Friday Tidbits 6/20/08
The Lakers took Game 5 from the Celtics. A steal, which was totally a foul, by Kobe sealed the deal for the Lakers. I can see in traffic getting away with a foul, but missing it in the open court in inexcusable. Kevin Garnett was useless on offense. The Celtics hammered the Lakers at home to take home the franchise’s 17th NBA Title. Paul Pierce was the MVP. Ray Allen and KG had great games in the clincher. Carmelo Anthony was named to the Olympic team. Toronto cut Jorge Garbajosa.
Willie Randolph was cowardly fired in the middle of the night. I wonder if it came via text message. Mike Mussina won 260th career game, which gave him 10 on the year, which he’s done for 17th straight years. His teammate didn’t have the same good fortunes as Chien-Ming Wang will miss several months to a foot injury. The Mariners fired GM Bill Bavasi. Signing Carlos Silva to a four-year, $48 million deal will put your head on the chopping block. They didn’t stop they. The M’s also fired Manager John McLaren. Detroit brought P Fernando Rodney off the DL. One man’s (Texas Rangers) trash (Sidney Ponson) is another man’s (Yankees)…err….trash. The Yanks signed Ponson to help fill the void Wang’s injury created. The Yanks have won 7 straight. The Rays signed their top pick.
Chad Johnson finally took part in practice. Later he had ankle surgery. Former teammate Chris Henry won’t be playing at time soon. He was suspended for being an idiot. Javon Walker was robbed in Vegas. No word on Cedric Benson’s whereabouts during the crime. Rosevelt Colvin signed with the Texans. Chicago signed Tommie Harris to a four-year, $40 million extension.
Alexander Ovechkin won the Hart Trophy (MVP), Art Ross Trophy (Points), Maurice Richard Trophy (Goals), and the Lester B. Pearson Award (Most Outstanding). Nicklas Lidstrom won the James Norris Memorial Trophy (Defenseman). Patrick Kane won the Calder Memorial Trophy (Rookie). Pavel Datsyuk won the Frank J. Selke Trophy (Defensive Forward) and the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy (Sportmanship). Bruce Boudreau wont the Jack Adams Award (Coach). Chris Osgoood and Dominik Hasek won the William M. Jennings Trophy (Goalie). Florida hired Peter DeBoer to be their next Coach. Pittsburgh offered G Marc-Andre Fleury arbitration. Nashville signed D Ryan Suter to a four-year deal worth $14 million. Philly traded the rights to LW Vaclav Prospal to Tampa Bay for a late draft pick. Igor Larionov, Glenn Anderson, Ray Scapinello and Ed Chynoweth were elected to the Hockey Hall ofa Fame.
BYU’s Lee Cummard, UNC’s Ty Lawson, Wayne Ellington, and Danny Green, Texas’ A.J. Abrams, Cal State-Fullerton’s Josh Akognon, Memphis’ Robert Dozier, Tennessee-Martin’s Lester Hudson, Gonzaga’s Jeremy Pargo, Alabama’s Ronald Steele, UAB’s Robert Vaden, and Arizona’s Chase Budinger will return to school after flirting with the NBA Draft. Coach Jeff Reynolds signed a five-year deal with Air Force. Southeast Missouri got placed on probation for two years by the NCAA.
Arkansas State suspended RB Preston Brown and DB Marlon Douglas for the season for violations. Notre Dame will remain on NBC through the 2015 season. Oh joy.
Tiger Woods celebrated his first Father’s Day with a dramatic putt on 18 to send the U.S. Open to a playoff. After 90 holes Tiger and Rocco Mediate remained even. In the first round of sudden death, Tiger was able to capture his 14th major. Hey Jack. Tigers in your rear view mirror are closer than they appear. Unfortnately for Tiger, his season is over as he’ll have another knee surgery to repair his torn ACL and stress fractures.
Dale Earnhardt, Jr. won the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Michigan International Speedway, which is pretty cool because it was on Father’s Day. Joey Logano won the NASCAR Nationwide Series at Kentucky Speedway.
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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