Daily Sports Roundup 12/30/07

A light day in sports so far, but it is still early. Then again, it is Sunday and besides football, there isn’t much else.

Week 17 of NFL Season: Today is the final week of the NFL season and there are still a playoff spot in each league up for grabs. The Washington Redskins and Tennessee Titans both control their own destiny and only need a victory to clinch a playoff spot. The Redskins face the Cowboys at 4:15 and the Titans face the Colts at 8:15. The Cowboys and Colts will likely rest their players as they both have to look ahead to the playoffs. If the Titans or Redskins lose though, it opens up the door for the Browns and Vikings respectively. If the Redskins and Vikings both lose, then the New Orleans Saints have an opportunity to steal he last playoff spot.

Patriots Are Perfect:The Patriots wrapped up their perfect season last night, barely. The Giants played a strong game, but fell apart down the stretch. Down by 12 in the 3rd quarter, Maroney ran for a 6 yard touchdown run to make the score 28-23, Giants still leading. 8 minutes later in the 4th quarter, Brady threw a 65 yard touchdown pass to Moss to give the Pats the lead for good. That pass gave Brady his 50th touchdown pass of the year and the reception by Moss was his 23rd touchdown catch of the year. Brady broke Peyton Manning’s record of 49 touchdown passes in a season while Moss broke Jerry Rice’s record of 23 touchdown receptions in a season. They waited until 11 minutes left in the 4th quarter to break the records, but nevertheless came through. The touchdown put the Pats up 31-28 and they never looked back.

Fields Out 8-12 Weeks: Pittsburgh guard Levance Fields will be out for 8-12 weeks after suffering a broken left foot in Pitts’ loss to Dayton. The Panthers lost guard Mike Cook with a torn ACL last week against Duke, but this injury has a greater impact on Pitt. Cook is a solid player, but not the heart and soul of the team. That is Fields’ job. The junior point-guard is the backbone of the Panthers, playing nearly 30 minutes a game and has nearly a 3-1 assist to turnover ratio. The loss of Cook hurt, but losing Fields is devastating.

Hester Breaks Own Record: Devin Hester broke his own record set last year of five kick returns for touchdowns in a season by running back his sixth today. In only two years in the league, Hester has returned 11 kicks for touchdowns, 2 shy of the career record held by Brian Mitchell. It is pretty remarkable to think about that Hester is so close to that record already. When all is said and done, Hester could have 40 or more returns for touchdowns, an unbelievable number to think about.

Canseco Ready To Publish:Just a quick not here, Jose Canseco is ready to publish his second book “Vindicated”. “Vindicated” should be available by spring training and I am looking forward to reading it. Everything in “Juiced” turned out to be correct, so there is no reason to doubt what is in “Vindicated”


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