Friday Tidbits – 1/2/09

Jan 2, 2009

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 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.

A.J. Allmendinger will replace Elliott Sadler in Gillett Evernham Motorsports’s Dodge #19.  Petty Enterprises and GEM are merging.

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29 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. CK0712
    January 2nd, 2009 at 7:52 am #

    shanahan going back to oakland is an insult to him, although i did make the same crack HA! after what crazy uncle al did to him, i think he’d rather be unemployed till the end of time LOL!

    as for Mr. NFL interception leader of ALL TIME……bench bench bench…….GTFO of the NFL all together…..:)

  2. LestersLegends
    January 2nd, 2009 at 8:00 am #

    CK – LOL

  3. CK0712
    January 2nd, 2009 at 8:04 am #

    HA, crabby, hungover & my fricken truck broke down……WHAT a way to start the new year LMAO!

    Now my eagles better win sunday, or i’m goin postal ya dig LMFAO!

  4. Frank
    January 2nd, 2009 at 8:14 am #

    “OUCH” as Va Tech spanked my Bearcats. I’m not a sore loser, so hats off to the Hokies.

    Speaking of spanking, what Huggins’ team did to the Buckeyes made many UC fans smile.

    CK is off to a rough start in 2009 – and she didn’t mention PSU as part of her misery. And to think she has several days to add pressure with the Eagles.

  5. LestersLegends
    January 2nd, 2009 at 8:20 am #

    CK – Ha
    Frank – Yeah, the Big Ten in generally got worked. Iowa did their part, but the rest..yikes.

  6. CK0712
    January 2nd, 2009 at 8:20 am #

    HA i see how u roll AFrank LMAO! thank u for reminding me about my lions last night……i still dig ya though, cuz u rock the spaghetti LMAO!

  7. David Funk
    January 2nd, 2009 at 8:27 am #

    I can’t believe how fast 2008 came to a close, and that the NFL Playoffs are here. I hope no games are locally blacked out this weekend either.

    I’m still waiting for the big game this coming Thursday for the BCS Championship.

    Nice tidbits as always!

  8. LestersLegends
    January 2nd, 2009 at 8:44 am #

    CK – easy one to forget
    David – yeah, thursday should be awesome. the vikes-eagles game may be blacked out

  9. Frank
    January 2nd, 2009 at 9:01 am #

    CK: You’re welcome … glad I could pile on. Now that you’re believe in the spaghetti, maybe Ryan and David will join the craze. ha ha … if I could only get feedback from kitchen master Beeze

    Wonder if Ole Miss has another surprise in its bag?

    Bowl season hasn’t been kind to the Big 10 this year ,,,, but a big WOW to the PAC 10.

  10. CK0712
    January 2nd, 2009 at 9:48 am #

    Cards & Vikes are blacked out from what i’ve been told….maybe the tickets will sell out between today & uh SOON!

  11. Brad
    January 2nd, 2009 at 10:31 am #

    The Winter Classic was indeed a beauty…there’s just something about watching hockey outdoors.

    I’m glad someone on the Jets stood up and said that Favre was the reason they lost…it’s about time someone did it.

    It’s amazing that a PLAYOFF game will be blacked out…I’m still trying to wrap my brain around that one.

    As for CK’s comment about the Big Ten getting spanked except for Iowa…their win shouldn’t count because South Carolina sucks…I started to fly to Tampa and see if Spurrier would put me in at QB, I can turn the ball over every time I touch it too.

    Seriously though, that Shonn Greene dude is killer, he should be a good draft pick for someone.

    Sorry about your start to 2009 CK…it will all get better.

    Great work as always Lester!

  12. CK0712
    January 2nd, 2009 at 10:43 am #

    As for CK’s comment about the Big Ten getting spanked except for Iowa…their win shouldn’t count because South Carolina sucks

    i’m lost, but that’s just the way my day is goin LMAO! i don’t remember talking about Iowa LOL!

    It’s amazing that a PLAYOFF game will be blacked out…I’m still trying to wrap my brain around that one.

    How bout that, i’m assuming it’s the economy in it’s wonderful condition, who can afford the tickets :(

    they should show the games anyway, i fully agree!!

  13. David Funk
    January 2nd, 2009 at 11:21 am #

    I still recall the playoff game a few years back in Miami that was blacked out as well. That’s not something you want to see especially being that the two games that look to be blacked out are both in the NFC.

    Minnesota hasn’t hosted a playoff game since 2000, and Arizona hasn’t done so in forever which would surprise me even more with them being blacked out if not for the state of our economy. I would like to see the revenue numbers on the playoffs this year when it’s done to see how the economy effected the nation’s top grossing sport during it’s postseason.

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  15. CK0712
    January 2nd, 2009 at 1:13 pm #

    zona’s been given an extension until 2:30PM today, to sell the remaining tickets. they are quoted as saying, they are optomistic!

  16. LestersLegends
    January 2nd, 2009 at 1:24 pm #

    Brad – thanks for adding. poor big ten.
    CK – i said about Iowa. you’re not nuts.
    david – part of MN’s prob is they didn’t know they were in until Sunday. We’ll see.
    CK – hopefully they sell out. don’t know when the cards will be in again.

  17. CK0712
    January 2nd, 2009 at 1:29 pm #

    they have 3700 tickets left, i just checked (i had to do an AP release) waiting on Vikes info now!!

  18. CK0712
    January 2nd, 2009 at 2:52 pm #

    The Vikings reported 8,000 tickets remaining at noon for Sunday’s game against the Eagles. The NFL has granted an extension until 3:30 p.m. local time today to reach a virtual sellout, but the possibility of a local TV blackout looms.

  19. LestersLegends
    January 2nd, 2009 at 2:54 pm #

    Thanks for the updates CK.

  20. CK0712
    January 2nd, 2009 at 3:56 pm #

    UPDATE on the VIKES:

    The NFL has given the Minnesota Vikings one last chance to sell out the Metrodome for Sunday’s playoff game against Philadelphia.

    The Vikings have until 4:30 p.m. EST on Saturday to sell the remaining 3,100 tickets to avoid a television blackout in local markets.

    The task isn’t as daunting as it appeared earlier in the week. The Vikings were granted their first extension on Thursday and still had a whopping 8,000 tickets to unload to avoid the first blackout since 1997.

    But the team made big strides, selling nearly 5,000 tickets as of this afternoon. The remaining tickets are priced $80, $120 and $160 a piece. It’s the first time the Vikings have been in the playoffs since the 2004 season.

  21. LestersLegends
    January 2nd, 2009 at 3:59 pm #

    Thanks. MN will get it done. The Vikes won’t though.

  22. CK0712
    January 2nd, 2009 at 4:03 pm #

    well as long as i can watch it here in PA (sorry MN) perhaps some should subscribe to the NFL network just for the weekend?

    that just sucks lester’s……a playoff game blacked out-hell they should show that anyway!

  23. LestersLegends
    January 2nd, 2009 at 5:17 pm #

    CK – it should tell the politicians and Owner Ziggy all they need to know about a stadium. WE DON’T WANT TO PAY FOR ONE. If you can’t sell out a PLAYOFF GAME, obviously we have better places for our money.

  24. CK0712
    January 2nd, 2009 at 6:23 pm #

    THAT is a dayum shame !

  25. LestersLegends
    January 2nd, 2009 at 6:31 pm #

    It’s just the way it should be. Unless the city has a stake in the team, why pay to build a stadium that increases the value of the team for the owner immediately. Let them foot the bill and trickle it down to the people going to the game, buying merchandise, etc.

  26. CK0712
    January 2nd, 2009 at 6:37 pm #

    true, i can understand that. i meant for the fans sake, i just wish they’d show the dayum games regardless, specially playoffs, not everyone has $$ right now!!

  27. LestersLegends
    January 2nd, 2009 at 6:39 pm #

    agree, especially if like 90% is sold.

  28. CK0712
    January 2nd, 2009 at 6:42 pm #

    exactly……you have die hard fans, they deserve to see the game, specially a playoff!

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