Archive for April 2007


Saturday, April 28th, 2007

Quinn Is Slip Sliding

Giants Rumors & NewsJets Rumors & News

Many observers thought Brady Quinn would be snatched up at No. 3, in large part due to the close relationship between former Pats coordinators Romeo Crennel (head coach of the Browns) and Charlie Weis (head coach at Notre Dame), not to mention Cleveland’s glaring need at quarterback. When the Browns instead used the No. 3 pick on Wisconsin OT Joe Thomas, Quinn proceeded to slip down the board all the way to No. 9, where it was widely assumed the Miami Dolphins would happily snatch him up. Instead the Fish shockingly and bizarrely have selected Ohio St WR Ted Ginn Jr.

It now appears as if Quinn will only continue to slip. The Texans, at No. 10, recently addressed the quarterback position by acquiring Atlanta’s Matt Schaub. San Francisco and Buffalo have already invested in young QBs Alex Smith and J.P. Losman respectively. Quinn will thus most likely drop to the St. Louis Rams at No. 13 at the very least, and could tumble all the way to Kansas City …

JaMarcus Russell Goes No. 1

Giants Rumors & NewsJets Rumors & News

(Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

The Raiders have used the No. 1 overall pick in today’s NFL Draft on LSU QB JaMarcus Russell. Georgia Tech WR Calvin Johnson was selected No. 2 by the Detroit Lions.

The Giants hold the No. 20 selection, while the Jets will pick at No. 25.

You can follow along with the entire draft via ESPN’s live DraftCast.

NFL Draft Preview

Giants Rumors & NewsJets Rumors & News

Got draft fever? Your local beat writers can help!

Head over to Daily News reporter Rich Cimini’s blog for his complete Jets’ draft preview. He breaks downs the Jets’ needs unit by unit, and takes a look at the top prospects at each position.

Cimini also put together a mock draft in which he has the Jets trading down to Chicago’s No. 31 spot and picking Auburn guard Ben Grubbs, and the Giants using their No. 20 pick on Texas CB Aaron Ross.

Speaking of Ross, Dave Hutchinson profiles the cornerback in today’s Star-Ledger, describing him as “talented, tough, smart, loves football and has a squeaky-clean reputation.” However, Hutchinson’s remarks are written in the context of Ross as a fit for the New York Jets. While Hutchinson states that the Giants may be interested in Ross, he reports that the team has not met with him face-to-face.

Nevertheless, not only does Rich Cimini foresee Ross going to the Giants, but Daily News reporter Ralph Vacchiano likewise sees Big Blue …

Friday, April 27th, 2007

UPDATE: Rozsival’s Status

Rangers Rumors & News

update: Once again via the Journal News’ Sam Weinman:

Michal Rozsival looked sharp in the morning skate and said he was good to go tonight. A cautious Tom Renney suggested that he doesn’t want to use Rozsival tonight if it comes at the expense of his availability later in the series, but Rozsival said it wasn’t an issue. “I feel good. It feels fine,” he said. “I’ll settle down so I don’t have any worries at this point.”

As for the use of seven defenseman as a precaution, Renney said it was “an outside option,” and he will definitely skate seven in the warm-up. My guess is given how the Sabres effectively roll four lines, the Rangers would like to avoid being shorthanded at forward. Either way, Thomas Pock said he’d be ready regardless.

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Rozsival in: “At least as of the morning skate he is…

More later…”(Via Sam Weinman’s Rangers Report.)

Cashman Is To Blame

Yankees Rumors & News

In his blog for the Journal News, Peter Abraham discusses how the Yankees have rushed Phil Hughes to the majors, and concludes that he’s here for the wrong reasons. He is speaking specifically about the Hughes situation here, but could just as easily be addressing this entire month of April. Says Abraham:

I blame Brian Cashman for this. He had way too much faith in Carl Pavano’s ability to stay healthy and for whatever reason invested a lot of money in Kei Igawa. Now they’re paying the price.

Rangers Must Bounce Back

Rangers Rumors & News

(Suzy Allman for The New York Times)With a pivotal Game 2 on tap tonight, The Post’s Jay Greenberg opines that rust from their week-long layoff is no longer an excuse for the Blueshirts. They will have to come out harder and smarter tonight, and they’ll most likely have to do so without defenseman Michal Rozsival, who is listed as day-to-day with a knee injury. Said Martin Straka of Rozsival, as quoted by The Post’s Larry Brooks:

“When Michal is on the ice, it gives you confidence. He’s so calm with the puck in the way he skates with it and moves it. He’s so solid, the way he hits, the way he does everything. He’s been our best defenseman the last two years. It’s huge for us if he can’t play.”

The most encouraging note for Ranger fans comes from The Daily News’ John Dellapina, who informs us that far from crest-fallen, the Blueshirts are actually irked at being counted out after a dismal Game 1 performance. …

Devs Can’t Overcome 4-Goal 1st From Sens

Devils Rumors & News

MARTY’S MELTDOWN STUNS SENS

New York Post

4-GET ABOUT IT!

New York Post

Sens take 4-0 lead, then hold off Devs

NewsdayWith Elias Out Sick, the Devils Have No Remedy

New York Times

Senators make Brodeur look human in opener

Newark Star Ledger

Lamoriello goes from the fire into the frying pan

Newark Star Ledger

Searching For Mr. Wright

Mets Rumors & News

While much has been written about the extended slump of Mets third baseman David Wright, Ben Shpigel of The New York Times takes a uniquely in-depth look at David’s mechanics at the plate, and provides analysis from experts such as hitting coach Rick Down and SNY analyst Keith Hernandez. It’s an elucidating read, not only about Wright’s swing, but about the science of hitting.

For Wright, One Bad Swing Can Often Lead to Another

New York Times

Much Ado About Nothing

Yankees Rumors & News

BLOODY MESS

New York Post

Gary lands in another Thorne-y situation

New York Daily News

Thorne backpedals on Schilling story

The Journal News

This Red-Sock tale has holes in it

Newsday

This story no gauze for alarm

Newsday

Hughes Can’t Stop Skid

Yankees Rumors & News

(AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)On a night when Yankees 20-year-old phenom Phil Hughes was making his major league debut, Jays’ pitcher A.J. Burnett turned in the type of performance that the Bombers desperately need. Burnett threw seven shutout innings and seemed to be on cruise control for much of the night, allowing just 4 singles. With their closer B.J. Ryan on the 60-day DL, Toronto gave the ball to Jeremy Accardo and Scott Downs in the 8th and 9th innings, neither of whom allowed a hit in the final two frames.

While I’m sure many fans went to the Stadium last night expecting to see the dominating young Roger Clemens that was hyped during spring training, Hughes pitched as well as could be expected. The organization clearly feels that Hughes deserves another year in AAA ball before confronting major league hitters, however necessity has forced their hand.

For more coverage of Hughes’ debut, check out the Yankee Headlines.

Thursday, April 26th, 2007

Herb to the Pacers?

Knicks Rumors & News

According to The New York Daily News’ Frank Isola, Knicks assistant coach Herb Williams is a candidate to replace departed Pacers coach Rick Carlisle in Indiana. Herb posted a 16-27 record with the Knicks as interim coach following the firing of Lenny Wilkens in 2005.

Isola indicates that if Herb does leave, there is the possibility that Patrick Ewing could replace him on Isiah Thomas’s coaching staff.

Kidd Banged Up

Nets Rumors & News

WFAN is reporting that Nets guard Jason Kidd did not practice today due to left knee soreness, and is scheduled to undergo a precautionary MRI.

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