Browsing Posts published in February, 2011

This is the eighth installment of the Red Sox/Yankee rivalry. Today, we are going to finish up the outfield debate by looking at right field. One right fielder had a career year in 2010, slamming 29 home runs while the other has failed to live up to expectations of his five-year, $70 million contract. Nick Swisher and J.D. Drew are integral complementary offensive players to their respective lineups. Both players could also potentially be free agents after the 2011 season, so each player will be looking to put up a monster season. With both players having a lot to prove, who holds the advantage in right field heading into the 2011 season?

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In this week’s edition, we look at editor Matt Vereb’s favorite coach in not only New York, but all of sports. Rex Ryan was once again up to his old tricks this week. Let’s see what Rex said, and why it has made him Adam’s Adversary of the Week.

Big Ol' Rex Havin' Some Fun - www.nj.com

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When the King took his “talents to South Beach”, he changed the blueprint on how to build a contender in the NBA. For two decades the blueprint was to have two stars: Jordan and Pippen, Kobe and Shaq, Duncan and Robinson, Kobe and Pau. The strategy worked. However in 2007 the Celtics tested out a new plan, bringing three stars together onto one team, something that hadn’t successfully happened since the Celtics and Lakers of the late 1980s.

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Happy Saturday morning everyone! Hope you are all in a “melo” mood these days with the latest Knicks trade. The NBA is ruling headlines these days with the recent trading deadline; however, this week I will continue poking fun at baseball, since it is my favorite sport. Please feel free to “laugh out loud” or even chuckle to yourself at any of these mockeries.

Note: The following is NOT based on fact. If in any case these jokes become real headlines, you have the right to consider me psychic.

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As the NFL Combine kicks off today, let’s move back into the first round and look at yet another offensive tackle. Today we’ll look at Anthony Castonzo, a solid four-year starter out of Boston College who has been linked to the Giants in many mock drafts early on.

This year’s tackle class is talented at the top, with a legitimate possibility that six prospects could go in the first round; but as we stand today there’s no clear-cut favorite across the board. Like I said in my profile of Tyron Smith, it all depends on which experts you give your trust to. Everyone seems to have a different favorite; but Castonzo is consistently somewhere in the top-five.

Let’s take a look at some pre-Combine reports on Castonzo, and see if he’s the right guy for Big Blue in round one.
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It’s that time of the week again. Time to dive into the mailbag and answer your questions. One on Carmelo Anthony, one on Deron Williams, one on Fantasy Baseball, and one on Bartolo Colon.

Melo Knockin' Down The Game Clincher

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This is the seventh installment of the positional battle between the Red Sox and Yankees. Today, we are going to evaluate center field where, just like yesterday, speed reigns supreme. However, both Jacoby Ellsbury and Curtis Granderson suffered some ‘pains’ during the 2010 season. Ellsbury suffered a multitude of rib pain while Granderson had some early growing pains as a member of the Bombers. However, entering 2011, Ellsbury’s ribs are 100% healed and Granderson has finally adjusted to New York. What can we expect out of these two players this season and ultimately, who holds the advantage?

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The Garden was rocking tonight in Carmelo Anthony’s debut, and the Knickerbocker’s delivered with a 114-108 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks. Carmelo Anthony struggled at the start of the game, looking tense and nervous but settled in finishing with 27 points and 10 rebounds. Chauncey Billups showed that he can be a floor general, scoring 21 points, while going a perfect 12-12 from the free throw line.

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After being spurned by Carmelo Anthony, the Nets wasted little time, trading for All-Star point guard, Deron Williams. The Nets will send rookie forward, Derrick Favors, point guard Devin Harris, and two first round picks to Utah. Williams, who was a member of the Utah Jazz for the last six seasons, is averaging 21.3 points per game and 9.7 assists per game.

Some outlets are reporting that Williams is completely unhappy with the trade and will not sign an extension in the future. Williams has two years remaining on his contract and has implied that he would like to join Amare and Carmelo in the Garden.

It’s not surprising to see Williams get dealt after his altercation with head coach, Jerry Sloan two weeks ago. Sloan is apparently going to return to the bench next season so the deal makes sense.

For previous 2011 Prospect Profiles, last year’s profiles, and esteemed columnist Adam Poedubicky’s unrivaled 2010 Draft coverage, check out our NFL Draft section.

Today’s Prospect Profile shifts its focus back to one of the more pressing needs on the Giants’ roster heading into April’s Draft: outside linebacker. A four-year starter at the University of Connecticut, Lawrence Wilson was one of the most productive outside linebackers in all of college football the last four seasons. His four-year totals at UConn are excellent: 449 tackles, 35.5 tackles for loss, 9.5 sacks, five interceptions, and six forced fumbles. He’s a tackling factory.

The rock and the motor of the Huskies defense for the past two seasons, some NFL teams may be turned off when looking at Wilson as he is a bit “undersized” according to scouts; but his production and intensity speak for themselves.

Let’s hit the scouting reports.

Lawrence Wilson makes contact.

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