The Giants may not have a go-to receiver but what they do have on offense is depth (though they lost one cog in the offensive machine on the first play of the season when Danny Ware dislocated his elbow). Eli Manning (20 for 29, 256 yards, one TD, one INT) completed passes to seven different receivers. Steve Smith was outstanding in his new role in the starting lineup, catching six passes. You figured they’d rely on their monster running game and ease into the aerial attack, but they came out passing instead. Brandon Jacobs didn’t really get much going, with only 46 yards, while Ahmad Bradshaw outrushed him for 60 yards. The word of the day for the O was balance – 31 running plays and 29 passing. Mario Manningham hauled in three passes and showed off some fancy footwork on his touchdown reception (the first of his career). Kevin Boss caught some key passes. And Hakeem Nicks debuted by dropping the first pass thrown …
Archive for September 2009
Derek Jeter started feeling the pressure to overtake Lou Gehrig as the Yankees’ all-time hits leader, but he came through as always (well, was he really never going to get a hit again?). Tonight he’ll attempt to pass the Hall-of-Fame first baseman and stand alone at the top of the heap. Here’s a list of other lesser-known Yankee records that will most likely never be broken:
Highest number of floozies and alcoholic beverages consumed in one night: 29, Babe Ruth (it’s unclear how many were drinks and how many were floozies).
Most times teammates swapped wives: once, Fritz Peterson and Mike Kekich
Most hits by a Yankee backup catcher in 1966: 47, Jake Gibbs (this is one record that will never be broken)
Most times a player sat in a cake while pantless: 11, Sparky Lyle
Most times a Yankee manager was referred to as “Stump”: 1,342, oddly enough it wasn’t Stump Merrill but Ralph Houk
Most times a player had to clean George Steinbrenner’s pool to stay on his good side: seven, Steve Howe
In other …
RB Mike Bell (Saints)- RB Pierre Thomas is expected to sit this week against the Lions. Thomas is suffering from a MCL sprain and a minor laceration on the same knee. He did not practice yesterday and the Saints should not play him to risk further injury. Last season Bell scored his lone TD vs. the Lions. He rushed for 115 yards on 15 carries during the preseason and makes a strong flex play this week.
RB James Davis- Jamal Lewis barely broke 1,000 yards last season and averaged 3.6 yards per carry. He is now 30 years old and his load could be decreased. Davis, was selected in the sixth round (same round as RB Terrell Davis) out of Clemson. He has has good size 5’11” 218 pounds and could eventually take over the starting job. The rookie ran for 186 yards on 24 carries, averaging to 7.8 yards per carry.
Honorable mention: Glenn Coffee (49ers)
Here’s an easy New York Giants quiz to get you ready for the 2009 season.
1. The Giants pass rush will be so good that they’ll:
a) Lead the league in sacks
b) Wreak havoc on opposing offenses
c) Break Joe Theismann’s leg – again
2. The unproven receiving corps will:
a) Take a few weeks to gain chemistry with Eli Manning but turn into a pleasant surprise
b) Lead the league in dropped passes
c) Piss Tom Coughlin off so much that they’ll slowly “disappear” one by one as the season goes on
3. The Giants offensive line is one of the best in the league because:
a) They’ve been a cohesive unit for a handful of seasons now
b) They have the right combination of smarts, techinique and toughness
c) Eli Manning found out Peyton’s bank account PIN, and Eli’s been giving all his brother’s money to his linemen to ensure extra protection
4. Jeff Feagles is so old that:
a) He uses all of his experience to …
Terrell Owens (Bills)- Owens missed three weeks of practice time with a sprained toe. TO is coming off one of his least productive seasons of his career catching 69 balls for 1,052 yards and 10 scores. His numbers suffered with team injuries including one to QB Tony Romo. With Brad Johnson throwing to him in weeks 7-9, Owens averaged just four catches for 33 yards. To go along with Owens history of drops , an unproven QB (Trent Edwards) and incliment weather games he is a risky pick in the third round.
Clinton Portis (Redskins)- Last season Portis had a case to be named the first half fantasy MVP. However from Weeks 10-17 he only had one rushing TD and one 100 yard ground game. Compared to seven TDs and five 100 yard ground games in the first half. Even though he is entering his prime (28 years old) he is fifth among active RB’s in carries. Ladell Betts will be used more on third down and Marcus Masoncould steal some goal line carries. He has not missed …
Willie Parker (Steelers)- Accoring to Parker’s average draft position (ADP) he is the 29th running back being selected. From 05-07 he missed two regular season games and averaged 1337 rushing yards and six TDs on the ground. Last year he missed five games and averaged a career low 3.8 yards per carry. However, he was healthy for the playoffs as he received 70 carries in three games and gained 146 yards vs. the Chargers in the Divisional round. The Steelers plan on using Parker at the goal-line and would make a formiadble RB3 in the sixth round.
Eddie Royal (Broncos)- Royal has been creeping up the draft boards with the absence of WR Brandon Marshall. As a rookie last season he caught 91 passes for 980 yards and five scores. Even though he has a new coach (Josh McDaniels-OC with the Pats) and QB (Kyle Orton), the system fits him perfectly. The Broncos plan to run a lot of short timing routes which the role West Welker has with the Patriots. In points per reception (PPR) leagues Welker is going in the third-fourth …
The Yankees have instituted a new set of Joba Rules. Joba Chamberlain will now pitch every fifth day but his innings will be limited. That may help his arm, but it won’t help him learn how to pitch (or help the bullpen). They scrapped their previous plans of having him pitch every day but only throwing one pitch, having him pitch once a year, and having him pitch every fifth day with no pitch count but he’d be loaned out to another team. There are some other, little-known sets of rules around town that we just learned about.
The Ollie Rules: Right before Oliver Perez went on the DL, the Mets were about to install some new guidelines for the erratic lefty. The team was going to make him pitch every single day (even if no game was scheduled) in the hopes he would suffer a career-ending injury, which would free them from his contract.
The A-Rod Rules: The Yankees had no choice but to limit Alex Rodriguez’s time in front …
I can read you know. I’ve seen all those hurtful and hateful things written about me all over the Internet. Yes, I know, I’m big. I’m oversized. I’m comically gigantic. But I can’t help it, I was made that way. Don’t blame me. And please, don’t take it out on my poor friend, David Wright. It’s not his fault. He got beaned by a 94-mile-an-hour heater right in the melon. And it hurt. It really, really hurt. Of course, he looks absolutely ridiculous, but if you’re going to laugh at anybody, laugh at me. Or laugh at Ryan Dempster. He was the first player to wear a similar model to myself. But it’s easier to laugh at a Met, isn’t it?
Can’t you see my positive qualities? I have a cool name – the s100. It kind of sounds like a rocket ship. Or a monster truck. Those are nothing to laugh at. And you want protection? I can give it to you. Not only can I safeguard a …
Here are some random notes about the Mets.
They called up catcher Josh Thole, who will be with the team tonight in Colorado. He doesn’t have much power (one home run) and is still learning how to catch, after switching to that position from first base, but he’s been hitting in the minors. In Double A Binghamton this season, he batted .326, with a .392 OBP and a slugging percentage of .421. He had 26 doubles (which is tied for the league lead), and doesn’t stike out much (33 times), while walking 41 times in 102 games. And he drove in 46 runs.
The Mets aren’t planning on having many call-ups this year to save money, but, you know, they don’t have any money issues. They recently released this official statement: “For the love of god, stop mentioning Bernie Madoff!”
Carlos Beltran is going to begin a rehab assignment tomorrow, playing for the Brooklyn Cyclones. He’ll get to know what it feels like to play on a first-place team.
David Wright comes …
With Plaxico Burress gone from the team and the Antonio Pierce situation cleared up, the Giants were supposed to have a smooth, stress-free summer. They’d work in their new receivers, tune up for the season and beat Washington on September 13th. But injuries are piling up, their receivers can’t catch the ball, Osi Umenyiora stormed out of the team’s training facility yesterday (but did storm right back in) and their defense isn’t stopping anybody in the preseason. Some fans out there seem to be panicking already. Just last night I had an argument with an obnoxious Giants fan (ok, it was me) who is ready to push the panic button.
“Steve Smith dropped a sure 91-yard touchdown pass on Saturday,” he wildly exclaimed. “Domenik Hixon had a pass slip right through his hands, which led to an interception. Ramses Barden was invisible. Hakeem Nicks has only done well against third-string defenses. The bad passing game will effect the great running game. I’m panicking!”
It’s only preseason, my friend. Was …