Friday Tidbits 10/12/07
Manny Ramirez smashed a 3 run homer in the 9th to give the Red Sox a 6-3 win in Game 2. Curt Schilling, aided by Papi & Manny back-to-back jacks, finished the sweep. Cleveland got a hand from Mother Nature as bugs swarmed The Jake. They irritated Joba Chamberlain into game-tying wild pitch. Cleveland won it in the 11th. Johnny Damon saved the day as the Yanks struck back. Cleveland put the Yankees to bed in Game 4. Paul Byrd was the word and got the series clinching win. Chicago could have used some luck as they found themselves swept by Arizona. They can’t blame Bartman this time. Joining them will be Colorado, who swept the Phillies while winning their 17th game in 18 tries. Tom Glavine decline a $13 million option with the Mets. Pittsburgh gave manager Jim Tracy the axe. Charlie Manuel earned a two-year extension with the Phillies. Atlanta GM John Schuerholz is moving on to team President. Colorado took Game 1 of the NLCS. They have won 18 of their last 19 games.
Week 5 saw Green Bay fall out of the undefeated ranks. It was basically a must win for Chicago. Brett Favre did throw for 322 yards in the loss. New England, Indy, and Dallas stayed perfect. Tom Brady threw 3 touchdowns for the 5th straight game. Indy won without Addai or Marvin Harrison. Tony Romo tried to give away the game with 5 INTs and a fumble, but Nick “Stick a” Folk “in ‘em” drilled a 53 yarder following a successful onsides kick. Dramatic stuff. Matt Leinart fractured his collarbone. He’s out for the year. Tim Rattay was brought in for when Kurt Warner gets hurt. Larry Johnson got a whopping 12 yards on the ground. Hines Ward missed another game. Trent Green got another concussion. New Orleans, St. Louis, and Miami lost again. Jake Delhomme will miss the rest of the year with his elbow injury. Vinny Testaverde was signed for QB depth. A spinal injury is forcing Seattle FB Mack Strong to retire. Michael Pittman got hurt for the Bucs so Zack Crockett was brought in. Kellen Winslow said that Joey Porter is too angry and needs a hug. I love it.
Golden State’s Monta Ellis had a scare. He hurt himself in practice. It was thought that he might have been paralyzed. Thankfully, he’s OK. Charlotte’s Sean May will miss another season, this time for microfracture surgery. He sure gets injured a lot. KG had a solid Boston debut. He had 19 points and 16 rebounds as they won their preseason opener in Italy. San Antonio signed Bruce Bowen to an extension. This just in. Michael Finley finally let go of the NBA trophy. Eddy Curry has a tear in his shoulder. Ouch. He won’t need surgery though. Sacremento C Spencer Hawes will have knee surgery. No word on when he’ll return. Allan Houston is going to attempt a comeback with the Knicks. Washington Wizard C, and former Syracuse Orangeman, Etan Thomas underwent heart surgery.
Alexander Ovechkin picked up his 200th point. Columbus G Pascal Lecliare shutout Anaheim last Friday. He got his second one on Wednesday. The Wild’s Niklas Backstrom also recorded his 2nd shutout Wednesday. Martin Gerber recorded a shutout on Saturday. Ray Emery, who? Nashville’s David Legwand recorded a hat trick against Dallas. The Islanders signed D Radek Martinek to a three-year extension and C Richard Park to a two-year extension. Nashville lost D Shea Weber for a month or so after he dislocated his knee cap. Ouch. Detroit will be without F John Franzen for a month with a knee injury. New York Ranger F Sean Avery separated his shoulder, and will miss a month. Toronto F Jason Blake has chronic myelogenous leukemia, but it’s treatable, and he should be able to play through it. Dallas C Mike Ribeiro was activated from the IR. Columbus got C Michael Peca back from the Injured Reserve. Toronto’s Mats Sundin set team records with his 390th goal and 917th point. Darryl Sittler previously held both records. Buffalo’s Tim Connolly shutout Atlanta to drop them to 0-4. Florida’s Tomas Vokoun shutout New Jersey.
#1 LSU had a come from behind victory over #9 Florida 28-24. #4 Ohio State beat #23 Purdue. It was Florida’s second straight loss. #10 Oklahoma got by #19 Texas. #15 Virginia Tech beat #22 Clemson. #17 Missouri blasted #25 Nebraska. #20 Cincinnati squeaked by #21 Rutgers. Now to the upsets. #2 USC got dropped by Stanford, ending USC’s 35-game home winning streak. Illinois bumped #5 Wisconsin. Tennessee smoked #12 Georgia. Finally, Kansas upset #24 Kansas State. Virginia Tech will be without leading tackler LB Vince Hall for a month or more after he broke his wrist. Texas lost WR Limas Sweed with a wrist injury. This week’s top games are #1 LSU vs. #17 Kentucky, and #6 Oklahoma vs. #11 Missouri. Mark Sanchez will start at QB for USC this week. Wake Forest upset #21 Florida State last night.
New Mexico’s Tony Danridge had surgery on his broken leg. Stanford C Brook Lopez was ruled academically ineligible. Georgia suspended F Takais Brown, C Albert Jackson, and G Mike Mercer for violations. Texas freshman Gary Jackson has been cleared to practice despite a heart condition.
That concludes the Tidbits. As always, feel free to add any stories you liked this week in sports or discuss any of the stories I mentioned.