Tiger & Elin Photos

17 December 2009

In the wake of the news that Elin will file for divorce (click here for ESPN’s article), I present you some photos you won’t see any time soon.

Elin smiling
You would think she’d be smiling because of the payday she’ll receive, but if she had her druthers, she’d like to have her old life back.

Tiger & Elin Presidents Cup
Yeah, I don’t see them walking hand in hand any time soon.

Tiger & Elin Hug
If Elin were to hug Tiger now, it would be with one arm and it would be more of a choke hold than an embrace.

Images courtesy of Icon SMI

Earlier this year Phil Mickelson’s wife Amy was diagnosed with breast cancer.  He got some more bad news when he found out that his mother Mary also has breast cancer.  She is set to have surgery later this week at the same hospital where Amy had her surgery.  Phil has played in two tournaments since Amy’s diagnosis, including a second place finish in the U.S. Open.

Phil has not set a timetable for another return, but he is not likely to compete in the British Open.

My thoughts and prayers continue to be with the Mickelson family.

Explore Minnesota

21 June 2009

Explore Minnesota

If you’re a sports nut like me you factor that aspect in when selecting a place to take a vacation.  When you are planning your Summer vacation, I ask that you consider Minnesota.  Unless you are an avid ice fisher or snowmobile, I recommend staying away from Minnesota in the Winter, but it is a beautiful place in the other three seasons.


It should come as no surprise that the land that gave birth to water skiing would know how to turn water into a playground. Sailing. Wakeboarding. Windsurfing. Jet skiing. Boating. Scuba Diving.  Minnesota is also host to the world’s largest tub of fresh water—Lake Superior—a great location for adventure kayaking. And don’t forget world-class canoeing in the million-acre Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

Fishing & Hunting

Our almost 12,000 lakes hold some of the finest game fish to ever wear scales: large and smallmouth bass, trout, pike, muskies, and of course, Minnesota‘s state fish – the mighty walleye.  Plus, Minnesota has about 10 million acres of public land open to hunting–that’s about one-fifth of the state’s area. There’s great hunting for deer, waterfowl, grouse, pheasant, and all manner of large and small game. 


Minnesota has become an established travel destination for the golf aficionado. After all, it is home to more national USGA events than any other state. Here you’ll find the perfect blend of technical challenges and breathtaking beauty. From the open links of the prairie to the woodsy parkland courses with their rolling fairways and water hazards. And with 90% of Minnesota’s 498 golf courses open to the public, a dream round is just a trip away.


Minnesota’s natural scenery is thrilling all on its own. But it’s even more breathtaking when it’s amplified by high adrenaline and adventure. Whether you like to commune with nature by thundering through the woods on a mountain bike or by way of kayak, your inner adventurer will love Minnesota’s wild side.

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If you prefer more traditional sports like baseball, it’s your last chance to see the Minnesota Twins in the Metrodome.  I prefer baseball outdoors, but if you’ve never watched a game in a dome, it does have some intrigue, especially when the Twins are playing well.  The loudest gave I have ever been to in any sport was a Twins-Red Sox game in the dome around the time of their 1991 World Series title.  They have two of the best players in the game in Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau.

What are you waiting for?  Explore Minnesota.

2009 U.S. Open

16 June 2009

2009 US Open

For the first time in recent history Tiger Woods will not be the sentimental favorite for a major.  When the best golfers in the world tee off at Bethpage State Park (Black Course) in Farmingdale, NY, Phil Mickelson will have the heart of the country behind him.  His wife Amy was recently diagnosed with breast cancer, and after a short break to be by his wife’s side, he rejoined the tour last week for the St. Jude Classic.  Phil was off to a great start entering Sunday at -4.  He shot a 75 (+5) to finish tied for 59th at one over.  Not bad for a rusty guy.  Brian Gay ran away from the field with a -18, five strokes better than runner ups David Toms and Bryce Molder.

Tiger and PhilImage courtesy of Icon SMI

The U.S. Open will be about Tiger and Phil initially though.  Tiger won last year’s Open in dramatic fashion over Rocco Mediate despite playing on an injured knee.  With a little luck the two will be paired up on Sunday in a match for the ages.  This time America will be on Phil’s side.

Friday Tidbits 6/27/08

27 June 2008

Mark Teixeira blasted 3 HRs.  Umpire Brian O’Nora had to leave the game after being hit by a broken Maple bat.  They are bad news.  Gary Sheffield hit a HR in his return from the DL.  Shawn Chacon got released after tossing Astros GM Ed Wade around like a ragdoll.  Albert Pujols was activated from the DL, and promptly went 4 for 4.  The Twins won their 9th straight.

Pacman Jones wants to be called Adam Jones.  Hopefully, he’s serious about changing his image.  Apparently Imus isn’t as he made stupid comments and then backpedalled the next day.  Jevon Kearse got popped for a DUI.  Dude, you’re 31.  Grow up.  Speaking of growing up, Cedric Benson has to blow into a tube before he can drive.  An arrest was made in the Javon Walker thumping.  The G-Men signed G Chris Snee to a six-year, $43.5 million deal.  The Bills locked up G Brad Butler.

Allen Iverson isn’t opting out of his last year with Denver.  Carmelo took a plea in his DUI case.  He’ll miss the first two games next year.  Shaq’s silly rap dissing Kobe cost him his stinkin’ badges with Maricopa County.  Portland bought New Orleans’ 27th pick.  Denver traded its 20th pick in the draft for a future Charlotte first rounder.  Toronto traded T.J. Ford, Rasho Nesterovic, and the 17th pick to Indiana for Jermaine O’Neal.  The Nets traded Richard Jefferson to the Milwaukee for Yi Jianlian and Bobby Simmons.  James Jones will test the free agent market.  True to form it was Rose, Beasley, and Mayo with the top three picks in the NBA Draft.  Minnesota sent Mario Chalmers to Miami for cash.  Detroit traded a couple of picks for D.J. White.  Portland traded Brandon Rush, Jarrett jack, and Josh McRoberts to Seattle for Jerryd Bayless and Ike Diogu.  The Wolves traded Mayo, Marco Jaric, Antoine Walker, and Greg Buckner to the Grizzlies for Kevin Love, Mike Miller, Brian Cardinal, and Jason Collins.  The last two draft day trades (Marbury for Ray Allen and Randy Foye for Brandon Roy) didn’t work out so hot for the Wolves.  We’ll see about this one.

Ottawa signed C Chris Kelly to a four-year.  L.A. traded a 2nd round pick to Colorado for C Brad Richardson.  Phoenix got C Olli Jokinen from Florida for Defensemen Keith Ballard and Bick Boynton, as well as a 2nd round draft pick.  Calgary got C Mike Cammalleri, Montreal got F Alex Tanquay, Anaheim got the 17th & 28th picks, and L.A. got the 12th pick in a multi-team deal.  Philly sent F R.J. Umberger and a 4th round pick to Columbus for 1st & 3rd round picks.  The NHL suspended Anaheim Owner Henry Samueli following aguilty plea for lying to the Securities and Exchange Commission.  San Jose signed F Joel Pavelski, F Jeremy Roenick, and G Brian Boucher.  Tampa Bay signed C Vincent Lecavalier to a nine-year, $77 million deal.  Scott Niedermayer is coming back for another run.
Duquesne signed Coach Ron Everhart to a three-year extension.  Indiana AD Rick Greenspan will resign.  

Alabama kicked LB Jimmy Johns for selling dope.  I always thought he sold subs.  Clemson’s Ray Ray McElrathbey is transferring to Howard.  His former teammate DeAndre McDaniel was arrested on domestic abuse charges.  Central Florida RB Ricky Kay was suspended following his recent arrest.

Kyle Busch won the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Sonoma (Infineon Raceway).  Carl Edwards won the Camping World RV Rental 250 at the Milwaukee Mile.

Stewart Cink won golf’s Travelers Championship.  Jeff Sluman won the Bank of America Championship (Champions Tour).  Jarrod Lyle won the Knoxville Open (Nationwide Tour).  Martin Kaymer won the BMW International Open.  Eun-Hee Ji won the Wegmans LPGA.  Camilo Villegas and Bubba Watson won the CVS Caremark Charity Classic.  The LPGA U.S. Open is going on.  It’s in Minnesota this year.

Third-ranked Novak Djokovic got bounced from Wimbledon in the second round.  Alla Kudryavtseva beat hottie Maria Sharapova.  Janko Tipsarevic beat Andy Roddick.  Rainer Schuettler beat James Blake.

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The Lakers had no answer for Carlos Boozer (27 points, 20 rebounds) in Game 3 as the Jazz made the series 2 Games to 1.  The Knicks landed Mike D’Antoni.  Dallas opted for Rick Carlisle. Detroit won without Chauncey Billups (hamstring) to take a 3-1 series lead.  Rip’s 32 points led the way.  Cleveland beat Boston in Game 3.  The C’s still have a 2-1 lead.  Deron Williams had 29 points and 14 assists as Utah evened the series at 2 vs. the Lakers.  Tim Duncan had 22 points and 15 boards as San Antonio evened up with the Hornets.  KG, Kobe, Bruce Bowen, Marcus Camby, and Tim Duncan were named First Team NBA All-Defensive Team.  Cleveland took Game 4 to even the series with Boston.  The C’s just can’t win on the road.  Jameer Nelson looked stupid when the Pistons beat Orlando without Chauncey Billups to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals.  Robert Horry set the record for most playoff games.  Kevin Durant, Al Horford, Luis Scola, Al Thornton, and Jeff Green were named to the All-NBA Rookie Team.  New Orleans blasted the Spurs behind David West’s 38 points and 14 rebounds.  Danny Ainge was named Executive of the Year.  I’m shocked Kevin McHale didn’t win.  KG & Pierce combined for 55 points as the Celtics dumped the Cavs (at home of course) despite a good shooting game from LeBron finally.  The Lakers did their thing at home to take a 3-2 series lead.  The Spurs drilled the Hornets in Game 6 to even their series.

Joel Quenneville  won’t be returning as the Avs Coach next year.  Evgeni Malkin had tow goals and an assist as Pittsburgh took Game 1 vs. Philadelphia 4-2.  Johan Franzen didn’t play, but Detroit won anyway for a 2-0 series lead.  Make it 2-0 for the Penguins as well as they took out the Flyers 4-2.  The NHL decided to let Chris Osgood and Mike Ribeiro off with a fine rather than suspensions for their altercation.  San Jose fired Ron Wilson.  Pavel Datsyuk netted a hat trick as Detroit took a commanding 3-0 series lead vs. Dallas.  Boston re-signed F Chuck Kobasew.  Marian Hossa netted a couple of goals as Pittsburgh took a 3-0 series lead over Philly in the Keystone State Showdown.  Dallas avoided a sweep by beat Detroit in Game 4.  The Flyers also avoided a sweep by taking out the Penguins.

Friday:  Richie Sexson was suspended six games for charging the mound.  Jimmy Rollins returned from the DL.  San Diego cut Jim Edmonds.  James Shields threw a one-hitter.  Saturday:  Hanley Ramirez signed a six-year, $70 million deal.  Vernon Wells will be out six to eight weeks with a broken wrist.  Ben Sheets became Milwaukee’s career strikeout leader.  Grady Sizemore went yard twice.  Dan Uggla hit a Grand Slam.  Jeff Keppinger collected five hits.  Greg Maddux finally earned win #350.  Sunday:  Eric Gagne is out as a closer.  His stuff isn’t as nasty without the “stuff”.  Dan Uggla, Ryan Braun, and Craig Monroe each hit a pair of HRs.  Monday:  Asdrubal Cabrera turned an unassisted triple-play.  Fausto Carmona fired a Complete Game Shutout.  Cliff Lee pitched 9 scoreless Innings to lower his ERA to 0.67.  Tuesday:  Jeff Keppinger broke his knee cap.  Eric Gagne earned a Save.  Randy Johnson earned Win #287.  Wednesday:  Clay Buchholz and Ryan Doumit landed on the DL.  Tampa locked up Scott Kazmir for three years at $28.5 million.  Let’s see, Carlos Silva got $48 for four years.  Well done Rays.  Well done.  Jim Edmonds signed with the Cubs.  Jay Payton, Carlos Quentin and Matt Stairs hit Grand Slams.  C.C. Sabathia threw a Complete Game Shutout.  Manny Ramirez caught a fly, high-fived a fan, and then doubled off the runner at first.  Thursday:  Cole Hamels threw a Complete Game Shutout.  Milwaukee signed Ryan Braun to a eight-year, $45 million deal.  Nice value.  Nick Johnson landed on the DL.  Brandon Webb improved to 9-0.  The Indians finally gave up a run.

Baltimore TE Quinn Sypniewski wil miss the year with a knee injury.  The Packers cut Koren Robinson.  Robbie Gould signed a five-year, $15.5 million deal with Chicago.  Seattle’s Lofa Tatupu got popped for DUI.  The Brown cut Kenny Wright.  There was plenty of Spygate talk.  I’m tired of it, but at the same time ashamed of my Patriots.

UCF CB Johnell Neal was shot in New Orleans.  Florida DL Matt Patchan was shot in the shoulder in Tampa. The ACC decided 8 conference games were enough.  Former LSU QB Ryan Perrilloux chose Jacksonville State.

There is speculation O.J. Mayo received gifts.  Shocker.  Duquesne G Kojo Mensah is testing the NBA waters.

Sergio Garcia won The Players Championship.

Tony Stewart won the NASCAR Nationwide Series at Darlington.  Kyle Busch won the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Darlington. 

Annika Sorenstam will retire after the season.  Justine Henin will do the same, only immediately.

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It brings me great pleasure to report the trash-talking, can’t back it up Wizards got bounced by the Cavs on their home court.  The “Overrated” One had a triple-double to seal their fate.  Papa John’s apologized for printing LeBron “crybaby” shirts by offering 23 cent pizzas.  The Hawks avoided elimination to even the series at 3 against Boston.  Utah kept T-Mac’s (40 points, 10 rebounds) streak alive as they elimated Houston.  He still hasn’t gotten out of the first round of the playoffs.  Kobe Bryant won the MVP.  Detroit pounded Orlando to take Game 1.  New Orleans drilled San Antonio to win their series opener.  The Celtics weren’t good enough to beat the Hawks on the road, but they were good enough to win Game 7 and the series.  Kobe Bryant dropped 38 to make sure the Lakers took Game 1 against the Jazz.  Detroit made it a 2-0 advantage as they topped Orlando again.  Chauncey Billups led the way with 28 points to celebrate his winning of the Walter J. Kennedy Sportsmanship Award .  New Orleans pounded San Anontio again to take a 2-0 series lead.  In a shocking development Chris Paul (30 points, 12 assists) led the way.  Well, KG showed he can produce when it matters as Boston took Game 1 vs. Cleveland.  Atlanta GM Billy Knight is calling it quits.  Orlando drilled Detroit in Game 3 behind Rashard Lewis’ 33 points.  Detroit still leads the series 2-1.  Kobe’s 34 points led the way as the Lakers took a 2-0 series lead.  Kobe Bryant, Chris Paul, LeBron James, Kevin Garnett, and Dwight Howard were named First Team All-NBA.  The Celtics stayed hot at home shutting down LeBron James again and taking a 2-0 series lead.  The Spurs avoided a major hole by taking care of New Orleans in Game 3 behind 62 combined points by Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker.

San Jose escaped with an overtime win over Dallas in Game 5.  They still trail 3 games to 2. Joe Pavelski netted the game-winner.  Philly remained hot by taking out Montreal to win their series 4 games to 1.  Pittsburgh turned the lights out on the Rangers to win Game 5 and the series.  Florida signed C Kamil Kreps and W Wade Belak to two-year deals.  Chicago signed Goalie Antti Niemi from the Finnish Elite League.  Toronto fired Coach Paul Maurice.  The Flyers could be without Kimmo Timonen in their series vs. Pittsburgh because of  a blood clot in his ankle.  Detroit jumped out to a 1-0 series lead vs. Dallas.  Johan Franzen scored his 12th playoff goal.

Milwaukee P Yovani Gallardo tore is ACL.  They also kicked Derrick Turnbow to the curb.  Friday:  Dan Uggla, Hunter Pence, and Jose Batista each hit a pair of HRs.  Saturday:  Cristian Guzman, Augie Ojeda, and James Loney all drove in 6 Runs.  Suncay:  Scott Kazmir made his season debut.  Greg Maddux fanned on win #350…again.  Mike Cameron hit a pair of HRs.  Monday:  The Diceman Walketh…Dice-K changed his name to Dice-BB as he walked 8 batters.  He still won though.  Tuesday: Nate McLouth had a pair of HRs.  Lance Berkman had five hits.  Gavin Floyd had a no-hitter broken up with two outs remaining.  Randy Johnson won game #286.  Wednesday:  Joey Votto crushed 3 HRs.  Edison Volquez struck out 10 as he improved to 5-1 with a 1.06 ERA.  Kevin Youkilis and Ryan Zimmerman each hit a pair of HRs.  Placido Polanco collected 5 hits.  Barry Zito allowed 2 runs in 5 Innings, but fell to 0-7.  Carlos Gomez hit for the Cycle.  Thursday:  Mike Mussina picked up win #255.  Brandon Webb improved to 8-0 on the year.  Ryan Ludwick hit a pair of HRs.  Dioner Navarro hit a Grand Slam.

The Vikings placed Kenechi Udeze reserve-non-football-illness list so he can focus on his bout with leukemia.  The Browns extended the contract of GM Phil Savage for three years.  Bust RB Cedric Benson was arrested (and pepper sprayed) for boozin’ and cruisin’ on a boat and resisting arrest.  I wonder if he pulled out the “don’t you know who I am line”?  Six bullet casings recovered after a shooting came from Marvin Harrison’s gun.  Rashard Mendenhall was robbed at gunpoint.  I hope Marvin wasn’t involved in this one too.  Seattle G Rob Sims had knee surgery.  Antwaan Randle El had his knee scoped. Matt Walsh turned over 8 Patriot videotapes to the league.  Dominic Rhodes is returning to Indianapolis.  Who says you can’t go home?

LSU kicked QB Ryan Perrilloux to the curb.  Another Ryan, QB Mallett who transferred from Michigan to Arkansas, will have to sit out a year after the NCAA-holes denied his request for immediate eligiblity.  Florida State T Daron Rose has been ruled academically ineligible.

Tennesse booted F Duke Crews and G Ramar Smith off the team because of failed drug tests.  Bob Huggins signed an eleven-year extension with West Virginia.  Later he tripped from “texting while walking” and hit his head.  I would have paid to see that.  Indiana’s Eli Holman will transfer to Detroit Mercy. George Washington kicked Cheyenne Moore and Miles Beatty off the team.  Georgetown’s Jeremiah Rivers is transferring.  Florida International got slapped with four years of probation.  Duquesne’s Shawn James is turning pro.
Anthony Kim won the Wachovia Championship.  It his first PGA Tour victory.  Sergio Garcia leads the Players Championship by two strokes.
Clint Bowyer won the Sprint Cup race at the Richmond International Raceway.  Denny Hamlin won Friday’s Nationwide Series race on the same track.
Big Brown won the 134th Kentucky Derby.  If he can take the Preakness, he’ll win the Triple Crown.  Eight Belles broke both of her front ankles and had to be put down.
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Philadelphia beat Detroit to take a 2-1 series lead.  Dallas fought back (Dirk 32 points, 19 boards) to take Game 3. Before the game Josh Howard spoke of how he likes to smoke weed.  Grant Hill won the Joe Dumars Award for good sportsmanship.  Tony Parker had 41 points and 12 assists as San Antonio took a 3-0 lead over Phoenix.  When they traded for Shaq to limit Duncan, they forgot to address acquiring someone to slow Tony Parker.  Charlotte fired Sam Vincent.  Chris Bosh had 39 points & 15 rebounds, but he couldn’t keep Toronto from falling into a 3-1 hole against Orlando.  The Lakers shut down Denver to take a 3-0 series lead. Atlanta stunned the Celtics in Game 3.  They trail 2-1 in the series.  Utah took a 3-1 lead over Houston behind Mehmet Okur’s 14 points and 18 boards. Cleveland took Game 4 vs. Washington for a 3-1 series lead.  The “overrated” LeBron James had 34 points, 12 rebounds, and 7 assists.  Phoenix avoided a sweep at the hands of San Antonio.  Detroit evened things up at 2 with Philly.  New Orleans was too much for Dallas as they pushed them to the brink of elimination 3 games to 1.  Pat Riley is stepping down as Miami coach.  Erik Spoelstra will take over until the team is good enough to challenge for the title and then he’ll stab him in the back and take over.  OK, I made that last part up. but it wouldn’t be the first time.  Orlando’s Hedo Turkoglu won the NBA’s Most Improved Player.  He won the Lesters Award in the same category.  Dwight Howard produced yet another 20-20 (21 points & 21 rebounds) as Orlando sent Toronto packing in Game 5.  Joe Johnson and Josh Smith combined for 63 points as the Hawks evened their series against Boston at two.  Kobe & Co. got their brooms out as they swept Denver away.  Larry Brown will coach Charlotte next year.  I’m so tired of him.  Byron Scott won the Coach of the Year Award.  Chris Paul’s Triple-Double send Dallas packing 4-1.  San Antonio sent Shaq and Phoenix.  See what happens when you make reactionary trades?  Detroit took care of Philly to take a 3-2 series lead.  Houston stayed alive in Game 5.  They trail Utah 3-2.  Dallas canned Avery Johnson.  KG got away with shoving a ref.  Perkins and Williams got away with leaving the bench.  I was hoping Cleveland would send them packing, but Washington took Game 5.  “Overrated (but already played in an NBA Finals)” LeBron James had 34 points, 10 rebounds, and 7 assists.  Caron Butler hit the game-winner.  Boston whooped the Hawks in Game 5 to take a 3-2 series lead.  Kevin Durant was named Rookie of the Year.  Detroit blew out Philly to win the series 4 games to 2.

Pittsburgh beat the Rangers 5-4 to take their series opener.  Dallas won in OT to take the opener vs. San Jose.  Detroit pounded Colorado behind Johan Franzen’s hat trick for a 2-0 series lead.  Philadelphia evened things up at 1 with Montreal.  Pittsburgh’s Marc-Andre Fleury shutout the Rangers 2-0 as they Penguins took the same lead in the series.  Dallas whooped on San Jose to take a 2-0 lead.  Philadelphia’s improbable run continued as it took Game 3 and a 2-1 lead over Montreal.  Anaheim signed C Ryan Carter to a three-year deal.  Pittsburgh cruised to a 3-0 lead as Malkin netted two goals. Dallas pushed San Jose to the brink of elimination (3 games to None) with a 2-1 OT win.  Detroit did the same to Anaheim in regulation.  Sean Avery suffered a lacerated spleen and will miss the rest of the playoffs for the Rangers.  Philadelphia took a commaning 3-1 series lead over Montreal.  San Jose didn’t go down without a fight in winning Game 4.  The still trail Dallas 3-1 in the series.   Jaromir Jagr had 2 Goals and an Assist and Henrik Lundqvist recorded a shutout as the Rangers stayed alive vs. Pittsburgh.  Johan Franzen netted his second hat trick of the series as Detroit swept Colorado.

Roger Clemens had a rough week.  The Twins sent Liriano down to the minors.  I knew they brought him up too early.  Jason Giambi hit 2 HRs.  Justin Morneau hit a Grand Slam. Randy Johnson won his 285th career game.  Lance Berkman cracked a couple of solo shots.  Matt Kemp hit a Grand Slam.  Erik Bedard returned from the DL.  Carlos Delgado Paul Konerko, Brandon Phillips, and Nate McLouth each hit a pair of HRs.  Jorge Posada landed on the DL with a bad shoulder.  Proof that the NFL’s contract aren’t that bad…Barry Zito 0-6 with a 7.53 ERA.  Mike Mussina won his 253rd career game.  Hank Blaylock landed on the DL with a torn hamstring.  Now it’s John Smoltz to the DL.  He wants to return to the bullpen when he comes back.  Greg Maddux was denied #350 yet again.  Roy Halladay threw his fourth straight complete game.  Scott Hairston hit a pair of HRs.  A-Rod went on the DL with a strained quad.  Chad Cordero will miss a month with a shoulder tear.  Placido Polanco and Geovany Soto each hit a pair of HRs. Rafael Furcal had five hits.  Josh Hamilton hit a Grand Slam.  Alfonso Soriano returned from the DL. Troy Tulowitzki tore his quad and wil be out for a few months.  Same with Phil Hughes (rib).

The Raiders got McFadden.  There were a record 33 trades made in the draft.  They cut Dominic Rhodes shortly thereafter.  Dallas traded LB Akin Ayodele and TE Anthony Fasano to Bill Parcels and Miami for a 4th round pick.  Carolina signed Darwin Walker.  The Jets signed Danny Woodhead, the NCAA career rushing leader, to a free agent contract.  The Bills will be paid $78 million for their 8 games in Toronto over the next five years.
Darren Collison has decided he’s going to stay at UCLA.  His teammate Josh Shipp will dip his toes in the water.  Stanford named Johnny Dawkins head coach.  UNC’s Danny Green had declared for the draft.  Ben Hansbrough is transferring to Notre Dame.  UCLA’s Chace Stanbac is transferring from UCLA.  Washington State coach Tony Bennett got a $200K raise.
UCLA QB Patrick Cowan will miss the year after tearing his ACL.  Georgia Tech QB Taylor Bennett is transferring to Louisiana Tech.  Lou Holtz, Troy Aikman, Wilber Marshall, Randall McDaniel, Syracuse QB Don McPherson, Jay Novacek, Thurman Thomas and others were elected to the College Football Hall of Fame.
Adam Scott won the Byron Nelson Championship.
Kyle Busch won the Aaron’s 499 at Talladega.  Tony Stewart won the Nationwide Series race thre on Saturday.
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Friday Tidbits 4/18/08

18 April 2008

Jason Kidd notched his 100th career triple-double.  Carmelo got popped for a DUI.  Nice distraction as your team is battling for the final playoff spot.  The Wolves won back-to-back games.  The Sonics won what is most likely their last home game.  Indiana and Golden State lost to eliminate their playoff chances.   Ramon Sessions had 20 points to go along with his 24 assists.  The Lakers took top seed in the West. LeBron won the scoring title.  Boston finished with 66 wins.  The Bulls showed Jim Boylan the door.  Milwaukee did the same for Larry Krystkowiak.

Chris Chelios played in his 248th playoff game, which set an NHL record.  Pittsburgh (over Ottawa) and the Rangers (over the Devils)  jumped out to 2-0 series leads.  Minnesota even their series with a win over Colorado.  Washington took Game 1 against Philly.  Robert Nilsson signed a three-year deal with Edmonton.  Detroit (Nashville) Dallas(Anaheim), and Montreal (Boston) jumped out to 2-0 leads.  Martin Biron and the Flyers blanked Washington to even the series at 1-1.  Boston (Montreal) and New Jersey (Rangers) showed some life by taking game 3.  Calgary stormed back from a 3-0 deficit to take a 2-1 series lead.  Unlike the NBA, the NHL can make rule changes when they want to.  Sean Avery’s stick in Brodeur’s face to distract him was deemed unsportsmanlike.  Instead of waiting until the end of the year to address it, the NHL decided it’s against the rules.  I like it.  Pittsburgh beat Ottawa 4-1 to take a 3-0 series lead.  Nashville scored 3 in the third to take Game 3.  Minnesota used OT (yet again) to take a 2-1 lead over Colorado.  Montreal’s Carey Price shutout Boston 1-0 to take a commanding 3-1 lead in the series.  Philadelphia took Game 3 of their series with Washington for a 2-1 lead.  Anaheim fought back with a 4-2 victory Dallas, who leads 2-1.  San Jose evened their series at 2 with a 3-2 win over Calgary.  Colorado blasted Minnesota 5-1 to even their series at 2 apiece.  Carolina signed Sergei Samsonov to a three-year deal worth $7.6 million.  Vancouver fired GM Dave Nonis.  Pittsburgh swept Ottawa away.  The Rangers buried the Devils to take a 3-1 series lead.  Nashville knocked off Detroit to even their series at 2.  Boston peppered Montreal 5-1 to stay alive.  Montreal has a 3-2 lead.  Philly beat Washington in Double OT to take a 3-1 series lead.  Dallas beat Anaheim in Game 4 to take a 3-1 lead.  Colorado beat Minnesota in Game 5 to take a 3-2 series lead.  San Jose took game 5 and a 3-2 series lead over Calgary.

Randy Johnson’s 285 victory was blown by his relievers.  Hey, at least he was back and pitched well.  The Yankees drew first blood on the Red Sox behind Chien-Ming Wang’s two-hitter.  Carlos Pena, Raul Ibanez, and Jeremy Hermedia hit a pair of HRs last Friday.  Dontrelle Willis hyperextended his knee.  Jeff Francoeur smashed 2 HRs on Saturday.  Roy Halladay fired a complete game.  Dave Roberts had knee surgery and will be out a few months.  Barry Bonds’ last HR ball sold for $370K,  The problem is, there is still a chance someone picks him up to DH later this year or next, making that ball virtually worthless.  Tom Glavine hurt his hamstring in the first inning of his start vs. Washington on Sunday.  Paul Konerko and Joe Crede cranked Grand Slams in the same game. Zack Greinke threw a complete game on Monday to improve to 3-0 with a 0.75 ERA.  Joe Borowski and Eric Bedard landed on the DL.  Ken Griffey, Jr. hit HRs #595 &596.  A-Rod tied and passed Ted Williams and Willie McCovey on the all-time HR list.  Alfonso Soriano landed on the DL.  Edgar Renteria cracked a Grand Slam.  Carlos Zambrano had three hits in a game.  C.C. Sabathia got rocked..again.  Miguel Tejada not only lied about steroids, evidently he lied about his age.  Manny Ramirez and Chipper Jones each smacked a pair of HRs.  Colorado beat San Diego in 22 innings.

Steve McNair is retiring.  It was a good run.  Chad Johnson has demanded a trade.  Housh said Cincy should trade him.Darrell Jackson and Samie Parker signed with the Denver Broncos.  Deuce McAllister reworked his deal to remain a Saint.  Cato June had his DUI charges dropped.  The Chargers will be without LB Stephen Cooper for 4 games due to a substance abuse violation.  Duane Starks signed with the Raiders.  Arizona NT Gabe Watson broke his kneecap when he fell off a treadmill.  Guess he won’t be getting any “Dancing with the Stars” invites.  Jared Allen will visit Minnesota and Tampa Bay, who are speculated to be suitors via trade.  Terrell Suggs showed up for minicamp.  The G-Men are still waiting to hear what Strahan decides.  The Packers will retire Brett Favre’s #4 in the season opener with Minnesota.

Michael Beasley is turning pro.  Derrick Rose will join him.  They figure to be the top two picks in the draft.  Florida F Jonathan Mitchell will transfer.  Tyler Hansbrough won the Wooden Award.  Kentucky G Jodie Meeks had a sports hernia surgery.  Former Duke F Taylor King is transfering to Villanova.  Tennessee Guard J.P. Prince had shoulder surgery.  John Calipari signed an extension with Memphis.  Butler’s Brad Stevens signed a seven-year deal, but I would guess if he continued his success, he’d be moving on.  Gonzaga’s Jeremy Pargo is turning pro.  Kansas State Coach Frank Martin signed a five-year extension.  Psst.  He doesn’t have Beasley anymore.  Kevin Love is turning pro…mistake.  Kansas’ Brandon Rush and Darrell Arthur will turn pro.

Penn State suspended DT Phil Taylor.  Teammate Sean Lee (LB) will miss the year with a torn knee.  Duke suspended OT Cameron Goldberg for a rule violation.

Trevor Immelman earned the Green Jacket by winning the Masters.  What a failure for Tiger Woods as he finished second.  To get sympathy (kidding), he underwent knee surgery, which means he’ll likely miss The Players Championship.  So much for that Grand Slam. 

Jimmie Johnson won the NASCAR Sprint Cup Subway Fresh Fit 500 after his crew chief  gambled on his fuel.

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Friday Tidbits 3/28/08

28 March 2008

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.


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.


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.


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.

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.

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. 

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.

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