Friday Tidbits 9/7/07
Football is back. Instead of hearing about dogfighting, DUIs, domestic abuse, etc. we get to talk real football. Man, did the Colts ever look good. First Manning hit some guy from Syracuse. Marvin Harrison or something. Joseph Addai was great. Reggie Wayne was the real deal Holyfield. Indy D was on point. Manning was Manning. The Saints on the other hand were awful. Deuce and Bush couldn’t get it done against an Indy D that was awful last year. Brees didn’t go downfield at all. Jeremiah Trotter signed a one year deal with Tampa Bay. Speaking of Tampa Bay, former DE Simeon Rice signed on with Denver. Randy Moss finally got back to practice. They Pats quickly cut Reche Caldwell. Michael Strahan finally rejoined the G-Men. They just wanted to skip the preseason. Little Tiki says he quit because of Coughlin. Am I the only one who is sick of Tiki? Don’t go away mad Tiki. Just go away. Rodney Harris*n was suspended four games for HGH. Also suspended was Dallas QB coach Wade Wilson. Baltimore signed QB Kyle Boller to a one-year extension. Pat Williams signed a three-year extension.
Pedro Martinez finally made it back for the Mets. He won his debut and picked up his 3000th strikeout in the process. Ichiro picked up his 200th hit for the 7th straight year to tie Wade Boggs AL record. If he does it again next year, he’ll tie Wee Willie Keeler. Scott Baker took a perfect game into the 9th. He had to settle for a one hit shutout. Clay Buchholz didn’t have to settle as he fired a no-hitter in his 2nd career start. Johnny Vander Meer doesn’t have to worry. He’s in the bullpen now. Erik Bedard strained his oblique. Josh Beckett and Chien-Ming Wang became the first 17 game winners this season. Wang is once again quietly joining the Cy Young chase. A-Rod hit his 47th & 48th home runs in one inning. Carlos Delgado will be out of action with a hip strain. Carl Crawford was suspended two games for an altercation with an umpire. Rick Anki*l had another great game. He hit two HRs and drove in 7 runs. However, word came out that he received HGH in 2004. The HGH ring is different from the one Rodney Harris*n is involved in. That’s no good. Troy Gl*us has been named as well in a third ring.
Some sad news to report in the NBA. Jameer Nelson’s father was found dead in the Delaware River. LeBron James scored 31, the most ever for an American in an Olympic qualifier, as the U.S. won the FIBA Americas championship. Shaq has filed for divorce from his wife. The Celtics signed Big Baby Davis. The NBA is going to use replay to review fights and flagrant fouls. I just hope someone is going to review the refs.
The Dallas Stars are trying to take advantage of the NBA referee scandal. They are running a billboard that says “The only thing our refs shave is the ice.” I love it. Patrick Marleau signed a two year, $12.6 million deal with San Jose. Joining him will be Jeremy Roenick, who signed a one-year deal. San Jose is the perfect fit for JR as he’s so old that his skin resembles that of a shark. Montreal will retire Larry Robinson’s #19 and Bob Gainey’s #23. Pierre Turgeon is calling it quits after 19 years. Anaheim F Samuel Pahlsson had surgery to fix a sports hernia.
Michigan saw it’s title hopes washed down the drain. No, Ohio State didn’t beat them again. It was little old Appalachian State. #10 Oklahoma poured it on against North Texas. They won 79-10. Sorry, BSF, but that’s classless. In the only matchup of ranked teams, #12 Cal beat #15 Tennessee 45-31. Clemson upset #19 Florida State 24-18. NC State’s Toney Baker will miss the season with a knee injury. Pitt QB Bill Stull will miss a month with a thumb injury. Nebraska signed Bill Callahan to a three-year extension. Wisconsin RB Lance Smith won’t be allowed to play in road games this year because of battery charges. You think Wisconsin should just suspend him? I’d say so. There are some sweet matchups this week. #2 LSU vs. #9 Virginia Tech, #7 Texas vs. #19 TCU, and #5 Oklahoma vs. Miami highlight the weekend.
Boston College signed coach Al Skinner to an extension that will keep him at BC through 2013. Duquesne suspeneded F Stuard Baldonado indefinitely following drug charges.
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.