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Yesterday, I had the opportunity to interview Hall of Fame running back, Marshall Faulk of the Indianapolis Colts and St. Louis Rams as part of SAP’s innovative Player Comparison tool for fantasy football. SAP partnered with the NFL to develop a tool that helps fantasy players make real time lineup decisions. The Player Comparison tool is the only fantasy research tool that provides comparisons featuring five unique performance indicators, enables full user customization, allows for pre-set expert logic based on Fantasy Expert, and is integrated into Fantasy Football. Marshall, who tirelessly watches and analyzes game tape, is SAP’s official spokesman for the tool.This week, SAP has a display on ‘Super Bowl Blvd.’ in Manhattan that allows fans to experiment with the tool. 

Marshall sat down with myself and a few other sports writers to discuss his career and the Super Bowl. The interview is summarized after the jump.

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Joe Girardi - Todd Giannattasio - Terry Collins

They thought it was more important to look at the press cameras instead of my cell phone.

Today I had the great opportunity to head over to Yankee Stadium and be part of the press conference with Joe Girardi and Terry Collins. The event started with some talk about how much they both love Dunkin Donuts (sponsor of the event).

Girardi and Collins both spoke about the cross-town rivalry and what it means to the teams. They agreed that it’s the passion of the fans that really drives it. When the Mets were in Washington fans were asking them about it before the Nationals series was even over. Girardi brought up how it’s tough to go out around town if you lose because he knows he’ll hear about it from the Mets fans teasing him and the Yankee fans being upset.

Collins spoke on Johan Santana’s last outing with the no-hitter and had a funny anecdote that after the seventh inning no one would even be there to answer the bullpen phone because everyone back there was up along the fence watching.

How has Andy Pettite effected the clubhouse, his play on the field is better than anyone expected right away, how has he made the team better off the field?

Girardi: His presence is really powerful because he has an expectation for himself and for everyone else. He’s made a difference in the rotation, you can see the rotation has consistently gotten better since he joined. I don’t know if they’re worried he’s going to take one of their spots, but I really believe it’s his presence. His calmness and preparation, for the other guys to be able to see a 39 year old man go to work everyday, I think you can learn a lot from him. He means a lot more to this team than just the day that he pitches.

What did Dickey find at the top of Mount Kilimanjaro that has him leading the league in wins? 

Collins: A better knuckler with command of that sucker!

How is it different going into a big game as a player compared to as a manager?

Girardi: It’s much easier as a player, you’re only responsible for yourself and once you get on the field and start playing all that stuff goes away and you’re focused on that one play or pitch. As a manager you’re responsible for a lot more people out there and you need to focus on setting up the bullpen and everything else.

How do you feel about interleague throughout the season instead of once a year?

Girardi: Well, it’ll be different because usually you try to get everybody ready for about a month, but now you always have to be ready. It’ll be good though because we won’t have those long stands where we lose the DH. Last year we lost our DH for 9 straight games. This year we won’t have that, so it’ll be better that way.

What’s your philosophy with managing a big name, big money roster?

Girardi: It’s nice! But money doesn’t always produce wins, it just means you’ve done it already and they expect you to continue to do it. But they don’t wanna be treated like that, they’re human beings. They have their good days and their bad days and their issues. They want to be treated like men. They know the expectations of putting on a Yankee uniform and that’s what I try to manage.

Two months into the season, what do you like about your team so far and what do you think needs to be improved on?

Collins: To improve, we need to start getting healthy. We need to get Jason back in the lineup and Tejada back in the lineup. What I like is our passionate play. I’ve told people, our young players, they don’t know they’re not supposed to be very good. When they take the field, they think they’re gonna win and that’s the way they’ve gone about it. I credit the veterans on the club, the leadership that they’ve shown in the clubhouse. That’s the fun part of watching them play every night. They don’t get down about it and when they have a good game they don’t get too high either. They know they have to come back out the next day. The young guys are trying to survive, they wanna stay here. They want to go out and show people they belong here.

Girardi: With the struggles that we’ve had at times and the injuries we’ve had, we’re only a half game out of first place I give those guys a lot of credit. No matter who goes down, someone is there to step up. The bullpen has done a tremendous job. We’ve had some struggles with the starting rotation and hitting with runners in scoring position and we look up and we’re a half a game out and I believe all that’s going to change, that bodes well for us.

Talk a little about what’s going on with Ike Davis?

Collins: We try to preach patience in this organization and this guy has tremendous ability. I still believe your seeing the effects of a guy who missed an entire season and is trying to get back. I want to make sure Ike understands we’re behind him and he’s gotta continue to work. If you talk to the players they’ll tell you he’s a tremendous teammate and you don’t wanna lose that. I’ve never seen a guy would come who would come to bat, not a big situation, and have more teammates routing for him to get a hit. To me, I don’t wanna lose those kinda guys.

The minute all of a sudden where a decision is gonna be made, it’s gonna be made with enough to back it up and make a decision and have given him every opportunity but right now we’re not at that point.

Other notes from the conference:

– Jason Bay will be in the lineup and playing left field tonight.

– Gardner said that his elbow wasn’t feeling sore and will be playing this weekend in Charleston.

– Robertson threw live bp yesterday and they’re waiting to see how he feels today and if all is well he’ll go on a rehab start.

– Mariano Rivera has been around the team on all home stands.

*some answers are paraphrased


Todd Giannattasio is a guest blogger for New York State Of Sports. Todd is the CCO of Tresnic Media which specializes in web marketing and small business SEO. You can follow him on Twitter @TresnicMedia

Kenny and I ventured into NYC to Mickey Mantle’s Restaurant on Tuesday Night for ex-Yank Roy White’s press conference to announce he was starting this year’s Runyon’s 5K Race at Yankee Stadium. In addition to eating some delicious food and mingling with various runners, we had a few minutes to listen to Roy talk about his playing experience with the New York Yankees. Mr. White played alongside Mickey Mantle, Roger Maris, Whitey Ford, and Reggie Jackson. How many Yankees can attest to that? Mr. White was an even nicer person and had a lot of interesting facts to share that not many fans may know..

Kenny, Roy, and I

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The Yankees start a three-game series in Cincinnati tonight against the Reds. While these two teams have enjoyed recent success, their past successes should not be forgotten. These two teams dominated the late ’70s, taking home four of five World Series titles, including Cincy’s sweep of the Bombers in the ’76 World Series. Cincinnati’s ‘Big Red Machine’ is regarded by many as one of the top teams of all-time. The Yankee teams of the late ’70s were dysfunctional, but extremely successful. Few remember the importance of the 1976 season, though. After a two-year hiatus for renovations, the Bombers came back home to the Bronx. Catcher Thurman Munson was named captain, an honor no one had held since 1941 and won the AL MVP Award. Yankee fans remember Reggie Jackson, Billy Martin, the Bronx ‘burning down’ and WS Championships in 1977 and 1978, but without the 1976 season, their titles wouldn’t have been possible.


Chambliss's HR in the 76 ALCS sent the Yanks to the WS

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Today, I had the opportunity to interview NBA Hall of Famer and Knicks legend, Earl ‘The Pearl’ Monroe. Mr. Monroe is helping start a new venture deemed, ‘The People’s Games’. ‘The People’s Games’ is an opportunity where New York City residents can try out for a basketball team coached by Monroe and ultimately compete against a Los Angeles team led by UCLA great, Lucius Allen. Outside of discussing ‘The People’s Games” with Mr. Monroe, I asked him an array of questions about the Knicks and the NBA in general..

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Adam and I got to meet and talk with Nick Swisher tonight. Let me tell you, he’s no different in person than he seems on television. He was running around, shaking everyone’s hand, putting people in headlocks, trashing the Red Sox, talking about his ADD. He was constantly telling all of us that you need to do something that you love and you’ll always be just as happy as he is. That’s the key in life.

Overall though, the guy is a riot. We got to do a quick interview with him and here’s what he had to offer:

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I had the privilege of interviewing Mike Axisa from River Ave. Blue, A New York Yankees blog. River Ave. Blues is the Internet’s largest New York Yankees independent news source. They receive over 25,000 Yankee visitors per day.

Mike and I had a great discussion about the state of the Yankees and our thoughts on the season thus far. Check it out.

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Recently, I had the privilege of interviewing Scott Wright, NFL Draft analyst and President of Draft Countdown. If you’re looking for an interview with someone who knows all there is to know on the NFL Draft, here it is. Here’s the transcript:

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I had the pleasure to have our first interview with Kevin Rozell, owner of Zell’s Pinstripe Blog. I asked him a few questions regarding the 2010 Yankees. Check it out. continue reading…