.  There sure has been a lot of movement.  Click here for links to past reports. 

Brendon Ayanbadejo 
Brendon signed a four-year, $4.9 million deal with Baltimore.  He will help their Special Teams as he has been named to two Pro Bowls for his Special Team’s play.  He will also take some snaps at Inside Linebacker.

Landon Johnson
The last thing Cincinnati’s defense needed was to lose a starting linebacker.  Too bad because Carolina snatched him up.  He had 109 tackles last year and has 398 in his four year career.  He signed for three years and $10 million. 

Brandon Lloyd
Chicago is going to give Lloyd a shot.  He was awful in Washington, but was solid in San Francisco.  With Berrian gone, he could play a decent role for Chicago, although their QB play is awful.   

Tony Richardson
Tony signed with the Jets to lead the way for Thomas Jones, and the young Running Back they take in the draft.  With the way they have built their line and adding the guy who paved the way for Priest Holmes, Larry Johnson, and Adrian Peterson, you just know that RB is something they will address in the draft.  There is some speculation that the RB they end up with will be Darren McFadden.

Ben Troupe
Ben was another one of the Tennessee players to leave.  He is heading Southeast to Tampa Bay.  He signed a two-year deal with the Bucs.  He only caught five passes last year, but two years ago he grabbed 55 for 530 yards.

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Friday Tidbits 3/7/08

7 March 2008

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Kobe Bryant poured in 52 points in a win over Dallas.  Anything you can do, I can do better.  LeBron went for 50 and added 10 aasists and 8 rebounds.  Minnesota bought out Theo Ratliff’s contract, and he quickly joined Detroit.  Like C-Webb and J-Kidd Theo’s career has come full circle.  The Sixers cut Gordon Giricek.  Rajon Rondo handed out 16 assists in a win over Charlotte. Chris Paul matched him in a win over Utah.  Miami won another game.  Danny Granger was suspended a game for busting Andres Nocioni.  Dwight Howard had 26 points and 22 rebounds in a win over New York.  Deron Williams handed out 19 assists in a win over Memphis and 20 against Dallas.  Yao’s out, but Houston keeps winning.  Make it 17 straight. Zydrunas Ilgauskas has a bad back that cost him some games.  Chris Bosh will sit out a few games with a sore knee.  Sam Cassell joined the Celtics.  Miami lost Dorell Wright for the year (knee). Chris Andersen, who oddly looks like a long-haired version of my friend Eddie D, was reinstated by the league following a drug suspension.  Gilbert Arenas has been cleared to return to practice.  Gordon Giricek signed with the Suns.  The Spurs won their tenth straight game.  Chris Webber is out of action because of a sore knee.  Tyronn Lue signed with the Mavs.  Dirk was suspended a game for his flagrant foul on AK47.  Jason Richardson dropped 42 on Golden State.  Houston won its 16th straight game.  Kendrick Perkins hauled in 20 boards as the Celtics beat the Pistons.  Chris Paul had 18 assists in a win over Atlanta.  Tyrus Thomas got suspended for two games for missing practice.  They really need to trade him.

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Alexander Ovechkin netted a hat trick in a win over Boston.  He also became the first to 50 goals this year.  Sid the Kid is back.  Pittsburgh won in his return game.  Montreal’s Tomas Plekanec recorded a hat trick vs. Buffalo.  Nashville’s Martin Erat scored a hat trick as well vs. Edmonton.  Tampa’s Chris Gratton will be out for a while following hip surgery.  This Week’s Shutouts:  Washington’s Cristobal Huet vs. New Jersey.  San Jose’s Brian Boucher vs. St. Louis.  Florida’s Craig Anderson (53 saves) vs. the Islanders.  Florida’s Craig Anderson vs. Boston.  Pittsburgh’s Marc-Andre Fleury vs, Tampa Bay.  Calgary’s Miikka Kiprusoff vs. Columbus.  Chicago’s Corey Crawford vs. Anaheim.  Colorado’s Jose Theodore vs. Vancouver.  L.A.’s Erik Ersberg vs. Ottawa.  Colorado’s Ryan Smith and Marek Svatos will miss time with injuries.  St. Louis signed Brad Boyes to a multi-year contract.  Peter Forsberg made his season debut with Colorado.  Detroit activated D Brian Rafalski from IR.

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Brett Favre is hanging it up.  John Madden is on suicide watch.  Randy Moss is staying in New England.  Asante Samuel is not as he signed with Philly for six-years.  Derek Anderson signed a multiyear deal with Cleveland.  The Jets traded Jonathan Vilma to the Saints for a 4th round pick.  I wish New England made that deal.  The overrated Jerry Porter signed a six-year $30 million deal with Jacksonville.  They just traded for Troy Williamson, so I don’t know why they would need any more WR help…hah.  The Vikings overpaid for S Madieu Williams.  He got $33 million for six years.  They alos added Bernard Berrian for six years at $42 million.  Keeper league owners are going to be saddened by the retirement of Jeff Wilkins.  Kidding aside, he probably did help some owners win a fantasy title.  LB Kawika Mitchell signed with Buffalo (five-years, $17.5 million).  Clevelend sent a third rounger and Leigh Bodden to Detroit for Shaun Rogers.  They signed him to a six-year, $42 milllion deal.  Cincinnati signed LB Dhani Jones.  Isaac Bruce signed with San Fran for two years. Four years and $32 milllion…that’s what it cost the Jets to get Alan Faneca.  S Gabril Wilson reached a six-year, $39 million deal with Oakland.  San Fran signed Justin Smith to a six-year $45 million deal.  Randall Gay and Bobby McCrat signed with New Orleans.  Alge Crumler signed a two-year deal with Tennessee.  His former team, Atlanta, signed Michael Turner.  Donte Stallworth signed a seven-year deal with Cleveland.  Big Ben signed an eight-year, $102 million deal with Pittsburgh.  The Jets signed Calvin Pace to a six-year, $42 million deal and Damien Woody to a five-year $25.5 million deal.  Warrick Dunn got the boot in Atlanta.  Denver DT Marcus Thomas was arrested for cocaine and handgun possession.  Chicago traded Brian Griese to Tampa for a draft pick.  The Giants signed Sammy Knight.  New Orleans re-signed WR David Patten.  DE Antwan Odom signed a five-year deal worth $29.5 million with Cincinnati.  Arizona signed Travis LaBoy to a five-year, $22 million deal.  St. Louis signed LG Jacob Bell to a six-year deal.  Javon Walker signed a six-year, $55 million deal with Oakland.  T Kwame Harris will join him.  T.J. Duckett signed a five-year deal with Seattle. New England signed CB Jason Webster.  Marty Booker signed with Chicago.  Denver re-signed DE John Engleberger.  The Vikigns signed Maurice Hicks.  Houston signed Will Demps to a two-year deal.  Atlanta cut Joey Harrington.  New England re-signed Jabar Gaffney.  Oakland cut Barry Sims and restructred Dominic Rhodes’ contract.  Jevon Kearse re-joined Tennessee.  Maurice Williams re-signed with Jacksonville for four years, $16 million.  The Eagles cut Takeo Spikes.  Tony Richardson signed with the Jets.  Are they hoping to draft McFadden?

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Hank Steinbrenner talked some trash about Red Sox Nation.  Good.  I want them to dislike each other.  John Henry invited Hank to be member of Red Sox Nation.  Hank declined.  Alfonso Soriano fractured his finger.  He won’t be out long.  Cincy SS Alex Gonzalez has a fracture on his knee.  He’s going to miss some serious time.  The facts are coming out.  Barry Bonds did fail drug tests.  I wonder how his ostrich fans will react? Colorado signed Brad Hawpe to a three-year, $17 million deal.  Brandon Inge is whining because he doesn’t want to play catcher.  Just like Soriano when he was asked to switch to the outfield, I say shut up Inge.  You’re being paid A LOT of money.  You play where they want you to play.  Cincinnati signed Jerry Hairston, Jr. and Corey Patterson to minor league deals.  Moises Alou will miss the start of the season following hernia surgery.  Albert Pujols has a torn elbow, and he’ll need Tommy John surgery.  He’s going to play through it, but know that if the Cardinals aren’t in the hunt he may shut it down to prepare for next season.  Noah Lowry will likely miss the first month of the season after wrist surgery.

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Coach K won his 800th game.  John Wooden broke his wrist and collarbone.  Bobby Knight will work with ESPN during March Madness.  Kentucky lost Patrick Patterson for the year because of a stress fracture in his ankle.  I’m sure that was Tubby Smith’s fault too.  Boston College’s Tyrese scored 46, but still lost to North Carolina.  Texas Tech upset #5 Texas 83-80.  Michael Beasley scored 39 in a loss to Kansas.  He’d look great on the Timberwolves.  #8 Stanford beat #22 Washington State 60-53.  #10 Georgetown beat #21 Marquette 70-68.  Arkansas beat $14 Vanderbilt 78-73.  Gonzaga beat #23 St. Mary’s 88-76.Bowling Green upset #24 Kent State 89-83.  #15 Michigan State pounded #12 Indiana 103-74.  Ohio State beat #15 Purdue 80-77.  #16 Vanderbilt beat #25 Mississippi State 86-85 behind Shan Foster’s 42 points.  He drilled nine threes. Providence beat #14 UConn 85-76.  St. Joe’s beat #11 Xavier 71-66.  #2 UCLA beat #7 Stanford 77-67 in OT to win the Pac 10.

SMU suspended QB Justin Willis from spring practice.  Auburn DE Antonio Coleman was injured in a scrimmage.  South Carolina suspended DB Carlos Thomas for rule violations.  Georgia gave Coach Mark Richt an $800K raise annually.  Iowa kicked WR James Cleveland and QB Arvell Nelson of the team for drug charges.  Syracue’s Paul Chiara and Mikhail Marinovich (yep, Todd’s brother) were arrested for breaking into the equipment room.  Penn State DT Chris Baker has been cleared of charges in an assault case.  That didn’t stop Penn State from their sixth suspension this offseason.  You know when parents have kids really late in life, and they are too old to know what the kids are up to?  I wonder if that’s what’s going on in Penn State or if they just recruited a different type of kid so they could compete?  Indiana suspended QB Kellen Lewis for rule violations.

Ernie Els won the Honda Classic.  Tripp Isenhour was charged with killing a bird for making too much noise while he was recording a show.  He claims he was just trying to scare the hawk away.  Bart Bryant leads the PODS Championship by a stroke.

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Carl Edwards won again.  This time it was at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.  His car failed the postrace inspection though.  He was docked 100 points dropping him to 7th on the points list.  Kyle Busch took the top spot.

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Here’s the fifth installment of the NFL Free Agent Report.  Click here for links to earlier reports. 

Boss Bailey
Now the Broncos can boast of having a Boss and a Champ Bailey.  He signed with Denver for five years and $17.5 million.  The LB had 51 tackles and 3.5 sacks for Detroit last year.  He has 265 tackles in his four-year NFL career.

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Jevon Kearse
Kearse made a return to Tennesee, where he was very successful.  His run in Philly was far from what the Eagles were expecting from him.  Perhaps he can stay healthy for the Titans.  He signed a bargain two-year, $6 million deal.

Maurice Williams
Williams will return to Jacksonville.  He can play either  tackle or guard for the Jags.  His contract was for four years and $16 million.

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Before we dive into free agency, I want to direct your attention to a fantasy basketball interview I did on NBA Roto.  Pop on over and watch the video.  My pal Jimmy did a great job on it.  

OK, time for some football.

Here’s the fourth installment of the NFL Free Agent Report.  Click here for links to earlier reports.

Marty Booker
Who says you can’t go home.  After a four year stint in Miami, Marty returns to Chicago. He was decent last year with 50 catches for 556 yards.  He signed for two years. 

Will Demps
Houston reached a deal to bring Will Demps back for two more years.  He had 52 tackles last year. 

John Engelberger
The DE opted to stay with the Broncos.  He had 41 tackles last year to lead all Broncos defensive lineman.  He signed a multi-year deal. 

Jabar Gaffney
It’s not as big a deal as re-signing Moss was, but bringing Gaffney back assures the Patriots passing attack will be tough to defend once again with several capable wideouts.  He finished the season strongly for the Pats, seemingly replacing Donte Stallworth Brady’s read chart. 

Kwame Harris
Kwame went across the bay from San Francisco to Oakland.  He signed a three-year, $14 million deal to bolster the Raiders’ offensive line.

Maurice Hicks
The Vikings signed Hicks to replace Mewelde Moore.  Hicks will earn his keep as a return man, but he could help out on offense if necessary.

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Javon Walker
Walker has a ton of talent.  Unfortunately, he’s been forced to shoulder the injury-prone term.  Al Davis spared no expense when signing the former Packer and Bronco.  The deal is for six years and $55 million.  He had 26 receptions for 287 yards last year.  He has had a couple of nice seasons.

Jason Webster
New England was hurting in the secondary with Asante Samuel going to Philly and Randall gay going to New Orleans.  They opted to sign Jason Webster to bolter that secondary. He only played in one game last year.

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