Friday Tidbits 12/28/07
The Patriots improved to 15-0. Tom Brady threw his 48th TD pass. Randy Moss caught his 20th and 21st TD passes. Kevin Everett went to the Bills game this weekend. Unfortunately, they couldn’t win one for him. Willis McGahee cracked his ribs. Chicago destroyed Green Bay giving Dallas home field. The Redskins took the Wild Card lead with a win in Minnesota. Steve Smith showed a pulse with 137 yards and a score. The Cowboys won, but Terrible Owens left with an ankle sprain. The Jets place Laveranues Coles on IR. The Dolphins placed Channing Crowder, their leading tackle on IR. Tom Brady was named AP Player of the Year. Rudi Johnson was held out this week. JaMarcus Russell is going to start for the Raiders this week. San Diego signed DL Ryon Bingham to a three-year extension. LaDainian Tomlinson became the leading rusher heading into Week 17. Philip Rivers was trash talking Jay Cutler on the sidelines. The Panthers’ IR just got a side of Julius Peppers. Marvin Harrison actually practiced. Warren Sapp got fined $75K for questioning game officials. Patrick Crayton signed a four-year extension with Dallas. His teammated, Terry Glenn, may play this weekend.
Kobe Bryant became the youngest player to reach 20,000 points. Jason Kidd messed around and got his 94th career triple-double. He also moved into 6th place in career assists. Marcus Camby got one the hard way…points, rebounds, and blocks. The Timberwolves actually won a game. Chris Bosh scored 42 in losing fashion. Yi Jianlian scored 29. Speedy Claxton is out for the season with a knee injury. The Bulls fired Scott Skiles. Chris Paul dropped in 40. Boston won is Ray Allen’s return to Seattle to improve to 24-3.
Martin Brodeur became #2 on the career shutout list at 95 when he blanked Calgary. Other shutouts this week: Columbus’ Pascal Leclaire vs. Atlanta, Detroit’s Chris Osgood vs. St. Louis. Jason Arnott netted a hat trick against the Kings. The Flyers extended John Stevens’ contract one year. Carolina RW Justin Williams tore his knee and will miss several months. A groin injury landed Chicago RW Martin Havlat on the IR. Niklas Lindstrom signed a two-year extension with Detroit. Joe Sakic will have hernia surgery today and miss a couple months. Ottawa’s Jason Speeza scored his 300th point.
Mark Prior signed a one-year deal with San Diego. The White Sox signed Alexei Ramirez, who exiled from Cuba. Colorado signed P Luis Vizcaino to a two-year deal. Cincinnati traded Josh Hamilton to Texas for Edinson Volquez and Danny Herrera. The Phillies signed OF So Taguchi. Florida signed Jose Castillo. Kansas City signed C Miguel Olivo to a one-year deal.
The Bowl season rolled on with Cincinnati beating Southern Miss in the Papa John’s Bowl, New Mexico blanking Nevada in the New Mexico Bowl. BYU edging UCLA in the Pioneer Las Vegas Bowl. Florida Atlantic crushed Memphis in the New Orleans Bowl. East Carolina topped Boise State in the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl. Purdue defeated Central Michigan in the Motor City Bowl behind Curtis Painter’s 546 yards. Texas blasted Arizona State 52-34 in the Pacific Life Holiday Bowl. Kentucky will be without RB Derrick Locke, who fractured a rib in practice. Missouri signed Gary Pinkel got a $550K raise and a one-year extension.
Bob Huggins won his 600th game. #2 Memphis soundly beat #4 Georgetown 85-71. #10 Michigan State beat #5 Texas 78-72. #12 Tennessee got by #24 Xavier 82-75. Mississippi upset #15 Clemson 85-82. Oakland knocked off #21 Oregon 68-62. New Mexico State suspended C Hatila Passos and G Paris Carter. Pitt lost Mike Cook for the year with a knee injury. NC State lost Farnold Degand for the year with a knee injury. Eddie Sutton is pursuing his 800th win with San Francisco. UNC’s Bobby Frasor tore his knee.
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.