Friday Tidbits – 2/13/09

Feb 13, 2009

Happy Birthday JP!

Luke Ridnour (thumb) will miss a month. The NBA messed around and took away LeBron’s Triple-double.  Charlotte traded Adam Morrison to the Lakers for Vladimir Radmanovic.  The Lakers snapped Cleveland’s home winning streak.  They also snapped 12 & 19 game winning streaks by the Celtics this year.  Steve Nash handed out 21 assists.  Al Jefferson tore his ACL.  Sasha Pavlovic (ankle) will miss a month or so.  Doc Rivers got fined $15K.  Jason Terry broke his hand.  O.J. Mayo, Kevin Durant, and Joe Johnson will play a game of H-O-R-S-E as part of the All-Star festivities.  Mo Williams finally got named to the All-Star Game.  He replaced Chris Bosh.  Chris Paul returned for the Hornets.  Cavs Coach Mike Brown got fined $25K for criticizing garbage ref Joey Crawford.  Rajon Rondo messed around and got a Triple-Double.

St. Louis cut Manny Legace.  Sean Avery was put on waivers.  Detroit’s Tomas Holmstrom will miss a month or more after hernia surgery.  Thomas Vanek (jaw) will miss a month.  Columbus put Steve Mason on the IR.  Andy McDonald signed a four-year extension with St. Louis.  Sean Avery signed with the Rangers AHL affiliate.  Boston’s Michael Ryder will be out for three weeks after facial surgery.  Edmonton’s Lubomir Visnovsky (shoulder) will miss the rest of the year.  Pittsburgh D Sergei Gonchar (shoulder) has been cleared to play.  He hadn’t played all year.  Mike Green tied a record for Defensemen with a goal in his seventh straight game.  Montreal’s Tomas Plekanec got suspended two games for tripping Denis Grebeshkov.  The Islanders will be without Doug Weight (knee) for six weeks.

Shutouts:  Nashville’s Dan Ellis vs. Minnesota, Tampa Bay’s Mike McKenna vs. NY Islanders, Detroits’ Ty Conklin vs. Pittsburgh, New Jersey’s Scott Clemmensen vs. NY Rangers, Columbus’ Dan LaCosta vs. Colorado, Phoenix’s Ilya Bryzgalov vs. Dallas, Florida’s Tomas Vokoun vs. Carolina, Calgary’s Miikka Kiprusoff vs. LA Kings

Hat Tricks: 

Randy Wolf signed with the Dodgers.  Word came out that A-Roid failed a steroid test in 2003 as well.  He admitted to taking PEDs from 2001-2003.  Baltimore signed George Sherrill.  Shawn Hill won his arbitration case with the Nationals.  The Twins signed Luis Ayala.  Toronto signed Shawn Camp.  Ryan Howard signed a three-year deal worth $54 million.  Andruw Jones signed a Minor League contract with Texas.  If he can’t hit there, it’s beer league softball for him.  Kansas City signed Mark Teahan.  St. Louis cut Adam Kennedy. Tampa signed Morgan Ensberg to a Minor League deal.  Jeff Weaver signed a Minor League deal with the Dodgers.  Miguel Tejada got charged with lying about his steroid use.  Tampa Bay won its arbitration case with Dioner Navarro.  Adam Dunn signed a two-year deal with the Nationals worth $20 Million or what Mark Teixeira has in his change jar.  Bobby Abreu signed with the Angels.  Dan Uggla won his arbitration case with the Marlins.  Rick Ankiel signed a one-year deal with the Cardinals.  Delmon Young signed with the Twins.  Braden Looper signed a one-year deal with Milwaukee.  Old Bud Selig said A-Rod shamed baseball.  Bud, you shamed baseball.  How do you like them apples?

Todd Haley was named the new Kansas City Chiefs Coach.  The Cardinals will be without both Coordinators last year as D Coordinator Clancy Pendergast was canned.  The NFC beat the AFC in the Pro Bowl.  Larry Fitzgerald scored 2 TDs and was named MVP.  You don’t see guys who play in the Super Bowl go all out in the Pro Bowl.  This guy is special.  Jamal Anderson was doing the Dirty Bird after he got picked up on drug charges.  Tampa re-signed Luke McCown.  The Giants signed David Carr and cut Sam Madison, Sammy Knight, and Reuben Droughns.  Big Ben claimed to have broken ribs during the Super Bowl.  Houston cut Ahman Green and Morlon Greenwood.  Hines Ward had shoulder surgery.  #4 retired…again.  Jacksonville cut Joey Porter and Drayton Florence.  The Raiders picked Bruce Gradkowski off of waivers. 

South Florida beat #8 Marquette.  #16 Villanova beat #20 Syracuse as Dante Cunningham scored 31.  Nebraska beat #17 Texas.  DeJuan Blair had 32 points, 14 rebounds as #5 Pitt beat DePaul.  Duquense beat #9 Xavier.  Florida State beat #10 Clemson.  Ohio State beat #19 Minnesota.  #15 Memphis beat #18 Gonzaga.  Indiana suspended Devan Dumes for throwing an elbow at Michigan State’s Tom Herzog.  #21 Illinois beat #13 Purdue.  #19 Missouri beat #15 Kansas.  #13Villanova beat #12 Marquette.  Dayton beat #14 Xavier.  #1 UConn beat #22 Syracuse.  NC State upset #8 Wake Forest.  #3 UNC beat #5 Duke.  Luke Harangody had 32 points & 17 rebounds as Notre Dame pasted #7 Louisville.  #18 Arizona State beat #6 UCLA.

Georgia Tech’s Jerrard Tarrant was reinsated after his rape chargers were dropped.  Oklahoma State suspended WR Bo Bowling after he was arrested for drug possession.  Michigan State WR Mitchell White pleaded guilty to assulting fellow Spartan A.J. Sturges of the hockey team.  Iowa signed Coach Kirk Ferentz to a seven-year extension.

Nick Watney won the Buick Invitational.  Vance Veazey won the Panama Championship on the Nationwide tour.  Katherine Hull won the Australian Ladies Masters.  Robert Garrigus and Dustin Johnson lead the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

Kevin Harvick won the Budweiser Shootout.  Martin Truex, Jr. and Mark Martin got the top two starting spots for the Daytona 500.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beat  Jeremy Chardy in the ATP SA Tennis Open.  Marin Cilic beat Mario Ancic in the ATP PBZ Zagreb Indoors.  Fernando Gonzalez beat Jose Acasuso in the Movistar Open.

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.  Be sure to check out my Links Page for some great sites.

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9 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Frank
    February 13th, 2009 at 7:52 am #

    LOL … but I love your Bud Selig comment. Well done.

    Since I still have some time, he’s a Cincinnati tidbit. Too bad others haven’t chimed in with stuff from their city.

    Xavier’s winning streak is stopped at Duquesne, and then loses at Dayton. UC wins @Georgetown and defeats St. John. University President Nancy Zimpher, known as the one who ran Coach Huggins out of town, is leaving for the New York state system… meanwhile Huggins will be honored when WVU plays UC later this month. Ironically, both were announced the same day. UC defensive coordinator leaves because of philosophical differences. Reds pitchers and catchers report tomorrow to their last spring training in Florida.

  2. LestersLegends
    February 13th, 2009 at 8:12 am #

    that is ironic on the huggins deal. thanks, and yeah, anyone is encouraged to share their local flavor.

  3. BDJP
    February 13th, 2009 at 8:23 am #

    Thanks BDL! Huge Fitz fan! Wish the boobirds had’em.

  4. LestersLegends
    February 13th, 2009 at 8:28 am #

    Be a nice Bday present

  5. Brad
    February 13th, 2009 at 9:11 am #

    I love your Bud Selig line! Sums up my feelings perfectly. I can’t believe he has the audacity to say that anyone other than himself has shamed baseball.

    Can the owners fire Selig, or does he have to step down? I think I remember one commish was fired (Fay Vincent if I’m not mistaken) but I’m not sure how that works — knowing Selig he has it set up where he can never be run out of town because he knows he isn’t exactly the best man for the job.

  6. LestersLegends
    February 13th, 2009 at 9:14 am #

    Why would the owners want to fire him? He’s one of them (Brewers). He makes them money and that’s all he’s concerned with.

  7. Brad
    February 13th, 2009 at 9:52 am #

    Good point, and sadly that’s all they care about is revenue. They could care less about the fans, players, or the game.

    Personally I disagree with an owner being commissioner, but I guess MLB doesn’t really care who is in charge as long as they still get the almighty dollar.

  8. David Funk
    February 13th, 2009 at 10:01 am #

    Blake Griffin continues to be an absolute beast for the Sooners. No matter who wins the lottery, anyone would be fool to pass on him at No. 1. It would be an unbelievable tandem if you teamed him with Durant in Oklahoma City. I would love to see the Bulls win the lottery again and take him, too. Can you imagine Rose and Griffin on the floor together? Wow.

    That UNC-Duke game was a great win for the Heels. When Lawson is on his game, no one is going to beat UNC. That’s as good as I’ve seen him look in the second half of that game.

    Nice tidbits for Friday the 13th. Oddly enough, we’ll have another Friday the 13th next month in March, too!

  9. LestersLegends
    February 13th, 2009 at 10:05 am #

    Brad – exactly my sentiments
    David – hansborough finished his career 4-0 in duke. that’s awesome. In non-leap years feb and march numbers always fall on the same day since the days in the month are divisible by the days in a week. Griffin is sweet.

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