Friday Tidbits 2/15/08
Jason Kidd messed around and got his 99th career triple-double. It was his third one against Charlotte this year. The next time he gets one it will likely be in Dallas following his trade for Devin Harris and others. Not so fast. Devean George threw a monkey wrench in the deal. Lamar Odom has a triple-double in a win over the Timberpuppies. Carlos Boozer joined the triple-double party in a win over lowly Seattle. The Celtics beat Minnesota on the road. Too bad for Wovles fans that KG wasn’t able to suit up. Carmelo Anthony scored 49 points in a win over Washington. He went to Syracuse. Stephon Marbury will miss the rest of the year with an ankle injury. Sacramento’s Francisco Garcia has a bad back that will keep him on the shelf until after the All-Star Game. Rasheed Wallace will replace KG in the All-Star Game. You hate to wish ill-will on somebody, but it’s kind of funny that Latrell Sprewell, who turned down a three-year, $21 million deal because it was insulting, may lose his home to foreclosure. I know he had a family to feed, but that had to be one of the biggest overestimations the sport has ever witnessed Larry Hughes scored 40 in a win over Orlando. The NBA has denied Dwight Howard’s request to raise the rim to 12 feet during the dunk contest. Don’t they realize that the contest is lame, and this would give fans something to be excited about. Fools. Howard responded to recent Stan Van Gundy criticism with 23 points and 24 rebounds in a win over Denver. Emeka Okafor joined him in the 20-20 club with 21 points and 20 boards. Manu Ginobili scored 46 in a win over Cleveland. Miami has lost 24 of 25. Kobe hurt his pinkie. It requires surgery, but he’s going to try and gut it out.
San Jose’s Jonathan Cheechoo netted a hat trick against Nashville. Ottawa’s Jason Spezza matched him in a win over Montreal. Buffalo’s Thomas Vanek joined the hat party against Ottawa. This week’s shutouts: NY Ranger’s Stephen Valiquette vs. Philly. Buffalo’s Ryan Miller vs. Toronto. Detroit’s Dan Cleary will miss over a month with a broken jaw. Carolina’s Richard Zednik had his throat slashed by a teammate’s skate. He alertly went to his bench to seek medical attention from his trainer. Dallas signed W Krys Barch to a two-year deal. Carolina sent F Cory Sillman and D Mike Commodore to Ottawa for F Patrick Eaves and D Joe Corvo. Edmonton lost D Sheldon Souray for the year with a shoulder injury. Henrik Lundqvist and the New York Rangers agreed to a six-year deal. Washington signed LW Tomas Fleischmann to a two-year deal.
The Mariners finally made the trade with Baltimore for Erik Bedard. I think Clemens and Favre make up their minds on retirement quicker than this deal got finalized. Kevin Foulke signed a one-year deal with the A’s. I’m still thankful that Foulke helped Reverse the Curse. I hope he does well in Oaktown. San Francisco signed Kevin Correia to a one-year deal. Milwaukee picked up manager Ned Yost’s option for 2009. The Big Schill received a cortisone shot in his shoulder. The Red Sox signed Kevin Youkilis to a one-year deal worth $3 million. What a bargain. Mike Sweeney signed with the A’s. Tony Clark signed with San Diego. Steve Trachsel signed a one-year deal with Baltimore. Doug Mientkiewicz signed a Minor League contract with Pittsburgh. Garrett Atkins signed a one-year deal with Colorado. John Rocker said Bud Selig knew he was jucing in 2000. Texas signed Kevin Mench to a minor league deal. Livan Hernandez signed a one-year deal with the Twins. That’s different for them. Usually they sign a bunch of stiffs. The Dodgers signed Takashi Saito to a one-year deal. Roger Clemens and Brian McNamee met with the Fools on the Hill. He said, He said, blah blah, blah. I’m bored with it.
The NFC beat the AFC in the Pro Bowl. Adrian Peterson won the MVP. He had 129 yards and two TDs. Brian Urlacher had neck surgery. Carolina signed DT Damione Lewis to a three-year deal. Washington finally named Jim Zorn their new head coach. Carolina cut Dan Morgan and Mike Wahle. The Dolphins cut Trent Green (just retire for your own health) and Marty Booker. Jeff Feagles signed a two-year deal with the Giants. Minnesot’s Kenechi Udeze had been diagnose with Leukemia. Jacksonville re-signed Greg Jones. Justin Fargas re-signed with Oakland. Miami release Zach Thomas. Why do I see him catching on in New England? Seattle signed Mike Wahle to a five-year deal. Fresh off a Super Bowl victory, Antonio Pierce was charged with neglecing his pit bull. If only he had called Michael Vick for advice.
UNC’s Tyler Hansbrough scored 39 points in a dramatic 103-93 Double OT game win over Clemson. Louisville beat #6 Georgetown 59-51. Purdue upset #8 Wisconsin 72-67. #21 Notre Dame beat #16 Marquette 86-83. Washington knocked off #4 UCLA 71-61. LSU fired coach John Brady. #11 Texas beat #3 Kansas 72-69. #23 Purdue beat #9 Michigan State 60-54. Kelvin Sampson and Indiana are in some hot water for recruiting violations. To add insult to injury, #14 Wisconsin beat his #12 Hoosiers 68-66. Southern Illinois handed #15 Drake its second loss of the year 65-62. #17 UConn beat #18 Notre Dame 84-78. Texas Tech upset #22 Kansas State 84-75. Adding insult to injury part deux, Missouri kicked Stefhon Hannah off the team after being involved in a brawl that left him with a broken jaw. Arizona State knocked off #7 Stanford 72-68.
Charlie Weis will let Offensive Coordinator Mike Haywood call the plays next year. Penn State kicked Chris Bell and Phillip Taylor off the team. West Virginia kicked John Holmes, James Ingram, and Ed Collington off the team. Washington State signed Coach Paul Wulff to a five-year deal. Indiana’s ugly basketball scandal wasn’t the only sour sports moment in Bloomington. Football players James Bailey, Demetrius McCray, and Darius Johnson were arrested last weekend. Tennessee sent Antonio Wardlow and Dorian Davis packing for breaking rules. Florida State’s cheating scandal earned them two years off self-imposed probation.
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.Images courtesy of Icon SMI