Tuesday, September 29, 2009
No, the Wilpons didn't make another public announcement endorsing GM Omar Minaya nor manager Jerry Manuel. No. Valentine has signed with another team ... ESPN.
Valentine will be an analyst on ESPN's "Baseball Tonight" show during the MLB postseason and could see a larger role with the network come 2010, according to a news wire story from Bleacher Report.com.
This should end any speculation that Valentine will return to manage in the major leagues this season, unless someone blows him away with an offer he can't refuse.
After the Jets beat the Patriots 16-9, Clowney wrote on his Twitter page how disappointed he was that he didn't get to play much in the game: “1 play in the 1st Half, 4 plays in the 2nd half … A bit disappointed about my playing time but very happy and satisfied about the win,” Clowney wrote eight days ago.
Ryan got wind of that post and held Clowney on the inactive list for the Tennessee game. Ryan doesn't like it when players are more concerned about their personal stats, rather than the concept of team first.
“I was upset with him; yep,” Ryan said Monday, “for a couple of reasons. One of them is you’ll hear things if a guy’s unhappy or whatever. I’m not a big Twitter guy, but you hear different things. To me, this is about our team and understanding this is about our team. No individual is bigger than the team.”
Clowney, who had another big pre-season, has yet to make a catch this year in the regular season. He has terrific speed and could be the deep threat the Jets need; that is, if Clowney can stop clowning around and focus on football first.
Monday, September 28, 2009
The injury prone QB, has suffered yet another season ending injury, this one a torn capsule in his throwing shoulder that will require surgery, and another year on the pine for Pennington.
In Sunday's 23-13 loss to San Diego, Pennington was dragged backwards on a sack and thrown on his face, when he apparently jammed, or tore something in his arm. He walked slowly off the field, clutching his right arm in his left hand.
Miami medical staff had to remove Pennington's pads for him and ice down his shoulder before half time. He never returned to the game.
This marks the fourth time in Pennington's star crossed career that he will be lost for the season due to injury. While with the Jets, Pennington broke his hand in 2003, and suffered numerous shoulder injuries in 2004 and 2005. In 2007, some thought that Pennington was injured when Eric Mangini benched him in favor of Kellen Clemens, but, truth is that Mangini was tired of watching Pennington who was 1-7 as the Jets starter that season.
Pennington was the come-back player of the year in 2008, the second time he received that award, as he led the Dolphins to an 11-5 mark and an AFC East crown, highlighted by his vengeful return to Giants Stadium to beat the Jets 24-17 in the regular season finale.
Now, the Jets get the last laugh.
Sunday, September 27, 2009
The Giants huffed and they puffed, and they blew the Buccaneers pirate ship down this afternoon in Tampa Bay.
The Giants defense dominated the Buccaneers even without the services of Justin Tuck and Kenny Phillips. Big Blue surrendered only five Buc first downs, and 86 total yards of offense. The Buccaneers leading passer? Chris Johnson, who completed four of 10 passes for 36 yards.
Offensivlely, the Giants merely dominated. They held the ball for 43:38, as Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs ran all over the Buccaneers porous defense. Jacobs opened the scoring with a six yard touchdown to give the Giants a 7-0 lead in the first. He ran for 92 yards and showed no signs that his recent back injury was a problem.
As for Bradshaw, he went nuts on the Bucs. Bradshaw had 104 yards on 14 carries, averaging 7.4 yards per carry.
The Giants now improve to 3-0 and look poised to start the year 5-0, with Kansas City and Oakland on the horizon. Box Score.
This one wasn't pretty, but the Jets take it.
Unlike the previous two weekends, the Jets 46 defense had no answer for the Titans running back tandem of LenDale White and Chris Johnson, as the duo rushed for 127 yards on the once vaunted Jets D.
Meanwhile, the Jet offense, which saw early success in the first quarter with two Mark Sanchez touchdowns (one pass, one rushing), fell silent in the middle two quarters, as the Titans D, consistently harassed the young quaterback for three sacks and forced him to make some untimely throws throughout the afternoon.
With Tennessee up 17-14, it appeared that the Jets good luck was beginning to thin. Then a fumble changed it all.
On a Jets punt back to Tennessee, returner Ryan Mouton fumbled the ball on the Tennessee 20, and it was recovered by special teams ace and former Patriot Larry Izzo to give the Jets some much need momentum. With new life, Sanchez hit Jerricho Cotchery in the flat for a 15 yard gain to move the ball to the Titans five yard line. Two plays later, Sanchez connected with Cotchery down the middle for the touchdown to give the Jets a 21-17 lead.
Fast forward to the fourth with Tennessee driving into Jets territory, the Jets pass rush forced Kerry Collins to throw one up into the hands of Jets linebacker David Harris. Later in the game, Harris sacked Collins for a huge loss to all but end the football game, giving the Jets the 24-17 victory. Box Score.
NOTES: The Jets wore their throwback N.Y. Titans uniforms for the fifth time since 2007. The win today puts the Jets at 4-1 in those uniforms. Maybe they need to think about making them permanent. The Tennessee Titans wore their Oilers uniforms in a regular season game for the first time since the end of the 1998 season, when they were still known as the Tennessee Oilers.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Sunday, September 20, 2009
With the opening of the new Cowboys Stadium as the backdrop for Sunday night's NFC East clash, the Giants came right out and smacked the Boys in the mouth, then silenced an NFL record of over 100,000 people in attendance by the score of 33-31.
Eli Manning lit up the Cowboy's defense, completing 25 of 38 passes for 330 yards and two touchdowns. The Giants offensive line, which gave up eight sacks to Dallas late last season, didn't allow a single Cowboy to touch Manning since the Super Bowl MVP appeared to enjoy ample time to make big throws for Big Blue all night long.
Manning had to be great tonight because this game was all about points. With the Cowboys up 7-3, the Giants D stepped up and made a big play. Bruce Johnson stepped in front of a Tony Romo pass, picked it off and dashed into the end zone for a 10-7 lead.
But that was not quite enough to hold down the Cowboys, for Dallas drove the ball 73 yards in 4:30 minutes to re-take the lead as Romo connected with tight end Jason Witten to give the Cowboys a 14-13 lead.
However, Manning had some magic remaing in his arm, too. After a Kenny Phillip interception that put the ball at the Cowboys 28 yard line, Manning connected with Mario Manningham from 22 yards out to give the Giants a sudden 20-14 halftime lead, shocking the Dallas faithful.
In the fourth quarter, things got really interesting. Phillips once again picked off Romo, for a 22 yard return to the Giants 27 yard line. From there Manning hit a wide open Manningham for a 49 yard gain to the Cowboys 24 yard line. Three plays later, Manning drilled a bullet to Steve Smith for a 22 yard touchdown, giving the Giants a 27-24 lead.
The Cowboys returned the favor. Later in the quarter, with the Giants up 30-24, Marion Barber's 35 yard run set up the Cowboys inside the Giants ten yard line. From there, Felix Jones took it in from seven yards out to give the Cowboys a 31-30 lead.
Now with less then two minutes left in the game, Manning had to engineer another 4th quarter comeback, and the quarterback didn't disappoint. Manning hit Derek Hagan for 12 yards, then Smith for 11 more to move to the Giants own 40. Manning then hit Kevin Boss for a 13 yard gain to get into Dallas territory. With :39 seconds left, Manning hit Manningham for eight more yards to the Cowboys 33. Next, Manning connected with Smith for a 12 yard gain to the Dallas 21 with just :13 seconds left to play.
The Giants sent out Lawrence Tynes for the game winning field goal. He made the kick for the win, but Dallas called a time out as the ball was being snapped, canceling the play and forcing Tynes to kick again. On the second try, Tynes blasted the ball right through the uprights to give the Giants a thrilling 33-31 victory. Box Score.
It is not often that a head coach of a NFL franchise takes the time during his busy 18 hour a day schedule to record a message encouraging season ticket holders to come to the game locked and loaded, pumped up and ready to go.That is what Rex Ryan did last Monday, and the coach who has found a way to connect with 53 men in a locker room, has found a way to connect with over 80,000 plus angry as hell Jet fans.Giants Stadium? Not today.
Jet fans were so loud from the start to finish of Sundays 16-9 Jets win over the despised New England Patriots, that the game was more reminisent of soccer game in Europe. Fans were jumping up and down in their seats, causing the joint to shake, rattle and roll at several points during the game. Nobody sat down in this game; fans stood, cheering on Rex Ryan's 46 D to smack around Tom Brady and the vaunted Patriots offense.
Defensively, the Jets didn't get a whole heck of lot of pressure on Brady;they never sacked him and only hit him twice, but the Jets made him hugely uncomfortable in the pocket, forcing him to overthrow his receivers all afternoon.
The fans played an even bigger role on defense; constant chants of "De-fense," and "Brady Sucks" and profane hoots and hollers that only at a Division I college football school would echo, made it very hard for Brady to call audibles at the offensive line impossible for him to hear his offensive coordinator in his helmetphone.
The Jets never allowed Randy Moss or Wes Welker to do any damage. Moss had a measly four catches for 24 yards, as Darrelle Revis played extremely well in tight bump-and-run coverage on the all-pro receiver. Revis even snared a interception off Brady, thanks to his terrific coverage of Moss. As for Welker, he never had a catch.
Offensively, Mark Sanchez and company did absolutely nothing in the first half. The Jets had only five total net yards of offense in the first quarter and didn't record a first down until midway through the second quarter. Sanchez appeared a little uneasy against the Patritots blitz early on, but the fact that the Jets had no ground game was no help to the rookie.However, once the second half started, it was a different Jets offense.
On the first play of the third quarter, Sanchez hit Jerricho Cotchery on a crossing slant at the New England 45. Cotchery broke free from the coverage and sprinted to the Patriots 11 yard line. Two plays later, Sanchez hit a wide open Dustin Keller in the back of the end zone to give the Jets a 10-9 lead. The Jet fans exploded in jublilation, and the party was getting started.
On the next drive, Sanchez had completions of 9, 7, and 22 yards to move the Jets to the Patriots seven yard line. He then hit Chansi Stuckey in the corner of the end zone for a touchdown, but after a Bill Belichick challenge, the touchdown was negated because Stuckey did not have both feet in bounds. The Jets settled for the field goal and a sudden 13-9 lead.Then in the fourth quarter, the Jets defense was put to the ultimate test. With less then two minutes to go, Brady had the football down by seven. This is usually Brady's time to pick the opposition apart and lead the Patriots to victory, but the Jets sent so much pressure at Brady that the quarterback threw four staright incompletions. After the last one, the Jet players jumped into the air as if they had just won the Super Bowl; fans went completely nuts, and the Jets ended a eight game home losing streak to New England. Box Score.
NOTES: Rex Ryan dedicated the game ball to the fans for their incredible support. The ball will be displayed in the Jets trophy case in Florham Park, NJ. The Jets and Patriots came into the game with the series tied 49-49-1. This was the 100th meeting and a rubber game. The Jets won and now lead the series meetings 50-49-1.
Saturday, September 19, 2009
After toying with the obvious since mid-May, the Mets will finally admit to themselves that Carlos Deglado will not play another game this season for New York. In fact, he may never wear a Mets jersey again in his career.
Delgado had been trying all summer long to return from hip surgery, but the first baseman just can't seem to get over the pain. According to the New York Post, Delgado still feels discomfort in his hip when performing running drills.
"I think time is running out for him," Manuel said before last night's 6-5 loss to the Nationals. "I think he's had a couple of setbacks in the time that we were gone that could possibly prevent him from playing for us this season."
With 14 games left in the Mets forgettable 2009 season, it makes little sense for the Mets to have Delgado in the lineup; in fact, it made little sense to bring him back when the ship started to sink back in June.
The Mets will have to look long and wide for a replacement for Delgado. Even though Dan Murphy has been okay at first base, he is clearly not the answer at the position. First base could be a huge problem for the Mets this off-season because there is no top line free agent first basemen available, other than Delgado. Keith Hernandez, it's time to suit up!
Thursday, September 17, 2009
The Jets have to pay up to $125,000 in fines for not listing Favre on the injury report when he suffered a torn bicep tendon late last season. The Jets franchise will have to pay $75,000, while General Manager Mike Tannenbaum and former coach Eric Mangini will have to pay $25,000 each.
The Jets were caught in the situation when Favre revealed that the team insisted on playing him even with a torn bicep tendon. It was later, revealed that the Jets kept Favre off the injury report during this time, leading to an investigation and the subsequent fines.
"I believe in following the rules, whether it's on the field of play or it's our policies," Goodell said. "We believe those rules should be followed, and if clubs don't, or other personnel don't, we will take disciplinary action. This is an important rule to the integrity of the game. All clubs are following the rule. And if someone violates it, we will discipline as we did with the Jets today."
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Sunday, September 13, 2009
It wasn't pretty, but, for the second straight opener, the Giants held off the Redskins to kick off their season on the right foot. In so doing, the Giants answered some huge questions about their receiving corps.
Early in this game the Giants showed the world that their passing attack is indeed fine, as Eli Manning shook off the pre-season rust with his receiving corps to complete 69 percent of his passes (20 for 29) for 256 yards and a touchdown.
On the Giants opening drive, Manning and Company put away any doubt that this group lacked continuity when he completed a 25 yard bomb to Mario Manningham to move the Giants to the Redskins 36 yard line. Manning hit Kevin Boss for 11 more to move the ball to the 20, and Brandon Jacobs for eight more to get the ball to the 12. The Giants had to settle for a field goal, but the drive set a precedent for the rest of the evening.
In the second quarter with the ball on the Skins 30 yard line, Manning hit Manningham again, this time from 30 yards out for the touchdown to give Big Blue a 10-0 lead.
Defensively the Giants welcomed back Antonio Pierce, Kenny Phillips and Chris Canty to the lineup after the trio missed most of August training camp with nagging injuries. The Giants D was solid all evening, holding Washington to 272 yards of offense and shutting down running back Clinton Portis, by holding him to an unadorned 62 rushing yards. The Giants even sacked quarterback Jason Campbell twice, as the bumbling Redskins QB continued to stumble for Washington.
Another standout for the Giants receivers was Steve Smith. Smith has been much maligned for his inability to make crucial catches at key junctures of ball games, but, today, Smith looked great. He hauled in six passes for 80 yards and was a key cog on many of New York's scoring drives. Box Score.
It appears that Big Blue is on its way to straightening out their offenseive problems, and with missing defensive pieces returning from injury, the Giants have an opportunity to regain their status as the NFC's best team.
So much for the old formulation that a rookie head coach and a rookie quarterback equals a slow start.
The Jets not only beat the Houston Texans, they blew the doors off and sent a message to the NFL that the New York Jets are here to win this season.
Mark Sanchez took a huge step in his development as the starting quarterback of the team. He was sharp all afternoon, avoiding every blitz the Texans threw at him by completing lasers to his receivers who were in tight coverage for most of the day. Sanchez was in complete command of his offense, looking more like an experienced veteran instead of a 22-year-old kid making his first NFL start.
You have to give a lot of credit to the Jets offensive line. They keep Sanchez clean, not allowing the young gun to sacked at all in this game. At times Sanchez was given a lot of time to make his throws, including a beautiful 30 yard touchdown to Chansi Stucky on a go-route to give the Jets a 10-0 lead.
When pressured, Sanchez usually scrambled around the pocket; for example, on one play just before half time, Sanchez was flushed out of the pocket. Moving toward the sideline, he found a wide open Dustin Keller on the other side of the field. Remembering not to cross the line of scrimmage, Sanchez lofted a bullet to Keller across his body for a 25 yard gain. The gain didn't result in points, but it proved that the young quarterback was not afraid to make the big throws at the crucial time, even when the throws may be ill advised in the play book.
The only mistake the rookie made on the day was an interception to James Busing, who Sanchez didn't see covering Keller in the flat. Busing fumbled the ball only to have his teammate,Darren Barber, pick it and dash into the end zone for the lone Houston touchdown.
With the score now 17-7, and with the Houston fans going absoultely ballistic, one would expect Sanchez to shrink under the pressure, but he did not; he kept his head about him. On a key 3rd and three at their own 27 yard line, Sanchez dropped a pass into Keller's hands, who streaked down the sideline for a 40 yard gain. Two plays later, Thomas Jones, who had been invisible up to this point, pranced into the end zone for a 38 yard touchdown to close out the game, 24-7.
Even with Sanchez's impressive performance, it cannot be forgotten how well the Jets defense played. They shut down the Texans high powered offense, keeping the group off the score board for the entire game, as well as holding wide receiver Andre Johnson to nothing but 35 yards on four catches.
The Jets defense harassed quarterback Matt Schaub all day, sacking him twice and putting the oft-injured quarterback on his back most of the day. For years Jet fans have gotten accustomed to seeing a passive defensive game plan. Not today. The Jets new 46 D played with such reckless abandon that it was impossible for the Texans to stymie the Jets level of intensity. Box Score.
Gang Green is now 1-0 on the year and faces a really tough challenge when they play the New England Patriots next Sunday at 1:00.
Thursday, September 10, 2009
It is protocol in the NFL for all players who are dinged up, even with the slightest of injuries, to be listed on the injury report. The Jets never listed Favre as injured late in the season, the time many believe Favre was injured.
"I'll take responsibility for that," Tannenbaum said. "As the GM of this team, I should've handled that differently and listed him on the report. We didn't just because he wasn't getting treatment every day and we knew he was going to play. But, looking back on it now, I should've listed him as probable, and we didn't, and I'll take responsibility for that."
The Jets could face up to $25,000 fines per week for the number of weeks the league deems that Favre played with an injury. This means more money for the NFL, and a nice percentage for Favre.
Mangini and Tannenbaum admitted that they wanted Favre to finish the season, that is why he played through pain. Read Story.
Nevertheless, right now, Favre is continuing the same antics in Minnesota. He has told the Vikings that he "may not play all 16 games" this year because of a "torn rotator cuff" and a possible cracked rib. It is hoped the Vikings remember to list Favre on the injury report before he comes back at them next fall when he decides to unretire for the 4th time to play for someone else.
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Now, the man who has been the main cog in the success of the franchise over the last 13 years is now etched, permanently, into the golden record book of Yankees history.
Jeter needed three hits to tie Lou Gehrig for the most hits in franchise history. After struggling to get a hit the past couple of nights, Jeter got three.
Typical of Jeter, a classic pull hitter, he lined a ground ball right under the glove of a diving Chris Richard to tie the record. Yankee Stadium erupted with an October fervor, applauding one of the classiest players to play the game in a long time.
As always, Jeter's parents were in attendance to witness his record-setting night. They had stayed here in New York all week waiting for their son to capture the spotlight. After the record was tied, coaches and players from both dugouts applauded him in his moment.
Moments later, Jorge Posada blasted a three run home run to give the Yankees a 4-2 victory, ending a thrilling night in the Bronx.
“What an ovation I got from the fans,” Jeter observed. “I’ve been trying to do it for them.” Read More.
In a decade where many baseball records have been broken by steroid users and cheats, this is one broken record that baseball fans can truly cherish. It's clean, it's real, it's Yankee legend.
Saturday, September 5, 2009
A year and a half ago, David Tyree was the king of the world, having made one of the most improbable catches in NFL history when he leaped up and trapped a desperation throw from Eli Manning on his helmet to give the New York Giants a first down on a drive that resulted in the game winning touchdown in Super Bowl XLII.
Now Tyree has joined the long list of those looking for work.
Tyree was cut Saturday morning by the team he won a ring for, the Giants. The G-Men had too many receivers on the team with Hakeem Nicks, Sinorace Moss, Dominik Hixon and Steve Smith on the roster. Hard to believe, considering that Tyree is better than Moss and Smith combined, but that is the decision Tom Coughlin felt inclined to make. Tyree didn't play at all in 2008-2009, and before his "helmet catch" in the Super Bowl, he had only four catches in the 2007-2008 season.
It is not known where Tyree may end up, but, look for teams like the Jets, who are desperate for another receiver to try to sign him.
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Moreover, it has been well publicized in Denver that Marshall hates new head coach Josh McDaniels, and desperately wants out of the program. Marshall has been seen slapping balls away from himself during practice, as well as kicking the ball away whenever he makes a catch. His behavior was so bad that the Broncos suspended him until September 5 for conduct detrimental to the team.
Since that time, the Jets have been the only team reportedly interested in Marshall. There were reports that the Jets called the Broncos to inquire about the receiver, which was immediately followed by reports that the Broncos were thinking of filing tampering charges against the Jets. Should we be shocked that there is any coincidence that McDaniels, a former Patriots assistant, was thinking of filing such charges because of his long standing hatred of New York? Perhaps.
After that, the reports got even more insane. NFL Network reported last night that the Broncos never intended to trade Marshall to any team. "We're looking forward to having Brandon back Sept. 6 and starting our preparations for Cincinnati with him," said McDaniels.
Meanwhile, ESPN reported a totally different story. They claim that the Jets and Broncos were in discussions about a possible trade, but the Broncos wanted linebacker David Harris in return for Marshall. According to the same story, the Jets have no intention to let go of Harris, whom the team views as having a promising future by teaming him up with Bart Scott in the middle of Rex Ryan's 46 Defense.
Finally, the New York Post contradicted everyone, stating that the Jets have no interest in Marshall. The Post reports that sources close to the situation feel that the Jets had no interest in trading for Marshall because of the high asking price.
If it is true that the Jets have interest in Marshall, it ought to raise eyebrows on several scores:
1) Why would the Jets want to acquire and sign a total malcontent to a big contract while they are hanging their best player, Leon Washington on the rail with no extension in sight. Signing Marshall, a guy with whom they have no experience, a guy who is compared to Terrell Owens without the stats, would be more than a big risk for the Jets; it might be foolish.
2) It appears that the Jets are competing against themselves for Marshall. When a team is negotiating against itself, it is usually a bad sign. A fellow like Marshall should garner a lot of requests, but the Jets are the only team interested. That must meant that a lot of teams are fearful of bringing a divisive product into the organization. The Jets should wake up and not pursue this any further.