Archive for April 2010


Friday, April 30th, 2010
Devils Rumors & NewsGiants Rumors & News

The Yankees went to the White House to mingle with the leader of the free world on Monday, which is one of the perks of winning the World Series. Mainly flying under the radar is the little-known fact that every team that makes the playoffs gets to meet a president (not the president, mind you). The World Series−losing Phillies will shake hands with the president from 24 next week. The AL Championship−losing Angels met with former fictional president Martin Sheen a few days ago. The NL Championship−losing Dodgers are going to visit the grave of Peter Sellers, who portrayed the president in Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb. And the other four 2009 playoff teams will all be taking a trip to Mount Rushmore. The teams that didn’t qualify for the postseason don’t get a meeting with a president, but instead they are introduced to a VIP of one stripe or another according to their place in the standings. Here’s …

Thursday, April 29th, 2010
Mets Rumors & News

David Wright had a monumental few days this week. On Tuesday he got his 1,000 hit, and yesterday he passed Ed Kranepool to become the all-time franchise leader in doubles with 226. Wright is recognized as the face of the franchise today (sorry, Gary Matthews Jr.), but Kranepool has been the real Mr. Met for as long as the team has existed. Where are all the Ed Kranepool retrospectives and celebrations this week? He may not have been the greatest player in baseball history or even on his own team or even on his own team at his own position, but there’s just something about the big lug that we all love. He has an indefinable quality – maybe he just epitomizes the Mets’ underdog history better than any other player. But what do we really know about him besides the fact that he’s a Met legend and holds many, many franchise records? For the kids out there (I’m always thinking of the kids), here are some …

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

The Red-Hot Mets Stay Red Hot

Mets Rumors & News

“You know what the difference is this year. We have more baseball players. We’re more competitive as a team.” – anonymous Met

“We’re all motivated and we are counting on every single guy on our team. We are competing for sure. We’re competing against all the teams we’re doing all the little things and I think that’s the difference right now compared to last year. Everybody is motivated, everybody knows how important they are to this team.” – Johan Santana

“I think we have the right attitude. Maybe a part of it was the failure that we had has brought everybody a little bit closer. I think everybody realized we have to play as a unit to be successful. This city doesn’t want great individual performances, they want winners. Hopefully we can give them that.” – David Wright

“Holy crap!” – Frank Barone

The Mets have now swept their last two series, won seven in a row and went 9-1 on this home stand. Are they turning into …

Mets Rumors & News

Omar Minaya took a big gamble on the Mets’ starting rotation this year by not signing any free agents or trading for a tried-and-true starter. He insisted his pitchers in-house were as good as, if not better than, any others floating out there (besides John Lackey, of course). And money most certainly played a hand in that decision. The Mets have been winning because of and in spite of their rotation. So far Johan Santana, Jon Niese and Oliver Perez have performed about as expected, while Mike Pelfrey has exceeded everyone’s expectations beyond their wildest dreams, and John Maine has been worse than anyone could imagine. How soon before Hisanori Takahashi is inserted into the rotation instead of bailing out Perez and Maine every start? A reliable long man is important, but so is not having to use him two out of every five games. It’s still very early in the season, but let’s take a look at what the Mets’ rotation after Santana has done, and …

Monday, April 26th, 2010
Mets Rumors & News

Luis Castillo’s on first, Angel Pagan’s on second and Jose Reyes hits a pop-up to third. The infield fly rule is called, but Chipper Jones is napping, wakes up and then drops the ball. And all hell breaks loose for the Braves. That’s right – all hell breaks loose for the Braves, not the Mets. Every infielder on the Braves is pointing to first base, running to first base, throwing the ball to first base or tagging Reyes at first base, when . . . there’s no play at first base. Pagan (with Chip Hale’s help) scores from second on what should have been a routine pop out. It’s actually the Mets who do the smart thing and the opposition who are the blundering boobs. Major leaguers who don’t know the rules of the game? And they don’t play for the Mets? Are things turning around for the Amazin’s? Is the sun finally coming out for them?

Letting in a run on an infield fly rule is pretty …

Friday, April 23rd, 2010
Devils Rumors & NewsGiants Rumors & News

The first round of the NFL draft was held last night, and the local teams’ picks were somewhat surprising, with the Giants selecting defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul and the Jets nabbing cornerback Kyle Wilson. Hopefully neither will be a bust, but Pierre-Paul is the riskier pick. Ryan Leaf is probably considered the all-time draft bust, and Big Blue and Gang Green have come up with a few of their own: Rocky Thompson, Cedric Jones, Ron Dayne, Johnny “Lam” Jones – and is it time to put Vernon Gholston on this list? Here are a few other little-known draft snafus throughout the years; they’re not necessarily busts as much as misguided thinking: One GM drafted his five-year-old son as a birthday present for him; a GM in the 1990s drafted Heather Locklear because he was a huge Melrose Place fan and was hoping she would show up at training camp so he could meet her; an AFC GM back in the mid-’70s chose Anson Williams in the first …

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010
Rangers Rumors & News

We all know about the great athletes in New York sports history – Babe Ruth, Tom Seaver, Lawrence Taylor, Joe Namath, Mark Messier, Walt Frazier – and even the busts – Ed Whitson, Mo Vaughn, Roberto Alomar, Stephon Marbury, Scott Gomez. But what about the slightly-to-highly-above-average athlete? The kind-of-great but not all-timer? They may not have been Hall-of-Famers, but they were All-Stars, fan favorites, cogs on a championship team or maybe even just pretty darn good. They’re the little brother that didn’t hog all the attention. But they’re certainly worth talking about and remembering. So when do they get their due? Well, now they will. Here is a series of the not-quite-legendary in New York sports history.

Jeff Beukeboom was a giant. He was a monster. He was a fan favorite. And he was a Stanley Cup winner for the New York Rangers. Known for his bone-crunching checks and knack for clearing the crease, the hulking defenseman was an enforcer, but more than that, he was a great …

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

The Ike Davis Era Begins

Mets Rumors & News

Ike Davis made his major league debut last night in the Mets’ 6-1 victory over the Cubs. He singled in his first at-bat, and in the seventh inning he drove in his first run, and he did it against a lefty after seeing a few tough curveballs. He finished 2 for 4, with one RBI. He singlehandedly turned the Mets around in one game – ok, that’s a bit much. But the Mets did actually win, so that’s news and a good sign. And he’s already out-produced Mike Jacobs and Fernando Tatis combined.

The rookie was compared to John Olerud a few times in last night’s broadcast, and he does resemble the sweet-swinging former Met at the plate. Davis comes from a major league pedigree and went to Arizona State, so it wasn’t really a surprise that he seemed right at home on a big league field and didn’t look overmatched, but of course that was only one game. The Mets also used youngsters Jon Niese (whose newfound …

Monday, April 19th, 2010

A Long Weekend for the Mets

Mets Rumors & News

The first two weeks of the Met’ season is over and done with and the results are in: The Mets stink. So the question isn’t: “Is it too early to start firing people?” but rather: “Is it too late?” The Mets should have cleaned house after last season, but didn’t have the fortitude (or money?) to do so. After announcing how important it was to get off to a fast start, they lost the first three series of the season heading into St. Louis, and promptly lost that series, too. Omar Minaya is pleased, though, as the bar is set so low for this team that he stated if the Mets came away with one victory against the Cards he would be happy (I can’t remember where I saw that quote, otherwise I’d link to it). Saying one win is acceptable in a three-game series should be a fireable offense. Omar, your time is up.

The weekend started out promising. Oliver Perez was rock solid on Friday night, …

Friday, April 16th, 2010
Devils Rumors & NewsIslanders Rumors & News

The Yankees received their World Series rings in their home opener on Tuesday, with Whitey Ford and Yogi Berra on hand to pass them out. After criticizing the Yankees’ spending last week, Brewers owner Mark Attanasio was caught spying on the ceremony while hiding behind some bushes. As he was led away to the Yankee Stadium jail that’s set up for disgruntled Yankee haters, he was heard mumbling that the Bronx Bombers spent more on their rings than the whole Brewers franchise is worth.

For the record, here are a few other cost comparisons between the wealthy Yankees and the small-market Brewers: More money has fallen out of Alex Rodriguez’s pocket than Prince Fielder spends on his yearly grocery bill; Derek Jeter’s splurge-fest on bottle service at VIP sections of nightclubs throughout New York City is 10 times more than the payroll of the Brewers bullpen; Joba Chamberlain spent more on off-season twirling and fist-pump lessons than Milwaukee did on overseas scouting; A.J. Burnett’s 2009 shaving-cream pie budget …

Thursday, April 15th, 2010
Knicks Rumors & News

We all know about the great athletes in New York sports history – Babe Ruth, Tom Seaver, Lawrence Taylor, Joe Namath, Mark Messier, Walt Frazier – and even the busts – Ed Whitson, Mo Vaughn, Roberto Alomar, Stephon Marbury, Scott Gomez. But what about the slightly-to-highly-above-average athlete? The kind-of-great but not all-timer? They may not have been Hall-of-Famers, but they were All-Stars, fan favorites, cogs on a championship team or maybe even just pretty darn good. They’re the little brother that didn’t hog all the attention. But they’re certainly worth talking about and remembering. So when do they get their due? Well, now they will. Here is a series of the not-quite-legendary in New York sports history.

Some say Charles Oakley is the toughest man alive. Some say he was one of the best rebounders and fiercest defenders of his time. Some say he looks like Darryl from The Office. And they would all be right. Oakley played for the Knicks for 10 years, and he epitomized the brawling, blue-collar defensive style of the team of …

NBA Awards

MVP

Who will Win: LeBron James

However, Kevin Durant should get consideration considering the Thunder won 50 games this season which is a 27 win improvement from last season. Durant led the NBA in scoring at 30.1, free throws made (756) and  free throws attempted (840). At 21-years old KD became the youngest player ever to lead the NBA in scoring. The last player was 22 -year-old Max Zaslofsky who led the league back in the 1947-1948 season. Durant also set a record of most most consecutive 25+ point games this season and had a +/- of plus 415. Durant is becoming an elite player in the league and will have a MVP in his future.

James; 29.7 points, 7.3 rebounds, 8.6 assists, 1.7 threes, 50% FG, 76% FT, (76 games)

Durant: 30.1, 7.6 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.6 threes, 1.02 blocks, 47% FG, 90% FT (82 games)

The Cavs led the NBA with 61 wins and 35 wins at home. James is the best player in the league right now and will be the third player to average 29, 8, …

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