The BUZZ in New York
The game had all the makings of a blowout by the Jets, on paper at least.
The 0-3 Buffalo Bills came into today’s game in Orchard Park last in offense and defense, and starting a backup quarterback.
The only problem was, somebody forgot to tell the Bills they should lose, as they defeated the Jets 17-14 for their first win of the season.
Trent Edwards engineered the Bills’ offense like a seasoned veteran, which will certainly ignite a quarterback controversy in Buffalo.
Edwards was 22-28 for 234 yards and a touchdown and Michael Lynch rushed for 79 yards and a touchdown to lead the Bills to their first win of the season.
For New York, Chad Pennington had a stellar day up until his game-ending interception as the Jets were driving to get into field goal range. Pennington was 32-39 for 290 yards and a touchdown but had two critical interceptions, the first giving the Bills the ball on their own 25-yard line. Six plays later, on 4th and goal, Edwards threw …
I figured I was done writing about Carl Pavano and the New York Yankees. Then, courtesy of Peter Abraham’s outstanding LoHud Yankees Blog, comes the news that The Rajah of Rehab will be entitled to a full players share of whatever money the Yankees earn throughout the postseason.
Last year, according to Abraham, St. Louis Cardinals players collected $362,173 each for winning the World Series. Yikes!! As if Pavano hasn’t stolen enough of George Steinbrenner’s cash already.
With that in mind, I have some suggestions for Pavano on how he can use whatever his share of the cash turns out to be.
• Split it between Chase Wright, Matt DeSalvo, Tyler Clippard, Jeff Karstens, Darrell Rasner, Phil Hughes and Ian Kennedy. Those guys at least tried to pitch, and they can use the money. Forget Kei Igawa, though. He stole a bunch of King George’s cash this season, too.
• Go to Oz, visit the great and powerful Wizard, and buy a heart. It’s the only way he’s …
I can honestly say the 2007 NY Mets are done. Thier slogan coming into this season: “Your Season has Come.” I think that seems more apporiate for the Phillies. The slogan for the final weekend of the regular season at Shea might as well be “Your Season has Come and Gone.” I might be stepping on some toes when bashing the Mets but isn’t that what makes the Yankees-Mets fan rivalry so great?
I honestly thought that last night the Mets would turn it around, but quickly it turned ugly. 2-0 in the 1st inning and the rest is history. As a die-hard Yankee fan, I am loving every minute of the Mets fan’s misery. I mean come on, why not? All year long all I heard was “..at least we’re in first place” and now finally, when it’s really matters..on the brink of the postseason, the Mets are pretty much sleeping in the death beds they made for themselves. I am loving this stretch run that has now seen the …
Sunday’s meeting between the New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles is a matchup of teams that, for all intents and purposes, saved their seasons with victories last week.
Both NFC East rivals are 1-2, and when they meet Sunday night in the Meadowlands they will be trying to sort out which of them has a chance to be a contender, and which is likely to spend the season as a pretender.
Let’s break the game down.
When the Eagles have the ball
Which Eagles offense will show up? Will it be the one that dropped 56 points on Detroit last week? Or the one that scored 25 points and looked awful in two season-opening losses?
Of course, you have to ask the same question about the Giants defense. Will we see the unit that gave up 80 points in two season-opening losses, or the team that shut down Washington in a second-half comeback last week?
My guess? Both sides will meet somewhere in the middle.
For the Eagles, running back Brian Westbrook has been bothered by an …
Brandon Jacobs participated fully in practice Thursday for the first time since injuring his knee in the season-opening loss to Dallas. No word on whether Jacobs will actually be ready to play Sunday against the Eagles. Derrick Ward has been limited by an ankle injury in practice this week, so best guess is that Jacobs will see at least some action if coach Tom Coughlin thinks he is healthy enough.
So, here is the real question. If both players are healthy, does Jacobs resume his job as the primary running back? Or, has Ward done enough to keep the job or at least split time with Jacobs?
Ever since Tiki Barber retired it has been assumed that Jacobs would be the team’s primary rusher. Ward, a fourth-year player with a scant resume, was an afterthought.
His performance through three games has opened eyes, though. He has 273 yards on 54 carries (a 5.1 yards per carry average) and has caught 14 passes. His 361 total yards are 7th in the league.
Coughlin told Giants.com there …
With their lead in the NL East sliced and diced to a single, solitary game, the Mets turn to Pedro Martinez tonight to save their season. So frequently during Pedro’s long, slow rehab, management echoed the party line that anything the team got out of Martinez in the season’s second half would be a bonus. Did anyone in their wildest dreams imagine that the team would find itself where it is today – teetering at the precipice with their convalescing ace thrust into the role of savior?
Then again, maybe this is what Omar Minaya was imagining when he brought Pedro to Flushing in 2005. The Mets need a special performance tonight from a player they brought here to be special. Via the Bergen Record’s Ian O’Connor:
Martinez is his fitting savior, a far more logical choice for the role than Philip Humber.
Pedro salvaged the franchise, after all. If Omar Minaya doesn’t sign Pedro away from the curse-crushing, ghost-busting Red Sox …
Start spreading the news…the Yanks are in. After tonight’s 12-4 win win over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, the Yankees have clinched a playoff spot. A feat that seemed improbable back in May when New York was flirting with disaster, being 14.5 games back and in last place. With the clinch of the playoff spot, it marks the 13th year in a row the Yanks have made it.
Via By Fred Goodall, AP Sports Writer/Yahoo.com
“We’ve come from a long ways this year and a lot of adversity, a lot of injuries,” Alex Rodriguez said. “This team has a lot to be proud of.”
“This ballclub never stopped believing,” said Yankees manager Joe Torre, his voice choking with emotion.
“It never gets old,” Mariano Rivera said during a champagne celebration in the clubhouse. “Everybody counted us out. We just played hard
The Yankees still remain 3 games behind the Boston Red Sox in the A.L. East but it seems highly unlikely they will catch their rivals this season. As many fans know, going into …
Westbrook Intends to Play Against Giants: “Brian Westbrook didn’t practice today but intends to play this Sunday, even though he’s been out all week with an abdominal strain. This would be a great game for B. West in terms of stats considering the New York Giants are letting up almost 103 yards per game on the ground, and almost 33 points per game. Last year Westbrook rushed for 68 and 97 yards respectively, and scored 3 times against the Giants. If Westbrook can’t go, look for Correll Buckhalter and Tony Hunt to get some burn (although the odds of Westbrook not playing against the G-Men are the same odds that you’re going to go see the new Resident Evil movie this weekend – exactly!).”
(Via Hot Stove Philly.)
Due to Orlando Hernandez’s aching foot, the Mets are forced to turn to top prospect Philip Humber to stop the bleeding. Humber will be making his first major league start tonight as the Mets look to avoid being swept against a Nationals team that is playing the role of spoiler.
Humber was the Mets top draft pick (third overall) in the 2004 draft. A highly touted pitcher out of Rice University, Humber went 35-8 over three collegian seasons for the Owls, leading them to the College World Series in 2003. Humber’s had some struggles in the minor leagues and his road to the Mets was side-tracked by Tommy John Surgery in 2005. This year he has spent a majority of the season with Triple A New Orleans where he’s gone 11-9 with a 4.27 ERA in 25 starts.
If there’s a pressure scenario to make your first major league start it’s tonight. The Mets have lost eight of their last twelve and have squandered a seven-game division lead over the past two weeks. …
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THE BUZZ in NEW YORK
The New York Jets’ average-at-best defense is preparing for the Bills’ backup QB, Trent Edwards. Starter J.P. Losman went down last week with an MCL sprain and is out for at least two weeks.
What might seem like good news for the Jets is actually not. With a backup QB at the helm, the Bills are likely to use safe, conservative passing plays ~ A.K.A. screens.
The Jets were killed on screen passes last week and the entire NFL knows it. Eric Mangini talked about it in his post-game press conference and every reporter covering the Jets made mention of it as the one glaring negative during the Jets’ first win of the season over the Dolphins.
Rich Cimini of the NY Daily News had this to say about the Jets’ defending the screens in his daily Jetstream blog:
“By my count, the Dolphins ran four screens for 80 yards, including a 22-yard TD to Ronnie Brown. Bryan Thomas flailed at Brown on his 43-yard screen, turning him loose into the middle of the field, …
The Mets saw their magic number shrink to 4 last night, once again no thanks to the team on the field. When the final score in Philadelphia – a 10-6 Atlanta win – flashed on Shea’s scoreboard, the Stadium faithful celebrated with a boisterous tomahawk chop in honor of their new strange bedfellows. It was the sort of display usually reserved at Shea for derisive gloating in lopsided victories over the hated Braves. But the victories have been few and far between for Mets fans, and these days a Phillies’ loss must substitute for the joy usually elicited from Amazin’ wins. Oh how the mighty have fallen.
In the Post today, Mike Puma states, “Only five more moral victories stand between the Mets and the NL East title…” In fact, last night the Mets seized moral victory from the jaws of humiliating defeat, storming back from a 10-3 9th-inning deficit to score six runs in the game’s final frame. After the game, catcher Paul Lo …