Friday Tidbits 11/9/07
Adrian Peterson broke the single-game rushing record with 296 yards. He’s scary good. His teammate, Troy Williamson, got docked a game’s pay for attending his grandma’s funerual. New England remained undefeated as Tom Brady (3 TDs)brought them back to hand the Colts their first loss. There was a little hype for this game. There were some big name injuries as Frank Gore missed SF’s game, Chad and Larry Johnson left their games with
neck and foot injuries, and Jay Cutler left with a leg injury.Drew Brees continued to storm back with 445 yards and 3 TDs. Reggie Bush had over 100 rushing and receiving. The Lions improved to 6-2 by destroying the Broncos. Brett Favre tossed for 360 yards. MeO torched the Eagles for 174 yards, and got fined $10K for waiving a towel on the sidelines. Big Ben tossed 5 TD passes. Look out people, Chris Henry has been activated and ready to play. Hopefully, he doesn’t get arrested before game time. Tank Johnson has also been cleared to play. He just needs to get through the metal detector first. PacMoron Jones was told he’s not getting an early release from his suspension.
Torre looks weird in Dodger blue. Seattle declined the option on Jose Guill*n. Tough week as his name has been linked to steroids, along with Matt Willi*ms. The Red Sox picked up Tim Wakefield’s. Sammy S*sa wants $7 million to play steroid-aided baseball next year. Joe $ource$ $ay A-Rod wanted $350 million to $tay with the Yankee$. I don’t like this guy. Greg Maddux is returning to the Padres for $10 million. I really do like this guy. Curt Schilling will be back with Boston one more year. I really, really like this guy. Andy Pettitte declined his option with the Yankees. Ryan Zimmerman broke a bone in his wrist swinging a bat. Big Papi had his knee scoped. Greg Maddux won a record 17th Gold Glove.
KG was brilliant in his Celtics debut with 22 points and 20 rebounds. LeBron bounced back from his poor opener with 45 points. He messed around and got a triple-double this week. Amare Stoudemire missed a game because of a sore knee. Jason Kidd picked up his 50th triple-double with New Jersey. It was his 88th of his career. Peja Stojakovic’s 10 three pointers and Chris Paul’s 21 assists set team records in a win over Kome BrIant and the Lakers. Denver’s Nene is out six weeks with a thumb injury.
Mike Modano became the all-time leading American scorer. San Jose signed D Sandis Ozolinsh. Ottawa signed C Jason Speeza to a seven year, $49 million extension. This week’s shutouts: Phoenix’s Mikael Tellqvist against Dallas. Columbus’ Pascal Leclaire against St. Louis. Carolina’s Cam Ward against Washington. Pittsburgh’s Dany Sabourin against New Jersey. New York Rangers’ Henrik Lundqvist for against Philly. Dallas’ Marty Turco against Anaheim. Montreal’s Cristobal Huet vs. Buffalo. Atlanta’s Ilya Kovalchuk, Carolina’s Cory Stillman, and Phoenix’s Peter Mueller netted hat tricks. There were five shutouts on Monday night. Buffalo will be without Tim Connolly and Adam Mair with abdomen and ankle injuries. Todd White scored his 100th career goal. Eric Lindors officially retired. Ottawa and Detroit have league best 26 and 25 points respectively. Detroit’s Henrik Zetterberg leads with 25 points, but some Sid Crosby kid is nipping at his heals. Pascal Leclaire has a ridiculous 1.12 GAA for Columbus.
#1 Ohio State took care of #21 Wisconsin. Florida State upset #2 Boston College. #3 LSU beat Nick Saban and #17 Alabama. #5 Oregon beat #4 Arizona State. #8 Kansas hung 76 on Nebraska. Cincinnati upset #18 South Florida. #23 Virginia barely got by #24 Wake Forest. Arkansas RB Darren McFadden tied an SEC record with 321 rushing yards against South Carolina. He combined with Felix Jones for 487 yards, which is an NCAA record . Virginia lost RB Cedric Peerman for the year. Big games this weekend are #10 Georgia vs. #18 Auburn, #11 Virginia Tech vs. 6-3 Florida State, #12 Michigan vs. 7-3 Wisconsin, #13 UConn vs. 7-2 Cincinnati, #14 Texas vs. 7-3 Texas Tech, #17 USC
vs. 6-3 Cal, #21 Clemson vs. 6-3 Wake Forest, and #24 Tennessee vs. 6-3 Arkansas.
Arizona coach Lute Olson is taking a leave of abscence. UCLA will be without G Michael Roll for a month or so after tearing his plantar fascia. UNC’s Tyler Hansbrough, Georgetown’s Roy Hibbert, Tennessee’s Chris Lofton, Michigan State’s Drew Neitzel, and UCLA’s Darren
Collison have been named preseason All-Americans. Kentucy lost F Ramon Harris indefinitely with a foot injury. Divison II Grand Valley State beat Michigan State and Findlay beat Ohio State in exhibition games. Kentucky got beat by Gardner-Webb. Maryland will be without James Gist and Landon Milbourne for their season opener because of NCAA violations. UW-Milwaukee kicked leading scorer Avery Smith to the curb for rule violations. Florida State extended coach Leonard Hamilton’s contract.
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.