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Tuesday, October 2nd, 2007

A Giant Game for the Jets

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Like their quarterback, the Jets gimp home from Buffalo to play the NY football Giants in an away game for the first time since the pre-season. The major difference between that 20-12 victory and this one is……this one counts.

The other major difference is that it seems these football teams are going in opposite directions. After an 0-2 start, the Giants have rebounded with two big division wins, one on the road in Washington and last Sunday against a usually-tough opponent that they made look like a junior varsity foe.

Meanwhile, the Jets are 1-3, with their only win coming against quite possibly the worst team in football, and facing two tough NFC East opponents in the next two weeks.

The Giants are riding high and will certainly use their momentum to motivate themselves above .500 when they strap on their helmets at the Meadowlands on Sunday. The Eagles will then come into town following their bye, when Andy Reid is at his best.

That makes this Sunday’s game even more critical for the Jets to win. If they …

Anucha Browne Sanders Owed $11.6 Million in Damages

Knicks Rumors & News

The verdict is in and the Garden got hammered. Predictably and stubbornly so, MSG chairman James Dolan will make no changes to Isiah Thomas’s job status. Zeke, who said today he is “innocent…very innocent,” will begin the season as Knicks’ GM and coach, while MSG appeals the jury’s decision. Here’s the low-down via ESPN.com:

A federal jury decided Madison Square Garden and its chairman must pay $11.6 million in damages to former New York Knicks executive Anucha Browne Sanders in her sexual harassment lawsuit.

The jury, which decided MSG had committed harassment against Browne Sanders, found that the Garden owes $6 million for allowing a hostile work environment to exist and $2.6 million for retaliation. MSG chairman James Dolan owes $3 million.

The Garden said it would appeal.

A verdict earlier Tuesday found that Knicks coach Isiah Thomas subjected Browne Sanders to unwanted advances and a barrage of verbal insults, but that he did not have to pay punitive damages.

Willie Won’t Be Omar’s Amazin’ Scapegoat

Mets Rumors & News

All indications are that Willie Randolph will be retained by the New York Mets following their epic collapse. Newsday’s David Lennon reported this morning that the decision on Randolph’s future falls to GM Omar Minaya, who evidently still holds full autonomy over baseball operations. There had been speculation that Mets’ ownership led by the Wilpon family might step in here in the wake of the team’s humiliating freefall. It seems there are multiple individuals within ownership and management that would like to see Willie gone. Instead, according to Lennon’s sources, Minaya plans on standing behind his manager, who has two years and $4.25 million remaining on the the three year extension he signed last offseason.

Though perhaps not entirely rationale, it would not have been surprising had ownership decided to put Willie on the chopping block here. However, if the decision truly lies with Omar, as it appears it does, it’s an absurd notion that the GM could even consider axing his partner in crime here. …

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Should the Giants worry about Tynes?

Giants Rumors & News

Lawrence Tynes missed an extra point and a 34-yard field goal Sunday night against Philadelphia. Should the Giants be worried about Tynes, the fourth-year kicker they got from Kansas City in an off-season trade?

Tynes is now 7-of-9 on field goals (77.8%), right near his 78.1 career percentage. He is also 7-of-8 on extra points.

Tynes is not Adam Vinatieri or the younger version of Morten Anderson. He is also, however, not a bum.

Give him a good snap and a good hold and I think Tynes will be just fine.

Personally, I’m more worried about rookie snapper Jay Alford. His snaps are erratic, and the one on the missed extra point Sunday was horrible as it was behind holder Jeff Feagles.

The Giants don’t have many internal options. Zak DeOssie, who has been pretty much flawless on punts, has never snapped for field goals and extra points. Starting center Shaun O’Hara hasn’t done snapping for field goals in several years.

What should the Giants do? Replace Tynes? Sign a long-snapping specialist and replace Alford? Let DeOssie learn …

ESPN: Schoeneweis Received Steroids

Mets Rumors & News

In his last column, HSNY blogger Jay Platt wrote, “When it rains it pours…” Well, you could say that again.

Via ESPN.com:

Scott Schoeneweis, the veteran New York Mets reliever and a survivor of testiticular cancer, received six steroid shipments from Signature Pharmacy while playing for the Chicago White Sox in 2003 and 2004, ESPN has learned….The doctor who prescribed the drugs, Ramon Scruggs of the New Hope Health Center in Tustin, Calif., also wrote prescriptions for Toronto third baseman Troy Glaus. Scruggs has since been suspended by California’s state medical board on charges that he “prescribed approximately 6,073 prescriptions of dangerous drugs or controlled substances over the Internet without a good faith examination of the patients.”

Unbelievable. Met fans, keep your heads down.

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