Archive for February 21st, 2007

Wednesday, February 21st, 2007

Bubba Dumps on Yanks

Yankees Rumors & News

Bubba Crosby, remember him? Apparently he’s with the Reds now, and according to the Cincinnati Post, he’s knocking the Yankees on the way out the door.

Bubba on team camaraderie:

That’s something we lacked in New York. It felt like everyone would go their own separate ways. Here guys go out and do things together. I think that’s a huge part of the game. The Yankees have had $200 million-plus payrolls the last few years. Money doesn’t mean championships all the time. You look at St. Louis, it looks like the guys love each other and hang out.

On leaving New York for the National League:

Even being a fifth outfielder for a National League team, you’re going to get three times as many at-bats as I would if I were with the Yankees again. It’s exciting to know I can play my game. Sometimes I’d get the green light, but I’d get the stare from Joe (Torre) that said I better be sure. Then you hesitate and just wait for …

Jets’ Daboll Could Be Next O-Coordinator

Jets Rumors & News

Via The Star-Ledger:

Look for the Jets to groom new offensive assistant Brian Daboll as the heir apparent to offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer. Daboll spent the past five seasons as wide receivers coach with the Patriots and is close friends with Jets coach Eric Mangini.

Schottenheimer, who interviewed for the Dolphins’ head-coaching job in January but later withdrew from consideration, is expected to be a hot head-coaching candidate following the 2007 season, especially if the Jets’ offense builds on its success from last season.

Ice Prince is Captain Clueless

Yankees Rumors & News

At least that’s the angle that some of the local papers are taking today. The Daily News’ John Harper rips Yankees captain Derek Jeter in his column, while The New York Post’s Joel Sherman opines that Jeter dropped the ball as captain yesterday when he refused to discuss his relationship with Alex Rodriguez. Says Sherman:

This was not about Page Six. This was about E-6, error on Jeter for malfeasance as a leader. His relationship with Alex Rodriguez has mattered because Rodriguez matters so much to the success of the Yankees, and A-Rod has cared deeply about Jeter’s approval….

Jeter’s opportunity to take the cathartic baton came and went yesterday with the Yankee captain defiantly sticking to his cover story that nothing is wrong, and nothing has ever been wrong. Jeter is not dumb, so we must assume he just continues to play dumb. The ice prince wants to freeze A-Rod out, and then haughtily dismiss any discussion of the subject.

Isles Have Morphed from “Crackpots to Crackerjacks”

Islanders Rumors & News

Newsday’s Johnette Howard takes a look at the New York Islanders franchise today, and notes that a team that had been the laughingstock of the league in July is now in the midst of a successful season and an exciting playoff hunt.

It’s been as if Wang pulled the pin on a hand grenade and waved it around, everyone dove under the nearest desk or car expecting the worst, and what actually happened was … nothing.

Nothing awful, anyway.

She concludes:

The Islanders remain a handful of players away from terrifying anybody. But at least they’re interesting. In a town where the Knicks get a lot of praise for merely being watchable, the Isles have been an underappreciated story. They’re six games over .500.

Now, you can call Wang more lucky than good or give all the credit to Nolan. Whatever you like.

But it’s not often a franchise goes through a public crack-up and comes out looking better. Time to put away the butterfly nets and send the orderlies home.

Rangers Are Team Timid

Rangers Rumors & News

In the wake of a physical contest against the New Jersey Devils, New York Post columnist Larry Brooks dubs the Rangers “Team Timid,” and criticizes the franchise for “a culture created and perpetuated by a succession of front offices that have operated under the illusion that the meek will somehow inherit the Stanley Cup.” Brooks thinks that while the acquisition of Sean Avery has brought “sandpaper to a club that’s too smooth for its own good,” the Rangers continue to prove themselves unable to protect their biggest star and asset.

…There is no doubt a double standard applies to the way officials around the NHL refuse to call flagrant fouls committed against Jaromir Jagr.

Last night, referees Greg Kimmerly and Wes McCauley allowed Paul Martin to get away with an unpenalized first-period knee on No. 68. What else is new?

It was after the Jan. 31 game at the Garden against Toronto that Brendan Shanahan expressed amazement at the abuse officials had permitted opponents to inflict on Jagr. If anything, it has gotten worse …

More Tests For Shanahan

Rangers Rumors & News

Via The Daily News:

Tom Renney said Shanahan was experiencing no headaches but was a little lightheaded three days after suffering a frightening concussion. Shanahan will be evaluated by team neurologist Dr. Claude Macaluso on Friday.

D-Lee Could Join Wilt In the Record Books

Knicks Rumors & News

Fresh off his MVP performance in the NBA’s Sophomores v. Rookies game, David Lee recorded his 28th double-double of the season, scoring 14 points and pulling down 16 boards. Lee is averaging 10.7 rebounds per game (sixth in the league), and is leading the league in shooting percentage at 61.1 percent.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, only four players in the history of the NBA have averaged at least 10 boards for a season while shooting 60 percent or better from the floor. They are: Wilt Chamberlain (3 times), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (once), Artis Gilmore (five times), and Shaquille O’Neal (once).

Elias points out that in addition to Lee, there are four other players vying to join that illustrious group: Tyson Chandler (12.3 rebounds per game and 60.7% from the floor), Dwight Howard (12.0 and 59.6 percent), Amare Stoudemire (9.5 and 59.2 percent) and Andris Biedrins (9.6 and 61.0 percent).

Nets Backcourt On the Move?

Nets Rumors & News

With the trade deadline right around the corner,’s Chad Ford (ESPN Insider) offers five blockbuster deals that he thinks should be considered, including two involving the New Jersey Nets.

He proposes a three-way deal that would send Vince Carter to the LA Clippers in exchange for cap relief and Clippers’ point guard Shaun Livingston.

He also offers a package from the LA Lakers in exchange for Jason Kidd that would likewise allow the Nets to clear oodles of cap space.

Ford offers the following rationale for his moves:

The team is going nowhere in the standings, thanks mostly to injuries. Carter is a free agent this summer and will flirt with other teams, especially the Magic. Even if he does want to stay in New Jersey, do the Nets really want to pay him the kind of money he wants just to be a middle-of-the-pack team in the East?

This deal allows the Nets to clear major cap space (Jackson and Mason are in the last year of their contracts) and …

The Ice Men Cometh

Yankees Rumors & News

On his blog, Blogging the Bombers, Mark Feinsand of The Daily News highlights some of Derek Jeter’s comments today in response to A-Rod’s A-Bomb:

“How would I characterize (the relationship)? I would characterize it as it doesn’t make a difference. I have a lot of relationships that have changed over 10 years. What we do away from the field, how much time we spend together, it makes no difference.”

“I don’t have a rift with Alex. Let’s get that straight.”

“It’s annoying to hear about it all the time; everyone assumes they know what our relationship is. They see us on the field, and if one person gives the other a look, it’s a story. If we’re on opposite ends of the bench, it’s a story. Like Alex said yesterday, we’re on the same page when we’re playing. That’s the only thing that matters.”

“We support each other. Being the captain of this team is a role that means a lot to me. I support every one of my teammates. I’ve said it time and …

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