Archive for October 3rd, 2008


Friday, October 3rd, 2008

Giant Keys-Week 5

Giants Rumors & News

A bad thing happened to the New York Giants during their bye week.  I’m not referring to Plaxico Burress’ one game suspension and rumors that he may have violated the NFL’s code of conduct policy.  Losing Burress is a big blow, especially if it is for more than one game. But what I’m talking about could be bigger than the Giants losing their star wide receiver.  I’m referring to how, without playing a game last week, the Giants got the “respect” that they’ve been complaining that haven’t been getting since Superbowl XLII ended.   With the Dallas Cowboys losing to the Washington Redskins last week, the Giants have been crowned (for this week anyway) by the media as the best team in the NFL.  Big Blue currently ranks first in ESPN’s power poll.  Foxsports.com also has them as the top team.  Sports Illustrated’s Peter King said they are the best team in the league at the quarter season mark, and even King’s colleague Paul Zimmerman ranked the Giants number one.   This is bad …

Devils Rumors & NewsIslanders Rumors & News

New York has had its share of great announcers, goofy announcers, pro’s pro announcers and just plain bad announcers. For this list I’m going to use the late ’60s/early ’70s as the cutoff date. Mel Allen and Red Barber were legends, but they weren’t my legends. I’ve also cheated. In some cases I’ve listed announcing teams and in others, just an individual. So here is my top-10 best announcers/teams of the last 40 years. And no, you won’t find Suzyn Waldman, John Sterling or Fran Healy on this list.
10. Jim Kaat: The 16-time Gold Glove winner and three-time All-Star pitcher was stuck in a booth with a hodgepodge of Yankee shills from 1994–2006 (and a one-year stint in 1986). Always classy, he stood out by telling it like it is, and had a humble, non-shtick way about him.
9. Mike Breen: New York native Breen …

Jeffries out 6-to-8 weeks

Knicks Rumors & News

New York Knicks forward Jared Jeffries fractured his left calf bone yesterday during practice and is expected to miss six-to-eight weeks. The injury occured when he blocked Stepon Marburys layup from behind on a fast break and landed awkwardly. He could miss the first 15 regular season games and come back around Thanksgiving. For the third straight preseason, Jeffries has suffered an injury that will force him to miss the start of the regular season. The Knicks signed Jeffries in 2006 when the Wizards declined to match the Knicks offer. He had a disappointing season last year shooting 40% from the field and averaging 3.7 points in 18 minutes. He sprained his ACL and missed the first five games of the regular season. His first season with the franchise he appeared in only 55 games due to a fractured wrist and missed the first 23 games of the season. …

Week 5 Sit/Start

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Week 5 Start/Sit
Quarterbacks
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Matt Schaub (Texans) vs. Colts- Coming off his best game of the season where he passed for 307 yards and threw for three TDs against the Jaguars. This week the QB faces a Colts defensive unit that only has one INT and five sacks through 3 games. They have only produced two takeovers to start the season, compared to the seven they forced a season ago. Last season in  Week 3 Schaub completed 81% of his passes against the Colts. Rookie Steve Slaton has emerged as dual-threat runner and receiver out of the backfield. Last week he had 116 total yards and a receiving touchdown. With opposing secondaries concentrating on receiver Andre Johnson, Kevin Walter and Owen Daniels have combined for 249 yards and 2 TDS.  Indy is 11-1 lifetime against the Texans but the Colts are not …

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