Friday Tidbits 2/8/08
The New York Giants won the Super Bowl. The defense put a ton of pressure on Brady. Eli looked calm under pressure. Plaxico came through in the clutch. Over 97 million people watched it, whic is second to M*A*S*H’s series finale. Buffalo got the OK to play a home game in Toronto each year. Darrell Green, Art Monk, Andre Tippett, Fred Dean, Gary Zimmerman, and Emmitt Thomas were elected to the NFL Hall of Fame. Cris Carter got screwed. New Orleans DE Charles Grant was stabbed in the neck. Michael Vick gets to keep $16 million of his signing bonus. Tom Brady, Randy Moss, and Antonio Gates will be replaced in the Pro Bowl by the Ohio Trio of Derek Anderson, Chad Johnson, and Kellen Winslow. Jamal Williams will be replaced by Pittsburgh’s Casey Hampton. Mike McCarthy signed a five-year extension with Green Bay. Jim Mora will take over for Mike Holmgren in 2009. Gregg Williams will be the new defensive coordinator in Jacksonville. Steve Spagnuolo became the league’s highest paid defensive coordinator. If you can shut down New England on the biggest stage, I’d say you’re worth it. Washington is still looking for a coach. I’m about ready to throw my hat into the ring. Philly slapped the franchise tag on L.J. Smith. I hope they didn’t do it too hard though, because I wouldn’t want him getting hurt.
The Lakers just got tougher by adding Pau Gasol. He scored 24 in his Laker debut. What a deal for them. Kwame Brown, Javaris Critterdon, and two first rounders (likely late picks) for a great player like Gasol. Once Bynum comes back, L.A. is going to be tough. Kobe celebrated with 46 points in a win over Toronto. Bigger news though, is Phoenix’s acquistion of Shaq for Shawn Marion and Marcus Banks. Brandon Roy, who I feel shouldn’t have made the All-Star game over Baron Davis, messed around and got a triple-double. So did Hedo Turkoglu vs. Dallas. Heck, even Dirk Nowitzki recorded his first career triple-double. Brad Miller had a 22 point, 20 rebound game against the Bulls. T.J. Ford made yet another triumphant return. New Jersey sent Jason Collins to Memphis for Stromile Swift. Al Horford had 15 points and 20 rebounds in a win over LA. Chris Paul had 42 points, 5 boards, 9 assists, and 8 steals in a win over Phoenix. That’s Amare had 26 points and 20 boards. Utah has won ten straight.
Edmonton lost C Shawn Horcoff for the season with a shoulder injury. Toronto’s Nik Antropov got three games in the Sin Bin for throwing a stick at referees. Nashville signed F J.P. Dumont to a four-year, $16 million deal. This week’s shutouts: Detroit’s Dominik Hasek vs. Colorado, St. Louis’ Manny Legace vs. Anaheim. Philly’s Martin Biron vs. Anaheim. Atlanta’s Kari Lehtonen vs. Washington. Edmonton’s Mathieu Garon vs. Calgary. Anaheim’s Jean-Sebastien Giguere vs. the Islanders. Florida’s Tomas Vokoun vs. Toronto. Nashville’s Chris Mason vs. Carolina. Dallas’ Mike Smith vs. Minnesota. Philly’s Mike Knuble netted a hat trick against Anaheim. Florida’s Richard Zednik had on against Toronto. New Jersey got a boost from the return of F Jay Pandolfo. Calgary signed D Dion Phaneuf to a six-year deal. Dallas D Sergei Zubov landed on the IR with a bad groin. Minnesota honored Mike Modano before his game against the Wild. Rick Tocchet returned to Phoenix’s bench. Hope he didn’t make any wagers.
Johan Santana and the Mets agreed to a seven-year $150 deal. Wow. The Dodgers signed Joe Beimel to a one-year deal. Sean Casey signed on with Boston for one year. Washington signed Jon Rauch to a two-year deal. Not only was Jim Leyritz drunk he he killed Ann Veitch in a car crash, Veitch was drunk too. Recipe for disaster. San Diego signed Khalil Greene to a two-year deal worth $11 million. Tony LaRussa isn’t bothered by steroid users so he’s willing to give Juan Gonzalez a try. Detroit signed Curtis Granderson to a five year, $30 million deal. Roger Clemens got his day with Congress. Brian McNamee followed. Scott Podsednik signed a minor-leauge deal with Colorado. Milwaukee signed Dave Bush to a one-year deal. Toronto signed Alex Rios to a one-year deal. Pittsburgh signed Freddy Sanchez to a three-year, $19 million deal. Cleveland signed Brendan Donnell to a minor-leauge deal. Arizona said Brandon Lyon will be their closer. Jot that down fantasy baseball players. Nolan Ryan is the new President of the Texas Rangers. Curt Schilling has a bad shoulder. His future is in question. The Yankees finalize a four-year deal with Robinson Cano for $30 million. Daniel Cabrera signed on for one year with Baltimore. The Mets inked Ryan Church to a one-year deal. Luis Gonzalez signed a one-year deal with Florida. Pedro Martinez and Juan Marichal were “honorary” soltadores for a cockfight in the Dominican Republic. I say “honorary” because there is no honor in taking part in this type of activity. PETAs probably going to call for their heads, but in their defense, it is legal in their country.
Bobby Knight stepped down at Texas Tech. Pat Knight took over and lost his first game to Baylor. Eddie Sutton finally got his 800th win vs. Pepperdine. Missouri G Jason Horton is facing assault charges in the fight that ended with teammate Stefhon Hannah with a broken jaw. UConn reinstated Doug Wiggins. Penn State beat #7 Michigan State 85-76 #8 Tennessee beat #25 Mississippi State 76-71. #14 Stanford beat #9 Washington State 67-65. Arkansas beat #19 Florida 80-61. UConn beat #21 Pitt 60-53. South Carolina upset #22 Ole Miss 80-77. Missouri beat #24 Kansas State 77-74. UCLA will be without Luc Richard Mbah a Moute for a week with a sprained ankle. Louisville spanked #16 Marquette 71-57. Some sad news to report…Ohio University-Chillicothe’s Jonathan Davis died after collapsing during practice. He was 20. #7 Tennessee pounded #22 Florida 104-82. Arizona’s Nic Wise will miss the season following knee surgery. Oklahoma will be without Longar Longar because of a broken leg. Duke Vitale made his return. Naturally he started with Duke-UNC. He’s probably still giddy over Duke’s 89-78 win. Kansas State won as Michael Beasley scored 35. Georgia G Billy Humphrey got arrested for underage drinking. I find it hard to believe that a college kid would drink. When I dug a little deeper I noticed he was old enough to vote and to go to war for his country. Interesting. He got a three game suspension for his actions. Florida State lost G Isaiah Swann to a knee injury. #4 UCLA beat #17 Washington State 67-59.
Alabama, Notre Dame, Florida, Miami,Oklahoma, Georgia, USC, Florida State, Ohio State, and Michigan had the top ten recruiting classes according to Rivals.com. Minnesota cracked the top 20 despite one win last year. Notre Dame suspended Will Yeatman for violating team rules.
Tiger Woods won the Dubai Desert Classic.
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.Photos courtesy of Icon SMI