Archive for December 2009


Wednesday, December 16th, 2009
Rangers Rumors & News

If only the Rangers could play against themselves. They could finally score more than two goals, what with their defense as soft and holey as Swiss cheese. They wouldn’t have to worry about being manhandled, as there would be no hitting at all in the game. The offense only occasionally crashes the net, so the defense wouldn’t have to contemplate clearing out the crease, which they never do anyway. It’s a win-win situation for the offense and defense. It would be a breezy, no-checking game, with the players not even working up a sweat.
Sure, the Rangers play a solid, hard-fought game once in a while, like they did on Monday against Atlanta, but the Thrashers aren’t exactly the Broad Street Bullies. They’re as soft as the Rangers. What we usually see is the Blueshirts getting outclassed, outhit and outplayed. So where does that leave them? They’re stuck with the bad contracts of Chris Drury, Michal Rozsival, Wade Redden and Donald Brashear, so there’s …

Monday, December 14th, 2009

Giants Can’t Stop Eagles

Giants Rumors & News

The expected smashmouth, defensive, low scoring NFC East battle never materialized in the Giants-Eagles game, as it looked more like an old AFL contest. It was George Blanda vs. John Hadl. Well, the Giants defense made it seem that way, because they can’t stop anybody. If the 82-year-old Blanda stepped on the field against them today, he’d pass for 400 yards. Sure, both starting safeties are injured and they have a corner playing safety, but last night’s performance was downright ridiculous.
Does it even matter what the Giants did well – Eli Manning threw for 391 yards and three touchdowns (with no interceptions), Brandon Jacobs was back to being his old physical self, dragging six defenders with him as he gains eight yards, Hakeem Nicks had a great TD reception, Domenik Hixon came up with an impressive TD catch and run, Ahmad Bradshaw had some nice runs and a few good blocks, Steve Smith broke the franchise single-season reception record – because it was …

Week 7 Observations

Fantasy

1. Chris Duhon is worth starting again: Duhon is playing much better and is averaging 12.2 points, 6,7 assists, 3 rebounds and 2.5 threes this month. He is coming off a game where he hit 6 three-pointers and has played in at least 34 minutes in four straight games.

2. Carl Landry is a beast: Landry has scored at least 20 points in four of his last five games. On the season he is averaging 16.7 points, 6.2 rebounds, 1 block and is shooting 57% from the field and 88% from the foul line.

3. Is it time to trade Kobe Bryant?: Kobe was able to play through a partially dislocated finger on Saturday but he shot just 7-24 from the field with a season low 16 points. However, he did attempt a season high 9 threes and should be able to play through this injury and contribute all across the board.

4. Danny Granger is out again: Granger missed 15 games last season and is out 4-6 weeks this season with Plantar Fascia (right heel). With his …

Week 8 Pickups

Fantasy

Week 8 (Dec. 14-20)
Teams playing four games: Charlotte, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Indiana, L.A. Clippers, L.A. Lakers, Memphis, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Orleans, New York, Oklahoma City, Orlando, Philadelphia, Portland, Sacramento, Toronto, Utah, Washington
Teams playing three games: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Golden State, Miami, Milwaukee, Phoenix, San Antonio

Maurice Evans (Hawks)- Evans has scored 18, 15 and 22 points over his last three games. He also has 15 rebounds and 11 three-pointers over this span. Evans played a season high 34 minutes yesterday with Marvin Williams out with an illness.

Terrence Williams (Nets)- Williams had one of his best games of his rookie season yesterday with 18 points and 7 rebounds. Chris Douglas-Roberts missed the game with a sprianed knee and T-Will could receive a boost if CDR is sidelined.

C.J Miles (Jazz)- Miles has scored in double-figures in three of his past four games. Last Thursday he scored a season high 22 points and has 8 eight-pointers over this span.

Dorell Wright (Heat)- Wright has played …

Friday, December 11th, 2009
Mets Rumors & News



I’ve come out of the woodwork for a brand new blog, because I’ve come across some interesting data, and I think it’d be just plain selfish of me not to share it with my Mets brethren.

While the media is busy debating whether or not the Mets less-than-aggressive move for Jason Bay is purely a PR ploy, of greater interest to me personally is the assertion that Mets brass might actually prefer Bay over free agent Matt Holliday.  It seems that the Mets are – gasp – using statistics to evaluate how each hitter might fair in their cavernous ballpark.  This, meanwhile, from a team that has apparently made upgrading the defense and signal-calling from the catchers position their number one offseason priority, despite, as ESPN’s Keith Law pointed out, the fact that statistical analysis largely debunks the notion that a pitcher’s battery mate impacts his ERA on any detectable level.  So imagine my surprise to hear various reports that the Mets …

Devils Rumors & NewsGiants Rumors & News

Here are some of the highlights, lowlights, scandals, trades and car accidents of the past week in the New York sports world.

Nate-Gate: The surging Knicks have won three games in a row, they’re spreading the ball around on offense and playing solid team defense – yes, defense (somewhere Dave DeBusschere is smiling). They’re moving up in the standings, but Nate-Gate is in full bloom, with chants of “We want Nate” raining down from the Garden faithful while Nate Robinson is tethered to the bench. Whenever he doesn’t play, the Knicks win, so the erratic guard may never see action again. Shooting at the wrong basket, too much goofing around and breezily fraternizing with the enemy have done him in. After realizing that he’s getting paid $4 million to watch NBA games a few times a week and is getting front row seats to boot, he’s not complaining, and is settling into his role as the Knicks’ Little Bit o’ Luck guy. He’s starting to make …

Thursday, December 10th, 2009

The Burden’s on Lundqvist

Rangers Rumors & News

Whether he likes it or not, the only chance the Rangers have of winning these days is if Henrik Lundqvist plays like Superman. The team has been offensively challenged most of the season, and defensively challenged as well, so with that going for them, they need Lundqvist to be perfect, which is, of course, impossible. Let’s look at the last three games.
They went up to Buffalo and tightened up their defense, and lo and behold, came out of the game with a victory. Yes, defense is important. “The Rangers weren’t going to let us play inside,” said Buffalo goalie Ryan Miller. “They closed off (the middle).” The team played a solid game, and Chris Drury had this to say about their effort, “There were a lot of things we did well, and we just played hard.” Yes, playing hard is important. Yet, they only scored two goals, and were 0-2 on the power play. Lundqvist shrugged off his slump and outdueled Miller, making …

Monday, December 7th, 2009

Giants Rise From the Dead

Giants Rumors & News

The last Giants game will forever be known as The Year the Giants Ruined Thanksgiving. Every time I bit into one of my turkey sandwiches in the days that followed I tasted the Giants inept performance. When I dug into a meal of leftovers, all I could think of was the zombie-like, going-through-the-motions play of the Giants in Denver that night (do zombies go through the motions?). Would I ever be able to enjoy and celebrate Thanksgiving again? How could turkey taste so bitter? Things were not looking good for Big Blue (or my taste buds). In fact they looked dead and buried. But yesterday, they climbed out of their grave and defeated Dallas for the second time this season (does that make them zombies for this game, too? I’m really confusing myself here). They’re still trailing in the division and wild card races, but they’re still alive.
After digging themselves a 10-0 hole in the second quarter, the Giants showed some life, grit and fortitude …

Sunday, December 6th, 2009

Week 6 Observations

1. Kevin Love and Chris Paul are back: Love made his first appearance of the season last Friday and has double-doubles in both games he has played. Last season as a rookie in 81 games he made 2 three-pointers. He already has four three-pointers and is becoming a very versatile player.

CP3 returned with a bang with 15 points, 15 assists, 8 steals, 6 rebounds, one three and one block in 38 minutes last Friday. He should resume his excellent play and the 8 steals was a great sign for the rest of the season.

2. Al Harrington is on fire: Al has scored 26, 27, 14 and 22 over his past four games with 7 three-pointers. He pulled down a season high 14 rebounds today and is having a solid all-around fantasy season.

3.Kevin Durant is having a fantasy MVP season: The third year forward is averaging 28.1 points, 7 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 1.7 steals, 1.2 threes and .8 blocks per game. He has scored at least 33 points in three of his past four games and …

Week 7 Pickups

Week 7 (Dec. 7-13)
Teams playing four games: Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, Golden State, Minnesota, New Jersey, Portland, San Antonio, Toronto, Utah
Teams playing three games: Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Indiana, L.A. Lakers, Memphis, Milwaukee, New Orleans, Oklahoma City, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Sacramento
Teams playing two games: L.A. Clippers, Miami, New York, Washington

Guards

Chucky Atkins (Pistons)- Atkins scored a season high10 points vs. the Bucks last Friday. He has 4 three-pointers in seven games and has started four straight games.

Jordan Farmar (Lakers)- Farmar has scored in double-figures in three of his past four games. He has 17 three-pointers on the season and played a season high 24 minutes last Tuesday.

Honorable mention: Wayne Ellington (Timberwolves)

Forwards

Kevin Love (Timberwolves)- Love returned from injury last Friday and has a double-double and 4 three-pointers in the two games he has played. Last season in  his rookie year he made 2 three-pointers in 81 games.

Sam Young (Grizzles)- Young has scored 34 points over his last three …

Friday, December 4th, 2009
Jets Rumors & NewsKnicks Rumors & News

Daniel Day-Lewis has a new movie coming out that’s a sequel of sorts to There Will Be Blood. It’s based on my experiences as a parent, and is called There Will Be Yelling. In honor of that soon-to-be-released film, we’ll look back at the New York week in sports with an Oscar-like Best Performance slant. This week we saw a record being broken, a coach getting fired, upsets, disappointments, a baseball manager coaching a football player, hot stove rumors galore, a middle linebacker put on season-ending IR, a Yankee legend dying, two Jet wins, no Giants game, a kaleidoscopic, injured quarterback and Meredith Baxter announcing to the world that she’s a lesbian, which pretty much changes my whole world view. I’m going to have to reevaluate everything that’s happened in my life to date. I don’t even know who I am anymore.

Record-Breaking Performance of the Week: The Nets – It’s official, they’ve broken the record for worst start in NBA history. Who knew clearing …

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009
Rangers Rumors & News

The Rangers are in a freefall and it looks like the only thing that can stop them is the break in the schedule. With no game until Saturday, now’s a good time to break things down and list all of the Rangers’ strengths this season:
Marian Gaborik can score goals.
Ok, that about wraps that up. Now for their weaknesses:
Henrik Lundqvist is having a subpar year. The defense is porous in front of him but he still lets in far too many goals that should be stopped. Hopefully he’s just in a slump.
The defense is too soft.
The defense has too many breakdowns.
The defense is constantly out of position.
The defense lets too many opposition forwards stand alone, untouched in front of the net.
The defense chases the puck around in their own zone leaving opposition players wide open.
The defense can’t stop anybody from scoring touchdowns in the red zone – oops, sorry, getting the Giants’ freefall mixed up with …

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