Archive for October 29th, 2007


Monday, October 29th, 2007

BREAKING: Torre, Mattingly Set to Join Dodgers

Yankees Rumors & News

Un-be-lievable. No official confirmation on this, but no reason to doubt it. Peter Abraham of the Journal News is reporting that the the Los Angeles Dodgers are set to fire/ buy-out incumbent manager Grady Little and replace the former Sox skipper with former Yanks skipper Joe Torre.

Just this morning, George King of the Post reported that there was a possibility that Dodger’s owner Frank McCourt could pursue Torre, as well as much of his coaching staff, however, I don’t think anyone expected the scenario to develop so swiftly.

Via Abraham:

Torre, 67, could be named manager in the next 24 hours according to two sources close to the situation. Don Mattingly is expected to accompany Torre to Los Angeles as his bench coach.

Torre is also interested in hiring Kevin Long, his hitting coach with the Yankees. But the Yankees are hoping to retain Long as a coach under soon-to-be-named new manager Joe Girardi.

The Dodgers were 82-80 this season under Little and were beset by clubhouse …

Yankees Rumors & News

Let’s cut to the chase…Alex Rodriguez, you are the biggest PIECE OF GARBAGE that has ever donned the Yankee pinstripes. How the heck do you walk away from the greatest franchise in the HISTORY of sports? You greedy, selfish indiviual! You care about only one person…Alex Rodriguez. You only care about one thing…money.

You have all the money in the world…you have the richest contract in the history of sports..you are the greatest player (maybe ever) playing for the greatest team ever in the greatest city ever! How much more could you want?? We gave you the support this year that YOU wanted, and YOU asked for. You finally produced and did things a $25 million a year player is suppose to do..put up numbers that are inhumane (.314 avg 54 HR 156 RBI). We did get on your case your first 3 years here, but that’s because you are here to bring us a world championship and you have done NOTHING to get us close to that. …

Yankees Rumors & News

Not a good day if your a Yankees fan. This is just SOME of the media coverage today. It’s been a busy few weeks since the Yanks were eliminated in the Divison Series. Also today, the first day that players can file for free agency, Mariano Rivera and Jorge Posada did just that. The Yankees are now on the clock with both players. The Bronx, really is burning these days..wow.

It’s Official ~ Clemens to Pilot the Jets

Jets Rumors & News

Eric Mangini announced today, what everyone anticipated, that Kellen Clemens is the new starting QB for the New York Jets.

Chad Pennington had this reaction, via the AP on ESPN.com:

“Coach made it clear that I’m not the villain here,” Pennington said Monday. “And I’m not the only one to blame for the lack of our success or our problems, but he did feel like Kellen deserved a chance.”

Mangini added:

“I made this decision not based on singling out Chad for where we are, but based on the fact that I think Kellen has earned this opportunity,” Mangini said. “I want to give him this opportunity. It’s in no way an indication that Chad is solely responsible. We all are.”

Clemens is excited for the opportunity:

“It’s exciting to have the opportunity and I’m looking forward to the chance to play,” Clemens said. “At the same time, there’s a losing streak right now that this entire team needs to work hard to turn around.”

Jon Buzby is a nationally-syndicated columnist who can be reached through his website at www.jonbuzby.com.

Reports are Clemens to be Named Starter

Jets Rumors & News

The NY Post is reporting that Eric Mangini has made the decision to replace Jets’ starting-QB Chad Pennington with Kellen Clemens for next Sunday’s game against the Redskins.

Via Mark Cannazzaro of the NY Post:

“The Chad Pennington era is over, The Post has learned exclusively.

The scores of booing Jets fans and angry radio talk show callers will get their way next Sunday when the Jets play the Redskins at Giants Stadium.

On the heels of yesterday’s lackluster 13-3 home loss to the Bills, Kellen Clemens, who replaced Pennington with 3:32 remaining in the game, will become the starter this week and almost surely remain so for the rest of the season.

Eric Mangini has little choice but to go to his backup quarterback – and probably a number of other backup players – after his Jets fell to 1-7 with an offense that too often looked hopeless.

After the game, Mangini would not give any hints whether he was poised to make a change, but a source with intimate knowledge of the team’s thinking told The Post …

Jets Lose Again

Jets Rumors & News

The New York Jets managed to continue their stumble into NFL-obscurity on Sunday with a 13-3 loss to the Buffalo Bills.

It all started when the normally unimpressive team introductions (rather than individual) were made even less enthusiastic with the numerous empty seats throughout the stadium. 

There were more kids and new faces sitting throughout Giants Stadium than ever before. My guess is that next Sunday the stadium will be emblazoned in red and gold, and then black and gold after the bye. Tickets for the remaining games are being sold at half-price throughout the internet. Rich Kotite’s name was mentioned for the first time in years, questioning whether or not the Jets will get a 2nd win this season.

The Jets managed just 254 yards against the 30th-ranked Bills’ defense, and once again failed to give QB Chad Pennington any reasonable amount of time to throw the ball. He was 13-20 for 106 yards, but as usual, many of those passes were short dinks and dunks, and the yards-after-catch were just that.

Leon Washington had a …

Giants: ‘Kudos & Wet Willies’

Giants Rumors & News

A very ugly, uninspired, fortunate 13-10 victory Sunday for the New York Giants over the Miami Dolphins.

Let’s review, ‘Kudos & Wet Willies’ style.

Kudos to …

• Brandon Jacobs: Ran roughshod on the Miami defense, carrying 23 times for a carerr-high 131 yards. On that muddy, awful track the only question is why he didn’t have 30-35 carries.

• The Offensive Line: Pretty much pushed the Dolphins around all day. Plus, Rich Seubert’s leaping ‘rebound’ of a Jacobs’ fumble turned out to be a big play.

• Fred Robbins: A sack and a couple of other key plays during the game for Robbins, who has been a forgotten man on the Giants defensive line this season.

• Sam Madison: Six tackles and a potential touchdown pass broken up in the end zone. Madison has played better this season than most anyone had a right to expect.

• The Wembley Stadium crowd: They were decked out in all kinds of NFL team jerseys, they were loud, they sat through the rain and they suffered through a miserable football …

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