Friday Tidbits 9/28/07
Brett Favre tied Dan Marino with his 420 TDs as Green Bay upset San Diego. The Raiders won. Of course, they did play Cleveland. Donovan McNabb let his playing to the talking. McNabb, Westbrook, and Kevin Curtis were amazing. Jon Kitna threw for 446 yards in a losing effort. Kevin Curtis and Roy Williams each went over 200 yards. I’m not sure if that ever happened before. Tom Brady threw 2 more TDs to Randy Moss. Ho hum. Dallas destroyed Chicago. Michael Vick got busted for “listening to the Doobie Brothers”. You following me? Not smart to smoke weed after a guilty plea. The Bears finally pulled the plug on Rex Grossman. Griese gets the call. DeAngeleo Hall was fined $100K for his meltdown. What a puke. Deuce McAllister is out for the year with a knee injury. Steven Jackson is out a week or more with a bad groin. Drew Brees donated $2 million to Purdue for an athletic facility.
Josh Beckett became the first 20 game winner since 2005. Mike Mussina won his 250th game. Cleveland clinched the AL Central. Anaheim clinched the AL West. The Red Sox and Yankees clinched a playoff spot. Prince Fielder clubbed his 50th home run. There was a Manny sighting in Boston. A-Rod went over the 150 RBI mark. Milton Bradley tore his knee arguing with an umpire. That umpire (Mike Winters) was suspended for the rest of the season and postseason for baiting Bradley. Survey says they are both a-holes. Michael Young had his 200th hit for the 5th straight year. Fausto Carmona, Chien-Ming Wang, and Jake Peavey all recorded their 19th victories. Ryan Howard is tied for the all-time single-season strikeout record with 195. The remaining pennant races are great. The Red Sox have a two game lead on the Yankees. Philly and NY are tied for first. The Cubs have a two game lead on Milwaukee. Arizona has a one game lead on San Diego. San Diego has a game edge over the Mets and Colorado, who’ve won 11 straight to get in the chase, in the Wild Card race.
Shawn Marion wants to be traded. LA is a likely destination. Troy Hudson signed with Golden State. That’s awesome. Now that he’s in California, T-Hud can continue his wonderful rap career. LeBron is going to host Saturday Night Live.
The NHL season kicks off on Saturday. Tampa Bay D Dan Boyle accidentally cut his wrist with his skate and will be out a month. The LA Kings waived G Dan Cloutier. Vancouver G Roberto Luongo said he would retire if the league used bigger nets. Chicken. Philly F Scottie Upshall broke his wrist and will be over more than a month. St. Louis will be without D Jay McKee for a month because of a foot injury.
There were some stunners last weekend in college football. My Syracuse Orange knocked off #18 Louisville 38-35 despite 555 yards and 4 TD passes from Brian Brohm. Andrew Robinson had 423 yards and 4 scores for the ‘Cuse. Miami doubled up #20 Texas A & M 34-17. Michigan beat #10 Penn State 14-9. #22 Georgia beat #16 Alabama 26-23. I like it when Saban loses. The other matchup betwen ranked teams saw #2 LSU defeat #12 South Carolina 28-16. Oklahoma DE John Williams is out for the year with an Achilles injury. The weekend kicks off tonight with a sweet matchup between #5 West Virginia and #18 South Florida. #6 Cal vs. #11 Oregon should be a good matchup. #9 Wisconsin vs. 4-0 Michigan State could be good. Is it just me or is it weird that South Florida and Rutgers became good while Auburn, Colorado, and Ole Miss have become bad.
Kentucky G Joe Crawford had knee surgery. Louisville C Clarence Holloway had open-heart surgery. Ohio State gave Coach Thad Matta a $480,000 raise. Tennessee suspended D Duke Crews indefinitely for a rule violation. Syracuse’s Carmelo Anthony was on hand to break ground on the Carmelo K. Anthony Basketball Center, a practice facility for the men and women’s teams. He donated $3 million for it. Corliss Williamson is retiring from the NBA (didn’t know he was still playing) to become an assistant coach for Arkansas Baptist College. Georgetown signed Coach John Thompson III to a 6 year contract extension.
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.