Friday Tidbits 8/24/07
Ookie aka Michael Vick accepted a plea deal for his dogfighting crimes. Atlanta also lost QB D.J. Shockley for the year, although his is injury related not drowning and electrocuting dogs related. Denver traded DT Gerard Warren to Oakland for a draft pick. Travis Henry sprained his knee. He should be OK. Trent Green was named Miami’s starter. No, this doesn’t have much fantasy football impact. A move that does have fantasy impact was the contract extension of Larry Johnson. LJ and the Chiefs agreed on a contract extension. The deal was 5 years, $43.2 million with $19 million guaranteed. As an LJ owner, I’m excited even though he’s not sure he’ll be ready for the opener. They play Houston that week. He’s killing me if he doesn’t play. The Eagles cut LB Jeremiah Trotter. He’ll catch on somewhere. Tiki Barber ripped Eli for lack of leadership last year. Eli ripped back saying Barber showed no leadership by ripping Coughlin publicly and distracting the team with retirement talks midway through the season. I have to say Eli won this round. Plaxico Burress returned to practice for the first time in almost three weeks. You can pencil in the Vikings as NFC North Champions after they signed WR Robert Ferguson…Hehe. The Bus says he faked an injury so he didn’t get cut. Lil’ Bob Sanders returned to practice for the Colts. Tom Brady had a boy. New York traded OL Pete Kendall to Washington.
Johan Santana mowed down 17 Rangers. A few days later they took it out on poor Baltimore. They scored 30 runs (most since 1897) on them. Jermaine Dye signed a two year, $22 million extension with the White Sox. A-Rod clubbed his 40th home run. Bobby Jenks blew it. He gave up a hit to snap his streak of retiring 41 consecutive batters before he could break the record. He has to settle for tying the mark. He did save the game though. He’s been a rare bright spot for the White Sox. 42 most be an unlucky number because that’s where Brandon Webb had his streak snapped. Tim Hudson continues to make a run at the NL Cy Young after improving to 9-0 in his last 11 starts. Detroit got Joel Zamaya back. Pedro should be returning to the Mets in a few weeks, and Chase Utley has been cleared to throw and swing. Garrett Anderson drove in 10 runs against the Yankees. Cole Hamels will miss a start with an elbow strain. The guy who caught the #756* home run ball has to sell it because he would be taxed on it. Tell me that’s not some crap. Until he sells it, it shouldn’t be taxable. The former Mets clubhouse attendant who distributed steroids named names to the Mitchell investigation. Speaking of steroids, Gary Sh*ffield will be out a while with a shoulder injury. Albert Pujols homered in 5 straight games. It was his 30th homer of the season making him the only guy to have 30 home runs in his first seven seasons. David Wells is bringing his plus sized waist to LA. Ken Griffey, Jr. has forgot how to hit a home run.
Former Timberwolves F Eddie Griffin died when his SUV crashed into a freight train. It took several days to identify his body via dental records. It looks like he finally lost his battle with alcohol. Minnesota’s Mark Madsen hurt his shoulder in a boating accident. Speaking of boats and the Timberwolves, former Wolves G/F Latrell Sprewell had his yacht (Milwaukee’s Best) repossessed. I guess he should have signed that 3 year, $21 million contract that was insulting at the time. I guess he used his money to feed his family rather than make the boat payments. Washington re-signed F Andray Blatche. He’ll be out until November. Whatever will they do without his 1.1 points and 1.6 rebounds? James Posey plead guilty to reckless driving. Harrah’s is building an arena in hopes of attracting a pro team. After the Donaghy situation, all I can say is “Good luck with that”.
Colorado signed C Wyatt Smith and D Wes O’Neill. Columbus signed C Michael Peca. Vancouve re-signed C Trevor Linden. Los Angeles signed D Jon Klemm.
West Virginia LB James Thomas and CB Ellis Lankster were charged with transferring and receiving stolen property. Alabama CB Simeon Castille was charged with disorderly conduct. TCU DE Tommy Blake returned to the team after missing a few practices for personal reasons. Texas WR Billy Pitman is out with a shoulder injury. Cal FB Will Ta’ufo’ou is out 3-6 weeks with a knee injury. Clemson RB Ray Ray McElrathbey tore his ACL and will miss the season. Iowa WRs Dominique Douglas and Anthony Bowman were suspended following their arrest. USC sent WR Jamere Holland packing. Pitt OL Chris Jacobson dislocated his knee cap. I’m sure that stung a bit. The Hurricanes announced they will leave the Orange Bowl for the bigger money Dolphin Stadium will bring in 2008. Oklahoma freshman Sam Bradford was named the starting Quarterback. Virginia Tech QB Ike Whitaker has switched to WR. Oregon State WR Sammie Stroughter is taking a leave of abscence to deal with personal issues. A 59 year old is going to play Division III this year. This really annoys me. Yeah, it’s a feel good story for older people. I get that angle. However, he got into a fight and got kicked off the team 40 years ago. He screwed that up. Some 20 year old kid got cut because this guy wants some attention. The team wanted some attention too, which is why he’s on the squad. Division III football is mainly for fun. This selfish guy is stealing that from someone. Sorry I blew up on that.
Richard Jefferson must have liked Arizona, as he gave $3.5 million to his old school. He was trumped by Nike’s Phil Knight, who donated $100 million to the University of Oregon. Georgia Tech C Ra’Sean Dickey will miss the first half of the season because of bad grades. Duke F David McClure had knee surgery. Illinois G Jamar Smith was suspended next year for boozin’ and cruisin’. Alabama PG Ronald Steele will undergo knee surgery. Syracuse will be without G Andy Rautins next year as he injured his knee.
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.