Archive for January 28th, 2008

Monday, January 28th, 2008

Wagner: Mets Are Third-Place Team

Mets Rumors & News

If you’re a fan of SNY’s Mets Hot Stove Report, be sure to tune in tonight when the network’s Kevin Burkhardt talks with Mets closer Billy Wagner. Not surprisingly, Wagner has a few words that are more than a little provocative.

According to Matt Cerrone’s MetsBlog, Wagner tells Burkhardt that he would rank both the Phillies and Braves ahead of the Mets as the NL East stands today.

That’s right, Mets fans, no “team to beat” words of bravado from Billy the Kid. Instead, expect no better than a third place finish, so says your closer.

If you recall, earlier this offseason Wagner got himself all bent out of shape over the departures of Tom Glavine and Paul Lo Duca. Now he wants to antagonize a fan base that is looking for leadership and heart from its veterans following the team’s pathetic September belly flop. Enough already.

Honestly, I had seen and heard enough from this clown since the moment he put on a Mets …

Marek Malik: The Plot Thickens

Rangers Rumors & News

Who would’ve thought Marek Malik would be worth this much ink? Or bandwidth, as the case may be.

Following the defenseman’s mysterious vanishing act, the subsequent revelation that the defenseman had been disciplined for refusing to shake his head coach’s hand, and the trade rumors that have swirled in the controversy’s wake, it now appears that Malik was back on the ice today for practice in anticipations of tomorrow’s matchup with Carolina.

What does it all mean? Should we consider the team’s “internal matter” over and done with? I don’t know. It stands to reason that it’s tough to trade a guy unless he’s able to showcase his stuff on the ice (though in Malik’s case it might more closely resemble a broom closet than a showcase). In any event, it’ll be interesting to see if the naughty neanderthal is in uniform tomorrow night against the Hurricanes. I would guess not, but you never know…

UPDATE from the go-to blogger, the Journal News’ …

Brady Is Good To Go

Giants Rumors & News


The Pats arrived in Arizona on Sunday, and star QB Tom Brady’s injured ankle became the central focus. Don’t worry, Pats fans. Your QB is fine and will start in Super Bowl XLII.

Evidently, Brady entered a Sunday night news conference sans boot, without any discernible limp, and declared himself ready to go.

Tough luck, Big Blue.

Williams doing a slow burn

Yankees Rumors & News

Bern, Baby, Bern!

That’s John Sterling’s home run call from days gone by when the ex-Yankee great was hitting home runs in pinstripes. It’s appropriate to recall today, since burning is pretty much what Bernie Williams is doing these days when he thinks about the Yankees and Brian Cashman.

Remember last spring, when Bernie wanted to play, and wanted a guaranteed contract to do so? All the Yankees offered him was a Spring Training invite and no guarantees.

GM Brian Cashman re-opened this wound with comments a couple of nights ago. From Peter Abraham’s LoHud Yankees Blog.

Speaking at William Paterson University in New Jersey at an event with Theo Epstein, Cashman said Williams spent too much time with his music career “and that took away from his play” on the field.

Cashman said Williams had a “terrible season” in 2005 and that former manager Joe Torre was wrong to play Williams as often as he did in 2006 because better players were available.

Williams took offense to that.

“I don’t think he has any basis …

Rangers Look to Deal Defensemen

Rangers Rumors & News

The Rangers likely have been shopping defenseman Marek Malik since last week’s spat between him and head coach Tom Renney, but if the veteran d-man is shipped out, reports are that the team would like to add another defenseman as well.

Malik, who will be an unrestricted free-agent at the end of the season, is in Renney’s doghouse since refusing to shake his hand after being benched in last Tuesday’s victory against the Atlanta Thrashers.

Speculation that he will be moved has run rampant ever since. Now, according to the New York Post, general manager Glen Sather is reluctant to move his oft-benched defenseman unless he gets another blue liner in return or is able to pick one up in an additional deal.

The Rangers have been linked to the Columbus Blue Jackets in the papers for weeks. Heavy hitting Adam Foote is the most likely defenseman to be moved from that team, but 25-year-old Rostislav Klesla is another possible player available in …

Analyzing Eli’s improvement

Giants Rumors & News

Peter King of wrote an interesting piece the other day detailing his theories for Eli Manning’s resurgence during the playoffs.

Let’s look at King’s theories. I’ll add some thoughts of my own, as well.

1. Plaxico Burress is practicing, and his chemistry with Manning is better than ever.

I believe this very strongly. Burress is the big play-maker in the Giants’ passing attack, and there were plenty of times during the season you could see these two were a little off. Plenty of times Burress couldn’t quite get open, or couldn’t quite get to the spot where Manning thought he would be. Now that Burress — torn ankle ligament and all — is practicing, you see the results on the field. More creativity, and sharper passes.

2. Steve Smith has become the reliable third receiver the Giants have never been able to develop in Sinorice Moss.

King puts it this way: In the last four games, Smith has 12 catches for 131 yards. That’s nine fewer than Moss in his 13 regular-season games. …

Coughlin: Nobody remembers Super Bowl loser

Giants Rumors & News

Tom Coughlin has pushed lots of right buttons this seasons, delivering messages his players have taken to heart.

Now, TC is telling the Giants they had better be in it to win it, when it comes to Sunday’s Super Bowl.

“It helps to get us to focus what the main thing is: You’re not going out there just to play a game, you’re going out there to win a game,” said David Tyree. “We’ve had the wisdom of (Michael) Strahan and (Amani) Toomer, who have been there before, to express to us who haven’t been there before that it really [stinks] to lose it. It’s really nice, all the hoopla that goes along with going, but when you lose, it completely deflates your bubble. We going down there with a humble mentality. We know what we’re up against. We’re going out to Arizona to win a game.”

(– Read more of Ed’s Giants’ coverage at Big Blue View.)

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