Friday Tidbits 12/21/07
Brett Favre passed Dan Marino to become the league’s passing leader. No word on whether Marino slugged Favre for breaking all of his records this year. New England won Spygate 2 to move to 14-0. Miami finally won a game. Tampa Bay finally returned a kick for a TD. Jeremy Shockey broke his leg. Brian Westbrook angered fantasy football owners, and saved a few, when he took a knee at the one yardline negating a sure touchdown. Dallas S Roy Williams got suspened for his horse collar tackle on McNabb. Alge Crumpler, DeAngleo Hall, Chris Houston, Roddy White, and Joe Horn were fined for were fined for uniform violations when they expressed their support for Michael Vick. The NFL is so lame. Who cares? Dallas signed NT Jay Ratliff to a five-year extension. Viking Dwight Smith got busted with pot. Last year he got arrested for getting busy in a stairwell. Bright guy. Sean Taylor was voted to the Pro Bowl. Isn’t it nice those kids decided to rob and ultimately murder him? Bill Parcels signed a four-year deal as the head of football operations with the Dolphins. I know I’m already sick of the Tuna/Fish/Dolphins references. Willie Parker broke his leg in the Steelers win over St. Louis.
LeBron James became the fastest player to score 9000 points in his career. Kirk Hinrich has a pulse. He notched a triple-double for the Bulls. Atlanta F Shelden Williams was carjacked. Dwight Howard scored 31 and grabbed 20 boards. Carlos Boozer scored 39 to go with 12 boards, but lost to Atlanta. Al Jefferson had 22 points and 20 rebounds in a losing effort against Miami. Tim Duncan showed his back with 36 points and 17 rebounds, but he lost to the Suns. Chris Bosh became Toronto’s all-time rebound leader. Detroit snapped Boston’s nine game winning streak. Alonzo Mourning tore his knee, which will more than likely end his playing career. I’ve always like ‘Zo. Troy Hudson’s career might be over because of a hip injury. That would leave him more time to focus on his hip hop. I just hope I never have to hear another of his songs. Michael Jordan must have inspired the Bobcats by practicing with them. They knocked off the Jazz. Caron Butler messed around and got a triple-double vs. Chicago. Dwayne Wade scored 41 in a losing effort against New Jersey.
Philadelphia signed F Mike Richards to a twelve-year, $69 million contract. His teammate Joffrey Lupul netted his 2nd hat trick in three games. Anaheim traded Andy McDonald to St. Louis for Doug Weight, Michal Birner and a draft pick. This week’s shutouts: Toronto’s Vesa Toskala vs. Atlanta, Boston’s Alex Auld vs. Columbus, NY Rangers’ Henrik Lundqvist vs. Pittsburgh, Vancouver’s Roberto Luongo vs. New Jersey, Anaheim’s Jean-Sebastien Giguere vs. San Jose. Scott Niedermayer is back with Anaheim. Vancouver will be without C Brendan Morrisson for a few months following wrist surgery. Toronto will be without D Bryan McCabe for a couple months because of a broken hand. Chris Simon received a 30 game suspension. He’s the Ron Artest of the NHL. Kyle Okposo is leaving the University of Minnesota to fill-in for Simon for the Islanders. Carolina F Craig Adams was suspended for hitting Alex Steen with his stick. Pittsburgh F Ryan Malone missed time with a infection on his leg. Gross. Marian Gaborik scored five goals in the Wild’s over the Rangers.
Andy Pettitte admitted to taking HGH in 2002. Fernando Vina admitted to using HGH to recover from an injury. Brian Roberts also admitted to using steroids. He only did it once though. Right. I’m sure it had nothing to do with the fact that he hit 2, 1, 5, and 4 HRs in 2001-2004 seasons and then 18 in 2005 when he was teammates with Sammy Sosa and Rafael Palmeiro. Arizona traded with Oakland for Dan Haren. They turned around and dealt Jose Valarde, who lead MLB in saves last year to Houston. The Twins continued their mockery of the free agent season by signing Mike Lamb. They keep picking up junk players and try to pass them off as impact players. Texas signed reliever Kazuo Fukumori. St. Louis traded Jim Edmonds to San Diego for a minor leaguer. The Dodgers signed P Hiroki Kuroda to a three-year deal worth $35 million. Never one to miss an opportunity to be in the limelight, Pete Ro$e spoke out against the steroid users saying the users are “making a mockery” of baseball. To quote Triumph the Insult Dog, “that’s like vomit telling poop it stinks”. Reliever Ron Mahay signed a two-year deal with Kansas City worth $8 million. C Michael Barrett signed a one-year deal with San Diego worth $3.5 million. Colorado signed Kip Wells and Mark Redmond to one-year deals. Curst Schilling says Roger Clemens should forfeit his Cy Youngs if it’s proven that he took PEDs. Carlos Silva signed with Seattle for $48 million over four years. Are you kidding me? Dontrelle Willis signed a three year extension with Detroit for $29 million. Geoff Jenkins signed with Philadelphia. Jonathan Papelbon’s dog ate the World Series ball. Doug Mientkiewicz can stop watching Mission Impossible to plan his attempt to steal it.
Michigan finally got their man as Rich Rodriguez left West Virginia for the Wolverines gig. Duke hired David Cutcliffe, former Tennessee OC, as their new head coach. The snake Bobby Petrino hired his brother Paul to be his OC. Houston named Kevin Sumlin, an assistant at Oklahoma, as it’s new coach. He’s the school’s first black head coach. Cincinnati extened Brian Kelly’s contract five years. Miami fired defensive coordinator Tim Walton. Clemson’s Nick Watkins, Christian Capote, and Tramaine Billie were declared academically ineligible for the Chick-fil-A Bowl against Auburn. Boise State’s Jeremy Childs, Keith McGowen, and Ben Chandler will miss the Hawaii Bowl because of unspecified violations. Tim Tebow was named AP Player of the Year. Florida State suspened 20 players from the Music City Bowl for a cheating scandal. They’ll also miss the first three games next year. No word on whether Clem Haskins was involved. Kansas Coach Mark Mangino was named AP Coach of the Year. CB Eugene Clifford was suspended by Ohio State. Tennessee’s T Demonte Bolden and LB Rico McCoy were declared academically ineligible. Utah kicked off the Bowl Season with a 35-32 win over Navy.
Rick Pitino won his 500th game. Tennessee F Duke Crews will be out indefinitely because of a heart condition. Eric Gordon returned to Indiana and scored 26. Nebraska knocked off #16 Oregon. Arizona State pounded #17 Xavier. Purdue upset #20 Louisville. Syracuse will be without Eric Devendorf for the rest of the year after he tore his ACL. Gonzaga’s Steven Gray returned from a fractured wrist to score 12 points vs. Northern Colorado. Brook Lopez has regained his eligibility for Stanford. Wisconsin-Milwaukee kicked Torre Johnson, their leading scorer and rebounder, to the curb following his arrest on the suspicion of battery. Laval Lucas-Perry is transferring from Arizona to Michigan. Somebody finally got their wish as Dick Vitale had surgery on his left vocal cord. His wife’s ears finally get a rest. Just kidding. We hope for a speedy recovery. He should be back in February, baby. Although Dukie V is probably in mourning this morning after his #7 Duke Blue Devils were knocked off by #9 Pitt 65-64 on Levance Fields’ clutch three in OT. Oklahoma knocked off #20 Gonzaga.
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.