Friday Tidbits 9/5/08
The Phillies acquired Matt Stairs for a Minor Leaguer. Josh Beckett (elbow) landed on the DL. Carl Pavano pitched well. Dustin Pedroia hit cleanup. He is probably the smallest cleanup hitter since the Dead Ball Era. Frank Thomas landed on the DL. C.C. Sabathia threw a Complete Game one-hit Shutout. Jeff Kent will have knee surgery. Arizona acquired David Eckstein for a Minor Leaguer. Cliff Lee threw a Shutout to improve to 20-2. He’s amazing. Adrian Beltre and Stephen Drew each hit for the Cycle. Troy Percival and Joba Chamberlain came off the DL. An A-Rod HR was the first reviewed via Instant Replay. The call on the field stood. Carlos Zambrano has rotator cuff tendinitis. That darn goat.
Chad Johnson officially became Chad Ocho Cinco. Dude isn’t smart enough to figure out that Ocho Cinco means eight five not eighty-five. Bryant McKinnie got suspended four games for being big, dumb, and aggressive. Cincy cut Rudi Johnson. He caught on with Detroit. Joey Harrington was cut by Atlanta. Houston cut Rosevelt Colvin. Tampa cut Chris Simms. Philly cut Jerome McDougle. He caught on with the Giants. The Pats cut John Lynch and Chad Jackson. Kevin Faulk got suspended for a game for smoking weed. Speaking of weed, Ricky Williams signed a one-year extension with Miami. Jacksonville T Richard Collier was shot. Joe Flacco will start the opener for Baltimore. Pittsburgh sent Sean Mahan to Tampa for a late draft pick. Denver sent CB Domonique Foxworth to Atlanta for a late pick. Kyle Boller was placed on the Injured Reserve. Tom Brady finally practiced. Tatum Bell took Rudi Johnson’s bags as a parting gift when Rudi replaced him on the Lions’ roster. Deion Branch may give it a go this weekend despite tearing his knee in the playoffs. Daunte Culpepper retired. Plaxico Burress signed a five-year $35 million extension. Then he went out and helped the Giants beat Washington. Willie Anderson signed a three-year deal with Baltimore.
Patrick Ewing, Jr. was traded to the Knicks from Houston for Frederic Weis. Houston’s Chuck Hayes had surgery on his broken nose. Donyell Marshall signed with the Sixers. Miami signed Jamaal Magloire. Mario Chalmers and Darrell Arthur were dumb enough to bring marijuana to rookie camp. I wonder who reminds them to inhale and exhale. Oklahoma City will be known as Thunder. Manu Ginobili had his ankle scoped.
Ottawa traded Andrej Meszaros to Tampa Bay for Fikip Kuba, Alexandre Picard, and a first-round draft pick. Toronto sent Bryan McCabe and a draft pick to Florida for Mike Van Ryn. Nashville suspended RW Alexander Radulov for not re-joining the team. He’s opting to stay in Russia. St. Louis signed first rounder Alex Pietrangelo. Atlanta signed first-rounder Zach Bogosian.
Jim Tressel tweaked his contract to make him the highest paid coach in the Big Ten. Florida State RB Tavares Pressley (knee) will miss the season. JoePa tied Bobby Bowden with his 373rd Win. Michigan lost their opener to Utah. #24 Alabama crushed #9 Clemson 34-10. East Carolina upset #17 Virginia Tech. Bowling Green beat #25 Pitt. Texas DT Lamarr Houston got popped for a DUI. Georgia lost DT Jeff Owens (knee) for the year. USC took over #1. Ohio State’s Beanie Wells hurt his foot in a blowout win. He’ll miss this week’s game. UCLA beat Tennessee. Penn State suspended Maurice Evans, Abe Koroma, and Andrew Quarless after they got busted with weed.
#3 Svetlana Kuznetsova got beat in the U.S. Open by Katarina Srebotnik. Lindsay Davenport was beat by Marion Bartoli. #5 Nikolay Davydenko was beat by Gilles Muller. This time Serena beat Venus. Leander Paes and Cara Black won the U.S. Open Mixed Doubles title. Novak Djokovic beat Andy Roddick.
Jimmie Johnson won the Pepsi 500. Kyle Busch won Nationwide’s Camping World 300 at Auto Club Speedway.
Vijay Singh won the Deutsche Bank Championship. Camilo Villegas won the Notah Begay III Foundation Challenge. Gregory Havret won the Johnnie Walker Championship (European Tour). Jeff Sluman won the First Tee Open (Champions Tour). Just because he’s not golfing doesn’t mean Tiger isn’t busy. He has another baby on the way.
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