Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas From Cohen's Corner Sports

So this is Christmas.

It has been a wild and wacky year in sports in 2008 for New York teams, so it's time to see who has been naughty and who has been nice this year.

Good:
Tom Coughlin: Giants head coach has become the toast of town after taking Big Blue to a World Championship in the 2007-2008 season and is well on his way to doing it again in 2008-2009. The Giants are 12-3 and the number one seed in the NFC.

Eli Manning: Giants quarterback went from chump to champ in a year's time. As early as last November, people were ready to run Manning out of town, but after coming to form in last year's playoffs and performing at a Pro Bowl level this year, Manning is clearly one of the league's best quarterbacks.

Brandon Jacobs: Has had a terrific season this year with Big Blue. His impact on the Giants can be summed up in the last two weeks. Without him, the Giants have little punch on offense, i.e. the G-Men's dismal effort against Dallas. With him, the Giants are unstoppable, i.e. last weeks thriller against Carolina.

Thomas Jones: Jets running back has had an awesome year, in spite of everyone else on the team. Jones leads the AFC in rushing for 1,289 yards this year. Jones also set a Jets franchise record with 15 touchdowns from a running back.

Leon Washington: Next to Jones, Washington is the Jets best offensive weapon. He leads the team in return yards with 1,139 yards and he has six touchdowns overall this year. If only Gang Green used him more often.

Brian Cashman: Yankees GM has done a great job of taking advantage of a bad economy. He has brought C.C. Sabathia, A.J. Burnett and Mark Teixeria to the Bronx, making the Yankees an early favorite in their division. Now they have to prove it.

Not-So-Good:
Eric Mangini: Jets coach will get a lump of coal this Christmas, not to mention a possible pink slip for New Year's. Not exactly a way to ring in the new year, eh? Mangini has lost his ball club and his season after a fantastic start. It is sad to see a good man go out like this, but Woody Johnson may have no choice after spending $140 million in the summer and bringing in Brett Favre.

Laverneous Coles: Wide receiver has not helped matters this year after refusing to practice and work with Favre, creating great tension among the two. Did Coles drop that huge fourth down pass intentionally last week? You have to wonder.

Brett Favre: He would have been on the good list for Santa this year, but six interceptions in the last four games, and only one win to show for it has done him in this Christmas. Favre looks finished; don't expect him to return to the Jets, even if he wants to keep playing.

Jose Reyes: Stop dancing Jose and start playing baseball. Reyes, once again was the target loathing hatred from Mets opponents in 2008. He didn't hit at all down the stretch once again, when his bat was needed. Reyes may be on a short leash this year if he chokes again in September.

David Wright: Speaking of not showing up, Wright disappeared when the Mets needed him most in September. Wright looked disheveled by season's end; his normally clean cut look had vanished for a heavy beard by the last day of the season. He wasn't there for his team and he knew it too.

The Knicks: Just let Stephan Marbury walk ... please!! Move on; it's the only way this franchise can get out of the cellar.
So, just remember: be good kids because Santa Claus is coming to town.
To All A Merry Christmas and To All A Good Night!!!!

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