Archive for September 2007

Tuesday, September 25th, 2007
Islanders Rumors & NewsRangers Rumors & News

With narry an ice girl in sight, tensions were nevertheless high at Nassau Coliseum last night, where the Rangers and Islanders squared off in a preseason bout. The game marked the first time that Islanders’ forward Chris Simon had faced the Blueshirts since his 25-game suspension for tomahawking the Rangers’ Ryan Hollweg in the head. While Simon’s suspension will continue into the start of the regular season, he is eligible for preseason play. For more on the fireworks filled match that included a fight between the opposing goaltenders, check out Larry Brooks’ account in the Post.

Yankees Rumors & News

I don’t think we’re in Kansas anymore. That joke would be much more appropriate had the Yanks been playing the Royals yesterday afternoon and not the Toronto Blue Jays, but I thought I’d throw it out there anyway. In any event, via Newsday’s Ken Davidoff:

After sitting through the Yankees’ dreadful, 4-1 loss to Toronto Monday, one would’ve thought the team was hurrying to catch its flight to Tampa, which is, after all, renowned for its nightlife.

But one would’ve been wrong, and that’s why you don’t prejudge. Forget about Tampa. The Yankees wanted the game to end quickly so that they could dress up their 12 rookies, hilariously, in costumes from “The Wizard of Oz.”

So without further ado…From left to right. Joba Chamberlain (the lion), Ian Kennedy (Dorothy), Shelley Duncan (the scarecrow), Phil Hughes (Tin Man).Because you can never have too much Joba…Kei’s just happy to be here.

Yankees have plenty to celebrate

Yankees Rumors & News

The New York Yankees magic number is down to 1 to clinch a playoff berth. One Yankees victory or Detroit Tigers loss and the Yankees will be guaranteed the American League wild-card berth.

Question is, should the Yankees actually celebrate tonight, tomorrow or whenever they actually clinch that playoff spot?

I mean, what’s the big deal about winning the wild card? After all, isn’t this the team whose mantra is that any season that doesn’t end with a World Series title is a waste? The Yankees have won 9 straight American League East titles, and 10 of 11. For years now, they have felt like the AL East belonged to them. Wild-card? Phooey. That was for everybody else to worry about. Only titles have been acceptable in the Bronx.

So, how could the Yankees possibly celebrate getting to the playoffs this year as the wild-card, the extra team? I know, I know. The Yankees still have hopes of catching Boston and making it 10 straight division titles. The reality, however, is that the Yankees …

Monday, September 24th, 2007

MLB Looking to Jinx Amazin’s?

Mets Rumors & News

Giants: ‘Kudos’ all around after first win

Giants Rumors & News

This portion of the program is traditionally (yes, traditionally after just three weeks) called ‘Kudos & Wet Willies.’ In honor of Sunday’s 24-17 victory over Washington for the 1-2 Giants first victory today we will only hand out ‘Kudos.’

• The Entire Defense. This much-criticized unit was huge Sunday. The Giants blanked Washington in the second half, holding the Redskins to just 83 yards. The goal-line stand — four stops from inside the 2 — on Washington’s final drive, was tremendous. Maybe this week there won’t be any ‘air-horn’ incidents.

• Mathias Kiwanuka. Maybe Kiwi can play linebacker after all. Kiwanuka led the Giants with 8 tackles, including 7 solos, and had the only two sacks of Washington QB Jason Campbell. I was listening to the first half on radio, and more than once Carl Banks — who should know — exclaimed “that’s a linebacker play” when Kiwanuka made a tackle. I thought defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo made a great adjustment, moving Kiwanuka to defensive tackle in passing situations instead of taking him off …

Sunday, September 23rd, 2007

Breaking Joba Rules Saves Day

Yankees Rumors & News

Breaking Joba Rules Saves Day: “On his 22nd birthday, Joba Chamberlain picked up his first career save as the Yankees beat the Toronto Blue Jays 7-5 Sunday afternoon at Yankee stadium.
Behind a strong performance by Mike Mussina the bombers were able to reduce their magic number to clinch the wild-card to two games and put themselves 1 ½ games behind the Boston Red Sox for the American League East lead.
The Yankees played small ball on offense with 11 singles and nine walks and only one extra-base hit during the game.  Jose Molina had the only double as he went 3-4 with three RBI’s playing as the regular catcher Jorge Posada got the day off.
Toronto got on the board first in the top of the second inning when left-fielder Adam Lind got up with runners on second and third and doubled to left field to put the Jays up 2-0.  The next batter, Curtis Thigpen, singled to center which put his team up by three runs …

Pennington leads the Jets to a big win over the Fins

Jets Rumors & News

Sunday afternoon at the Meadowlands, Chad Pennington left no doubt about not only who the starting QB is, but who it should be.

On a day when the NY faithful celebrated the retirement of one of the grittiest players to wear green and white, Wayne Chrebet, Pennington spread the wealth to six receivers for 124 yards and two TD’s in leading the Jets to a 31-28 victory over the win-less Miami Dolphins. Statistics aside, Pennington looked like the gutsy leader-of-old who has guided the Jets to not only regular season wins, but playoff appearances.

Areas deserving praise and some with concerns… 

Special Teams 

Special teams is a tale of two teams. Offensively, despite losing Justin Miller for the season, the Jets are getting quality returns from both the kicking and punting units, including today’s 98-yard TD by Leon Washington.

Coverage on special teams is a different story. Mike Nugent’s first two kick-offs were for touch-backs. Maybe he has figured out that the Jets’ kick-off coverage is so bad that if he doesn’t kick it into the end zone, he ends up having to make …

Melk Man Delivers

Yankees Rumors & News

24 innings in 24 hours, 9 and a half hours of baseball and 1 step closer to October. That was the end result of yesterday’s 12-11 Yankees victory over the Toronto Blue Jays. For the second straight day, we got “free” baseball and Melky Cabrera had a chance to send the remaining crowd of 56,000 home happy. Unlike Friday night when he failed to get the game winning hit in the bottom of the 9th with the winning run only 90 feet away, the Melk man completed a long exhausting back and forth battle with a game winning single in the bottom of the 10th.

Via Anthony McCarron NY Daily News

“He’s important to this lineup,” said Jorge Posada, who started the 10th with a ground-rule double. “He’s been slumping a little bit and he had a big hit. That tells you a lot about the kid.”

You could also say Melky won the game in the top half of the 10th as well. He contributed to an inning ending play at the …

Gomez and Drury Lose In Debut

Rangers Rumors & News

Gomez and Drury Lose In Debut: “New acquisitions Scott Gomez and Chris Drury made their debuts as New York Rangers when the team was beaten 5-0 by the Philadelphia Flyers Saturday night.

A rusty power play and some poor defense took the heat as Henrik Lundqvist allowed all five goals in his first game of the pre-season.

The first period started with a lot of action and special teams as seven different players on both teams were given penalties in the first 11 minutes. Not included in the penalties was Fedor Tyutin who pulled down Sami Kapanen for which he was awarded a penalty shot which was eventually denied by Lundqvist.

There was no score in the game until shortly after the penalty shot Sami Kapanen was involved in another play. This time he beat two Ranger defensemen including Michal Rozsival to score on Lundvist glove side to put the Flyers up 1-0 12:15 into the game.

From this point on it was pretty …

Friday, September 21st, 2007

Two Defensive Starters out for Dolphins

Jets Rumors & News

The Miami Dolphins’ website is reporting that Pro Bowl linebacker Zach Thomas (concussion) and safety Donovin Darius (calf) have been ruled out of Sunday’s game against the Jets.

Head Coach Cam Cameron confirmed both players will miss Sunday’s game during his daily post-practice press briefing.

You hate to see any player injured, but with Chad Pennington hobbled by his own injury (and expected to start), not having Thomas chasing him around in the backfield can only benefit the Jets’ offense.

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Could Torre outlast Randolph?

Mets Rumors & NewsYankees Rumors & News

It has been assumed for months now that a New York City baseball manager is working with a really short leash.

That may still be the case. It may be, however, that it’s Willie Randolph of the Mets and not Joe Torre of the Yankees whose future might be hanging in the balance over the next few weeks.

Could Torre, who seems to consistently walk the plank without ever having to jump off, actually outlast Randolph as skipper of a New York team?

It’s possible.

As the Mets have imploded recently, Randolph has come under fire from fans, the media and — most importantly — Mets’ ownership.

“I’m disappointed with the way the team is performing overall, and that’s everyone, top to bottom,” Mets COO Jeff Wilpon told earlier this the week. “I’m disappointed in Omar, Willie, the players … that’s everyone. We shouldn’t be in this position. But we are. We’ve got to fight our way out and pull this out.”

The Mets are only 1.5 games ahead of the Phillies and are trying …

Stay Classy, Mets Fans

Mets Rumors & News

I understand Mets fans are frustrated.  The Mets have lost five of their last six, and have squandered a seven game lead, reducing it to a game and a half over the Philadelphia Phillies.  It is frustrating, no doubt, and fans need a way to vent, but try finding a better way then what a fan in Florida last night. 

Some idiot (Yeah, I called him an idiot. While I don’t like to judge others, the stunt this guy pulled is deserving of idiot status.) at last night’s Mets/Marlins game in Miami thought it was a good idea to hurl a baseball onto the field, hitting relief pitcher Aaron Heilman on the forearm.  Initially you’d think that it was a classless Marlins fan messing with the opposition.  It wasn’t…  The guy who threw the ball was a Mets fan on crutches, wearing a “Jose Reyes” tee shirt. 

Heilman wasn’t hurt by the throw, but that’s not really the point.  Fans need to have enough sobriety and self-control not to throw things on the …

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