Friday Tidbits 11/16/07
Brett Favre joined Dan Marino in the 60,000 yard club. Fred Taylor reached 10,000 yards. Shayne Graham kicked Field Goals like his teamates get arrested…in bunches. Seven to be exact. Rexy is back because of a Griese injury. He led Da Bears to victory. Green Bay blanked Minnesota. Adrian Peterson left the game with a torn knee ligament. St. Louis finally won. Miami wasn’t as fortunate. Tony Romo fired 4 TD passes. Darren Spoles had both kickoff and punt return TDs. Peyton Manning tossed 6 INTs while losing to San Diego. He should have won though. A certain kicker missed a chip shot. Marvin missed the game. They had a bunch of injuries, including Syracuse’s Dwight Freeney. Seattle blanked San Fran. Unfortunately, Nolan’s dad died over the weekend. Adding insult to injury Larry Johnson was fined for planting a flag in the end zone following a TD. LJ will miss this week’s game too. The Vikings originally docked Troy Williamson a paycheck for missing the San Diego game to be with his family following the death of his grandmother. I guess the bad PR was too much, and they gave the money back. Brodie Croyle is going to start next week. The Colts grabbed up Simeon Rice off waivers. PacMoron Jones is accepting a plea deal to get promotion in his “make it rain” incident. Ricky Williams has been reinstated by the league. He will rejoin the Fins on Monday. Brandon Lloyd was put on IR by Washington. Oh no, what are they going to do without him?
An estimated 200 million people watch Yi vs. Yao. Gilbert Arenas had his knee drained. Vince Carter sprained his ankle. Stephon Marbury went AWOL on the Knicks. He’s a flake. He got fine $180K and rejoined the team the next night. Milwaukee will be without Michael Ruffin for over a month with a broken wrist. T-Mac dropped 41. He also sprained his elbow this week. Tim Duncan was held to 5 points. Pat Riley said he should suit up because his team stinks so bad. Ron Artest came back from suspension. Phil Jackson made a Brokeback joke following his team’s loss. He’s in a little hot water over it. LeBron messed around and got another triple double. Dwayne Wade made his season debut. The Celtics are off to their best start in 35 years at 7-0. Golden State is the lone winless team.
Tampa Bay’s Vincent Lecavalier netted a hat trick. He is the points leader with 29. Dan Ellis has a league-leading 1.35 GAA. Shutouts this week: Toronto’s Andrew Raycroft vs. Buffalo. San Jose’s Evgeni Nabokov vs. Phoenix twice. Edmonton’s Mathieu Garon vs. Vancouver. The Kings scored 5 goals in the 3rd period before evenutally beating Dallas in OT on Saturday. Boston G Manny Fernandez and F Shawn Thornton landed on the IR. Toronto will be without D Pavel Kubina for a while with a knee injury. Ranger F Sean Avery is rubbing people the wrong way. He could be a marked man. Wayne Gretzky got fined $10K and his D Nick Boynton got suspended for Boynton’s fight with Steve Bernier late in Tuesday’s shutout loss to San Jose. Marion Gaborik finally returned to Minnesota’s lineup. He scored and they won. Ottawa is the first team to 30 points.
Brry B*nds got indicted. I wonder what the ostriches are going to say now. C.C. Sabathia took finally beat the Red Sox. Not when it mattered, but he beat out Josh Beckett for Cy Young honors. Jake Peavy took the NL Cy Young. Dustin Pedroia and Ryan Braun took home Rookie of the Year honors in their respective leagues. Cleveland’s Eric Wedge and Arizona’s Bob Melvin won Manager of the Year for their respective leagues. The Phillies re-signed J.C. Romero to a three-ear deal. A-Rod won his ninth Silver Slugger. It appears he is set to sign a ten-year $275 million deal. Vlad won his seventh. Chicago dealt Jacque Jones to Detroit for Omar Infante. Todd Jones re-signed with Detroit. Jorge Posada signed a four-year extension with the Yankees. Kevin Youkilis shaved his goatee for charity. The Twins made their major offseason move. No they didn’t deal Santana yet, they traded with Chicago for Craig Monroe. The Mets scooped up free agent catcher Yorvit Torrealba. Joe Nuxall, the youngest player in MLB history at 15 years, 10 months, and 11 days, lost his bout with cancer. He was 79.
#1 Ohio State got beat by Illinois. Whoops. Maryland upset #8 Boston College. Wisconsin pasted #12 Michigan. Cincinnati smoked #13 UConn. Mississippi State took down #22 Alabama. #10 Georgia beat #18 Auburn. #19 Virginia blanked Miami 48-0. Ouch. Colt Brennan tied the NCAA mark with his 121st TD pass. How left with a concussion though. Florida’s Tim Tebow ran for 5 TDs and threw 2 more. Nebraska’s Joe Ganz had 510 yards passing with 7 TDs. Texas Tech coach Mike Leach got fined $10K for ripping officials. #2 Oregon kicked the college week off with an upset loss Thursday night to Arizona. Heisman hopeful Dennis Dixon was injured in the process. Other big games this week are #4 Oklahoma vs. 7-4 Texas Tech, #6 West Virginia vs. #22 Cincinnati, #7 Ohio State vs. #21 Michigan (did they both look past their opponents last week?), #9 Georgia vs. #23 Kentucky, and #15 Clemson vs. #17 Boston College.
O.J. Mayo made his highly anticipated debut with 32 points, but #18 USC lost to Mercer. Jonny Flynn scored 28 for Syracuse in his debut, break Carmelo Anthony’s record. Eric Gordon trumped them all with 33 in his debut with Indiana. N.C. State’s freshamn J.J. Hickson went 12 for 12 from the field to score 31 in his debut. Kansas G Sherron Collins is out 4-6 weeks with a stress fracture to his foot. Georgia G Billy Humphrey for possession of a long knife. Kentucky will be without G Jodie Meeks for a month because of a stress fracture. #5 Georgetown pounded Michigan. #3 Memphis faces UConn today. #17 Arizona plays Virginia on Saturday.
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.