Archive for December 10th, 2007


Monday, December 10th, 2007

MSG settles Zeke lawsuit

Knicks Rumors & News

Via ESPN.com:

Madison Square Garden and New York Knicks coach Isiah Thomas reached an $11.5 million settlement of the sexual harassment case brought by a former team executive.

The deal came Monday as Anucha Browne Sanders was preparing to return to U.S. District Court in Manhattan, where her description of her ordeal with the Knicks exposed the club’s tawdry side, from its dysfunctional clubhouse to the sexual exploits of star Stephon Marbury with an intern.

Cash Hits Jackpot, Omar Fails to Play the Slots

Mets Rumors & NewsYankees Rumors & News

It’s fun to peruse the ol’ blog archives.

Last March 23rd, we relayed a report from the Post’s Mark Hale in which a major league team executive forecasted a rookie campaign for Mike Pelfrey similar to that of the Angels’ Jered Weaver, who went 11-2 with a 2.56 ERA in 2006. A few days earlier, SI.com’s Jon Heyman wrote, “Carlos Gomez and Fernando Martinez, have looked so good this spring that teams could see the Mets using Milledge to get the pitcher they’ll surely still need come July.” Really, can you blame Met fans for being somewhat shell shocked by the way events have unfolded? What a difference a year makes.

But while some of what was written prior to the 2007 MLB season proved comically erroneous, other reports remain topical even today. This report, for instance, from the Star-Ledger’s Ed Price, in which the reporter detailed how Yankees GM Brian Cashman revamped the team’s farm system in just a short couple of years. …

Lo Duca Reuniting with Lastings in D.C.

Mets Rumors & News

The Washington Post reports that the Washington Nationals have signed former Met Paul Lo Duca to a one-year deal. Terms of the deal have not been announced at this time.

As recently as last week indications seemed to be that the Nats were committed to Jesus Flores (plucked from the Mets in last year’s Rule V draft) as their starting catcher and were searching for a veteran backup for their young backstop. It’s surprising that Lo Duca would relent to backup duty, however it appears he had few other options, and perhaps the Nationals have promised Paulie more of a 50-50 platoon scenario, allowing Flores time to mature and develop.

Following the acquisitions of the volatile Lo Duca, abrasive Milledge, and psychopathic Elijah Dukes, Washington will have an interesting clubhouse in 2008 to say the least.

Strahan wants Coughlin to stick around

Giants Rumors & News

Bet you never saw this coming. Michael Strahan is now openly campaigning for Tom Coughlin to be retained as New York Giants coach.

Look at what he told Newsday’s Bob Glauber Sunday.

“He’s done a great job,” defensive end Michael Strahan said yesterday after a 16-13 win over the Eagles. “Tom has let us know that he’s in this as deep as we are. When you have a coach like that, you’re willing to play your — off for the guy.”

Strahan, 36, remains on the fence about whether to play next year, but he told me after the game that having Coughlin back will be a major factor in whether he decides to return.

Wow! A couple of years ago with Strahan and others rebelling against Coughlin’s picky rules I never thought I would read that.
But a 9-4 record and a virtual lock on a third straight playoff appearance can do that.

By the way, I happen to agree. Coughlin deserves to stay, regardless of what happens the rest of the way.

(– Ed Valentine is an award-winning columnist …

Jets Rumors & News

If anyone still cared about the Jets in New York, the airwaves would be filled with questions and concerns about Eric Mangini’s decision to kick a 38-yard field goal, down five, with less than two minutes to go. He “liked his chances” of getting a 2nd consecutive successful onsides kick and the ball back with all three timeouts in his pocket.

Instead, Cleveland recovered the kick, as most teams do when they know it’s coming, and marched down the field and into the end zone to halt the Jets’ season-best winning streak at one. On that last 31-yard TD run by Jamal Lewis, it seemed every Jets’ defender had a chance to tackle him, some even twice, and yet he rumbled into the rain-soaked end zone in front of the few, actually very few, fans left sitting in the pouring rain wondering how this season could get any gloomier.

Kellen Clemens had another critical red-zone interception (two total for the day) and Leon Washington fumbled the ball twice on kick-off returns (both recovered by the Jets). The defense …

Giants: ‘Kudos & Wet Willies’

Giants Rumors & News

The New York Giants did a lot of things right Sunday against Philadelphia. They also got a couple of breaks on calls and survived a tremendous game-tying 57-yard kick by David Akers that clanged off the right upright.

At 9-4 the Giants are in good playoff position now. So, without any further babbling let’s get to the good stuff — the ‘Kudos & Wet Willies.’

Kudos to …

• Plaxico Burress: How does ‘Game Day’ keep doing it? Burress has a badly injured ankle and never practices, yet he keeps showing up on Sundays and making plays. Against the Eagles, he made a bunch of them, catching 7 passes for 136 yards and a touchdown. Question his effort in the past, wonder if he should rest, but admire what he is doing.

• Kawika Mitchell: Had his best game as a Giant, registering 10 solo tackles. Mitchell came to the Giants on a one-year contract as a free agent from Kansas City. I would think GM Jerry Reese will …

  • Press Harbor