Sunday, December 21, 2008

Sick---Vacation

Hey guys, I've got a virus, which on top of working 12 hour days and the holiday Season, means I'll be on a short vacation till the new year. Happy Christmas and Merry New Year to all.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

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Hey...Packer fans. Brett Farve would not have helped you this season. No he wouldn't.


Awful nice for Randy Moss to finally show up some time in the 2008 season. And yeah, you could say, well Tom Brady is out and he has to adjust to Matt Cassel, but if Wes Welker is doing it why isn't Randy?


Norv Turner....dude....you better get Phil Rivers a biiiiiiiiig fruit basket for Christmas this year, because he just saved your job. Maybe.
Still, ole Norv if he gets fired, probably works next season. He'll probably turn up as a offensive coordinator next year—maybe in Jacksonville or Cleveland—which is his best calling. He's very good at guiding quarterback and offensive gameplans, just not running the whole show.


So, let me get this straight. Auburn fires Tuberville, who was 85-40. And replaced him with a guy who went 5-19 at Iowa State? And after they have serious offensive problems, they hire a guy who was famous for running defensives? How is this a plan for competing with Nick Saban and Alabama?


If the Steelers don't draft a offensive lineman in round 1 next year, they should just get Big Ben a Preferred Customer card to the local hospital.


How cute that Kenny Lofton tried to steer away from the Yankees. Yeah, I can see Sabathia pondering the situtation; "On the one hand is a team willing to pay me 160 million dollars to throw a ball, and a good chance to win a couple of World Series. On the other, Kenny told me that sometimes people can be mean in New York. Tough choice."


That was some cushion Samari Rolle was giving in the Steelers 4th quarter drive yesterday. He may as well have been in Pittsburgh with the cushion he was giving. Seriously, he was playing off his man, something like 15 yards. Predict Ravens go CB in Round 1 of next year's draft.


If Andy Pettite doesn't come back to New York and Derek Lowe goes elsewhere, I wouldn't be a bit surprised if the Yankees go for Jake Peavy with a package involving Ian Kennedy. And get him.


In one of the easiest Andaplayerotbenamedlater's Man of the Week Awrd's ever, the award goes to DeMarcus Ware. The guy seeming set up a campfire in the Giants backfield, with 7 tackles, 3 sacks, and blwoing up even more running plays for his teammates to clean up. Easy choice, DeMarcus, congrats.


And finally, a friend of mine—a big Rays fan—wants to point out that Evan Longoria is very, very good.

Whither Trevor?

If the San Diego Padres continue the fire sale—the one that includes dealing Khalil Green and trying to deal their best pitcher, Jake Peavy —then it seems that longtime Padre, Trevor Hoffman will be wearing another uniform next season. Which is a shame, because, like Tony Gwynn and the Chicken, Hoffman epitomizes San Diego, and he should go out wearing the uniform he represented so well.

But it looks like he will be wearing another one next season...but which one? Even though Hoffman is looking down the wrong side of 40, there will still be a ton of teams that would want him. The Braves, Cardinals, and before yesterday, the Mets, might have welcomed him with open arms. But the team who might value taking a flyer on the All-Time Saves leader would be somebody in his division. The Arizona Diamondbacks.

The Diamondbacks finished 2 games behind the Dodgers in the weak NL West last year. Just 2 games back—this despite batting a pathetic .251. The fact of the Diamondbacks powerful starting pitching kept them in the hunt when their bats failed them. One other thing failed them as well. Their bullpen.

The Diamondbacks had 23 blown saves last year (to whit; the Phillies led the NL with only 15 blown saves—don't let anyone tell you that relievers are overpaid and overvalued). Closer Brandon Lyon had a 4.70 ERA (up a smidge from his lifetime 4.64 ERA), including a GOD-awful 7.04 ERA at home. His WHIP was a 1.483 (Trevor Hoffman’s ' WHIP, to compare, was a 1.037). His clutch stats are not much better, with opponents batting .316 off him in "Late & Close" situations.

And it's not all Lyon's fault. Reliever Tony Pena has an ERA of 4.33. Chad Qualls, who replaced Lyon late in the season as the Diamondbacks closer, had a record of 4-8 and had 5 blown saves, even though he wasn't the closer until the final two weeks of the season.

All of which points to the Diamondbacks needing some help for their bullpen. And who better to help them than the man who has 41 career saves against them?

Hoffman would settle the bullpen. He immediately produces a calm in the Diamondback rotation, which, too often last year tried to pitch farther than they should have. (Dan Haren, for example, saw his Batting Average Against jump from .242 in the first six innings to .289 in the last 3 innings.) Even in a down year for Hoffman, he still had more saves in fewer innings than anyone on the Diamondbacks.

Hoffman would bring his .204 9th inning Batting Average Against to a team that has pitching solved except for that inning. And what's more, Hoffman would fit in perfectly. He went to the University of Arizona and is from the southwest. He wouldn't be a budget-busting closer like K-Rod—last year's salary for Hoffman was 7.5 million and he probably wouldn't be getting that again. And Hoffman probably wouldn't be asking for anything more than 2 years, so even if he doesn't work out, the damage wouldn't be severe.

Let's remember, Hoffman is just a few years from coming in 2nd place for the NL Cy Young Award. And standing there in street clothes, he's automatically better than anything the Diamondbacks have right now. So 2 years for 12 million doesn't sound like a bad idea, does it.

The Diamondbacks should call Hoffman's agent right now, if they are serious about beating the Dodgers next year for the NL West crown.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Top 10 Seasons of 2008

With apologies to Cliff Lee, Roy Halladay, Dustin Pedroia, Ryan Howard and dozens others,...well sorry, you didn't make it.

I'm counting down the top 10 personal seasons of the 2008 MLB season. And to Dustin and Ryan and all the....if you want to make this list.....do better next year.


10. David Wright
The package. Gold Glove. Silver Slugger. 10th in the NL batting average, 3rd in total bases and 2nd in RBIs. 33 HRs with a .924 OPS and hit 42 doubles—the third time he's hit 42 doubles in the past 4 years.

9. Lance Berkman
Were it not for a slow September, Berkman would have been higher on this list. 29 HRs, a .312 BA and a .986 OPS. Also, Berkman playing on a soft-hitting Astro team, had 106 RBIs, 79 extra basehits, batted .345 with RISP and even had 18 steals (double his previous high).

8. Chipper Jones

Yes, he was injured. Still he had a .364 BA, a .470 OBP and a .574 slugging percentage—all first in the NL. And even just playing 128 games, he was 7th in the NL runs created.

7. Carlos Quentin
Cinderella story. Kid out of nowhere. 2nd to A-rod in the AL with a .571 slugging percentage, 2nd in HRs with 36 and batted .311 with 7 HRs with RISP.

6, Milton Bradley
Really put it together this year (except for the personality disorder thing), with a .321 BA, a .436 OBP (good for 1st in the AL) and an absolute sick .999 OPS. And even only playing 126 games, chipped in with 32 doubles and was 4th in the AL with 13 intentional walks.

5. Tim Lincecum
Stud. 1st or 2nd in the National League in Wins, ERA, Strikeouts, Hits Allowed/9IP, Complete Games and Shutouts. What Zito was suppossed to be for the Giants.

4. C. C. Sabathia
There's a reason teams and trying to throw crazy money at him this offseason. Check out these sick numbers. A 1.11 WHIP, 251 Ks, 2.70 ERA (1.65 while in Milwaukee) and 7 complete games. And he's a hoss, as well. C.C. threw 253 IP, which led both leagues.

3. Alex Rodriguez
Let me get this straight. Rodriguez bats 74 points higher in slugging percentage (leading the AL), is 13 points higher on the OPS+, has more runs, batting wins, a higher .BA, grounded into less DP, a better power/speed number...heck even has 18 more stolen bases than Justin Morneau....and Morneau is 2nd in the MVP voting and A-Rod is 8th?

2. Manny Ramirez
What he did in L.A. is legendary. But 2008 taken as a whole.....not too shabby either. A .332 BA to go with 37 HRs and 121 RBIs. Ramirez also batted .355 with RISP, and was 13 for 25 in the postseason with 4 HRs. Dang. If only he cared about the other half of the inning.

1. Albert Pujols
Even by his standards, this was an incredible year. Pujols batted 30 points higher (.357) than he did last year and 90 points higher in slugging percentage. The stats go on; he batted a ridiculous .398 when the game was tied, led the NL in runs created, and was first in total bases as well. He also had a career low in errors while having a career high in assists. And oh yeah, he was injured all year.

And that's it. upset because your favorite player didn't make it? Just write in and tell me why this list is crap.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Transactions....

Are you ready? Can you feel it? It's the sheer excitement and gut-swirling thrill of the San Diego Country Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl!!!! Or is it the fever that is the papajohns.com Bowl. I get confused. Whatever! Tuesday at 5pm. Be there!!!


Seriously. It's the time of year where we complain about the bowl selections. And we should. The fact that Boise State gets stuck with the Poinsettia Bowl after going 12-0 is ridiculous. It's the Poinsettia Bowl...on December 23. What the hell? What is Boise State supposed to do—you're telling them, that no matter what that college football team does, they can't do better than the Poinsettia Bowl.

Or Clemson. By all accounts Clemson doesn't deserve to be anywhere near a New Year's Day game. They went 7-5, for christ-sake, and fired their coach halfway through the season. Yet they get the Gator Bowl. Meanwhile BC, who was in the ACC Championship game, gets stuck with the Music City bowl? Even though BC won the Atlantic Conference of the ACC, they don't get to represent the ACC as the no. 2 team? No Georgia Tech gets to jump them—because the Peach Bowl played in Atlanta wants the local Georgia Tech team— and Clemson and half the ACC gets to jump BC because organizers want closer teams. That's like saying "OK, Rays, you won the American League Championship, but you aren't as lucrative as the Yankees or Boston, so we're sending them to the World Series. Sorry.

It's a crap system and it deserves to be tanked. But money won't allow it. Go take a look at my proposal to fix this mess, but which will probably never happen. Even Obama doesn't have that kind of power.


Last season's Texan rookie, Amobi Okoye has sort of fallen off the race of the earth, hasn't he?


What kind of mess are the Brewers in, huh? They make the playoffs for the first time since the Bronze age, and now are going to lose both Ben Sheets and C. C. Sabathia—or to put it another way, a combined 12 complete games. And now the rumor is, that they will have to trade Prince Fielder—losing 34 HRs and 102 RBIs— just to try to get a pitcher to try to make up for Sabathia and Sheets. Gosh, I hope Ryan Braun likes rebuilding, because that's what this poor kid is in for.


Has this Jake Peavy trade gone on since the Space Race? Or does it just feel that way?


Has anyone watched those ESPN "Mayne Street" web-isodes. Anyone? Hello?


I hope Colt McCoy made the right decision to stay. I just get the feeling his stock is never going to get higher than it is right now, and that all he's doing is risking injury.


Just a smart move, Jerry. A smart, classy move.


Andaplayertobenamedlater.com's Man of the Week award goes to Brian Westbrook. About a month ago, when Westbrook faced the Giants, he had his head handed to him to the tune of 26 yards on 13 carries. On Sunday, Westbrook torched the Giants stout defensive unit for 131 yards on the ground, and another 72 yards via the air, for two touchdowns and an an embarrassing spanking in front of the Giants home crows. Congrats Brian, you earned it.


And finally...is it me or does Steeler Coach Mike Tomlin look like a certain foil for Doctor House?

Sunday, December 7, 2008

The Greatest Game Ever Played

2008 was an amazing year for sports. From the Super Bowl upset to Michael Phelps; from Federer-Nadal to the Rays amazing run to the World Series. Just an incredible year in sports filled with amazing games.

Did it, however, have the best game ever played? Did it have a transcendent game for the ages. In fact, what are the best games ever played? Glad you asked. What follows are a short list of the best games ever played. And as always, write back with your favorite game/match of all time and argue your point.


April 3, 1983: N.C. State Wolfpack—Houston Cougars
The original March Madness Cinderella story. Jim Valvano's Wolfpack were a team that wasn't even suppossed to be there. The 6th seeded Wolfpack needed to win the ACC—defeating Michael Jordan's Tar Heels and Ralph Samson's Cavaliers to even get into the Tournament. Houston, a unanimous no 1 seed featuring two future NBA Hall of Famers—Akeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler—had cruised to a 31-2 during the regular season including a 25-game winning streak, while the Wolfpack, who had 10 losses during the regular season, were forced to win 7 of their last 9 games after trailing with a minute left in the game. The game would be a blowout—everyone knew that.

Not so fast. Jim Valvano's Wolfpack, given no shot to even compete with Houston and their talented roster, miraculously had the game tied up at 52 and with the ball as time winded down. Houston, smothering the ball forced a last-second, desperation shot, an air-ball which was caught by Lorenzo Charles who dunked it in as time expired. Valvano, an incredibly emotional and inspiring man, who immediately ran through everybody swarming the court, looking for someone to hug, became the embodiment of words he would later say. "Don't give up. Don't ever give up."

February 3rd, 2008: New York Giants—New England Patriots
The Patriots were destined for the record books. They broke NFL records, seemingly weekly. Brady, Moss, Welker, shredded opponents every week—including the Giants—during the regular season. The playoffs were no different. They came into the game undefeated; 18-0 and rested. The Giants on the other hand, had to claw and squeeze their way through the playoffs, on the road the entire time. The point spread for the game was Patriots by almost two touchdowns.

None of that mattered come gametime as the Giants harassed Brady all day and kept the Patriots in relative check. However with time winding down in the 4th quarter, Brady and the Patriots got down to business. With their customary precision, they executed an 80-yard drive and went up 14-10. It seemed business at usual for the Pats, and they everything would end up in the Super Bowl as predicted.

However, Eli Manning, seeming newly reborn late in the season, and supremely confident, executed an amazing drive—pulled out of the book of Joe Montana—including possibly the best postseason play ever. On their own 44, Eli Manning having dropped back to pass, and seemingly sacked by a swarming Pats defense, uncorked a wild pass downfield to David Tyree, himself completely draped by Rodney Harrison, who caught the ball by bracing it against the side of his helmet. A few plays later, Manning hit Plaxico Burress in the back of the end zone, pulling off not only the best drive in Super Bowl history, but also possibly, the biggest upset since Joe Willie beat the Colts almost 30 years earlier.


October 3rd, 1951: Brooklyn Dodgers—New York Giants
"The Giants win the pennant!" "The Giants win the pennant!" "The Giants win the pennant!"

Anyone who has ever been to a baseball game, watched one on T.V., or breathed air as an American, has heard this call. The most famous walk-of home run in baseball history was preceded, in fact, by one of the most dramatic pennant runs in MLB history.

Trailing the Brooklyn Dodgers by 13 1/2 games on Aug. 12, (causing Dodger manager, Charlie Dressen to declare, "The Giants is dead!") the New York Giants won 16 straight, 39 of 47 and their final seven, (forcing the Dodgers to win a 14-inning victory over the Phillies on the last day of the season) leading up to a three-game, winner-take-all series.

The Giants won the first game at Ebbets Field 3-1 bringing the next two games to their home at the Polo Grounds. Game 2 was a blowout, with the Boys from Brooklyn demolishing the Giants 10-0. Game 3 was going to be a winner-take-all showdown at the Polo Ground.

Down 4-1 in the bottom of the 9th, the Giants began to get to Brooklyn ace Don Newcombe and scored a run to make it 4-2, with runners on 1st and 3rd. Finally, Dressen called in reliever Ralph Branca for the spent Newcombe, to face slugger Bobby Thompson. However, Branca had blown game one of the series by giving up a two-run home run to Thompson. Dressen took the chance that history would not repeat itself in game 3.

He was wrong. As Russ Hodges shouted "I don't believe it! I don't believe it! I do not believe it! Bobby Thomson hit a line drive into the lower deck of the left-field stands and this place is goin' crazy!"


February 22nd, 1980: United States—Soviet Union
Seemingly scripted by a melodramatic Hollywood hack, the "Miracle on Ice" was indeed, just that.

The Soviet Union hockey team was filled with professional players, had trained together extensively and were well-equipped and well-trained. The previous year, the Soviets had met the NHL All-Stars, and destroyed them, 6-0. Just two weeks before the "Miracle" game was played, the same Soviet team beat the U.S. team 10-3.

The Americans on the other hand, were a bunch of college kids and amateurs who had a few weeks to train together. inexperienced and awestruck, Herb Brooks would later recall, "Our guys were applauding the Soviets when they were introduced."

The Americans, however, surprised everybody, and advanced through the tournament to get to the wanted face-off against the Russians. Even so, no one on the planet expected a bunch of college kids to beat the more experienced, more talented Russians.

Repeatedly down, the Americans scrapped to force them game back to a tie. Goalie Jim Craig, playing the game of his, and everyone's life, face an onslaught of shots, (the Soviets outshot the Americans 39-16) blocking most of them.

After taking a 3-2 lead, the Americans once again tied it up 8:39 into the third period. Just two minutes later, a fresh Mike Eruzione (coach Herb Brooks had been rotating his players often throughout the game) fired a wrist shot past the screened Soviet goalie to take a 4-3 lead. It was their first lead of the game. Exactly 10 minutes were left in the match.

Goalie Jim Craig faced an onslaught of desperate Soviet shots. He held. Almost as famous as Russ Hodges call of 1951 "the Shot Heard Round The World," Al Michaels call of the last few seconds of the Miracle on Ice has become ingrained in American minds.

Eleven seconds, you've got ten seconds, the countdown going on right now! Morrow up to Silk. Five seconds left in the game. Do you believe in miracles? Yes!

October 1, 1975, Muhammad Ali-Joe Frazier
With apologies to my father, a huge boxing aficionado back in his time, and an enormous Rocky Graziano fan ("49-0! Nobody ever beat him!"), The Thriller in Manila is pretty much accepted as the best fight ever.

The third fight between these two would be the rubber match. Frazier won the first on in 1971 and Ali won the second in 1974—both previous fights having been fought in Madison Square Garden. This match however, would take place in the city of Manila in the Philippines. While the venue changed, nothing else had. The fighters; the clown prince, Ali and the silent marauder, Frazier, still hated each other, and had brawled in a television studio prior to this fight. Could the fight live up to the hype?

In a word, yes. The fight was a bloodbath, a slugfest. So much so, that Sylvester Stallone based the ultimate fight for his first Rocky movie on it. The heat of the Philippines and the brutality of the fight reportedly caused both fighters "to never be the same again" after the fight. Ali started quickly, attacking Frazier, however, Frazier kept coming, taking whatever Ali was giving, walking into combinations and ignoring them, still coming.


Eventually Ali began to tire and wilt in the middle rounds. Frazier repeatedly kept Ali against the ropes and laded punch after punch. Amazingly, however, Ali rallied and began to dance, showering Frazier with quick jabs and combos, and moving, keeping the "Bull" Frazier off-balance. Frazier, however, did manage to land blows that hurt Ali, Ali not being as fast as he once was.

In round 13, with both fighters exhausted, Ali landed a punch to Frazier that sent his mouthpiece flying. By that point, Frazier eye had swelled shut and he was unable to see Ali's right coming. Frazier's corner wanted to throw in the towel; however, Frazier denied them. Frazier, using instinct and heart to keep going, was a sitting duck, and took a flurry of Ali's punches, but kept coming. Mercifully, in the 14th Frazier's corner threw the towel. After the fight, Ali, in a rare moment of humility said, "Joe Frazier, I'll tell the world right now, brings out the best in me. I'm gonna tell ya, that's one helluva man, and God bless him."

So that's it. Of course, there's the Ice bowl, Fisk's homer, Gibson's homer, Federer-Nadal, the 1958 Colts-Giants game, "the Drive" and a million others. Vote on your favorite by writing back on the message boards. I love a good sports argument, so write in!!

Friday, December 5, 2008

A Love Song For Tom Coughlin

Belichek is a master, one of the best ever. Mangini is "Mangenius." And Bill Cowher is "on everybody's Christmas wish list" according to Sportsline.com.

But no one ever speaks of Tom Coughlin in those terms. He's never been called a "genius," nor an "innovator." The only story we seem to get with him—when sports reporters choose to analyze the "unsexy" story that is Tom Coughlin—is that he's a disciplinarian. He's a hard case. Always working his, and others, butts off. Not that he's a winner.

Which he is. Before his pro coaching career even began, he took a Boston College team that went 9-24 in the 3 seasons prior to his being hired there, and led them to a 21-13-1 record for the three seasons he was there, including a huge win over #1 ranked Notre Dame. His quick turnaround of the BC football program led him to be hired by the expansion Jacksonville Jaguars, where he performed his magic again. A noted tough guy, Coughlin took the expansion Jaguars, full of free agents and rookies, to the AFC Championship game twice, in 1996 and 1999, compiling the best record for a new team, ever. He won coach of the year in 1996.

But perhaps his best coaching in Jacksonville came after the Jaguars had to jettison a boatload of their best players. In the early 2000s, Jacksonville ran up against the salary cap and had to release/not resign/leave unprotected, a whole slew of their stars, including offensive tackle Tony Boselli, defensive tackles Seth Payne and Gary Walker, linebackers Kevin Hardy and Hardy Nickerson, defensive end Renaldo Wynn, wide receiver Keenan McCardell, cornerback Aaron Beasley and kicker, Mike Hollis. All of them starters.

Coughlin coached the Jags through these tough times and kept them competitive, getting castoffs and rookies to work hard, week in, week out,—even though he admitted they had more talent his first year as an expansion team than they did in those years. After taking over in 2003, current Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio reviewed the 2002 season—the last Coughlin coached in Jacksonville—and said it was one of the best coaching jobs he's seen.

Despite posting a 68-60 record in Jacksonville, Coughlin was canned and spent the 2003 out of football. He was then hired as head coach of the New York Giants in 2004—a move not popular with fans or especially with players, who didn't like his "disciplinarian" reputation. Coming off a 4-12 season, the veteran Giants squad immediately rebelled against Coughlin, publicly complaining about Coughlin and secretly leaking information to the papers in an attempt to undermine his regime. Jeremy Shockey publicly stated, after a loss that the Giants had been "out-coached." Tiki Barber stated, after a loss that the Panthers said they, "...knew what they were going to do before they did it." Michael Strahan as well, complained that practices were too tough and questioned if Coach Coughlin knew how to run a veteran team. Noth Strahan and Barber criticized that Coughlin worked (there's that word again) them too hard. "...we were in full pads for 17 weeks...." Barber complained after he retired.

Add to this was the fact that Coughlin chose to take his lumps early—by benching Kurt Warner and starting Eli Manning 5 games into his rookie season—a move not popular with fans or veterans, both of whom felt that Coughlin had given up on the season.

When it rained.... Tiki Barber's public announcement of his pending retirement at the end of the 2006-2007 season led to constant media speculation that Barber's dislike for Coach Coughlin led to his early retirement—which it did. This despite the fact that Coughlin's adjustments of Barber's running style led to Barber having the best seasons of his career.

Despite all the criticism, complaining and backstabbing from his veterans; despite mentoring a very young under-confident quarterback, Coughlin continually got the Giants to succeed and improve—leading them to a 19-13 record, one NFC East championship, and playoff berths in the 2005 and 2006 seasons. However, despite the improvement, Coughlin was figured to be out of a job after the 2006 season. The Giants brass however, gave Coughlin a one-year extension to his contract.

And what did Coughlin do with that lame duck one-year contract? Well, all he did was teach his young, skittish quarterback to grow up and become the quarterback everyone knew he could be. He left Tiki Barber in the dust and gave a young, unheralded, running back trio of Ahmad Bradshaw, Brandon Jacobs and Derrick Ward the reins—and they complimented each other beautifully. The offensive line—a worry coming into the season—through continual practice and work, gelled wonderfully and is now heralded as the bedrock of the team.

Oh yeah, something else Coughlin did......pull off the greatest comeback and upset in Super Bowl history. While on the road for the entire playoffs. As underdogs in every game.

Sure, ok. Now, what do you do, Tom, for an encore? When the adrenaline wears off? When complacency sets in? When Jeremy Shockey is complaining the entire off-season? When Plaxico Burress wants a new contract? When Michael Strahan retires and Gibril Wilson leaves in free agency?

Just do your work. Keep your players focused. When Shockey shoots his mouth off to ESPN the Magazine, when Plaxico shoots his leg—just keep your players focused. And go 11-1, the best 12-game start in Giants history—better than your mentor, Bill Parcells ever did.

So what if Belichek gets all the praise and love from ESPN? So what if every one waits with baited breath for Cowher to announce who will be gifted with his coaching? You don't mind, do you Tom?

No, you got a game Sunday, and it's time to go back to work.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Transactions....

Giambi to the Rays? Yeah, sure why not? They could use some pop in their lineup. And he could grow his hair long and be all purdy again.


Congrats to Tom Jackson for saying this about Plaxico Burress; "That's why there's such a disconnect between fans and athletes. Plax signed a 35 million dollar contract and then goes and do something like this." Heck yes, Tom. America is a pretty forgiving place, but when an idiot like Plaxico gets suspended—repeatedly—protests for, and signs a gigantic new contract, then goes out with a gun and shoots himself in the leg....well, "disconnect" is a good word for how America feels about Mr. Burress right now.


Are we done with Reggie Bush being "Explosive" and a "game-changer?" More fumbles than TDs. Yeah, def worth the no. 1 pick.


Tough article in the Worlds' Most Dangerous Newspaper today about Andy Pettitte. Tough, but not without its points. Basically, Joel Sherman's point is:

If Pettitte signs elsewhere, regardless of the dollar figure, he should be viewed as a world-class phony forever around here.....In his moment of need, when it was revealed Pettitte was both a liar and cheater, the Yankees stood by him last season. At that time, Pettitte was only too happy to say the Yankees were the only team he ever wanted to play for any more. He did not say he only wanted to play for the Yankees unless they offer him a paycut.The Yanks have indeed offered that cut. Pettitte made $16 million last year and, according to sources, he was offered $10 million to return in 2009. So far, Pettitte has rejected that bid while his camp has done nothing to dispel reports linking him to Joe Torre and the Dodgers.

Hate to say it, but Andy, Sherman's right. you owe it to the Yankees. They stood by you when you were down. Only right to return that good turn. And it's not like your performance was worthy of a big payday either, Andy.


Another interesting article in the Post talks about how the Plaxico contract the Giants gave him before the season has many, many loopholes. Basically, if the Giants cut Plax—and frankly, with the way they are playing without him, they'd have to think about it long and hard—they'd save 23 mill off the books. And with Brandon Jacobs and Amani Toomer coming into free agent years, the Giants would have tons of money for those guys if they cut Plax.


It's going to be an ugly 6 months in Cleveland. First off, Ken Dorsey is starting for the rest of the season; he of the 61.6 passer rating. And unless he channels his inner Kurt Warner, Cleveland is going to lose out the rest of the year. Which mean a new coach search. And starting over. Not something the Dawg Pound wants to do....again.


Is Norv Turner fired yet?


The Andaplayertobenamedlater Man of the Week Award goes to Jon Gruden. What....why? Well, for letting Cadillac Williams score a TD in the 3rd quarter. The guy was told by docotrs that he may never fully recover and that his football career was in serious jeopardy. And all he does is come back in about a year and contribute. So two arards this week; one to Cadillac for all the hard work and dedication he showed in coming back, and one to Gruden for getting him in a position to contribute. Excellent work guys.


Lastly....I can't help it. Every time I see the Greg Oden ESPN the Mag commercial (a terrible magazine, btw), I laugh. The look he has on his face as he's standing next to the big poster of him, with the same face. Awesome......