Archive for January 2007

Wednesday, January 24th, 2007

Jets leave door open for Tuna

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Yesterday, on the heels of Bill Parcells’s retirement (from Dallas at least), the New York Post opined that you can fugghedabout Big Bill coming to Big Blue, while the Newark Star Ledger wouldn’t rule out a Tuna reunion with Gang Green, citing the Hall-of-Fame coach’s close ties with Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum and head coach Eric Mangini.

Today the prospect of Parcells returning to New York has picked up steam, as most of the local papers are discussing the idea of Parcells joining the Jets in some sort of advising capacity. Newsday reports that team sources have indicated that the team would welcome Parcells as a consultant, though there have been no conversations to that effect at this time. Contrarily, the Post reports that the Jets are “Not Tuna Fishing,” and have no plans to speak to the retired coach. Likewise, the Daily News thinks a Tuna reunion is unlikely.

Parcells coached the Jets from 1997 to 1999, and served in the …

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2007

Knicks lit up, Steph sits out

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Is it possible that less than a week ago the Knicks seemed poised to leapfrog to the top of a struggling Atlantic Division? Since that time, the Knicks managed to sandwich a win against the Pacers between two devastating defeats to the Nets and Heat. Against the Nets, the Knicks proved to be the far inferior team before putting together an improbable rally only to lose on a last second hoop. Last night against the Heat, the Knicks found a way to sink to new depths, etching the 2006-2007 Knicks in the sort of history books that most teams would like to see burned. Marc Berman of the Post sums up the performance nicely: “Humiliating. Embarrassing. Disgraceful. Despicable. And historic.

Fourty-two seconds into the game, a Quentin Richardson three pointer gave the Knicks an early 3-2 advantage. The team would not score again for an astounding seven minutes and thirty-four seconds, surrendering 27 straight points – a record for both teams – and falling behind 29-3. The …

Cano, Yanks prepare for Rocket launch

Yankees Rumors & News

The New York Post is reporting that the Yankees recently approached second baseman Robinson Cano about the prospect of giving up his number 22 in the event that Roger Clemens returns to the Bronx. According to the Post’s source, Cano’s number has already officially been changed to #24 on the team roster.

Clemens wore the number 21 for most of his career, only changing to 22 upon arriving in New York due to the fact that Yankee great Paul O’Neill wore 21 at the time.

Said Cano: “I was happy to give up the number to a future Hall of Famer if Roger comes aboard. Hopefully, he will be one of my teammates, I’ll have the pleasure of playing with him.”

Giants hire Philly LB coach as D.C.

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Less than a week after officially naming Kevin Gilbride the offensive coordinator of the New York Giants, Big Blue head coach Tom Coughlin has filled the remaining hole in his coaching staff, luring Steve Spagnuolo from his position as linebackers coach of the Philadelphia Eagles to take over as Giants defensive coordinator. He replaces Tim Lewis, fired on January 11th, one day after Coughlin himself learned he would be staying on as coach.

Tuna: Gone Fishing

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Evidently not a fan of resigning, Dallas Cowboys head coach Bill Parcells is retiring from football for the fourth time in four stops. In 19 years, Parcells won two Superbowls with the New York Giants, appeared in a third Superbowl with the New England Patriots, and took the New York Jets to the AFC championship game. His time in Dallas finished with a bang 15 days ago on a botched hold by QB Tony Romo in a mind-numbing and heart-breaking 21-20 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. Assuming Tuna stays retired this time, the Hall of Fame coach will finish his career with 172-130-1 career record, an 11-8 record in the playoffs, and two championship rings.

Monday, January 22nd, 2007

RJ goes under the knife

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Despite averaging 16.1 points per game this year and dropping 21 on the Knicks on Friday, Richard Jefferson has decided to succumb to the pain he’s been playing with for most of the season and undergo arthroscopic surgery on his injured right ankle. The ankle has been a problem since Jefferson landed awkwardly on Shaquille O’Neal’s foot during a November 10th game.

The Nets have already lost starting power forward Nenad Krstic for the season with a torn ACL, and now will be without their third leading scorer for approximately six weeks. The Nets, likely emboldened by their win at Madison Square Garden on Friday, are taking the risk that they’ll be able to hold off the rest of the Atlantic Division in the meanwhile, and RJ will return to the lineup in time for a run into the playoffs. For the rest of the teams in the Atlantic Division – including the Knicks – the next six weeks represent an opportunity to gain ground on the depleted division …

Asante: one foot out the door?

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From Kevin Manahan of the Newark Star Ledger:

“‘We’ve talked about a new contract,’ [Patriots cornerback Asante] Samuel said last week. ‘What they offered isn’t even worth discussing. It’s disappointing. You want to believe they know what you’ve done, so you hope for the best, but you end up feeling underappreciated. You feel disrespected, especially how they come at you with so much negative stuff.

‘I took it personally, at first. You’d think I would have been around this team long enough to realize it’s all about business.’

The Giants and Jets, looking to improve their secondaries, could make bids for Samuel.”

Cubs close in on Cliffy

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Despite a rumor that Cliff Floyd was considering a deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates, and a recent report that Chicago would be unable to add Floyd’s salary to the payroll without dumping right fielder Jacque Jones first, the AP is now reporting that the Cubs are nearing an agreement on a one-year contract that would bring the injury-prone left fielder home to his native Chicago.

The AP speculate that Floyd would serve as a backup outfielder with Alfonso Soriano in center and Matt Murton and Jacque Jones in the corners, but that arrangement is unlikely to last if Jones’s rocky relationship with the fans at Wrigley persists. Floyd himself could also force manager Lou Piniella’s hand if the lefty slugger comes anywhere near his form of 2005, when a healthy Floyd appeared in 150 games, swatting 34 homers with 98 RBIs.

Utley sees big raise

Mets Rumors & News

While the Mets boast a dynamic young tandem on the left side of the infield in shortstop Jose Reyes and third baseman David Wright, the NL East rival Phillies possess a young right side that’s equally formidable – if not more so. Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard won the National Leagues Most Valuable Player award in 2006, and second baseman Chase Utley is coming off a year in which he compiled a 35-game hitting streak – the longest such streak among second basemen in major league history, and tied for 10th longest all-time.

Now the Phillies have locked up Utley to a seven-year, $85 million deal. According to the AP, only Albert Pujols has received a seven-year deal after just three years of major league service time. Last August, the Mets signed Wright and Reyes to six and four year extensions respectively. In comparison to the deal given to Utley, Wright’s $55 million over six years looks like a bargain, and Reyes’s price …

Saturday, January 20th, 2007

Knicks measured, found wanting

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In tonight’s hyped clash between local rivals, neither team impressed. The New Jersey Nets controlled the majority of the game, building a 13-point 4th quarter lead, before blowing it and falling behind 100-99 with only seconds remaining. However the Nets once again emerged victorious when 40-year-old Clifford Robinson rose over the back of lead-footed Eddy Curry for the winning tip-in, improving to 21-4 against New York in the Jason Kidd era. 101-100 final.

Friday, January 19th, 2007


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Amazingly, halfway through the 2006-2007 NBA season, the New York Knicks and New Jersey Nets will square off for the first time tonight. What should be a fierce rivalry has been mostly tepid over the last decade plus, largely because neither team has been very good at the same time. The Knicks mercurial plummet following their appearance in the 1999 NBA Finals conveniently coincided with the equally sudden rise of the Nets following the arrival of Jason Kidd in 2001. While there was brief optimism in New York upon the arrival of Isiah Thomas and Stephon Marbury in 2004, the Nets dominating playoff sweep that spring sent the franchise tumbling to new depths, culminating in last season’s 23-win season. Overall, since Kidd arrived in Jersey, the Nets are 20-4 against the Knicks, and 10-1 at Madison Square Garden. Staggering and embarrassing statistics.

Yet if the buzz surrounding tonight’s match-up at MSG is any indication, the tide may be beginning to turn. For the first time in …

The New NHL

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Next season, the NHL will sport a new look as teams will switch to more streamlined jerseys. The aim of the uniforms is to blend “fashion with functionality,” improving the players’ comfort, flexibility, and movement. The new unis will be unveiled at next week’s All-Star Game, but the Journal News’ Sam Weinman has a sneak peak over at his blog. The new look is actually not all that dissimilar from the current uniforms, which had changed very little in the last 40 years.

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