Saturday, January 10th, 2009

CrossTalk: Giants vs. Eagles-No Love Lost

Giants Rumors & News

Hate.  It’s an important part of life as a fan.  It’s the yin to the yang of loving your team unconditionally.  There will be plenty of hate flowing on Sunday at 1PM (EST) at the Meadowlands in New Jersey.  The Eagles and the Giants dislike each other,  which that makes sense.  They are competing for the same prize.  It’s natural.  As for the fans.  Well the reasons are a little less logical.  What fuels the fire of the fans?  Two fans gave some answers.
Jonathan Atwood-Hot Stove Philly/ Eagles Fan
There are certain expectations that go along with being an Eagles fan: chant “E-A-G-L-E-S EAGLES!!!” at random intervals at any sporting event you attend; buy a Dallas Sucks, TO Swallows T-shirt at some point in your life; hate the Cowboys with every fiber of your being; and, of course, hate the Giants.
Most Eagles fans hate the Cowboys more than the Giants, …

Saturday, October 18th, 2008

Giant Keys Week 7

Giants Rumors & News

“We were out coached”
“We should have stayed with the run”
“We should have passed more”
“We should have blitzed more”
None of the above statements were said by New York Giants’ players after they were dismantled by the Cleveland Browns last week, 35-14. Granted the Giants didn’t lose a playoff game, and having a Superbowl ring tends to give players some perspective. But it’s a positive sign that the Giants didn’t revert back to their finger pointing ways after getting outplayed for 60 minutes on Monday Night Football. Usually when the media writes about players being a “distraction” or a “cancer in the locker room” versus being a “true leader” …

Monday, October 13th, 2008

Giant Keys | Week 6

Giants Rumors & News

In the wake of the New York Giants’ 44-6 destruction of the Seattle Seahawks in Week 5, their biggest strength was revealed: Depth. Not many people doubted the Giants would beat Seattle. Some even thought Dominik Hixon, Plaxico Burress’ one game replacement, would play well. However, not many predicted that Sinorice Moss would look like a viable wide receiver. Or that starting right tackle Kareem McKenzie would leave with an injury and the offensive line would not miss a beat. Other teams may have more talented starting line-ups, but no team in the NFL has a better 53 man roster than the Giants.

On both sides of the ball, Big Blue has viable reserves that can step in and contribute. Many people have heard of Justin Tuck, but have you heard of Dave Tollefson? He’s a back-up defensive end in his second year in the league out of Northwest Missouri State. He has 2 sacks this season while …

Friday, October 3rd, 2008

Giant Keys-Week 5

Giants Rumors & News

A bad thing happened to the New York Giants during their bye week.  I’m not referring to Plaxico Burress’ one game suspension and rumors that he may have violated the NFL’s code of conduct policy.  Losing Burress is a big blow, especially if it is for more than one game. But what I’m talking about could be bigger than the Giants losing their star wide receiver.  I’m referring to how, without playing a game last week, the Giants got the “respect” that they’ve been complaining that haven’t been getting since Superbowl XLII ended.   With the Dallas Cowboys losing to the Washington Redskins last week, the Giants have been crowned (for this week anyway) by the media as the best team in the NFL.  Big Blue currently ranks first in ESPN’s power poll. also has them as the top team.  Sports Illustrated’s Peter King said they are the best team in the league at the quarter season mark, and even King’s colleague Paul Zimmerman ranked the Giants number one.   This is bad …

Wednesday, September 24th, 2008

A Little Bit of Everything At Shea…

Mets Rumors & News

Last night I headed out to Shea and watched the Mets beat the Chicago Cubs 6-2  to stay one game ahead of the Milwaukee Brewers for the National League wild card spot. But before I recap the experience, a quick back story:

Back in July, my wife calls me at work excited, telling me her job was giving out Mets tickets and that she got two for us.  She’s doesn’t like baseball so she told me to take a friend to the game.  Fast forward to yesterday.  While sitting in the nose bleed seats in right field with my friend “H” a group of about 50 adults come into the section, all at the same time.  To say this group of people were, “enthusastic” would be an understatement.  From the start they were excited to be there.  Singing along (badly) with the national anthem, shouting (constant) “encouragement” to the players,  and voicing (forcefully)displeasure with the umpires.  But something just was “different” about this group of fans.  Then it hit …

Sunday, September 14th, 2008
Giants Rumors & News

When the NFL season schedule is released, any fan worth his authentic team jersey goes through each week and gives their team “wins”.  We’ve all done it: “they should definitely win that one, I can see them losing this one, that game could decide the season”.  When the New York Giants’ schedule was released, you can bet that every fan circled “Week 2 @ Rams” as a win.    If there were any fans on the fence before the season began, the Eagles removed all doubt with a 38-3 beatdown of the Rams in week 1. Throw in the Giants road winning streak and all things point to an easy Giant victory.

Smells like a trap to me.

This has all the makings of a game where the Giants sleepwalk through for the first half.  I can see it now; the Rams home crowd comes out fired up, there is blown coverage in the Giants secondary, maybe there are a few penalties, and then things get dicey….     On …

Thursday, September 11th, 2008

Pats Still Alive and Kicking

Jets Rumors & News

The New England Patriots are still the team to beat-New England Patriots WR Randy Moss 

When Kansas City Chiefs safety Bernard Pollard delivered the shot heard around the NFL world last week, fans around the league literally began to rejoice. No longer will they have to endure Randy Moss’ 
annoying endzone antics. They can take the television off of mute as they will not hear announcers gush over Bill Belichick’s “genius”.  They will not be subjected to Teddy Bruchi’s mascot-like, sadistic smile.  And most importantly, the NFL’s most hated team will become a shell of itself.  Life will go back to a simpler time when football coaches didn’t look like vagrants on the sideline, steroid using, cheap-shot artist, defensive backs weren’t considered “leaders” and the Patriots were a perennial sub .500 team….

Friday, September 5th, 2008

Musings: Phillies vs. Mets

Mets Rumors & News

Thoughts going into the Mets biggest series of the year…
The Mets go into this series 3 games up and have won 10 of 15 against the Phillies this season. However this doesn’t make me feel at ease.
While I think being able to add 15 new players to a team in September is absurd, the added bodies, most notably the added arms, is huge for Jerry Manuel. He was already nursing his way through the late innings with what I call “the most exciting bullpen in baseball”. Now he’s almost to the point where he can use a reliever per out before he goes to Luis Ayala or whoever is the closer of the day.
Speaking of Ayala, he certainly fits right in with the rest of the bullpen. It’s to the point where I don’t even get scared anymore at the end of the game. Drama at the end of games is just a way of life for …

Monday, September 1st, 2008

The Turk Commeth

Giants Rumors & NewsJets Rumors & News

The day that strikes fear in the hearts of both NFL rookies and veterans-cut down day- has come and gone, with neither local NFL team making any surprising moves.
The Giants will keep the majority of their Superbowl winning roster in tact. On the bubble veteran defensive backs Sam Madison and R.W. McQuarters made the team as did injury plagued wide receiver Sinorice Moss. Big Blue even retained five tailbacks, including nine-year pro Ruben Droughns, thought to be a prime candidate to lose his roster spot with the emergence of Georgia alum Danny Ware.  One notable cut was quarterback Andre Woodson, a sixth round pick out of Kentucky that was viewed as a long term prospect. With backup quarterback Anthony Wright on injured reserve, the Giants have only two quarterbacks currently on the active roster.

As for the Jets, the only notable veterans that did not make the roster was linebacker Matt Chatham and …

Saturday, August 23rd, 2008

Heilman the Hero?

Mets Rumors & News

Redemption is a story in sports that never gets old.

You know the drill. Player is a bust/disappointment. Fans want him gone. Coaches loose faith in him. Player looses his self-confidence.

But then, it happens. Mr. bust/disappointment is thrust into action at a key moment. Maybe one of his teammates is injured. Maybe the coach decides to plays a hunch. Maybe there’s no better alternative. For whatever reason he gets an opportunity, and Mr.bust/disappointment comes through. All is right with the world. Everyone lives happily ever after.

Well, why can’t Aaron Heilman be that guy? Granted, the odds of Heilman redeeming himself for all the bad performances this year are slim. But the chance is there. He’s got the first part of the scenario locked up already. He’s been a disappointment. A major disappointment. A 3-7, 5.40 ERA (including a 10.24 ERA in August), 9 homeruns allowed in 68 innings, disappointment. Actually, disappointment …

Monday, August 18th, 2008

Dear Mr. Wagner:

Mets Rumors & News

I come to you, hat in hand, eating a healthy slice of humble pie, to say I’m sorry.  After spending the last two weeks experiencing life with Aaron Heilman and his band of not so merry men as the closer(s) for my favorite baseball team, I now realize I’ve been too harsh on you.

In the past I’ve cursed you while following games on television, the radio and the internet. I’ve called you overrated. I’ve said to anyone who will listen that you do more talking than pitching and that you can’t close out good teams. At one point I thought moving Duaner Sanchez into the closer role was a good idea.  I’m not proud of myself. 

But it wasn’t personal, I swear. I don’t hate you. I’m just a Mets fan desperate for another World Series crown. I’m not sure if you know, but Mets fans have been burned by an inability to hold leads in big games in the past. In 1988 the Mets were heavy favorites in …

Tuesday, August 12th, 2008
Jets Rumors & News

On many reality television shows, the non-so-secret weapon is the “twist.” Some sort of curveball thrown in to keep things interesting and create drama. It could be something like triple immunity, or a contestant that was eliminated gets a second chance or a participant gets to issue some sort of challenge to someone else.
Well the AFC East is like a convoluted reality show. Except that the AFC East is actually real, and entertaining. Well not the Bills, they are that contestant who nobody knows or votes for.
Over the last decade the Jets/Dolphins/Pats have given us: “…they ought to let you shop for some of the groceries,“ a head coach resigning one day after he was hired so he could take a job with a rival, ex-coaches being denied access to their personal belongings, draft picks being swapped for coaches, teams “buying” tapes to study quarterback signals, handshakes being analyzed and of course “Spygate.” …

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