Archive for March 22nd, 2007

Thursday, March 22nd, 2007

Jets Sign Backup QB

Jets Rumors & News

The Jets believe second-year QB Kellen Clemens is the heir apparent to starter Chad Pennington, however they weren’t completely comfortable with Clemens as their sole backup QB in just his second NFL season – particularly given Pennington’s past injury problems. Toward that end, the Jets have signed free-agent Marques Tuiasosopo to compete with Clemens for the 2nd-string job. The former Raider was a 2nd round pick in 2001 and is a veteran of six NFL seasons. Over at, they had the following humorous reaction to the signing:

The Jets decided to sign him following a gruelling workout that involved holding a clip-board, wearing a headset, high-fiving Ben Graham and standing in the background while Brian Schottenheimer and Chad Pennington discussed the offense.

Also courtesy of, there is apparently a highlight video on YouTube of Tuiasosopo in action. Some fans just have way to much time on their hands. Not that I know any…

Decision To Orr by K.O.

Rangers Rumors & News

On February 17th – the same game in which Brendan Shanahan sustained a serious concussion via an unintentional collision with the Flyers’ Mike Knuble – Todd Fedoruk was a force to be reckoned with, throwing his body all over the ice with reckless abandon – particularly in the direction of Rangers’ superstar Jaromir Jagr. Fedoruk wasn’t the only culprit that night, as Larry Brooks states, “the Flyers mugged Jagr and his teammates with impunity” in a game in which the Rangers had no answer with enforcer Colton Orr a healthy scratch.

Last night coach Tom Renney remedied his error, dressing Orr and finding immediate dividends. Orr ended Fedoruk’s evening just 21 seconds into the game, knocking the thug unconscious with a brutal right haymaker. Fedoruk was taken off the ice on a stretcher for precautionary reasons and examined at St. Vincent’s Hospital. The Flyers’ goon already has a titanium plate in the left side of his face after …

Shanny Returns!

Rangers Rumors & News

(Suzy Allman for The New York Times)In case you missed it yesterday, Lynn Zinser of The New York Times penned a nice article on the impending return of Brendan Shanahan, and the caution with which the NHL now treats head injuries versus the NFL, which has been repeatedly criticized for putting players in harm’s way.

As Zinser states, Shanahan can now put his personal battle behind him as he joins his Ranger mates in the thick of a battle for the postseason.

Shanahan’s return to the lineup last night got off to an eerie start, when the Flyers’ Todd Fedoruk was knocked unconscious and carted off on a stretcher (more on that later) just 21 seconds into the game and before Shanny had even taken his first shift.

While head coach Tom Renney had hinted he might limit Shanahan’s ice time in his return, the winger skated on his usual spot on the 2nd line and saw a healthy 14:26 minutes of ice. Paired on a newly formed “Shamrock line” with …

Just Win, Baby

Mets Rumors & News

Evidently, Mets manager Willie Randolph wants his team to get down to business as opening day begins to loom on the horizon. Last night’s 6-1 victory over Baltimore was a good start.

Via Newsday:

Coming off Monday’s off day, and with the number of exhibition games dwindling, manager Willie Randolph gathered his players in a conference room yesterday for a meeting designed to turn up the intensity for the remainder of the Grapefruit League schedule.

His timing was no coincidence. The Mets entered last night’s game against the Orioles with a 6-14-1 record, and spring training or not, that can’t be a comforting thought for the manager of the defending NL East champions.

“I spoke to the guys,” Randolph said. “We’re going to attack things down the stretch. Get a little more focused on the details. I think for the most part, we’ve done things pretty well. It’s a matter of dotting i’s and crossing t’s. That’s what we’re here for.”

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