Browsing Posts published in December, 2011

Shut up, Rex.

And enough with the B.S.

The New York Football Giants had all the cards stacked against them against impetuous coach Rex Ryan and his New York Jets. It was unclear how this Giants team would respond at a point of return, with their playoff lives in their hands, just a short week after laying a dud against the lowly Washington Redskins. Add in a full week of trash talking to an already hate-filled rivalry, which left myself wondering whether the Giants had fallen for the trap and played right into the over-exuberant hand of Ryan and the Jets.

The Giants responded, though, by playing up when the time called for it – playing a solid-if-unspectacular game – all the while putting the Jets’ season in jeopardy by defeating them ‘on the road’ 29-14.

With the win, the Giants improve to 8-7 heading into next week’s battle with Dallas.

Credit: Yahoo! News

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The Jets aren’t surprising (or fooling) anyone.

All week long, the Jets have been shooting their mouths off. Rex Ryan has publicly said that his Jet team is better than the Giants. He has called Tom Coughlin one of the ‘greatest coaches ever’, but has been very public with his bashing. Is anyone surprised, though? This is just typical Rex, shooting his mouth off and putting his foot in his mouth after his team blows big games. Speaking of blowing big games, the Giants have been so dreadful over the last six weeks. Outside of Jason Pierre Paul, no one of the Giant defense seems to care. Eli Manning is doing his best, but the Giant defense as a whole has been absolutely atrocious. 

With that being said, here are three things to watch for and my pick for the game..

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Another 3-0 week last week. For the year, my record has improved to 21-14-1. This week, I have three more picks. My picks will focus on these three games:

  • Miami at Buffalo
  • New Orleans at Minnesota
  • Cleveland at Arizona

 

Drew Brees? In a Dome? With Passing Records? Yes. Please.

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The Jets played in a completely non-competitive game against the KC Chiefs yesterday. Tyler Palko may be the worst starting quarterback I’ve ever seen and the Jets made look (and feel) uncomfortable all game long. Shonn Greene had a huge game, gaining 187 total yards and 1 TD. Mark Sanchez accounted for four touchdowns (two each by air and foot). The Jets 37-10 victory was their second most lopsided of the season.

Besides a great showing, the team lost safety Jim Leonard again for the season. Last year around this time, Leonard suffered a season ending injury, but the Jet defense was able to pick up the slack. This season, Leonard has taken on a larger role and his loss with have a huge effect on the defense.

The 8-5 Jets got some help today, too. Entering today, the Jets sat in ninth place in the AFC. However, the Raiders were steamrolled by the Packers, the Texans beat the Bengals (7-6) on the last play of the game and the Titans (7-6) were unable to rally past the Saints. After Week 14, the Jets do control their own destiny, but have a very tough slate of games, at Philly, New York Giants, and at Miami.

 

If you are an MLB or NBA fan, this has been a sad, sad week. To start things off, Portland Trail Blazer point guard, Brandon Roy, was forced to retire. Roy, 27, has been suffering from a degenerative knee condition. When healthy, Roy was on the league’s top shooting guards and averaged 19.0 PPG during his career. To make matter worse, a three-team trade sending Chris Paul to the Laker was rejected because David Stern didn’t like it. Then the teams revised the trade, submitted it, and were REJECTED AGAIN!  (Funny Side Note: Lamar Odom Kardashian threw a hissy fit and the Laker traded him to Dallas, lol). Anyway, David Stern has completely lost control of the league and I fully expect the Player’s Association to sue the NBA. Stern is already trying to influence who plays where. While he’s at it, does Stern want to release which teams will make the playoffs too? 

Finally, Ryan Braun tested positive for performance enhancing drugs, two weeks after winning the NL MVP Award. As a whole, baseball’s popularity won’t suffer, but it’s truly sad to see the game’s best outfielder artificially inflate his way to an award.

Can Eli Manning be any more clutch? With his team trailing 34-22 with 5:15 to go, Eli orchestrated a four-play, 80 yard TD drive, capped with a touchdown throw to Jake Ballard. Romo had his chance to ice the game, barely missing Miles Austin on a seam route with 2:12 to go. That would have ended the game. This errant pass was another Tony Romo chokejob that Cowboy fans (and America) have grown accustomed to watching. After Romo failed to pick up the first down, Eli led another, quick strike, six-play, 56 yard TD drive ending in a Brandon Jacobs one-yard run.

However, Romo did put the Cowboys and kicker Dan Bailey in position to tie the game at 37. After the Giants iced Bailey on his first attempt, Jason Pierre-Paul used his entire extended 6’6″ frame to block Bailey’s field goal attempt. JPP made the play of the season. Other than his game winning play, JPP had two sacks (one safety) and six solo tackles. Anyone who watches this guy knows he’s an absolute freak and has mitigated the injury-riddled, disappointing season of Justin Tuck.

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As a website, we were split on JPP when the Giants drafted him, but he is a slam dunk All-Pro with his 13.5 sacks this season.

With the win, the Giants improve to 7-6 and slide into first place in the NFC East. For their final three games, they won’t have to leave the great state of New Jersey as they host the Redskins, Jets, and Cowboys. It should be an interesting finish, but tonight’s win saved the Giants season.

Last week, I posted a perfect 3-0 record to improve to 18-14-1 on the season. This week, my picks will focus on these three games:

  • Buffalo at San Diego
  • New York Giants at Dallas
  • St. Louis at Seattle

Beast Mode For Marshawn?

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The Knicks finalized a three-team, sign-and-trade, trade to land center, Tyson Chandler. The 7’1″ center joins the Knicks after helping lead the Dallas Mavericks to an NBA Championship. Chandler is an extremely athletic, above average defender inside the paint. To get Chandler, the Knicks will shell out $58 million over the next four seasons. The Knicks sent Ronny Turiaf to the Wizards and Andy Rautins to make the deal work. Dallas received a large trade exemption, but that’s really relevant.

To fit Chandler within the salary cap, the Knicks ‘amnestied’ Chauncey Billups and his $14.2 million 2011-12 salary, meaning that salary will not count against their cap this season. Chauncey isn’t too happy about this, either. 

Chandler isn’t a good offensive player (10.1 PPG), but his defensive prowess provides an immediate, desperate upgrade that the Knicks needed. If you watched the NBA Finals last year, you know Chandler was in LeBron’s head. 

Overall, Chandler is a great addition to a Knick team that desperately needed some sort of defensive presence. The move allows Amare to stay in his natural, power forward position.

Chandler is a rugged, intense winner. Welcome to NY, Tyson. 

Winter Meetings started pretty slowly, but went out with a bang on Thursday afternoon. Albert Pujols and CJ Wilson joined the Los Angeles Angels while the Marlins have been offering big money contracts to every available free agent. As for the two New York teams, the Yankees made a minor moving, posting the highest bid ($2 million) to negotiate with Japanese shortstop, Hiroyuki Nakajima, who started for Japan during the 2009 World Baseball Classic. As for the Mets, they signed relievers, Jon Rauch and Frank Francisco while making a small trade with the Giants for Andres Torres.

For both the Mets and Yankees, we’ve heard a ton of trade rumors, which I’ll get to, but here are five impressions I’ve taken away from this off-season…

Sorry, Cardinal Nation

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As first reported by Ken Rosenthal, the Miami Marlins and free agent SS Jose Reyes are on the verge of a six-year, $106 million deal. The oft-injured Reyes won the batting title for the Mets (.337) and stole 39 bases. Reyes is one of the league’s best players, but has dealt with many injuries during his nine-year career. Reyes has played fewer than 133 games in each of his last three seasons.

Taking His Talents To South Beach

The Marlins do have a very talented shortstop of their own (Hanley Ramirez), but will likely move him to a corner position.

The Mets apparently offered him five-years, $75 million, but that wasn’t enough to get it done.

Reaction: It’s a disgrace that the Mets let Reyes go, but that’s the nature of the beast. Reyes clearly wanted the biggest payday and playing for Ozzie Guillen was probably a deciding factor. The warmer climate in Miami may also help Reyes avoid injury. Expect even fewer fans to show up to Citi Field this year as Reyes will wreak hell on the Mets for years to come.