Friday Tidbits – 11/28/08
Hope you had a good Turkey Day!
Jets QB Erik Ainge got popped for taking steroids. Ray Edwards was fined$25K for a dirty hit on Jeff Garcia. What’s up with the Vikings’ D-Line? The Jets ended Tennessee’s quest for perfection. Detroit managed to remain on their quest for perfect imperfection. T.O. had 213 receiving yards as the Cowboys rolled. Buffalo dropped 54 on Kansas City. They were passing it in the 4th still. They must have thought they were the Pats of last year. Speaking of the Pats, they got revenge for the Wildcat Formation. They droped 48 on Miami. Cassel had his second straight 400 yard day. The Vikes pounded the Jags. Baltimore destroyed Philly. Oakland won again. McFadden ran for two. Michael Turner had 4 TDs as Altanta handled Carolina. No Jacobs. No Plax. No Problem. The G-Men beat the Cards. Washinton slipped past Seattle. Indy got past San Diego to keep their playoff hopes alive. At 4-7 the Chargers are done. Miami lost Greg Camarillo (knee) for the season. Drew Brees just kept on slinging as New Orleans pounded Green Bay. The Saints even played a little D. It was the highest scoring in NFL history. The Skins cut Shaun Alexander. Brady Quinn (finger) is done for the season. Tennessee-s 1-2 punch of Chris Johnson and LenDale White was too much for the winless Lions. Dallas destoryed the Seahawks behind Romo’s arm, but MB3 and Ware got banged up. McNabb, Westy, and the Eagles responded by thrashing Arizona. Jason Hanson hit his 40th 50+ yard FG to tie Morten Anderson for the most. Najeh Davenport is back with the Steelers. Aaron Glenn is shutting it down for the year.
Golden State traded Al Harrington to the Knicks for Jamal Crawford. They also sent Zach Randolph to the Clippers for Tim Thomas and Cuttino Mobley. They are clearing cap space for 2010. Knick fans, there is a plan and an end in sight. Stephon Marbury could have played because of their depleted lineup, but he refused. Nice. KG returned to the Target Center and the Wolves flat out sucked. They were outscored 35-10 in the third quarter. Chris Paul messed around and got back-to-back Triple Doubles. Oklahoma City fired P.J. Carlesimo. The Wolves beat the Pistons. The Wizards fired Eddie Jordan. Keith Bogans (thumb) will miss a month. Manu Ginobili made his season debut. Dorrell Wright (knee) will miss a couple of weeks. Andrew Bogut (knee) will miss a week. Deron Williams returned. First Buick and Tiger Woods split. Now LeBron and Microsoft. This will likely happen more and more frequently (along with stadiums naming rights) as the economy continues to suffer. Brian Burke signed a six-year deal to become Toronto’s GM. Olli Jokinen (shoulder) will miss two weeks. Florida traded Wade Belak to Nashville for Nick Tarnasky.
Dallas lost Brenden Morrow (knee) for the season. Montreal lost Mike Komisarek for a month. They also retired Patrick Roy’s number this week. New Jersey’s Mike Mottau was suspended two games for throwing an elbow. St. Louis traded Lee Stempniak to Toronto for Alexander Steen and Carlo Colaiacovo. Claude Lemieux is trying to make a comeback with San Jose. Roberto Luongo (groin) will miss at least a week.
Shutouts: Philly’s Martin Biron vs. Buffalo, Columbus’ Steve Mason vs. Atlanta, St. Louis’ Chris Mason vs. Nashville, Nashville’s Dan Ellis vs. St. Louis
Hat Tricks: Carolina’s Eric Staal vs. Phoenix, New Jersey’s Dainius Zubrus (4 Goals) vs. Tampa Bay, Evgeni Malkin vs. NY Islanders, Alex Ovechkin vs. Atlanta, Calgary’s Michael Cammalleri vs. Vancouver
Missouri Coach Gary Pinkel signed an extension. Joe Paterno said he’ll be back next year. Northwestern and Illinois are retiring the Sweet Sioux Tomahawk trophy. They’ve been awarding the winning school the trophy since 1945. #5 Oklahoma pounded #2 Texas Tech. Sam Bradford threw 4 TDs. #4 Florida hung 70 on the Citadel. #7 Utah doubled up BYU. Brian Johnson tossed 4 TDs. #8 Penn State pounded #15 Michigan State. Daryll Clark threw 4 TDs and ran another. #9 Boise State beat Nevada behind Kellen Moore’s 414 yards. #10 Ohio State pounded Michigan. Ole Miss upset #18 LSU. #19 Cincy beat #20 Pitt. NC State upset #22 UNC. Florida State pounded #25 Maryland. Syracuse beat Notre Dame. San Diego State fired Chuck Long. Wyoming fired Joe Glenn. Bill Snyder is back at Kansas State. This week’s big games: #9 Boise State vs. 7-4 Fresno State, #25 Pitt vs. 7-3 West Virginia, #3 Oklahoma vs. #12 Oklahoma State, #4 Florida vs. #20 Florida State, #11 Georgia vs. #22 Georgia Tech, #17 Oregon State vs. #23 Oregon, and #21 Boston College vs. 7-4 Maryland. #2 Texas routed Texas A & M. Colt McCoy threw 2 TDs and ran another 2.
#12 Memphis beat Seton Hall despite 32 points from Jeremy Hazell. #15 Notre Dame beat Loyola Marymount behind 27 points and 15 rebounds from Luke Harangody. #20 USC beat Chattanooga behind 17 points and 15 rebounds from Taj Gibson. Stephen Curry had 30 points and 13 assists as Davidson beat Winthrop. Gary Williams won his 400th game with Maryland. St. John’s Anthony Mason, Jr. (foot) will miss the season. DeJuan Blair had 27 Points and 18 Rebounds for Pitt. Oklahoma’s Blake Griffin had 35 points and 21 rebounds. Loyola Marymount’s Coach Bill Bayno is taking a leave of absence. Charles Barkely, Danny Manning, Nolan Richardson, Billy Packer, and Dick Vitale were inducted into the Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame. #2 UConn beat #16 Miami. Xavier knocked off #12 Memphis. #15 Arizona State beat Pepperdine behind James Harden’s 33 points. Missouri beat #20 USC. #1 UNC poured 115 on Chaminade. #2 UConn beat #19 Wisconsin. Syracuse beat #18 Florida. #23 Kansas beat Washington despite 18 rebounds from Jon Brockman. Stephen Curry scored 39 to lead #25 Davidson to a win over Florida Atlantic. He followed it up with a Goose Egg, but Davidson still beat Loyola Maryland. Kelvin Sampson got a five-year ban. UMass suspended Doug Wiggins following his arrest. Tyler Hansbrough made his season debut. #8 Notre Dame squeaked by #7 Texas 81-80. Sam Young had 33 points in win for #4 Pitt. Syracuse knocked off #23 Kansas. #1 UNC beat #8 Notre Dame behind Hansbrough’s 34 points. Kyle McAlarney had 39 for the Irish. #13 Oklahoma beat UAB behind Blake Griffin’s 32 points, 15 rebounds. Maryland upset #6 Michigan State.
Robert Thompson won the Champions Tour qualifying tournament. 14 year old Jason Hak made the cut in a European Tour event. Tommy Armour II won the Callaway Golf Pebble Beach Invitational. Ji-Yai Shin won the ADT Championship and $1 million.
Spain beat Argentina to win the Davis Cup.
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