Archive for November 2008

Sunday, November 30th, 2008
Giants Rumors & News

That was easy. Plaxico Burress shooting himself in the leg was no distraction for the Giants, as they handled their division rival down in DC (or Maryland, wherever), 23-7. Big Blue has now won seven straight games, and the last six have come against teams with winning records. They’re steamrolling right through the tough part of their schedule.

The Good

Plaxico Burress shot himself in the leg. (Are the Giants covering something up, by the way? He only played three downs last week. Maybe he shot himself when he was reaching for that pass right before he left the game in Arizona.) He wasn’t going to play anyway with his bad hammy, but his absence just paves the way for more playing time for Domenik Hixon. The Redskins defense keyed in on the run all game long, forcing the Giants to try and beat them by passing the ball. Didn’t they watch the game last week against the Cardinals? Stop the run? No problem. Eli Manning will beat you …

Rangers Mauled By Panthers

Rangers Rumors & News

It was Kids’ Day at the Garden this afternoon, but the game turned into a nightmare, as the Rangers were booed off the ice, losing to the Panthers, 4-0. If the Rangers were hoping to recruit a new generation of hockey fans, this wasn’t the game to do it. They were lucky they weren’t pelted with Wiggles coloring books when they left the ice.

The first period saw a wide-open, back-and-forth game, and the Rangers had plenty of chances to score. Brandon Dubinsky, Ryan Callahan and Chris Drury all had great opportunities to put the puck in the net, but all failed. In the second period, the game turned quickly and Florida took complete control. They scored their first goal on a breakaway when Marc Staal fell down and Michal Rozsival was left in the dust in the Rangers’ offensive end. And about five minutes later Florida scored two more goals in the span of 12 seconds. I didn’t even have time to finish yelling at the TV after …

Saturday, November 29th, 2008

Rangers + Florida Team = Shootout Win

Rangers Rumors & News

For the second game in a row the Rangers went to a shootout down in Florida, and for the second game in a row they won, this time beating the Panthers, 4-3. They’re using the shootout as a crutch. If they blow a late-game lead – like they’ve done the last two games now – they know they’ll win if they can survive overtime, because they have a not-so-secret weapon: Henrik Lundqvist. He’s only allowed two goals in 17 shootout atttempts, and the Blueshirts are 6-1 in shootouts.

The Rangers jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first two minutes of the game. The romp was on. Ok, the romp wasn’t on. That’s two consecutive games that they’ve had an early lead. It’s a brand-new world for them, and I’m not sure if they know what to do with it. Nikloai Zherdev got New York on the board first with his eighth goal of the season. That gives him a goal, five assists and a fight in his last …

Friday, November 28th, 2008
Yankees Rumors & News

The NY Post reported that 2B Robinson Cano is working out down in the Dominican Republic and is chiseling up for the 2009 season.

Amazing what some trade rumors and the possible free agent signing of 2B Orlando Hudson can do for a little motivation huh?

After three impressive first years with the Yankees since his rookie year in 2005, Cano’s numbers dropped in just about every major category last year:   

At Bats: 617 to 597
Runs: 93 to 70
Hits: 189 to 162
Doubles: 41 to 35
Triples: 7 to 3
Home Runs: 19 to 14
RBI: 97 to 72
BB: 39 to 26
Steals: 4 to 2
AVG: .306 to .271
OBP: .353 to .305

The only statistical category in which Cano improved was his strikeout total which decreased from 85 to 65.

There is no question, that Cano possesses the hitting ability to become a batting champion as he has good power to all fields and the ability to hit with two strikes. However, if he does …

Hot Stove Player of the Week: Domenik Hixon

Giants Rumors & News

It’s Black Friday. You probably woke up this morning on the living room floor under a pile of gnawed-off turkey legs and empty beer cans. You were going to go shopping, but screw it, that’s what Christmas Eve is for. Sometime this weekend you’ll get around to putting up the Christmas lights Griswold-style. But first, let’s take a timeout for the Hot Stove Player of the Week. In honor of Thanksgiving, this week’s prize is a chance for the winner to give thanks for what he has and give back to the community – by raking my leaves and taking out the garbage. Congratulations.


Domenik Hixon: The Giants answer to Leon Washington, Hixon was all over the field in their victory over Arizona. He returned three kickoffs for 180 yards, including an 83-yarder and one for 68 yards. With Plaxico Burress out with a barking hammy, Hixon moved into his spot and caught six passes for 57 yards. He gained 11 yards rushing on an end-around. And he …

Jets Rumors & News

Speechless.  I expected a hard fought game.  I expected a low scoring affair.  Favre was going to get hit hard and sacked often.  Running the ball would be difficult.  Kerry Collins would have a monster game.  The previous sentence is a joke… I never expected Kerry Collins to have a good game.  I also never expected the Jets to come in and manhandle the undefeated Titans.

It looked like a lopsided arm wrestling match.  You know, for the briefest of moments the outcome is in doubt.  Then, WHAM!  one trucker slams the other trucker’s hand down on the table.  They quickly reposition and rematch or rewrestle or whatever they call it.  WHAM!  Hats are turned around!  WHAM!  They even go as far as to switch arms.  WHAM!  WHAM! WHAM! The same result every time.  The trucker with the green hat is just plain stronger than the other dude.

This Jets appeared far superior to the Titans in all fazes of the game.  Our offense put up points, our …

Thursday, November 27th, 2008

Week 13 Start/Sit


Sage Rosenfels (Texans) vs. Jags- Rosenfels has passed for at least 224 yards in three of his four starts since taking over for injured QB Matt Schaub. He is 11th in the league with a 68 completion percentage. Houston WR’s Andre Johnson and Kevin Walter should have solid games on Monday Night Football.
Jeff Garcia (Bucs) vs. Saints- Garcia completed 13-of-18 passes for 2 TDs against the Lions last week. The Saints are 24th in the NFL in passing yards allowed. Garcia threw for 221 yards and a TD against the Saints in Week 1.
Honorable mention: Kerry Collins (Titans) vs. Lions
Matt Hasselbeck (Seahawks) vs. Cowboys- Since returning from injury Hasselbeck has five INTs in two games. He threw for just 103 yards last week against the Redskins and does not have a favorable matchup in Dallas.
Kyle Orton (Bears) vs. Vikings- Orton has thrown for 133 and 139 yards his past two games since returning …

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

Hot Stove Jets and Giants Coaches Quiz Answers

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Here are the answers to yesterday’s quiz.
1. Sammy Bough was first coach of the New York Titans/Jets.
2. Bob Folwell coached the Giants in their debut season of 1925.
3. Weeb Ewbank was the longest-tenured coach of the Jets. He led the team from 1963 to 1973.
4. Steve Owen was the longest-tenured coach of the Giants (1931-1953).
5. Lou Holtz coached the Jets for only 13 games in 1976 before resigning.
6. Bill Parcells replaced Ray Perkins in 1983.
7. Charley Winner replaced Weeb Ewbank as coach of the Jets in 1974.
8. Alex Webster played running back for the Giants …

Week 4 NBA pickups

Larry Hughes (Bulls) – Hughes averaged 13.3 points and shot 87% from the foul line last week. He scored a season high 26 points against the Warriors last Friday. He is also a good source for steals and three-pointers. Hughes should continue to start with SF Luol Deng sidelined due to a groin injury.
Ronnie Price (Jazz) – Price has done a formidable job filling in for injured starting PG Deron Williams. Price had two games last week with at least six assists and two steals. He has averaged 11 points his past three games.
D.J Augustin (Bobcats)- Augustin set career highs in points (21) and assists (7) against the Hawks last Friday. The rookie made his mark as a starter averaging 19 points, 4 assists and 2.7 threes a game last week. He has also played at least 34 minutes in his past three games.
Honorable mention: Steve Blake (Trailblazers)…

Week 13 pickups


Maurice Morris (Seahawks) – Morris carried the ball 14 times for 103 yards and had a receiving TD against the Redskins last week. Starting RB Julius Jones suffered an injury during the game which led to the increase work for Morris.
Darren McFadden (Raiders) – McFadden scored two rushing  touchdowns as he received the goal line carries. His role looks to increase as the season goes forward and will be more effective once his turf toe is fully healed. The rookie is the only Raider with multiple TDs this year.
Honorable mention: Dominic Rhodes (Colts)
Wide Receivers
Davone Bess (Dolphins) – Bess has eight catches for 137 yards his past two games as his role with the offense is increasing. He was targeted nine times last week and has a favorable matchup …

Monday, November 24th, 2008

Gomez Returns, Rangers Win

Rangers Rumors & News

Now that’s more like it. The Rangers put the last couple of disasters behind them, and whipped the Winnipeg Jets, er Phoenix Coyotes, 4-1. Scott Gomez was back on the ice. Henrik Lundqvist was back in the net. And the Blueshirts were back to actually trying to win.

The Brandon Dubinsky/Nikolai Zherdev/Markus Naslund line had it going on in this one. Zherdev had three assists, and his world-class talent was on display all game long. With Wayne Gretzky looking on from behind the Coyotes’ bench, Zherdev played like the Great One tonight. If only he could do this every night. He was stickhandling and zipping passes all over the ice. Dubinsky recorded a Gordie Howe Hat Trick (not to be confused with a Michal Rozsival Hat Trick: giving up a shorthanded goal on a turnover, committing a stupid penalty leading to a power play goal and having your pants fall down at center ice). The center scored the go-ahead goal in the second period, which was his first …

Hot Stove Jets and Giants Coaches Quiz

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See how much you know about the men who have led the two area football teams. The answers will be posted tomorrow.
1. Who was the first-ever coach of the Titans/Jets?
2. Who was the first-ever coach of the Giants?
3. Who is the longest-tenured coach in Jets history?
4. Who is the longest-tenured coach in Giants history?
5. How many games did Lou Holtz coach the Jets?
6. Which Giants coach did Bill Parcells replace?
7. Who replaced Weeb Ewbank as coach of the Jets?
8. Which former Giants running back went on to coach the team?
9. Who coached the Jets the one …

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