Archive for January 8th, 2008

Tuesday, January 8th, 2008

Is the Jessica and Tony Show a distraction to the Cowboys?

Giants Rumors & News

We have to do the Tony Romo-Jessica Simpson story some time this week, so let’s get it out of the way.

If you’ve been paying any attention, you know Romo and Simpson, along with other Dallas players, spent part of their bye week making nice in Mexico.

Is the Simpson-Romo relationship a problem for the Cowboys? Is their star QB thinking about football, or about getting into Jessica’s pants?

That’s the question everybody seems to want answered.

Cowboys’ coach Wade Phillips said “I don’t have any problem with it.”

Even if he did he wouldn’t tell the media.

Personally, I have no idea if Romo is distracted, or if last week was just a nice break for him and no big deal.

I do know that the blogosphere is having a blast.

Heavyweight blogs like Deadspin and The Big Lead are having a field day.

As Giants’ fans I guess we should just sit back, enjoy the show and hope Romo uses up all of his best passes off the field before Sunday.

Tannenbaum: I Expect Chad Back

Jets Rumors & News

According to Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum, while the organization will “listen to anything” this offseason, the team plans to retain QB Chad Pennington rather than trade him and his $4.8 million salary for next season. Pennington has made it clear that he still views himself as a starter in the league, and Tannenbaum indicated that he wouldn’t be opposed to Chad resuming that role in New York. “I expect him to be back and I expect him to compete with Kellen [Clemens],” said the GM.

As the Daily News’ Rich Cimini puts it, “Chad Pennington wasn’t good enough to keep his job and Kellen Clemens wasn’t good enough to claim it – hardly an ideal quarterback situation for the Jets.” But in a weak market for quarterbacks, it is the unenviable situation in which Gang Green finds themselves.

Of course, Tannenbaum could simply be looking to build some leverage for himself in potential trade discussions this offseason. Time will tell.

Goose Gets Hall Call At Last

Yankees Rumors & News

Back in November, HSNY columnist Ed Valentine wrote that Yankees great Goose Gossage was long overdue for election to the Hall of Fame. This year – his ninth on the ballot – in a week class of eligible candidates, the Hall finally agreed.

Rich “Goose” Gossage was elected to the Hall of Fame today, receiving a vote on 85.8 percent of the ballots after missing the cut by just 21 votes last year. Boston Red Sox outfielder Jim Rice fell shy by 16 votes, but will likely see his induction next year – his 15th and final year of eligibility.

Rangers Singing the Injury Blues

Rangers Rumors & News

After finally playing at full-strength for practically the first time all season, the Rangers suddenly find themselves significantly banged up in the wake of Saturday’s shootout loss in Edmonton. The Blueshirts return to the Garden tonight minus Marty Straka, who is sidelined with a concussion, Brendan Shanahan, who suffered a scary knee-on-knee collision but thankfully hobbled off with a mere contusion, and Sean Avery, who once again has an injured hand – the right one, this time – and will miss at least a week while they wait for the swelling to subside.

The sudden multitude of injuries creates the unusual circumstance where you could see an entire line from the Hartford Wolfpack reunited tonight in New York. According to the Journal News’ Sam Weinman, it’s Coach Tom Renney preference to have Chris Drury slide over to left wing and take Straka’s slot alongside Scott Gomez and Jaromir Jagr, while Nigel Dawes skates with Wolfpack linemates Greg Moore and Pierre Parenteau.

Of course, that plan could change very quickly, as Moore evidently has …

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