Friday Tidbits 5/9/08
It brings me great pleasure to report the trash-talking, can’t back it up Wizards got bounced by the Cavs on their home court. The “Overrated” One had a triple-double to seal their fate. Papa John’s apologized for printing LeBron “crybaby” shirts by offering 23 cent pizzas. The Hawks avoided elimination to even the series at 3 against Boston. Utah kept T-Mac’s (40 points, 10 rebounds) streak alive as they elimated Houston. He still hasn’t gotten out of the first round of the playoffs. Kobe Bryant won the MVP. Detroit pounded Orlando to take Game 1. New Orleans drilled San Antonio to win their series opener. The Celtics weren’t good enough to beat the Hawks on the road, but they were good enough to win Game 7 and the series. Kobe Bryant dropped 38 to make sure the Lakers took Game 1 against the Jazz. Detroit made it a 2-0 advantage as they topped Orlando again. Chauncey Billups led the way with 28 points to celebrate his winning of the Walter J. Kennedy Sportsmanship Award . New Orleans pounded San Anontio again to take a 2-0 series lead. In a shocking development Chris Paul (30 points, 12 assists) led the way. Well, KG showed he can produce when it matters as Boston took Game 1 vs. Cleveland. Atlanta GM Billy Knight is calling it quits. Orlando drilled Detroit in Game 3 behind Rashard Lewis’ 33 points. Detroit still leads the series 2-1. Kobe’s 34 points led the way as the Lakers took a 2-0 series lead. Kobe Bryant, Chris Paul, LeBron James, Kevin Garnett, and Dwight Howard were named First Team All-NBA. The Celtics stayed hot at home shutting down LeBron James again and taking a 2-0 series lead. The Spurs avoided a major hole by taking care of New Orleans in Game 3 behind 62 combined points by Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker.
San Jose escaped with an overtime win over Dallas in Game 5. They still trail 3 games to 2. Joe Pavelski netted the game-winner. Philly remained hot by taking out Montreal to win their series 4 games to 1. Pittsburgh turned the lights out on the Rangers to win Game 5 and the series. Florida signed C Kamil Kreps and W Wade Belak to two-year deals. Chicago signed Goalie Antti Niemi from the Finnish Elite League. Toronto fired Coach Paul Maurice. The Flyers could be without Kimmo Timonen in their series vs. Pittsburgh because of a blood clot in his ankle. Detroit jumped out to a 1-0 series lead vs. Dallas. Johan Franzen scored his 12th playoff goal.
Milwaukee P Yovani Gallardo tore is ACL. They also kicked Derrick Turnbow to the curb. Friday: Dan Uggla, Hunter Pence, and Jose Batista each hit a pair of HRs. Saturday: Cristian Guzman, Augie Ojeda, and James Loney all drove in 6 Runs. Suncay: Scott Kazmir made his season debut. Greg Maddux fanned on win #350…again. Mike Cameron hit a pair of HRs. Monday: The Diceman Walketh…Dice-K changed his name to Dice-BB as he walked 8 batters. He still won though. Tuesday: Nate McLouth had a pair of HRs. Lance Berkman had five hits. Gavin Floyd had a no-hitter broken up with two outs remaining. Randy Johnson won game #286. Wednesday: Joey Votto crushed 3 HRs. Edison Volquez struck out 10 as he improved to 5-1 with a 1.06 ERA. Kevin Youkilis and Ryan Zimmerman each hit a pair of HRs. Placido Polanco collected 5 hits. Barry Zito allowed 2 runs in 5 Innings, but fell to 0-7. Carlos Gomez hit for the Cycle. Thursday: Mike Mussina picked up win #255. Brandon Webb improved to 8-0 on the year. Ryan Ludwick hit a pair of HRs. Dioner Navarro hit a Grand Slam.
The Vikings placed Kenechi Udeze reserve-non-football-illness list so he can focus on his bout with leukemia. The Browns extended the contract of GM Phil Savage for three years. Bust RB Cedric Benson was arrested (and pepper sprayed) for boozin’ and cruisin’ on a boat and resisting arrest. I wonder if he pulled out the “don’t you know who I am line”? Six bullet casings recovered after a shooting came from Marvin Harrison’s gun. Rashard Mendenhall was robbed at gunpoint. I hope Marvin wasn’t involved in this one too. Seattle G Rob Sims had knee surgery. Antwaan Randle El had his knee scoped. Matt Walsh turned over 8 Patriot videotapes to the league. Dominic Rhodes is returning to Indianapolis. Who says you can’t go home?
LSU kicked QB Ryan Perrilloux to the curb. Another Ryan, QB Mallett who transferred from Michigan to Arkansas, will have to sit out a year after the NCAA-holes denied his request for immediate eligiblity. Florida State T Daron Rose has been ruled academically ineligible.
Tennesse booted F Duke Crews and G Ramar Smith off the team because of failed drug tests. Bob Huggins signed an eleven-year extension with West Virginia. Later he tripped from “texting while walking” and hit his head. I would have paid to see that. Indiana’s Eli Holman will transfer to Detroit Mercy. George Washington kicked Cheyenne Moore and Miles Beatty off the team. Georgetown’s Jeremiah Rivers is transferring. Florida International got slapped with four years of probation. Duquesne’s Shawn James is turning pro.
Anthony Kim won the Wachovia Championship. It his first PGA Tour victory. Sergio Garcia leads the Players Championship by two strokes.
Clint Bowyer won the Sprint Cup race at the Richmond International Raceway. Denny Hamlin won Friday’s Nationwide Series race on the same track.
Big Brown won the 134th Kentucky Derby. If he can take the Preakness, he’ll win the Triple Crown. Eight Belles broke both of her front ankles and had to be put down.
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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