Friday Tidbits – 11/21/08
John Lynch retired. Drew Henson is back with the Lions on the practice squad. Jim Fassel wants to coach the Raiders. Good luck with that. Philly and Cincy tied. Green Bay pounded the Bears. The Vikes lost to Tampa so all three teams are 5-5. Denver is quietly 6-4 after beating Atlanta. The Colts also improved to 6-4 after beating the Texans. Peyton threw for 320 and Addai scored twice. The Saints finally won on the road. The Giants pounded Baltimore. Sir Brandon Jacobs scored twice. DeAngelo Hall and Jonathan Stewart put 250 yards and 3 TDs on the Lions. They are 0-10 by the way. Tennessee is the opposite after beating Jacksonville to go 10-0. San Fran pounded the Rams. Kurt Warner threw for 395 yards (337 to Boldin and Fitz) as Arizona beat Seattle to improve to 7-3. Miami beat Oakland for their fourth straight W. Pittsburgh beat San Diego 11-10 in a real barn burner. Tony Romo is back and the Boys beat the Skins. MB3 led the way. The Browns beat the Bills on MNF. Orlando Pace (knee) will miss a couple of weeks. Chad Ocho Cinco was deactivated from this week’s game. Mike Martz got fined $20K for blaming the Niners loss against the Cardinals on the refs. He should be fined another $20K by the fans for his stupid playcalling. Brady Quinn has a fractured finger on his throwing hand. Jared Allen got fined another $25K for his dirty hit. He was fined $50K for two dirty hits last time. Shouldn’t the cost per dirty hit go up if you don’t learn your lesson? PacMoron is back. Felix Jones is done for the year. Not the type of year those Arkansas backs envisioned. The Steelers took care of business and beat the Bengals. Big Ben scored a TD with both his arm and his feet.
Steve Nash, Matt Barnes, and Rafer Alston were suspended for fighting. Greg Oden got his first double-double. Danilo Gallinari (back) will be out a while. Kenyon Martin was fined $20K. Shaq got ejected and fined $25K. Mark Cuban was accused of insider trading. KG got suspended for a game. When did Roger Goodell sign on with the NBA? Stephen Jackson signed an extension with Golden State. LeBron is the youngest to score 11,000.
Barry Melrose was canned by Tampa Bay. The Gambling Man Rick Tocchet took over. Unbelievable. He gets busted in a gambling ring and he’s coaching within a couple years. Meanwhile Pete Rose can’t even make the Hall of Fame for his brilliant playing career. Interesting. The Islanders’ Thomas Pock got five games in the penalty box for an elbow. Anaheim lost D Francois Beauchemin (knee) for six months. Pittburgh traded Darryl Sydor to Dallas fo Philippe Boucher. Colorado signed C Paul Stastny to a five-year extension. St. Louis’ Andy McDonald will miss two months. Ottawa lost Mike Fisher and Chris Neil for a while to knee injuries.
Shutouts: Anaheim’s Jonas Hiller vs. LA., Detroit’s Ty Conklin vs. Edmonton, Calgary’s Miikka Kiprusoff vs. Colorado
Despite the economic struggles America is facing, the Phillies are raising ticket prices next year. A Japanese teams bought the rights to the Yankees’ Darrell Rasner. Albert Pujols won the NL MVP. Jeremy Affeldt signed with the Giants. Kevin Kouzmanoff had shoulder surgery. Dustin Pedroia won the AL MVP. Ryan Dempster signed a four-year deal with the Cubs. Chase Utley (hip) will miss a couple of months. Boston traded Coco Crisp to Kansas City for Ramon Ramirez. Seattle hired Don Wakamatsu as Manager. Mike Mussina retired. After the mess the weather made of the World Series, Bud and company decided that there won’t be any postseason games shortened due to weather.
#4 Florida piled it on #25 South Carolina 56-6. #7 Utah poured 63 on San Diego State. Brian Johnson had 5 TD passes. #12 Missouri hung 52 on Iowa State. Maryland upset #16 UNC 17-15. Boston College upset #19 Florida State 27-17. Houston not only upset #23 Tulsa, they pounded them 70-30. Case Keenum threw for 402 yards and 6 TDs. He even ran one in. David Johnson did have 4 TD passes for Tulsa. North Carolina State upset #24 Wake Forest 21-17. Syracuse fired Greg Robinson. This weekend’s big game: #2 Texas Tech vs. #5 Oklahoma, #7 Utah vs. #14 BYU, #8 Penn State vs. #15 Michigan State, #16 TCU vs. 8-3 Air Force, #19 Cincinnati vs. #20 Pitt, and #25 Maryland vs. 7-3 Florida State. Another Thursday upset. This time it was Georgia Tech knocking off #23 Miami.
UNC won without Tyler Hansbrough. Tennessee poured 114 points on Chattanooga. New Jersey Institue of Technology set a Divsion I record with its 35th straight loss. Davidson’s Stephen Curry had 33 points and 9 assists vs. James Madison. Villanova’s Dante Cunningham had 31 points and 11 rebounds in a Win over Fordham. Oklahom’s Blake Griffin had 20 points and 19 rebounds against Mississippi Valley State. Memphis landed prize recruit. Ole Miss F Eniel Polynice (knee) will miss the season. UNC lost Tyler Zeller (wrist) for most of, if not all of, the season. #25 Wake Forest dropped 120 on UNC-Wilmington. Michigan beat #4 UCLA. I’d love to see Michigan meaningful again in college hoops. Seton Hall upset #20 USC. Taj Gibson had 19 points and 18 rebounds for USC. John Garcia had 18 boards for Seton Hall.
Jimmie Johnson won hi third straight Sprint Cup Title. Carl Edwards won the Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Clint Bowyer won the NASCAR Nationwide Series championship. Johnny Benson won the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series title. Matt Kenseth signed a multi-year deal with Roush Fenway Racing.
Jeev Milkha Singh won the Singapore Open. He’s the first golfer to earn $1 million on the Asia tour. Angela Stanford won the Lorena Ochoa Invitational.
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