Friday Tidbits 2/1/08
Plaxico Burress said the Giants may have a better receiving corps than the Patriots. He also said they’d beat the Patriots. At least he’s confident. Atlanta hired Mike Mularkey to be their new Offensive Coordinator. San Diego will face New Orleans in London next year. On paper it sounds better than the Giants-Dolphins game we bored London crowds with. Rex Ryan will remain the Ravens’ Defensive Coordinator. “O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?” I’m in Cleveland silly. I just signed a two-year extension! Greg Ellis will replace Lance Briggs in the Pro Bowl. Terrell Owens owes the Eagles some money. Cincinnati signed Carson Palmer’s brother Jordan to a backup QB role. Willis McGahee will replace LT in the Pro Bowl. St. Louis signed Al Saunders to be their Offensive Coordinator. Defensive MVP Bob Sanders had shoulder surgery. There stil no replacement in place for Joe Gibbs.
Kevin Garnett beat the Timberwolves in his first meeting against his ex-team. The Big Three scored 7, but the C’s still beat the Heat. Kobe dropped 40 on Dallas in defeat. Memphis bought out Damon Stoudamire’s contract. Miami snapped their 15 game losing streak by beating Indiana. Orlando beat the Celtics. LeBron scored 41 as the Cavs beat the Lakers. Caron Butler’s 40 wasn’t good enough vs. Milwaukee. Big Al Jefferson had 40 points and 19 boards as Minnesota beat New Jersey. He had 26 points and 20 boards in a win over Chicago. Andris Biedrins grabbed 26 rebounds in a win over the Knicks. Chris Webber is returning to Golden State. Dallas will be without Devin Harris for a few weeks. He bruised a bone on his ankle. Chris Paul stuffed the stat sheets with 23 points, 9 rebounds, and 17 assists. Tony Parker is being forced to shut it down for a while a bone spur heals. I can just see Eva waiting on him. Antawn Jamison had 24 points, 20 rebounds in an overtime win over Chris Bosh (37 points) and Toronto. Yao Ming had 36 points and 19 rebounds in a win over Golden State. T-Mac missed it. Shocking. Cleveland will be without Anderson Varejao for a few weeks because of a sprained ankle. Earl Boykins signed a deal with Charlotte. Boston beat Dallas without KG. LeBron missed a game with a sprained ankle.
The East beat the West in the NHL All-Star game 8-7. Eric Staal took home MVP honors. Rick Nash netted an All-Star Game Hat Trick. Toronto will be without centers Alex Steen and Darryl Boyce because of separated shoulders. Pittsburgh picked up Kris Beech off waivers. Anaheim’s lineup will be bolstered by the return of Teemu Selanne. Vancouver D Willie Mitchell is out for a while after breaking a vertebra in his back. San Jose added Jody Shelley from Columbus for a draft pick. The Los Angeles Kings signed W Raitis Ivanans to a two-year deal. This week’s shutouts: Montreal’s Cristobal Huet vs. Washington, San Jose’s Evgeni Nabokov vs. Edmonton. Buffalo’s Ryan Miller vs. Florida. New York Rangers’ Stephen Valiquette vs. Philly. Alexander Ovechkin had four goals in a 5-4 win over Montreal. I guess the NHL can go on without Sid the Kid as long as Alexander the Great is lighting it up.
The Twins made news this week by trading Johan Santana to the Mets. They turned down better offers earlier and didn’t even get top prospects. They also signed Justin Morneau (6 years, $80 million) and Michael Cuddyer (3 years,$24 million). Had they signed them last year, they would have saved $20-$30 million on these two. Not the best week for Twins fans. Of course this depends on a contract agreement with the Mets. The Mets want to guarantee five years while Johan wants six. Chad Gaudin signed a one-year deal with Oakland for $1.77 million. Carlos Pena signed an extension with Tampa Bay worth $24 million. Washington’s Paul Lo Duca hurt his knee working out. At least he knows of some “good meds” to help him heal quickly. He should be out a month or so following his surgery. Robinson Cano signed a six-year $56 million deal with the Yankees. Mike Lieberthal has decided to hang up his catcher’s mitt. Roger Clemens released a wordy response to the steroid allegations. I’m not sure I believe him, but at least he’s blazing back. Chicago sent David Aardsma to Boston Willy Mota and Miguel Socolovic. Philadelphia signed Pedro Feliz to a two-year deal. Johnny Estrada joined the Nationals. Seattle signed Brad Wilkerson. Morgan Ensberg signed with the Yankees. Seattle and Baltimore are still discussing an Erik Bedard trade.
Missouri’s leading scorer Stefhon Hannah broke his jaw. He’ll miss a month or more. He was hurt in a bar fight. Four of his teammates got supsended for curfew vioations. Eastern Michigan kicked C James Matthews off the team. New Mexico State is making Jahmar Young miss a game for leaving the arena early. UConn suspended guards Jerome Dyson and Doug Wiggins indefinitely for violating team rules. They knocked off #8 Indiana without them, 68-63. Ugly week for player behavior. Purdue bumped #11 Wisconsin 60-56. Mississippi State thumped #15 Old Miss. Rutgers knocked off #17 Pitt 77-64. Notre Dame beat #18 Villanova 90-80. Richmond beat #19 Dayton 80-63. Florida beat #13 Vandebilt 86-64. Miami beat #25 Clemson 75-72. San Diego beat #20 St. Mary’s 63-55. Kansas State knocked off #2 Kansas 84-75. Michael Beasley had 25 for K-State. Joey Dorsey had 22 rebounds for #1 Memphis in their win over Houston. #23 Texas A&M beat #10 Texas 80-63. #22 Ole Miss beat #18 Vanderbilt 74-58. Arkansas thrashed #25 Mississippi State 78-58. Tubby Smith won his 400th game. He’s done a fine job with the Golden Gophers. Cal beat #9 Washington State 69-64. #13 Wisconsin beat #11 Indiana 62-49.
Tennessee RB Arian Foster had knee surgery. Penn State kicked DT Chris Baker, LB Navorro Bowman, and CB Knowledge Timmons for fighting last year. I guess Timmons didn’t use his namesake. Wake Forest kicked RB Luke Caparelli to the curb. Texas A & M Yemi Babalola and Brandon Joiner are facing robbery charges. Jared Foster, a recruit at Mississippi, was told no thanks after he got caught selling steroids.
Tiger Woods cruised to yet another victory at the Buick Invitational. He’s pretty good.
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.
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