Archive for October 2008

Sunday, October 26th, 2008

Rangers Beat Penguins in Thriller

Rangers Rumors & News

The Rangers were 8.1 seconds away from losing to Pittsburgh when Nikolai Zherdev ripped a shot past Marc-Andre Fleury to tie the game at two, sending it to overtime. The contest ended up in a shootout, and Fredrik Sjostrom scored the lone goal to give the Rangers a 3-2 victory.

What a game. There was end-to-end action, great goaltending, heroics from Zherdev and the NHL’s ultimate crybaby, Sidney Crosby, was sent packing in defeat. The Penguins opened up the scoring in the first, when Darryl Sydor pinballed the puck off Michal Rozsival and Dmitri Kalinin into the net. Crosby made it 2-0 in the second. Things didn’t look good for the Blueshirts when they couldn’t even score on a two-minute five on three. They banged out seven shots but couldn’t find the back of the net. Maybe they shot too much. They probably should have been more patient and tried to set up better quality shots.

The Rangers headed into the third down by two. But they came out flying …

Saturday, October 25th, 2008

Zherdev Sparks Rangers to Victory

Rangers Rumors & News

Nikolai Zherdev returned to Columbus, where he was booed by the crowd every time he touched the puck. Who do they think he is? Sean Avery? But the young right-winger had the last laugh, scoring a goal and assisting on two as he led the Rangers over the Blue Jackets (led by a grizzled, 28-year-old Manny Malhotra), by a score of 3-1.

The Rangers didn’t look good early on. Michal Rozsival coughed the puck up in the first period, but Dmitri Kalinin covered up for his teammate with a nice defensive play. But then it was Kalinin’s turn to screw up. He couldn’t control a bouncing puck, and Jakub Voracek grabbed it, tipped his helmet, said thank you very much and skated in on Henrik Lundqvist all by his lonesome and put the Blue Jackets on the board. The Blueshirts had a five on three soon after that and couldn’t have looked worse. They were caught flat-footed and knocked back on their heels when Columbus attacked and skated …

QUITE FRANKLY: Open Checkbook For Yanks Better Be For Needs

Yankees Rumors & News

While the World Series is being played out in “Tampa” and Philly, the New York Yankees are making their offseason plans in Tampa, Florida this week. Yes, their offices are actually in Tampa, unlike the Rays who don’t actually play there, but that’s a story for another day. According to Mike Lupica of the Daily News the Yankees are ready to break the bank open to get back to the promised land. With about $80 million coming off the books this winter, it’s almost certain that they will add that right back and may even surpass that.

“I’m not saying (the huge spending) won’t happen,” Brian Cashman said. “I know people expect us to go crazy. Even when we don’t go crazy, people still look at whatever we do and say, ‘There’s the Yankees being the Yankees.’ We’re the Evil Empire even when we’re not.”

This is true. The one MUST this winter is getting C.C. Sabathia no matter the cost. We learned that not going …

Friday, October 24th, 2008

Hot Stove Player of the Week: Chase Blackburn

Giants Rumors & News

This week’s winner was hard to choose from. The Jets lost. The Giants won but didn’t play particularly well. The Rangers went 1-1-1. The Islanders are the Islanders. And is there anybody out there who even knows that the Devils exist? It seems like we dodged a Hot Stove Player of the Week curse, though. Aaron Voros didn’t pull an Eli Manning. He scored two goals on Saturday in Detroit, negating the Hot Stove jinx. This week’s prize is a product called the Stadium Pal. Click here to find out about the best friend a man could ever have. As always, the winner can pick up his prize at his own time and expense.
Chase Blackburn: We’re going to give the defense it’s due this week. It’s not as flashy as finding the end zone, scoring goals or being called for offensive pass …

Jets Rumors & News

1: a property of a moving body that the body has by virtue of its mass and motion and that is equal to the product of the body’s mass and velocity; broadly : a property of a moving body that determines the length of time required to bring it to rest when under the action of a constant force
2: strength or force gained by motion or through the development of events : impetus

“The campaign gained momentum.”

Sports are all about momentum.  Which team has it and which team has lost it.  Look at definition #2 above and now look at our lowly Jets.  Events have developed in such a manner that it seems just by taking the field the Jets are giving the opposing team momentum.  Favre’s first play against the Bengels?  Here’s the ball (fumble) and go score a touchdown.  Our first drive against the Patriots?  Missed chip shot.  Our first against the Cardinals?  offsides on the defense-NOT and another “here’s the ball, go score a …

Mets Make Coaching Changes

Mets Rumors & News

The Mets off-season reshuffling has begun. They started with their coaching staff. Jerry Manuel announced that Sandy Alomar, Sr., Sandy Alomar, Jr., (how many Alomars does it take to coach a team?), Howard Johnson and Dan Warthen all would be back for 2009.
Gone are Guy Conti, Luis Aguayo and Ken Oberkfell. All three will be reassigned within the organization. The new third-base coach will be Razor Shines. Yes, that’s his name. And the bullpen coach is old-friend Randy Niemann. There’s no word yet on who will take over at first base.
With Conti leaving it looks like the Mets won’t make an attempt to bring back Pedro Martinez. Conti was Pedro’s mentor, so it’s doubtful they would get rid of the coach and then try to re-sign Pedro. Oberkfell may end up as manager of new Triple A affiliate Buffalo. And jettisoning Aguayo was a no-brainer. He …

Thursday, October 23rd, 2008

Hot Stove World Series Quiz Answers

Here are the answers to yesterday’s quiz.
1. The first World Series was played in 1903, with the Boston Americans (Red Sox) defeating the Pittsburgh Pirates, five games to three.
2. Mickey Mantle has hit the most World Series home runs, with 18.
3. The St. Louis Cardinals have won the second-most World Series titles, with 10.
4. Whitey Ford has pitched in the most World Series games (22).
5. Rollie Fingers has relieved in the most World Series games (16).
6. Pepper Martin and Paul Molitor share the highest career World Series batting average (.418).
7. Pitchers Bob Gibson and Dave McNally have each hit two World Series home runs….

Yankees Rumors & News

In an article published in the New York Post last week, Yankees co-chairman Hank Steinbrenner issued a statement that Joba Chamberlain will be a starter in 2009.

And while every Yankees’ fan dream is to see this scenario come true, it is not in the best well being of Chamberlain nor the organization.  Chamberlain clearly has #1 starter stuff and has showed how dominant he can be, but is this role what he is best suited for?  

Last year the Yankees terribly experimented with Chamberlain’s promising arm when they converted him from a starter to a reliever mid-season.  This resulted in Chamberlain experiencing arm stiffness and tendinitis.  The team was forced to convert him back to a reliever after he missed crucial late season games.

Now less than a month after the Yankees season has ended in disappointment, Steinbrenner is already stirring up the pot.  Hank, all of us share your wishes, but do not pressure Joe Girardi or Brian …

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008

MLB World Series Preview: Phillies vs Rays

With many baseball fans expecting to see the Yankees, Red Sox, Cubs, Mets, Dodgers and Angels in the World Series, the Philadelphia Phillies and Tampa Bay Rays instead meet in tonight’s opening game of the World Series.

Both have taken different paths to get here, however their paths have been well deserved.  The Phillies are bolstered by an outstanding bullpen led by Brad Lidge who is still perfect in save opportunities this season and an offensive trio of Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley and Ryan Howard.  The Rays on the other hand were backed by an impressive young staff in Scott Kazmir, Andy Sonnanstine, Matt Garza, and James Shields.

Now with the stage becoming even bigger in the World Series, fundamentals will become the single most important aspects in determining this year’s champion.  Starting pitching, bullpen success, defense, and coaching will be the major factors to separate the Phillies and the Rays.

And with a better starting staff especially in games three and four, a coach in Joe Maddon …

Week 8 Start/Sit


Bye Week: Vikings, Broncos, Bears and Packers
Matt Cassel (Pats) vs. Rams- Cassel played efficiently on Monday night against the Broncos throwing for three TDS and completing 18-of 24 passes. He also did not throw an interception something he has not done since Week 2 against the Jets. The Rams are allowing 232 passing yards per game. Cassel should continue to find Randy Moss and Wes Welker.
Trent Edwards (Bills) vs. Dolphins- Edwards has his best game of the season last week against the Chargers completing 25-of-30 passes for 261 yards and a TD. The Dolphins defense only has three interceptions in six games and are allowing 235 passing yards per game. Rookie QB Joe Flacco had a solid game last week against the Fish passing for 232 yards and a TD….

Hot Stove World Series Quiz

Much is being made of the less-than-anticipated matchup of the Rays vs. the Phillies in the World Series. In a recent survey of things Americans are craving, that showdown came in right behind: a recession, more movies by the two Coreys and another season of Joey. But there’s a bigger problem. If the Series goes seven games, with each game lasting about three-and-a-half hours, that’s 24-and-a-half hours. So that means I have to be locked in a room listening to Tim McCarver and Joe Buck for 24-and-a-half hours. That’s punishment I wouldn’t wish on anybody. I think I’ll watch Drinking and Driving With the Stars over on ABC instead. Upcoming guests include Joba Chamberlain and Tony LaRussa. (The answers to the quiz will be posted tomorrow.)
1. What year was the first World Series played?
2. Who has hit the most World Series home runs?…

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

Dallas Beats Rangers (and Puts Garden to Sleep)

Rangers Rumors & News

The big story coming into the game was the return of Sean Avery. And when the Stars’ 2-1 victory over the Rangers was over, the story was how I managed to stay awake for all three periods. I missed Two and a Half Men for this? It was a soothing, back-and-forth affair, and I wish I could get my daughter to be as quiet and well-behaved as the Garden crowd.
Things got off to a rollicking start, though. Less than a minute into the game, Loui Eriksson was called for a tripping penalty. And there was an actual Markus Naslund sighting. Michal Rozsival ripped a shot from the point, and Naslund banged home the rebound for a 1-0 lead. For approximately the next 59 minutes, the two teams played a careful, defensive game. Things got so boring I thought I was watching a Devils intrasquad game. Dallas sat in the neutral zone, stopping the …

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