Archive for July 2007


Saturday, July 28th, 2007

Jets Day 1 Comes to an End

Jets Rumors & News

Camp Holdout

Darrelle Revis became the first Jets draft pick to miss a training camp practice since James Farrior, selected number 8 overall out of Virginia in 1997. Not many teams can tout that statistic and it really is impressive. It will be even more impressive if they get him signed before the end of the weekend.

In what has become the template comment from any coach about players missing from camp, Coach Eric Mangini had this to say at his press conference:

“Anybody that’s not here is really missing opportunities to get better and to compete for what I’m sure what they all want, which is playing time. But we are going to focus on the guys that are here and get them better and collectively get better.”

Yawn.

Our Friends Northeast of Us

The Patriots’ training camp is closed to the public on Saturday. Maybe Coach Belichick plans to cram a two-a-day into a morning session. Either that or it’s going to be too hot for a hoodie and Bill doesn’t want to be seen without one.

Sleep …

Friday, July 27th, 2007

Jets First Session Training Camp Report

Jets Rumors & News

Two things we already knew would happen during day one of training camp:

1. Questions would swirl around whether first round pick Darrelle Revis will be in the starting lineup on opening day (vs Randy Moss). I’d be disappointed if this wasn’t a hot topic. After all, he was the 14th selection in the draft and the Jets traded up to get him. If he’s not a starter in September he should be shortly after.

2. There would be more focus on Curtis Martin’s retirement than Thomas Jones’ arrival. The Jets say goodbye to a future Hall of Fame running back and hello to a running back with similar potential. Curtis deserves the attention now. Because when Jones runs for 100+ yards against the Patriots, the whispers will be “Curtis who?”

And four things we didn’t expect:

1. First round pick Darrelle Revis not to be in camp. When you trade up to get an early first rounder, you need to be sure to sign him. And the Jets generally always sign their first round picks. As of the end of the …

Giants’ Reese Rips Critics, Petitgout

Giants Rumors & News

The Ernie Accorsi Era ended in disappointment for Big Blue and their fanbase, and many would argue that the Jerry Reese Era has gotten off to an equally disappointing start. While visions of offseason maneuvering danced in the heads of Giants fans, Reese appeared to largely sit on his hands, missing out on several free agent targets and in some instances failing to even get a visit from their coveted quarry. Indeed the biggest waves made by the Giants this offseason were not the guys they acquired, but the players they released. In particular, the release of LT Luke Petitgout raised a lot of eyebrows, as Petitgout was viewed as a veteran and a leader on the offensive line, and the new vacancy at left tackle will now likely see guard David Diehl playing out of position in Petitgout’s spot. However, if you’re one of those critics with an eyebrow or two aloft, Jerry Reese has a message for you. Via the New York Post:

“People are …

Curtis Martin the Owner

Jets Rumors & News

I’m not sure even the most faithful Jets fans saw this one coming. Today in one of his many interviews Curtis Martin talked about his dream of becoming an NFL owner.

“I never wanted to talk about it and I didn’t talk about it as a player because I thought it was inappropriate,” he said. “But now that I’m retired, I can say my dream is ownership.”

Curtis Martin said that his idea to become an owner is not a new one. He just wanted to wait and talk about it until after his official retirement announcement so as not to distract the team. I wonder if Tiki Barber would have done the same thing? One more example of Mr. Martin’s unselfishness and putting his team first, his personal goals second.

Curtis, on behalf of every Jet fan I beg you to please own any team but an AFC East one! We could never root against you.

Jon Buzby’s columns appear in newspapers and magazines around the country as well as numerous websites. He is also a frequent public …

Farnsworth could be Outta Here

Yankees Rumors & News

Farnsworth could be Outta Here: “The focus for the Yankees in the days leading up to the trade deadline is the bullpen – getting rid of their own dead weight and adding impact arms in their place.

First off they must make space for pitchers on their wish list: Eric Gagne, Brad Lidge, Octavio Dotel and to a lesser extent Dan Wheeler, Al Reyes, and David Weathers. In order to make space they must deal at least one of their guys who are clogging up the bullpen: Scott Proctor, Kyle Farnsworth, and/ or Brian Bruney.

The same old story is that nobody is too interested in guys who can’t find the plate and the arms they are after are going to cost you a Phil Hughes or a Joba Chamberlain, players whom GM Brian Cashman insists are off limits. ‘You can’t hold them all, but certain ones, you have to,’ Cashman said in the NY Daily News. ‘It’s what you’re supposed to do – collect as much talent as you can to help yourself.’

The lack …

Thursday, July 26th, 2007

Beltran Down

Mets Rumors & News

Center fielder Carlos Beltran does not expect to play in this afternoon’s game against the Pirates due to a sore abdomen. Beltran, who missed last night’s win over the Pirates, injured his abdomen during batting practice last night.

“When I sneeze or cough I feel soreness in that area,” said Beltran, who took anti-inflammatory medication. “Hopefully, in a couple of days, I’ll be back.”

This isn’t good news for the Mets who have been struck by injuries all season long. Judging by Beltran’s comments, he’s not sounding too positive about an immediate return either. Hopefully some rest can get him healthy. On a positive note, if Beltran does need a few games to rest it happened at a good time. With the Mets looking for a sweep today against the Pirates and the Nationals visiting Shea for a weekend series, Beltran’s bat shouldn’t be missed as much as if they were playing a playoff contender. He will be needed next week when, starting Tuesday, the Mets hit the …

Alex Rodriguez on Record Pace

Yankees Rumors & News

Alex Rodriguez on Record Pace: “Alex Rodriguez hit career home run number 499 last night to power the Yankees to a 7-1 victory and their 6th straight. Today he will have a chance to hit number 500 as the team goes for a sweep of the Royals.

What is interesting about today’s game is he is going to face-off against Kansas City pitcher Jorge De La Rosa who served up Arod’s 400th homer a little over two years ago.

‘It’s a crazy thing,’ Alex said to the AP about the possibility of hitting number 400 and 500 against the same pitcher. ‘It’s pretty unbelievable that it could actually work out that way.’

Understandably De La Rosa may be worried about being on the wrong side of history. ‘I’m going to pitch him very carefully,’ De La Rosa told the AP.

These days most of the national media is focused on Barry Bond’s pursuit of Hank Aaron’s record, but it may be Arod’s feat which is truly remarkable. At the age …

Glavine Notches 299

Mets Rumors & News

Last night Tom Glavine moved one step closer to the history books, winning his career 299th game as the Mets beat the Pirates 6-3. Paul Lo Duca helped Glavine’s cause, going two-for-four with four RBIs. Glavine went six innings and allowed three runs before turning the game over to Aaron Heilman and Billy Wagner, who picked up his twenty-third save of the season.

In what appears to be Glavine’s final season, winning No. 300 will be the icing on the cake for this future first ballot Hall of Famer. In Glavine’s twenty-one year career (he’s played for the Mets and the Atlanta Braves), He’s been a ten-time All-Star, won two Cy Young Awards, and has five twenty win seasons under his belt.

“The Hall of Fame players who have played this game, to have your name mentioned in that kind of sentence, it’s something I’m proud of. I’m humbled by it,” Glavine said. “Pick your adjectives. Believe me, it’s something I never thought 20 years ago that I’d be having a …

#2 Pick Harris Signs Just in Time for Camp

Jets Rumors & News

Via the New York Jets PR department:

The New York Jets have signed linebacker David Harris, their second-round pick in the 2007 NFL Draft. The announcement was made by Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum.

Harris (6’2″, 243), the 47th overall selection in the draft, finished his career at the University of Michigan with 196 total tackles, four sacks, one interception, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.

He was named a second-team All-American as a senior by Sports Illustrated and was also a semifinalist for the Butkus Award, given to the nation’s top linebacker. In 2006, the Grand Rapids, Mich., native shared the Bo Schembechler team MVP award with tailback Mike Hart.

Jon Buzby’s columns appear in newspapers and magazines around the country as well as numerous websites. He is also a frequent public speaker and has written two books. He can be contacted through his website at www.jonbuzby.com.

Nugent to have camp competition

Jets Rumors & News

Via the New York Jets website:

The New York Jets have signed kicker Justin Ayat and tackle Marko Cavka. The announcement was made by Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum.

Ayat (5’11”, 205), a 2004 graduate of the University of Hawaii, was successful on 191 of 209 extra point attempts and converted 59 of 89 field goal attempts, including a career-long 56-yarder, in his college career.

Cavka (6’7″, 294), was selected by the Jets in the sixth round (178th overall) of the 2004 NFL Draft. He rejoins the Jets after spending 2006 with the Amsterdam Admirals in NFL Europa.

In 2004 Cavka was inactive for all 16 games as well as both postseason contests. Prior to being drafted by the Jets, he started 42 consecutive games for Sacramento State.

Mets in the Thick of the NL East

Mets Rumors & News

The Orphan is breaking down each division race. Here’s what they say about the Mets. Via the Orphan:

…The NL East has shaped up to be a three team race down the stretch, with all three teams having big expectations coming into the season. The New York Mets, the Atlanta Braves, and the Philadelphia Phillies.

NEW YORK METS- One game away from the World Series last season, the Mets came into the year as one of the favorites to represent the NL in this year’s World Series. The Mets haven’t exactly lived up to those expectations, but they are still playing well, 56-43, in first place.

The Good- Jose Reyes sparks this offense, batting .306 with 47 stolen bases. Always a threat on the base paths, Reyes takes advantage of any mistakes made by the fielder and does a great job of getting in the pitcher’s head when he’s on base. John Maine has developed into the ace of the pitching staff, leading the team with 11 wins …

Wednesday, July 25th, 2007

The Curtis Martin Way

Jets Rumors & News

With his impending retirement Curtis Martin should be celebrated for many reasons.

He’s the 4th all-time leading rusher and a five-time pro bowler. He is without a doubt one of the best Jets players in the franchise’s history. A gifted running back, he is one of the most unselfish players you will ever see. He never held out, never complained about playing time and even in the end, took less money to free up salary cap room. He was always gracious with the press, the fans and anyone who came into contact with him, while in uniform or not.

But more than anything he did on the field he should be applauded for what he did off the field. Countless charities owe him a debt of gratitude. Causes that most likely will continue to reap the rewards of his generosity well into retirement.

And better yet, Curtis Martin should be applauded for what he didn’t do off the field. In other words, he was never arrested ~ all while spending most of his career in …

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