Archive for November 2008

Sunday, November 23rd, 2008

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

Giants Rumors & News

Maybe Eli Manning should play every game in Arizona. The Giants returned to the scene of their Super Bowl victory last season, and the Giants QB, with a big boost from Domenik Hixon, led Big Blue to a 37-29 romp over the Chicago/St. Louis/Arizona Cardinals. It was another test for the best team in football, and they passed with ease.

The Good

With no Brandon Jacobs available, the Jints took to the air to beat Arizona. All the talk before the game centered around Kurt Warner and his arsenal of receivers, but it was Manning who was the better quarterback on the field again. He was an efficient 26 for 33 (240 yards), and threw three touchdown passes. And he didn’t make any mistakes. No interceptions, no fumbles. Warner threw for a TD, but also had a pick and fumbled once. The Giants only gained 87 yards rushing, but they ran 33 passing plays to 27 on the ground. They beat Baltimore by running last week, and they beat Arizona by …

Swisher’s Underlying Value

Yankees Rumors & News

He is not Mark Teixeira, but the New York Yankees recent trade for Nick Swisher from the Chicago White Sox is a very good trade that the Yankees quietly pulled off.

Not only will the deal allow the Yankees to fill a void at 1B or a possible need in CF, but it also allows the Yankees to allocate the majority of their available money to pitching which is their biggest need.

Additionally, the trade allows the Yankees to bring in three players as opposed to only two if the Yankees were able to sign Teixeira.  Having Swisher, C.C. Sabathia and either A.J. Burnett or Derek Lowe is more valuable than just Teixeira and Sabathia.

This trade also allows the Yankees to not only gain three impact players possibly but also to save money long term due to the current details of Swisher’s contract.  Swisher will be paid $5.3 million in 2009, $6.75 million in 2010 and $9 million in 2011 with a club option for 2012.

Despite Swisher’s manageable …

K-Rod and Mets Has To Happen

Mets Rumors & News

Despite all of the recent balks by both the New York Mets’ front office and Francisco Rodriguez’s agent Paul Kinzer, when it is all said and done, K-Rod will be a New York Met.

K-Rod’s team is currently looking for a five year contract at $15 million plus per season. And the Mets are said to be offering just a three year deal.

You can understand the Mets front office being a little hesitant in committing a large sum of money and contract years to a closer after Billy Wagner broke down just last season. However, Wagner was 37 when he suffered a possibly career ending injury. K-Rod is only 26 now and will be just 27 at the beginning of the 2009 season.

Rodriguez has averaged 74 innings a year for the last 6 seasons and does have one of the most violent windups in baseball. But his numbers and consistency have been simply staggering as he has not even reached his …

Saturday, November 22nd, 2008

Rangers Stink Up Canada

Rangers Rumors & News

Getting off to a good start was a priority for the Rangers in their match up in Ottawa. How’s this for a rousing beginning to a game? They were killing penalties for the first six out of eight minutes. They didn’t get a shot off until roughly 13 minutes into the first period. Chris Drury and Michal Rozsival let Dany Heatley skate right between to set up a Jason Spezza goal to fall behind 1-0. They were flatfooted, lifeless, had no aggression, no energy, no nothing. They just flat out stunk. And they deservedly lost, 4-1.

Coming off the disaster against Vancouver, you’d think the Rangers would show a little more effort and heart. But you’d be wrong. With the exception of their goaltending and penalty killing, they’re not particularly good at anything, so if they don’t out-work the other team, they’re going to lose. And they didn’t even come close to out-working the Senators. Were they mesmerized by Ottawa’s new alternate jersey? That’s the only excuse I can think of. …

Knicks Rumors & News

What just happened here? The Knicks made two trades in about 3 hours that just set the franchise up for possibly the biggest move/s in their history. Yesterday the Knicks shipped their top 2 leading scorers out of town so they can clear enough money to make a run at the NBA’s biggest name, Lebron James.

In one deal, the Knicks sent Jamal Crawford to the Golden State Warriors for Al Harrington. The other trade, Zach Randolph and Mardy Collins were sent packing to the Los Angeles Clippers for Cuttino Mobley and Tim Thomas.

Knicks President Donnie Walsh is a big fan of Harrington, a man he drafted while with the Indiana Pacers.

“I drafted Al back in 1998, and I think his talents are a great fit for our style of play,” Donnie Walsh said. “This trade also gives us more long-term flexibility, while enabling us to remain competitive this season.”

What a bold move by Walsh, who put the foundation …

Friday, November 21st, 2008
Jets Rumors & News

Or I should say “Clash of the two teams that are undefeated wearing Titan’s jerseys.”

Tennessee is 10-0 and the Jets (wearing Titan’s costumes) are 2-0.  Something’s gotta give!

Last week’s victory against the Patriots validated the Brett Favre trade and allowed us Jets fans to enjoy a week of smiles and high fives.  It also gave us hope that this weekend the Jets can hand the Tennessee Titans their first loss.

Why on Earth would we feel this way?  The Jets struggled against weaker opponents- ok we lost to some of them-Hey Janikowski, Bach called, he wants his name back ya jerk.  All tangent’s aside (for now), the truth is that I still can’t take Kerri Collins seriously.  He’s winning games- good for him.  No one I know, no one I see on ESPN, no one I listen to on talk radio (that one day I was in a car last month) thinks the Titans are going to the Super Bowl.  They’re kind of like the anti-Jets; they …

Hot Stove Players of the Week: Giants Offensive Line

Giants Rumors & News

If you’re a parent (and you’re like me), you’ve trained your child to hand you a beer the moment you walk through the front door on Friday evenings. And if you’re a Hot Stove New York reader, you know Friday’s the time to look for the Hot Stove Player of the Week. The Jets didn’t play this week, but there were plenty of games to choose from with the other six area teams all in action. In honor of Donovan McNabb, the prize for this week’s winner is a copy of the NFL rule book.
Giants Offensive Line: This week’s winner is a group effort. They weigh a collective 1,576 pounds. They eat a collective 1,576 pounds of raw meat a week. Their beer of choice is Bud Husky. They’re the unsung heroes. And they completely dominated Baltimore’s #1 rushing defense (who have now been …

Thursday, November 20th, 2008

Rangers Get Canucked By Vancouver

Rangers Rumors & News

The Rangers left Henrik Lundqvist out to dry. And then he did the same to them. After giving up five goals, he had enough and pulled himself from the game. He couldn’t get out of that nightmare fast enough. Can you blame him? So much for the goaltending matchup of the century between the King and Roberto Luongo. Who knew the best netminder on the ice would be Stephen Valiquette? The final score was 6-3, but it wasn’t really that close.
This is what the Rangers look like when Lundqvist isn’t there to bail them out. The turnovers are becoming a broken record. The breakdowns and mistakes keep on coming. Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: the Rangers are on the power play, a forward passes the puck back to the point, the defenseman mishandles said puck, the opponent saunters down the ice and scores. Last night it was Wade Redden who …

Week 12 Start/Sit


Kyle Orton (Bears) vs. Rams- Orton returned last week after missing one game due to an ankle injury. He has a favorable matchup against a Rams defensive unit that has not recorded an interception in straight games and is ranked 24th in passing yards allowed (244 yards per game). They also have allowed a league high 317 points.
Tyler Thigpen (Chiefs) vs. Bills- Thigpen has thrown eight TD passes to just one interception over his past four games. He also has 174 rush yards which is the fourth highest amount for a QB. The Bills have not had a multiple sack game in seven weeks and have just five interceptions on the season.
Honorable mention: Matt Casell (Pats) vs. Dolphins

Wednesday, November 19th, 2008

Hot Stove Name That Jet Quiz Answers

Jets Rumors & News

Here are the answers to yesterday’s quiz.
1. Ken O’Brien was the Jets first-round pick in 1983.
2. Chad Pennington won the Comeback Player of the Year Award in 2006.
3. Tackle Winston Hill made the Pro Bowl eight times (1964, 67-73), more than any other Jet.
4. Mark Gastineau was the Jets second-round draft pick in 1979.
5. Joe Namath was the only Jets QB to be named as a first-team All-Pro (1968).
6. Justin Miller was the only Jet to be named to the pro Bowl in 2006.
7. Freeman McNeil led the NFL in rushing in 1982, with 786 yards (they only played nine games that season)….

Giants Rumors & NewsJets Rumors & News

Here is the second in a series of superteams smackdowns (click here to see the first). It’s the battle of the ultimate underdogs. The 1968 Jets defeated the mighty NFL champion Baltimore Colts. And the 2007 Giants upset the unbeatable New England Patriots. Joe Namath made The Guarantee. David Tyree made The Catch. If these two teams matched up, who would win? Would they out-underdog each other? Would anybody even be favored?
Weeb Ewbank’s Jets finished in first place in the AFL East, with an 11-3 record. They were, of course, led by Joe Namath. He usually had a drink in one hand and a broad in the other. Somehow he found the time to throw for 3,147 yards, 15 touchdowns and 17 interceptions, though with only a 49.2% completion rate. The Jets offense racked up 419 points (in a 14 game schedule), good for 29.9 per game, ranking …

Tuesday, November 18th, 2008

Hot Stove Name That Jet Quiz

Jets Rumors & News

See how well you know some of the Jets greatest and not-so-greatest players. Name the player that goes along with each clue. The answers will be posted tomorrow.
1. He was the Jets first-round draft pick in 1983.
2. This Jet won the Comeback Player of the Year Award in 2006.
3. This offensive lineman made the Pro Bowl eight times – more than any other Jet.
4. This defensive lineman was the Jets second-round draft pick in 1979.
5. This player was the only Jets quarterback to be named to the All-Pro first team.
6. He was the only Jet to be named to the Pro Bowl in 2006.
7. This Jet running back led the …

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