Friday Tidbits – 2/6/09

Feb 6, 2009

Bruce Smith, Rod Woodson, Derrick Thomas, Randall McDaniel, Bob Hayes, and Ralph Wilson were elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.  Cris Carter got screwed.  The Steelers won their NFL record sixth Super Bowl.  James Harrison had a 100 yard Interception return.  Larry Fitzgerald scored 2 TDs.  Kurt Warner threw for 377.  Big Ben looked solid.  Santonio Holmes stole the show with his beautiful TD grab to earn MVP honors.  San Diego’s Jamal Williams got popped for a DUI.  The Patriots put the franchise tag on Matt Cassel.  Kansas City offered Todd Haley the Head Coach position.  Terry Glenn was arrested.  He was drunk and naked.

Carmelo Anthony and Zydrunas Ilgauskas returned.  Kendrick Perkins got fined $10K for a flagrant foul on Jason Maxiell.  Andrew Bynum (knee) will miss 2 or 3 months.  Kobe responded with a 61 point effort.  Jameer Nelson (torn labrum in shoulder) could miss a few weeks or the rest of the season depending on whether or not he has surgery. Kevin Garnett missed a couple games with the flu, but Boston kept winning.  The Spurs sat Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, and Tony Parker vs. Denver.  Vince Carter and Stephen Jackson messed around and got Triple-Doubles.  Andrew Bogut (back) will miss two months.  LeBron James became the youngest player to score 12,000 points.  He followed that up with 52 points during a Triple-Double.  Jason Kidd moved past Oscar Robinson for 4th in all-time assists.  Orlando addressed their Point Guard situation by trading Keith Bogans and cash to Milwaukee  for Tyronn Lue.  Elton Brand (shoulder) is done for the year.  The Lakers beat the Celtics in OT.  Ray Allen replaced Jameer Nelson on the All-Star team.  They had a second shot at it, and still got it wrong.  Mo Williams should be on that team.

Peter Forsberg will not be playing this year.  Toronto will be without Tomas Kaberle (hand) for a month.  Ottawa fired Craig Hartsburg.  Washington lost Chris Clark (wrist) for the year.  Denis Gauthier was suspended five games for hitting Josh Gorges in the head.  Tyler Kennedy got suspended a game for instigating.  Montreal’s Robert Lang (Achilles) will be out a while.  Teppo Numminen (jaw) returned for Buffalo.  Edmonton’s Lubomir Visnovsky (shoulder) landed on the IR.  Alexander Ovechkin scored his 200th goal.  His teammate, Brent Johnson, will miss two months following hip surgery.

Shutouts:  Columbus’ Steve Mason vs. Ottawa, Boston’s Tuuka Rask vs. NY Rangers, Carolina’s Cam Ward vs. Atlanta, St. Louis’ Chris Mason vs. Philadelphia, Buffalo’s Ryan Miller vs. Phoenix & Toronto, Los Angeles’ Jonathan Quick vs. Ottawa, Minnesota’s Niklas Backstrom vs. Anaheim

Hat Tricks:  Washington’s Alex Ovechkin vs. Ottawa, Buffalo’s Thomas Vanek vs. Toronto

Check out an AL Central preview from Bartolis of the SportingNews.

Jason Varitek signed a one-year deal with Boston.  Paul Maholm signed a three-year deal with Pittsburgh.  The Mets signed John Maine.  Tampa signed Brian Shouse.  Oliver Perez re-signed with the Mets.  The Cubs traded Michael Wuertz to Oakland for Minor Leaguers and Rich Hill to Baltimore.  Ty Wiggington signed with Baltimore.  Richie Weeks signed with Milwaukee.  Roger Clemens’ DNA was found in McNamee’s syringes.  Manny turned down a one-year $25 million deal with the Dodgers.  A Barry Bonds’ urine sample tested positive for PEDs.  Mark Kotsay had back surgery.  Brian Bannister signed with Kansas City.  Colorado sent a Minor Leaguer to Oakland for Matt Murton.  Cliff Floyd signed with San Diego.  Toronto signed Brian Tallet.

Georgia Tech upset #4 Wake Forest.  #3 Pitt beat #22 Notre Dame behind DeJuan Blair’s 23 points and 22 rebounds.  #8 Marquette beat #23 Georgetown.  Kansas State uset #12 Texas behind Denis Clemente’s 44 points.  Washington beat #14 Arizona State.  Portland beat #18 St. Mary’s.  Penn State beat #9 Michigan State.  #1 UConn avoided the #1 curse by knocking off #7 Louisville.  Green Bay upset #11 Butler.  Ohio State beat #13 Purdue in OT.  Wayne Ellington fired in 34 points as #4 UNC beat Maryland.  Miami beat #6 Wake Forest behind Jack McClinton’s 32 points.  #16 Villanova beat Providence behind Scottie Reynold’s 31 points.  #14 Michigan State pounded #19 Minnesota.  #10 Clemson beat #3 Duke.   Missouri beat #17 Texas.  Cal beat #25 Washington.  Wisconsin beat #21 Illinois.  James Harden had 36 points as #23 Arizona State beat Oregon.

Florida State kicked WR Preston Parker to the curb.  Ohio State LB Alex Boone was arrested for carrying on while drunk.  Pat Devlin jumped from Penn State to Delaware.  Lane Kiffin had to apologize for saying Urban Meyer cheated.

Rafael Nadel beat Roger Federer to win the Australian Open.  Serena Williams won the Australian Open on the Women’s side.  Last week she won the Doubles title with her sister.

Gwladys Nocera won the New Zealand Women’s Open.  Rory McIlroy won the Dubai Desert Classic.  Kenny Perry won the FBR Open.  Camilo Villegas is the opening round leader at teh Buick Invitational.

Michael Phelps was photographed taking hits from a bong.  I guess that explains his appetite.

Tennessee Coach Pat Summit won her 1000th college basketball game.  Congrats to her.

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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12 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Frank
    February 6th, 2009 at 7:31 am #

    Lester … well done … and the little things that make me chuckle – this time Terry Glenn and Michael Phelphs.

    Here’s a Cincinnati report:
    Xavier (#9) squeezes past UMass and beats Temple for 11 straight; trips to Duquesne and nearby rival Dayton loom ahead. XU signs a 10-year series with Wake Forest. Villanova pounds the Bearcats in the second half, but UC responds with a strong win against Notre Dame. Of the 27 Bearcat football recruits, 10 are local and 17 (plus a punter) are defensive. Former-USC WR Vidal Hazelton is now a Bearcat. Reds prepare to start their last spring training in Florida and secure Darryl Ward & Jacque Jones to strengthen the bench. The Bengals are still here and haven’t lost since 12/07/2008.

  2. CK0712
    February 6th, 2009 at 7:33 am #

    Big Ben looked solid.

    when? he only gets the clutch because of his receivers!

    Kansas City offered Todd Haley the Head Coach position.

    going to miss him in Zona, i’m sure. wonder who will replace him, must find that out today!

    Terry Glenn was arrested. He was drunk and naked.

    another fallen dallas boy , shame….

    Michael Phelps was photographed taking hits from a bong. I guess that explains his appetite.

    poor bong boy, had to explain to his mommy, then Kellog’s dropped him, then he got hammered with a 3 month suspension. all over a bong hit….lame

    if only the NFL applied some of those harsh rules to some of the felons we have in the league~

  3. LestersLegends
    February 6th, 2009 at 7:59 am #

    frank – thanks for adding

    CK – Ben buys his WRs time to get them open. I don’t like him either, but he’s a solid QB. As for Phelps, he also got pinched for a DUI a few years ago so he’s lucky only one sponsor dropped him.

  4. CK0712
    February 6th, 2009 at 8:39 am #

    the whole bong boy thing is way over blown. as for ben, i’m glad he gives his receivers time to get open…….

  5. LestersLegends
    February 6th, 2009 at 8:46 am #

    CK – agree on Phelps, but to play devil’s advocate, he did the same sorry – bad mistake bit after the DUI. He’s a kid though so hopefully he thinks about his actions. I have no problem with him puff puff giving, just make sure that doesn’t end up all of the news. There are tons of kids who look up to him. Personally I think they should legalize the stuff. Can you imagine how much money they would raise? Use some of it for drug treatment of the more hardcore drugs. Not to mention how much money you’d save in law enforcement, legal system, jails, etc.

    Ben does take his share of sacks too by holding on to it too long. I know you don’t like him, and I’m not a fan either, and he’s not an elite QB, but he made the palys when he had to. I know teh WRs helped out a TON, which is why Santonio won MVP when it’s usually the QB, but he didn’t make his normal mistakes.

  6. CK0712
    February 6th, 2009 at 8:49 am #

    ????? i wasn’t disagreeing with u……LMAO! hey have a kicken day!!

  7. LestersLegends
    February 6th, 2009 at 8:51 am #

    wow, i can’t type. LOL. You too.

  8. cowboyjoe
    February 6th, 2009 at 10:46 am #

    If Carter wants to get he needs someone ELSE to talk about him getting in, and not run his mouth everytime he’s asked. Just say, “I’d love to get in, I’ll let my career numbers and my body of work speak for itself.”

    About Pat Summitt, when guys like Pitino and coach K are picking your brain about coaching and motivating players, you know what you’re doing.

    Phelps-camera phones are everywhere, just ask Matt Leinart

  9. LestersLegends
    February 6th, 2009 at 10:49 am #

    cowboy – carter is a talker. that’s his deal. you shouldn’t hold that against him. he’s a HOFer. No questions asked. Unless he goes OJ on someone, there is no reason he’s not in and anyone who votes against him should lose their vote. that’s how much of a no-brainer he is. no doubt about pat and the camera phones

  10. cowboyjoe
    February 6th, 2009 at 11:17 am #

    Token smart-ass comment:
    If he was a no-brainer he would already be in.

    I think he’s going to have a hard time with some of the guys who are coming up in the next few years and he’s not the only one. We’ll see, if he gets in great.

  11. LestersLegends
    February 6th, 2009 at 11:21 am #

    Like I said…no-brainer. The ones who voted against him have no brains.

  12. MishaPowerauto
    August 22nd, 2009 at 7:26 am #

    Ой, а что это за шаблон? Он платный? – супер!!!!

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