Friday Tidbits 11/30/07
I’ll start off with some sad news. Sean Taylor was shot and killed in his home. Philly pushed New England to the limit, but the Pats survived to improve to 11-0. At least the ’73 Dolphins have some hope. Ocho Cinco grabbed three TD passes. Kolby Smith filled in for Larry Johnson/Priest Holmes with 150 yards and 2 Tds. Oakland won the game though, their first in 17 AFC West games. Minnesota returned 3 Eli Manning picks for scores. Devin Hester returned two more touchdowns. Memo to Special Teams Coaches. Devin Hester is good. Shaun Alexander, Travis Henry, Marshawn Lynch, Santonio Holmes, Troy
Polamalu, Donovan McNabb, and Larry Johnson are among the stars that missed last week. Cedric Benson had surgery on his leg which will end his disappointing 2007 season. Ricky Williams returned, but Miami remained winless. There was a little rain in Pittsburgh. In the Thursday Night Game tht most of America couldn’t watch, Dallas smoked Green Bay. The score wasn’t out of hand, but the game was never really in doubt. Brett Favre got knocked out of it. Tony Romo threw 4 TDs. MeO had 156 yards and a score. Ryan Grant did look good for the Green & Gold though. Shaun Alexander and Travis Henry may actually play this weekend.
Jason Kidd got his 91st career triple-double. Baron Davis and Caron Butler messed around and got triple doubles…in the same game. LeBron notched his 4th of the season. He didn’t get his 5th on Tuesday, but the Bulls handed the Celtics their 2nd loss. He sprained his finger in a loss to Detroit on Wednesday. Luol Deng returned, but the Bulls kept losing. Dwight Howard pumped in 39 points to go along with his 16 rebounds. He’s a beast. I guess the Celtics didn’t like the taste of their second loss as they pounded New York by close to 50. Phil Jackson got a two-year extension with the Lakers for a mere $24 million.
This week’s shutouts include: Vancouver’s Roberto Luongo vs. Chicago, Anaheim & Columbus, Columbus’ Pascal LeClaire vs. Minnesota, New Jersey’s Martin Brodeur vs. Atlanta, Buffalo’s Jocelyn Thibault vs. Montreal, Pittsburgh’s Marc-Andre Fleury vs. Atlanta, St. Louis’ Manny Legace vs. Calgary. Chicago’s Martin Havlat, playing in his first game since the season opener, scored two goals. Dallas RW Jere Lehtinen suffered and abdominal strain. He’ll be out a while. Sean Avery is having wrist surgery. Detroit (36 points) and Ottawa (34 points) are you leaders. Vincent Lecavalier is still the scoring leader. Chris Osgood is your Goals Against Average leader.
More sad news to report. Joe Kennedy died Friday morning. He was 28. Cincinnati signed closer Francisco Cordero away from Milwaukee for four years, $46 million. He last pitched for Toronto. Kerry Wood is re-signed with the Cubs despite multiyear offers from other clubs. My fictitious brother Jon Lester won the Tony Conigliaro Award. Minnesota made a splash by acquiring Delmon Young and others for Matt Garza and others. Next up Johan Santana and Joe Nathan. Yorvit Torrealba will return to the Rockies after signing a two-year deal. The Mitchell Report will include names of steroid users. Speaking of steroids, HBO is looking into a Game of Shadows movie. I wonder if they will just cut footage from the Hulk movie to save on costs when portraying Barry B*nds. Speaking of B*nds, he’s looking to add another lawyer to his legal team. I wonder if the new lawyer will be responsible for B*nds or his ego.
Arkansas knocked off #1 LSU. Darren McFadden had 240 yards of total offense and 4 TDs. Despite the win, Houston Nutt still resigned. It didn’t take him long to find work as he quickly signed with Mississippi. #15 Hawaii beat #19 Boise State as Colt Brennan threw for 495 yards and 5 TDs to break the all-time TD passing record. Texas A & M knocked off #13 Texas. Florida QB Tim Tebow broke his hand. Georgia Tech fired Chan Gailey. Indiana gave Bill Lynch a four-year deal. Washington State axed Bill Doba. Ted Roof is out at Duke. Houston’s Art Briles is Baylor’s new coach. Auburn extended Tommy Tuberville’s contract. This week’s big games are #1 Missouri vs. #9 Oklahoma for the Big 12 Championship, #6 Virginia Tech vs. #11 Boston College for the ACC Championship, and #7 LSU vs. #14 Tennessee for the SEC Championship. Tom Osborne is the interim coach at Nebraska. After legal battles it was revealed that Joe Paterno is being paid $500K this year. All I’m saying is Penn State is getting a heck of a bargain.
Bobby Knight was named in a hunting incident where he or his hunting companion fired birdshot at people on two different occasions. Brigham Young upset #6 Louisville. Texas Tech knocked off #14 Gonzaga. Florida State bumped #24 Florida. #16 Texas destoyed #7 Tennesse 97-78. Xavier thumped #8 Indiana. NC State squeaked by #19 Villanova. USC destroyed #18 Southern Illinois. #7 Duke beat #20 Wisconsin. LSU F Tasmin Mitchell is out for the year following ankle surgery. Clemson F James May sprained his hip. Arizona Coach Luke Olson returned to practice.
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.