Friday Tidbits – 10/3/08
Tampa Bay won the AL East. The Phillies won the NL East. Johan Santana threw a Complete Game Shutout on three days rest to solidify him as my Cy Young winner. The Brew Crew made it to the playoffs as the Wildcard! Sorry Mets. Mike Mussina finally had a 20-Win Season. The Angels recorded their first 100 Win Season. Chipper Jones and Joe Mauer won the Batting Titles. Miguel Cabrera and Ryan Howard were the HR Champs. Josh Hamilton and Howard were the RBI Champs. Cliff Lee and Brandon Webb paced the leauges with 22 Wins. Lee and Johan won the ERA Crowns. K-Rod finished with 62 Saves. Tim Lincecum, C.C. Sabathia and A.J. Burnett were the Strikeout Kings. The White Sox beat the Tigers to force a one-game playoff with the Twins. John Danks and the Sox won that game 1-0 to win the AL Central. Mariano Rivera is going to have shoulder surgery. I guess the steroids testing is working as HRs are the lowest in 15 years. Bud Black won’t be fired despite San Diego’s poor showing. Brian Cashman got a three-year extension with the Yanks. Lou Piniella’s option got picked up by the Cubbies. John Main had surgery. Brad Lidge and Cliff Lee won Comeback Players of the Year in their respective Leagues. Johan Santana had his knee scoped. For some reason the Mets extended Omar MInaya’s contract for four years. Not sure what they were thinking. The Phillies, Dodgers, and Red Sox won their series openers. Carlos Pena (blurred vision) couldn’t finish the opener. Troy Percival (back) wasn’t on the roster. Tampa won their first playoff game in team history. Evan Longoria went deep twice. Philly took Game 2 vs. Milwaukee. You can only throw a guy (C.C.) on short rest so often. The Dodgers smoked the Cubs. They are up 2-0 and heading home. Looks like the curse will continue. Todd Helton went under the knife on his back.
Sean Payton was fined $15K for criticizing refs. Brett Favre threw 6 TDs. Kurt Warner threw for 472 yards. Larry Johnson ran for 198 yards and 2 TDs as KC finally won. Cleveland beat Cincy (minus Carson Palmer) in the puke-inducing battle of Ohio. LT did his thing against Oakland. He loves playing them. Buffalo and Tennessee stayed undefeated. Denver and Dallas took their first losses. Richard Collier, who was shot 14 times, had his leg amputated. He’s paralyzed from the waist down. Scott Linehan is out and Jim Haslett is in for the Rams. Bulger got his starting gig back. New York Jets Safety Eric Smith was suspended for a dirty hit on Anquan Boldin. Chris Henry has been cleared to practice with the Bengals. Fellow scumbag Cedric Benson signed on with the Bengals. They’ll take anyone. Lane Kiffin finally got his walking papers. Tony Mandarich came clean on his steroid use. Rashard Mendenhall is out for the year. Houston signed FB Cecil Sapp. Travis Henry got popped for a coke transaction. Green Bay’s Cullen Jenkins is out for the year. Lee Evans got a big, four-year extension. Tommie Harris got suspended for the Bears game vs. Detroit for violating rules. At least it’s against Detroit Bears fans.
Washington and Gilbert Arenas were each fined $15K for Arenas’ no-show at media day. Shane Battier (foot) will be out several weeks. Jason Williams retired. Miami GM Randy Pfund stepped down. Sam Cassell will play another year in Boston. Ben Gordon signed a one-year deal with Chicago. An investigation showed only Tim Donaghy as a dirty ref in the NBA. Sure.
The Rangers cut C Petr Nedved. Anaheim dealt D Mathieu Schneider to Atlanta for Ken Klee, Brad Larsen, and Chad Painchaud. Then they re-signed Teemu Selanne to a two-year deal. They also sent D Seab O’Donnell to the Kings for a draft pick. Carolina co-owner Thomas Thewes lost his battle with leukemia. Chicago wavied G Nikolai Khabibulin. Pittsburgh’s Sergei Goncha wil miss 4-6 months following shoulder surgery. Buffalo C Paul Gaustad (thumb) will miss a few weeks. Chris Chelios (shin) will miss a few weeks. Sergei Federov is getting some work in at Defenseman to give the Caps a little flexibility. The Islanders signed first-rounder Josh Bailey.
#2 Oklahoma rolled on #24 TCU behind Sam Bradford (411 passing yards, 4 TDs) and Manuel Johnson (206 receiving yards, 3 TDs). #8 Alabama knocked off #3 Georgia. Ole Miss stunned #4 Florida despite a huge game from Percy Harvin (82 rushing, TD & 186 receiving, TD). Michigan upset #9 Wisconsin. #12 Penn State beat #22 Illinois. Navy, behind Eric Kettani (175 yards), upset #16 Wake Forest. #17 Utah (Cameron Higgins – 303 passing, 3 TDs) beat Weber State. Maryland beat #20 Clemson. Houston pounded #23 East Carolina behind Case Keenum’s 399 passing yards, 3 TDs. Oklahoma is the new #1. This weekend’s best games include: #2 Alabama vs. 4-0 Kentucky, #4 Missouri vs. 3-1 Nebraska. #5 Texas vs. 3-1 Colorado, #7 Texas Tech vs. 3-1 Kansas State, #9 USC vs. #23 Oregon, #13 Auburn vs. #19 Vanderbilt, and #14 Ohio State vs. #18 Wisconsin. Another Thursday, another upset as Pitt knocked off #10 USF.
Santa Clara Center John Bryant was stabbed in the back…literally. He should make a ful recovery. UConn freshman Nate Miles was kicked out of school for violating a restraining order which led to his arrest.
Vijay Singh won the $10 FedEx Cup prize. Camilo Villegas won the Tour Championship. Eduard Romero won the Champions Tour’s SAS Championship. Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano won the British Masters. Lorena Ochoa won the Navistar LPGA Classic.
Andy Roddick beat Dudi Sela in the China Open. Jelena Jankovic beat Svetlana Kuznetsova on the Women’s side. Maria Kirilenko beat Samantah Stosur in the Hansol Korea Open. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beat Novak Djokovic in the Thailand Open.
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