Archive for January 18th, 2009


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 …

Pro Bowl: Good or bad decision?

Just as the New Year began, the NFL declared that the Pro Bowl would be moving from Honolulu to Miami.

And while nobody can really argue with this decision, one can definitely ask why is it being played the week before the Super Bowl?

I agree the NFL has to do something different with the Pro Bowl, but playing the game before the Super Bowl has many more weighted disadvantages than advantages:

Advantages: 

— It shortens the trip for players, media and fans.

— Allows a lot of the players who are playing in the Super Bowl and that travel to the Super Bowl to stay in one city.

— Gives fans football between the championship games and the Super Bowl.

Disadvantages: 

— Takes away from the game. Players who made the Pro Bowl but are playing in the Super Bowl will not play as they do not want to risk injury.

— Having the game the week before the Super Bowl will take away from the drama and excitement that leads up to the big …

This Week in Rangers Hockey (1/18/09 edition)

Rangers Rumors & News

Tom Renney is so mild-mannered he’s right out of the Bill Lumbergh school of management. “Yeah . . . umm . . . guys . . . I’m going to need you to look at some video on Saturday . . . and umm . . . yeah . . . can you fill out those power play reports by Monday? . . . Oh, and I almost forgot, I’m going to need you to come in on Sunday, too . . .yeah . . . thanks.” But on Friday in Chicago, he showed actual signs of life when the refs disgraced themselves with their shoddy performance. I thought he was going to go all Lou Piniella on their asses. It was justice that the Rangers pulled out the win in overtime. They went 2-1 for the week, and finished their road trip at 3-1-1. The players’ dads joined the team for the last two games. My dad once came to watch me work. He sat behind me at my …

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