Friday Tidbits 1/11/08
Joe Gibbs retired. I think this time it’s for good. Seattle smoked Washington on two INT returns for TDs. Santana Moss made the laziest play on one of them. Jacksonville twarted a late comeback by Pittsburgh on a David Garrard 32 yard scramble. MJD scored twice and Fred Taylor found the endzone. Tom Brady was named MVP. Big surprise. Rich McKay will remain Atlanta’s President, but he handed over the GM duties. Seattle signed DT Craig Terrill to a three-year extension. Finally, an NFL Award that didn’t coincide with the Lester Awards. Bob Sanders was named Defensive Player of the Year. St. Louis fired OC Greg Olson. Fred Taylor was named to the Pro Bowl to replace Willie Parker. Browns rookie Joe Thomas was added to the first of I’m sure many Pro Bowl teams, replacing Buffalo’s Jason Peters. Cleveland announced that Derek Anderson will start at QB next year. Hines Ward didn’t waste any time having his knee surgery. T.O. returned to practice. Brett Favre said he’d be back next year. At one point, I was equally annoyed with Favre and Clemens. Seems like an eternity ago.
Jason Kidd messed around and got back-to-back-to-back triple-doubles. He’s up to ten on the season. Tyson Chandler had 22 points and 22 rebounds in a New Orleands victory over Golden State. New York lost, but Zach Randolph grabbed 22 rebounds to go along with his 18 points. Former player J.R. Rider was arrested on outstanding warrants. He’s classy. LeBron just missed a triple-double (39 points, 11 rebounds, 8 assists). The Timberwolves won. They beat the Heat without Shaq so don’t be too impressed. Charlotte handed the Celtics their fourth loss of the season. Denver G Chucky Atkins needs surgery to repair a sports hernia. Sounds like fun. Shocker of the year. Grant Hill will miss a couple weeks. This time he’s having an appendectomy.
This week’s shutouts: Dominik Hasek vs. Dallas and Colorado. Martin Brodeur vs. Philadelphia. Detroit’s Pittsburgh’s Ty Conklin vs. Florida. St. Louis Manny Legace vs. Carolina. Edmonton’s Mathieu Garon vs. NY Islanders. Carolina’s Cam Ward vs. Boston. Nashville’s Chris Mason vs. Los Angeles. Anaheim’s Jean-Sebastien Giguere vs. Toronto. Philly’s Antero Niittymaki saved 54 shots in a victory over Toronto. Philly will have to play without Joffrey Lupul for a couple weeks because of a head injury. Dallas signed C Mike Ribeiro to a five-year $25 million deal. Edmonton lost LW Raffi Torres for the year with a torn knee. Chris Osgood signed G Chris Osgood to a three-year deal. Florida traded a 7th round pick for Chicago D Magnus Johansson. Washington broke the bank, handing Alexander Ovechkin a 13-year, $124 million contract extension. Philly’s Scott Hartnell netted a hat trick against the Rangers. The Wild changed ownership. Craig Leipold, who used to own Nashville, is the new chairman.
Goose Gossage was inducted into the Hall of Fame. Jim Rice, Andre Dawson, and Bert Byleven got screwed. Roger Clemens had his say on 60 Minutes. He filed a defamation suit against Brian McNamee. It’s going to be another case of He Said-He Said. He won’t have to speak to Congress just yet as the hearing got pushed back. Hideo Nomo signed a minor league deal with Kansas City. Texas signed Ben Broussard to a one-year deal worth $3.85 million. The Phillies signed Jayson Werth to a one-year deal. Seattle signed Miguel Cairo. Colorado signed Marcus Giles to a minor league contract.
LSU beat Ohio State 38-24 to win the National Championship. Matt Flynn threw four TD passes. Rutgers ran all over Ball State in the prestiguous International Bown. Ray Rice had 280 yards and 4 TDs. He is entering the NFL draft. Joining him are Texas A&M TE Martellus Bennett, Illinois RB Rashard Mendenhall, Kansas CB Aqib Talib and LT Anthony Collins, Michigan WR Adrian Arrington, Clemson RB James Davis, Vanderbilt WR Earl Bennett, West Virginia WR Darius Reynaud, and UCF RB Kevin Smith have declared for the NFL draft. June Jones resigned from his post at Hawaii to take on SMU. His AD Herman Frazier got canned. QB Ryan Mallett is leaving Michigan. Notre Dame CB Munir Princei is transferring to Missouri. LSU topped off a memorable week by bring home the Outland Trophy.
Coach K won his 787th victory. He’s now sixth on the All-time list. You know Dickie V had a tear in his eye. #1 UNC beat #19 Clemson behind Wayne Ellington’s 36 points. #14 Texas beat #24 St. Mary’s behind D.J. Augustine’s 30 points. Oregon upset #21 Arizona 84-74. West Virginia upset #11 Marquette. #16 Villanova edged #13 Pitt 64-63. #9 Tennessee held off #15 Mississippi 85-83 in the battle of double letter teams. Charlotte upset #19 Clemson. #22 Dayton beat #20 Rhode Island. Arizona State beat #24 Arizona.
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.