Archive for August 2007

Sunday, August 26th, 2007

Jets look horrible in first half against the Giants

Jets Rumors & News

Chad Pennington started the game in perfect fashion with a 79 yard TD reception to Leon Washington. The Jets looked like a completely different team than the one that muddled through the Vikings game half asleep. That is until Mike Nugent’s extra point was blocked due to a bad snap and hold. The defense then gave up a big third down pass play that was called back on a penalty for picking. When the Jets got the ball back they went four and out including a sack of Pennington for a huge loss. The Giants then marched down the field only to miss a 40 yard field goal. So in the first five minutes of the game fans saw the good, the bad and some ugly.

It only got worse for the Jets.

Darrelle Revis started and had four tackles.

The Jets had 2 third down plays in the first quarter and Pennington was sacked on both.

Ben Graham had a booming 65 yard punt only to follow it with disappointing 35 and 31 yarders.

The Jets’ defense was on …

Friday, August 24th, 2007

Jets’ Kendall traded to Redskins

Jets Rumors & News

The Jets finalized a deal today that will send disgruntled and outspoken guard Pete Kendall to the Washington Redskins for an undisclosed draft pick.

The bottom line is the Jets needed to get rid of Kendall and his negative attitude before the season starts. They probably would have just released him if necessary, the fact that they got something in return for him is a bonus.

Apparently Eric Mangini and Kendall parted on good terms after reportedly not speaking to each other the entire camp. Via Randy Lange on the NY Jets website, Mangini had this to say about their first and last conversation of the pre-season:

“I wished him well and he thanked me,” Mangini said. “It was a really good, positive conversation. … I’ve said a lot of times I did value the contributions Pete made. He did a lot of good work last year. Talking to him last night, I thanked him for those contributions and wished him well.”

Kendall could move into the starting OG position on the Redskins and join former Jet, …

Thursday, August 23rd, 2007

Marbury needs to keep quiet

Knicks Rumors & News

Memo to Stephon Marbury: Stick to selling sneakers.

During an appearance in Albany, New York Wednesday to promote his popular and inexpensive ‘Starbury’ sneakers — which are a great thing — Marbury did something that wasn’t so great.

He defended Michael Vick, who has said through his attorneys that he will plead guilty to charges stemming from a federal dogfighting investigation.

“I think it’s tough,” Marbury said, according to Albany TV station Capital News 9. “I think, you know, we don’t say anything about people who shoot deer or shoot other animals. You know, from what I hear, dogfighting is a sport. It’s just behind closed doors.”

Say what? A sport? I’m sure the folks at PETA, the animal rights organization, just loved to hear that statement.

Oh, and I’m sure PETA would agree with Marbury’s characterization of Vick as a “good human being.”

Of course, it’s not the first time this off-season that the New York Knicks point guard has said some strange things. Oh, and how is it that Vick is a good human being …

Jets vs Giants Preview

Jets Rumors & News

Although it hasn’t officially been announced yet (and probably won’t be before the game), expect the #14 pick in this year’s draft, Darrelle Revis, to start against the Giants. He’ll lineup across from either Amani Toomer or Plaxico Burress. The fastest way for Coach Eric Mangini to gauge how far along his #1 pick is will be to see him in action against starting NFL receivers. After only five days in camp following a lengthy holdout, Revis apparently has grasped the mental part of the game very quickly. And there was never any doubt about his physical abilities.

Following practice yesterday, teammate Laveranues Coles had this to say about Revis, via Lenn Robbins of the NY Post:

“He has a confidence,” Coles said. “He has the confidence of a great corner. I mean, I’ve played against Ty Law, I worked with Champ Bailey, and [Darrelle] has all of those qualities. He’s not afraid to get in and mix it up with anybody.”

Coach Eric Mangini followed that comment up with his thoughts on the mental …

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2007

Peca Picks Columbus

Rangers Rumors & News

Peca Picks Columbus: “Michael Peca is on the verge of signing a one-year incentive laden deal with the Columbus Blue Jackets according to the Columbus Dispatch.

This is a move which ends speculation that the 33-year old center would be playing on Broadway during the upcoming season.

‘We had a deal in place with the Rangers for almost three weeks now,’ Peca said in the Columbus Dispatch. ‘It just doesn’t seem like the commitment has been there from the general manager (Glen Sather) to get it done.’

Peca was in New York last week in order to take a physical which supposedly would then lead to a contract offer, but an offer never came and while the Rangers waited, Columbus moved in.

‘Ever since we started talking with Columbus (Friday), (GM Scott Howson) has been very straightforward and very interested in getting something done. And so right now, that’s where our focus is, getting something done with Columbus.’

For the Rangers this is a move which is meant ‘To give our young guys a chance,’ a …

Giants: Eli calls out Tiki

Giants Rumors & News

Monday and Tuesday may have been the most important days of Eli Manning’s four-year career with the New York Giants.

That’s because the usually reserved Manning finally stood up and took on the biggest star, and the biggest mouth, around the Giants for the last several seasons. He took on Tiki Barber.

All I can say is ‘hooray!’ During halftime of Sunday’s Giants-Ravens exhibition game, the retired Barber, working for NBC, took Manning to task. He said Manning was uncomfortable trying to motivate and questioned whether he could “be a leader of men.”

Giants fans have wondered the same thing, but they don’t have to wonder anymore. Manning blistered Barber, first commenting Monday during an interview with ESPN Radio 1050 in New York.

“I don’t always believe everything Tiki says. I feel very comfortable. And I saw the [halftime show] last night and it seemed very rehearsed, kind of like his pregame speeches in a way,” Manning said. “I feel confident in what I’m doing in getting the team ready. And if you ask any of the players …

Peca Waiting for Rangers Decision

Rangers Rumors & News

Peca Waiting for Rangers Decision: “Michael Peca is interested in becoming a member of the New York Rangers, but has given the team a deadline by which they need to sign him otherwise he will consider other offers.

Peca traveled to New York City last week to take a physical with the team and it appears that, if he passed, an offer would follow. However Blueshirts’ GM Glen Sather was unavailable for negotiations over the weekend according to the NY Post.

‘We’re probably going to force the issue by (today). If I can’t reach him (today), we’ll just go our separate way,’ Peca’s agent Don Meehan told the NY Daily News. ‘I’ve tried to reach him (yesterday and Sunday) and can’t. And I’m working with time constraints now. I’ve got to find out where he stands.’

The two-time Selke Trophy winner certainly has interest in coming into New York.

‘Obviously, over the last few years they’ve added some players that can contribute to a pretty good squad. I think anybody on the outside would …

Jets pre-season Game #3 more meaningless than usual

Jets Rumors & News

Typically pre-season game #3 is the one to watch. It used to be in this game that the starters almost always played until halftime and sometimes even started the 3rd quarter depending on their performance.

In today’s NFL, most starters rarely play past the second series in all but the third pre-season game. In the third game they might play until halftime but usually always play into the second quarter (knowing in game #4 they might not even suit up).

The Jets play the Giants in pre-season game #3 this week and normally it would be the one pre-season game to attend or watch most of, not because of the rivalry, but because of the starters playing most of the first half. Not this week.

As if the pre-season games couldn’t get any more boring, this annual pre-season matchup pits two regular-season opponents against one another. So in what would normally be a game when you would see the starters playing longer and implementing regular season plays and strategies, you will instead see a “pretend” pre-season game.

Sure, they’ll …

Tuesday, August 21st, 2007

Beltran – Player of the Week

Mets Rumors & News

Mets outfielder, Carlos Beltran was named Bank of America National League Player of the Week, for the week of August 13-19. Beltran led the Mets offense hitting .375 with 4 home runs and 10 RBI’s. Over that stretch the Mets went 5-1 increasing their lead in the NL East over the Phillies and Braves to five games.

Beltran beat out fellow Mets Moises Alou (.348, 2 HR, 7 RBI) and David Wright (.423, 4 2B, 5 RBI) for this honor. This is the fourth time in his Mets career and second time this season Beltran has been the player of the week. He was also named player of the week in June 5-11 and July 17-24, 2006 and April 16-22, 2007.

Since Alou’s return, the Mets offense is clicking on all cylinders, averaging six runs per game. This hot streak couldn’t happen at a better time. The Mets enter a big stretch over the next ten games. Three games each with the Padres and Dodgers at Shea Stadium, before …

Yanks Improved with Young Pen

Yankees Rumors & News

Yanks Improved with Young Pen: “Heading into the All-Star break the Yankees were in need of a serious winning stretch to keep their playoff hopes alive. Over the next 28 games they got that stretch going 20-8 by outslugging their opponents 214 to 138.

That outcome wasn’t exactly unlikely because the teams they faced were all sub-.500 teams and many considered the next 20 games against playoff contenders more important. This tougher schedule meant that they could not simply over power teams with their offense as they had been doing – they would need more.

Lately they are getting what they need in the form of a stronger more balanced bullpen. Their new advantage became apparent this weekend when the bomber pen threw 11 innings while striking out 14 and giving up only a single run.

It seems that the balance is working for them. In the past they almost exclusively ran out guys with high velocity fastballs and average breaking balls. Talented pitchers for sure, but the similar styles may have been exploited.

‘The most …

Mets Acquire Conine

Mets Rumors & News

Jeff Conine continues his quest for a third World Series ring. The Mets acquired the outfielder/first basemen from the Cincinnati Reds for two minor league players; shortstop Jose Castro and outfielder Sean Henry. Conine is no stranger to the NL East, already spending time with the Florida Marlins (where he collected two World Series rings), and the Philadelphia Phillies.

This is a good move for the Mets. Conine, a career .285 hitter, will give the Mets a playoff seasoned bat off the bench. Something the bench could sorely use, since it’s been depleted with Ramon Castro and most recently, Damon Easley on the disabled list.

Controlling your Destiny

Mets Rumors & News

This weekend, the Mets took back the National League’s best record, sweeping all three games against the Nationals and answered critics who have been saying that the team hasn’t been playing up to their potential. The Mets didn’t just win; they won by playing solid baseball. They took the lead early in all three games and never looked back. Tom Glavine and Orlando Hernandez dominated the Nationals and while Oliver Perez wasn’t exactly at the top of his game, he kept the Mets in the game and the bullpen closed the door. The bullpen regained some form and held the Nats to only two runs in seven and a third innings pitched.

While beating the Nationals isn’t entirely a feat worthy of a parade, what makes it important is how the Phillies and Braves weekend went about. In Atlanta, the Braves lost two of three to the NL’s best Arizona Diamondbacks. The Phillies, who have been fighting through inconsistency and injuries all season, completely unraveled in Pittsburgh, also losing two …

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