March Seventh, Two Thousand and Eight
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National Basketball Association
Kobe Bryant poured in 52 points in a win over Dallas. Anything you can do, I can do better [well not quite] as LeBron went for 50 and added 10 assists and 8 rebounds. Minnesota bought out Theo Ratliff's contract, and he quickly joined Detroit. Like C-Webb and J-Kidd Theo's career has come full circle. The Sixers cut Gordon Giricek [who cares]. Rajon Rondo handed out 16 assists in a win over Charlotte. Chris Paul matched him in a win over Utah. Miami won another game [they are 11-47 now]. Danny Granger was suspended a game for busting Andres Nocioni. Dwight Howard had 26 points and 22 rebounds in a win over New York. Deron Williams handed out 19 assists in a win over Memphis and 20 against Dallas. Yao's out, but Houston doesn't seem to notice [17 straight wins]. Zydrunas Ilgauskas has a bad back that cost him some games. Chris Bosh will sit out a few games with a sore knee. Sam Cassell joined the Celtics. Miami lost Dorell Wright for the year with a knee injury. Chris Andersen was reinstated by the league following a drug suspension. Gilbert Arenas has been cleared to return to practice. Gordon Giricek signed with the Suns. The Spurs won their tenth straight game. Chris Webber is out of action because of a sore knee. Tyronn Lue signed with the Mavs. Dirk was suspended a game for his flagrant foul on AK47. Jason Richardson dropped 42 on Golden State. Houston won its 16th straight game. Kendrick Perkins hauled in 20 boards as the Celtics beat the Pistons. Chris Paul had 18 assists in a win over Atlanta. Tyrus Thomas got suspended for two games for missing practice. They really need to trade him. Oh yeh, and the Suns are 4-6 in the last 10 games and are just 3.5 games from being out of the playoffs [Really? the Suns. Yup]
National Hockey League
Alexander Ovechkin netted a hat trick [in the first period] in a 10-2 win over Boston. He also became the first to 50 goals this year. Sid the Kid is back. Pittsburgh won in his return game. Montreal's Tomas Plekanec recorded a hat trick vs. Buffalo. Nashville's Martin Erat scored a hat trick as well vs. Edmonton. Tampa's Chris Gratton will be out for a while following hip surgery. This Week's Shutouts: Washington's Cristobal Huet vs. New Jersey. San Jose's Brian Boucher vs. St. Louis. Florida's Craig Anderson (53 saves) vs. the Islanders. Florida's Craig Anderson vs. Boston. Pittsburgh's Marc-Andre Fleury vs, Tampa Bay. Calgary's Miikka Kiprusoff vs. Columbus. Chicago's Corey Crawford vs. Anaheim. Colorado's Jose Theodore vs. Vancouver. L.A.'s Erik Ersberg vs. Ottawa. Colorado's Ryan Smith and Marek Svatos will miss time with injuries. St. Louis signed Brad Boyes to a multi-year contract. Peter Forsberg made his season debut with Colorado. Detroit activated D Brian Rafalski from IR. Karma got the best of the Bruins who lost three games this past week [10-2, 1-0 in OT, and 8-2] after previously winning 7 straight games.
National Football League
Farewell Brett Farve, we will miss you [at least I will]. Brett Favre is hanging it up. John Madden is on suicide watch. Randy Moss is staying in New England. Asante Samuel is not as he signed with Philly for six-years. Derek Anderson signed a multiyear deal with Cleveland. The Jets traded Jonathan Vilma to the Saints for a 4th round pick. I wish New England made that deal. The overrated Jerry Porter signed a six-year $30 million deal with Jacksonville. They just traded for Troy Williamson, so I don't know why they would need any more WR help. The Vikings overpaid for S Madieu Williams. He got $33 million for six years. They also added Bernard Berrian for six years at $42 million [a bit much as well]? Jeff Wilkins also called it quits. LB Kawika Mitchell signed with Buffalo [five-years, $17.5 million]. Clevelend sent a third rounder and Leigh Bodden to Detroit for Shaun Rogers. They signed him to a six-year, $42 milllion deal. Cincinnati signed LB Dhani Jones. Isaac Bruce signed with San Fran for two years. Four years and $32 milllion...that's what it cost the Jets to get Alan Faneca. S Gabril Wilson reached a six-year, $39 million deal with Oakland. San Fran signed Justin Smith to a six-year $45 million deal. Randall Gay and Bobby McCrat signed with New Orleans. Alge Crumler signed a two-year deal with Tennessee. His former team, Atlanta, signed Michael Turner. Donte Stallworth signed a seven-year deal with Cleveland. Big Ben signed an eight-year, $102 million deal with Pittsburgh [hope hes worth it]. The Jets signed Calvin Pace to a six-year, $42 million deal and Damien Woody to a five-year $25.5 million deal [too much money there]. Warrick Dunn got the boot in Atlanta [that sucks]. Denver DT Marcus Thomas was arrested for cocaine and handgun possession [idiot]. Chicago traded Brian Griese to Tampa for a draft pick. The Giants signed Sammy Knight. New Orleans re-signed WR David Patten. DE Antwan Odom signed a five-year deal worth $29.5 million with Cincinnati. Arizona signed Travis LaBoy to a five-year, $22 million deal. St. Louis signed LG Jacob Bell to a six-year deal. Javon Walker signed a six-year, $55 million deal with Oakland. T Kwame Harris will join him. T.J. Duckett signed a five-year deal with Seattle. New England signed CB Jason Webster. Marty Booker signed with Chicago. Denver re-signed DE John Engleberger. The Vikigns signed Maurice Hicks. Houston signed Will Demps to a two-year deal. Atlanta cut Joey Harrington. New England re-signed Jabar Gaffney. Oakland cut Barry Sims and restructred Dominic Rhodes' contract. Jevon Kearse re-joined Tennessee. Maurice re-signed with Jacksonville for four years and $16 million. The Eagles cut Takeo Spikes. Tony Richardson signed with the Jets. Are they hoping to draft McFadden? The Patriots signed Tank Williams [not to be confused with Tank Johnson] to an undisclosed deal.
Major League Baseball
Hank Steinbrenner talked some trash about Red Sox Nation [Hows that cig taste there Hank? Looks mighty tasty from here]? Good. I want them to dislike each other. John Henry invited Hank to be member of Red Sox Nation. Hank declined [aw shucks]. Alfonso Soriano fractured his finger. He won't be out long. Cincy SS Alex Gonzalez has a fracture on his knee. He's going to miss some serious time. The facts are coming out. Barry Bonds did fail drug tests. I wonder how his * fans will react? Colorado signed Brad Hawpe to a three-year, $17 million deal. Brandon Inge is whining because he doesn't want to play catcher. Just like Soriano when he was asked to switch to the outfield [shut up Inge, your on a team that could win the World Series]. You're being paid A LOT of money. You play where they want you to play. Cincinnati signed Jerry Hairston, Jr. and Corey Patterson to minor league deals. Moises Alou will miss the start of the season following hernia surgery. Albert Pujols has a torn elbow, and he'll need Tommy John surgery. He's going to play through it, but know that if the Cardinals aren't in the hunt he may shut it down to prepare for next season. Noah Lowry will likely miss the first month of the season after wrist surgery.
National Collegiate Athletic Association Mens Basketball
Coach K won his 800th game [Congrats]. John Wooden broke his wrist and collarbone. Bobby Knight will work with ESPN during March Madness. Kentucky lost Patrick Patterson for the year because of a stress fracture in his ankle. Boston College's Tyrese scored 46, but still lost to North Carolina. Texas Tech upset #5 Texas 83-80. Michael Beasley scored 39 in a loss to Kansas. #8 Stanford beat #22 Washington State 60-53. #10 Georgetown beat #21 Marquette 70-68. Arkansas beat $14 Vanderbilt 78-73. Gonzaga beat #23 St. Mary's 88-76.Bowling Green upset #24 Kent State 89-83. #15 Michigan State pounded #12 Indiana 103-74. Ohio State beat #15 Purdue 80-77. #16 Vanderbilt beat #25 Mississippi State 86-85 behind Shan Foster's 42 points. He drilled nine threes. Providence beat #14 UConn 85-76. St. Joe's beat #11 Xavier 71-66. #2 UCLA beat #7 Stanford 77-67 in OT to win the Pac 10.
Wrapping it Up
Ernie Els won the Honda Classic. Tripp Isenhour was charged with killing a bird for making too much noise while he was recording a show. He claims he was just trying to scare the hawk away. Bart Bryant leads the PODS Championship by a stroke. Carl Edwards won again. This time it was at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. His car failed the postrace inspection though. He was docked 100 points dropping him to 7th on the points list. Kyle Busch took the top spot.
That concludes this weeks Friday Filler. Feel free to add anything I might miss or discuss any of the stories I mentioned. Comments are encouraged and appreciated.