Archive for October 2008

Friday, October 31st, 2008

Hardcore Mets fans, you might want to avert your eyes. Everybody else, this is something you should check out.

This here is my buddy’s log book of every game the Phillies played in 2008 season summarized in one sentence or at least something that almost resembles a sentence.  I had no idea that this artifact even existed until after the Phils won game 5.  The dude was going nuts high fiving, drinking champagne out of a bottle, taking pictures with a dead stingray (seriously), and then he remembered his log.  Turns out he watched every game last season, which is an achievement in itself, then he wrote down what happened.  Maybe a little strange? Certainly.  Now that the Phillies are the “2008 World Champions of Baseball” this logbook is something he’s going to hang on to forever and show his grand kids. Hey, it’s Philladelphia-  I wouldn’t be surprised if this thing ended up in a museum.

There is definitely some Philly fan-code going on here….

Jets Rumors & News

It’s Friday, so it must be time for the Hot Stove Player of the Week award. With basketball season under way, we now have seven teams to choose from. This week’s prize will be a perfectly rendered painting by a professional sports artist of the winner in action (ok, it’s a crayon drawing by my daughter on the back of a take-out menu). As always, the winner can pick up his prize at his own time and expense.
Leon Washington: The Jets beat the Chiefs on Sunday. Barely. And the main reason was Leon Washington. He rushed for 67 yards on three carries. He caught three passes for 34 yards. He returned three punts for 71 yards (including a 37-yard return, which set up the winning TD). He returned four kickoffs for 102 yards. He scored a rushing touchdown. He caught a TD pass. He …

The Nikolai Zherdev Show (Rangers Win Again)

Rangers Rumors & News

For the third game in a row, the Rangers best period was the third. And for the third game in a row, it had to be. They keep things close for the first two periods and turn it on at the end. And the catalyst yet again was Nikolai Zherdev. He showcased his skills while leading the team to a 3-2 win over Atlanta (and yes, the Thrashers again lead the league in worst uniform/name combination).
With the game tied at one in the third and the Rangers on the power play, Zherdev jumped on a loose puck, dipsy-doodled his way to the crease and backhanded the puck into the top corner of the net to give New York the lead. It was a thing of beauty. After Atlanta tied it up, Zherdev was at it again when he swept behind the net with the puck, eluding a defenseman like a sane person running …

Thursday, October 30th, 2008

Week 9 Start/Sit


David Garrard (Jags) vs. Bengals- The Bengals defensive unit is allowing 31 points per game and only have six sacks on the season. Garrard has not thrown an interception in his last 140 throwing attempts and has passed for at least 275 yards the past two weeks. He makes a strong start against a terrible Bengal defense.
Marc Bulger (Rams) vs. Cardinals- Bulger had his best game of the season last week against the Pats throwing for 304 yards. Rookie receiver Donnie Avery has 291 yards receiving and two touchdowns the past three games.
Honorable mention: Chad Pennington (Dolphins) vs. Broncos
Jason Campbell (Redskins) vs. Steelers- Campbell has been very efficient leading the Redskins without throwing an interception through …

Hot Stove Knicks Quiz Answers

Knicks Rumors & News

Here are the answers to yesterday’s quiz.
1. The Knicks have been in the NBA finals eight times―they won in 1970 and ’73, and lost in 1951, ’52, ’53, ’72, ’94 and ’99.
2. Bernard King holds the single-season points-per-game record, when he averaged 32.9 points in 1984-’85.
3. Bill Bradley has played the most career games at forward for the Knicks, with 742.
4. John Starks has made the most career three-pointers, with 982.
5. Allan Houston had the highest single-season free-throw percentage, with a .919 mark in 2002-’03.
6. Charles Oakley had 2,580 offensive rebounds, the most of any Knick.
7. The guard with the most career total rebounds is …

Wednesday, October 29th, 2008

Basketball, Baseball and Hockey Stars Team Up For All-Star Spectacular

Knicks Rumors & NewsMets Rumors & News

Helloooo Hot Stove Nation!  I wanted to pass along some information on a neat opportunity to meet some local New York sports legends while helping a worthy cause in the process.  You can’t go wrong, right?

On Sunday, November 23, former Mets Ace Ron Darling, Knicks point guard Mark Jackson, and Rangers two-time MVP Adam Graves will offer clinics for the Otsar All-Star Spectacular at Aviator Field in Brooklyn from 2 to 6 PM. The event will also include silent and live auctions, dinner with the players, and special rock-climbing and ice-skating sessions for event participants.

All proceeds benefit Otsar Family Services, a Brooklyn-based organization, established in 1980 by family members of children with special needs to provide quality programs and services for individuals with developmental disabilities.

Darling, a pitcher for the 1986 World Champion Mets team, is fourth on the team’s all-time wins list.  He also played for the Montreal Expos and Oakland Athletics, and was a member of the 1985 National League All Star team …

Daunte’s Terrell O…

So I heard a report on ESPN this morning that Daunte Culpepper was supposed to meet with the Chiefs yesterday to finalize an agreement to play and sign a contract.  Instead, Culpepper rejected the offer because he has “a better opportunity with another team.”  The first thing that came to my mind was an image of Terrell Owens whining so much that Jerry Jones caved in and gave Culpepper a call. You heard it here first, Culpepper to the Cowboys with the promise of reliving his golden years when he used to just huck the ball 50 yards at a time to Randy Moss.

At least that’s what Owens, Jones, and Culpepper are imagining.

Here’s what I’m imagining.  Culpepper arrives in Dallas to much fanfare where he quickly learns that his undisciplined style can totally fly as long as he wins and Romo stays hurt.  The way he sees it, he’ll win a few games, get some contract leverage in the process, and then ride the bench all …

Hot Stove Knicks Quiz

Knicks Rumors & News

With the beginning of basketball season comes a fresh start for the thankfully-Isiah-Thomas-less New York Knicks. See how much you know about this (once-)storied franchise. The answers will be posted tomorrow.
1. How many times have the Knicks been in the NBA finals?
2. Who holds the single-season points-per-game record for the Knicks?
3. Who has played the most career games at forward for the Knicks?
4. Who has made the most career three-pointers?
5. Who had the highest single-season free-throw percentage?
6. Who has the most career offensive rebounds?
7. Which guard has the most career total rebounds?
8. Who holds the single-season assists record for the Knicks?…

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008
Jets Rumors & News

U-G-L-Y- You ain’t got no Alibi!  You Ugly! You Ugly!  Yo Mama Say You Ugly! You Ugly!  You Ugly!

Sometimes a picture just says it all.  Like this one.  It says, “I…. can’t…. breathe….Put… me… down….”  Fitting that this is what Favre gets after throwing a game winning touchdown.  Somehow the Jets emerged victorious Sunday but it was very ugly. “How ugly was it,” you ask?

That win was sooo ugly its shadow quit.

That win was sooo ugly it made Frankenstein’s dog go “Dang.”

That win was sooo ugly, Rice Crispies won’t even talk to it.

That win was sooo ugly it reminded me of Taco Bell-  When people saw it they ran for the border.

That win was sooo ugly it got 7 years of bad luck just for trying to look in the mirror.

That win was soooo ugly, it looked like she was bobbing for french fries.  So, that one didn’t make much sense but if you put the ‘Yo mama” part back in I think it creates quite …

Week 9 Pickups


Seneca Wallace (Seahawks) – Wallace made his second straight start with Matt Hasslebeck out with a back injury. The former Cyclone completed 15-of-22 passes for 222 yards and two TDs against the 49ers. Consider Wallace a deep pickup in leagues that start two quarterbacks.
Shaun Hill (49ers) – Hill replaced starter J.T O’Sullivan, who turned the ball over three times before halftime. Interim coach Mike Singeltary  named Hill the starter in Week 10 against the Cardinals. Hill completed 15-of-23 passes for 173 yards and a TD in the second half against the Seahawks. Last year he started three games in December and completed 68% of his passes and threw for 5 TDS with only one interception. 
Antonio Pittman (Rams) – Started in place of Stephen Jackson and carried the ball 19 …

Drury Scores (and Rangers Win)

Rangers Rumors & News

Chris Drury scored his first goal of the season a minute into last night’s game. Yes, that’s right, Chris Drury scored a goal. The game was stopped and a special ceremony took place at center ice to commemorate the moment. Drury’s parents flew in and returned his Little League World Series trophy they confiscated and vowed not to give back until he scored. When the game resumed, Drury rifled in his second goal in the third period. And his parents returned his Hobey Baker Award to him.
The Captain led the Rangers over the Islanders, 4-2. They’re now 9-2-1, with 19 points. That ties the mark for the best start in franchise history (with the 1978-79 and 1989-90 teams). They have the most points in the NHL (though they’ve played the most games). And Tom Renney moved up to fourth place on the Rangers all-time coaching wins list. He has a 142-100-36 record …

Monday, October 27th, 2008

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly: Giants vs. Steelers

Giants Rumors & News

The Giants and Steelers slugged it out in an old-fashioned, blue-collar, black-and-blue smackdown. And Big Blue smashmouthed their way to a 21-14 victory.
The Good 
The Giants defense pressured Ben Roethlisberger all game long. They sacked him five times. They knocked him down 16 times. They intercepted him four times. They deflected numerous passes. And they told him if he ever shows his face in Jersey, there’s more where that came from. They held Pittsburgh to 249 total yards. And just over half of those came on five plays. The Steelers went through the Giants like Swiss cheese on their first drive of the game, going 60 yards on four plays for a touchdown. And in the third quarter, Pittsburgh had a one-play scoring drive, converting on a 65-yard TD pass. That’s two scores on five plays, and a total of 125 yards. The rest of the …

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