Friday Tidbits 10/19/07
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.