Archive for June 14th, 2007

Thursday, June 14th, 2007

Kendall Could Skip Camp

Jets Rumors & News

While disgruntled guard Pete Kendall is expected to attend the Jets’ full-squad minicamp that begins today and extends through the weekend, it appears increasingly unlikely that the team co-captain will show up for training camp in late July. Mark Cannizzaro of the New York Post cites a “close friend” of Kendall who states that the guard has “no intention” of coming to training camp unless the Jets rework his contract.

According to the Daily News’ Rich Cimini, Kendall, due to earn $1.7 million this year, is seeking a raise of roughly $1 million. He has averaged a salary of $3 million per during his three seasons with the Jets and is simply looking to maintain that pay level. The Jets are reportedly unwilling to budge since the team paid Kendall $5.2 million in 2006 in exchange for a $3.3 million pay cut in 2007.

If both sides maintain their hard-line stances, it appears likely that the veteran guard will be released.

Jonathan Vilma Is an Idiot

Jets Rumors & News

In case you’re not aware, Falcons superstar quarterback Michael Vick is in quite a bit of hot water over allegations that a large-scale illegal dogfighting operation was being run on a property he owns in Virginia.

When the Redskins’ Clinton Portis came out in defense of Vick, even condoning the practice – a felony in Virginia – it alarmed most observers, though hardly surprised anyone given the source.

However, it’s safe to say that Jets linebacker Jonathan Vilma – one of the classier and more media-savvy players to suit up for Gang Green in some time – is probably not the guy you’d expect to come out in defense of the bloodthirsty and inhumane practice.

But that’s exactly what Vilma did yesterday, joining WFAN’s Chris “Mad Dog” Russo on the radio in order to promote his youth football camp. Early in the interview, Russo steered the conversation toward the NFL’s recent player conduct controversies, and what followed were some of the dumber comments you’ll hear from a professional athlete. Via …

Selig Sets Tuesday Deadline for Giambi

Yankees Rumors & News

Via the AP:

Baseball commissioner Bud Selig is “heading toward” suspending Jason Giambi next week if he doesn’t cooperate with the steroids investigation by former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell, USA Today reported on its Web site early Thursday.

The newspaper, citing a high-ranking Major League Baseball official who had spoken with Selig, said the commissioner wants a decision from Giambi by Tuesday.

Yesterday, the Daily News reported that while the Player’s Association will argue that the commissioner cannot punish Giambi for an offense committed before baseball had a steroid policy, the commissioner believes that Giambi’s admission to indulging in an illegal activity provides grounds to suspend the player in the best interest of baseball.

The Dog Days of Late Spring?

Mets Rumors & News

June hasn’t been the kindest month for the Mets, currently posting a dismal 2-10 record and riding a five game losing streak. Going into the 2007 season the Mets were considered one of the top teams in the game. Through the first 50 games of the season the Mets showed why, posting a 33-17 record; best in the National League, with a five game lead over the Atlanta Braves and an eight game lead over the Philadelphia Phillies. Then the month of May ended and June began. So did a new brand of Mets baseball: bad baseball.

Where have the Mets gone wrong? One can make the argument that they’ve hit a rough patch in their schedule. Since June 1st all of the Mets opponents have records over .500. While that is true, we’ve established that they’re considered one of the best teams in baseball. They’re supposed be beat other teams, even if they’re over .500, so using the schedule as …

Could Posada Walk?

Yankees Rumors & News

Sporting a .353 average, seven homers, and 40 RBI, Yankees All-Star catcher Jorge Posada is having one of the most productive seasons of his career. Perhaps not coincidentally, Posada is in the final year of his six-year, $59 million contract, and according to recent statements, has every intention of testing the the free agent waters this winter. Via the Bergen Record’s Tara Sullivan:

…whether that day arrives at the end of the regular season without a playoff appearance or comes at the conclusion of a successful World Series run, Posada is ready to hit the open market. No special treatment for the only organization that has ever employed him. No first crack at negotiation for the franchise that has given him four World Series rings.

“I’ll treat every team the same,” Posada said in his first detailed comments about his contract since spring training. “That’s what free agency is. It’s my first time as a free agent.”

Posada is certain he is headed that way. He’s not interested in negotiating during the season, …

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