Archive for September 9th, 2008

Tuesday, September 9th, 2008

Burgos Arrested For Assault

Mets Rumors & News

Mets pitcher Ambiorix Burgos was arrested last night and is facing assault and harassment charges after he beat up his girlfriend in a hotel room near Shea Stadium.

Burgos and his girlfriend were staying at the Holiday Inn at 114th St. and 37th Avenue, when his girlfriend called 911 reporting that Burgos was beating her. Burgos reportedly punched her numerous times in the back, slapped, and bit her. Burgos is scheduled to be arraigned today in Queens County Court.

Burgos has been sidelined since last August after having Tommy John Surgery. He’s spent this season recovering, but resumed pitching activities in mid-August. He went a combine 0-1 with a 4.50 with Kingsport, Gulf Coast, and St. Lucie Mets. Burgos was staying in New York because the Mets planned to activate him for the final month of the season. Given his new-found legal problems, that will most likely not happen.

New York hotel rooms are no strangers to domestic violence by baseball players. …

2008 NFC South Preview

Since the NFC South was first put together five years ago, there has never been one team repeat in back to back years as divisional champ.  

And in 2008, it is just as wide open.  

Note:  Teams listed in predicted order of finish

New Orleans Saints

Having acquired and drafted LB Jonathan Vilma, DT Sedrick Ellis, and TE Jeremy Shockey, the Saints have clearly put themselves as the front runners in the NFC South.  

And barring injuries to any of their play makers like QB Drew Brees, RB Reggie Bush, and WR Marques Colston, the Saints should find themselves back in the playoffs in 2008.   

While all this offense will enable them to beat anyone on any given day, the health and effectiveness of RB Deuce McAllister will determine just how far they can go in the playoffs. 

Predicted Record:  11-5

Playoffs:  Yes

Carolina Panthers

With QB Jake Delhomme healthy again and the additions of WR’s D.J. Hackett and Muhsin Muhammad along with rookie draft pick Jonathan Stewart, the Panthers have …

2008 NFC North Preview

With the departure of Brett Favre to the Jets, the NFC North is as wide open as it has been in years. Any team outside of the Lions has a chance to win the division in what should be a wild 2008 season.
Note: Teams listed in predicted order of finish
Minnesota Vikings
Now with the trade acquisition of DE Jared Allen, the Vikings feature the best defensive line in football. Allen along with DT’s Pat Williams and Kevin Williams will give the Vikings an outstanding blend of both the ability to put pressure on the QB and to stop the run.
The only question will be can the Vikings score? With no real true threat at WR and the inexperienced Tarvaris Jackson at QB, the Vikings will suffer many frustrating possessions this year.
The good news is they have a man child in the backfield in Adrian Peterson who has the ability to carry an offense and win games by himself. While this scenario seems all …

Federer wins another Open

Roger Federer won his fifth consecutive U.S Open yesterday as he beat Andy Murray in straight sets. They  squared off in an ATP event in March with Murray defeating  Federer in the opening round 6-7 (6-8), 6-3, 6-4. However yesterdays outcome was different, as Federer became the first man to win five titles in a row at Arthur Ashe and Wimbledom Stadium (2002-2007). The Swiss born player also became the first man to win five straight U.S championships in the Open era. Bill Tilden won the event six straight times in the 1920’s.
Federer defeated the 21-year old Murray 6-2, 7-5, 6-2. Murray was seeking to become the first Brit to win a Grand Slam title since 1936. The number fourth ranked player in the world challenged Federer but produced 20 less winners. Federer came to the net 44 times and was wearing out Murray during the 1-hour 51-minute match. He also converted 70% of his break …

Hot Stove New York Jets Quiz

Jets Rumors & News

Jets fans everywhere are excited about the 1-0 Brett Favre–led team. But see how much you really know about the J-E-T-S JETS JETS JETS. The answers will be posted tomorrow.
1. Who is the Jets all-time leading scorer?
2. Which QB has the most career completions for the Jets?
3. Which QB holds the single-season Jets record for completions?
4. What year did the Jets record the most victories?
5. How many Jets have rushed for over 5,000 career yards?
6. How many Jets have over 500 career receptions?
7. Curtis Martin has the top three single-season rushing marks for the Jets. Who had the fourth-best rushing season for the Jets?…

Mets-Nationals Series Preview

Mets Rumors & News

The big news coming out of Queens is word that Billy Wagner is done for the season, and most likely next year too, as he’ll need Tommy John surgery. And that will probably be the end of Wagner’s career with the Mets. The Mets will look to former Nationals reliever Luis Ayala to continue filling the role of closer. The 30-year-old right-hander is 1-0 with five saves, a 2.70 ERA and 1.10 WHIP in 10 games with the Mets. For his career he has 14 saves, a 3.31 ERA and 1.24 WHIP. The Mets have been winning without Wagner for the last month (and I don’t think anybody was really counting on him coming back so this isn’t a complete shock to the team) but it’s more like hanging on than thriving. While the bullpen hasn’t given up an earned run in 24 straight innings, they’d still be better off with Wagner. But at least they have a lot …

Pavano Has Not Earned 09 Comeback

Yankees Rumors & News

With the season winding down and the Yankees slowly, a little to slowly, are shifting gears toward the 2009 season and are trying some future pieces on for size today.

Alfredo Aceves is in the rotation and Phil Coke is in the bullpen getting good major league experience he can build on for next year. That’s a start. Brett Gardner was conspicuously absent from last night’s start however.

One piece of this year’s team who’s future remains to be seen is Carl Pavano. The other day I made a plea to take Sidney Ponson and Darrell Rasner out of the Yankee rotation, but I didn’t mention the need to take Pavano out as well because I didn’t initially write him out of the team’s 2009 plans.

It was mostly because he was showing some decent promise. In August he looked like he was behind Phil Hughes on the comeback trail until he turned it around with some pretty strong performances. Once in …

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