Friday Tidbits 9/12/08
Carlos Quentin broke his wrist. The Brewers picked up Mike Lamb. Evan Longoria, Josh Beckett, and Mike Lowell came off the DL. Alfonso Soriano clubbed 3 HRs. Roy Oswalt tossed a one-hitter. ManRam drove in 5 to give the division lead to the Dodgers. Cliff Lee made it 21-2. Billy Wagner will miss all of next year after he has elbow surgery. Want some history. Derek Jeter passed Babe Ruth for 2nd on the Yankees for career Hits. He trails Lou Gehrig. Albert Pujols will probably go under the knife (elbow) in the offseason. Torii Hunter and Ivan Rodriguez each got a two-game suspension for their tussle. The Brewers scored Todd Coffey off waivers. Brandon Phillips is done for the year. Houston postponed today and tomorrow’s games vs. the Cubbies becaue of Hurrican Ike. K-Rod picked up his 57th Save to tie Bobby Thigpen’s record.
Tom Brady (knee) is out for the year. He tore his ACL and MCL. He wasn’t on the Injury Report before the game for the first time in forever. I wonder if that was a jinx. So is Nate Burleson (knee). The Texans inked RT Eric Winston to a five-year, $30 million deal. The Broncos locked up D.J. Williams for five years for $32 million. The Colts lost to the Bears. Michael Turner ran wild vs. Detroit. Willie Parker scored 3 TDs. Vince Young hurt his knee. He’ll miss a month. Mentally he could be doing worse. Brodie Croyle separated his shoulder and will miss at least a week. Drew Bennett (foot) will miss a month. He’s super soft. The Jets signed Jay Feely. Shawne Merriman and the Chargers are coming to their senses and he’ll get the surgery he needs. I wonder if Brady’s injury factored in. Jacksonville signed G Milfrod Brown. Marques Colston (thumb) will miss a month. Indy DT Ed Johnson got popped with speeding and weed possession. Great combo. He’s a Colt no longer as Dungy cleaned house. Cincy will probably come calling. Alex Smith has a broken bone in his shoulder and will be out for the year. He’s like Ryan Leaf without the attitude. Brian Griese will start for Tampa this week. The Pats signed Matt Gutierrez to their practice squad. Hollis Thomas is out for the year. The Texans will face Baltimore Monday Night because of Ike. LT missed a couple of practices, but he should be good to go. Ricky Williams got an extension with the Dolphins. He worked out his own deal.
The Cavs signed Lorenzen Wright. Hakeem Olajuwon, Patrick Ewing, and Adrian Dantley were elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame. Mo Cheeks signed an extension with Philly. Cleveland fans are on LeBron for liking the Yankees and Dallas. To them I say get a life. Same goes to those who gave Brady crap for wearing a Yankee cap last year. Mario Chalmers won’t be suspended ($20K fine instead) for having women in their room (along with a strong odor of the chronic). If he were one of the Seven Dwarfs, he’d be Dopey. Another one of the Dwarf, Doc (Rivers), got an extension from the Celtics. Miami re-signed Chris Quinn. Shaq set a retirement date. He said he is educated and has things to fall back on like law enforcement. He did not mention law enforcement of if Kobe ever answered his question.
Florida’s Keith Ballard signed a six-year deal. Detroit’s Chris Chelios will be back for a 25th season. Dude is 46. They also locked up Defenseman Kyle Quincey who is literally half his age. Richard Zednick returned to practice for the Florida Panthers.
#5 Florida whooped Miami 26-3. Warren Sapp whined about it. East Carolina pounded #8 West Virginia 24-3. Top 25 Stars: Oklahoma’s Sam Bradford (395 yards, 5 TDs), Georgia’s Knowshon Moreno (168 yards, 3 TDs), Kansas’ Todd Reesing (412 yards, 3 TDs), Penn State’s Evan Roystar (141 yards, 3 TDs), BYU’s Max Hall (338 yards, 3 TDs), and Illinois’ Juice Williams (Passing TD, 174 yards Rushing, 2 TDs). Penn State lost DE Jerome Hayes (knee) for the year. Nebraska DE Barry Turner will also miss the rest of the year. Minnesota lost RB Duane Bennett for the year. Beanie Wells will likely miss the clash with USC. The game between Texas and Arkansas will be pushed back a couple weeks because of Ike. North Carolina destroyed Rutgers yesterday.
Bob and Mike Bryan won the U.S. Open Men’s Doubles title. Serena Williams won the U.S. Open Women’s Singles title. She’s now the top-ranked female player on the tour. Cara Black and Liezel Huber won the U.S. Open Women’s Doubles title. Andy Murray beat Rafael Nadal to make it to the Finals of the U.S. Open. He was beat by Roger Federer though. It was Federer’s fifth consecutive U.S. Open title. He now has 13 Grand Slam titles.
Jimmie Johnson won the Chevy Rock and Roll 400 ahead of Tony Stewart and Carl Edwards won the Nationwide race at Richmond International Raceway. Here’s a strange story. Ron Hornaday, the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Champion, admitted using HGH from 2004-2006. What in the world would a driver need to use HGH for. He claims he took it because of a thyroid issue.
Camilo Villegas won the BMW Championship. Vijay Singh won the FedEx Cup. Martina Eberl won the LPGA’s Nykredit Masters. Jean-Francois Lucquin won the European Masters. Brendon Todd won the Nationwide’s Utah Championship.
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