Friday Tidbits 6/6/08
Sorry about missing the Tidbits last week. I was in the hospital as my wife had our second son (Owen). I’m still catching up and adjusting so the tidbits won’t be quite as inclusive just yet.
The Celtics advanced to the NBA Finals to meet up with the Lakers. Orlando gave a contract extension to GM Otis Smith. Detroit gave Flip Saunders the boot. All he did was bring them to the Conference Finals year after year. Michael Curry will replace him. The Bulls and Miami are talking about a possible trade involving Dwayne Wade. Kevin Garnett started early. Paul Pierce shook off an injurty to finish strong and the Celtics took Game 1 of the NBA Finals. Judging by Phil Jackson’s success when his team takes a series’ opener, this was pretty much a must-win for the C’s.
The Red Wings took Game 4 and a 3-1 series lead over Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh stayed alive in a triple-overtime thriller in Game 5. Tampa Bay fired Coach John Tortorella. Detroit brought Lord Stanley back to Hockeytown. Carolina D Glen Wesley is calling it quits after 20 years. The ratings were pretty good for the Stanley Cup.
Manny Ramirez hit his 500th HR. Ken Griffey, Jr. hit #599. Johan Santana won his 100th career game. Mike Lieberthal retired. Mark Prior might as well retire as he’s being shut down once again because of a bum shoulder. Big Papi landed on the DL. Casey Blake drove in 7 Runs. Joe Mauer finally hit a HR. John Smoltz is back. Hey Hank, Joba Chamberlain didn’t sparkle in his first career start. Can they blame Joe Torre? Randy Johnson surpassed Roger Clemens for second on the all-time strikeout list. Matt Kemp (4 games) and Yorvit Torrealba (3 games) were slapped with suspensions for fighting. John Smoltz is done for the year. Jake Peavy and Curt Schilling are working on their comebacks. The White Sox have become a boring Soap Opera. Chipper Jones hit HR #400. Tampa chose SS Tim Beckham with the first pick in the baseball draft. Michael Young extended his hitting streak to 21. His teammate, Ian Kinsler, saw his end at 19.
Denver kicked Travis Henry to the curb. Washington signed S Stuart Schweigert. San Diego signed Jeremy Newberry. T.O. got paid. Houston gave GM Rick Smith a four-year extension. David Jacobs, a convicted steroids dealer who recently named NFL names, was found shot dead in his home. Asante Samuel pulled a hamstring. It shouldn’t affect his play, but with the kind of money he’s getting it’s worth reporting. Jerramy Stevens was suspended two games next year for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. He’s a broken record.
Notre Dame’s Athletic Director Kevin White is heading to Duke. Syracuse suspended WR Mike Williams because of academics. Pitt’s Maurice Williams is in the same boat. Georgia DE Jeremy Lomax has been arrested on a weapons charge.
Jerrett Smith is transferring from Michigan to Grand Valley State.
Kenny Perry won golf’s Memorial championship at 8 under par. Justin Rose, Mike Weir, Jerry Kelly, and Matthew Goggin finished two strokes back.
Kyle Busch took home the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Dover International Speedway. Denny Hamlin won Saturday’s NASCAR Nationwide Series at Dover International 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. Thanks again for supporting my blog. Be sure to check out My Friends’ sites to your right.