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October 27, 2013

Week 8 Giants (2-6) 15 Eagles (3-5) 7
This was 2nd win in a row for the Giants. They had NO t/d’s; scoring on 5 FGs. The special teams allowed the Philly TD with a wild snap to punter Weatherford. The Eagles aren’t a tough team but they stopped NY twice in the Red Zone. I CAN guarantee that the Giants won’t lose next week (the 3rd week unbeaten in a row)- they have a bye.
Bengals (5-2) 49 Jets (4-3) 9
This was the big ruler game. What an awakening the Jets had. Cinci had 402 yards and NY had 240 net yards. Their heads must have been spinning as if they were in the exorcist movie. Dalton was 19/30 5TDs. Smith was 20/30 2INTs 4 sacks. Cinci had 7 TDs and the Jets had zero but gave up a pick-6.
More Melo
“Unlike when Melo was in Denver,” Stephen A. Smith (ESPNNY.com) wrote, “A place he wanted to leave, the Knicks’ star forward actually wants to stay here. He just doesn’t want to stay here and lose. Melo is not interested in continuing to marvel at the achievements of one of his best friends (LeBron James) for years to come. Either the Knicks need to facilitate a way for the two superstars to join forces or position themselves to get someone else to make the ‘Bockers viable. And Melo is smart enough to know the present roster won’t cut the mustard.
So this season — with impending free agency — is the perfect opportunity to put the franchise on notice.
First, secure coach Mike Woodson by getting the Knicks to pick up the option on his third year — which Melo has already done. Second, do everything you can to assure Dolan you want to stay … without actually committing to staying. Melo doesn’t need to tell the Knicks, with new president and general manager Steve Mills, what to do, because he knows they already know.
If Amar’e Stoudemire isn’t healthy again, convince him to retire so those numbers will come off the books. By acquiring Andrea Bargnani, whose $23 million comes off the books after the 2014-15 season, you now have either Bargnani or Tyson Chandler — or both — as bait in the final years of their contracts.
It’s all about maneuverability, the ability to position yourself as a franchise to pursue LeBron. It doesn’t matter that it’s a long shot to get him because Miami and Cleveland are his preferences. Melo knows it’s possible that LeBron will move on. That both of them want to play together. And that the possibilities are endless when your conversations are with a billionaire with ties to Wall Street.”
It’s too early to fret over this. But, we’ll be hearing a lot more about this as time goes on.
Shoulder the Weight
Ian Begley (ESPNNY.com) wrote about Carmelo Anthony’s decision to not have surgery. “I’m ecstatic going from a torn rotator cuff and torn labrum to not needing surgery,” Anthony said. “Let me take that back: Taking a risk in not taking surgery and letting it heal on its own. I took a huge risk in doing that. It meant I had to put more time in the offseason to do what I had to do to get it right.” Anthony has looked healthy through the Knicks’ first five preseason games. But the state of his shoulder will be closely monitored throughout the season. So any damage to the labrum can affect the stability of the shoulder, ESPN injury expert Stephania Bell says.
That’s why Anthony said during the playoffs that his shoulder “popped in and out,” according to Dr. Neil Roth, an orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine and the attending physician at Lenox Hill Hospital. If Anthony had opted for surgery, he might have lost some range of motion in his shoulder. “A labrum tear doesn’t heal itself,” Bell says. “Once you have damage, [the shoulder after rehabilitation is] not going to be as good as the original structure. [Anthony] can rehab all he wants and that labrum will [still] have damage to it; that doesn’t change. But functionally, he should be fine.” Maybe, orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Neil Roth summarizes the situation best. “It’s always a difficult call as to what the right treatment is for a professional athlete,” he says. “You’re dealing with, No. 1, their livelihood, and No. 2, their ability to perform at the level they need to perform. Melo may have absolutely made the right call for himself; only time will tell.”
Molinaro Maranara
Bob Molinaro (HamptonRoads.com) wrote: “Couldn’t believe what I read the other day. Linda Ronstadt, whose voice is silenced by Parkinson’s disease, has only now been nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame after being eligible for more than 20 years. Short of pretending the ’70s never happened and that any woman in country, rock or pop had a stronger, more identifiable voice, how could anybody overlook Ronstadt for so long?” For me it was Rosemary Clooney in the 50’s, Connie Francis in the 60’s, and Linda Ronstadt in the 70’s.
Reunion
Dwight Perry related that Norman Chad wrote the time “He attended a Raiders-Chargers game: ‘I would’ve felt safer at a Manson Family reunion.’”
RIP, Bum Philips
The Sports Curmudgeon paid honor to the late head football coach, “Bum Phillips was sort of like the Yogi Berra of the NFL; his quips were great. As a tribute, let me leave you with a few… When asked if he minded being addressed as “Bum”: “I don’t mind being called “Bum”, just as long as you don’t put a “You’ in front of it.” After star running back, Earl Campbell, could not finish the one-mile run that everyone did on the opening day of training camp: “When it’s 1st and a mile, I won’t give it to him.” Assessing Earl Campbell’s abilities: “If he’s not in a class by himself, it doesn’t take long to call roll.” On why he always took his wife with him on road trips: “Cuz she’s too ugly to kiss good-bye.”

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October 22, 2013

Week 7 Jets (4-3) 30 Patriots (5-2) 27
This was an “up-seesaw” game for Jets Fans. It had everything- passing, running, sacks, interceptions (some for a “pick-6”). There was even a penalty that affected the game’s outcome that had never been remembered as being called. It wasn’t a butt fumble, but a butt push. The Jets D was strong and only allowed 90yds NE rushing. They had 4 sacks and 1 int.. Ivory ran for 104. Overall NY rushed for 177 gross yds. Smith threw 17/33, 206net yds. Brady was 22/46, 205net yds.
It was a typical Jets-Patriots game where the score card doesn’t tell the whole story.
Giants (1-6) 23 Vikings (1-5) 7
Even a broken clock is right twice a day. I’m not predicting another Giant win, because they could easily lose the rest of their games. They weren’t the losers in the Vikings’ game but they didn’t instill any good feelings either. They only ran for 64 yds and passed for 200- that was against a team with no defense at all. Special teams for NY weren’t special at all. They allowed 209 yds in punts and kick offs.
Lets speak about the red zone (I’m sorry-I have to). The Giants were 1 for 4- 1 for 4!
Reuben Randall seems to be a magnet for bad things. Maybe it’s just that he doesn’t finish his route or runs the wrong one or fumbles a lot.
On the plus side – Jon Beason was in on 9 tackles from his MLB slot. He had 12 tackles last week. Peyton Hillis was an assistant HS football coach last week, after being cut by Tampa Bay, and looked strong grinding out 15 yds.
A Futile Mark The Sports Curmudgeon commented about the Chiefs-Raiders game that might have caused “Big Al” to spin in his grave: “The Raiders had a particularly fetid sequence in the 4th quarter of the Chiefs game. The score was still a manageable 14-7 in favor of the Chiefs and the Raiders had the ball at the 50-yardline and had a drive underway. Here is what happened next: 1. Holding penalty makes it 1st and 20 at the Raiders 40
2. Sack for a 12-yard loss makes it 2nd and 32 at the Raiders 28
3. Delay of game penalty makes it 2nd and 37 at the Raiders 23
4. Sack for an 11-yard loss makes it 3rd and 48 at the Raiders 12.
5. Incomplete pass makes it 4th and 48 at the Raiders 12. Now for the real ignominy… The Raiders’ punt went 46 yards; it did not make it to the first down marker the offense was aiming for.”
Special Delivery
Karl “The Mailman” Malone spoke of the NBA Jazz players in training camp to Salt Lake City’s KSL-TV and was quoted by Dwight Perry, “I’m not concerned with your elbow pads, your knee pads, all of your garb and your full body armor.
I had one of my bigs’ today, and he had body armor from his thigh to his neck. I ask him what he was doing, and he said he was protecting himself. I said, ‘Who you protecting yourself (from)?’ There’s no sniper in this building! Man up! If your hurt, see the trainer and play the game.
When I played, if you came out there with a sleeve on your elbow, I’m not going to attack it, but you’re a wounded animal and I’ve got to take a stab at it.”
When we played basketball in the playground, the rule was – “No blood, no foul.”
How Do You Spell Loyalty? $
Ian Begley (ESPNNY.com) wrote that Carmelo Anthony “Can opt out of the final year of his contract with the Knicks and test free agency.
Economically, it would make sense for Anthony to opt out and stay in New York. If he signs a max contract this summer, he can earn $33 million more with the Knicks than he could from another team.
Despite that financial advantage, some members of the Knicks’ front office have probably become a bit queasy after reading Carmelo’s comments. If Carmelo gets to the point where he’s being courted by other teams, anything can happen.
That’s why I think Carmelo’s quote to the Observer raises the stakes a bit for Knicks president/GM Steve Mills and the rest of New York’s front office.
Mills’ chief task is to build the Knicks into a championship contender, and retaining Anthony goes hand-in-hand with that goal. So it’s on Mills and the rest of the Knicks’ decision-makers to convince Melo they can surround him with enough talent to win a title going into the 2015 season, if not before.
Also, Jason Kidd was one of the prized free agents in the summer of 2003. As my colleague Ohm Youngmisuk pointed out recently, Kidd was almost certain came back from Texas torn between re-signing with New Jersey and teaming up with Tim Duncan.
Of course, Kidd ended up signing with the Nets, but it wasn’t an easy decision. And the same situation could play out with Carmelo.
If he hits the open market, plenty of teams will be interested in Anthony, who led the league in scoring last season. Most notably, the Lakers will have the requisite cap space to woo him. They also happen to employ one of his closest friends in the NBA, Kobe Bryant. How will a recruiting pitch from Kobe affect Carmelo’s decision? It’s too early to say right now. But one thing’s certain: Anthony will be willing to listen.”
Say What?
Dwight Perry (Seattle Times) quoted ex-NFL great Rod Woodson talking to Oakland’s KGMZ Radio about Raiders’ QB Terrell Pryor’s upside, “The ceiling is through the roof.”
What A Grandpa
Dwight Perry wrote about Peter Edwards who placed, An $80 bet 15-years ago- at 2500-to-one odds- that his 18-month old grandson would one day play for the Welsh national soccer team.
Edwards became $200,000 richer when Harry Wilson-16, the grandson- made his international debut as an 87th minute sub against Belgium.
‘I’ve retired one year early,’ Edwards, 62, told BBC News. ‘Not bad for a daft bet.’’

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October 13, 2013

Week 6
Bears (4-2) 27 Giants (0-6) 21
The Giants didn’t play that badly and were in the game until the end. Brandan Jacobs showed why he was brought back to NY by having his best game in 5 years (22-106yds, 2TDs).Manning was 14-26,232, 3INTs.
Two of those picks including one “pick-6” were caused when Randall ran the incorrect route. The 3rd INT happened when Manning threw of his front foot after being hurried.
The Bears only had one sack but had quite a few hurries.
I was surprised that Randall returned to the game, only Randall was the best receiver available as a 3rd target. Manning used the tight end to be blocker
Steelers (1-4) 19 Jets (3-3) 6
The Jets didn’t exhibit the same hunger they did last week, rushing for only 46 yards in the first half that ended 9-6(S). Powell rushed for 26yds. on 8 carries and 3 on 9 for the game. The team had 83 for the game on 20 carries. Smith was 19-34, 201,2 int, and sacked 3 times.
Big Ben was 25 for 30, 264 1TD and was sacked 4 times. Pgh. rushed 26-73.
This was the game I was afraid the Jets would have. They were playing a winless team and despite all of the protests that it wouldn’t happen- it did. The Jets played with little emotion. They had a 27%-3rd down success rate.
Cromartie did look that good. Brown and Miller had 15 catches for 170 yards.
Suspicion
Bob Molinaro (HamptonRoads.com) criticized NFC Commissioner Roger Goodell, “If NFL commissioner Roger Goodell wants to give more than lip service to the issue of player health and safety, he could start by cutting out Thursday night games, which give players too little time between contests. Because he won’t do that – and because the 18-game schedule is still on the table – players have every reason to be suspicious of the league’s so-called concern for their welfare.
The Battle of Brooklyn
Zab Judah (36; 42-8, 29 KOs) and Paulie Malignaggi (33; 32-5, 7 KOs) are both coming off decision losses in world title fights in Brooklyn and will meet Decenber 7th at the Barkley Center. Judah lost a tough battle to then-junior welterweight titleholder Danny Garcia in April in a fight in which Judah got knocked down but had Garcia in trouble late in the fight. In June, Malignaggi lost his welterweight belt by split decision to Adrien Broner. Malanaggi is more of a technician than Judah who is the heavier hitter of the two.
Golden Boy rep Richard Shaefer said in the co-feature that interim junior middleweight titlist Erislandy Lara (18-1-2, 12 KOs), 30, a Cuban defector living in Houston, would face fellow southpaw and former titleholder Austin Trout (26-1, 14 KOs), 28, of Las Cruces, N.M., in a matchup of slick boxers. Lara, a former world amateur champion, got dropped twice but won a vacant interim belt in June via 10th-round knockout of Alfredo Angulo in an unexpected brawl. Trout won a vacant world title in 2011 and made four successful defenses, including outpointing Miguel Cotto last December, before suffering his first defeat via unanimous decision to Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in April. “Most people have Lara and Trout in their top-10 rankings at 154 pounds and it’s a 50-50 kind of fight,” Schaefer said. “Trout is coming back to New York where he beat Cotto and he’s ready to go. Lara is coming off a big win against Angulo and taking on another top guy. It’s a meaningful matchup between two of the best 154 pounders and the winner is in line for a big fight. Schaefer said Golden Boy is now Trout’s promoter after his split from Greg Cohen. Trout had been ordered by a sanctioning body to do a title elimination bout against former titlist Cornelius “K9” Bundrage but instead opted to face Lara for another organization’s interim title. Schaefer said a third bout — while not officially on the card yet — probably will open the telecast and feature super middleweight titlist Sakio Bika against Anthony Dirrell in a match that had been scheduled for Oct. 26 but postponed because Bika hurt his shoulder and had to miss some training time. “The fight is done, but I’m still in discussions with Showtime about making the card a tripleheader,” Schaefer said.
More From Bob
“Fits to a T- This season, five NBA teams will be working the sleeved-jersey look into their uniform rotations, while the majority of teams will wear sleeves at least once. When my CYO basketball team wore sleeves as part of our uniform many years ago, I didn’t realize how fashion-forward we were.” Points taken
Dwight Perry gave this to us from Bob Molinaro, “Not that more information is necessary to explain the 28-point line for Denver’s game against Jacksonville,” wrote Bob Molinaro of the Norfolk Virginian-Pilot, “but the Broncos scored 51 points last week against the Cowboys, while the Jaguars have scored 51 points all season. Enough said.”
The Whole Tooth And Nothing But The Tooth
Dwight Perry (Seattle Times) said that Advil had been named the “Official pain reliever of the Nat’l. Hockey League.”
“So what is the league’s official chewing gum-Chicklets?” Proper Perspective
Dwight Perry said that “Odds-makers had installed the Bronco as a record 27-point favorite over the Jaguars.
To put that in perspective, even Custer got 25 ½ at Little Big Horn.”
Sporting Country Music Award
R.J. Currie (SportsDeke.com) talked about Danica Patrick co-hosting the American Country Awards: “And why not? Her marriage broke up, she’s got a dog, drives a Chevy, and all her chases end in heartache.”

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October 8, 2013

10/4
I hope everyone had a pleasant “Broderick Crawford Day.”
Week 5
Eagles (2-3) 36 Giants (0-5) 21
The Giant DBs made Michael Vick look like a Dan Marino who can run. The Eagles had 303 1st half yds. to NY’s 184 (Vick passed for 105 and ran for 79 but went out with hammy). A blown official’s call seemed to inspire the Giants, in the 3rd, to hold Philly while scoring themselves (22-21E at start of 4th). It didn’t last long though. Those same DBs allowed Nick Foles to look like Marino (29E-21) then 2 E-INTs.
Jets (3-2) 30 Falcons (1-4) 28
Remember Smith is a rookie and his next game might be as frustratingly bad as this game was surprisingly good.
The Jets were doing well leading 17-7 with 3 min left in the half. Atl scored on a blown call in 1st Q. Smith was 16-20, 199 yds for the game with 3 TDs and NO Ints. The D did well agn the run. Stuffing Atl on the 2 at the half and giving up 64 for the game. The Jets forced 2 fumbles and stopped 5runs for losses.
This is another last second Jets win.
Diminishing Returns
Ian O’Connor (ESPNNY.com) said that the Yankees should negotiate with Robinson Cano realistically. “What the Yankees have to do exactly is what they didn’t do when A-Rod came crawling back to them after his 2007 opt out. They need to show a little fiscal restraint. They need to tell Cano that if $189 million over 10 years ($18.9 average wage) was once good enough for a 26-year-old, four-time champion Jeter, a figure in the same ballpark over seven years ($27 million average) should certainly be good enough for a 31-year-old, one-time-champion Cano.
The Yankees could remind Cano that his career postseason on-base percentage (.267) pales in comparison to Jeter’s (.374). They could tell Cano that he doesn’t sell tickets or draw viewers like Jeter and A-Rod do, and that he doesn’t honor a ballplayer’s base responsibility of running out every ball on the ground and in the air.
The Sports Curmudgeon wrote, “I will agree with Bob Molinaro up to a point (Bob wrote, ‘If any owner/GM coughs up that kind of a contract for a 30-year-old second baseman, he is stone cold nuts.’) However, if Cano winds up with a deal of that type, the owners/GMs are not totally to blame. That figure can only come about if the player and his agent ask for something that astronomical. To be sure, no one is putting a gun to the head of the owner/GM to agree to the deal, but the player and his agent deserve a piece of the culpability for the existence of such outrageous contracts.”
Yeah, That’s The Ticket
For the life of me, I can’t believe that A-Rod didn’t know what was in the injections he was given at the “Anti-aging Clinic.”
Yeah right! Do you remember that saying- “If something seems too good to be true, it probably is.”
Knicks Knocks
Glen Grunwald was the Knicks’ GM when the won team 54 games for the 1st time in 13yrs, was fired, only to be replaced by a returning Steve Mills who is not a basketball guy. The last time Mills, the now Knicks CEO, was with the Knicks he hired Isiah Thomas as GM. What could possibly go wrong?
Agency Reaction
Ian Begley (ESPNNY.com) wrote about Rick Kaplan’s reaction to Dolan’s doing- but remember he IS an agent, “The New York Knicks’ decision to demote general manager Glen Grunwald caught many around the NBA by surprise.
Rick Kaplan, Marcus Camby’s agent, was particularly taken aback. He called Knicks owner James Dolan’s decision to demote Grunwald “absurd” and “cruel” and referred to the Knicks as a “toxic” atmosphere.
Kaplan described Grunwald as ‘straightforward, honest and extremely loyal. Glen’s firing is absurd and the timing is cruel. Here is a guy that remarkably created a winning atmosphere in one of the most toxic NBA environments today,’ Kaplan said in an email to ESPNNewYork.com. ‘He did everything he was asked to do by his owner, and did it with a smile on his face. The only good news is that some lucky team will have Glen fall in its lap and he can finally work for a team that appreciates his enormous talent and class.’”
It’s Not Too Early For This
The Giants should be watching College football games and writing some names on a chalk board. They need help at OT, LB, DB, and QB of the future.
Bite Out Of Crime
Dwight Perry (Seattle Times) wrote that, “O.J. Simpson, the jailed ex-football star, got busted for trying to sneak a dozen oatmeal cookies from the Lovestock Correctional Center cafeteria inside his prison jumpsuit.
Moral of the story: Soup and a sandwich, yes, Juice and cookies, no.”
What A Fantasy
Dwight Perry (Seattle Times) talked about those insurance policies that deal with fantasy leagues. “Yes fantasy-football league owners can now take out insurance policies- for up to$1000- on up to five of their star players to cover league investments, DailyFinance.com reported, but it takes your stud being sidelined nine weeks to collect.
‘People are going in and basically putting in a house payment, said Sirius Radio’s Ray Flowers. ‘So in that scenario, it just makes a lot of sense to do whatever you can to cover yourself because some of the time it’s a pretty big expenditure.’”
I’m Barnacle Bob, The Seaman
Bob Molinaro (HamptonRoads.com) wrote about the America’s Cup, “It was hard enough for me to understand how the America’s Cup races worked even before we were informed that the USA’s epic comeback in San Francisco was orchestrated by an Australian skipper and international crew that included only a single U.S. citizen. Now that’s what you call outsourcing. Congratulations to America’s team… or what passes for it.” How Crazy Is That?
NYC is the World Capitol for capitalism, with the presence of Wall Street and Madison Avenue.
Why would we like to elect a self-proclaimed Socialist, Bill DeBlasio, to be Mayor? He’ll try to close down those streets and impose crippling taxes on anyone earning more than $100/year.