Friday Tidbits – 10/17/08

Oct 17, 2008
Charlie Manuel’s mother passed away.  Shane Victorino’s four RBI helped the Phils win for the skipper and take a 2-0 lead.  Dice-K walked the bases loaded in the first Inning, but settled down to throw seven scoreless Innings as Boston took Game 1 vs. Tampa.  He had a no-hitter through six.  Tampa struck back to even the series.  The Dodgers also struck back winning game 3 to make the series 2-1.  Tampa jumped on Jon Lester in Fenway to take a 2-1 lead on the Sox.  Philly struck back to beat the Dodgers in Game 4 for a 3-1 lead.  Albert Pujols had elbow surgery.  Travis Hafner had shoulder surgery.  The Yanks found some fall guys.  Third-base coach Bobby Meacham and Pitching Instructor Rich Monteleone got the boot.  Tampa pounded Boston in Game 4 to take a 3-1 lead.  Jimmy Rollins got things started for Philly as they beat the Dodgers in five games to advance to the World Series.  Mike Lowell had hip surgery.  Ken Griffey, Jr. had his knee scoped.  Boston went down 7-0 only to score 8 in the last three Innings to send the series back to Tampa Bay. 

Carson Palmer, Matt Hasselbeck and Brian Westbrook did not play this weekend.  Kellen Winslow can brag at the reason for his hospitalization.  Matt Ryan threw for 301 as ATL beat CHI.  Drew Brees and Reggie Bush continued their fine seasons as NO pounded Oakland.  Thomas Jones went off as the Bretts beat Sincy.  Tampa pounded Carolina.  St. Louis and Houston finally won.  Arizona upset the ’Boys.  Philly won without Westy.  San Diego pounded NE.  Cleveland beat the Giants as Derek Anderson and Braylon Edwards showed a pulse.  Tony Romo will miss a month with a broken pinkie.  My guess is he plays sooner though.  Chicago OL Terrance Metcalf got busted for steroids.  PacMoron Jones got suspended indefinitely.  When he returns he’ll have a new teammate as the Cowboys acquired Roy Williams before the trading deadline.  Tony Gonzalez didn’t get moved.  Shaun Alexander signed with Washington.  Buffalo sent John McCargo to Indy, but it got voided following his physical.  Cowboys Punter Mat McBriar broke his foot.  Jon Kitna landed on the IR.  Willie Parker aggravated his knee so he’ll likely miss another game.  Larry Johnson got suspended by KC for this week’s game vs. Tennessee.

Some moron DJs in Minneapolis claimed Magic faked being HIV Positive.  Jamaal Magloire will miss two months after breaking his hand.  Monta Ellis got a thirty game suspension.  The Sixers picked up options on Jason Smith and Thaddeus Young.  Sebastian Telfair got suspended three games for gun possession.  The NBA cut 80 jobs.  I doubt the tyrant David Stern took a pay cut.  Steve Nash sprained his ankle.  The Celtics picked up Rajon Rondo’s option.  Charlotte did the same for Adam Morrison and Jared Dudley.  Indiana released Eddie Jones.  Miami’s James Jones (wrist) will miss three months.  Sacremento picked up Spencer Hawes’ option.

Vancouver signed D Alexander Edler to a four-year extension.  Ottawa’s Daniel Alfredsson will miss a couple weeks after his knee was scoped.  L.A. signed Anze Kopitar to a seven-year deal.  Michael Peca was suspended for bumping an official.  L.A. D Jack Johnson (shoulder) will miss a couple of months.  Some sad news to report.  Rangers prospect Alexei Cherepanov died at the age of 19.  He collapsed on the bench.  The Islanders will be without Radek Martinek for a month.  Shutouts:  San Jose’s Brian Boucher vs. LA and Martin Brodeur vs. Atlanta. Hat Tricks: Fabian Brunnstrom. 

#5 Texas beat #1 Oklahoma as Cody Johnson ran for 3 TDs.  Sam Bradford threw for 387 yards and 5 TDs (3 went to Manuel Johnson) in the loss.  #17 Oklahoma State beat #3 Missouri despite 390 yards passing from Chase Daniel.  #11 Florida pounded #4 LSU.  #7 Texas Tech beat Nebraska despite 349 yards from Joe Ganz.  Mississippi State beat #13 Vanderbilt.  Arkansas beat #20 Auburn.  Texas is the new #1.  Tommy Bowden got canned by Clemson.  North Carolina’s Brandon Tate is done after knee surgery.  He is the all-time leader in combined kick return yardage.  TCU pounded #9 BYU 32-7 on Thursday.  This weekend’s top matchups:  #1 Texas vs. #11 Missouri, #4 Oklahoma vs. #16 Kansas, #10 Georgia vs. #22 Vanderbilt, #12 Ohio State vs. #20 Michigan State, #13 LSU vs 5-2 South Carolina, #17 Virginia Tech vs. 4-1 Boston College, #21 Wake Forest vs. 4-2 Maryland, and #25 California vs 4-2 Arizona.

Louisville F Terrence Williams will miss a month after hurting his knee.  San Diego State handed F Lorrenzo Wade an indefinite suspension.  He was charged with stealing a TV.  Bobby Knight says he might not be done coaching.  BYU’s Chris Collinsworth was stabbed in Australia while on a Mormon mission.  Saint Joe’s Coach Phil Martelli signed a four-year extension. Nevada suspended Brandon Fields, London Giles, and Ahyaro Phillips indefinitely.  Pitt will be without Levance Fields for a while after surgery on his foot.

Jeff Burton won the Bank of America 500 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway.  Kyle Busch won the NASCAR Nationwide Series at Lowe’S Motor Speedway Lowe’s Motor Speedway. 

Charl Schwartzel won the Madrid Masters.  Marc Leishman won the WNB Golf Classic.  D.A. Weibring won the Senior Players Championship.  In-Kyung Kim won the Longs Drugs Challenge.  Zach Johnson won the Valero Texas Open.

Philipp Petzschner beat Gael Monfils in the ATP Bank Austria-Tennis Trophy 2008.  David Nalbandianbeat Robin Soderling in the ATP Tour if…Stockholm Open.  Igor Kunitsyn beat Marat Safin in the ATP Kremlin Cup.  Jelena Jankovic beat Vera Zvonareva in the WTA Tour Ladies Kremlin Cup.

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.  Be sure to check out my Links Page for some great sites.

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4 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. King Richards
    October 17th, 2008 at 6:41 am #

    Hey what a blog,,,so you take any donations?

  2. LestersLegends
    October 17th, 2008 at 7:44 am #

    Thanks. I have a few people like Lisa, LEV, and David Funk who donate articles, and some fine readers who donate their time to check the site out.

  3. CK0712
    October 17th, 2008 at 8:26 am #

    Matty Ryan is going to be huge for the NFL, i’m glad i have always stood by him & said as much……because now i can laugh at those that kept telling me, he was a bust!!

    PacMoron-i love that BTW-is a dolt in every aspect of the word…….and to be honest i thought i’d see better play out of him then i have. Dallas has some great playmakers, that far outshine rainman, they need to WAKE up & forget about him…………money write up Lester’s as always!

  4. LestersLegends
    October 17th, 2008 at 8:36 am #

    It’s good to have your predictions validated. I like Matt Ryan too. PacMoron’s play on the field has almost been overlooked. He hasn’t done much, let alone make up for his distractions.

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