Sunday, March 30th
Xavier Nady was the top dog offensively on Opening Day.  The Pirate had four hits in seven at bats (.571)  Three of those four hits were for extra-bases (1 double, 2 HR).  He scored four runs and drove in four in a 12-11 win over Atlanta.  Nate McLouth, Freddy Sanchez, Ryan Doumit, Yunel Escobar, Mark Grudzielanek, Carlos Guillen, Kosuke Fukodome (some debut), Dioner Navarro, Jermaine Dye, Franklin Gutierrez, Rafael Furcal, Michael Young, Casey Kotchman, and Tadahito Iguchi each had three hits.  Jim Thome blasted two HRs.

Jake Peavy took top honors for pitcher hurling seven shutout innings in a win over Houston.  He struck out 4, and allowed only three hits.  He wasn’t perfect as he walked three batters, but a strong outing for the defending Cy Young champ.  Carlos Zambrano (0 runs, 5 Ks in 6.7 innings) and Ben Sheets (0 runs, 7 Ks in 6.3 innings) were locked up in a pitcher’s duel.  Brad Penny fired 6.7 scoreless innings with three Ks.  Johan Santana was great in his Mets’ debut.  He struck out 8 in seven innings allowing two runs on three hits and a pair of walks.

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Boog Powell was suggested by Favre_is_overrated_2007, a friend of mine from Sporting News.  Here are my findings. 

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The Numbers
2042 Games
6681 At Bats  
.266 Batting Average
889 Runs 
1776 Hits 
270 Doubles 
11 Triples
339 Home Runs (82nd All-time)
1187 RBI 
3085 Total Bases 

Playoffs:  33 games, 33 hits in 126 at bats, 17 runs, 4 doubles, 6 HRs, and 18 RBI.

Awards
1970 MVP
4 All-Star Appearances
MVP Votes in 6 Seasons

Top Ten Finishes
Batting Average – Three times
On-base % – Four times 
Slugging % - Five times (Led league in 1964)
OPS – Five times
Runs - Four times
Hits – Once
Doubles – Five times
Home Runs – Seven times
RBI – Seven times
Walks – Five times
Total Bases – Three times
Intentional Walks -Nine times
Extra-base  Hits – Three times
 
I’ll give him credit for a cool name.  He had some great seasons.  Four seasons he hit 35+ HRs (when 35 HRs were a big deal) and drove in 100+ in three years.  His finest stretch was 1969 & 1970 when he averaged .300, 36 HRs, 118 RBIs.  I’m afraid his highs weren’t enough to get him into Cooperstown.  He never scored 90 runs, he never had 170 hits, and while he displayed good HR power he never had 30 doubles.  While, I’d love to try his Boog’s BBQ, I can’t justify placing him in the Hall of Fame.

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References
Baseball Reference

Past Chronicles
Bert Byleven
Andre Dawson
Dale Murphy
Mark McGwire
Bobby Matthews
Tommy John
Buck O’Neill & Minnie Minoso
Jim Rice
Ted Simmons
Lee Smith
Jack Morris
Al Oliver
Steve Garvey
Jim Kaat
Pete Ro$e
Shoeless Joe Jackson
Dave Concepcion
Lou Whitaker
Alan Trammell
Ron Santo
Ron Guidry
Gil Hodges
Dave Parker
Tony Mullane
Keith Hernandez
Don Mattingly
Dwight Evans
Ralph Houk (Manager)
Jimmie Dykes (Player/Manager)
Charlie Grimm (Player/Manager)
Billy Martin (Player/Manager)
Harold Baines
Gene Mauch (Manager)
Whitey Herzog (Manager)
Tom Kelly (Manager)
Joe Carter
Rusty Staub
Gary Gaetti
Jimmy Ryan
George Van Haltren
Roger Maris
Lance Parrish
Mo Vaughn
Mark Grace
Dennis Martinez
Chuck Finley
Fred McGriff
Wes Parker
Steve Finley
Orlando Cepeda
Albert Belle
Willie Randolph
Graig Nettles
Luis Gonzalez
Lefty O’Doul
Rocky Colavito

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Let’s see who’s killin’ it in the fantasy playoffs.

Guards
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Chris Paul
- Are you kidding me?  In his last four games he’s averaging 22.0 points, 3.2 rebounds, 15.0 assists, 2.5 steals, 1.5 three-pointers, and only 1.3 turnovers per contest.  He shot 43.3% from the floor and 82.8% from the line. 

Jamal Crawford - Terrible team, incredible fantasy player.  In his last four contests he’s averaging 28.8 points, 2.2 rebounds, 6.2 assists, 1.8 steals, and 4.0 three-pointers per game.  He’s shot 44.7% from the field and 82.1% from the line.

Forwards
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Josh Howard
- With Dirk out Howard has been asked to shoulder more of the scoring load.  He’s responded.  In his last three games he’s averaging 32.7 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 2.0 steals, 0.7 blocks, and 1.0 three-pointer per game while only turning the ball over an average of 1.7 times.  He’s shot 46.5% from the floor and 90.6% from the stripe.

Carlos Boozer - The fact that I basically traded him for Dwight Howard makes me want to become his last night, won’t keep him off this list.  In his past five games he’s averaging 27.2 points, 13.6 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.0 steal, and 0.6 blocks per game.  He shot 60.9% from the floor and 80% from the line.

Centers
Troy Murphy -
  In his past four games the PF/C has averaged 19.5 points, 12.0 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 1.0 steal, 0.5 block and 3.5 three-pointers per game.  He shot 50% from the field and 88.9% from the line.

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Sunday, March 30th
Well, baseball kicked off in the states as the Washington Nationals opened Nationals Park with a victory over Atlanta.  The offensive hero was Ryan Zimmerman, whose 9th inning heroics (game-winning HR) stole the show.  For the game he was 1-4 with a run and a RBI (obviously).  Nobody had multiple hits from either team.  Chipper Jones had a HR for the Braves.

Although he didn’t get the win because his bullpen didn’t protect the 2-1 lead he left the with, Odalis Perez was great for Washington.  He went five innings allowing one run on four hits with a walk.  His ERA was 1.80 and his WHIP was 1.00.  Honorable mention goes to Tim Hudson who earned a no-decision while allowing two runs in seven innings on three hits.  His ERA was 2.57 with a WHIP of 0.43.  Niether dominated with Odalis only strking out a pair and Hudson stiking out three batters.  Saul Rivera pitched two solid innings and Jon Rauch earned the win.

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Rocky Colavito was suggested by Favre_is_overrated_2007, a friend of mine from Sporting News.  Here are my findings. 

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The Numbers
1841 Games
6503 At Bats  
.266 Batting Average
971 Runs 
1730 Hits 
283 Doubles 
21 Triples
374 Home Runs (61st All-time)
1159 RBI 
3177 Total Bases 

Awards
6 All-Star Appearances
MVP Votes in 6 Seasons

Top Ten Finishes
Batting Average – Twice
On-base % – Five times 
Slugging % - Eight times (Led league in 1958)
OPS – Six times
Runs - Four times
Hits – Once
Doubles – Five times
Home Runs – Nine times (Led league in 1959)
RBI – Nine times (Led league in 1965)
Walks – Seven times (Led league in 1965)
Total Bases – Eight times (Led league in 1962 & 1965)
Intentional Walks -Four times
Extra-base  Hits – Eight times (Led league in 1958 & 1959)
Games – Six times (Led league in 1961 & 1965)
At Bats – Three times

Rocky certainly could hit the ball out of the park.  He had seven seasons with 30+ HRs, including five straight 35+ HR seasons (1958-1962).  He had 11 straight seasons of 20+ HRs.  He had over 100 RBI in six seasons.  Not exactly known for his defense, he finished the 1962 season without an error.  He was wildy popular with Cleveland fans.  If his career average was better, I wouldn’t be so hesitant to make a call.  I do believe he was one of the best players of his generation, which is something I use to determine Hall of Fame worthiness.  It’s not a slam dunk, but Rocky Colavito barely slides by in my book. 

References
Baseball Reference

Past Chronicles
Bert Byleven
Andre Dawson
Dale Murphy
Mark McGwire
Bobby Matthews
Tommy John
Buck O’Neill & Minnie Minoso
Jim Rice
Ted Simmons
Lee Smith
Jack Morris
Al Oliver
Steve Garvey
Jim Kaat
Pete Ro$e
Shoeless Joe Jackson
Dave Concepcion
Lou Whitaker
Alan Trammell
Ron Santo
Ron Guidry
Gil Hodges
Dave Parker
Tony Mullane
Keith Hernandez
Don Mattingly
Dwight Evans
Ralph Houk (Manager)
Jimmie Dykes (Player/Manager)
Charlie Grimm (Player/Manager)
Billy Martin (Player/Manager)
Harold Baines
Gene Mauch (Manager)
Whitey Herzog (Manager)
Tom Kelly (Manager)
Joe Carter
Rusty Staub
Gary Gaetti
Jimmy Ryan
George Van Haltren
Roger Maris
Lance Parrish
Mo Vaughn
Mark Grace
Dennis Martinez
Chuck Finley
Fred McGriff
Wes Parker
Steve Finley
Orlando Cepeda
Albert Belle
Willie Randolph
Graig Nettles
Luis Gonzalez
Lefty O’Doul

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Lefty O’Doul was suggested by aajoe7, a friend of mine from Sporting News.  Here are my findings. 

The Numbers
970 Games
3264 At Bats  
.349 Batting Average (4th All-time)
624 Runs 
1140 Hits 
175 Doubles 
41 Triples
113 Home Runs 
542 RBI 
1736 Total Bases 

Awards
1 All-Star Appearance
MVP Votes in 3 Seasons

Top Ten Finishes
Batting Average – Four times (Led league in 1929 & 1932)
On-base % – Four times (Led league in 1929)
Slugging % - Four times
OPS – Four times
Runs – Three times
Hits – Twice (Led league in 1929)
Triples – Once
Home Runs – Four times
RBI – Twice
Walks – Twice
Stolen Bases – Once
Total Bases – Four times
Games – Once
At Bats – Twice

We’re talking quality not quantity here.  In his brief career, Lefty had 120+ runs three times (152 in 1929), 200+ hits three times (254 in ’29), and hit .368 or better three times (.398 in ’29).  Honestly, his 1929 season is one of the best single-season in baseball history.  He was a manager following his baseball career winning 2000+ minor league games (2094 total, which ranks 9th all-time).  He worked with Joe DiMaggio and Willie McCovey.  He was credited with helping introduced Japan to baseball, and the Roy Hobbs character in The Natural was, in part, based on Lefty.  When I first started looking at Lefty, I thought that he wasn’t worthy of the Hall of Fame.  Had he started his career as an Outfielder rather than a pitcher, his overall numbers would have likely been good enough.  However, it’s what he did after his playing days that made me clear out a spot in Cooperstown for him.  He was an ambassador for the game.  For that we owe him the honor.

References
Baseball-reference.com
BR Bullpen

Past Chronicles
Bert Byleven
Andre Dawson
Dale Murphy
Mark McGwire
Bobby Matthews
Tommy John
Buck O’Neill & Minnie Minoso
Jim Rice
Ted Simmons
Lee Smith
Jack Morris
Al Oliver
Steve Garvey
Jim Kaat
Pete Ro$e
Shoeless Joe Jackson
Dave Concepcion
Lou Whitaker
Alan Trammell
Ron Santo
Ron Guidry
Gil Hodges
Dave Parker
Tony Mullane
Keith Hernandez
Don Mattingly
Dwight Evans
Ralph Houk (Manager)
Jimmie Dykes (Player/Manager)
Charlie Grimm (Player/Manager)
Billy Martin (Player/Manager)
Harold Baines
Gene Mauch (Manager)
Whitey Herzog (Manager)
Tom Kelly (Manager)
Joe Carter
Rusty Staub
Gary Gaetti
Jimmy Ryan
George Van Haltren
Roger Maris
Lance Parrish
Mo Vaughn
Mark Grace
Dennis Martinez
Chuck Finley
Fred McGriff
Wes Parker
Steve Finley
Orlando Cepeda
Albert Belle
Willie Randolph
Graig Nettles
Luis Gonzalez

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Having the #1 pick in the draft used to be a great thing.  While it’s still nice to be able to pick anyone from the incoming class, it also comes with its problems.  Mainly, you have to rob a bank in order to pay them.  JaMarcus Russell, for example, got a cool $60 million with half of it guaranteed.  Why should someone without any experience become one of your top paid players without proving a thing? Since these rookie salaries have gotten so out of control, it impacts the type of player you take with the #1 pick.  Of the 8 picks this decade, 6 of them have been Quarterbacks.  If you go back ten years, the have been 8 QBs taken.  In the 90′s only 4 QBs were taken first overall.  Three in the 80′s.  Three in the 70′s.  Three in the 60′s.  Five in the 50′s, and three from 1936-1949.  You pay so much for these guys that you want to choose a player that is going to have a long career.  You don’t necessarily take the best player available.  Houston is the perfect example.  Although Mario Williams had a great season last year, you just know if money weren’t an issue, the Texans would have taken Reggie Bush.  Not only would he help your sputtering offense immediately, he’d help put butts in the seats and inject life into your franchise.  The Texans, however, knew Bush was going to ask for the moon so they avoided him.  The sad thing is these quarterbacks are such a risk.  Of the last 8 QBs taken #1 you have busts in David Carr and Tim Couch, the jury is still out on Alex Smith (although it’s not looking good) and JaMarcus Russell, and Michael Vick is in jail.  Your success stories are Peyton, Eli, and Carson Palmer.  That’s a ton of cash for a crap shoot. 

Another problem with the way the NFL Draft is set up is the payscales of the picks.  You have a waiting game to see what the players around you are getting, which often leads to holdouts.  Say what you will about the NBA, I like how they have the salaries slotted going into the draft.  That way you know what you’re getting.  The NFL is a little trickier because different positons receive different salaries, but they have enough lawyers and accountants to figure out how to work it out.  Here’s an idea.  Compare all of the average salaries for each position.  Whichever position has the top salary gets 100% of the slot.  If your position averages 20% less than the top position, you only get 80% of the slot. 

The monies that NFL teams are dealing with are ridiculous.  We complain about gas prices all the time, but nobody seems to care about the crazy amount of money these NFL teams bring in.  We’re the ones paying for it.  Have you seen what good NFL tickets are going for these days?  Taking a family of four could cost you $600 or more.  I’m sorry, but that’s ridiculous.  When we do complain about the NFL revenues, it’s always directed towards the players.  I understand that they are more visible (both in terms of how you associate them with the team, and all to often because they showcase their wealth), but they are only small players in the grand scheme.  It’s the owners that are raking in the big bucks.  They are rarely taken to task for it though.  We gripe about players holding out when their contracts are beyond a fantasy for most of us.  Some times, though, the owners more than have the money to pay them, and their worth to the team justifies that they are paid more.  I’ve gone out on a tangent again, but I am in the camp that says let’s look past the players for a while because we have bigger fish to fry.    To tie this back to my original point, the financial system of the NFL needs a tweak.  One of the most sensible ways would be to come up with a rookie payscale.   

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Time for the 15th installment of the NFL Free Agent Report.  Click here for a link to earlier reports.

Nick Ferguson
The Texans strengthened their secondary by adding the Saftey Ferguson.  He had 55 tackles last year for the Broncos. 

Clark Haggans
The former Pittsburgh Steeler LB is heading south to Houston.  Last year he had 58 tackles and 4 sacks.  He signed a one-year deal.

Olindo Mare
Seattle signed Mare to replace Josh Brown as their Kicker.  The former Syracuse Orangeman played with the Saints last year scoring 64 points on 10/17 FGs and 34/34 PATs.  For his career he has 1112 points.  He signed a two-year deal worth $3.5 million.

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Marcus Trufant
Marcus signed a six-year $50 million deal to stay in Seattle.  The shutdown corner had 85 tackles and 7 INTs last year.  $20 million of it was guaranteed.

Kris Wilson
The TE signed with the Eagles.  Last year he had 24 catches for 180 yards and a score for Kansas City.

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Luis Gonzalez was suggested by mrbaseball_cpr, a friend of mine from Sporting News.  Here are my findings. 

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The Numbers
2455 Games  (59th All-time)
8816 At Bats (72nd All-time) 
.284 Batting Average
1382 Runs (86th All-time)
2502 Hits (85th All-time)
570 Doubles (20th All-time)
67 Triples
356 Home Runs (79th All-time)
1392 RBI (67th All-time)
4244 Total Bases (55th All-time)
1114 Walks (67th All-time)

Playoffs:  24 games, 22 Hits in 87 At Bats (.253), 12 runs, 3 doubles, 4 HR, 12 RBI

Awards
2005 ML Branch Rickey Award
5 All-Star Appearances
2 Silver Slugger
MVP Votes in 3 Seasons

Top Ten Finishes
Batting Average – Twice
On-base % – Twice
Slugging % - Once
OPS – Once
Runs – Twice
Hits – Three times (Led league in 2001)
Doubles – Five times
Triples – Three times
Home Runs – Once
RBI – Once
Walks – Twice
Hit by Pitch – Four times
Intentional Walks – Four times
Total Bases – Four times
Games – Three times (Led league in 2000 & 2001)
At Bats – Three times

Usually I wait until a player is HOF eligible, let alone retired.  However, I don’t think anything Gonzo will do will change my mind.  Gonzo’s career timeline and the steroid timeline just don’t add up for me.  Sorry if you’re getting lumped in mistakenly, but I’m just not buying your 2001 breakout year.  He’s had some nice years, but without that signature season, his numbers are good, not great.  As much as I’d like to give him credit for helping bring down the Yankees, which was one of my favorite non-Red Sox World Series moments, I can’t justify putting Gonzo into the Hall of Fame.  Maybe if there was no suspicion I could overlook him missing out on the milestones because of the overall numbers and the stretch from 1999-2003.  However, things need to be sorted out for me.  For startes Sammy Sosa is going to have to be addressed.  If he gets voted in, then I’d say Gonzo’s chances improve greatly.  Same with Roger Clemens and Palmeiro.  As long as those guys are out, Gonzo will be too.

References
Baseball-reference.com

Past Chronicles
Bert Byleven
Andre Dawson
Dale Murphy
Mark McGwire
Bobby Matthews
Tommy John
Buck O’Neill & Minnie Minoso
Jim Rice
Ted Simmons
Lee Smith
Jack Morris
Al Oliver
Steve Garvey
Jim Kaat
Pete Ro$e
Shoeless Joe Jackson
Dave Concepcion
Lou Whitaker
Alan Trammell
Ron Santo
Ron Guidry
Gil Hodges
Dave Parker
Tony Mullane
Keith Hernandez
Don Mattingly
Dwight Evans
Ralph Houk (Manager)
Jimmie Dykes (Player/Manager)
Charlie Grimm (Player/Manager)
Billy Martin (Player/Manager)
Harold Baines
Gene Mauch (Manager)
Whitey Herzog (Manager)
Tom Kelly (Manager)
Joe Carter
Rusty Staub
Gary Gaetti
Jimmy Ryan
George Van Haltren
Roger Maris
Lance Parrish
Mo Vaughn
Mark Grace
Dennis Martinez
Chuck Finley
Fred McGriff
Wes Parker
Steve Finley
Orlando Cepeda
Albert Belle
Willie Randolph
Graig Nettles

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Friday Tidbits 3/28/08

28 March 2008

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Dirk hurt his ankle and knee.  He’ll be out a couple weeks.  The Wolves beat the tanking Knicks.  Amare Stoudemire went 20 for 20 from the line in a win over Houston.  Rick Adelman won his 800th game.  Brent Barry signed with the Spurs.  Joel Przybilla ripped 25 boards in a win over the Clippers.  Lamar Odom had 23 points and 21 boards in a win over Golden State.  Elton Brand was able to scrimmage.  Chris Webber is retiring.  I always liked C-Webb (although Jalen was my favorite Fab Five).  Dwight Howard had 24 points and grabbed 21 boards in a loss to the Spurs.  Deron Williams had 15 assists in a win over Charlotte.  Chris Paul handed out 20 assists in a win over the Cavs.  Andre Miller dished out 18 in a win over Chicago.  Devin Harris had 15 in a win over Indiana.  Brandon Roy will miss a few games with a groin injury.  Seattle’s Chris Wilcox (finger) called it a season.  Jason Kidd had 15 assists, but lost to Denver putting them a game behind Dallas and half game behind Golden State for the 7th & 8th playoff spots.  Nene made his return after missing most of the season to testicular cancer.

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Alexander Ovechkin scored his 60th goal of the year.  Calgary’s Jarome Iginla had a hat trick against the Wild.  San Jose’s Joe Thornton had one against Phoenix.  This week’s shutouts:  Colorado’s Jose Theodore vs. Calgary, Pittsburgh’s Marc-Andre Fleury vs. New Jersey, Nashville’s Dan Ellis vs. Columbus, Columbus’ Fredrik Norrena vs. Chicago, and LA’s Erik Ersberg vs. Phoenix.  Buffalo’s Tim Connolly will miss the rest of the year because of a bad hip.  NY Rangers F Blair Betts will miss a couple weeks because of foot surgery.  Vancouver C Brendan Morrison’s knee injury will cost him the rest of the year.  Sid Crosby returned.

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Miguel Cabrera signed an 8-year, $153 million deal with Detroit.  I hope they put a weight clause in.  Milwaukee placed P Yovani Gallardo on the 15 day DL (knee).  Javy Lopez retired.  Detroit’s Curtis Granderson broke his finger.  He was placed on the 15 day DL.  The Twins signed Joe Nathan to a four-year deal worth $47 million.  A great closer is awesome to have, but what happens when you never have leads?  Brad Lidge landed on the Phillies’ 15 day DL. Scott Rolen (finger) will miss a couple of weeks.  The Red Sox opened the 2008 season with a win over Oakland.  Manny drove in four.  Jose Canseco claimed he introduce A-Rod to a steroid distibutor.  The Cubs signed OF Reed Johnson.  Rich Harden pitched a gem to earn Oakland a split in Japan.  The Yankees named their Spring Training field George M. Steinbrenner Field.

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Lofa Tatupu signed a six-year, $42 million extension with Seattle.  They also signed CB Marcus Trufant to a six-year, $50 million deal.  The Packers signed Atari Bigby to a one-year deal.  Jason Elam is heading to Atlanta. The Niners lost a 5th round pick for tampering with Lance Briggs.  Brandon Marshall hurt his arm at home and will be out a few months.  The Giants signed LG Rich Seubert to a three-year deal.  WR Reche Caldwell signed with St. Louis.  Kevin Carter restructured his deal to return to Tampa Bay.  The Colts extended the contract of President Bill Polian.  San Diego C Nick Hardwick will miss at least a month following foot surgery.  Draft prospect Heath Benedict was found dead in his home.  Olindo Mare signed a two-year deal with Seattle.

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Day 2 finally saw March Madness live up to its name.  #10 Davidson beat #7 Gonzaga behind Stephen Curry’s 40 points.  #12 Western Kentucky beat #5 Drake on a Ty Rogers’ bomb as the clock expired.  #13 Davidson knocked off #4 UConn.  #13 Siena upset #4 Vanderbilt.  #9 Arkansas put #8 Indiana out of its misery.  #12 Villanova knocked off #5 Clemson.  Day 3 saw the upsets continue.  #7 West Virginia finished the job Belmon started on #2 Duke.  #5 Michigan State got by #4 Pitt.  Day 4 saw #12 Villanova reach the Sweet Sixteen with a win over Siena, #10 Davidson knock off #2 Georgetown, #12 Western Kentucky get by #13 San Diego.  #1 North Carolina beat #4 Washington State to advance to the Elite 8. #3 Xavier joined them by knocking off #7 West Virginia.  In the late games, #3 Louisville beat #2 Tennesse and #1 UCLA survived #12 Western Kentucky’s comeback attempt.  Tonight, Wisconsin plays Davidson, Stanford faces Texas, Kansas battles with Villanova, and Memphis takes on Michigan State.

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Clemson RB James Davis will miss spring practice because of a shoulder injury.  Florida WR Percy Harvin may miss his spring practice with a heel injury.  South Carolina suspended QB Stephen Garcia for underage drinking.  The nerve of him  Arkansas suspended LB Freddie Fairchild after he was arrested.  He’s suspected of domestic abuse. 

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Tiger lost.  I guess I should say Geoff Ogilvy won the WGC-CA Championship.  Dean Wilson has the early lead in the Zurich Classic.

Scott Wimmer won the Nationwide Series at Nashville Superspeedway.

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.

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