Sunday Streakers: Tiger, Rockets Keep On Rolling

Sunday was a great day for streaking. (No, not that kind of streaking. Well, actually, she’s not half-bad.)

Um, anyway, both Tiger Woods and the Houston Rockets saw their winning streaks stay alive over the weekend.

Tiger Woods Rafer Alston Houston Rockets

The golf-artist-formerly-known-as-Eldrick notched his fifth-straight PGA Tour victory with a dramatic one-stroke win at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Orlando. Woods has yet to lose a PGA tournament in 2008, and the talk of a possible perfect season is turning a little more serious. Read more…

3 NFL Teams Clinched Division Titles on Sunday

3 NFL TEAMS CLINCH DIVISIONS; NE, MIAMI STAY PERFECT: For a handful of NFL teams, Sunday was a chance to clinch. For some it was a cinch, while others had to do it in a pinch.

Brett Favre Matt Hasselbeck division champs hats

Both Green Bay and Seattle wrapped up division titles with relative ease. The Packers clinched the NFC North with a 38-7 romp over the Raiders, while the Seahawks grabbed their 4th-straight NFC West crown with a 42-21 defrocking of the Cardinals.While they didn’t devoir an AFC South title yet, the Colts did clinch a playoff spot with a 44-20 thrashing of the Ravens.

Dallas need a little more effort to claim the NFC East, as the Cowboys came from behind for a last-minute one-point win over Detroit. So much for Jon Kitna’s 10-6 prophecy.

Jon Kitna Lions Anthony Smith Steelers

The Lions QB wasn’t the only one off with his predictions. After Pittsburgh’s Anthony Smith guaranteed victory against AFC East champs New England, the Pats made the Steeler eat his words (and the turf) in a 34-13 shellacking.More importantly, the pursuit of perfection everyone’s keeping a eye on continues. Yes, Miami now falls to 0-13 after getting stampeded by Buffalo.

Dolphins Bills flip

It has now been a full calendar year since the Dolphins had a taste of triumph. The Fish’s last league victory came on December 10, 2006, in a 21-0 shutout of…New England?!But one football streak did come to an end this weekend. Northwest Missouri State took care of Grand Valley State in the NCAA Division II semifinals. (Yes, there are actual playoffs in college football. What a novel concept.)

Grand Valley State mascot

The 34-16 loss snapped a 40-game winning streak for the Lakers, who had won the last two Division II titles. Ironically, Northwest Missouri was on the losing end of both championship matches with GVSU.At least Grand Valley’s basketball team still has a big win this season for the school to gloat over.

Ohio State Second Big Ten Basketball Team To Lose To Division II Opponent

2ND BIG TEN TEAM FALLS TO DIVISION II FOE THIS WEEK: Oops, they did it again. For the second time in 5 days, a Big Ten basketball power lost to a Division II opponent:

Findlay Ohio State basketball

YAHOO SPORTS reports that this time, Ohio State was the upset victim, as last year’s national championship finalists lost 70-68 to the Findlay Oilers on Tuesday night.

Last Friday, 8th-ranked Michigan State was upended by Grand Valley State, 85-82, in double OT. Luckily for the Buckeyes and Spartans, both defeats came in exhibition contests, so they won’t count in the official standings.

Tom Izzo Baylor fans

But how did Tom Izzo handle the Grand Valley loss? Shannon Shelton of the DETROIT FREE PRESS reports the coach kicked the players out of their own brand-new locker room, with digs to make most NBA teams envious.Wonder what Thad Matta will do about the Findlay falter. We recommend punishing his players with bad Chris Berman-esque puns during their next practice, such as, “What’s the Matta with you guys?

Coincidentally, both Findlay and GVSU are members of the Great Lakes Intercollgiate Athletic Conference. So, there’s a lesson to be learned by the Big Ten big boys:

GVSU mascot Findlay logo

Fear the GLIAC!

Michigan State fans can let out frustrations with whac-a-Wolverine online game

SUFFERING SPARTANS FANS FREE TO WHAC-A-WOLVERINE: It’s been a bad weekend for Michigan State.

First, Tom Izzo’s boys lost to Division II Grand Valley State on Friday. We could understand an exhibition defeat to the Lakers of Los Angeles, but not the Lakers of Allendale, MI.

Michigan State losses

Then, things went from bad to worse for Sparty on the football field, as the Maize & Blue came from behind to snatch back the Paul Bunyan Trophy in a 28-24 thriller.It sucks to be a Spartan right now, but don’t let it get you down. The LANSING STATE JOURNAL offers an idea outlet for all that frustration - the Whac-A-Wolverine game:

Whack-a-Wolverine

It’s a simple premise - move you mouse around to hammer Chad Henne, mash Mario Manningham, and hurt Mike Hart. You Green & White Go-Go-Goers will be glad you did. And Buckeyes fans are certain to go nuts over the game, too.Besides, it wasn’t all bad news for the kids in East Lansing. The hockey team did win two in a row Friday & Saturday. Of course, they had to go all the way to Alaska to do it:

Dog sled

Their dog sleds probably aren’t back from Fairbanks yet, so let the skaters enjoy the weekend before anyone tells them what happened with their school chums.