Friday Tidbits 11/23/07
Brett Favre tied Marino with his 62nd 3 TD game. Chester Taylor filled in for Adrian Peterson with 202 total yards and 3 TDs. Andre Johnson came back and dominated. MeO caught four TD passes. Randy Moss had to match him with four of his own. Brady threw five more as the Pats improved to 10-0. Miami lost again to move to 0-10. Jevon Kearse was benched in favor of Juqua Thomas. Michael Vick headed to the cooler early. No word on whether or not he’ll ask the judge to sentence him in dog years. NY Giants LB Mathias Kiwanuka broke his leg. Priest Holmes retired for good. Shaun Alexander is going to miss again. I’m sorry, did he somehow get back on that Madden cover? Tennessee is giving Mike Williams a shot. Green Bay lit up Detroit behind Favre’s 381 yards and 3 TDs (63rd career). Favre completed 20 straight passes in the process. Dallas smoked the Jets. Indy crushed Atlanta. Hopefully, Mike Vick got to watch the game, but I doubt they have the NFL Network in the Big House. Manning tossed 3 TDs.
Dwight Howard became the youngest player to 3000 rebounds. He edged out Shaq. Jason Kidd messed around and got his 89th career triple-double. He had 19 rebounds. Sick. Larry Hughes is out a month with a bruised leg. LeBron (40 points), Damien Wilkins (41), David West (40), and Kevin Martin (43) all cracked open 40s last Friday. Boston finally lost. Orlando did the deed. The Lakers’ Kwame Brown sprained his knee. He’ll be out for a while. Stephen Jackson is back from suspension. Orlando traded Trevor Ariza to the Lakers for Brian Cook and Maurice Evans. Mike Conley is out with a shoulder injury. Gilbert Arenas is out three months with a knee injury. Ron Artest took a leave from Sacramento to be with his daughter who is undergoing a medical procedure. LeBron dropped 45 on Minnesota. Boston (9-1) and Orlando (10-3) are the best in the East. Phoenix (10-2) and San Antonio (9-2) are the best in the West. LBJ is the scoring leader. Marcus Camby is the rebounding leader. Steve Nash is the assists leader.
Martin Brodeur won his 500th career game. Rick DiPietro won his 100th. Dallas’ Jussi Jokinen scored 4 goals in a victory over Colorado. Philly’s Daniel Briere had a hat trick against Carolina. This week’s shutouts: NY Islanders’ Rick DiPietro vs. New Jersey, Atlanta’s Johan Hedberg vs. Carolina. Toronto’s Vesa Toskala vs. Ottawa. Phoenix’s Ilja Bryzgalov vs. the Kings after being claimed off waivers. Dallas’ Mike Smith vs. LA. Detroit’s Chris Osgood vs. St. Louis. Minnesota will be without Mikkou Koivu for a week with a cracked bone in his leg. Vancouver’s Mattias Ohlund was suspended for the incident. Chicago F Rene Bourque will miss a month with a broken thumb. Washington traded C Brian Sutherby for a draft pick. Anaheim signed C Ryan Getzlaf to a five-year $26 million deal. Washington fired Coach Glen Hanlon. Ottawa is the best in the East with 33 points. Detroit’s 31 points are best in the West. Vincent Lecavalier is your scoring leader. Dan Ellis is your Goals Against Average leader.
Torii Hunter took is Gold Glove to Anaheim Angels of Los Angeles, California, United States, North America, Earth. A-Rod took home the AL MVP. Jimmy Rollins took home the NL MVP. The Red Sox are adding more seats next
year and raising prices. Eric Chavez had another shoulder surgery. Atlanta traded RP Oscar Villarreal to Houston for OF Josh Anderson. Kenny Rogers kicked Scott BorASS to the curb. The Mets signed 2B Luis Castillo to a four-year, $25 million deal. Tom Glavive is returing to Atlanta. I like this move. The Red Sox signed 3B Mike Lowell to a three-year, $37.5 million deal. Mariano Rivera signed a three-year, $45 million extension. I guess Yorvit Torrealba isn’t going to be a Met after all. They acquired Johnny Estrada from Milwaukee instead for Guillermo M*ta. Jason Kendall will replace Estrada. The White Sox cut Scott Podsednik.
Lloyd Carr is stepping down at Michigan. Maybe Nick Saban should follow him after he likened his team’s loss to Louisiana-Monroe to 9/11 and Pearl Harbor. Then he likened his team to alcoholics who have hit rock bottom. What a moron. Texas Tech beat #4 Oklahoma behind Graham Harrell’s 420 passing yards. #6 West Virginia beat #22 Cincinnati. #7 Ohio State beat #21 Michigan behind Chris Wells’ 222 yards. #9 Georgia beat #23 Kentucky. #17 Boston College bumped #15 Clemson. Oregon QB Dennis Dixon will miss the rest of the season following knee surgery. #16 Hawaii won without star QB Colt Brennan. Zach Brown ran for 250 yards against the Golden Gophers. #11 USC kicked this week off by killing #6 Arizona State 44-24. This week’s other top games are #1 LSU vs. 7-4 Arkansas (today), #15 Hawaii vs. #19 Boise State (tonight), #2 Kansas vs. #4 Missouri, #3 West Virginia vs. #20 UConn, #8 Virginia Tech vs. #16 Virginia, #7 Georgia vs. 7-4 Georgia Tech, #12 Florida vs. 7-4 Florida State, #18 Kentucky vs. 7-4 Tennessee, and #25 BYU vs. 8-3 Utah.
#3 Memphis beat UConn 81-70 behind Chris Douglas-Roberts’ 33 points. Providence upset #18 Arkansas. Virginia beat #17 Arizona. Siena upset #20 Stanford. #22 NC State got beat by New Orleans. Oral Roberts welcomed back F Marchello Vealy from suspension. Louisville C David Padgett will miss the season with a knee injury. #2 UCLA beat #11 Michigan State behind Kevin Love’s 21 points and 11 rebounds. Saint Mary’s beat #11 Oregon. Miami G Adrian Thomas will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury. Kansas won their 600th game at Allen Fieldhouse. #10 Duke beat #13 Marquette behind Kyle Singer’s 25 points. Ohio State knocked off #21 Syracuse. Freshman Kosta Koufos led the way with 24 points, 9 rebounds. #25 Davidson lost to Western Michigan. George Mason beat #20 Kansas State on Turkey Day.
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.