Sure, it’s important to draft well, but every year there are so many disappointments and surprises that seldom a team resembles the one you started with.  I trade more than the average player so I’m not a good comparison, but I didn’t have a single player on my post-draft roster around week 10.

Here’s what I do know.  Those of you who chuckled and mocked people’s selections earlier this year should take note.  Just because the experts say someone is going to have a breakout year doesn’t mean it will come true.  Just because you consider a guy a top notch selection, doesn’t mean it’s going to come true.  Let’s take a look at the top ten scorers at each position and see where they were drafted.

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Tom Brady – Anywhere from 2nd to 4th QB taken
Tony Romo – Probably 5th-8th QB taken
Brett Favre – 8th-12th QB taken
Derek Anderson – Waiver wire gem
Ben Roethlisberger – Probably 10th-14th QB taken
Peyton Manning – 1st QB taken
Carson Palmer – 2nd-4th QB taken
Matt Hasselbeck – Probably 6th-10th QB taken
Drew Brees – 3rd or 4th QB taken
Jon Kitna – 8th-12th QB taken
Busts:  McNabb, Bulger, Rivers, Leinart, Vince Young

Brian Westbrook – 4th-10th RB taken
LaDainian Tomlinson – 1st RB taken
Adrian Peterson – 12th-16th RB taken
Joseph Addai – 2nd-6th RB taken
Willis McGahee – 8th-16th RB taken 
Marion Barber – 12th-18th RB taken
Clinton Portis – 10th-18th RB taken
Jamal Lewis – 14th-20th RB taken
Reggie Bush – 7th-14th RB taken
Ronnie Brown – 6th-14th RB taken
Busts: Larry Johnson, Shaun Alexander, Travis Henry, Steven Jackson, Frank Gore, Rudi Johnson, Maurice Jones-Drew, Duece McAllister

Randy Moss – 6th-12th WR taken
Terrell Owens – 4th-8th WR taken
Braylon Edwards – 12th-20th WR taken
T.J. Houshmandzedeh – 5th-10th WR taken
Reggie Wayne – 3rd-8th WR taken
Chad Johnson – 1st-6th WR taken
Larry Fizgerald – 6th-10th WR taken
Wes Welker – 20th-30th WR taken
Greg Jennings – 20th-30th WR taken
Plaxico Burress – 6th-12th WR taken
Busts:  Steve Smith, Marvin Harrison, Andre Johnson, Donald Driver, Torry Holt (somewhat), Lee Evans, Javon Walker, Roy Williams,

Antonio Gates – 1st TE
Kellen Winslow – 2nd-6th TE
Jason Witten – 3rd-8th TE
Tony Gonzalez – 2nd-4th TE
Chris Cooley – 4th-8th TE
Dallas Clark – 6th-12th TE
Heath Miller – 8th-16th TE
Jeremy Shockey – 4th-8th TE
Donald Lee – Waiver Wire Gem
Benjamin Watson – 10th-16th TE
Busts:  Alge Crumpler, Todd Heap, L.J. Smith, Randy McMichael, Vernon Davis

It would have been relatively easy to draft a team consisting of Tom Brady, Brian Westbrook, Adrian Peterson, Randy Moss, Braylon Edwards, Greg Jennings, and Dallas Clark.  However, if someone did that I’d look in their garage for Doc Brown’s DeLorean.

So next year when someone makes a selection at your draft that you find funny, keep the chuckles to yourself.  You may save yourself a nice healthy serving of crow.

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NFL Week 13 Fill-ins

30 November 2007

Has the injury bug hit you?  Are you faced with bad matchups?  Well, maybe I can help.  Here are some guys you can plug and play this weekend.

Jason Campbell
- Campbell makes his 3rd appearance on the fill-ins.  Hey, there are only so many QBs that aren’t no-brainers and are still start worthy.  This week he faces Buffalo, who isn’t very good.  I just have a feeling Washington is going to have a big game this week for Sean Taylor, and then just fall into the tanks. 
Gus Frerotte - Frerotte is a risky pick.  He’s been far from spectacular this year.  However, he is facing a bad Atlanta team.  If you’re in a league where all the decent backups are gone, Gus is your guy.

Travis Henry 
- Who would have guessed that Henry would have fallen so far as to be a fill-in guy?  Well, that’s what he is.  He says his knee is healthy.  Oakland sure is a nice team to make a return against.  I think I could rack up twenty yards against them.
Jesse Chatman -  He’s been dealing with some injury issues, but seems to be tough enough to gut them out.  He should find running against the Jets a whole lot easier than the Steelers.  I think he’s going to help the Dolphins pick up victory #1.

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Javon Walker – Javon is another risky one.  He didn’t catch a pass last week nor play many plays.  However, the field conditions weren’t the greatest.  I would imagine it should be fine in Oakland.  Look for him to be more involved.
Sidney Rice - Passing on Detroit is not like taking candy from a baby.  Who ever came up with that phrase?  Have you ever tried to take anything from a baby?  They cry until they are red in the face.  Sorry I went off on a tangent there.  What I mean to say is Detroit’s secondary sucks.  It’s so bad that Sidney Rice may be a viable option for your third receiver.  Not a knock on him, but his QB is far from consistent. 
Leonard Pope 
-  Dude’s 6’8″.  He hasn’t scored in a few weeks.  I can see hm doing so against Cleveland.


Steven Gostkowski 
- Besides the fact that I play against him this week, there is another reason I think he’ll be solid this week.  Baltimore has a decent defense.  If they learn anything from Philly is to really work on Moss.  I think the Ravens can stall a couple drives in the red zone and leave Gotskowski with a couple FGs and a handful of PATs.

 - I think the defense is going to pull together and come up big in honor of their fallen teammate.  It’s tough to replace a Pro Bowl safety, especially when it isn’t for just an injury.  I just get the feeling they will come up huge.

Friday Tidbits 11/30/07

30 November 2007

I’ll start off with some sad news. Sean Taylor was shot and killed in his home. Philly pushed New England to the limit, but the Pats survived to improve to 11-0. At least the ’73 Dolphins have some hope. Ocho Cinco grabbed three TD passes. Kolby Smith filled in for Larry Johnson/Priest Holmes with 150 yards and 2 Tds. Oakland won the game though, their first in 17 AFC West games. Minnesota returned 3 Eli Manning picks for scores. Devin Hester returned two more touchdowns. Memo to Special Teams Coaches. Devin Hester is good. Shaun Alexander, Travis Henry, Marshawn Lynch, Santonio Holmes, Troy
Polamalu, Donovan McNabb, and Larry Johnson are among the stars that missed last week. Cedric Benson had surgery on his leg which will end his disappointing 2007 season. Ricky Williams returned, but Miami remained winless. There was a little rain in Pittsburgh. In the Thursday Night Game tht most of America couldn’t watch, Dallas smoked Green Bay. The score wasn’t out of hand, but the game was never really in doubt. Brett Favre got knocked out of it. Tony Romo threw 4 TDs. MeO had 156 yards and a score. Ryan Grant did look good for the Green & Gold though. Shaun Alexander and Travis Henry may actually play this weekend.

Jason Kidd got his 91st career triple-double. Baron Davis and Caron Butler messed around and got triple doubles…in the same game. LeBron notched his 4th of the season. He didn’t get his 5th on Tuesday, but the Bulls handed the Celtics their 2nd loss. He sprained his finger in a loss to Detroit on Wednesday. Luol Deng returned, but the Bulls kept losing. Dwight Howard pumped in 39 points to go along with his 16 rebounds. He’s a beast. I guess the Celtics didn’t like the taste of their second loss as they pounded New York by close to 50. Phil Jackson got a two-year extension with the Lakers for a mere $24 million.

This week’s shutouts include: Vancouver’s Roberto Luongo vs. Chicago, Anaheim & Columbus, Columbus’ Pascal LeClaire vs. Minnesota, New Jersey’s Martin Brodeur vs. Atlanta, Buffalo’s Jocelyn Thibault vs. Montreal, Pittsburgh’s Marc-Andre Fleury vs. Atlanta, St. Louis’ Manny Legace vs. Calgary. Chicago’s Martin Havlat, playing in his first game since the season opener, scored two goals. Dallas RW Jere Lehtinen suffered and abdominal strain. He’ll be out a while. Sean Avery is having wrist surgery. Detroit (36 points) and Ottawa (34 points) are you leaders. Vincent Lecavalier is still the scoring leader. Chris Osgood is your Goals Against Average leader.

More sad news to report. Joe Kennedy died Friday morning. He was 28. Cincinnati signed closer Francisco Cordero away from Milwaukee for four years, $46 million. He last pitched for Toronto. Kerry Wood is re-signed with the Cubs despite multiyear offers from other clubs. My fictitious brother Jon Lester won the Tony Conigliaro Award. Minnesota made a splash by acquiring Delmon Young and others for Matt Garza and others. Next up Johan Santana and Joe Nathan. Yorvit Torrealba will return to the Rockies after signing a two-year deal. The Mitchell Report will include names of steroid users. Speaking of steroids, HBO is looking into a Game of Shadows movie. I wonder if they will just cut footage from the Hulk movie to save on costs when portraying Barry B*nds. Speaking of B*nds, he’s looking to add another lawyer to his legal team. I wonder if the new lawyer will be responsible for B*nds or his ego.

Arkansas knocked off #1 LSU. Darren McFadden had 240 yards of total offense and 4 TDs. Despite the win, Houston Nutt still resigned. It didn’t take him long to find work as he quickly signed with Mississippi. #15 Hawaii beat #19 Boise State as Colt Brennan threw for 495 yards and 5 TDs to break the all-time TD passing record. Texas A & M knocked off #13 Texas. Florida QB Tim Tebow broke his hand. Georgia Tech fired Chan Gailey. Indiana gave Bill Lynch a four-year deal. Washington State axed Bill Doba. Ted Roof is out at Duke. Houston’s Art Briles is Baylor’s new coach. Auburn extended Tommy Tuberville’s contract. This week’s big games are #1 Missouri vs. #9 Oklahoma for the Big 12 Championship, #6 Virginia Tech vs. #11 Boston College for the ACC Championship, and #7 LSU vs. #14 Tennessee for the SEC Championship. Tom Osborne is the interim coach at Nebraska. After legal battles it was revealed that Joe Paterno is being paid $500K this year. All I’m saying is Penn State is getting a heck of a bargain.

Bobby Knight was named in a hunting incident where he or his hunting companion fired birdshot at people on two different occasions. Brigham Young upset #6 Louisville. Texas Tech knocked off #14 Gonzaga. Florida State bumped #24 Florida. #16 Texas destoyed #7 Tennesse 97-78. Xavier thumped #8 Indiana. NC State squeaked by #19 Villanova. USC destroyed #18 Southern Illinois. #7 Duke beat #20 Wisconsin. LSU F Tasmin Mitchell is out for the year following ankle surgery. Clemson F James May sprained his hip. Arizona Coach Luke Olson returned to practice.

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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I’m going back out on that fantasy football limb. I will pick five players I believe will score more points this week than a higher profile player. The scoring will be 6 points for rushing or receiving TD, 4 points for a passing TD, .1 points per yard for rushing or receiving and .05 points per passing yard. I will also do a Super Stretch Pick where I take a real longshot. First, I’ll recap last week.

Last Week
Brett Favre 30.95 beat Jon Kitna 20.1 (16.1 plus 4 spotted points) as I predicted.
LaDainian Tomlinson 12.2 beat Joseph Addai 11.8 WHICH I GOT WRONG.
Thomas Jones 5.7 beat Cedric Benson 4.7 WHICH I GOT WRONG.
Terrell Owens 12.5 beat Randy Moss 4.3 as I predicted.
D.J. Hackett 4.1 beat Roy Williams 3.2 as I predicted.

Super Stretch
Kolby Smith 27.2 destroyed Warrick Dunn 8.0 as I predicted.

If Benson and Addai didn’t get hurt, I would have been 6-0 this week.

Regular Picks: 3-2
Super Stretch Picks: 1-0
Overall: 4-2
Breakdown: QB: 1-0 RB: 1-2, WR: 2-0

Season Record
Regular Picks: 28-31-1
Super Stretch Picks: 10-2
Overall: 38-33-1
Breakdown: QB: 7-7, RB: 19-10-1, WR: 12-16

This Week’s Picks
Brett Favre over Tony Romo
Green Bay has a better pass defense than Dallas. Plus, Dallas has a better rushing attack. I think Favre wins the battle of the gunslingers.

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Clinton Portis over Brian Westbrook
CP is hurting following Sean Taylor’s death. I think he has a monster game to honor his fallen friend. Seattle has a pretty solid defense so they should keep Westbrook somewhat in check.

Edgerrin James over Joseph Addai
Here’s another former Hurricane RB that should fair well against Cleveland. Addai will have his hands full against Jacksonville.

Greg Jennings over Terrell Owens
Like I said, Green Bay has the better secondary. Favre to Jennings will outscore Romo to MeO. At least that’s what my warped mind thinks. I do think Dallas gets the W though.

Larry Fitzgerald over Braylon Edwards
I’ll take another head-to-head matchup. I think Arizona has a better secondary than Cleveland so I like Fitz here.

Travis Henry
over Rudi Johnson
He’s done nothing since his failed test has been reported. More injuries than anything else. Well, I think he’s healthy and gets to face the soft Oakland defense. That ought to put a spring in his step. Rudi looked good last week, but Pittsburgh is going to make him look bad again.

What did you think of my predictions? Do you have any fantasy upsets in mind? Please leave your comments.

Previous Out on a Limb Picks
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NFL Picks – Week 13

28 November 2007

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I was decent last week in my picks. I went 11-5 in Week 12. My losers were KC, NYG, TENN, ARI, and DEN. My lock pick of Jacksonville won.

Last Week: 11-5 (.688 )
Overall: 107-65 (.622)
Lock Picks: 8-4 (.666)

Lock Pick: Minnesota (Man, it’s a tough week)

Previous Lock Picks: PITT (W), CIN (L), SD (L), BAL (L), DAL (W barely), CHI (L), NE (W), INDY (W), TB (W), GB (W), PHI (W), JAX (W)

Week 13 Picks
Dallas over Green Bay
Miami over New York Jets
Minnesota over Detroit (Lock)
Philadelphia over Seattle
Tennessee over Houston
Indianapolis over Jacksonville
Washington over Buffalo
Kansas City over San Diego
San Francisco over Carolina
St. Louis over Atlanta
Cleveland over Arizona
Denver over Oakland
New Orleans over Tampa Bay
Chicago over New York Giants
Pittsburgh over Cincinnati
New England over Baltimore (Virtual Lock)

There you have it. Those are my picks. Any differences?

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I scoured the fantasy baskeball waiver wires to find gems so you don’t have to.

Antonio Daniels - Gilbert Arenas is on the shelf for 3 months with a knee injury.  While Daniels can’t match his play or charisma, he did average 12.8 points, 5.6 rebounds,  7.0 assists, and 2.o steals per game.  He also shot 48.8% from the field and 81.8% from the line.

Jose Calderon - Calderon also stepped up his game last week averaging 12.5 points and 10.3 assists per game.  He had 13 & 14 helpers in back-to-back games.  On the season he’s averaging over seven assists a night.

Jamario Moon
- The rookie is averaging 8.7 ppg and 6.6 rpg while shooting 45% from the field with 1.6 blocked shots and 1.3 steals per game.  Last week he stepped up to 9.3 ppg  and 7.8 rpg.  Not bad for a small forward.

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Marko Jaric – Jaric is an interesting fella.  He plays three positions and is dating Victoria’s Secret model Adriana Lima.  He also has picked up his play with the Timberpuppies.  Last week he averaged 16 points, 2.8 rebounds, 5.3 assists, 1.5 steals, and a block a game while shooting 54.2% from the field and 75% from the line.  Plus, he qualifies as both a guard and a forward.

Andray Blatche
- Here’s a guy who qualifies at small forward, power forward, an center.  Last week he averaged 12.4 points, 7.8 boards, 2.0 assists, 0.8 steals, and 2.0 blocks per game.  He’s not real consistent, but if you’re in a league where you can change your roster daily, his versatility is nice.

Fantasy Football Forum
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How did you do? I snapped my seven game losing streak. I started off with a bang with Favre and Driver on Turkey Day. I plugged in Fred Taylor and Kolby Smith from the waiver wire. Larry Fitzgerald continued his dominance. Even Dwayne Bowe was decent as my third receiver, which has been a trouble spot all year for me (it’s my first game over five points from a 3rd WR since Week 5.) Surprisingly, I didn’t face Frank Gore or Chad Johnson this week. That’s how my game went down. How about you?

Tracking My NFL Preseason Predictions
I made a bunch of predictions in the preseason. I profiled guys I thought would do well. I also profiled guys I thought wouldn’t meet expectations. Here are my preseason predictions are going.

J.P. Losman – Prediction: 3400 yards, 24 TDs, 16 INTs
On Pace for: Not worth reporting.
Right-O-Meter: 1
211 yards, 1 TD, 2 INTs.

Alex Smith – Prediction: 3000 yards, 20 TDs, 14 INTs
On Pace for: Not worth reporting.
Right-O-Meter: 1
Didn’t even play.

Chris Brown – Prediction: 1000 total yards, 5 TDs
On Pace for: 640 yards, 1 TD
Right-O-Meter: 1
35 total yards. Had a TD taken away though.

Jerious Norwood – Prediction: 1200 total yards, 5 TDs
On Pace for: 742 yards, 1 TDs
Right-O-Meter: 1
42 yards. Yuck.

D.J. Hackett – Prediction: 80 receptions, 1100 yards, 8 TDs On Pace for: Not worth reporting
Right-O-Meter: 1
Re-injured his ankle. Oh boy.

Vincent Jackson – Prediction: 64 receptions, 1100 yards, 9 TDs
On Pace for: 653 yards, 3 TDs
Right-O-Meter: 1
Had 65 receiving yards. Not bad.

Heath Miller – Prediction: 600 yards, 8 TDs
On Pace for : 665 yards, 9 TDs
Right-O-Meter: 10
He didn’t catch a pass in the slopfest in Pittsburgh.

Vince Young – Prediction: 2800 passing yards, 650 rushing yards, 16 TDs, 6 rushing TDs, 20 INTs
On Pace for: 2419 passing, 432 rushing, 7 passing TDs, 4 rushing, 19 INTs
Right-O-Meter: 10
246 yards passing, 6 rushing, 0 TDs, 1 INT.

Maurice Jones-Drew- Prediction: 1100 total yards, 8 rushing & receiving TDs
On Pace for: 1213 yards, 10 TDs
Right-O-Meter: 6
26 total yards, but a TD bailed him out.

Torry Holt – Prediction: 1100 yards, 7 TDs
On Pace for: 1177 yards, 7 TDs
Right-O-Meter: 10
54 yards. No endzone.

Tony Gonzalez – Prediction: 700 yards, 5 TDs
On Pace for: 1073 yards, 6 TDs
Right-O-Meter: 5
48 yards

I’m failing miserably at this.

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Each week there are some surprising fantasy performers.  I’m going to take a look at them and see if you should go get ‘em or not.

A.J. Feeley
- He filled in admirably for Donovan McNabb with 345 yards and 3 TDs.  However, he faces a tough Seattle secondary if he gets the start next week.  Plus, I wouldn’t be surprised if McNabb is back in the lineup next week.
Ruling – Don’t Sweat ‘em.

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Kolby Smith - 150 yards and 2 TDs.  You probably already picked him up when you saw Priest retire.  If not you grabbed him after his big game against Oakland.  Unfortunately he can’t face Oakland every week, but he’s worth a roster spot.
Ruling – Get ‘em.
Andre Hall - 167 total yards and a score.  He does get to face Oakland next week.  If he’s available, go to your league site now and get him.  Come back to see the rest.
Ruling – Get ‘em.
Adrian Peterson - No, not the Viking.  I’m talking Bears now.  Cedric Benson will likely be out a while.  If you need a starting RB, he’s likely to be one.
Ruling – Get ‘em.

Greg Lewis
- It depends.  He has a huge 88 yard, 2 TD game.  I wouldn’t say rush right out and get him, but if Feeley starts again and Lewis has a good rapport with him, maybe he’s worth a spot.
Ruling – Get ‘em (if you’re in a deep league)
Sidney Rice -  He’s been pretty solid lately with 66 yards and a score, a passing TD, and 82 and a score over the past three weeks.  He may be worth stashing in deep leagues.  He could have a solid game against Detroit this week.
Ruling:  Get ‘em.
Jabar Gaffney -  He had 87 yards and a score last week.  However, he has to fight for scraps behind Moss, Welker, and Stallworth.  You can’t take that chance this late in the year.
Ruling – Don’t Sweat ‘em.

Tony Scheffler
- He made some unbelievable catches against the Bears.  If he’s available, he is a solid TE option.  He has a great rapport with Cutler.
Ruling – Get ‘em.

There you have it.  I hope I provided you some good info while you make your fantasy team waiver wire adjustments.

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Not since Michael Vick was in his “prime” have you had a player that’s as overexposed and overhyped as Reggie Bush.  I mean everywhere you turn you see Mr. Bush.  I guess I don’t blame him.  Football is a violent sport, and your career can be over in the blink of an eye.  You might as well strike while the iron is hot.  I just wish there was a little less sizzle and a little more steak.  How a little more exposure from the better second year runner, Joseph Addai?  How about the league’s best running back this year, Brian Westbrook.  Heck, LaDainian Tomlinson isn’t even as overexposed as Bush.

 There are nine running backs with more fantasy points than Bush.  He has been good, but not great.  He has not cracked 100 yards on the ground or through the air this year.  In fact, he only has one career 100 yard rushing game.  He does have two career 100 yard receiving games to his credit, but only having three 100 yard games out of 26 isn’t exactly dynamic.  Heck, Adrian Peterson has two 200 yard games already, plus three 100 yard games.

He got most of the credit for the turnaround last year even though Drew Brees was added, Deuce McAllister returned from injury, and Marques Colston made a huge splash as a rookie.  I think that helped feed the hype machine.

I’m not saying that Reggie Bush is a bad running back.  I just think he’s a little overhyped is all.  I hope he doesn’t go the direction of Michael Vick, and I doubt he will.  I just wish the corporate folks would stop ramming him down our throats.  How about we share the pie with some of the guys who deserve a little more attention?

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Friday Tidbits 11/23/07

23 November 2007

Brett Favre tied Marino with his 62nd 3 TD game. Chester Taylor filled in for Adrian Peterson with 202 total yards and 3 TDs. Andre Johnson came back and dominated. MeO caught four TD passes. Randy Moss had to match him with four of his own. Brady threw five more as the Pats improved to 10-0. Miami lost again to move to 0-10. Jevon Kearse was benched in favor of Juqua Thomas. Michael Vick headed to the cooler early. No word on whether or not he’ll ask the judge to sentence him in dog years. NY Giants LB Mathias Kiwanuka broke his leg. Priest Holmes retired for good. Shaun Alexander is going to miss again. I’m sorry, did he somehow get back on that Madden cover? Tennessee is giving Mike Williams a shot. Green Bay lit up Detroit behind Favre’s 381 yards and 3 TDs (63rd career). Favre completed 20 straight passes in the process. Dallas smoked the Jets. Indy crushed Atlanta. Hopefully, Mike Vick got to watch the game, but I doubt they have the NFL Network in the Big House. Manning tossed 3 TDs. 

Dwight Howard became the youngest player to 3000 rebounds. He edged out Shaq. Jason Kidd messed around and got his 89th career triple-double. He had 19 rebounds. Sick. Larry Hughes is out a month with a bruised leg. LeBron (40 points), Damien Wilkins (41), David West (40), and Kevin Martin (43) all cracked open 40s last Friday. Boston finally lost. Orlando did the deed. The Lakers’ Kwame Brown sprained his knee. He’ll be out for a while. Stephen Jackson is back from suspension. Orlando traded Trevor Ariza to the Lakers for Brian Cook and Maurice Evans. Mike Conley is out with a shoulder injury. Gilbert Arenas is out three months with a knee injury. Ron Artest took a leave from Sacramento to be with his daughter who is undergoing a medical procedure. LeBron dropped 45 on Minnesota. Boston (9-1) and Orlando (10-3) are the best in the East. Phoenix (10-2) and San Antonio (9-2) are the best in the West. LBJ is the scoring leader. Marcus Camby is the rebounding leader. Steve Nash is the assists leader. 

Martin Brodeur won his 500th career game. Rick DiPietro won his 100th. Dallas’ Jussi Jokinen scored 4 goals in a victory over Colorado. Philly’s Daniel Briere had a hat trick against Carolina. This week’s shutouts: NY Islanders’ Rick DiPietro vs. New Jersey, Atlanta’s Johan Hedberg vs. Carolina. Toronto’s Vesa Toskala vs. Ottawa. Phoenix’s Ilja Bryzgalov vs. the Kings after being claimed off waivers. Dallas’ Mike Smith vs. LA. Detroit’s Chris Osgood vs. St. Louis. Minnesota will be without Mikkou Koivu for a week with a cracked bone in his leg. Vancouver’s Mattias Ohlund was suspended for the incident. Chicago F Rene Bourque will miss a month with a broken thumb. Washington traded C Brian Sutherby for a draft pick. Anaheim signed C Ryan Getzlaf to a five-year $26 million deal. Washington fired Coach Glen Hanlon. Ottawa is the best in the East with 33 points. Detroit’s 31 points are best in the West. Vincent Lecavalier is your scoring leader. Dan Ellis is your Goals Against Average leader. 

Torii Hunter took is Gold Glove to Anaheim Angels of Los Angeles, California, United States, North America, Earth. A-Rod took home the AL MVP. Jimmy Rollins took home the NL MVP. The Red Sox are adding more seats next
year and raising prices. Eric Chavez had another shoulder surgery. Atlanta traded RP Oscar Villarreal to Houston for OF Josh Anderson. Kenny Rogers kicked Scott BorASS to the curb. The Mets signed 2B Luis Castillo to a four-year, $25 million deal. Tom Glavive is returing to Atlanta. I like this move. The Red Sox signed 3B Mike Lowell to a three-year, $37.5 million deal. Mariano Rivera signed a three-year, $45 million extension. I guess Yorvit Torrealba isn’t going to be a Met after all. They acquired Johnny Estrada from Milwaukee instead for Guillermo M*ta. Jason Kendall will replace Estrada. The White Sox cut Scott Podsednik. 

Lloyd Carr is stepping down at Michigan. Maybe Nick Saban should follow him after he likened his team’s loss to Louisiana-Monroe to 9/11 and Pearl Harbor. Then he likened his team to alcoholics who have hit rock bottom. What a moron. Texas Tech beat #4 Oklahoma behind Graham Harrell’s 420 passing yards. #6 West Virginia beat #22 Cincinnati. #7 Ohio State beat #21 Michigan behind Chris Wells’ 222 yards. #9 Georgia beat #23 Kentucky. #17 Boston College bumped #15 Clemson. Oregon QB Dennis Dixon will miss the rest of the season following knee surgery. #16 Hawaii won without star QB Colt Brennan. Zach Brown ran for 250 yards against the Golden Gophers. #11 USC kicked this week off by killing #6 Arizona State 44-24. This week’s other top games are #1 LSU vs. 7-4 Arkansas (today), #15 Hawaii vs. #19 Boise State (tonight), #2 Kansas vs. #4 Missouri, #3 West Virginia vs. #20 UConn, #8 Virginia Tech vs. #16 Virginia, #7 Georgia vs. 7-4 Georgia Tech, #12 Florida vs. 7-4 Florida State, #18 Kentucky vs. 7-4 Tennessee, and #25 BYU vs. 8-3 Utah. 

#3 Memphis beat UConn 81-70 behind Chris Douglas-Roberts’ 33 points. Providence upset #18 Arkansas. Virginia beat #17 Arizona. Siena upset #20 Stanford. #22 NC State got beat by New Orleans. Oral Roberts welcomed back F Marchello Vealy from suspension. Louisville C David Padgett will miss the season with a knee injury. #2 UCLA beat #11 Michigan State behind Kevin Love’s 21 points and 11 rebounds. Saint Mary’s beat #11 Oregon. Miami G Adrian Thomas will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury. Kansas won their 600th game at Allen Fieldhouse. #10 Duke beat #13 Marquette behind Kyle Singer’s 25 points. Ohio State knocked off #21 Syracuse. Freshman Kosta Koufos led the way with 24 points, 9 rebounds. #25 Davidson lost to Western Michigan. George Mason beat #20 Kansas State on Turkey Day.

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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