Friday Tidbits – 11/7/08
Congrats to President Obama.
The Packers locked up Aaron Rodgers through the 2014 season. I wonder if San Fran wishes they took him over Alex Smith? Kansas City suspended Larry Johnson for Week 9 and the NFL suspended him for Week 10. Daunte Culpepper signed a two-year deal with the Lions. Justin Harrell was activated from the PUP list. They released KGB to give Harrell a roster spot. Kyle Orton will miss a month so Rexy is back in charge. Da Bears won though. Cincy won their first game. Jacksonville is far from what we expected from them. Tennessee beat Green Bay to remain undefeated. Miami knocked off Denver. Atlanta destroyed Oakland. The Giants rolled on the Cowboys. The Colts beat the Patriots. Charles Grant landed on the IR for the Saints. Michael Pittman and Andre Hall landed on the IR for Denver. Buffalo will be without Donte Whitner (shouder) for a while. Brady Quinn took over the starting gig in Cleveland. Too bad they didn’t give Braylon new hands. Quinn had a decent debut hooking up with Winslow twice, but Cutler’s passing game was too much. Matt Schaub will miss 2-4 weeks with a knee injury. Big Ben got banged up, but Pittsburgh still beat Washington. DeAngelo Hall was cut by Oakland. That’s gotta sting. David Tyree landed on the IR. New York Jets LB David Harris (groin) will miss a couple of weeks.
Kevin Garnett became the youngest player to play 1000 games. Indiana signed Danny Granger to a five-year extension. The Celtics picked up Rajon Rondo’s option. The Pistons traded Chauncey Billups and Antonio McDyess for Allen Iverson. They also gave Rip Hamilton a three-year extension. Shawn Marion broke his nose. Tony Parker torched the Wolves with 55 points. Amare Stoudemire dropped 49 on Indiana.
Columbus’ Jared Boll was suspended for instigating. Rick DiPietro (knee) will miss a month. Alex Ovechkin is back. Owen Nolan landed on the DL for the Wild. Martin Brodeur (bicep) will miss three or four months. Vancouver called up Michel Oullet. Dallas signed Mark Parrish.
Shutouts: Buffalo’s Ryan Miller vs. Washington and New Jersey, Anaheim’s Jean-Sebastien Giguere vs. L.A., and Vancouver’s Roberto Luongo vs. Nashville and Phoenix. Hat Tricks: Boston’s Blake Wheeler vs. Toronto and the Rangers’ Chris Drury vs. Tampa Bay.
Boston picked up Tim Wakefield’s option. The Mets picked up Carlos Delgado’s. Toronto picked up Rod Barajas’. Dal Sveum accepted a demotion from Milwaukee and will be their hitting coach next year. Ruben Amaro is the new GM for the World Series Champion Phillies. Milwaukee picked up Mike Cameron’s option. Phillip Fulmer won’t be back at Tennessee. Washington sent Dmitri Young to AAA. K-Rod became a free agent. Greg Maddux added to his record with his 18th Gold Glove. Torii Hunter and Ichiro each won their 8th straight. The Dodgers declined their option on Brad Penny.
Appalachian State hung 70 on Wofford. Graham Harrell threw for 474 yards as #7 Texas Tech knocked off #1 Texas 39-33. #4 Oklahoma trounced Nebraska 62-28. They scored 35 in the First Quarter. Sam Bradford threw 5 TDs. This game used to mean something. #8 Florida pounded #6 Georgia 49-10. Tim Tebow threw a pair of TDs and ran in a trio of them. Zac Robinson threw for 395 yards and 5 TDs as #9 Oklahoma State rolled on Iowa State. Dez Bryant caught four of the TD passes. Georgia Tech stung #15 Florida State 31-28. I should have guessed #17 Minnesota would have a letdown against Northwestern. Arkansas beat #20 Tulsa. Max Hall threw for 389 yards and 5 TDs as BYU beat Colorado State. Cal beat #24 Oregon. West Virginia pounded #25 UConn. Penn State got leapfrogged by Texas Tech, who claimed the #2 rank. On Wednesday Nate Davis threw for 300 yards and 4 TDs and added one on the ground as #17 Ball State rolled. On Thursday #13 Utah beat #12 TCU and the Upset Thursday continued as Virginia Tech beat #23 Marylnad. behind Darren Evans’ 253 rushing yards. This weekend’s big games: #1 Alabama vs. #16 LSU, #2 Texas Tech vs. #9 Oklahoma State, #7 USC vs. #21 Cal, #11 Ohio State vs. #24 Northwestern, and #19 UNC vs. #20 Georgia Tech.
Arizona won’t release Freshman Jeff Whitney. He signed up for Lute Olson. He’s gone so why not be the bigger person and let him go. Jai Lucas is transferring from Florida. Tyler Hansbrough, Stephen Curry, Darren Collison, Luke Harangody, and Blake Griffin were named Preseason All-Americans. Nikola Kecman will have to sit out 12 games for Ohio State after transferring from Vizura in Serbia. Central Michigan reinstated Marcus Van.
Kyle Busch beat Carl Edwards to win the NASCAR Nationwide Series at Texas Motor Speedway. It was Busch’s tenth Nationwide win tying the mark set by Sam Ard. Busch will donate $100K to Ard to help with medical expenses from his bout with Alzheimer’s. Carl Edwards rebounded to take the Dickies 500 at the Texas Motor Speedway.
Andy Bean won the Charles Schwab Cup Championship. Candie Kung won the LPGA Kolon Championship. Annika Sorenstam won the Suzhou Taihu Ladies Open. Ryan Palmer won the PGA Tour Ginn sur Mer Classic.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beat David Nalbandian to win the ATP BNP Paribas Masters.
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