Friday Tidbits – 1/2/09
Mike Brown made his yearly visit to the season-ending IR. Roger Badell says the ridiculous system of paying top draft picks more than proven vets will continue. I don’t get how the NFLPA is OK with this system. Big Ben got knocked the __ out. The Steelers won without him. Mike Singletary got the interim tag removed from his coaching title. The Niners won for him. Baltimore beat Jacksonville to earn a playoff spot. The Dolphins went from worst to first after beating the Jets. The Pats blanked the Bills, but were on the outside looking in at 11-5. Philly destroyed Dallas sending Tony Romo and Co. packing. The Eagles made the playoffs as Oakland beat Tampa. Minnesota beat the Giants to win the NFC North. It didn’t matter as Chicago fell to Houston. The Cards got their Offense clicking as they sent Holmgren away with an L. Speaking of L’s, Green Bay beat Detroit to send them to an 0-16 season. Carolina beat New Orleans to win the NFC South. Brees surpassed 5000 yards, but came up short in his quest to beat Marino’s record. Michael Turner made it interesting for the rushing title (won by Adrian Peterson) as Atlanta beat St. Louis. Cincy won against Kansas City. Indy blanked the Titans. The Chargers beat Denver to win the AFC West and take Ed Hochuli off the hook. Eric Mangini (Jets), Romeo Crennell (Browns), and Rod Marinelli (Lions) got fired on Monday. In 2010 the Pro Bowl will be the week before the Super Bowl in Miami. Matt Ryan was named Offensive Rookie of the Year. Mike Shanahan got fired. Maybe he’ll go back to Oakland. Ha. Mike Martz got the boot in San Fran. Chad Pennington won the Comeback Player of the Year. I’m sorry, but his teammate came Ronnie Brown came back from a major knee injury. My choice is still Cadillac Williams. Oh well. Jerod Mayo won the Defensive Rookie of the Year. Thomas Jone said Favre should have been benched. I don’t disagree. Dallas fired Special Teams Coach Bruce Read.
The Wolves finally won. The Celtics a second consecutive game. This time it was Golden State. Melo came back from a three-game layoff. Dirk Nowitzki was suspended a game for a flagrant foul. Darko Milicic (knuckle) will miss a month. Zach Randolph will miss a week for the Clippers. Shaq passed Dominque Wilkins and Oscar Robertson for 8th on the all-time scoring list. Ricky Davis was suspended five games for failing a drug test. Nenad Krstic signed with Oklahoma City. Houston signed Dikembe Mutumbo. Chris Paul messed around and got a triple-double. Carlos Boozer will have his knee scoped. Carlos Boozer grabbed 24 rebounds. Charles Barkley got popped for a DUI. George Karl got his 900th Win.
Bill Guerin scored his 400th goal. Paul Kariya will likely miss the season following hip surgery. Buffalo C Paul Gaustad landed on the IR. Washington retired Mike Gartner’s number 11. New York Rangers prospect Alexei Cherepanov took PEDs prior to his death. Montreal earned their 3,000th regular-season win. Patrice Bergeron (concussion) went on the IR. Curtis Joseph won his 450th game. Steve Mason recorded his third consecutive shutout. The Bruins won their tenth straight game. Detroit beat Chicago in the Winter Classic. Montreal lost Alex Tanguay (shoulder) for six weeks.
Shutouts: Pittsburgh’s Marc-Andre Fleury vs. New Jersey, Columbus’ Steve Mason vs. Philadelphia & Anaheim, Los Angeles’ Jonathan Quick vs. Phoenix, Vancouver’s Curtis Sanford vs. Ottawa, Columbus’ Steve Mason vs. LA, Detroit’s Ty Conklin vs. Chicago
Hat Tricks: Carolina’s Eric Staal vs. Atlanta, Atlanta’s Bryan Little vs. Carolina, Montreal’s Andrei Kostitsyn vs. Pittsburgh, Calgary’s Rene Bourque vs. Ottawa, Montreal’s Maxim Lapierre vs. Florida
Randy Johnson signed a one-year deal with San Francisco. Roger Clemens had his name removed from a Houston hospital. Willy Taveras signed with the Reds. Cuban pitcher Yadel Marti defected. Michael Barrett signed a Minor League deal with Toronto. Boston signed Brad Penny and Josh Bard. Chris Snyder signed a three-year extension with Arizona. Tampa signed Joe Nelson. Brian Fuentes signed with Anaheim. Chicago traded Mark DeRosa to Cleveland for Minor Leaguers. Mark Hendrickson signed with Baltimore.
Florida Atlantic beat Central Michigan in the Motor City Bowl. Army named Rich Ellerson as their new Coach. Michigan State gave Mark Dantonio a new contract. Rob Ambrose will be Towson’s next Coach. Pat White led West Virginia to a win over North Carolina in the Meineke Car Care Bowl. He’s the first QB to start and win four bowl games. Florida State pounded Wisconsin in the Champs Sports Bowl. Cal beat Miami in the Emerald Bowl. Louisiana Tech beat Northern Illinois in the Independence Bowl. Alabama suspended Andre Smith, the Outland Trophy winner, for the Sugar Bowl. Rutgers beat North Carolina State in the PapaJohns.com Bowl. #21 Missouri beat #23 Northwestern in the Alamo Bowl. Maryland beat Nevada in the Humanitarian Bowl. Rice beat Western Michigan in the Texas Bowl. #17 Oregon beat #13 Oklahoma State in the Holiday Bowl. Houston beat Air Force in the Armed Forces Bowl. Oregon State shutout #20 Pitt 3-0 in the Sun Bowl. Vanderbilt beat #24 Boston College in the Music City Bowl. Kansas smoked Minnesota in the Insight Bowl. Want some insight? Minnesota is junk and shouldn’t have been playing in a bowl game. LSU smoked #14 Georgia Tech in the Chick-Fil-A Bowl. Iowa beat South Carolina in the Outback Bowl. #15 Georgia beat #18 Michigan State in the Capital One Bowl. Nebraska beat Clemson in the Gator Bowl. #5 USC smacked #8 Penn State in the Rose Bowl. It’s been a rough bowl season for the Little Ten. #19 Virginia Tech beat #12 Cincinnati in the Orange Bowl.
Eric Devendorf will be reinstated by Syracuse. West Virginia thumped #13 Ohio State 76-48. #1 UNC won their school record 12th straight game by double-digits. #8 Georgetown beat #2 UConn. #18 Tennessee beat Louisiana-Lafayette behind Wayne Chism’s 18 points and 15 rebounds. He left the game on a stretcher though after landing on his back. #24 Michigan beat North Carolina Central behind Manny Harris’29 points, 16 rebounds, and 7 assists. Stevy Worah-Ozimo grabbed 18 boards for NC Central. Arkansas beat #4 Oklahoma despite 35 points from Willie Warren. #6 Wake Forest beat Radford despite 15 points and 16 rebounds from Artsiom Parakhouski. Illinois beat #11 Purdue despite 16 points and 15 rebounds from JaJuan Johnson. #16 Clemson beat South Carolina despite 37 points from Devan Downey. #15 Michigan State beat #21 Minnesota. #10 Notre Dame beat DePaul behind Luke Harangody’s 26 points and 16 rebounds. Utah upset #17 Gonzaga. UNLV beat #18 Louisville. #20 Baylor hung 113 on Jackson State. Wisconsin beat #24 Michigan. #25 Marquette beat #Villanova.
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