Friday Tidbits – 10/24/08
Doug Melvin got a three-year extension as Milwaukee’s GM, but Dale Sveum was shown the door despite stepping into a tough situation and getting the Brew Crew in the playoffs. Some loyalty. Now I’m rooting that they don’t sniff the playoffs for another 26 years. Tampa jumped off to the early lead on a B.J. Upton HR, but the Red Sox prevailed to force a Game 7. Matt Garza guided Tampa Bay to the World Series with a win over Boston. Joba Chamberlain got popped for a DUI. Mark Ellis re-signed with Oakland. Jim Hendry got a four-year extension with the Cubs. Seattle signed Milwaukee’s Jack Zduriencik. Maybe he’ll do better than their last GM who signed Carlos Silva to a four-year, $48 million deal. The Phillies took Game 1 of the World Series. Cole Hamels got the Win. Brad Lidge the Save. Chase Utley got it started with a two-run HR. Carlos Ruiz drove in the eventual game winner. James Shields threw 5-2/3 scoreless Innings to lead Tampa to a Game 2 Win and earn a split. Bud Selig wants to shorten the length of the postseason next year. Finall, an idea that makes sense for the fan and not for the pockets of MLB owners.
Brian Urlacher, Joey Porter, and Dre Bly each got fined $20K for being mean to the officials. The Cowboys were fined for PacMoron’s suspension since it was the second Cowriminal suspended. Brad Johnson will start for Dallas. Joseph Addia missed last week’s game. Safety Roy Williams (broken forearm) and Brodie Croyle (knee) are done for the year. St. Louis lost to Dallas. The Bears and Vikes combined for 89 points. Tennessee smoked KC to remained undefeated. LenDale White and Chris Johnson went off. Mewelde Moore led the charge as Pittsburgh beat Cincy. Green Bay smoked Indy. Oakland actually won. They beat the Jets. The Pats bombed the Broncos on MNF. San Fran canned Mike Nolan. Mike Singeltary took over. Turns out Larry Johnson spat a drink in a woman’s face. He keeps having run-ins with women. The NFL doesn’t need guys like that. Speaking of which, PacMoron entered an alcohol treatment facility. Crackman (Matt) Jones got a three game suspension for getting busted with coke. Laurence Maroney (shoulder) will miss the rest of the season. Reggie Bush will miss a few games following a knee scope. He won’t make the silly trip to London to face San Diego. Warning: Check the weather report. Last year Eli Manning made a terrific play vs. Miami’s weak secondary, but the weather was awful. Kellen Winslow got suspended for comments about the Browns. Pretty lame if you ask me. Rodney Harrison is out for the year, and possibly his career, after tearing his quad. Maybe he’ll get some more HGH and be back to new. Low blow, but he earned it. Larry Johnson got suspended again by the Chiefs. Maybe Dick Vermeil was onto something all those years ago. He says he’s disgusted with himself. Join the club. Romo said he won’t play for another couple of weeks. Benedict Favre called the Lions and gave them inside information. It’s not against the rules, but it’s shady. Chad Ocho Cinco will have to wear Chad Johnson on his jersey this year. BS I say. Daunte Culpepper wants to return now. The No Fun League fined Chris Johnson $10 K for celebrating his long TD. He banged the drums of the Chiefs’ band. Big deal.
Delonte West is battling a mood disorder. I don’t see where that’s our business. Deron Williams hurt his ankle. He’ll miss a couple weeks. The Celtics cut Darius Miles. Rudy Gay has a staph infection. The Browns tried to cover that up too. Chicago’s Larry Hughes dislocated his shoulder. Allan Houston won’t be coming back after all. Hang ‘em up Allan.
Daniel Carcillo got suspended two games for leaving the bench to get in a fight. Steve Yzerman will be Director for Hockey Canada in the 2010 Olympics. Sidney Crosby netted his 100th goal and handed out his 200th assists. Marian Hoss scored his 300th goal. New Jersey’s Bobby Holik (broken finger) will miss a few weeks. Detroit’s Andreas Lilja had an appendectomy. Buffalo’s Craig Rivet (knee) will miss a couple of weeks. Tampa signed D Marek Malik. Vancouver’s Pavol Demitra will miss nearly a month with a rib injury. Shutouts: Jean-Sebastien Giguere vs. San Jose, Vesa Toskala (Lost in Shootout to the Rangers), Steve Valiquette vs. Toronto, Tomas Vokoun vs. the Rangers. Niklas Backstron vs. Tampa Bay, Mike Smith (Lost in Shootout to Minnesota), Martin Brodeur (98th of his career) vs. Dallas, Chicago’s Nikolai Khabibulin vs. Edmonton. Hat trick: Jarome Iginla vs. Nashville.
Midnight Madness kicked off. UNC Asheville 7’7″ C Kenny George had part of his foot amputated. #1 Texas pounded #11 Missouri behind Colt McCoy’s 337 yards, 2 TD passes, 2 TD Runs. Chase Daniel threw for 318, 2 TDs, and added one on the ground. #4 Oklahoma beat #16 Kansas as Sam Bradfor threw for 468 yards and 3 scores. #6 USC won 69-0 as Mark Sanchez threw five TDs. C.J. Gable ran for 3. #7 Texas Tech pounded Texas A & M behind Graham Harrell’s 450 yards and 3 TDs. #10 Georgia beat #22 Vanderbilt. #12 Ohio State pounded #20 Michigan State. Boston College tripped up #17 Virginia Tech. Virginia beat #18 North Carolina. Maryland blanked #21 Wake Forest. This week’s big games: #1 Texas vs. #6 Oklahoma State, #3 Penn State vs. #9 Ohio State, #7 Georgia vs. #13 LSU, and #8 Texas Tech vs. #25 Kansas. West Virginia’s Noel Devine ran for 207 yards and a score as the Mountaineers beat Auburn.
Pat Summitt, Lou Carnesecca and Dean Smith will receive the inaugural Joe Lapchick Character Award. It’s for coaches who were equally gifted in the character department as the coaching department. Gus Alfieri came up with the award. Both he and Lapchick have St. John’s ties, hence the Carnesecca inclusion with two of the best from the Men’s and Women’s side. Georgia Tech’s D’Andre Bell will miss the year following spinal surgery. Cincinnati lost PG Cashmere Wright for the season with a knee injury. Lute Olson will not coach Arizona this year.
Jimmie Johnson won the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Martinsville Speedway. Junior finished second. Ford and Rousch Fenway Racing agreed on a five-year extension. Brian Vickers got docked 150 points for a failed inspection.
Marc Turnesa won the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals Open. Morgan Pressel won the Kapalua LPGA Classic. Bernhard Langer won the Administaff Small Business Classic . Alvaro Quiros won the Portugal Masters. Arjun Atwal won the Chattanooga Classic. Scotland beat the U.S. to win the World Amateur Team Golf Championship.
Andy Murray beat Gilles Simon to win the ATP Masters Series Madrid. Venus Williams beat Flavia Pennetta to win the WTA Zurich Open.
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