Dreams Blog

November 24, 2013

Week 12 Ravens (5-6) 19 Jets (5-6) 3
This wasn’t a pretty game. The Jets were able to only put 3pts, from a FG, on the board because of the wind.
Geno Smith was 9-22,127yds.,2ints,3 sacks. They rushed 28 times for 55 yds. 35 by Ivory.
Flaco was 17-26,273yds, 1 int, 4 sacks. The Ravens rushed 31 times for 67 yds. Cowboys (6-5) 24 Giants (4-7) 21
There were three bad-calls/non-calls by the Refs which accounted for 21Dallas points. At times it seemed as though the decision had been made that NY shouldn’t be in the game.
Manning was 16-30,179. They had 202yds on 30 runs but were only on 3rd down. They had the same number of penalties as Dallas but NY’s were more game changing than those of the Cowboys. I may seem to be more overly critical but that doesn’t mean I’m wrong
A Cry From The Toy Department
“Get Real,” Said the elf.
What planet houses Robinson Cano? He’s looking to go from $15million/year to $35 million/year with a 10-year deal.
The Yankees might be proposing $24million/year in a 6-Year deal.
These guys must live in an alternate universe filled with telephone number-like contracts.
Social Security recipients are receiving a 1 ¾ %, 1 ¾ %, increase this year that is coupled with rising health care costs.
NOW LOOK AT CANO’S DEMANDS AGAIN.
Remember the suggestion made by Charles Finley to make all the players free agents every year. That might cut down some of those outlandish demands.
MLB GM’s Meeting- Yankees
Andrew Marchand (ESPN.com) “Since Joe Morgan is 70 years old, there is no one to sign to replace Cano as a home run-hitting, left-handed second baseman. So perhaps the Yankees go after Shin-Soo Choo for the outfield, even though they said they weren’t interested. His OPS last season was .885, which was near Cano’s .899. Cano slugged .516, while Choo was at .462.
Shin-Soo Choo 30-yrs old, 9 yrs in MLB, .288 avg, 20 hr, 81 rbi, .854 ops
Omar Infante 31yrs, 12 yrs in MLB, .279avg, 6hr,74 rbi, .721ops
Brian McCann 29-yrs old, 9yrs in MLB, .277avg, 26hr, 97rbi, .823 ops, 7 time all-star, 5 time silver slugger
MLB GM’s Meeting- Mets
Adam Rubin (ESPN.com), “Well, they optimally need two starting pitchers, two outfielders, a new shortstop, a veteran catcher to complement Travis d’Arnaud and some back-end bullpen help leading into Bobby Parnell and Vic Black. They also need to trade at least one of their first basemen. Presumably Ike Davis is the preference to deal, with Lucas Duda an option as well if the offer is better.”
I feel that the Mets should keep Davis and shop Duda.
Who’s On Your Team
The Sports Curmudgeon wrote about 3 of sport’s agent Dave Dunn’s clients: “Dave Dunn is an agent for NFL players – and one with an impressive clientele. I think that Mr. Dunn has had an “interesting year” working with and on behalf of some of his clients in the sense of the old Chinese curse that one should live in “interesting times”. Here are three of his clients in alphabetical order: Alfonzo Dennard: Convicted of felony assault on a police officer in February and sentenced in March to a jail term to commence in March 2014. While on probation, he was arrested for DUI, which is a probation violation, and he pleaded guilty to same. He will be sentenced for that transgression next month. Aaron Hernandez: Do I really need to review the bidding there…? Richie Incognito: [sigh…]
ARod-MLB
It’s hard to remember that the A-M talks aren’t in the courtroom this is between an individual and his employer. The U.S. Attorney’s office is watching to see what they can use themselves. Mike Fish (ESPN.com) wrote a little bit of a background piece. “For more than a year, investigators for Major League Baseball and Rodriguez have thrown tens of thousands of dollars at potential witnesses and tried various strong-arm tactics in pursuit of patient and clinic medical records. The documents have been key to Rodriguez’s arbitration hearing over his 211-game suspension. An MLB official denies impeding the Florida Department of Health investigation while also suggesting repeatedly that the health investigation was more a regulatory than criminal undertaking and therefore not as serious. A source told “Outside the Lines” the health department ultimately stepped aside from its investigation at the request of federal investigators, but that was after MLB had purchased the documents. The MLB official said its investigators have continued to cooperate with subsequent criminal investigations by the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office and the U.S. Attorney’s Office, which are focused on a cadre of Bosch associates, doctors and pharmacies.”
The Knicks Haven’t Been Good Traders
Ian Begley (ESPN.com) wrote about a possible trade. I think they need a big more than an injured point, “The New York Knicks continue to dangle Iman Shumpert in trade talks, including a recent proposal to the Celtics that would send the third-year guard and Amar’e Stoudemire to Boston in an effort to obtain star point guard Rajon Rondo, league sources confirmed Sunday.
The Celtics, though, have yet to show interest in the deal, instead preferring to unload forward Gerald Wallace in a trade, sources said.
The Knicks have inquired about Rondo in trade talks before, but both times the Celtics made it clear they were not interested in trading him.
Rondo currently remains sidelined while recovering from February ACL surgery.
Sources did say the Celtics would be willing to take on Stoudemire’s contract if they could unload some of their longer deals, namely those of Wallace and Courtney Lee.
The Knicks may be reluctant to take Wallace back because they’re hesitant to take on salary beyond the 2014-15 season.
The Knicks have three large contracts (Stoudemire, Tyson Chandler and Andrea Bargnani) coming off their books at the end the 2014-15 season and would like to be in position to acquire a top-flight free agent.
A trade including Wallace and Stoudemire would seem to benefit the Celtics financially. Boston is in rebuilding mode, and Stoudemire’s contract expires a year before Wallace’s.”

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