Archive for January 7th, 2008


Monday, January 7th, 2008
Yankees Rumors & News

The other day when it was leaked that Roger Clemens had had an “emotional” phone conversation with accuser Brian McNamee, little was known about the content of the call. Well, no one can say that any more. As it turns out, the phone call was a bit of a setup by Clemens and his legal team, recorded on tape without McNamee’s knowledge and while Clemens’ lawyers in the room with him. Via ESPN.com:

“For the life of me I’m trying to figure out why you told guys I did steroids,” Clemens says to McNamee on the tape.

“I understand that,” McNamee responds.

Over and over, Clemens makes statements like, “I just want the truth out there and like I said, I can’t believe what is being said.”

But McNamee never says that he lied to the Mitchell commission regarding Clemens’ alleged steroid use. He does repeatedly ask what he can do for Clemens….McNamee, however, is obviously distraught. Saying his son is sick and that he has no money, McNamee says, …

Kiki’s Knicks-Fix Rejected By Dolan

Knicks Rumors & NewsNets Rumors & News

If you are a Knicks apologist, you likely can’t stand Daily News columnist Mitch Lawrence, who has been bringing his peculiar brand of pessimism and rancor to his coverage of the Knickerbocker franchise for years.

However, if you happen to have a head on your shoulders, you probably love the guy, and appreciate his voice of reason during this darkest era of basketball that New York has ever endured.

In his Friday column, Lawrence revealed that newly appointed Nets’ special assistant Kiki Vandeweghe desperately wanted a shot at salvaging the Knicks if Jim Dolan would only let him get a foot in the door. Via Lawrence:

Right up until he accepted the Nets’ offer, Vandeweghe, an ex-Knick whose dad also played in New York, was still trying to figure out a way to have a sit-down with the Garden’s CEO and convince him that he could get this team righted.

“The job Kiki really wanted was the Knicks’ job,” said one of Vandeweghe’s friends in the league. “He was really hoping that …

Mets Roundup

Mets Rumors & News

It’s been awfully quiet in Flushing lately. Here’s a quick recap of the recent moves and maneuverings at Shea.

Over the weekend, the Mets reacquired Cubs outfielder Angel Pagan in exchange for two low-level minor leaguers. Pagan was a star on the Brooklyn Cyclones while in the Mets organization and was sold to the Cubs in January 2006. The 26-year-old speedster has a .255 batting average and nine homers in 318 career major league at-bats.

Over in his mailbag for MLB.com, Marty Noble states that his initial reaction to the trade is that the acquisition could make Endy Chavez expendable, however according to Noble, “a member of the club hierarchy said Pagan had been acquired only for reasons of outfield depth.”

In that same mailbag, Noble notes that Tom Nieto will be replacing Rickey Henderson on Manager Willie Randolph’s coaching staff. Nieto had previously served as the team’s catching instructor.

The Mets have agreed to terms on a one-year contract with reliever Duaner Sanchez, who missed all of last …

Knicks Rumors & News

File this one under “zero credibility” or “too good to be true” – your choice. BestProPicks.com, a website that claims to include an “advanced team of worldwide scouts” and a team of writers working “relentlessly to gather data and obtain inside information” is carrying a wild rumor that the Knicks are finally readying to severe ties with GM/Coach Isiah Thomas. I’ve never heard of this site, and it looks somewhat less than reputable, so take it with a grain of salt. Personally, I’ll believe it when I see it.

BestProPicks.com has learned that Thomas will be fired as team president and coach as early as January 15th. Knick’s brass is working on a buyout package for Thomas. Their 1-11 road record shows this team quit on him.

Marty Could Stand In Way Of Brian’s Big Schott

Jets Rumors & News

According to the Baltimore Sun, Jets’ offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer is expected to meet with the Ravens this week (perhaps as soon as today) in order to discuss their vacant head coaching position. In a fun twist, the Ravens have also contacted Brian’s father, Marty Schottenheimer, who declined to participate in the first round of interviews. If Brian makes it through round one of talks, and the Ravens decide to reach out to the elder Schottenheimer as well later in the process, father and son could be in direct competition for the job.

Of course, under Brian’s leadership, the Jets have finished 25th and 26th offensively in ’06 and ’07 respectively. Marty’s resume speaks for itself.

Straka Out With Concussion

Rangers Rumors & News

Via Sam Weinman of the Journal News:

…Martin Straka has a concussion and is out, according to Tom Renney, for at least the next two games.

Count on it being more than that. The Rangers are already overly cautious with injuries, and especially with anything to the head. A big determining factor is whether Straka still has any symptoms, because until any of those cease, a return date isn’t even worth discussing.

In Straka’s place, Nigel Dawes took the left wing alongside Scott Gomez and Jaromir Jagr.”

Clemens denies steroid use…files suit

Yankees Rumors & News

Roger Clemens on Sunday night told the world again, that he did not use steroids and also filed a defamation lawsuit against former personal trainer Brain McNamee. Monday afternoon, Clemens will hold a press conference to address both topics.

In an interview that aired Sunday night on 60 Minutes, Clemens continued to deny his steroid use.
Via NY Daily News/60 Minutes interview:

“Never happened,” Clemens insisted. “Never happened.”
“It’s hogwash for people to even assume this,” Clemens said. “Twenty-four, 25 years, Mike. You’d think I’d get an inch of respect. An inch.”
“If I have these needles and these steroids and all these drugs, where did I get ’em? Where is the person who gave ’em to me?” Clemens asked. “Please come forward.”

Again Clemens aggressively denied ever using performance enhanching drugs. He did admit to being injected with B12 and Lidocaine by McNamee. Clemens on Sunday night filed a 14-page lawsuit against his former personal trainer. In the suit it listed 15 alleged statements made by McNamee to George Mitchell for …

‘Kudos & Wet Willies,’ Playoff Victory Edition

Giants Rumors & News

There are so many things to feel good about today as a New York Giants’ fan.

• The teams’ first playoff victory since 2000.
• A brilliant game by Eli Manning.
• Overcoming the Jeff Garcia Curse.
• A terrific defensive effort.
• Shutting up Ronde Barber.
• Getting another shot at the Dallas Cowboys.

Short of winning a Super Bowl, it doesn’t get much better than this. A playoff victory on the road and an effort from Manning that tells you he can rise to the challenge in the biggest of spots.

A visit to Dallas looms, and the tall task of trying to knock off the Cowboys, but today I don’t want to think about that.

Today, I want to revel in Sunday’s accomplishment. So, let’s get to the ‘Kudos & Wet Willies.’

Kudos to …

• Eli Manning: His numbers (20-of-27, 185 yards, 2 TDs and no turnovers) were impressive, but they weren’t the whole story. The Buccaneers dared Eli to win the football game, and he did. He made the throws that …

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