Friday Tidbits 9/21/07
NFL Week 2 was insane. The Patriots smoked San Diego. Randy Moss scored twice. I guess the video scandal didn’t matter. Cleveland knocked off Cincinnati 51-45. I don’t think the Cavs even score that much. Derek Anderson’s five TDs did the trick. It helped that Jamal Lewis carved up the Cincy D for 215 yards. Carson Palmer threw 6 TDs in a losing effort. Brett Favre moved past John Elway as the NFL’s winningest QB. He had 3 TD passes against the sucky New York Giants. San Fran, Houston, Washington, and Detroit joined Green Bay at a surprising 2-0. Tampa Bay stomped the Saints. I guess last year was a fluke. Buffalo’s Kevin Everett is able to move both hands now. Great news. They say he may be able to walk in a couple of weeks. Amazing. Tennessee extended Jeff Fisher’s contract four years. New York’s Steve Smith will be out a couple weeks with a broken shoulder blade. The Falcons raided the retirement home and brought back Morten Anderson. Seattle gave DB Jordan Babineaux a five-year extension. The Jets lost return man Justin Miller. Tank Johnson may be taking his guns to the Lone Star State. As a Cowboy, he may be able to buy a truck and keep his bazookas in the gun rack. Byron Leftwich siged with Atlanta. I used to love McNabb. He went to Syracuse while I was there. He plays for my 2nd favorite NFL team. However, I have become annoyed with him. He said that black quarterbacks are criticized more than white ones. Tell that to Eli Manning or Rex Grossman. Could it be, perhaps, that you play in a market where the fans are very critical? If Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt was booed, then anyone is fair game. When you sign a contract worth upwards of $100 million, you are going to be held accountable. I’d say that’s pretty standard. Washington lost another O-Lineman. Guard Randy Thomas will be out for the bulk of the year with a torn tricep muscle. MeO got fined for his TD celebration. He made fun of the Video scandal. I think it’s kind of funny. Andre Johnson is out this week. San Fran LB Manny Lawson is gone for the year with a knee injury. Jax lost S Gerald Sensabaugh for the season with a shoulder injury.
The Yanks took 2 of 3 in the weekend series against Boston. Boston is holding on by its teeth. They’ve tanked in 1978 fashion. Jim Thome blasted his 500th home run. The tainted #756 ball sold for $752,467. It would have been cool if they paid $756,000 instead. They dropped the ball. No pun intended. Michael Young drove in 7 runs against Oakland. Frank Thomas smashed three home runs in one game. The Sun came up. The governement taxed someone. Ben Sheets got hurt again. Boston shut down Hideki Okajima because of tired arm. I wish they did the same with Eric G*gne. Ken Griffey, Jr. will finish yet another year on the DL. This time with a groin injury. He did hit 30 home runs this year moving him to 593. Toronto’s Vernon Wells is shutting it down as well. Houston rookie J.R. Towles drove in 8 runs. The Cubbies are in first place. San Diego has won 7 straight and is only a half game out of first.
Dikembe Mutumbo is returning for one more year. Don Nelson agreed to an extension with Golden State. J.J. Redick has a broken bone in his right hand. The league’s second most hated referee Joey Crawford was reinstated. Utah’s AK-47 says he wants out. Milwaukee matched G Charlie Bell’s offer sheet from Miami. They don’t seem too concerned with whether or not people want to play there.
The NHL preseason is underway. Anaheim D Mathieu Schneider broke a bone in his left ankle. He’ll be on the shelf for a while. His teammates Teemu Selanne and Scott Niedermayer still haven’t decided if they’ll retire or not. Buffalo’s Teppo Numminen hopes to play despite open heart surgery. Vancouver D Sami Salo fractured his wrist. Ottawa C Mike Fisher signed a five-year extension with the club. Sean Burke retired after tending nets for 20 years.
Another wild week of college football. #1 USC took care of #19 Nebraska 49-31. #2 LSU (44-0 over Mid Tenn) and #3 Oklahoma (54-3 over Utah St.) routed inferior opponents. #5 Florida beat #22 Tennessee 59-20. Kentucky knocked off #9 Louisville. Utah flattened #11 UCLA 44-6. I didn’t know Lloyd Carr coached UCLA this week. Just kidding Lloyd. Michigan actually won this week, rolling on Notre Dame 38-0. Coach Weis needs to start videotaping the opposing team’s play signals. Maybe then his team could score a touchdown. #21 Boston College bumped #15 Georgia Tech 45-24. #16 Arkansas fell to Alabama 41-38. Texas S James Henry became the 6th Longhorn to be arrested since June. They are starting to rival the Bengals. The best matchups this week are #2 LSU vs. #12 South Carolina and #16 Alabama vs. #22 Georgia.
Pitt PG Levance Fields got the stun gun treatment when he was rasslin’ with a cop. I guess he shouldn’t have tried to grab the cop’s gun. Alabama PG Ron Steele will redshirt next year following knee surgery.
The Phoenix Mercury won the WNBA Finals.
Floyd L*ndis had to give back his T*ur de France vict*ry.
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.