Archive for February 2009


Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

Hot Stove NY Sports Pop Culture Quiz II

Giants Rumors & NewsMets Rumors & News

Here is some more trivia involving local sports and pop culture. The answers will be posted tomorrow.

1. What was the name of the New York baseball team in the movie Bang the Drum Slowly?

2. In an episode of Seinfeld, when George Steinbrenner mistakenly thought that George Costanza was dead and he went to Queens to inform George’s parents, what was the first thing that Frank Costanza said to him?

3. What song did the 1986 Mets record?

4. Who played Babe Ruth in Pride of the Yankees?

5. Which actor in Slap Shot once played for two New York Rangers farm teams?

6. Which New York announcer once appeared on an episode of Everybody Loves Raymond?

7. Besides Seinfeld, what other prime-time TV show has Keith Hernandez appeared in?

8. What rock band took their name from something that happened in Mets history?

9. Which former New York Giant had a recurring role in the third season of The White Shadow?

10. What was the name of Tug McGraw’s comic strip?

Sunday, February 15th, 2009
Rangers Rumors & News

Overpaid-Completely-Sucking-O-Meter

Glen Sather: He put this mess together, and mysteriously seems to have his job for life. It looks like he’d have to kill somebody to get fired.

Wade Redden: A disaster. He’s -10 for the year, and only five more seasons to go.

Scott Gomez: -11, 1 power play goal

Chris Drury: What leadership? -10

Michal Rozsival: -13

Tom Renney: The players are mostly to blame, but Renney keeps putting the same players on the power play and does nothing to motivate this bunch of deadbeats. Unfortunately, you can’t fire all the players, so it’s time for a new coach.

Dmitri Kalinin: Another free agent blunder by Sather. -9

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The-Few-Guys-Actually-Doing-Their-Jobs-O-Meter

Henrik Lundqvist: Single-handedly won a number of games. The Rangers would be out of the playoff picture without him (and may soon be out of it with him).

Marc Staal: The team’s best player besides Lundqvist.

Blair Betts: Second best PK in the league, and he’s a big reason why.

Ryan Callahan: 13 goals and always finishes his checks.

Paul Mara: -2, which for this defense is second best to …

Friday, February 13th, 2009
Yankees Rumors & News

There weren’t any performances this week worthy of the Hot Stove Player of the Week (well, maybe Zach Parise), so we’re going to go with an all Hot Stove Schmuck of the Week edition. Spring training is on the way, but all we’re hearing about is steroids (thanks Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Miguel Tejada and our grand winner for this week, Alex Rodriguez). There isn’t any prize this week. When you’re a schmuck, you don’t get a prize.

Schmuck of the Week

Alex Rodriguez: A-Roid, A-Fraud, A-Fill-in-the-Blank is dominating the headlines this week. Are you ready for one big distraction, Yankees? He lied, cheated, claimed he didn’t really know what he was taking and only took whatever it was during his Texas Rangers years. His interview was one smooth piece of PR, but just raised more questions, and he, like every other guilty player, only confessed after being caught. You don’t get any points for that. If he spent his career just playing baseball instead of narcissistically being preoccupied with his marketability, public image and legacy, he …

Thursday, February 12th, 2009
Jets Rumors & News

The 2008/2009 football season refuses to end for the Jets.  To be honest, the past few weeks of the offseason  have been more fun than that winless December when the Green Folk were underachieving on a monumental scale.  First, there was the immediate firing of Cangini, followed by the hiring of D-Rex, and now Brett Favre has announced his plans to retire.  Finally, all of our questions have been answered right?  Not so much actually…

By retiring, Favre released the Jets from paying him 13 million buckaroos next year.  Last week we were about 4 million dollars over the salary cap.  Now, depending on who you’re listening to, we’re somewhere between 5 and 17 million under.  That’s a pretty big swing and I wish I had D-Rex’s ear for an hour or so.  Free Agency is suddenly fertile ground for a Jet fan’s imagination what with all those corner backs, all of those Ray Lewis’s, and all of those veteran quarterbacks milling about.

Debates on the Jets quarterback situation …

Yankees Rumors & News

After watching the Alex Rodriguez’s interview this past Monday where he plead guilty to steroid use, one can only wonder if A-Rod really thinks before he speaks.

In a world where there are lawyers, agents, and publicists advising these millionaire athletes of what to say long before they are in front of the cameras, there is nobody to blame but the person.

On Monday with his interview with Peter Gammons, A-Rod stated “When I arrived in Texas in 2001, I felt an enormous amount of pressure. I felt like I had all the weight of the world on top of me, and I needed to perform, and perform at a high level every day.”

A-Rod, what type of pressure did you feel when you came to the premiere baseball market of the world in New York as the highest paid and best player in the game? How did you handle the most pressure of your often criticized life in New York?

Even better, if this story never leaked and A-Rod …

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

Hot Stove Knicks Uniform Number Quiz Answers

Knicks Rumors & News

Here are the answers to yesterday’s quiz.

1. Earl Monroe briefly wore #33 in 1972.

2. The highest number ever worn by a Knick is 55, which was worn by Louis Orr, Bernard King, Kiki Vandeweghe and Dikembe Mutombo.

3. Numbers 27 and 29 have never been worn by a Knick.

4. Henry Bibby wore #17 from 1973 to 1975 and is the last Knick to wear that number.

5. Cazzie Russell was the first Knick to wear #33, from 1969 to 1971.

6. The Knicks have retired seven numbers (eight if you count the 613 banner that hangs for Red Holzman): 10 (Walt Frazier), 12 (Dick Barnett), 15 (Earl Monroe), 19 (Willis Reed), 22 (Dave DeBusschere), 24 (Bill Bradley) and 33 (Patrick Ewing).

7. Mike Sweetney was the last Knick to wear #50 before Zach Randolph.

8. Len Chappell (1964-66) was the only other Knick to wear #24 besides Bill Bradley.

9. Phil Jackson wore #18 in his years playing for the Knicks.

10. Mark Jackson wore #13 for six-and-a-half seasons.

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009
Yankees Rumors & News

First of all, if you’ve never read “The Tell Tale Heart,” you should stop reading this dinky little blog post and go to your nearest bookstore.  It’s a short story, it’ll take you 30 minutes at the most, and it’s directly related to what we’re talking about here. We all know the story so I’m not going to recap.  Quick tangent though- out of the 104 names on the “anonymous” list of steroid users in Major League Baseball from 2003, it’s one heckova big coincidence that the three we know happen to be the biggest named pitcher, slugger, and fielder of the past twenty years.  They also happen to be a white guy, a black guy, and a latin guy.  Somebody is strategically dropping tactical steroid bombs and covering all his bases. We’re going to touch on those players that haven’t been named, the ones who are still “anonymously” listed somewhere together as steroid users in 2003.  They must be sweating bullets wherever they all …

Hot Stove Knicks Uniform Number Quiz

Knicks Rumors & News

See how much you know about Knicks numerology. The answers will be posted tomorrow.

1. Earl Monroe briefly wore a number besides 15 with the Knicks. What was it?

2. What is the highest uniform number ever worn by a Knick?

3. What two numbers in the twenties have never been worn by a Knick?

4. Who is the last player to wear #17?

5. Patrick Ewing is the last Knick to wear #33. Who was the first?

6. How many numbers have the Knicks retired?

7. Who was the last player to wear #50 before Zach Randolph?

8. Who is the only Knick to wear #24 besides Bill Bradley?

9. What number did Phil Jackson wear when he played for the Knicks?

10. What Knick wore #13 for the longest period of time?

Monday, February 9th, 2009
Giants Rumors & News

Despite the support by existing Giants players to management to bring back Plaxico Burress next year, the New York Giants should expect and plan to be without their star receiver for the 2009-10 season.

Playing without Burress will not be easy even for a talented Giants team that has already proven it can win without him. But in order to get back to the Super Bowl, the Giants will need to address their #1 receiver situation for QB Eli Manning to have any chance of success.

And if matters could not get any worse, fellow receiver and free agent to be Amani Toomer might not be back either. The often quiet Toomer recently criticized Giants management/coaching for his reduced role in the offense when Burress was suspeneded.

With Burress and possibly Toomer out of the starting lineup next year, this would only leave third year man Steve Smith as the go to guy. And while Smith has blossomed nicely as a complement and …

Week 16 NBA pickups

Fantasy

Guards

Anthony Johnson (Magic)- G Jameer Nelsonis expected to be out for the remaining of the regular season with a torn right labrum in his shoulder. Johnson scored a season high 25 points last Wednesday vs. the Clippers. Yesterday against the Nets he pulled down eight rebounds and had four assists.

Antonio Daniels (Hornets)- G Chris Paul has missed his last three games with a strained right groin. In his absence Daniels is averaging 10 points, 6.5 assists and a steal over his last two games.

Honorable mention: Jose Juan Barea (Mavs)

Forwards

Hakim Warrick(Grizzles)- Warrick started his first game of the season last Saturday and scored 16 points, pulled down eight rebounds and a steal in 38 minutes. G/F Rudy Gay missed the game against the Raptors with a left hip flexor.

Klye Korver(Jazz)- Korver has averaged 13 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.3 steals over his past three games. He has played at least 30 minutes in his past four games and has knocked down nine three-pointers in that span.

Honorable mention: Joey …

Sunday, February 8th, 2009
Rangers Rumors & News

Let’s start with the quote of the week, by Chris Drury after Friday’s pounding: “There’s no way to sugarcoat it. It was embarrassing, it was humiliating, it was awful.” Good observation, Chris. The team just flat-out gave up. Has there ever been a team that can fall apart so quickly and so often? How can a defensive-minded team give up 10 goals? After drinking myself into a stupor in the third period (I invented a new drinking game – every time Dallas scores a goal, you chug a beer), I realized what the Rangers problem is: They’re not Adam Graves-like enough.

With the retirement of Graves’ #9 fresh in everybody’s mind, it’s not hard to compare this year’s version of the Blueshirts to the team of Gravy’s era. The 2008-09 Rangers are the anti-Adam Graves. Graves was tough, gritty, passionate, did whatever it took to win games and actually scored goals (Graves scored more goals in the 1993-94 season than the whole team will score …

Saturday, February 7th, 2009

UPDATE: A-Roid Admits Steroid Use

Yankees Rumors & News

update: A-Rod has admitted to using steroids during a three-year period beginning in 2001, according to Espn.com.

This is not a drill, folks.  

I can understand your skepticism, especially given Jose Canseco’s allegations in December 2007 that the Yankee third baseman belonged on Senator George Mitchell’s list of steroid cheats.  Once again, Canseco was dismissed as a clown whose 2005 book Juiced exposed baseball’s dirty steroid scandal but apparently earned him little credibility.  

Once again, Canseco has been vindicated, and the  fallout from today’s revelations could shake the sport.

Selena Roberts and David Epstein of Sports Illustrated are reporting that Alex Rodriguez, the 2003 AL MVP and home run king, tested positive for the anabolic steroids Primobolan and testosterone while playing for the Texas Rangers.  The 2003 survey testing was commissioned by Major League Baseball in order to determine the extent of the sport’s steroid problem and to evaluate the necessity of instituting mandatory random drug testing.  As part of a joint agreement with the MLB Players …

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