Archive for August 4th, 2008

Monday, August 4th, 2008
Mets Rumors & News

Let’s go back in time and revisit 1998. Monica Lewinsky was America’s sweetheart. Dennis Franz’s butt made ladies swoon. Celine Dion’s singing reminded us of Dennis Franz’s butt. And Ross and Rachael pretty much made us puke. Out at Shea, the Mets were a scrappy Bobby Valentine–led team that missed out on the Wild Card by one game.
After a team void of talent finished at 88-74 the year before, the Mets made some key acquisitions that got them on the path to back-to-back playoff appearances in ’99 and 2000. Over the winter the team sent A.J. Burnett, Jesus Sanchez and Robert Stratton to Florida for Al Leiter and Ralph Milliard. And in May the Mets made one of the biggest trades in team history―Mike Piazza arrived (also from Florida) in exchange for Preston Wilson, Geoff Goetz and Ed Yarnell.
The team ended up 84-74 for the second …

Artrell Hawkins retires

Jets Rumors & News

New York Jets defensive back, Artrell Hawkins retired from the NFL last week. Hawkins played in the league for eight seasons and was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the second round (43rd overall) of the 1998 NFL Draft. He became the second highest player to be drafted out of the University of Cincinnati. As a senior, he helped guide the program to its first bowl appearance since 1950. In his six seasons with the Bengals, he picked off nine passes and recorded 68 or more total tackles three times. However, he was released in March. He was then signed by the Carolina Panthers in 2004 where he forced three fumbles, but again was released. He was then signed by the Washington Redskins, but waived two months later.
The 31 year-old journeymen spent the next two seasons with the New England Patriots. In 2006 he recorded the 2nd most tackles in his career …

Giants Rumors & NewsIslanders Rumors & News

When it comes to our sports heroes, does it matter what they’re doing in their personal lives as long as they’re performing well on the court, field, or rink? There are always rumors regarding contracts and salaries and possible trades, but I prefer to take my sports with as little celebrity-esque gossip as possible.

It seems to me, as a New York sports fan, I can’t get away from the news regarding our greatest players’ personal lives. For starters, there’s the uproar of Yankee Alex Rodriguez’s mega-divorce this summer, not to mention all the news-mania in this steroid-era of major league baseball (I’m looking at you, Roger Clemens!). Then last year when the Giants made the playoffs, every time I opened the Post or the Daily News I’d see something about Eli Manning and his girlfriend-turned-fiancee. And even though football season is long over, I can’t get away from Patriot Tom Brady and Giselle Bündchen. Then in 2007 there was former …

Mets Rumors & News

With the shaky performance of everybody down in the bullpen, and now with Wagner’s injury, Minaya really needed to deal for an arm, but he obviously felt the price was too high. Now Eddie Kunz is going to be thrown into the fire. The 22-year-old made his debut yesterday, and threw a scoreless inning. The 6’ 6” Kunz was the 42nd overall pick in the 2007 draft. He had a 2.79 ERA with 27 saves in 44 games in Binghamton this year. His fastball can reach the mid-90s and he throws a sinker and slider as well. Some see him as the heir to Wagner. The Mets’ biggest need in the bullpen is a legitimate eighth-inning set-up guy. It may be too much to ask of Kunz to fill that role. Some people point to Joba Chamberlain, who came up and had instant success in that role, but Kunz doesn’t have the same dominating stuff as Chamberlain. His 43 …

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