Archive for March 19th, 2008

Wednesday, March 19th, 2008

Jets Sign Former Pro Bowl Tight End to One Year Deal

Jets Rumors & News

The Jets continued their wheeling and dealing Monday, as Gang Green has come to terms with Packers tight end Bubba Franks, both sides agreeing to a one-year deal.

The former University of Miami standout was a favorite of Brett Favre’s, catching 27 touchdowns between 2001-2004; earning himself a trip to the pro bowl three consecutive years. However, injuries have slowed the tight end in recent years. In 2005, Franks was limited to only ten games and in ’07, a meager eight. As a result, he had a career low 18 receptions for a paltry 132 yards and three touchdowns last season.

Franks is expected to backup incumbent starter, TE Chris Baker next season.

Yankees Rumors & News

In less than 24 hours the world got to see how different the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox are. The season hasn’t started yet and already the comparisons and fire that go along with this rivilary are brought to light.

Yesterday the Yankees played a game against the Virginia Tech Hokies at English Field on their campus thanks to a prmoise made by Yankees owner George Steinbrenner last year. A year after a gunman killed 32 people, wounded 23 others, and then killed himself on Virginia Tech’s campus. Steinbrenner donated $1 million to the school and promised that the Yanks would go down and play a spring training game agaist the school’s baseball team. The Yankees fulfilled thier promise. Although the Yanks won 11-0, the bigger story was the impact the game had on the school, the staff, the players and everyone else.

“The Yankees – everyone always wants to call them ‘Evil Empire’ and stuff like that, (but) they’re going the extra mile,” Va. Tech first baseman Sean O’Brien said. …

Joba Moves Back To Bullpen

Yankees Rumors & News

With Yankee starters Andy Pettitte, Chien-Ming Wang, Phil Hughes, Ian Kennedy, and Mike Mussina all having reasonably healthy and productive springs, the time has come to end the Joba The Starter charade.

Joba Chamberlain will pitch in relief tomorrow against Toronto and again on Saturday, according to manager Joe Girardi. Girardi reiterated that the organization continues to view Joba as a starter in the future, and that the pitcher will start in the bullpen largely to limit his innings this season.

The team expects Chamberlain to pitch the second half of the year as a starter, which is consistent with a report in the Post last month that stated that the Yankees planned to send Joba to the minors around June in order to stretch him out over a 3-4 week period before returning him to the majors.

BC lineman draws Giants’ attention

Giants Rumors & News

Mike Garafolo of the Star-Ledger reported Tuesday that the Giants were keen observers at Boston College’s pro day.

Only the Giants weren’t checking out quarterback Matt Ryan, who will likely be one of the first players selected.

Interestingly, they were eyeballing 6-foot-7, 320-pound offensive tackle Gosden Cherilus, a likely first-round selection.

Garafolo describes Cherilus as an “athletic guy who showed some outstanding pop on the bags today. He’s got a great frame with long arms and, having seen him work out in person, I now understand these multiple scouting reports that say when he locks on to a defender, it’s all over for the other guy. I like his size and athleticism a lot.”

Here is a full scouting report from NFL Draft Countdown.

Strengths: Has excellent size and a huge frame with long arms…Strong and powerful..Gets a great push as a run blocker…Decent athlete…Has nimble feet..Mobile and can get to the second level…Very smart with great awareness…Nice balance…He is stout at the point of attack…Once he locks on the battle’s over…A …

DP Gets K.O.’d | Surgery Ends Goalie’s Season…Again

Islanders Rumors & News

The Islanders Website is reporting that franchise goalie Rick DiPietro will undergo season ending hip surgery. This is the second time in a year that DiPietro will be having this procedure performed. The team however does not expect DiPietro to miss any time after this season and foresee him being ready for next years training camp.

I guess when it rains, it pours. This latest injury is only the tip of the iceberg for an Islanders team that has watched it season go down in flames. With half of the Soundtigers team already on the Island, a top 3 draft pick is looking very likely.

Remember, don’t rush to judgment

Giants Rumors & News

As we begin to focus in earnest on the upcoming NFL Draft, I thought it might be insightful to look back at the Giants’ 2007 draft one last time.

I’m not looking so much to grade the draft — we know General Manager Jerry Reese went 8-for-8 in his first draft, with all of his selections making the team that ultimately won the Super Bowl. Many of those draft choices, we now know, became key contributors.

I’m looking more at what the “experts” said immediately after the draft.

That look back reveals that immediately after the draft was completed, no one was impressed by what Reese had done.

Here’s a sample of what was written.

Mel Kiper, ESPN

I would have gone differently with the Giants’ draft. Cornerback Aaron Ross has very good ball skills but not great catchup speed. I was surprised they didn’t take left tackle Joe Staley because they need someone who can protect Eli Manning’s blind side. … If they had taken Staley, they could have drafted Eric Wright from UNLV instead of …

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