Archive for January 2009

Friday, January 30th, 2009

Hot Stove Player of the Week: Nate Robinson

Knicks Rumors & News

Groundhog Day is only a few days away. And we all know what that means: If Plaxico Burress leaves his house and shoots himself in the leg, it’s six more weeks of winter. And Super Bowl Sunday is just about here. The Giants and Jets disappointed us so we’ll have to look to the other local teams for comfort. The Nets and Knicks are battling for the playoffs (even if it’s the eighth spot, we’ll take it), the Devils and Rangers are atop their division and the Islanders . . . well, four out of five ain’t bad. This week’s prize for the Hot Stove Player of the Week: He gets to write a tell-all book with Tom Verducci.


Nate Robinson: The diminutive sparkplug broke out of his slump in a big way, leading the Knicks to three wins in four games this past week. His team is even in the playoff hunt now. Robinson scored 24 points (20 in the fourth quarter) in Wednesday’s win over Atlanta. He scored 19, 26 and 16 …

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

Hot Stove Super Bowl Quiz Answers

Here are the answers to yesterday’s quiz.

1. The Kansas City Chiefs lost to the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl I, by a score of 35-10.

2. Charles Haley played on five Super Bowl-winning teams (two with San Francisco and three with Dallas), more than any other player.

3. Franco Harris of the Steelers has gained the most career rushing yards in the Super Bowl, with 354 in four games.

4. Timmy Smith of the Redskins holds the single-game rushing record, when he ran for 204 yards in Super Bowl XXII.

5. The Chiefs were the second AFL/AFC team to win a Super Bowl, when they defeated the Vikings in Super Bowl IV, 23-7.

6. Phil Simms passed for the highest completion percentage in a single Super Bowl game, completing 88% of his passes (22-25) in Super Bowl XXI.

7. Joe Montana has thrown for the most career yards, with 1,142 in four games.

8. Steve Christie of Buffalo kicked the longest field goal in Super Bowl history, when he booted a 54-yarder …

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

Hot Stove Super Bowl Quiz

It’s only five days until the Super Bowl. The surprising Cardinals are going for their first Super Bowl victory, while the Steelers will be looking for a record sixth. See how much you know about America’s biggest game. The answers will be posted tomorrow.

1. Who was the losing team in the first Super Bowl?

2. Which player has been on the most Super Bowl-winning teams?

3. Who has gained the most career rushing yards in the Super Bowl?

4. Who holds the single-season rushing record in a Super Bowl?

5. The Jets were the first AFL/AFC team to win the Super Bowl. Who was the second?

6. Which QB passed for the highest completion percentage in a single Super Bowl game?

7. Which QB has thrown for the most career yards?

8. Who kicked the longest field goal in Super Bowl history?

9. Who has scored the most career Super Bowl touchdowns?

10. The Buffalo Bills hold the record for most consecutive Super Bowl appearances with four. Which team is second, appearing …

Monday, January 26th, 2009

Week 14 NBA pickups



Ramon Sessions (Bucks)- G Michael Redd is out for the remainder of the season with torn ligaments in his knee. Head Coach Scott Skiles said he plans on playing Sessions more minutes. G Charlie Bell has missed the last three games with a lingering ankle injury. Against the Kings last Saturday Sessions scored 14 points, pulled down five rebounds and three assists.

Anthony Morrow (Warriors)- Morrow has started the past two games and has averaged 18 points, 3 rebounds, 1.5 steals and has knocked down six three-pointers. G Jamal Crawford has missed the past two games with a bruised right hamsting.

Honorable mention: Eddie House (Celtics)


Kyle Korver (Jazz)- Korver is averaging 9 points in 22 minutes this month. He is hitting a three a game and shooting 80% from the foul line in 12 games. He tied season with 15 points against the Cavs last Saturday.

Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (Bucks)- Moute has averaged 8 points, 8 rebounds and shot 53% from the field in his past three games. In his last …

Sunday, January 25th, 2009

This Week in Rangers Hockey (1/25/09 edition)

Rangers Rumors & News

Heading into the home stretch, the Rangers are in second place in the Atlantic and fifth in the Eastern Conference (28-16-4, 60 points). They rarely look good when they win and often look horrible when they lose. But they have a 10-point cushion over the ninth-place team in the conference. They’re settling into a defensive style of hockey, though they’re doing it with three defensive-challenged defensemen (give thanks to Henrik Lundqvist), and are sixth in the league in GAA (2.51) and first in PK (87.6%). If everybody on the team did their job as well as Blair Betts, things would look a whole lot better. On the flip side, they rank 27th in goals a game (2.43) and on the power play (15.2%).

What do they have to do to get better or more consistent? It would help if the power play wasn’t so feeble. How would they look if they ranked, say, 15th instead of 27th? They need to somehow turn that around. And stop giving up shorthanded …

Friday, January 23rd, 2009

Hot Stove Player/Coach of the Week: Rex Ryan

Jets Rumors & News

We now have our Super Bowl matchup – Steelers vs. Cardinals. The Cardinals proved everybody wrong (including their parents and spouses) by making it to the big game. And can’t we just get it over with and make the day after the Super Bowl a national holiday, so we don’t have to go to work tired and hungover? We also have a new coach for the Jets. And NHL All-Star weekend is here, which we all know is a time for quiet reflection. The prize for this week’s Hot Stove Player (ok, Coach) of the Week is a brand-spanking-new president. When is Gary Bettman’s term over with, by the way?


Rex Ryan: The new coach of the Jets made a splash at his introductory press conference. He’s already proving to be the anti-Eric Mangini. There was some speculation around the Jets the last few years that Mangini was actually a robot, programmed by Bill Belichick. All that animosity and non-handshaking was just a way to throw us …

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

Hot Stove Slap Shot Quiz Answers

Here are the answers to yesterday’s quiz.

1. The Chiefs are based on the Johnstown Jets, a minor league team in Pennsylvania.

2. The National Anthem plays over the opening credits.

3. Chiefs goalie Denis Lemieux is being interviewed on a local TV show in the first scene of the movie.

4. Jack Hanson is played by Dave Hanson. Steve and Jeff Carlson play Steve and Jeff Hanson, but the third real-life brother, Jack, was called up to the WHA’s Edmonton Oilers when filming began and couldn’t appear in the movie. Johnstown Jet teammate Dave Hanson stepped in to play Jack Hanson.

5. Ned Dowd, who played on the Johnstown Jets, portrayed Ogie Ogilthorpe in the movie.

6. Bruce Boudreau of the Washington Capitals was on the Jets at the time of filming and played an opposing player (on the Presidents) in the film.

7. Ned Braden’s uniform number is 10.

8. Syracuse Bulldog center Tim McCracken is known as Dr. Hook.

9. The Chiefs play the Syracuse Bulldogs in the league championship game.

10. Reg Dunlop …

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

Week 13 Pickups


Teams with four games: Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Detroit, Golden State, Houston, Indiana, L.A. Clippers, L.A. Lakers, Memphis, Milwaukee, Minnesota, New York, Phoenix, Sacramento, San Antonio, Utah, Washington


Sasha Pavlovic (Cavs)- G Delonte West is sidelined six weeks with a broken right wrist. Pavlovic has been inserted into the starting unit. He has hit six three-pointers and is averaging 15.5 points over his past two games.

Lou Williams (76ers)- Williams has scored in double-figures in 17 of his past 18 games. This month he is averaging 14.6 points, 4.5 assists and 1.5 threes in 10 games. He scored 25 points and pulled down a season high six rebounds against the Mavs yesterday.

Honorable mention: Dahntay Jones (Nuggets)


Craig Smith (Twolves)- Smith has averaged 19 points and 7.5 rebounds over his past two games. In eight games this month he is shooting 61% and has started the past 20 games.

Danilo Gallinari (Knicks)- Gallinari returned to the lineup last Saturday against the 76ers. The rookie set career highs in points (9), rebounds (4), steals (2),  assists (2) against …

Jets Rumors & News

The Jets officially have a new coach and while his pedigree is fierce, he lacks chops when it comes to head coaching experience. Jets fans got what we wanted- a fire breathing quarterback killer who’s defense promises blitzes from any postition at any time.  We can expect kitchen sinks, safes falling from the sky, cornerbacks hiding behind referees, and hopefully a tenacious ball hawking D.  By all reports Rex Ryan is ecstatic about this opporunity and he floored the front office when he interviewed.  Despite being in the AFC championship game, Ryan not only came in prepared- the man came in with a full on PowerPoint presentation.  The next few weeks will be interesting for Rex, he’s got lots of stuff on his plate to deal with and some of it needs to be addressed sooner rather than later.

First of all, Rex will have to bring in a new Defensive Coordinator. Bob Sutton’s been as good as gone for months now and Ryan surely will be bringing …

Hot Stove Slap Shot Quiz

With this year’s Oscar nominations being announced this week, let’s pay tribute to the greatest movie of all time: Slap Shot. Old-time hockey! Eddie Shore! Puttin’ on the foil! See how much you know about the Paul Newman film. The answers will be posted tomorrow.

1. What is the name of the real team the Charlestown Chiefs are based on?

2. What song plays over the opening credits?

3. Which player is being interviewed in the first scene of the movie?

4. Which Hanson brother is not related to the other two in real life?

5. What role does screenwriter Nancy Dowd’s brother play in the movie?

6. Which present NHL coach appeared in the movie?

7. What is Ned Braden’s uniform number?

8. Who is known as Dr. Hook?

9. Who is the Chiefs’ opponent in the league championship game?

10. What team does Reg Dunlop say he’s going to coach at the end of the movie?

Sunday, January 18th, 2009
Mets Rumors & News

After losing out in the Derek Lowe sweepstakes to division rival Atlanta, the status of free agent pitcher Oliver Perez still remains in limbo.

Perez is rumored to want $14 million per year for five years. And so far the Mets have offered him arbitration which protects the team in two ways.

The first being that if Perez signs elsewhere they would receive a first or second round draft pick plus a sandwich pick due to Perez being a type A free agent. And the second being that if Perez does accept salary arbitration, that the Mets would be able to sign him for a little more than the $6.5 million that he made last season.

Unfortunately for the Mets, the first option seems more a reality right now as they want to commit less years and less money to Perez.  

Being that Perez is only 27 years old, a lefty and a proven big game pitcher, I would not be worried to commit five years to him. The …

Jets Rumors & News

Putting aside regular season records, what teams made the playoffs and the last quarter of the season, how can anybody justify Brett Favre going to the Pro Bowl in 2009? 

You can make the case after the first half of the season that Favre could have been considered above Matt Cassel and Chad Pennington. However, being chosen in place of Philip Rivers at any point this season would have been a complete travesty. 

Rivers’ numbers are even better the other two players who were chosen to represent the AFC in Peyton Manning and Jay Cutler. And instead Favre is chosen? 

One can not argue with the selection process that the NFL has in place where the players, the fans and the coaches all count for 1/3 of the overall vote.

But what I can do is question, how does this happen? Credit is due where credit is due, but at the time when the Pro Bowl votes are calculated (around the last quarter of the season), Rivers, Pennington and Cassel in …

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