Archive for April 2009


Thursday, April 30th, 2009

The Mets Are a Nervous Wreck

Mets Rumors & News

It’s still only April, but the Mets are cracking under the pressure. They’re already a nervous wreck. Former Orioles manager Earl Weaver nicknamed pitcher Don Stanhouse “Full Pack” because the hurler caused the Baltimore skipper to smoke a full pack of cigarettes every time he took the mound. Every player on the Mets (except Johan Santana, of course) fits that description. Epitomizing the weight of the world that sits on the Mets’ shoulders and nervous-wreckedness (is that a word?) is face-of-the-franchise David Wright.

While the third baseman is making Met fans want to smoke Camel Light after Camel Light every game with his fielding and hitting, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him sitting in the dugout dragging on three cigs at once and sweating more than me trying to come up with a Dennis Miller-like analogy for someone who sweats a lot. “Nervous? Me? What gave you that idea?” In between Gold Glove plays at third, he commits egregious errors, and when he’s not hitting into double plays to end …

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

It’s All Over For the Rangers

Rangers Rumors & News

This wasn’t your everyday seven-game series. We saw biting, suspensions, water-bottle-throwing, unruly fans, cheap shots left and right (by both teams), close games and blowouts – well, maybe that is a typical seven-game series in the NHL. But when it was over, the better team won. The question isn’t: How did the Rangers blow a 3-1 lead, but: How did the Capitals not sweep? Washington has so much more talent than the Rangers that the series shouldn’t have been this close. But at the same time, what happened to the Rangers in games five and six? No Sean Avery in game five, no John Tortorella in game six, no big effort and no defense in either. If the Blueshirts would have played like they did in game seven in those games, they probably would have come out with a series win.

The Rangers’ fast start to the season raised expectations for them, and the same thing happened in this series. They surprised everyone by leading the Eastern Conference the …

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009
Jets Rumors & News

The Jets signed former Cleveland State basketball player F J’Nathan Bullock.  Bullock was one of the best overall players in the Horizon League averaging 15.2 points and 7.1 rebounds in his senior season. He hepled lead the Vikings to the second round of the NCAA tourney upsetting Wake Forrest in the process. The 6’5″ 240 pounder was  an honorable-mention football player at Flint High School. He played WR, TE, OLB, and DE before he played basketball at the collegiate level. Scouts from 12 NFL teams attended his pro day at Cleveland State as teams want to find the next Antionio Gates.

The Jets also signed Andrew Davie a TE from Arkansas. The former Razorback caught only eight passes last season but the 6’5″ 266 pounder is a good blocker which the team needs. With the Jets releasing P Reggie Hodges, the franchise signed P TJ Conley. Conley led the nation in punting with a 47.4-yard average last season at Idaho. DE Zach Potter was signed to add more depth to the defensive line. The 6’7″ …

Monday, April 27th, 2009
Jets Rumors & News

I’ve gone from being dumbfounded to angry to depressed to optimistic to hopeful to “holy crap, we didn’t really give up that much.”  I do not, or I guess I should say, did not like the personality I saw Mark Sanchez put on display the weeks leading up until draft day.  He struck me as an egotistical jock who’s spent the past few years playing sports in Southern California.  When asked about workouts he did for teams he pretty much said “I wowed them with my arm, with my football brain, and with my stunning smile.”

“I threw it really well. I was spinning it all day. I knocked down all the throws. It was great…  As soon as I sat down with their team and their playbook, they were like, ‘Wow, this kid has a natural feel for the game. He understands our offense very well.”

That was right after his workout with the Jets a few weeks ago.  Ryan Leaf had more modesty.  I don’t know why …

Jets Rumors & News

QB

Mark Sanchez

The New York Jets moved up 12 spots to select USC QB Mark Sanchez with the Browns fifth pick. Sanchez threw for 3,204 yards and 34 TDS for the Trojans last season. The 6’3″ 225-pound QB was also was named the MVP of the Rose Bowl throwing for 413 yards and four TDs against Penn State. Even though he started one year in college, Sanchez will be given the opportunity to win the Jets starting QB gig for Week 1. He just has to beat out QB Kellen Clemens to win the job since QB Brett Ratliff was traded to the Browns in the draft day deal.  The Jets will be paying Sanchez like a starter and team brass hopes he turns out to be their franchise QB. Jets Head Coach Rex Ryan said he has no problem starting a rookie considering his former team , the Ravens did it with Joe Flacco last season.

Sanchez has the tools around him to succeed with WR Jerricho Cotchery who has …

Friday, April 24th, 2009
Rangers Rumors & News

This week’s games came in a variety pack. New York saw a 22-4 game along with two 1-0 ones all on the same day, a walk-off infield single, a walk-off 14th-inning home run, a loss with 00.2 seconds left on the clock and two goaltending performances for the ages. The Yankees recovered from their embarrassing loss and ended up 4-1 since last Friday. The Rangers took a surprising 3-1 lead in their series, the Devils are up 3-2 and the Mets are teetering on the edge of despair.

Winner

Henrik Lundqvist: All hail the King. “He’s awesome. We love him. He’s the king,” gushed Paul Mara (who apparently stole Joaquin Phoenix’s beard). Lundqvist shut out Washington on Saturday, and after letting in four goals on Monday because his defensemen accidentally showed up at the old Madison Square Garden, played the game of his life in Wednesday’s victory. He made a playoff career-high 38 saves while standing on his head, his toes, his elbows and anything else he could stand on to save the Rangers. He’s …

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

Mets Keep Finding Ways to Lose

Mets Rumors & News

The Mets may not have to worry about a September swoon this season if they keep playing the way they are now. They’re collapsing in April. The starting rotation, with the obvious exception of Johan Santana, is absolutely atrocious. John Maine and Oliver Perez welcomed Livan Hernandez to the 7.00 ERA club today. And when Mike Pelfrey returns to the mound on Saturday he’ll be hoping to lower his ERA to 7.00. Is there any hope that this will change? While Perez has been up and down his whole career, Maine is a big disappointment so far, and after Hernandez’s spring training and first start, he’s a letdown also. It’s still really, really early, but there aren’t any signs of encouragement with this staff. They can’t last past the fifth inning and don’t come close to a quality start.

The rotation is the biggest worry for the team, but just about everwhere else you look, the Mets have problems there, too. After the last two seasons …

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009
Jets Rumors & News

Somehow I lucked into a split season ticket situation for next year.  4 games, I get to pick which ones.  Basically, a father and son like the Jets but don’t want to go to every game.  The only catch is that the Carolina and Jacksonville games are spoken for.  Is that a catch?  With the AFC East being once again incredibly competitive and Rex Ryan’s promise of a new style of football, I’ve spent some serious time debating which games I should go to.

First choice- and this one’s a no brainer- the Patriots are coming to town in week two for the Jets home opener.  Rex Ryan vs Bill Bellicheat, round one- FIGHT!  This game will bond coaches, payers, and fans for we will stand together against the tyranny of that state just North of Rhode Island.  Tom Brady’s twice surgically repaired knee will be tested as will our revamped secondary I’m sure. Maybe they’ll actually serve beer at this game.

One player I truly can’t stand …

Jets Rumors & News

The Jets have six picks in the upcoming NFL Draft and rumors say the franchise is interested in trading down from the 17th pick and selecting Oklahoma State TE Brandon Pettigrew. The Jets lack depth at TE and need someone who can block. If the Jets trade down they will likely acquire another pick that can help build depth at DE, WR or QB. The Jets have a history of drafting TE’s in the first round who have become busts (Anthony Becht, Kyle Brady and Johnny Mitchell).

The Jets are thin at TE and had to work out DE Kareem Brown at last week’s minicamp. The team has not replaced Chris Baker who was released as a salary cap casulaty. Pettigrew is 6’6″, 260 pounds and is labeled as the most complete TE in the draft. He is a tremendous blocker attributed to his large frame. He caught 42 balls for 472 yards last season. However he did not score a touchdown and missed three games due to an ankle injury. Pettigrew …

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009
Yankees Rumors & News

In watching the Yankees first four home games this past weekend, you cannot help but notice the many lower level patches of seats which are vacant for each and every game.

Were the Yankees really serious in believing that even hardcore fans would pay anywhere from $300 to $2,625 a seat just to watch a baseball game?

Corporate America cannot even afford these outrageous prices.   

Fans are left with no other choice but to stay home or look around for middle or upper deck seats.  The problem however is that these seats have already been purchased by season ticket holders who could no longer afford their lower level seats.

This has resulted in fans within these levels to be relocated to different sections that they have been in for years or a reduction in games within their current seats.

Prices should have remained the same or, at the very worst, slightly increased in line with general inflation. The Yankees could have then counted on a sure sellout for every home game …

Mets Rumors & News

Will the Mets set a record for leaving men on base? In their first 12 games this year, they’ve left 100 men on base. That sounds like a lot, mainly because it is a lot. They’re getting men on base and continually putting themselves in postition for big innings, but they can’t drive them home. Jose Reyes, David Wright, Carlos Beltran, Ryan Church and Luis Castillo all have on-base percentages over .400, but they still can’t score. Their situational hitting is weak. After having the same problem last year, they may already be pressing. Are they just not clicking yet or is this a continuation of last season? Hopefully it’s the former.

Can Johan Santana start every game? The Mets ace has a 0.46 ERA after three starts, while the rest of the rotation looks like this: Mike Pelfrey 8.10, Oliver Perez 7.84, John Maine 7.20, Livan Hernandez 4.63. Ouch. Numbers two through five have only two starts each, so it’s a little early to panic, but those …

Monday, April 20th, 2009

Jets should draft Tyson

Jets Rumors & News

The New York Jets should draft LSU DE Tyson Jackson if he still on the board at pick 17. He is considered the best 3-4 end in this weekend’s draft and would provide the Jets aging defensive line an upgrade.  Currently on the roster at the position is starter Shaun Ellis who will be turning 32 years old before the  09 season. Ellis a ten-year veteran had just one sack in the team’s final eight games. Keynon Coleman is 30 years old and at best is a serviceable starter. The Jets signed former Raven DE Marques Coleman who will be a should be a backup for the team. 

Jackson started his last 40 games games and earned second-team All-SEC this past season. He anchored a line that was 17th in the nation against the run and tallied 10.5 tackles for a loss. The 6’4″ 296 pound end ran a 4.95 40 which is considered slow at his position. However, his style of play is constructed around his size and power. He is not …

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