Archive for December 2008

Monday, December 22nd, 2008

Week 17 pickups

Running backs

Fred Jackson (Bills)-  RB Marshawn Lynch left the game in the second quarter with a shoulder injury which allowed Jackson to total 113 yards of offense against the Broncos. He rushed for a TD  in the fourth quarter and could start in Week 17 if Lynch is out.

Jaamal Charles (Chiefs)- Charles caught three passes for 102 yards against the Dolphins last week. He only carried the ball three times but has a favorable matchup against the Bengals this week.

Honorable mention: Ladell Betts (Redskins)

Wide Receivers

Chris Henry (Bengals)- With WR Chad Johnson out for the game against the Browns, Henry took advantage and caught a TD for the second straight week. If Johnson is out again he could be a low end start against the Chiefs this week.

Johnnie Lee Higgins (Raiders)- Higgins has 122 yards and two touchdowns his past two games. This month he has a 56 yard catch and is averaging 18 yards per reception

Honorable mention: Devard Darling (Chiefs)

Tight End

Anthony Fasano(Dolphins)- Fasano caught two touchdowns last week against the Chiefs. …

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

Giants Rumors & News

Wow, what a game. If this is an NFC Championship game preview, sign me up. Of course, the Giants have to get there first, but after the last two games, this 34-28 come-from-behind, resilient victory was a good start to get back to where they were. And this wraps up the #1 seed in the conference and home field advantage throughout the playoffs.

The Good

Welcome back, offensive line. They looked like they were their old selves again, and were back together with Kareem McKenzie returning to the lineup. They opened up 301 yards worth of holes, proving again that they’re the best run-blocking group in the NFL. And they changed some of their protection schemes to avoid a repeat of last week’s eight-sack debacle in Dallas. Their blocking led the way for the star of the game – Derrick Ward. He had a career day, with 215 yards on 15 carries. It was only the second time in NFL history that a running back had 15 or fewer …

Sunday, December 21st, 2008

The Rangers in California: 20 Things We Learned

Rangers Rumors & News

1. The Rangers can win on the West Coast.

2. The Rangers can play a good all-around game and win (in Anaheim).

3. They can play terribly, only to be saved by their goalie (Steve Valiquette), and still win (in LA).

4. They can compete against the best team in the NHL (at least when that team is tired from a cross-country road trip).

5. The Rangers can dominate a third period against the best team in the NHL and still not score a goal.

6. Another team besides the Rangers can cough up the puck in their own zone with horrible giveaways, leading to goals (thanks Scott Niedermayer and Chris Pronger).

7. Tom Renney can roll out the same lines five games in a row.

8. Even though the team won four out of those five games and three in a row, Renney will change the lines up anyway for the sixth game.

9. The Rangers can actually score power play goals (in Anaheim and LA).

10. Those power play goals came on a penalty …

Saturday, December 20th, 2008
Jets Rumors & News

Anxiety for Jets fans is running high these days.  I spent half of my time behind the bar last night commiserating with customers hashing out our dire situation.  Dire because history tells us the Jets are going to fold like a totem pole made of cards when the Jets face the Seahawks.  In reality, the Jets are sitting pretty .

The abused puppy syndrome is running rampant throughout our ranks and causing us to lose focus on the real situation. Remember back when Favre first got here and we were all expecting him to get crushed between our patchwork line?  We didn’t know if he’d make it through one game much less the whole season.  The hope was a Wild Card birth:  the Patriots looked untouchable,  Thomas Jones looked suspect.  Would Favre and Coles ever get along?

Now, here we are in December sitting in 1st place with two easy games ahead of us and everyone I talked to last night drank their half full beers and cowered from …

Friday, December 19th, 2008
Jets Rumors & News

It’s only six days until Christmas. When I was a kid, my family would gather round the tree, wearing our matching sweaters, and sing Christmas carols every year. We would feel so jolly and Christmasy that we wouldn’t even hide my brother Tiny Greg’s crutches as a practical joke, which we would often do the rest of the year. The laughs that used to get, as we’d watch him crawl around the house in tears looking for them! And we’d really know it’s Christmas when my younger brother, little Zuzu (his real name was either Eric or Steve; we were never really sure which), would say, “Look Mommy, every time a bell rings, Daddy has another drink.” This week’s prize for the Hot Stove Player of the Week is a CD of all the Christmas classics my family would belt out together: “Santa Claus Is Not Coming to Town Because He Hates You,” “Whizzy, the Yellow-Snowed Snowman,” “Santa’s Not Wearing Pants Again,” “I Saw Mommy …

Wednesday, December 17th, 2008

Week 16 Start/Sit




Matt Schaub (Texans) vs. Raiders- Schaub has thrown for 698 yards and three TDs in his past two games. In Week 15 he connected with WR Andre Johnson 11 times for 207 yards. The Raiders gave up 49 points to the Pats last week while QB Matt Cassel threw for four TDs.

Shaun Hill (49ers) vs. Rams- Hill threw for 233 yards and completed 65% of his passes against the Dolphins last week. Coming  into Week 15 he had multi-TD games in four of his past five games. The Rams are allowing about 30 points per game and have just one interception in their past seven games. They also are allowing 223 passing yards per game which is 24th in the league.

Honorable mention: Chad Pennington (Dolphins) vs. Chiefs


Kyle Orton (Bears) vs. Packers- Orton threw for just 172 yards and two interceptions against the Saints last week. He has thrown 172 yards or fewer in three of his past five games with six interceptions in that span. In Week 11 against the …

Hot Stove 2008 Giants Quiz Answers

Giants Rumors & News

Here are the answers to yesterday’s quiz.

1. Brandon Jacobs was selected in the fourth round by the Giants in the 2005 draft.

2. Ahmad Bradshaw went to Marshall.

3. Domenik Hixon was taken by the Denver Broncos in the fourth round of the 2006 draft.

4. Kevin Boss is second on the team to Jacobs in touchdowns this season, with five.

5. Sam Madison is the oldest Giants besides John Carney and Jeff Feagles, at 34 years of age (slightly older than Amani Toomer and Renaldo Wynn).

6. Shaun O’Hara is the only 2008 Giant to have attended Rutgers.

7. Kicker Lawrence Tynes was born in Scotland.

8. Renaldo Wynn has the most career sacks, with 27.

9. Safety Sammy Knight has the most career interceptions, with 42.

10. Kareem McKenzie is the heaviest Giant, coming in at a svelte 327 pounds.

Tuesday, December 16th, 2008

Hot Stove 2008 Giants Quiz

Giants Rumors & News

See how much you know about members of this year’s New York Giants. The answers will be posted tomorrow.
1. What round did the Giants select Brandon Jacobs in the 2005 draft?
2. What college did Ahmad Bradshaw attend? 
3. Which Giant was taken by the Denver Broncos in the fourth round of the 2006 draft? 
4. Brandon Jacobs leads the team in touchdowns this year, with 12. Who is second? …

Monday, December 15th, 2008

Week 6 NBA Pickups



Keith Bogans (Magic)- Bogans scored a season high 16 points against the Suns last Friday. He has made 13 three-pointers in his past five games and is averaging one steal in that span. Also during this stretch he is playing 27 minutes per game.

Juan Dixon(Wizards)- Dixon scored 16 points against the Pistons last Tuesday and 17 vs. the Celtics two days later. Over his past four games he is averaging 5.7 assists, a steal and has made seven three-pointers. On the season he is 100% from the foul line (9-9).

Honorable mention: Anthony Carter (Nuggets)


Jason Kapono (Raptors)- Kapono scored a season high 25 points last Wedesnday against the Pacers. Over his past three games he is averaging 16 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 35 minutes as the starting small forward.

Hakim Warrick (Grizzles)- Warrick tied his season with 21 points against the Bulls last Friday. He has pulled down at five rebounds in four straight games and has played at least 29 minutes in two of his past four games.

Honorable mention: Rob Kurz (Warriors)


Marcin …

I’d Rather Get Beat Up In an Alley- Lucky

Jets Rumors & News

There I was, a grown ass man, on my knees two feet from the television.  It’s been a long time since I’ve been in this position, maybe twenty years.  It’s funny how desperation can drive a person all the way to the fetal position.  Jets paraphernalia lay strewn about the room; anything I could throw had already been chucked in a violent manner.  My Patriots fan roommate was already warming up his gloating voice.  My girlfriend was wearing a Jets Santa hat to humor me.  I’m not proud of this moment.  I was on my knees and I wasn’t even alone.

Favre couldn’t complete a pass in the fourth quarter, we went 3 and out from our own f%#@ing endzone, our defense couldn’t tackle Lynch if world peace depended on it, and we were down by four.  Dead in the water- that’s what I thought.  An entire season of almost heart attacks, huge victories, pathetic defeats, and nonsensical coaching was about to come to an end.  That’s when …

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

Giants Rumors & News

What happened to the mojo of the New York Giants? Remember when they were the best team in football? Now they don’t even look like a good team, let alone the best. They’ve looked terrible two weeks in a row. Sure, they’re just jockeying for home field advantage and a bye in the first round of the playoffs, so there isn’t monumental importance to these last few games, but what happened?

The Good

Nothing ever good comes from the Dallas Cowboys winning. Ever. No matter who they’re playing. Jerry Jones is insufferable. Terrell Owens is insufferable. Tony Romo is insufferable. The only good thing ever associated with the Cowboys is this movie (yes, Bucky Dent starred alongside Jane Seymour and Bert Convy). That’s it.

The Bad

When the most exciting play of the game for you is a safety and your best players on the field are John Carney and Jeff Feagles, you know you’re in trouble. Eli Manning didn’t have a chance in this game. He had no protection, …

Week 16 Pickups



P.J. Pope (Broncos)- Pope led the Broncos with 51 rushing yards last week against the Panthers. He also caught three balls for 24 yards and a TD as he outproduced Selvin Young and Tatum Bell. The Broncos face the  Bills in Week 16 who allow 114 rush yards per game

Cedric Benson (Bengals)- Benson rushed for 73 yards on 21 carries against the Redskins last week. He also caught three balls for 88 yards as he totaled 161 yards of total offense. He has favorable matchups the next two weeks against the Browns and Chiefs.

Honorable mention: Lamont Jordan (Pats)

Wide Receivers

Dennis Northcutt (Jags)- Northcutt caught five passes for 127 yards and a TD last week against the Packers. He started his first game of the season with WR’s Matt Jones and Joey Porter out. It was his first 100-yard  receiving game since 2004.

Nate Washington (Steelers)- Washington has 12 catches for 176 yards his past three games. He was targeted 11 times last week .

Honorable mention: Patrick Crayton (Cowboys)

Tight End

David Martin (Dolphins)- …

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