Friday Tidbits – 8/22/08
Chris Carpenter found his way back to the DL. Troy Percival, Ian Kinsler, Justin Duchscherer, and Todd Jones joined him. The Mets picked up Luis Ayala from the Nationals. R.A. Dickey tied a record with four Wild Pitches in 1 Inning. Greg Maddux is going back to the Dodgers. Billy Wagner’s elbow continues to trouble him. Josh Beckett will miss a start with a numb hand. Yaz had bypass surgery. I wish him the best. Jason Isringhausen’s elbow could keep him out the rest of the year. Hideki Matsui returned from the DL. Ken Griffey, Jr. tied Sammy Sosa with his 609th career HR. The A’s have lost eleven straight series. That happens when you deal two of your best Starting Pitchers. The good news is there is no ligament damage in Tom Glavine’s elbow. As long as he doesn’t slip in the shower or break a nail playing Guitar Hero, Carl Pavano will start for the Yankees tomorrow. Kansas City’s Mitch Maier landed on the DL after catching a pitch with his face. The Blue Jays picked up Jose Bautista from Pittsburgh. I guess they are trying to overtake the Yankees for 3rd in the division.
Terrell Suggs ended his holdout. He’ll make $8.5 million this year. Tennessee signed Cortland Finnegan. #4 looked good in his debut for the Jets. Ken Lucas returned for Carolina. Deuce McAllister returned for the Saints. Chad Johnson hurt his shoulder. Tarvaris Jackson has a sprained MCL. Tom Brady hurt his foot. Chris Henry is back with the Bengals. Peyton Manning returned to practice. Derek Anderson got a concussion. New Orleans signed S Lance Schulters. Anquan Boldin wants to be traded. Joe Horn got cut by Atlanta. New England sent Marcus Pollard packing. Kevin Curtis has a sports hernia. Surgery will put him on the shelf for an extended period. Steven Jackson finally ended his holdout. I don’t understand how they couldn’t get on the same page sooner. Gene Upshaw passed away. My condolences. James Farrior got a nice, hefty raise. Nick Barnett won’t be suspended after all after as he won his appeal. I guess the NFL is OK with the pushing of women. Now they are saying Ryan Torrain could be back with Denver by October. Houston’s Jameel Cook got busted with weed.
Michael Finley re-signed with San Antonio. Jannero Pargo left New Orleans for the Dynamo Moscow. Shawn Kemp is going to play in Italy. The Italian men are locking up their wives and daughters. Paul Davis re-signed with the Clippers. Gordon Giricek is ducking out on the NBA for Turkey. The Suns struck back by nabbing Goran Dragic from Spain. Devean George signed a two-year deal with Dallas. Theo Ratliff is back in Philly. Oklahoma City gave Donyell Marshall the boot.
Georgia is your Preseason #1. USC RB Joe McKnight hyperextended his elbow. Virginia Tech WR Zach Luckett was suspended after a second DUI. Penn State DT Devon Still will miss a bunch of time with a broken ankle. UCLA will be going with Kevin Craft at QB to open the season. Ole Miss will be without DT Peria Jerry for a month after he got his knee scoped. New Mexico extended Coach Rocky Long’s contract. Louisville suspended QB Matt Simms for four games. He’s not the starter. Purdue RB Jaycen Taylor will miss the year with a torn knee. Florida State RB Tavares Pressley got the green light to go as he got his grades in order. Tennessee TE Jeff Cottam will miss a couple months following back surgery. Another Tennessee TE Brandon Warren was given the green light by the NCAA to play. Now C.J. Gable is hurt for USC. The NCAA banned horse-collar tackles. Good thing Roy Williams isn’t a collegiate athlete anymore. Safety Jerimy Finch won an appeal to the NCAA to play at Indiana this year after transferring from Florida. Georgia can breathe a little easier as 8 Georgia State players were suspended for their opening game.
Alex Stephenson is appealing to be able to play this season following his transfer from UNC to USC to be closer to his ailing father. Virginia kicked Laurynas Mikalauskas to the curb. Tunji Soroye will get to play a fifth season for Virginia as an injury limited him to two games last year. Indiana signed Coach Tom Crean to a ten-year deal. Pitt’s Mike Cook was denied another year despite missing all but 11 games last year to injury. Kansas freshman Markieff Morris was arrested for shooting an Airsoft rifle. He must have read my post on Airsoft guns. I told you they could get you in trouble if not used properly.
Michael Phelps barely made it 7 for 7 as he won Gold in the 100 meter Butterfly. Make it 8 for 8 as he was part of the Gold-winning 4×100 Medley Relay. Serena and Venus Williams took home the Gold in Doubles Tennis. Vincent Hancock won Gold for Skeet. The U.S. women won Gold in the Women’s Eight Rowing. Walton Eller won Gold in the Men’s Double Trap. Our Equestrian Jumping team took Gold. Angelo Taylor took Gold in 400 meter Hurdles. Stephanie Brown Trafton won Gold in Women’s Discuss. Shawn Johnson won Gold in the Balance Beam. Anna Tunnicliffe won Gold in Sailing (Single-handed Dinghy). Dawn Harper took Gold in the 100 meter Hurdles. Henry Cejudo won Gold in Wrestling 55 Kg Freestyle. Nastia Liukin got screwed in the Uneven Bars and had to settle for Silver. Jamaica’s Usain Bolt won Gold in the 100 & 200 meters. The U.S. Softball team was stunned by Japan. Kerri Walsh and Misty May-Treanor won Gold in Beach Volleyball. Lashawn Merritt won Gold in the 400 meters. Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers took Gold in Beach Volleyball.
Carl Edwards won the Nationwide Series’ Carfax 250 at the Michigan International Speedway. He made it a weekend sweep as he won Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series as well.
Carl Pettersson won the Wyndham Championship. Peter Hanson won the Scandinavian Masters (European tour). Brendon de Jonge won the Xerox Classic (Nationwide tour). Fred Funk won the JELD-WEN Tradition (Champions tour). Katherine Hull won the Canadian Women’s Open.
Rafael Nadal won the Gold for Men’s Singles. Fernando Gonzalez took Silver. Novak Djokovic won Silver. Elena Dementieva (Gold), Dinara Safina (Silver), and Vera Zvonareva (Bronze) made it a Russian sweep for Women’s Singles. Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka won Gold in the Men’s Doubles. Thomas Johansson and Simon Aspelin won Silver. Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan won Bronze for the U.S. Juan Martin del Potro won the ATP Legg Mason Tennis Classic. Nadia Petrova won the WTA Tour Western & Southern Financial Group Women’s Open.