Archive for February 2008

Friday, February 29th, 2008

Isiah To Marbury: Stay Away!

Knicks Rumors & News

The rift between Isiah Thomas and Stephon Marbury is widening as Thomas has reportedly instructed the former all-star to not attend any Knicks home games for the remainder of the season.
 According to Marc Berman of the New York Post, a Marbury confidant has told the paper that management has placed a gag order on Marbury, forbidding him from speaking with the media.
Its been a tumultuous season for Marbury, as he’s been out of action for the majority of season. 
In November, Marbury left the team before an away game in Phoenix reportedly after Thomas planned to remove the Brooklyn native from the starting lineup. Tragedy then hit the Marbury clan, as its patriarch passed away minutes before the end of a December home game at Madison Square Garden. Weeks later it then discovered that Marbury was to undergo season-ending surgery to remove bone spurs in his bum left ankle.
Thomas refused to mention Marbury by name, Wednesday, when talking about the club’s backcourt plans for next season.
Marbury has one year and $21 million remaining on his …

Santana’s Debut: A Letdown | But Sanchez, Kunz Impress

Mets Rumors & News

The Location: Port St.Lucie, Florida

The Time: 1:10 pm est

The Outcome: Mediocre

Today was the day, that Mets fans have been salivating over for since January 30th. Johan Santana’s Mets debut finally arrived in Port St. Lucie today against the Cardinals. Although it was only a Spring Training game, it was one of the most anticipated days in recent Mets history. To most Mets fan the score did not matter (the Mets lost 5-4), all that mattered was seeing Santana throw that elusive change-up he has made infamous.

Santana got through the first batter of the game using that change-up but then things came unraveled. Chris Duncan proceeded to hit a bloop single into left field, which was followed by a double by Albert Pujols. Santana was able to get the next batter to hit a ground ball to David Wright who threw Duncan out at home. But then, out of the depths of God knows where, stepped up dreaded power hitter (cue Darth Vadar music) Juan Gonzalez. Thats right, the Juan …

Jets Look Set To Sign Faneca

Jets Rumors & News

Well that didn’t take long after all! ESPN’s Michael Smith reports that the sides have agreed in principle, and Faneca is expected to travel to New York this weekend to finalize the deal. Way to go Team Tangini! …

Unless something strange happens, the Jets will sign Steelers LG Alan Faneca within the next day or two.

According to JetsCentral, WFAN has reported that Gang Green’s offer is a 4-year, $32 million contract with $20 million in guarantees.

It’s the guaranteed money more than anything else that likely makes this offer too good for Faneca to pass up.

As we told you earlier in the week, the Dolphins were also expected to be in play for Faneca, as it was Fish Executive VP of Football Operations Bill Parcells who initially advised the Jets’ brain trust to acquire the left guard last season. However with Miami agreeing to a five-year, $25 million contract with free agent guard Justin Smiley, this appears to have …

Giants Rumors & News

Kawika Mitchell (Buffalo) and Reggie Torbor (Miami) are already gone.

Gibril Wilson doesn’t have a deal yet, but teams like the Raiders and others are rumored to be offering him $6 million per year or more — way out of the Giants league. So, bye-bye.

The Giants are apparently already reaching out to other free-agent safeties to replace him.

As for those Jeremy Shockey rumors, Ernie Palladino of the Journal News reports that it would take a No. 1 pick or a second-rounder and a starter to get the Giants to trade the mercurial tight end.

Finally, the Giants are apparently kicking the tires on backup quarterbacks.

So, an interesting first day of free agency for your defending Super Bowl champion Giants (I just needed an excuse to write that line).

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

David Is “Wright” On Milledge

Mets Rumors & News

Lastings Milledge never felt as though he fit in, in the Mets clubhouse and was made to be the outcast of the team. Earlier this week, while speaking with John Donovan of, Milledge vented:

“A lot of veterans [on the Mets] didn’t like the way I play the game. They thought I didn’t respect it,” Milledge says later in the clubhouse. “But the vets here have no problem with me. They know I respect it. They know I work hard.”

And on his time in New York:

“I can’t go through anything worse than I went through in New York. It only gets better from here.”

I guess Milledge was not hoping to reconcile with his former ‘mates. Mets third baseman David Wright took exception to Lastings comments.

Via Newsdays David Lennon:

“Enough is enough,” David Wright said yesterday. “You’re a Washington National now. Don’t worry about what happened last year or the year before that. Just go out there and try to help the Nationals win.The veterans were never mean to him or …

Saints contact Giants about Shockey’s availability

Giants Rumors & News

I know Jerry Reese said Jeremy Shockey wasn’t on the market, but it doesn’t hurt to at least listen to the offers on the table.

Not quite sure what the terms of the deal are. Considering the Saints just traded for Jonathan Vilma it shows they’re willing to spend some cash this off-season.

Let’s see what happens.

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

Giants likely to lose Wilson, others

Giants Rumors & News

Free agency is underway and Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News has a breakdown of what is likely to happen with the four key unrestricted Giants’ free agents.

Paraphrased from Vacchiano, it breaks down like this.

• Gibril Wilson — Gone. Wants way more than the Giants are willing to pay and has suitors.

• Kawika Mitchell — The Giants are still trying with the veteran linebacker, but he is likely to hit the market.

• Reggie Torbor — Gone. There is no guarantee of consistent playing time in New York for him. He’ll go someplace where he knows he will start.

• Derrick Ward — Gone. Thinks he can get better money elsewhere, and the Giants won’t bid for a guy who would be their No. 3 tailback.

As I’ve said before, the only one that hurts me out of this group is Wilson. There are no replacements for him on the roster, and few quality safeties on the market. Mike Garafolo of the Star-Ledger says Cincinnati’s Madieu Williams, or the Jets’ …

Jets Acquire Jenkins From Panthers

Jets Rumors & News

The Jets have acquired three-time Pro Bowl DT Kris Jenkins from the Carolina Panthers in exchange for a third- and fifth-round pick.

The Daily News’ Rich Cimini provides his initial thoughts on the transaction:

Pros: Jenkins is 6-4, 335 pounds, a space eater that is better suited to nose tackle than Dewayne Robertson. Jenkins has the mass and strength to be a two-gap defender, keeping blockers off the linebackers. LB David Harris probably will have a party today, celebrating the arrival of Jenkins … After injury-plagued years in 2004 and 2005, during which he played only five games, Jenkins has re-established himself as a front-line player. He’s not what he was in 2002 and 2003, when he dominated, but he has played at a fairly high level … Let’s face it, it wasn’t working with Robertson. In five years with him in the middle of the defense, the Jets had only one season (2004) where they resembled an elite defense. And that was a bit of a mirage because of a …

Duaner Down, But Not Out

Mets Rumors & News

The Mets were obliterated 7-0 in their spring training matchup with the red birds yesterday afternoon, however, the score was a secondary item compared to the news that Duaner Sanchez was scratched from his scheduled appearance against the Cards in Jupiter and instead will appear today in Port St. Lucie. Fine by me, since the game will be televised on SNY today, and hopefully we can all get a first-hand look at the recovering reliever. Via the Daily News’ Adam Rubin:

“Sometimes you’re a little sore or whatever,” [Willie] Randolph said. “It’s early in the spring. Just pushed back a day. He’ll be ready to go tomorrow. … It’s nothing to be concerned about. Sometimes guys, day-to-day, are a little sore. It could be anywhere on their body. And that’s what he said he was, so he’s pushed back a day. Don’t read into that any more than the fact that every pitcher sometimes will get up in the morning and not feel right.”

So with that said, let’s read into this …

Murcer has another cancer scare

Yankees Rumors & News

There are few in baseball who are good and genuine these days. Most will agree one person who fits that bill is Bobby Murcer. The Yankees’ broadcaster may have another battle with the brain tumor he encountered last year.

In late December 2006, Murcer was diagnosed with brain cancer after a malignant tumor was found in an MRI. He then underwent six hours of surgery and six weeks of of chemotherapy and radiation to treat the cancer. Now, after a recent MRI, Murcer and his wife were told that there is an “area that doctors are concerned about.” Murcer will miss this Sunday’s game in which he was scheduled to broadcast for the YES Network. It is possible he will miss more games for treatment.

“I’ve gotta go back to Houston on Monday for more tests, which means I’m going to have to miss the first two spring training games,” Murcer said. “I still hope to be in Tampa in time for the third game (on March 7) and I’m still planning …

Thursday, February 28th, 2008

Jets Hot Stove Bonanza | 3-Way Deal In the Works?

Jets Rumors & News

The flame lighting the NFL hot stove is usually fairly dim. Of course, once in a while you’ll have a full-on conflagration like the New England Patriots put together last season, however, for the most part, the NFL fan can go into hibernation in mid-February and sleep until August.

Not so if you’re a New York Jets fan this offseason evidently, as the team has been linked to more free agents and trade targets than I can count. Of course, the last time Gang Green had a 4-12 season, they brought in a new GM and coach, so it’s really not all that surprising that you’ll likely see a whole slew of new faces lining up for the Jets next season.

It was previously reported that the Jets are shopping LB Jonathan Vilma and DT Dewayne Robertson, and that the team was heavily interested in Detroit’s Shaun Rogers.

However, today comes word of a potential three-way trade, via Mike Florio of According to the …

Deadline Daze

Islanders Rumors & News

So with the trade deadline ending soon…Oh wait, what? The deadline already passed? Are you sure?

So with the trade deadline ending on Tuesday, the Islanders did not add any pieces that help them, right now. Personally as a fan, I wanted the Islanders to be sellers and stockpile draft picks. I think most fans can agree that this team is not going to win Lord Stanley’s Cup. With players such as Ruslan Fedotenko and Miro Satan in the final year of their contracts, I was expecting to say “goodbye” to certain players and “hello” to draft picks. The Islanders did welcome some draft picks but the aforementioned players were not moved. GM Garth Snow did some tweaking. But before any trades were made the Islanders decided to lock up forwards Trent Hunter and Mike Comrie to a 5 year and 1 year deal respectively. Snow’s first trade of the day sent a 7th round draft pick to San Jose for stay-at-home defenseman Rob Davison. Snow then sent outlaw Chris Simon to an aptly named team, …

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