Friday Tidbits 1/4/08
The Patriots finished their 16-0 season. Tom Brady set the record with his 50th TD pass. Randy Moss set the record with his 23rd TD reception. Tennessee and Washington earned the last playoff spots in their respective conferences. Tony Gonzalez became the all-time leader for receptions by a Tight End. Andre Davis took two to the house as Houston beat Jacksonville. Devin Hester took one to the house as well for Da Bears. It was his record sixth TD return this season, which broke the mark of five he set last year. Cleveland missed the playoffs despite a 10-6 record. The Colts signed Bob Sanders to a five-year extension worth $37.5 million. NFL Official Jim Quirk was fined $8K for grabbing Packer LB Nick Barnett by the neck. Baltimore fired Brian Billick. The Dolphins fired GM Randy Mueller. Big surprise. He also fired Cam Cameron. Shocking. The Chargers signed GM A.J. Smith to a five-year extension. The Bungles fired their Defensive Coordinator and LB Coach. Mike Martz got the boot in Detroit. Tennessee put TE Bo Scaife on IR with a lacerated liver. That just sounds painful. Mike Nolan will still be the Coach of San Francisco, however, he won’t be GM anymore. Adrian Peterson won Offensive Rookie of the Year. Bill Belichick won Coach of the Year Honors. Warren Sapp is hanging up his cleats.
Phil Jackson tied Red Auerbach for seventh on the all-time regular season victories for coaches. He couldn’t break the record against the Celtics despite his team wearing throwback jerseys and short shorts from the pre-Fab Five era. Dwayne Wade scored 48, to go along with 7 rebounds and 11 assists, in a overtime loss to Orlando. Dwight Howard had 29 points and 21 rebounds in the win. The Sixers traded Kyle Korver to Utah for Gordon Giricek and a first round pick. If Kevin McHale would have made the deal for the Sixers, he would have sent Korver and a first found pick for Giricek. That’s just the way he operates. Jamaal Tinsley will miss at least a week with a hamstring injury. Hopefully, he won’t get arrested or shot in his down time. Portland had their 13 game winning streak snapped by Utah. They did win their next two following the loss. Lamar Odom was suspended for a game for a flagrant foul on Ray Allen. Ron Artest has a month to write new songs as he’s out following elbow surgery. Deron Williams handed out 20 assists in a win over Philly. Tracy McGrady will miss a week or two with a knee injury. The Lakers will be without Chris Mihm for a month with a bum heel.
Alexander Ovechkin scored four goals against Ottawa. Paul Kariya had a hat trick of his own against Dallas. Columbus’ Rick Nash had one against Edmonton. Steven Reinprecht’s hat trick helped Phoenix beat Colorado. Evgeni Malkin had his first NHL hat trick against Toronto. This week’s shutouts: San Jose’s Evgeni Nabokov vs. St. Louis, Atlanta’s Alexander Ovechkin vs. Boston, Pittsburgh’s Ty Conklin vs. Buffalo, Philly’s Antero Niittymaki vs. Florida. St. Louis’ Manny Legace vs. Detroit. Nashville’s Dan Ellis vs. Dallas. Boston’s Tim Thomas vs. Washington. Vancouver’s Roberto Luongo vs. the Rangers. The Islanders signed Kyle Okposo to a three-year deal. He’s the guy who left the University of Minnesota midseason. His GM made remarks about the development of Okposo. Edmonton’s Ethan Moreau returned for the first time in over a year. Pittburgh’s Gary Roberts broke his leg. Pittsburgh beat Buffalo in the Winter Classic. Sid the Kid netted the game winner in a shootout. Detroit’s Mike Babcock will coach the East and Ottawa’s John Paddock will coach the West in the All-Star Game. Chicago’s Jonathan Toews will miss a month with a sprained knee. Colorado will be without Ryan Smith for two months because of a broken ankle.
If Roger Clemens says Brian McNamee lied in his 60 Minutes inteview, he could face a lawsuit. Clemens claims the injections were Lidocaine and B-12. Maybe Rafael Palmeiro gave it to him. Houston signed Oscar Villareal to a two-year deal. Jim Leyritz was charged with DUI manslaughter after he crashed into Fredia Ann Veitch’s car, killing the 30 year old woman, while drunk. Jose Canseco signed a deal for a sequel to Juiced. Raul Ibanez and Jamie Moyer denied Shane Monahan’s claims that the Seattle Mariners clubhouse culture pushed steroids and amphetamines. Matt Clement signed a one-year deal with St. Louis. He was the Red Sox version of Carl Pavano. Chicago acquired Nick Swisher from Oakland for a trio of minor leaguers.
The Bowl season rolled on as Boston College beat Michigan State in the Champs Sports Bowl, TCU beat Houston in the Texas Bowl, Oregon State beat Maryland in the Emerald Bowl. On Saturday Wake Forest beat UConn in the Meineke Car Care Bowl (that’s really a bowl?), Mississippi State beat UCF in the Autozone Liberty Bowl, Joe Paterno avoided the casket as Penn State beat Texas A & M in the Valero Alamo Bowl. Cal beat Air Force in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl (huh?). Fresno State beat Georgia Tech in the Roady’s Humanitarian Bowl. Oregon destoryed South Florida in the Sun Bowl. Kentucky beat Florida State in the Motor City Bowl. Oklahoma State beat Indiana in the Insight Bowl. Auburn beat Clemson in the Chick-Fil-A Bowl. Alabama beat Colorado in the Petrosun Independence Bowl. Tennessee beat Wisconsin in the Outback Bowl. Missouri pounded Arkansas in the Cotton Bowl. Tony Temple outrushed Darren McFadden 281 to 105 yards. Michigan beat Florida in the Capital One Bowl. They really recovered from their two early losses. Texas Tech beat Virginia in the Gator Bowl. USC destroyed Illinois in the Rose Bowl. Georgia pounded Hawaii in the Sugar Bowl. West Virginia smoked Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl. I guess they got by without Rich Rodriguez. Kansas beat Virginia Tech in the Orange Bowl. Finally, a close BCS game. UCLA named Rick Neuheisel as its next head coach. Texas RB Jamaal Jones will enter the draft. Central Michigan signed Butch Jones to a two-year extension. Miami DE Charles Campbell will enter the draft, as will Florida DE Derrick Harvey.
#2 Memphis beat #18 Arizona, Dayton housed #6 Pitt, Wisconsin edged #9 Texas, Winthrop beat #19 Miami, Boise State beat #21 BYU, Oklahoma upset #23 West Virginia in double-overtime. Michigan kicked G Jerret Smith off the team. Auburn’s Korvotney Barber will miss a month with a broken hand. He was shooting 72% from the field. Pitt will be without Levance Fields for a couple months with a broken foot. #22 Rhode Island beat Fairleigh Dickson despite 39 points from Manny Ubilla. #14 Texas beat TCU behind Damion Jones’ 29 points and 14 rebounds. UCLA will be without Michael Roll for three weeks with a foot injury. Depaul upset #16 Villanova.
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.