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October 28, 2011

Jets Week 7
The Jets (4-3) beat the Chargers (4-2) 27-21 in yet another come from behind win. The Jets had 162yds. rushing but that included Shonn Green’s 20 runs for 112yds. (without that they had- 11rushes for 50yds.
S.D. passed 18/33, 156yds. all in the 1st half. At the half, it was decided to use more zone D to help Cromartie. While watching Cromartie, I decided that he had a lot of A.J.Burnette in him. Before the game, the Coach wanted to know who was going to play that day- the good Cro, or the bad Cro.
Burress had 3 TD’s but before you get excited, remember he’s 6-5 and his defender was 5-8.
More Acorns From Oak
On Coach Mike D’Antoni’s system: “I don’t think [it can be successful], but that’s his coaching style. They knew when they signed him. … When you go buy a Bentley, you know it’s not a Volkswagen. When they signed him, they knew what they were getting. That conversation should be dead, because it’s a West Coast offense playing in a hard-nosed city. You always give somebody a chance to prove themselves. I mean, this is his fourth year. He’s had a lot of time. … I think it’s just more half-court offense, and they need the big, tough guy. He don’t want to play that way, but finesse, it’s not gonna work.”
On Anthony and Stoudemire: “I mean, they’ve got hype. But hype don’t win nothing.”
On Stoudemire’s play: “Amare’s good; he’s good in his way. He’s a West Coast player trying to translate to the East Coast. And the longer he plays in the East, the more his body’s gonna get damaged, because he’s got to take a beating now.”
NBA Business Plan
Norman Chad wrote in the DC Post: “The NBA produces $4 billion annually in revenue, but the owners says they’re losing several hundred million a year. That’s some BAD ownership. How many businesses in America generate $114,155 every 15 minutes of every day and lose money? Heck, a Geico caveman could operate an NBA franchise in the black.”
Invitation To Irrelevance
Bob Ryan (Boston Globe) hit the nail on the head when he warned the NBA players and the NBA team owners that if they aren’t careful their labor squabble is going to hurt them more than they can imagine. He said, “What both sides must realize is that the sports world will get along very nicely without the NBA. Do these people not understand that in this country at the present time, there is the NFL, and there is Everything Else? America grew very antsy as football training camp time approached and there was no deal. The NBA cancels a portion of its regular season and in many locales the news isn’t even reported on the first sports page. Football now runs until the first Sunday in February. Pitchers and catchers report two weeks later. March Madness takes care of that month. The NHL actually has gained some national traction. Who needs the NBA?”
Scott’s Jots
Scott Ostler (SF Chronicle) made this comment about the NBA, “The NBA lockout reminds us that basketball is the best sport. It’s the only major sport that millionaire pro players play for free in their spare time. You never see major-league baseball players or NFL players running around looking for pickup games.
Swat The “Bug-Weiser”
Dwight Perry (Seattle Times) passed along a clip from Brad Rock (Salt Lake City Desert News): “A recent study showed drinking beer can help ward off mosquitoes,” wrote Brad Rock of Salt Lake City’s Desert News. “Come to think of it, has anyone ever seen a can of OFF! at a Raiders game?”
Silver And Black Personality
I’m anxious to see if the ascent of Mark Davis to be the Managing General Partner of the Oakland Raiders, succeeding his father the late Al Davis, will change the team’s personality as being a league renegade.
The acquisition of QB Carson Palmer might have been the opening salvo and a harbinger of things to come. Now Coach Hue Jackson might bring back the Snake Stabler days. But we should make up our minds after just one week.
Cub Talk
How difficult is it to understand, for some of the media, that MLB prohibits ANY talk of senior personnel changes until the World Series is completed? If there is a rapid announcement about Epstein going to the Cubs, are we expected to believe there were no talks going on during the WS?
Not-So-Free Agents
I don’t think that the Yankees will spend very much time thinking about adding Albert Pujols or Prince Fielder as a replacement at 1B for Mark Teixeira. All of the noise is coming from agent-hype because it’s well known that if the Yankees are in the mix the player’s return would grow.
That reminds me of the Charlie Finley idea of controlling the huge payments gives to free agents. Finley’s proposition was that every major leaguer would become a free agent every year after the World Series. “The Yankees,” he said, “can sign the best 25. Then the rest of us cab split the rest.”
Yu Darvish Stats
Baseball-reference.com had stats for Darvish:
6’5”, 185lbs, 23-yrs old, right hander, 4-yrs Japan’s minor league, 58-22, 98 starts, 10cg/yr, 198ip/yr, 201k/yr, 9.2k/9inn, 4.36 k/bb, 1.81ERA, 0.909WHIP
Arthur Rhodes
I couldn’t believe that he was still active. He’s virtually spent his 20-year career as a set-up guy with 762 appearances with 289 saves. He has a 1.30 WHIP and has gives up an average of 1HR/9INNGS.
I don’t know what is his big drawing point, but whatever it is, it’s made him a good living.
Another note from Dwight Perry (Seattle Times). This time it’s followed by an OOOF. “Q: What do they call it when that new golf-themed cemetery in Bellevue buries an atheist?A: An unprayable lie.”
What’s The Count? Dwight then sent along, “Ian Hamilton of the Regina (Sask.) Leader-Post, after Fox’s Tim McCarver said strike is “a five-letter” word and then proceeded to spell out all six letters: “It’s a sad thing when a color man doesn’t know the count.”



October 22, 2011

Giants-Jets Week 6
The Giants (4-2) scored a last minute FG to pull out a 27-24 win over the Bills (4-2). Eli was 21-32,292yds with no sacks or INTs. Ahmad Bradshaw ran 26 times for 104 yds. Jake Ballard is doing well at TE. This week saw Ballard get 81 yds. on 5 catches. The D had a good day except for Naamen Roosevelt had one rush for 60 yds and Fred Jackson had an 80 yd. RAC for a TD
The Jets (3-3) beat the Dolphins (0-5) 24-6. It was a game they HAD to win and should have had no trouble winning. Miami, however, outgained the Jets 308-296 net yards and it took 4 sacks, 2 INT’s, 5 forced fumbles, and a 100 yard INT return for a TD completed by Darrelle Revis and the rest of the NY-D to get the win. While this was a big win, it’s nothing to warrant any good feelings in the locker room.
The Cooler
A while ago I said that A-Rod was called “The Cooler” by a lot of other MLB players because, while he hit lots of home runs, his teams seemed to play better without him in the line-up.
In his final presser of the season Yankees manager Joe Girardi said the Yankees had a lot of bad luck in the post season this year that affected Swisher, Teixiera, as well as A-Rod.
I remember that Branch Rickey told Ralph Kiner, when Kiner asked for a raise after taking the home run title 2-years in a row, “The Pirates finished in last place with you and we can’t do any worse without you” (Kiner signed his contract without a raise right away). Rickey also said very often that luck was the residue of hard work and design.
The Yankees did pretty well while A-Rod was DL’d, so why pay him $20million/year for another five years? Was it because of his ability to play 3rd base? I don’t think so.
A-Rod’s batting has taken some backward steps in recent years, especially in the post season. His career post season OPS is .884 but in the last two years it read .606 and .374.
Gut Check For CC
Stephen A. Smith (ESPN.com) wrote that the Yankees will probably allow C.C. Sabathia to opt out of his contract and then chose to sweeten his 7-year $161million deal to bring him into the Cliff Lee, Roy Halliday range. Actually, they have no choice. There are no aces out there. They’re all in long term contracts.
One thing they can do, “HOW-EVAH” is limit the number of years and insist on CC be in better condition so he doesn’t tire out in the post-season
Fenway Fires
I have to tell you that I’m looking to being able to turn down my thermostat this winter because of the warmth from fires in the Fenway offices.
Just to bring you up to date- the guy who built the team that won the first Red Sox Championship since 1918, Theo Epstein, was allowed to move to the Cubs. The field manager who kept that team on the field long enough to win TWO titles was allowed to “resign” (not too many fans believed that spin). “Anonymous Team Sources” hinted Terry Francona had his judgment clouded by an over reliance on pain pills. The same “Team Sources” also smeared Lester, Lackey, and Becket by saying these starters ate fried chicken and drank beer in the clubhouse, during the game, when they weren’t playing.
When I write, I try not to use anonymous sources because every time I hear that phrase I wait to hear a hatchet job.
I think all of the Boston drama is the work of the team owners to changes the Red Sox personality from the tobacco chewers to bubble gum users.
Traci Hamilton (DC Post) pointed out that the Red Sox aren’t the first team that experienced the same drama/Their fans have also changed from the “loveable loosers” into fans “who couldn’t recognize Vermont and New Hampshire on a map and wore red hats with the tag hangling off the back.”
The Red Sox MUST win back their fans by being the “brand” New England wants and get that team fire going again
Yankees Trade/Free Agent Prospects
Prince Fielder 27-yrs old, 7-yrs in league, bats left 5’11”-275lbs .282 BA/ 37HR- yr/106 rbi-yr/ .929ops-career
C.J.Wilson 30-yrs old, 7yrs in league/ lefty/43-35/3.60 era/121 ip- yr/ 1.29 whip.
Mitch Albom
I read Mitch Albom’s Detroit Free Press column where he wrote about the Tigers’ “win- pack- it- up home field victory over the Rangers and it was a good read for me. Albom wrote about Tigers manager Jim Leyland, Miguel Cabrera, and Justin “just in time” Verlander who threw 133 pitches.
I enjoyed Albom’s positive and upbeat style that didn’t play the blame game. Am I doing an ostrich act? Maybe but so what, I liked it. It was ALL pro-Tigers without any hints of objectivity. This was the way that the late Bill Gallo used to write.
Here is an Albom example: “And so all afternoon, as a peeking sun turned to misty clouds and misty clouds turned to darkness, watching Verlander required two sets of eyes — how much was he flaming, how much was he flaming out? Verlander reached his 40th pitch the third inning, his 60th by the fourth. How many more drops in that canteen? How long before the team was parched and dry?” WHOOO!
An Oak Acorn
Charles Oakley is retired but still looks at himself as a NY Knick. He commented to ESPN.com about Isiah Thomas: “I don’t understand how he even got a job with management. He had nothing to do with the Knicks, then he talked bad about the Knicks … If I see him, he’d better turn around and go the other way.
On the Knicks and Ewing: “They don’t like Patrick. They won’t give Patrick a job, so I know they won’t give me a job. Patrick should have a job before anyone. He’s probably the best guy since Frazier, Monroe… he’s the main guy on the list.”