Sunday, May 31, 2009
So far, professional baseball’s only righty-lefty reliever has done nothing but improve his chances of eventually becoming the Yankees’ ambidextrous answer out of the bullpen.
Venditte has been lights out the past two seasons at Staten Island and Charleston, converting 36 of 38 save opportunities. This year, he leads the South Atlantic League with 13 saves and has 31 strikeouts—against one walk— in 20 innings for the RiverDogs.
A very nice feature on Venditte. I'd love to see him on the YES Network soon, especially with the Yankees' need for good releivers. Dude has an 0.86 ERA, a 0.81 WHIP and only 1 walk in 21 innings. But I'll wait until he's dominating in Scranton.
The piece also mentions this quirky incident:
A fantastic finish at the Colonial this weekend. Steve Stricker outlasted both Tim Clark and Steve Marino to win a tour event for the first time in two years.
Although good golf story's almost always come from the winning participants, often I find it more fascinating to look at how another player lost it. Especially when a playoff hole or two is involved. We saw this with Kenny Perry and Chad Cambell during Angel Cabrera's triumph at Augusta in April.
To me, today's choke of the week award goes to Tim Clark. Clark holds the not-so-honorable distinction of being the richest player in tour history without a victory to his name. He's an example of a guy who can make a career out of making cuts and finishing in top 10's consistently. There's also a reason why these guys never win.
Clark's back nine and playoff at Colonial is a perfect example of this. With five holes to play, Clark had a two shot lead. He blew it...On the first playoff hole, Clark stood over an easy as pie putt that would have won the tournament. He blew it...On the second and final hole, Clark let loose a perfect approach shot...bad luck, it hit the flag stick and bounced back like a javelin jumper. What came half an inch away from a sure fire tournament winning eagle from the rough, turned into a missed 20 foot birdie putt and a win for Steve Stricker.
As for Steve Marino, he seemed too nervous to win the playoff. On the second playoff hole, Marino backed away from the tee about a thousand times because he couldn't settle down. I never got that Marino had the moxie needed to win a playoff on the PGA tour. This tournament was clearly about Stricker and Clark.
Next stop on the tour- Dublin, Ohio for the Memorial Tournament next weekend. This one is intriguing because its the "Jack Nicklaus tournament". It's played at a Jack Nicklaus course in Jack's home town. The field is pretty good too. It includes last years champ, Kenny Perry, this week's champ, Steve Stricker, Vijay Singh, Ernie Els, David Duval, Rocco Mediate, and some guy named Tiger.
- Jordan Lauterbach
Haha. I didn't know you could say that on TV.
Reggie's face and audible gasp are priceless.
The fans and media worry a lot about our wide receivers, and it is tough to lose a player like Plaxico Burress, of course. But we’ve got guys who are hungry and are excited about getting the opportunity to play.
Bringing in Hakeem Nicks as a first-round pick is exciting, he’s a tremendous guy and tremendous athlete. We have the same agent so I know that he’s already found a place to live so he can stay here all summer and catch passes and run routes with Eli. It’s awesome to see a guy with the intensity and dedication. He can make a splash right away.
Steve Smith is a player who has made big plays for us and we just got a glimpse of what Dominic Hixon can do last year, he’s just coming into his own and should get a lot more playing time. Sinorice Moss and Mario Manningham are also players look to get into the mix. And even though he is a tight end, I see Kevin Boss playing a big role in our offense this year. Best thing about all of these guys is that they are still young and have tons of potential.
Diehl is right about a few things here. All of the players he listed are indeed young and have potential. Steve Smith is a beast. Hixon should and probably will get more burn. Nicks is a freak. But hunger doesn't necessarily make a player perform like Plaxico Burress. The team lost one of their greatest weapons, and until we get to see the replacements in a real game, it still has to be presumed that these guys won't be as valuable.
He's saying the right things in terms of political correctness, but the fact still remains that the Giants are still unsure at wide out.
Also, he failed to mention Ramses Barden. What the hell!!?? If there's a guy to replace Plax, it's Barden.
Hilarious stuff from Phil Mushnick in todays New York Post-
It was in 2003 that North Korea's state-controlled news agency reported that Kim had played his first round of golf, finishing the 18 holes at 38 under par, which stands to reason given the 11 holes-in-one he made. Not bad for a beginner.
The same news organization reported that "Dear Leader" typically has several holes-in-one every round he plays. Yeah, well he's streaky that way.
North Korea at the time had only one course, a par-72 that played very long, 7,700 yards. So Kim, then 61, on that first day he played, routinely aced a few par fours and perhaps even a par five, to finish with a 38-under 34, or roughly 30 strokes better than the best pros on their best day.
But the most preposterous part of it all was an exceptionally polite, benefit-of-the-doubt World Tribune report of Kim's golfing acumen. It referred to him as "easily the greatest golfer the world has ever seen," adding, "if the official government media is to be believed.
...Now back to watching a pretty good final in the Colonial....
- Jordan Lauterbach
New poll question: Who will win the NBA Finals?
At 2-2 in the first set, Williams double-faulted to give a break point to Martinez Sanchez, a Spaniard who is ranked 43rd and never has reached the fourth round at a major. On the next point, Martinez Sanchez raced to the net behind a drop shot that brought Williams forward, too. Williams ran up and smacked a backhand right at Martinez Sanchez.
In what seemed to be an effort to protect herself, as much as to try to hit a volley, the left-handed Martinez Sanchez raised her racket, quick as could be. The ball ricocheted back—off her racket? off her arm? off both?—and past Williams. The point was awarded to Martinez Sanchez, giving her the game.
NBC, which televised the match, showed The Associated Press replays in which the ball appears to glance first off Martinez Sanchez’s right forearm, then off her racket, before going over the net. Tennis rules say if a ball touches a player, the point is lost.
The ball clearly hit off Martinez Sanchez. Although the ball hit her, she didn't admit it to the judge and took the point.
Fessing up to something that'll make you lose a point sounds crazy to me. Martinez Sanchez is the 43rd ranked player in the world and she is facing the 2nd ranked and an all-time great. I'm taking the points any way I can. Being 100% honest is not my number 1 concern when I'm trying to win a sports match.
That's why I can respect NBA players who can get away with illegal plays on defense, i.e. Malik Rose's chair pull with a player backing him down. Countless times, Rose would brace an offensive player, then step aside while tugging their shorts; causing them to travel. Brilliant! Or Bruce Bowen's never ending array of potentially dirty plays.
The point is that a player has the right to try almost anything to gain an advantage, as long as it is within the time of play.
I was watching the match with my Dad yesterday and he had the completely opposite reaction than I had. My Dad was an excellent amateur tennis player -- the trophies litter the house -- and he cited an unspoken code of ethics on the court. He wanted Martinez Sanchez to relinquish the point. He added that the instance can't be accurately related to team sports, because tennis is, of course, individual.
I get his argument, but I just can't see why anyone would give up a point against any opponent, let alone one of the best ever. I told my Dad that if I ever got a point on Rafael Nadal, no matter how I got it, I would put it on my résumé.
Either way, Serena ended up winning the match, but not after a tight end to the 3rd set.
--My reaction to Nadal losing in the 4th round of the French: "Holy crap..."
Saturday, May 30, 2009
1. Pagan, lf
2. F. Martinez, rf
3. Beltran, cf
4. Tatis, 3b
5. Murphy, 1b
6. R. Martinez, 2b
7. Schneider, c
8. Valdez, ss
9. Redding, rhp
Wow. That's terrible.
I'm normally not a big line up guy. I don't look at the order on a day to day basis and analyze it all too much. I've always subscribed to the theory that good hitters will hit, regardless of if they are leading off or bringing up the rear. I know this goes against saber metrics, so feel free to shoot me in the face the next time we meet. In general, I find the over analysis of lineups to be missing the point. The game is about who's in the game and who's not, not about whether they are hitting 4th, 5th or 6th.
Yesterday's lineup issues have nothing to do with order. It has everything to do with the decision to sit two of the three best healthy players on the team on the same day. I question why Gary Sheffield and David Wright had to sit during the same game. This is a team that has encountered a wealth of injuries over the last three weeks. Despite the negatives of the last two seasons, health was, for the most part, a relative constant. Now that the injury bug has hit flushing, I'm not sure the Mets are handling it as well as they should be. Besides being completely unprepared for long term injuries by starters at almost every position (that's a topic for another post), lineups like yesterday's make it seam like the team doesn't know how to play short handed.
I'm all for giving guys time off. But again, why two on the same day? Is it because Josh Johnson was on the hill? Johnson is a guy who the Mets have never been able to figure out. It's usually a theory I would yell and scream about on "The Edge", but didn't yesterday reek of a "give away game?" The logic behind the give away game doesn't make any sense to me anyway. If your facing a pitcher who has always given you trouble, why wouldn't you want to arm yourself with the best arsenal possible. Especially if your playing shorthanded to begin with.
Make no mistake, my issue with the lineup is not that guys got time off. I'm all for that. It's the fact that the Mets put themselves at a decided disadvantage before the game even started.Gary Sheffield is forty years old and will need more than a few days off as we get further into the summer. He may have been winded after an exciting 11th inning on the base paths on Friday night. You could make a convincing argument that Sheff is the MVP of May. He's carried the team in the last two weeks. What's most encouraging about him is that he's hitting bullet line drives. That's how you know that a player is locked in. David Wright has had about 3 off days in his entire career (and I'm not really exaggerating). He's also hitting .335 with 30 rbi's. Not exactly in need of a "mental health day". I think its a great idea to give Wright a day off here and there, but if Sheff couldn't go, why couldn't' Wright sit today? or Friday night?
It just doesn't make any sense....
* Prediction: Omir Santos is the starting catcher by August 1. Not because he's going to continue this hot streak he's been on, but because he'll beat Schneider out fair and square. I think everyone in my section yesterday had the same thought about Schneider. Nobody really missed him.
* Have no fear: according to David Lennon, Carlos Beltran left yesterdays game because of a virus. I don't know if he'll play this afternoon, but at least its not the knees again.
*I wonder what will happen with Tim Redding. This is the second consecutive start that he's been categorically terrible. With Oliver Perez no where near the big club yet, (Lennon reported that Ollie is headed back to Port St. Lucie for another MRI) will it be time for Nelson Figeroa round two? I say yes. I don't think the Mets want to keep John Niese on a trampoline between the majors and the farm. The general consensus is that too much movement between levels is bad for the development of a pitcher. The certainly can't keep sending Redding out their. I think its time for everyones favorite spot starter...Figgy!
* Next time you go to Citi Field- get a hamburger....delicious.
- Jordan Lauterbach
Have these commercials taken a turn for the worse? At least the second one makes me hungry for an empanada. Unfortunately, I don't know where I could get one.
While I'm a big Dwight Howard fan, I would love to see LeBron bring the Cavs to the finals. Game 6 is going to be watch oh so closely tonight.
1. Pagan, lf
2. F. Martinez, rf
3. Beltran, cf
4. Tatis, 3b
5. Murphy, 1b
6. R. Martinez, 2b
7. Schneider, c
8. Valdez, ss
9. Redding, rhp
Friday, May 29, 2009
The Mets front office is working the phones Friday evening trying to deal backup catcher Ramon Castro before Saturday afternoon's game against the Marlins at Citi Field. With starting catcher Brian Schneider back in the clubhouse and ready to be activated from the disabled list before the game, and Omir Santos having played his way into the favor of manager Jerry Manuel, the Mets are believed to have engaged the Mariners about the 33-year-old Castro.
Clearly the Mets need to move one of the catchers not named 'Omir'. Clearly Schneider is the lesser of the two, but how much will the team get in return? Castro will bring in more resources for the Mets. It's disputable, because moving either makes sense.
...Jorge Posada's back in the lineup, and says he's feeling strong after missing time with his hamstring injury. He said the time away also helped his surgically-repaired shoulder.
"I'm doing well," Posada said.
Catcher Kevin Cash was optioned out.
1. Jeter, SS
2. Damon, LF
3. Teixeira, 1B
4. Rodriguez, 3B
5. Cano, 2B
6. Posada, C
7. Matsui, DH
8. Swisher, RF
9. Gardner, CF
Moving Cash was the right thing to do. Although he had a very good series in Texas, Francisco Cervelli has been better. The Yankees risk losing Cash by designating him for assignment. I wouldn't be surprised if some team scoops up the veteran.
I have some concerns about Posada behind the dish as soon as he comes back. Playing catcher puts a lot of strain on the legs and could reaggrevate his injury. I would have had him DH today. But we'll see how he does.
In other catcher news, this from the Star-Ledger as well:
Also, Brian Schneider is at Citi Field, done with his rehab. No word on what the Mets intend to do with their catchers.
Yeah, I'm pretty sure he's there to pick up his pink slip...
Gwaltney graduated from North Babylon in 2005 and has played less than two full seasons at West Virginia and Post. Only 22, he still has two years of college eligibility remaining.
"I'm closer to my dream than I've ever been before," he said about one day playing professionally. He said he is looking to play at the Division III level, where he could be eligible in the fall.
As one of the broadcasters for CW Post Football, I have to admit that I wish Jason Gwaltney was still at Post. On a team where there were way too many inconsistencies, Gwaltney was a bright spot in that offense. In every game he played, I think it was safe to say that he was the most dominant player on that field.
Gwaltney played in only 6 of the 11 regular season games for the Pioneers. Regardless, he still led the team in all rushing categories with 729 yards and 10 touchdowns on 128 carries (5.5 yds/carry).
Now, the fact that he's gone may not mean the CW Post Pioneers will be a terrible team. One thing we were able to say several times last year is that the team had a great amount of talent -- even when Gwaltney was out. However, the team did lose several seniors. It'll be interesting to see how this team performs come August 29 at home against American International. Of course, you can hear that game on WCWP Sports.
Check out the link to the article. It's a pretty good interview from Gwaltney's perspective on his time at CW Post.
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Police in Lakeland, Florida, are holding former bodybuilder and personal trainer Richard Thomas in custody after Thomas allegedly admitted to importing and selling a large amount of anabolic steroids, including to players on the Washington Nationals and the Washington Capitals.
I heard about this yesterday and I haven't heard much else. The story is regarding the hot button, headline dominating topic of steroids in sports. But there hasn't been a lot of coverage on it. The story seems like a big deal. Steroids were allegedly sold to one of Hockey's best teams.
Now don't me wrong. The non-coverage of a steroid story is a breath of fresh air. But it's a big surprise that there isn't much speculation when there are a couple of big dogs to go after on both the Capitals and Nationals.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
In recent weeks, Yankees set-up man Brian Bruney and outfielder Brett Gardner have taken to battling each other in the Tiger Woods PGA Tour video game. The winner gets to keep in his locker for the day a small figurine of the greatest golfer in the world.
On Tuesday, Bruney, who is in possession of the trophy, added another twist. Sitting at a clubhouse table, Bruney used glossy red model paint to give the mini version of Tiger Woods his trademark Sunday Red golf shirt.
And for days when Gardner wins, Woods' shirt will be painted green, appropriate for the guy who has four green jackets hanging his closet.
So the truth comes out. Brian Bruney's elbow is hurt because he stays up all night painting a freaking Tiger Woods action figure!
You're a major league pitcher, Bruney. I know you guys need downtime, but could you find a better hobbie than painting action figures? I can't hate on the video games, because I play Tiger Woods on PS2. But the strange combination of a grown man painting toys and playing games reminds me of something...
Yeah.... I went there.
Former Giants receiver Plaxico Burress, who has a residence in Miami, has told people he would love to join the Dolphins if his legal problems are resolved. The Jets and Buccaneers are reportedly interested. Burress will appear in court next month and faces the possibility of a 3 ½ year sentence for carrying an unlicensed firearm.
He'd fit in Miami. Too bad he's going to jail though.
He played all 82 games this season, becoming a piece of the Lakers’ periphery. But in 16 playoff games in 2009, Ariza has come alive. He’s raised his scoring average to 11 points a game and saved the team in Game 1 and Game 3 of the Western Conference finals with steals off inbounds passes late in each game. As long as he is active, in any way, the Lakers’ chance of winning against the Denver Nuggets is increased significantly.
Ariza was everywhere in the first 3 games of the Western Conference finals. In Game 2, he almost matched his playoff high with 20 points, but did reach his steals high with 4. He followed that up with 16 points in Game 3. But if Ariza’s production falls off, it would ultimately doom Los Angeles in this series.
Ariza's game-saving steals from Game 1 and Game 3.
Case in point: Game 4.
In Game 4 on Monday night, Ariza was nowhere to be seen. He picked up two quick fouls in the first quarter and shot 0-2 from the field; both shots coming from behind the arc. The fouls and long-range shots were clear compensations for diminished athleticism. Ariza took a couple of hard fouls earlier in the series, giving him a sore hip to deal with. He left Game 3 but returned to the floor.
He was on the court for only 11 minutes in the first half, and made little to no improvement in 15 second half minutes. The injury rendered him useless and totally ineffective. His poor play caused the Lakers to lose decisively to Denver, 120-101.
Ariza is the only role player who has played above expectations and made a positive impact. Lamar Odom has become a great liability. It seems that every dumb foul, infraction or turnover stems from a mistake by Odom. He's averaging 11 points and over 9 rebounds in the postseason. But in the Conference finals, his numbers have declined. Only 7.5 points and 4.5 rebounds a game against Denver. He also has 6 turnovers in the series -- three of them coming in Game 4.
Andrew Bynum is a waste of space for the majority of the time he’s on the floor. Despite his great size, Bynum disappears in the paint. His inability to even get close range shots is eerie. The knee surgery is not a valid argument to use in defense of Bynum. While he may still be suffering from the ill effects of that operation, he shouldn’t have such a difficult time being a 4th, even 5th, scoring option. He’s the biggest person on the floor, but he plays smaller than he actually is.
His defense is no better. Whenever he is on the court without Pau Gasol, Los Angeles’ interior defense is decayed.
Derek Fisher and Sasha Vujacic have not gotten their shots to fall this series. Fisher, a starter, has only connected on 10 field goals in the four games against Denver. Vujacic, who has not played a full game’s worth of minutes in the series, has made 4; all of them being 3 point shots.
Luke Walton has been nonexistent; Shannon Brown has not been able to get going; and Jordan Farmar has been vastly underused in Fisher’s struggles. Farmar, the 2nd year point guard out of UCLA, has averaged about 11 minutes a contest in the Denver series.
Every single role player has not performed in a noticeably constructive manner in the Western Conference finals. Everyone except for Trevor Ariza. He has been the only one showing grit, intensity and efficiency. He’s played his role as the energy guy, and much more, filling the gaps left by so many others in the Lakers’ periphery. Without him, there is a considerable lack of toughness on the team.
If Ariza does not get healthy, the Los Angeles Lakers can kiss this conference championship goodbye, unless, of course, someone can step up. But with the way this series has gone, it’s not likely. Trevor Ariza is, without a doubt, the Lakers’ most important role player.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
He writes, "Tiring work out tonight. Shot a lot of 3's and made a lot of moves off the dribble." Later, he added "Another great one. This was a 3 point jumpie workout...and a ball handling workout. And a deadly conditioning drill @ the end!"
His focus seems unflappable when he tweets such things as "Mostly errybody eating bar-b-que and I'm locked in. Mastering this hustle." And "Nobody in the country is doing this type of work."
Douglas-Roberts spent most of his rookie year on the Nets bench, getting a few minutes here and there when healthy. But when Devin Harris went down with a shoulder injury, CDR filled in admirably. Along with Keyon Dooling, he solidified the back court and provided a much needed and unseen spark to the New Jersey offense. "Keyon really helped me this season man." he writes. "When I wasn't playing as much, he went out his way to help me. Love KD for that."
Through the last month of the season, Douglas-Roberts proved that he was a capable scorer from all areas on the floor. He set his career-high with 14 points against the New York Knicks on March 18th. He promptly broke that mark by going for 18 against the Miami Heat two days later. In that game, he knocked down a crucial 3-pointer late in the 4th quarter to put a surging Heat team away for good.
Only big things are to come for Chris Douglas-Roberts, but it seems that nobody is taking much notice. "I know YOU sleeping on me and I lovvve it!!! It almost turns me on. Swear."
--Also, it appears as if CDR shares the same opinion as our very own Matt Soldano when it comes to the Nets' draft.
"I like Earl Clark, but I don't know who we'll end up picking. There will be a lot of quality players @ 11 though." Douglas tweets in response to a fan.
Soldano has New Jersey taking the 6'10" Forward from Louisville in his Mock Draft.
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Ryan Zimmerman and Adam Dunn wore "Natinals" jerseys for a game.
Monday, May 25, 2009
...Anything to get that clip in.
That came after Perez -- on the DL since May 7 after being yanked from the rotation -- had a typical Ollie outing in his first extended spring game: four walks and seven strikeouts while throwing 56 pitches in just three innings.
The Yankees have recalled right-hander David Robertson from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to take the spot of reliever Brian Bruney, Yankees manager Joe Girardi said on Monday.
Robertson is good and could be the real deal. He has a 3.86 ERA and a K/9 of 13.5 in 5 appearances in 2009. It'll be good to see some competant relievers in the bullpen.
And why is Bruney out?
Bruney admitted Monday that the pain from a flexor muscle strain in his right elbow never went away, even after returning from nearly a month-long stay on the disabled list. Initially, Bruney didn't disclose his recurring elbow pain to the Yankees. But after less than a week on the active roster -- and after being limited to just one appearance because of the pain -- Bruney is headed back to the DL.
I know this is going to sound a little corny, but how can a team operate if the players can't be trusted? Bad job by Bruney.
Sunday, May 24, 2009
The Pioneers in their 50th season, conclude the 2009 campaign with a 15-1 overall record – a program best. LeMoyne ends its season at 16-1 overall.
“It’s been a great year for us at C.W. Post,” said C.W. Post head coach John Jez. “We had one hiccup earlier in the year, and today, we overcame that hiccup. The seniors have worked so hard the whole year. Greg Cerar and Dan Sciulla led us the whole way. We’re just really happy. Our university is really happy, and we’re just proud of all our guys.”
The title is the second for C.W. Post as the first came in 1996 with a 15-10 win over cross-town rival Adelphi University.
NFL star Jeremy Shockey was taken out of the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas by stretcher and taken to a nearby hospital.
Sources on the scene tell TMZ Shockey was at Rehab -- the ironic name of the Sunday pool party at the Hard Rock -- when he was found unconscious at around 2:00 PM. The call went out to the Las Vegas Fire Department and he was taken out via stretcher. Paramedics tried to cover him up so onlookers -- including a TV camera crew -- couldn't ID him.
There is no more information at this time. You don't want to speculate, but Shockey has had a history of poor decision making and immaturity. We'll see where this goes.
UPDATE: The New Orleans Times-Picayune has this:
New Orleans Saints tight end Jeremy Shockey was rushed to a hospital in Las Vegas on Sunday afternoon, team spokesman Greg Bensel confirmed. Bensel said the team has been told that Shockey is fine.
The article also says that Shockey was dehydrated, though it has not been confirmed. ESPN says that he was released from the hospital.
I think the jets are going to be very impressed when they see what great shape Thomas Jones is in when he joins the team for Wednesday's OTA
Just a confirmation. But, once again, Leon is more important.
Rich Cimini of the Daily News has this:
If disgruntled RB Thomas Jones shows up next Wednesday for the Jets' next OTA practice, as his Twittering agent announced the other day, it won't be with a restructured contract, the Daily News has learned.
Jones has two years remaining on the four-year, $20 million contract he signed when he was traded by the Bears, and that deal apparently will remain intact. There was some speculation earlier this week that perhaps the Jets had agreed to re-do Jones' deal. Not so.
Through some research (meaning a Google search), I've found that a very large television for a home is this 150 inch behemoth. What are the measurements of the Dallas Cowboys' new boob-tube? 4000 inches. That's over 330 feet. All for the low, low price of $40 million.
Make no mistake- I am not making light of Pelfrey's trip to a sports psychologist. I support it whole heartily. As someone who understands the benefit of talking out your problems to a non-biased party as a way of therapy, I think more players should consult the use of a sports psychologist. I can't imagine that feelings of inadequacy and confusion are uncommon in professional athletes. Think about it, these guys spend their entire lives trying to "make it". Once they have achieved that goal, sometimes its hard to deal with failure- especially inexplicable failure. What happened to Pelfry last Sunday night is known as the "yips". This refers to players randomly forgetting how to do simple tasks, such as throwing to the catcher (remember Rick Ankiel in the 2000 NLCS?). In Pelfrey's case, it was forgetting how to approach the plate without balking. However, this has been an ongoing problem for Pelfrey. He set a record for balks when he pitched for Wichita State in college.
-I was not the biggest fan of instant replay in baseball when it was instituted last summer, but last night's game did a lot to show me that it's a necessary commodity. The Mets could have easily lost last nights game on a botched home run call. I know, I know, suddenly I'm all for instant replay the minute it helps my team, but I'm starting to move to the side of getting the call right no matter what the costs....and yet another clutch hit by Omir Santos.
- Jordan Lauterbach
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Her name is Marey Carey for those interested. Clearly this is a bit dated since Cabrera's number is no longer 28, but rather 53.
Either way, dude looks creepy in the beginning when he's just eating peanuts.
The Jets are facing a difficult dilemma regarding RB Leon Washington in light of the uncertainty surrounding the NFL's Collective Bargaining Agreement.
As the current CBA agreement stands, Washington would be only a restricted free agent in March 2010, not unrestricted, as he would've been under the old agreement. The NFL Players Association and owners are in talks for a new deal.
Thus, with Washington, who is scheduled to earn $535,000 in the final year of his contract in 2009, being only a restricted free agent next season, he could command a maximum salary of roughly $3 million per season.
Under a new agreement, Washington's market value as an unrestricted free agent would be approximately $5 to $7 million per season.
An interesting situation, but nothing that prevents the Jets from just giving Leon some money. This has gone on for too damn long.
Here's a wonderful solution: Slightly overpay him now, before a new CBA is agreed on. Spend a little extra and cut your losses. I promise it will be made up by Leon Washington's multifaceted game.
--Also, Hutchinson writes this:
Former Rutgers DE Jamaal Westerman isn't only learning the outside LB position, he's now being taught the inside LB position as well. "Obviously, we think a great deal of this guy," said Ryan.
This Jamaal Westerman is already a favorite of the Jets staff, and is well on his way to becoming a fave of this blog. Why did NY draft Vernon "The Ghost" Gholston again...?
Friday, May 22, 2009
"I'd be interested as we look forward to scheduling to think about how to sort of echo the history of our program," athletic director Jack Swarbrick said Thursday. "Obviously there have been some important Notre Dame games at Yankee Stadium so I have a general interest in whether that's possible to do. None of this is any further than thinking out loud."
Swarbrick said he took a tour of Yankee Stadium and inquired whether a football field would fit, but the game is only in the idea stage.
"There have been no substantive discussions because among the things that we might conclude here is that the economics don't work. So we haven't had any of those," he said.
A game at Yankee Stadium, though, would work into Notre Dame's plan to play one game a season at an offsite venue. The Irish will play their first such game against Washington State at San Antonio, Texas, on Oct. 31.
iam not sure what the knicks will do but its going to be fun come june 25th
Should the Knicks keep David Lee or Nate Robinson?
Nate Robinson has been at the center of that huge debate for a long time. But now it appears as if his future with the New York Knicks is becoming less certain.
The Knicks are projected to draft a guard in this year's draft, leaving Robinson without a spot on the floor.
As I've been saying, Robinson is not needed in New York. As much as I like him, he is not as valuable as David Lee.
--Nate Robinson also wrote this during Game 1 of the Cavs-Magic series:
magic win.. its going to be a good series, if the cavs bench dnt help the king they are going to be out and lebron will be a new york knick
--The Knicks Blog has an article up stating that Robinson wants to play for the Portland Trailblazers, but the team has shown no interest in him. Portland is rumored to be high on Andre Miller.
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Now I know some of you may groan at the title and think...."How typical. The only way Malone can find a topic to write about on this blog (and not sound or look stupid) is something about professional wrestling." Looking at how this feud between Kroenke and the WWE has put a bad taste in alot of people's mouth....Mine included, but that if there is anything that Vince likes to do, it's milking the situation for as long as he can go with it. I think if you took a poll within the rest of society, most of them would even side with the WWE over the handling of the situation and how they were thrown out of the Pepsi Center for their live broadcast of Monday Night Raw in Favor of Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals between the Nuggets and Lakers. It's just a matter of principles that if you hold a deal then you are supposed to live up to the end of the deal through and through. It's a shame that the fine people of Denver will now have to wait even longer to get a respectable broadcast as the WWE had run through Denver a total of 2 times over the last 5 years. The Denver Nuggets have not made the conference finals in the last 24 years till 1985 where they played against....You guessed it, the Lakers so it's a pretty big deal to Denver Sports Fans.
Anyways, the resolve of this issue basically has the WWE moving this week's upcoming Monday Night Raw inside the Staples Center (The home of the team the Nuggets are playing against). To tell you the truth and if you had been listening to Over The Ropes over the last few weeks (Which you can hear ever Saturday Night at 10 PM to 12 AM on mywcwp.com and wcwpsports.com) you would know that Monday Night Raw; given the talented Roster has done the least with the most and have been putting on....lackluster broadcasts to say the least in the logic department. WWE Monday Night Raw is geared to the Kids as more of an entertainment and kid friendly program these days, really playing more towards Kid's and their families which is really a shell of its former selves from just a decade ago known as the Attitude Era. To get to the meat and the potatoes of this issue and why it's being written on here most notably is the factors that it revolves around the whole vendetta the WWE won't let go till Monday Night at about 11:05PM EST against the Denver Nuggets and Stan Kroenke. The WWE held a news conference inside NYC today officially detailing what has been going around the media and what the official decision was today for this next edition of Monday Night Raw. His disdain for Stan Kroenke just goes to no end and will be shown through 2 segments specifically speaking in one being "Mr. McMahon" himself going up against this impostor portraying the owner of the Pepsi Center and Nuggets, Stan Kroenke and a 5 on 5 match featuring the WWE's version of the Lakers and their version of the Nuggets.
On the Lakers side, you have the top Babyfaces on Raw right now in: John Cena (Kobe Bryant of the WWE), Batista (The Andrew Bynum of the Raw Roster even though he is something like 38/39), Jerry "The King" Lawler (I guess if you could put it....The Phil Jackson of the group), Montel Vontavious Porter aka MVP (I'd say a Mix between Pau Gasol and Trevor Ariza mostly due to the grit and effort he puts in like Ariza and the raw, athletic potential to really deliver he has to the group) and a Player to be named and revealed on Raw.....(Choices could possibly be Ric Flair as he is supposed to be calling out Randy Orton on Raw this coming week, HHH due to the fact that he has sold his injury long enough and would be good to make a return to "surprise the crowd or even possibly Kofi Kingston, Mr. Kennedy or even ........even.....Hornswoggle...a Midget to put it politely in a green suit with blond hair pretending to be a leprechaun)
Now for the Denver side: Randy Orton (Leader of the Legacy which is Raw's top group and could be compared to Carmelo Anthony talent speaking and gifted athletic as the leader of the group), His two stooges in Cody Rhodes and Ted Dibiase (If you could compare these two guys for Denver.....they really aren't starters but pretty much over pushed bench players like Ronaldo Balkman and Anthony Carter), The Miz (A Talented and smaller individual that really has grown over the time span of his career and really has been carrying the broadcasts in alot of ways since he came over to Raw from ECW in the WWE draft this past year....I'm comparing him to Chauncey Billups) And finally, the Big Center.....The Big Show (You can probably combine the talents and weight of K-Mart, "The Birdman"....No not Koko B. Ware but Chris Anderson and Nene and they still wouldn't compare to just how big this guy actually is)
Overall Analysis: Even if there wasn't this stupid Denver/LA storyline going on, the side for LA would have won and most likely will in easy fashion. My problem I see with this is the simple oversight that Vince has pushed the Media's buttons to try and create Buzz out of this less than worthy edition of Raw and with this match....As a wrestling fan first and foremost I'm fearing that guys like the Miz, Cody and Ted will be crushed once again while Randy Orton and The Big Show will be protected in some form of fashion....When you are trying to create new stars, the recipe for success is to have a gradual incline to their career's and not made to have them look like complete jobbers. All of the momentum The Miz has generated over the last few weeks could very easily be taken away if he gets to be the one to take the pin and eat the most offense to make the Laker side look good for the crowd. The match will hardly be note worthy or something special unless it actually means something and this by many stretches won't do anything in comparison to what the actual Denver Nuggets game 4 will be with the Lakers.
Another note of to this edition of Raw is how overly excited Vince McMahon is to really verbally and physically tearing into this guy as much as possible. The sad point to this is that the "Humor" that Vince finds in these sorts of situations don't really churn out to be anything memorable either and just flat out embarrassing that continues to perpetuate a negative connotation down onto the wrestling business in general just for this sort of pettiness alone. It's just another way that people that aren't fans of the business can brown nose the product without giving any consideration to other shows like ECW or SmackDown. It's stupid comedy like this that makes people want to turn the channel over to Game 4 and not stay tuned to watch this upcoming train wreck. I'm just one voice in a million and for this, this is Vince McMahon's Party and he'll cry if he wants to even if he technically deserves the Pepsi Center Monday Night and not the Denver Nuggets. Most likely, I'll be tuning in to watch the majority of Game 4 of the NBA Western Conference Playoffs also with the majority of the guys.
Till Next Time,
I'm Nick Malone.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
After that, Chamberlain let up singles to Nick Markakis and Aubrey Huff. He was then taken out of the game and replaced by Alfredo Aceves.
UPDATE: X-Rays on Chamberlain's knee are negative. He has been diagnosed with a bruised knee. No word yet as to how much time, if any, Chamberlain will miss.