Archive for August 8th, 2008

Friday, August 8th, 2008
Yankees Rumors & News

Coming into this season the Yankees expected a lot out of Ian Kennedy and now after his early season let downs and DL stint they are asking for a lot again.
That’s because he’s taking the place of Joba Chamberlain and hoping to shore up a weak starting rotation. In fact if Kennedy can pitch half way decently down the stretch this season their playoff chances will look a lot better.
Kennedy was doing nearly the same thing at this time last year when he took the place of the then struggling Mike Mussina. At that point he filled in very nicely in three starts posting a 1-0 record with a 1.89 ERA, a 1.16 WHIP, and a .191 batting average against.
He was so impressive in fact that the Yankees resisted trading him for Johan Santana during the off-season. A move which ultimately cost the Bombers the services of the veteran lefty.
This season has been a different story. Kennedy struggled with his command …

I’d Rather Get Beat Up in an Alley: Preseason Edition (maybe with a moustache)

Jets Rumors & News

Being a Jets fan can be a very painful experience. I’d rather get beat up in some back alley on the Lower East Side than sit through another 4-12 season.

Now that we’ve got Brett Favre, every Jet fan I’ve talked to has pretty much said the same thing: “Do you think he goes down in week 1 or 2?” Personally, I think it will be week two. We’re like abused puppies – so used to senseless beat downs and failures that we can’t help but wince anytime anything good happens. It’s to be expected when any human being is forced to sit and watch that many missed field goals.

Wednesday night, approximately 2:30 am, I went on and bought two tickets to The Jets-Dolphins game in Miami week 1. I wasn’t sober and that’s the best way I could come up with to see Favre on the field in a Jets uniform. I could get tickets to a game …

Yankees Rumors & News

With the Yankees rotation in taters and on the brink of losing Andy Pettitte the Yankees are desperate for pitching, but are they desperate enough to consider Carl Pavano as an option? They’re going to have to.
The 32-year-old injury prone pitcher is working his way back from his latest elbow surgery and is expected on a major league mound soon.
Last night he worked three and two-thirds innings for the Trenton Thunder and he put together a pretty impressive performance.
In just his third rehab start Pavano threw 63 pitches, 38 for strikes, and showed signs that he could still be effective this season. During the brief performance he gave up only one hit while striking out four. He wasn’t without rust though as he walked a pair and uncorked a couple wild pitches.
“I’m pleasantly surprised how I feel after the surgery and pleasantly surprised that I’m able to step in and pick up where I’ve left off previous times before injuries,” …

Allan Houston…another comeback

Knicks Rumors & News

Allan Houston retired in 2005 after spending 12 seasons with the Detroit Pistons and New York Knicks. He was a two-time All Star and won a gold medal on the 2000 Olympic basketball team in Sydney. In 2007 he had microfracture surgery to repair the knees that forced him to retire. Houston is now 37 years old and his agent, Bill Strickland has been in early discussions about a training camp tryout with different teams. The Knicks open camp September 30th and there is speculation that head of player personnel, Donnie Walsh may be interested. Houston tried to make a comeback for the Knicks last fall and saw six minutes of time against the Boston Celtics in a preseason game. After the game, Houston ended his comeback try saying he was not prepared enough. 
Houston first signed with the Knicks in 1996 after spending his first three seasons with the Pistons. The Kentucky native averaged …

What Can Yankees Do if Pettitte Goes Down?

Yankees Rumors & News

As the baseball season winds down, the Yankees are on the outside of the playoff picture looking in and it may stay that way because Andy Pettitte’s arm is in questionable condition lately.
In the past Pettitte has always been a very solid performer during the summer. Last August he was 6-0 and throughout his career he is an overall 90-41 during the months of July and August.
This season Pettitte has put together a sub-par July (3-3 and 4.74 ERA) and he has had one awful start so far in August. His last two performances have been especially bad as the lefty has gone 0-2 and has given up 14 runs including three homers over 10.1 innings.
All of this has lead to speculation of an injury or merely a dead-arm; either might cause him to miss at least one start.
Yesterday the Daily News reported that Pettitte was experiencing stiffness in his left arm and claimed that it would cause him …

Jets Rumors & News

There are many reasons Jets fans should be excited about the Brett Favre trade:

1. They no longer have to watch a QB with a Johnny Damon lollipop for an arm. Sorry, Chad. You played hard and were an accurate passer and all, but even at age-38 Brett can put more mustard on the ball than you could in a game of Madden.
2. The Giants might never precede the Jets on SportsCenter this season.
3. We get to see Brady vs. Favre times two.
4. An offense that was originally built around the running game can now add an entirely new dimension to its attack.
5. Countless moments of Brett feeling awkward and uncomfortable in the big city spotlight. Welcome the Big Apple, country boy. You’ve already handled it better than Randy Johnson.

There are more reasons than that, of course. Like Brett giving fans a sense of hope and delivering a vision of playoff dreams …

Mets-Marlins Series Preview

Mets Rumors & News

The Mets continue their home stand by taking on the Marlins for a three-game set starting tonight. They beat the last-place Padres two out of three by a whisker (moving up to two games behind the Phils), and a 1-5 road trip preceded that. It’s time for them to get on a roll, and get that winning mojo back. They can pass the Marlins with a series win, and after that they face the Pirates and Nationals (and Pirates again). Their bullpen continues to make Mets fans sick to their stomachs. Every time a reliever comes into a game, I want to poke my eyes out with a pointy stick. Any day now I’m going to turn on the TV and see So You Think You Can Pitch Better Than the Mets Bullpen on ABC, hosted by Dustin Diamond. And their offense and base running isn’t in a groove either. They’re plagued by the inconsistency they suffered from in the …

New York Knicks release 2008-2009 schedule

Knicks Rumors & News

The New York Knicks are coming off a 23-59 season where they tied the franchise record for losses. However, former Phoenix Suns coach, Mike D’Antoni is now behind the bench. Donnie Walsh, the long time Indiana Pacer executive was hired to be in charge of player personnel. The Knicks drafted international superstar Danilo Gallinari in the first round of the 2008 NBA Draft. They also signed backup point guard Chris Duhon and and traded away underachieving forward Renaldo Balkman. D’Antoni will bring his track record of regular season success and up-tempo style of offense to a team that needs to find an identity. 
 The Knicks released their schedule yesterday for the upcoming 2008-2009 season. They tip-off on Wednesday, October 29th against the Miami Heat at the Garden. Knicks fans will also get to see Michael Beasley, the number two overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft. The Knicks will play 18 back-to-back sets and four-games-in-five-nights …

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