Friday Tidbits 10/5/07
The Red Sox and Cubbies won their divisions on the same night. How sweet is that? The Mets historic collapse led to a division title for the Phillies. Willie Randolph won’t get the axe though. Arizona wrapped up the AL West. Colorado knocked off San Diego in a one game playoff. Magglio Ordonez and Matt Holliday won the batting titles. A.J. Pierzynski signed a two-year extenstion with the White Sox. C.C. Sabathia joined the 19 win club. Jim Leyland will be the Tigers skipper through 2009. Carlos Pena and Dmitri Young won Comeback Players of the Year. The cynic in mean wonders about Pena’s amazing breakout season. Speaking of which, Scott Schoeneweis is the latest name to be implicated for steroid use. The Braves are moving on without Andruw Jones. Florida’s Hanley Ramirez had shoulder surgery. So did Gary Sh*ffield. Carlos Beltran had knee surgery. Tim Wakefield, Bartolo Colon, and Gary M*tthews, Jr. were left off the playoff roster for the Red Sox-Angels series. Adam Eaton was left of the Phillies roster. Josh Beckett pitched a beautiful complete game shutout to give the Red Sox Game 1. Colorado stayed hot stealing Game 1 from Host Philadelphia. Kazuo Matsui’s 5 RBIs and near cycle gave Colorado a 2-0 lead. Brandon Webb struck out 9 as he allowed just 1 run over 7 innings to beat the Cubs. Chris Young’s 3 run jack helped give Arizona a 2-0 lead. Cleveland bombed the Yankees 12-3. Kenny Lofton, of all people, led the attack with 4 RBIs.
Brett Favre became the all-time TD pass leader. The Browns knocked off Baltimore. New England, Indy, Dallas and Green Bay remained undefeated. Atlanta and Buffalo picked up their first wins. San Diego, Baltimore, Chicago, and Pittsburgh were upset. Daunte Culpepper ran for 3 scores and passed for 2 more against his former team Miami. His former teammate, Randy Moss, grabbed two more touchdown passes. Tony Romo threw 3 TDs and ran for another one. Griese didn’t play any better than Grossman. Justin Fargas and Patrick Crayton were the latest to have breakout games. Denver lost G Ben Hamilton for the season because of concussions. Hines Ward missed a game. McNabb probably wishes he missed the Giants game as he was sacked 12 times. Tampa lost Cadillac Williams and tackle Luke Petitgout “Junction” for the season with knee injuries. Ricky “Puff, puff, give” Williams has applied for reinstatement. SF QB Alex Smith will miss this week’s game. He’ll likely be out longer, but it doesn’t look like he’ll need surgery. Keenan McCardell signed on with Washington. Miami will be without Vonnie Holliday this week after he broke a bone in his ankle. Michael Vick took a PETA class on animal cruelty. Shoot, he could have taught the class. He knows all sorts of ways to be cruel to animals. Oh wait, it was prevention of cruelty. That makes more sense. While he was in class, Atlanta decided to ask for $16 million in signing bonus money back from the dog killer. Indy lost LB Rob Morris for the year after knee surgery. Cincy lost LB Lemar Marshall. St. Louis is benching Marc Bulger and his broken ribs for Gus Frerotte. Rodney Harris*n is back fort eh Patriots following his steroid suspension. The rich get richer. Denver RB Travis Henry, the league’s leading rusher, may have to shut it down because he was smoking weed. What an idiot. I’m waiting for the Chris Crocker YouTube video. “Leave Travis alone. He’s going through some tough times. His knee and ankle are hurting. He was just medicating his football injuries. Leave Travis alone. He lives in Colorado. Marijuana is the state flower there. Leave Travis alone. He had nine kids from nine nagging women. Of course he needs an escape. LEAVE TRAVIS ALONE RIGHT NOW. I mean it. Otherwise you have to deal with ME.”
The LA Kings smoked Anaheim in the season opener in London. Anaheim took Game 2 to earn the split. Detroit welcomed them back to the U.S. with a shootout loss. Philly’s Steve Downie was suspended 20 games for a nasty hit on Dean McAmmond. Dany Heatley signed a six-year, $45-million extension with Ottawa. He celebrated with 2 goals and an assist to start Ottawa off in the Win Column. Saku Koivu scored a pair of goals in Montreal’s season-opening win. Paul Stastny trumped them both though, as he scored a hat trick for Colorado as they beat Dallas. Nashville’s Chris Mason and Minnesota’s Niklas Backstrom recorded shutouts in their team’s openers.
New Jersey’s PG Marcus Williams will be out a while with a broken foot. The Cavs signed G Devin Brown and traded David Wesley for Cedric Simmons. Minnesota traded Trenton Hassell to Dallas for Greg Buckner. The Knicks traded for the rights to Jared Jordan. Speaking of the Knicks Isiah Thomas was found guilty of sexual harassment. Amare Stoudamire got his knee scoped. The Bulls will allow Ben Wallace to wear his headband next year. Oh boy. San Antonio will retire Avery Johnson’s number. Kwame Brown was with disorderly conduct and interfering with an officer after his friend got pullled over for driving drunk the wrong way on a one way street.
What a wild weekend of college football. It started with #18 South Florida beating #5 West Virginia. Then #3 Oklahoma fell to Colorado, #4 Florida lost to Auburn, #7 Texas fell to Kansas State, #10 Rutgers lost to Maryland, #13 Clemson lost to Georgia Tech, #21 Penn State lost to Illinois, and #22 Alabama fell to Florida State (I really do like it when Saban loses). Some things don’t change though as Notre Dame lost again. I must have jinxed Oklahoma and Florida because in last week’s tidbits I said “Is it just me or is it weird that South Florida and Rutgers became good while Auburn, Colorado, and Ole Miss have become bad”. Ole Miss must not have gotten the memo. Memphis DL Taylor Bradford was gunned down. His teammates beat Marshall for him. Florida S Tony Joiner was charged with burglary. This week’s top matchups are #1 LSU vs. #9 Florida, #4 Ohio State vs. #23 Purdue, #10 Oklahoma vs #19 Texas, #15 Virginia Tech vs. #22 Clemson, #17 Missouri vs. #25 Nebraska, and #20 Cincinnati vs. #21 Rutgers.
Duke named G DeMarcus Nelson as their captain. Bud Mackey, a Indiana recruit, was arrested for trafficking cocaine. UCLA gave Ben Howland a seven-year contract extension. Cincinnati will be without F Mike Williams for the season following an Achilles injury.
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.