Archive for August 2007

Monday, August 20th, 2007

Giants: Injuries are the story

Giants Rumors & News

Injuries are, of course, the thing you fear most during preseason games. The Giants were hit hard during last night’s 13-12 victory over Baltimore, watching four players go down with significant injuries.

The worst was to Michael Jennings, who caught three passes and seemed to have wrapped up a spot as one of the Giants extra wide receivers. On his third catch, he tore an achilles tendon, and is done for the year.

Safety Will Demps dislocated his elbow. Demps, trying to rebound from a disappointing 2006, had been playing well. I’ll keep an eye open for reports on how long he will be out.

Starting cornerback Sam Madison pulled a hamstring, and rookie wide receiver Steve Smith suffered a concussion.

You have to feel awful for Jennings. He made the team last year and caught just five passes in limited duty. This year he had played himself into position to keep his job.

The injuries to Jennings and Smith depleted the Giants receiving corps, especially since Plaxico Burress and Sinorice Moss did not play.

On the bright side, the injuries …

Sunday, August 19th, 2007

Giants: What to watch for tonight

Giants Rumors & News

The Giants are in Baltimore tonight (8 p.m., NBC) to take on the Ravens in their second exhibition game.

Here are some of the key things to watch.

• Can the Giants defend the run? They couldn’t last week against Carolina. The Panthers had several long runs and seemed to do whatever they wanted on the ground. Starting defensive tackle Fred Robbins should play more this week, and Justin Tuck moves in at left end. They should help. The Giants signed a pair of mammoth run-stopping defensive tackles this week — Manny Wright (345 pounds) and Tui Alailefaleula (375 pounds). It will be interesting to see if either gets any playing time, and whether or not either shows the ability to help.

• Amani Toomer and Aaron Ross. Toomer is coming off major knee surgery, and tonight’s game will mark his first live action. Ross, the No. 1 pick, was held out of last week’s game but should debut tonight.

• The placekicking battle. This week rookie Josh Huston should get a chance to handle field goals and extra …

Saturday, August 18th, 2007

Jets vs Vikings

Jets Rumors & News

I always judge a pre-season game by the score at halftime. By then all of the starters are out and it’s the future third stringers and soon-to-be cuts trying to impress the coaching staff. The 37-20 loss doesn’t begin to tell the story of the last night’s game.

Glaring mistakes included two interceptions by Chad Pennington returned for touchdowns and a high snap by Pete Kendall covered in the endzone by the Vikings (he also had one other bad snap).

As expected Darrelle Revis and Thomas Jones did not play, nor did Justin Miller.

Via Mark Cannizzaro of the NY Post, Eric Mangini had this to say about the game:

“It’s obviously very disappointing,” said an agitated Mangini, who hinted strongly that a grueling week of practice lies ahead. “If anyone has the impression that it’s OK because this is preseason, they’re wrong.”

That’s the exact attitude I would hope the coach would have after such an ugly all-around performance. Coaches who react to pre-season games like that eventually win big games when they count.

I would anticipate a …

Friday, August 17th, 2007

Giants growing impatient with Strahan

Giants Rumors & News

C’mon Michael, what’s it gonna be already?

Giants GM Jerry Reese wants to know. Head coach Tom Coughlin wants to know. Defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo wants to know. The fans want to know.

Are you playing or not? It’s time to stop mulling retirement, and make a decision.

Reese showed some impatience Thursday when asked about Strahan. According to, Reese had this to say:

“We would like for him to be here if he’s going to be here, just for him to get some work,” Reese said Thursday at training camp at the University at Albany. “Michael knows that if he’s going to come back, he has to get some work in. You just can’t show up and play in the National Football League.

“If he decides to come, I think he will be here soon, but it’s still his decision and we’ll see what happens in the next few days.”

Reese can’t do anything but wait for Strahan’s decision, but I certainly can’t blame him for getting a little irritated by No. 92’s hemming and hawwing.

(via …

Trouble in the Pen?

Mets Rumors & News

The Mets narrowly escaped PNC Park with a victory last night. Going into the ninth inning the Mets were leading the Pirates 10-4. That was until Aaron Sele came in and made it a game, giving up four runs, while only recording one out. It wasn’t until Billy Wagner came in to get the final two outs making it a 10-8 final.

This isn’t an isolated incident with the Mets bullpen, which over the past week has been extremely porous. Over the past six games the Mets bullpen has taken two losses and two blown saves, while recording an ERA of 6.20. Hardly the numbers you’d expect from a playoff bound team.

Some Mets fans may say “Well it’s Aaron Sele or Scott Scheoneweis who are hurting the bullpen. They’re only used for mop up duty.” That’s not the point, and it’s not just Sele and Schoeneweis. Guillermo Mota has hit the skids as well. Aside from that, when you are trying to win a World …

Thursday, August 16th, 2007

Is Mo healthy? Struggles make you wonder

Yankees Rumors & News

After Shelley Duncan went Tino Martinez/Scott Brosius/A-Rod Wednesday afternoon with a game-tying three-run home run with two outs in the 9th inning, New York Yankees fans had to figure they were about to witness another of those crazy, improbable victories that sometimes happen in the Bronx.

Something else improbable did happen, but it wasn’t good news for the Yankees. Mariano Rivera got torched by Baltimore in in the 10th inning, giving up three runs on two doubles and a two-run home run as the Yankees lost, 6-3.

It is time to worry about Rivera.

In his last three appearances, Rivera has surrendered 9 hits and 5 runs in 3.1 innings. He has a blown save and a loss in those three games.

The key question, of course, is whether or not he is healthy.

Speaking to reporters after the game, Rivera insisted that he is.

“Physically I’m fine. I’m fine. Nothing is wrong. I’m just human, that’s all. I know you guys are trying to find something but I’m fine.”

You have to wonder, though. He missed several …

Jets sign Revis

Jets Rumors & News

Twenty-four hours after General Manager Mike Tannenbaum announced that the Jets and Darrelle Revis were close to an agreement, #24 signed on the dotted line and officially became a New York Jet.

Following a 20-day holdout and marathon negotiations, the 47-page contract was inked late last night. The Jets would not disclose the exact terms of the contract but is reporting the contract to be a six year deal worth $36 million.

The Jets wanted the six years while Revis didn’t want to go past five. In what Tannenbaum declared “the most difficult negotiations he has ever been involved in,” he described the contract as “extraordinarily complicated.” In exchange for signing for six years Revis will be heavily compensated toward the end of the contract.

Via Brian Costello of the New York Post, Revis had this to say about him becoming a New York Jet:

“I’m excited just to be in the NFL,” Revis said a little after 9 o’clock last night when the deal was announced. “It’s a dream come true. I’ve been fighting …

Goodbye Scooter

Mets Rumors & News

Baseball lost a great one yesterday as Phil “Scooter” Rizzuto died of pneumonia. He was 89. The Brooklyn born Rizzuto spent his entire thirteen year career with the Yankees, playing shortstop on nine World Series teams, while taking home seven championships. Besides all of Rizzuto’s World Series rings and five all-star appearances, the highlight of Rizzuto’s playing career had to be the 1950 season when he won the American League MVP Award. Rizzuto was elected to Baseball’s Hall of Fame in 1994.

Obviously being 32, I never had the opportunity to see Rizzuto play. I remember Scooter for what a lot of other New Yorkers do; as an announcer. Growing up in New York, there were the Mets and the Yankees. If you wanted to watch baseball, those were your choices, except for NBC’s Saturday Game of the Week (until TBS was around with the Braves). The Mets had some games on WWOR, Channel 9, but a majority of them were on Sportschannel, a pay channel. …

Wednesday, August 15th, 2007

Pedro Pushing for Big League Return

Mets Rumors & News

Via Laurel Scheffel of Newsday:

Pedro Martinez is pushing the idea that he needs just one more rehab start before joining the Mets.

His pitching lines in his first two rehabilitation starts wouldn’t indicate he is ready, but after pitching four innings yesterday with the rookie Gulf Coast League Mets, Martinez is growing anxious to make his return to the big leagues.

“I need to pitch in the big leagues,” Martinez said. “I feel like my pitches are improving, but I can’t tell you how good I am until I get a big-league hitter out. I am already pushing the issue, but it’s going to take me a little while still.”

Pedro got knocked around in his 4th and final inning of work yesterday, allowing three runs on three hits, culminating with a 3-run homer to minor leaguer Pedro Baez. However prior to the fourth the convalescing ace had thrown three perfect innings, mowing down the order on just 31 pitches, and admitted that his concentration level may have wavered in the fourth. …

Jets and Revis close to agreement

Jets Rumors & News

New York Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum announced at a press conference last night that the Jets and first-round pick Darrelle Revis are very close to an agreement.

Via Randy Lange of the New York Jets, Tannenbaum appeared on SNY for a remote interview in front of the 6-foot-by-10-foot Jets logo on the wall of the second floor of the Jets training complex and told host Brian Custer:

“I’d say we’re very close. A couple of issues need to be resolved. We’ve worked very hard to try to find a solution that works for both sides. We’re very close and we’re going to try to see this thing through.”

The significance of signing Revis this week is the assumption that he could then play in two pre-season games. My guess is that no matter how well he plays before the opening game, Eric Mangini will not start him or give him significant minutes ~ if for no other reason than to set the tone that he is not happy with his holdout and the amount of …

Tuesday, August 14th, 2007

Pedro to Take the Mound Today

Mets Rumors & News

Pedro Martinez is scheduled to make his second rehab start of the season for the Gulf Coast Mets. Facing the Gulf Coast Dodgers, Pedro hopes to continue to shake the rust and improve from his first outing, which was last Wednesday, with the St. Lucie Mets. Here, he gave up five runs in three innings. The game is scheduled to start at noon today, and will be moved from the normal “back field” that GCL teams play on to Tradition Field, in Port St. Lucie, where Mets fans in Florida can catch a glimpse of Pedro.

Pedro can give up all the runs in the world right now. With rehab starts, it’s more important that Pedro throws pain free and has no mechanical issues. The velocity and location will come with the more he throws. After his first start, Pedro was quoted as saying:

“I felt great,” Martinez said. “My arm, my body is recovering good. Making adjustments will take me a little while. I haven’t pitched in so long.”

Hopefully …

Thomas Jones’ injury a strain

Jets Rumors & News

Several sources are reporting that Thomas Jones’ lower right leg injury is a strained calf muscle. Jones’ agent, Drew Rosenhaus, was quoted in several media outlets explaining the injury:

“He had an MRI on the right calf and it was determined that he has what is essentially a strain of the calf muscle,” Jones’ Miami-based agent, Drew Rosenhaus, told the Associated Press. “He said the doctor was vague in terms of how much time he would miss, but it would probably be a week-to-week injury.”

As of today Jones will not play in Friday’s game against the Vikings but is confident he will be ready for the season opener against the Patriots.

There is some question as to whether he will return at all in the pre-season. Via Randy Lewis of the New York Post, Eric Mangini had this to say about the length of Jones’ rehab:

“We try to always do what’s best in those situations, and not force somebody back too early, to make sure they go through the whole rehab process, to …

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