Archive for September 2008


Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

Hot Stove Rangers Record Book Quiz

Rangers Rumors & News

With only four more days until the New York Rangers start the season in Prague with returning heroes Jaromir Jagr and Martin Straka…oops (will Petr Prucha do?), see how much you know about the Blueshirts record book. The answers will be posted tomorrow.
1. Who has played the most games for the Rangers?
2. Rod Gilbert is the all-time leader in goals for the Blueshirts, with 406. Who is second?
3. Brian Leetch is the all-time leader in assists, with 741. Who is second?
4. Who is the all-time Rangers penalty minutes leader?
5. Who is the all-time plus/minus leader for the Rangers?
6. Who is the all-time goal-scoring left-winger for the Rangers?
7. Which …

Monday, September 29th, 2008
Jets Rumors & News

It’s so much more fun to watch the Jets when they’re winning by 34 points.  Finally it seemed the ball was bouncing our way.  And it just kept on bouncing.  The Cardinals had 11 penalties and seven turnovers.  Favre set his career high for touchdown passes in a game not wearing a Packer’s jersey nor a Jet’s jersey but in a freakin’ Titan’s blue and gold throwback. Who’d a thunk that one.  I can’t remember the Jets ever putting up 56 points.  Can you?  We could have outscored the Knicks yesterday.

Kurt Warner should change his name to Cough Warner after yesterday’s game.  The Jets were forcing fumbles and getting interceptions almost every drive in the first half. The Cardinals first drive was actually very forbidding.  Warner looked great and was picking our defense apart.  When he fumbled the ball I was so relieved only to see the Cardinals recover.  Then the Cardinals fumbled again.  And then again.  And then he threw an interception.  And then another …

Week 4 Pickups

Fantasy

Cleveland Browns, St. Louis Rams, Oakland Raiders, New York Jets have a bye in Week 5
Quarterbacks
Kyle Orton (Bears) – Passed for 199 yards and a career high 3 TDS against an aggressive Eagles defense. Has favorable games coming up against the Lions and Falcons. The Lions only have three sacks in three games and Panther receivers Steve Smith (96 yards a TD) and Muhsin Muhammad (147 yards and a TD) torched the Falcons secondary.
Ryan Fitzpatrick (Bengals)- Starting QB Carson Palmer missed his first game since 2004 due to a sore elbow. Fitzpatrick had not completed a pass in three years before he got the start against the Cleveland Browns yesterday. He passed for 156 yards a TD and rushed for 41 yards. The Havard grad will hold the starting job for as long as Palmer is out. …

Knicks bring in Grunfeld and Houston

Knicks Rumors & News

The New York Knicks signed guard/forward Dan Grunfeld to a contract last week. Grunfeld, is the son of current Washington Wizards team president, Ernie Grunfeld. The elder Grunfeld played for the Knicks (1982-1986) and served as the team’s general manager (1991-1999).
Dan Grunfeld was undrafted out of Stanford University and played overseas the past two years. He averaged 14.7 points for Aguas De Valencia in Spain last season, and while at Stanford, Grunfeld earned First Team All-Pac 10 as a junior.
The Knicks also signed Allan Houston to a non-guaranteed contact. The contract will provide Houston with a chance to make the team through solid play in training camp, but the contract is not guaranteed unless he earns a roster spot. The 37-year old retired in October 2005 and attempted an unsuccessful comeback last year. He played in one preseason game …

It’s Over

Mets Rumors & News

The Mets played the final game ever at Shea Stadium yesterday, and lost to the Marlins, 4-2. It was the usual suspects that let them down: their bullpen and inconsistent offense. I’m sure many will call it another collapse, but if the Mets would have made the playoffs it would have been a miracle. With the worst bullpen in baseball, no closer, infielders playing the outfield and backups of backups starting, how did the Phillies not win the division by 10 games?

In yesterday’s contest, Oliver Perez, pitching on three days rest, went five and a third innings. For the first five innings he was great – it was the other third that was the problem. He ended up letting in two runs on four hits, while striking out six and walking three. At least he didn’t pull a Tom Glavine. He kept his team in the game, which was all the Mets were hoping for. Jerry Manuel went through six relievers with mixed results. Four of them came through and two didn’t. Scott Schoeneweis …

Jets march into the bye week

Jets Rumors & News

Maybe Brett Favre just needed to get out of the green and white uniform.

No one could have predicted how Sunday’s wet contest between the Jets — donned in their old-school N.Y. Titans uniforms — and Cardinals panned out. Favre and the J-E-T-S were coming off a sloppy loss to the Chargers, a game in which the quarterback and receivers not only seemed to be on the wrong page, but entirely different books. Add the fact that Favre was held out of practice for much of the week thanks to a bum ankle, and it seemed the Jets were attempting to climb a mudslide.

Arizona, led by a rejuvenated Kurt Warner and his mighty receiving duo of Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin, seemed poised for the road win. New York appeared to be limping into its bye week, just hoping to claw out a win and move back to .500.

Oh what a difference a Sunday can make… or a quarter. After a sloppy, scoreless opening frame, the Jets scored 34 …

Sunday, September 28th, 2008

NL Dogfight – September 28th

Mets Rumors & News

And then there were two…

Congratulations to the Philadelphia Phillies, who with a 4-3 victory over the Washington Nationals, clinched their second consecutive National League East title. That leaves the Mets and the Brewers, both with identical records, fighting for the NL Wildcard.

Recap of Saturday’s Action:

The excitement was in the air at Citizens Bank Park, as the Phillies entered play one win away from winning the NL East. The scoring started in the fourth when Chase Utley and Ryan Howard started the inning off with back-to-back singles. Utley came around to score on a Pat Burrell sacrifice fly, and Howard followed on a Carlos Ruiz sac fly, giving the Phillies and early 2-0 lead. In the top of the fifth, the Nationals cut the lead in half when Anderson Hernandez’s two-out double scored Roger Bernadina. It didn’t take long for the Phillies to respond as Jayson Werth hit his 24th home run of the season (a shot barely clearing the right field wall), …

Santana Saves the Day

Mets Rumors & News

Earlier in the season Johan Santana was criticized for not demanding to stay in and finish games, for not throwing much more than 100 pitches and basically for not winning games single-handedly. After begging Jerry Manuel to let him pitch yesterday, he came through with one of the greatest clutch performances in Mets history, leading the team to a 2-0 victory.

With the whole season on the line, he twirled a complete-game three-hit shutout, striking out nine and walking three. Pitching on three days rest, he followed up his career-high 125-pitch victorious effort on Tuesday night with a 117-pitch gem yesterday afternoon. He just seems to get better with every game. He’s the true definition of an ace, a stopper, whatever else you want to call it. Has he earned every cent of his contract so far? You bet. I’m just surprised he didn’t hit the game-winning home run as well.

Manuel shook up his lineup trying to jump-start his offense. They didn’t do a lot but it was …

Saturday, September 27th, 2008

NL Dogfight – September 27th

Mets Rumors & News

With only two games left in the regular season, it’s the Mets who wake up this morning and find themselves on the outside looking in, while the Phillies clinched a tie for the NL East, and the Brewers are one step closer to making the post season for the first time since 1982.

Recap of Friday’s Action:

On a misty night in South Philadelphia, the Phillies got on the board early. Ryan Howard’s three-run home run (his major league-leading 48th), in the first inning, gave the Phillies a quick 3-0 lead. The Nationals got on the board in the second when Elijah Dukes scored on a Luke Montz single, making the score 3-1. In the second the Phillies added to their lead when Chase Utley hit a bases clearing double, and scored when Howard doubled, giving the Phillies a commanding 7-1 lead. The Nats scored two more in the fifth (courtesy of a Ryan Howard error), and one in the six to make …

An Amazin’ Letdown

Mets Rumors & News

Did the Mets even show up for this game? Maybe I missed it. The season’s on the line, and this is what they came up with? While the Phillies and Brewers were winning, the Mets looked soggy and hungover from Thursday’s win. Too bad the game didn’t get rained out.

Mike Pelfrey did his best Pedro Martinez impression by letting in two first-inning runs. He settled down for the next four frames, then coughed up a home run in the sixth. His final line: six innings pitched, three runs, eight hits, three strikeouts, no walks. Not bad really, but he didn’t get any help from anybody else. Seven relievers (again) followed Pelfrey, highlighted by Aaron Heilman throwing a ball to the backstop to walk in a run (it’s like deja vu all over again). Why is he even allowed near the field in a crucial game like this? And Daniel Murphy didn’t help the cause when he tried to deke a runner into thinking he was going …

Friday, September 26th, 2008

Giants Bye-Week Notes

Giants Rumors & News

Plaxico Burress was suspended for two weeks (one game) by the Giants for missing Monday’s meetings and a light workout (though he may appeal it). Tom Coughlin sent a message to the team: It doesn’t matter who you are, whether you’re a scrub on the practice squad, Plaxico Burress or Homer Jones, the rules are for everyone and the team comes first. And the players have responded positively. They’ll miss Burress on the field, but they all back Coughlin, while at the same time are supporting their teammate. No clubhouse sniping this year. Hopefully this will be the end of Burress’ antics. The last thing this team needs is an Uno Siete.
Domenik Hixon will take Burress’ place, starting as the receiver in the X spot. He played there in the preseason, so it shouldn’t be too much of a stretch for him. He has the speed and big-play capability. That …

Jets Rumors & News

We’re just three weeks into the season and I’ve already seen way too many “must wins.” I’ve also spent too much time worrying about our kicking situation(s).  Arizona’s rolling into the Meadowlands Sunday and they’re bringing two outstanding recievers, Edgerin James, and their own elder statesman.  I think the Jets can lose six games this season.  Using one of those losses against the Cardinals would be a disaster.  Before the season started, when I looked at the Jets schedule week 4 marked the beginning of a stretch of games the Jets should win.  Now that it’s here I’m not so confident.

It blows my mind that Kurt Warner is playing as well as he is.  The dude has a QB rating of 111.7 (Favre’s is 98 by comparison).  Warner has thrown 6 touchdowns with 1 interception and the thought of his receivers unleashed upon the Jets secondary is frightening.  Maybe it’s because of that Chris Chamber’s touchdown last week or maybe it’s because Anquan Boldin and Larry …

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