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December 29, 2013

Week 17 Giants (7-9) 20 Washingtons (3-13) 6
Games being played in weather like Sunday’s are always sloppy. The game between DC and NY had nothing at stake except personal stats to be used in contract negotiations. After beginning the season 0-6, the Giants then went 7-3 to end up 7-9. Jenirgan had 57yds. rushing and 90yds. receiving; Hillis carried 17 times for 56 yards. Manning and Painter were 12-32, 156, 1 sack, 1int. The Giants D had 3 sacks and 2int. It was scary when Eli limped off with a sprained ankle.
Jets (8-8) 20 Dolphins (8-8) 7
Geno was 17-27, 190 sloppy yards, but had zero sacks, and zero ints. Powell carried the ball 17 times for 76 of the teams 154 yards. Nelson and Kerley each had 5 catches for 66 and 40 yards respectively. Santonio Holmes had 3 grabs for 41yards. Jets defense held Miami to 91 yards rushing.
Why Should The Yankees Mess With Johan? Wallace Matthews asked. “He has missed two out of the past three seasons due to injury. He will turn 34 a couple of weeks before Opening Day. And you can count the number of pitchers who have successfully returned to the major leagues after having not one, but two surgeries to repair a torn shoulder capsule, on two fingers. Provided those fingers are your thumb and index finger, forming a zero. Still, what do the Yankees have to lose by offering him a minor league deal and a chance to prove himself in spring training? So why not Santana?
Of all the free-agent pitchers still out there on the board, Santana has the best portfolio: the highest winning percentage, the lowest ERA and WHIP, the highest career WAR. He even did something once thought to be impossible, which is pitch a no-hitter for the Mets.
Yes, he would be a risky proposition, and given the nature of his injury and the fact that it happened twice, perhaps doomed to fail.
But for those same reasons, he is likely to be quite affordable, and if he can make it back to being a serviceable pitcher again, could turn out to be a tremendously good investment.”
Tanaka Posting
Jim Bowden (ESPN.com) gave us his most likely posters who would like to ink Masahiro Tanaka. He led off with the Yankees, “1-The Yankees’ top free-agent pitching target has always been Tanaka. Although their goal was to stay under the $189 million luxury-tax threshold, it was more of a goal than a mandate, as GM Brian Cashman explained to me during the winter meetings. Tanaka is a potential top-of-the-rotation starter who can, at the very least, replace the retired Andy Pettitte and, at the very best, anchor the rotation for years to come.” He followed the Yankees with the 2- Angels 3- Rangers, “Having Yu Darvish in their rotation could serve as a recruiting edge, as Tanaka can surely see how well Darvish has thrived in Texas” 4- Dodgers and 5- Braves
Kyle Lowry- Shumpert
I hope Dolan doesn’t bite this apple. Lowry is only 6 foot tall and hasn’t shown that he can light it up.
Giving up Shumpert AND World Peace is too much defensive talent to give up.
I can see Felton and World Peace alone. Giving away Shumpert is a mistake. The “experts” are saying that he’s having a bad year, but that’s not so. The suits are bouncing him around—he’s a defensive expert, he’s a 2 guard, he’s a PG, a small forward, he’s not a leader. Do you know what- he can do all of those things
Faaar Out
Ian Begley quoted Metta World Peace as saying after Knicks owner James Dolan addressed his poor playing team, “”I’m not a player, I’m an alien,” he said with a straight face. “I wasn’t actually there. I was in another galaxy with my galactic friends.”
World Peace was also asked about the idea that Mike Woodson deserves a chance to coach a healthy version of this Knicks team.
‘My focus is on winning championships. I don’t focus on anything else. Aliens only want to win championships,’ World Peace said. ‘That’s it. Injuries is not a focus. Trade talk is not a focus. Nothing is a focus. Gluten-free pasta is not a focus, which I would rather have gluten-free pasta. Hey, if I have to have regular pasta. … It is what it is. I’m still going to try to win a championship. Nothing will distract me from my focus, my galactic mind.’
Yes, it’s hard not to like Metta.”
Can You Punt And Run In Golf
Greg Cote (Miami Herald) pointed out, “It has come to my attention there is an LPGA player Sandra Gal. I wonder if she ever met punter Ray Guy?”
Spectator Sport
Greg Cote told us that, “The Key West World Championship of offshore powerboat racing ended, for those of you who enjoy following a sport not in the least bit conducive to spectators.”
All My ‘Exes
Dwight Perry (Seattle Times) told us that it, “Looks like wolves finally got to Mack Brown’s door, forcing his ouster as football coach at Texas. Just call him Mack the Knifed.” OOF!
Molinarro Marinara
Bob Molinarro (HamptonRoads.com) wrote that, “Alex Rodriguez couldn’t be phonier if his last name was Kardashian.” “The best name in college football belongs to Navy safety Wave Ryder.”
No Lady Bing
Dwight Perry reminded me that back in January he wrote that Sophie Laboissonnierre lost her crown as Miss Congeniality at the Miss Coastal Vancouver beauty pageant when she pled guilty to rioting during a Stanley Cup Final. “No wonder,” he said, “she kept dropping he gloves duing the evening gown competition.”
Christmas Chat
On Christmas Eve, I had a sports chat with Santa and his chief elf and they took me to task for not writing more about “wrestling”. I told them that I didn’t write about exhibitions as a rule.
I made a mistake when I said that John Cena was the nephew of the “Wild Samoans” but I should have said that it was “The Rock.”

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December 22, 2013

Week 16 Jets (7-8) 24 Browns (4-11) 13
I don’t think the Jets should fire Rex Ryan mainly because there isn’t anyone, out there, who would be an improvement.
Geno Smith played pretty well. He was 20/36, 214yds, 2tds, and NO turnovers. They rushed for 208 and allowed 215yds. Ivory rushed 20-109 and Powell had a long run of 39yds. The D had 3 sacks and 2 INTs. Make no mistake; the Jets played the Browns not the Broncos.
Giants (5-9) Lions (7-7)
New Yankees Line-up
Jerry Crasnick (ESPNY.com) talked about Carlos Beltran. “Beltran and fellow free-agent signings Jacoby Ellsbury and Brian McCann will give manager Joe Girardi a decidedly new batting order for a total long-term cost of $283 million.
With the addition of Beltran, the Yankees now have six outfielders on their roster who will make more than $90M combined, Four of them will be at least 35 on opening day (Wells, Soriano, Beltran, and Suzuki.”
Carlos Beltran
I’ve always liked Beltran and I think that he’ll do well in pinstripes.
Wilpon threw him under a bus when he took that final strike in 2006. For the record Beltran gave the Mets 6yrs. averaging a .280 BA with HRs in the mid 20’s and RBI’s in the mid 80’s.
For his 16 year career he has a .287BA, 28HRs/yr, 104RBIs, and an .854OPS.
Knicks GM
How is Steve Mills working out? Has he cleared ANY cap room? Is there ANY plan? Lupica had a good idea by suggesting that the Knicks bring in Rod Thorn as team CEO. If he’s reluctant, perhaps he has a recommendation of someone who might be a good fit.
Knicks Resurgence
Ian Begley (ESPNNY.com) liked the team’s different style. “The Knicks look like a completely different team than the one that had lost nine straight going into Brooklyn. Anthony said a big part of the reason why is that he has shot and scored less on purpose. I wanted to do something a little different to see if it worked,” Anthony said. “Me scoring 30 wasn’t working.”
Instead, Anthony, who’s averaging 25.9 points and 9.9 rebounds this season, is deftly passing out of double-teams. He has shot a combined 14-of-22 and scored a total of 39 points in the past two wins. During the Knicks’ nine-game losing streak, he averaged 28.6 points while taking 23.2 shots a game.
The Knicks have been moving the ball, and they buried 16 of 27 3-pointers against the Nets, with six players scoring in double figures. Against Orlando, the Knicks went 17-of-34 from behind the arc and had seven players in double figures.
“I knew it was going to eventually happen,” Felton said of the Knicks’ offensive explosion. “I’m glad that it did. It was a good night to happen in Brooklyn, and then we came back tonight and showed that it wasn’t a fluke.
“We came out tonight to really prove that,” he added.
Holy Cow! The Celts embarrassed them in the next game by beating them by 40 in MSG. The “experts” said it was Woodson’s job to keep them focused. Remember what Chuck Daly said about the winning Pistons. “You can only coach a team if the players let you.”
MLB Rule Thought
MLB is considering adopting a rule outlawing home plate collisions. In years past it was more important to sneak a foot past the tag attempt, scoring a run, than “Rambo” into the catcher. Steve Buckley (Boston Herald) agreed and gave his opinion, “Matt Noone, head baseball coach at Babson College, notes that the amateur game has long since outlawed barreling into catchers “and it hasn’t affected the quality of the game.” He also notes that these plays don’t often occur in professional baseball and notes, “Given the infrequency with which it happens, why risk serious injury?” Bottom line: Banning home plate collisions isn’t going to change the way the game is played, or the way we watch and enjoy it. Lots of tweaking will need to be done, no doubt about that, so let’s just get on with the tweaking and then come up with some very real, very enforceable rules to speed up the game. One of the biggest issues facing pro sports leagues is that the games were designed 100 or more years ago, and with much smaller men in mind. Red Grange, the great running back of the 1920s, weighed about 180 pounds. And if you watch a replay of Dave Righetti’s 1983 no-hitter against the Red Sox, you’ll swear you’re watching an American Legion game. Only in recent years have players morphed into year-round workout machines. And don’t even get me going on the juice. The players are bigger, stronger, faster. If they want to run into people, let them run into people who are dressed for the occasion.” Thanksgiving Greg Cote (Miami Herald) talked about the Heat’s Thanksgiving feast. “LeBron James treated his team to Thanksgiving dinner at his 30,000-square foot mansion just outside of Akron, Ohio. I don’t wanna say the affair was extravagant but the catered banquet arrived by Mayflower. Not the moving van. The original one.” Giants Malaise I finally got out of it on Tuesday. I’m sure that the draft board in Reese’s office is starting to get names on it. On my list (in order of importance) we have OL, DB, LB, RB, WR, QB? If one falls into the Giants’ lap. Crackers Bob Molinaro (HamptonRoads.com) talked about Jerry Jones, “Jerry Jones’ delusional, egotistical, ramblings about why his Cowboys don’t need a genuine general manager are sweet music to the rest of the NFL. Meanwhile, the EPA reports that the hot air produced by Jones has be identified as a major contributor to global warming.” A Rose By Any Other Name Dwight Perry (Seattle Times) quoted Pete Rose talking about Jay Z getting Robinson Cano that big contract, “He got him a big raise, but he got him an extra 30-day vacation- and it’s called October. Coach Wilford John Swope of Irwin, PA asked Norman Chad. “If Andy Reid were to suddenly take ill, could Wilford Brimly step in unnoticed?”

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December 15, 2013

Week 15
Chargers (12-2) 23 Giants (5-9) 0
The Giants didn’t even have a bubble to burst this week. Or for that matter they just didn’t have anything. They fumbled twice, allowed four sacks, were intercepted five times, and only rushed for 25yds. They were 1-10 on 3rd down and had less than 200 total yards. Eli was 18/31, 156yds with those 5 ints. Most of the ints were on the receivers and the sacks were on the OL.
Panthers (10-4) 30 Jets (6-8) 20
The Jets had less than 300 total yds.-157on the ground and 140 in the air. Geo was 15/28, 1 int. and was sacked 4 times. They had a punt blocked which led to a TD. Carolina was held to 131yds rushing. I thought the Jets should have run more. The success they had on the ground could have led to additional scores.
Slippery Footing
Rich Cimini (ESPNNY.com) gave us a warning that Ryan is on thin ice.
“The Jets aren’t a charming underdog story anymore. They’re an underdog with fleas, having been outscored 79-20 in the past three games. Thing is, you can’t light a damp firecracker. There’s no one in the quarterback room who can save this offense. Ryan deserves some blame there because he foolishly decided to play Mark Sanchez in the fourth quarter of a preseason game, leading to his season-ending shoulder injury.
Against the Ryan’s defense got played by the 28th-ranked offense, missing tackles galore and letting the Dolphins (6-6) rack up 453 total yards — the most allowed this season by the Jets.
They can beat Tom Brady and Drew Brees, but they fall apart in the face of Ryan Tannehill? Please, someone explain this. The Jets are wildly inconsistent, and that, too, is a strike against Ryan’s record, especially with a second-half schedule that was supposed to be easier than the first half.
Bending The Rules
“The Boz” (Thomas Boswell- DC Post) reflected upon the Jason Kidd- Mike Tomlin business: “Where do gamesmanship and looking for a competitive edge turn into cheating? Are there degrees of rule bending — including some that add flavor and debate to sports while others simply degrade it and deserve condemnation? Where do our latest Thanksgiving week pirates, Mike Tomlin and Jason Kidd, rank in the sketchy spectrum of play-for-pay?
Such debates have roared at least as far back as Giants Manager John McGraw, who taught runners to go from first to third — without touching second base — when the small umpiring crews of the 1890s (sometimes only one ump) were not in position to see them cut far inside the base. We’re unlikely to get a final answer today. But the fun’s back.
Tomlin and Kidd now enter, with full honors, one of my favorite realms of sports, those who tie the rules into a pretzel at the moment when the outcome of the game is at stake and have the gall to do it in broad daylight, with refs, foes, fans and cameras all aligned to nail them. When they get away with it unpunished, except for a $50,000 fine for Kidd and a $100,000 fine for Tomlin, where do we stand?”
Remember, these are still games and what these two coaches did didn’t hurt any of the playing personnel.
Headline Reported By Dwight Perry (Seattle Times)
“Fark.com: ‘Cardinals sgin Jhonny Peralta’”
Knicks-Nets
Ian O’Connor (ESPNNY.com) said, “Everybody loves Woody (Knicks Coach Mike Woodson), but nobody loves his team. Tyson Chandler’s absence can’t be blamed for the complete breakdown of the Knicks, not when so many rotation players are making end-of-the-bench mistakes.
J.R. Smith has been a liability on both sides of the ball, Raymond Felton looks slow and heavy, and some inside the Knicks organization believe Iman Shumpert — the one player above all who needed to blossom this year — has allowed his ego to get bigger than his game. Metta World Peace, a shell of his former self, sometimes freelances away from defensive assignments, and too often Knicks guards switch on pick-and-rolls and leave seven-footer Andrea Bargnani to defend against playmakers who move at video-game speed.”
These are real problems, but I think that the biggest problem is the lack of true point guard. One who can steer these loose cannons in the same direction.
The Sports Curmudgeon reminded me of the statement by Lou Holtz, “Back in the days when he was coach of Arkansas, “I have a lifetime contract. That means I can’t be fired during the third quarter if we’re ahead and moving the ball.”
Dave Kingman Of Golf
Dwight Perry (Seattle Times) wrote that Stuart Manley of Wales had a hole-in-one during the third round on the par three third hole of the World Cup Of Golf in Melbourne then had a septuple-bogey on the next hole. It got worse for him when he found that the award was for only the final round. “It’s the highest high and then the lowest low I’ve ever experienced on the golf course,” Manley said. “I thought the car was mine, and with the crowd, all the hype, I was buzzing… Then I found out about the car, and go and have an eleven.”
Dwight Asked
“Worst sports gift you ever received?
A Buffalo Bills fan said, ‘By accident my parents once gave me a box with nothing inside of it for Christmas, forgetting to put a gift in. I laughed and sarcastically claimed I love it.
Without missing a beat, my dad (a Giants fan) said- we though you would. It’s a replica Jim Kelly Super Bowl ring.’”
A Sports Quiz From Dwight Perry
Q: What do you call it when Bartolo Colon’s season is shortened by 50 games by a PED suspension?
A: A semi-Colon.
Dennis’ Is a Menace
Greg Cote (Miami Herald) remarked about Dennis Rodman’s signature brand of vodka, “One shot and you want a nose ring. Two shots and you’re flying to North Korea.” He’s Outta Here
Dwight Perry (Seattle Times) said that, “NASA has launched another spacecraft to Mars scheduled for a 10-month mission.
But Dennis Rodman insists he’ll be back in time for the NBA finals.”

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December 8, 2013

Week 14
Jets (6-7) 37 Raiders (4-9) 27
The Jets needed this game with the Raiders the way the Giants needed the Washingtons in week 12. Until very late in the 4th quarter, every possession was completed with a score
If these two teams played in Europe’s pro-soccer circuit they both might get demoted to a lower ranked league.
Smith wasn’t that hot but still won.
Chargers (6-7) 37 Giants (6-8) 14
As intense that the Giants played for the last couple of weeks, their trip to the left coast was exemplified by the Chargers 3rd down success %- 66%. NY was 37% on 3rd and 50%on 4th. The Giants rushed for 92 and passed for 241. SD had 144 and 244 rushing and passing respectively. Eli was 20-32, 2 INT. Phillip Rivers was 21-28, 0 INT.
Next Steps For Cash
Andrew Marchand (ESPN.com) told us Robinson Cano is facing a decision of a lifetime and of a lifestyle. If the Seattle Mariners are really ready to step up and financially knock the mighty Yankees out of the park, Cano must decide what is most important to him.
On one corner of the country is potentially an extra $25+ million or so on a $200 million contract, but it comes with a commute for his family from the Dominican Republic that includes no nonstops and half a day in the air from the D.R.’s Las Americas International Airport to Seattle-Tacoma International.
Or does he want to stay in New York, minus the $25 million, but with his family closer and the prestige of being a career Yankee and probably a much greater chance of winning? Plus, he can hang with Jay Z more. What’s it going to be, Robbie?
Cano, 31 and not married, has always said this will be a family decision. During the All-Star Game, his dad spoke up and said not only did he think Cano would stay in the Bronx, but that it was at least important to the father that the commute not be that long.
CATCHING PROSPECTS: The Yankees have not given up on their catching prospects, but if they develop they could become important trade pieces. The Yankees could not turn to Gary Sanchez (Double-A in 2013), Austin Romine (MLB backup in 2013), Francisco Cervelli (coming off drug suspension) or J.R. Murphy (mostly Triple-A in 2013) and expect much of an upgrade for 2014. Sanchez, soon to be 21, is not ready yet. He has the highest ceiling and, by the time he could be Bronx-bound, McCann could be ready to move to first. In 2016, you could see Sanchez as the backup and then the starter in 2017. It could work out nicely. Andrew Marchand (ESPNNY.com) reports that he heard, “While the Yankees want Cano to stay, they have already agreed with Brian McCann on an $85 million contract and are engaged in talks with a number of other free agents, which is chipping away at their goal of lowering the 2014 payroll to under $189 million to cut their luxury tax burden. If some of the Yankees’ targets agreed to deals before Cano decides, then Cano runs the risk that the Yankees would move on. There is no clear market for the 31-year-old All-Star second baseman, though he is considered by far the best free agent available. Yankees team president Randy Levine already said last week the Yankees will not have serious talks with Cano until he drops off his original $310 million asking price. If the Yankees’ $175 million won’t get it done, then the Yankees must move on. Cano is a great player who will be missed the next three years. In the middle of the seven-year-deal, he will be 35, which is usually when most second baseman are going downhill. He probably won’t be as missed then.
Cano may feel a little unloved at the moment as the Yankees aren’t giving him everything he wants. But if he goes to Seattle, his legacy will be about cash, and more importantly, his family will be half a day away.
I Agree With This Futurewatch
Bob Molinaro (HamptonRoads.com) wrote, “Of the newly eligible players for baseball’s Hall of Fame, former Braves pitcher Greg Maddux is the only sure thing. As the winner of 355 games and four consecutive Cy Young Awards and as one who played without a hint of drug scandal, he should be a shoo-in.
Olympics News
The Sports Curmudgeon gave us this Olympic glimpse from the AP that appeared in the St. Paul Pioneer-Press. “The site of the future Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro is surrounded by highly polluted water.‘In the neon green waters around the site of the future Olympic Park, the average fecal pollution rate is 78 times that of the Brazilian government’s “satisfactory” limit—and 195 times the level considered safe in the U.S. Nearly 70 percent of Rio’s sewage goes untreated, meaning runoff from its many slums and poor neighborhoods drain into waters soon to host some of the world’s best athletes.’The sailing and windsurfing competitions will take place in the bay where this pollution exists. That ought to be fun…”
Cote’s Bon Mots
Greg Cote (Miami Herald) wrote about ramblings from a cluttered mind: “The Hurricanes men’s basketball team will be away and playing on Thanksgiving in the John Wooden Legacy holiday tournament in Anaheim, Calif., opening against George Washington. I’m betting big on UM. Did some research and found out George is 281 years old.” “ FIU yanked guard Raymond Taylor from a game Thursday over eligibility issues, upon learning he’d withdrawn from the NBA Draft after the deadline. Raymond, you’re 5-6. You withdrawing from the NBA Draft is like me withdrawing from consideration for a Nobel Prize in literature.”
Dwight Perry’s (Seattle Times) Parries
“Some brazen and/or thirsty thieves made off with 304,128 cases of Red Bull from a warehouse in Medley, FL., earlier this month.
Police insiders fear that the suspects might be on the run for a while.”
“Sentences I never imagined writing, one in a series: Police pulled over Jose Conseco’s car, and in the backseat were two goats wearing diapers.”

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December 4, 2013

Week 13 Dolphins (6-6) 23 Jets (5-7) 3
This was the worst game of the Jets’ season. The only thing worse than the Jets’ defense was their offense. They had 177 total yards (78 passing, 99 rushing), 13/28, 2INT, 4SACKS, 1FUMBLE.
Miami 28/43,331, 1INT,1SACK. I could only watch the 1st quarter before changing the channel. Geno hasn’t improved enough to be an NFL QB and Sims hasn’t shown he can do it either (but that may be due to the make up of Jets O-line).
Giants (5-7) 24 Washington (3-9) 17
The Giants played a game in which they had no lack of focus. Eli went 22/28, 235, 1 int, but was sacked 3 times. Victor Cruz had 6 catches for 80YDS. The Giants’ D was big with 5 sacks (4 by Justin Tuck), and 1steal by Hill from Garcon. RGIII ran for 88 of the DC 138 rushing YDS.
Confusion Squared
The first thing I’ll say is- Don’t believe anything any of them say. Now I’ll quote Ian O’Connor (ESPN.com) talking about “Uncle Bud” Selig and his “Arms folded statement, “Baseball had evidence described by a source as “damning, mountainous and overwhelming” that A-Rod had used PEDs over three seasons in New York, PEDs supplied by Biogenesis founder Tony Bosch. So Selig, Manfred and friends dealt him a suspension that runs 146 games longer than Ryan Braun’s did and 161 games longer than the other chemically enhanced cheats who didn’t contest Bosch’s evidence or the suspensions imposed.
Baseball should’ve offered Rodriguez a settlement of 150 games long ago — 50 games for each tainted season — and dropped the obstruction charges, even if A-Rod’s lawyers had no intention of accepting anything beyond a sentence of 0-50 games, with a strong preference for zero.
But there would be no settlement, and no settlement turned into this bloody backroom fight. Randy Levine, Yankees president, showed up to take his punches, and Bud Selig should’ve done the same.
This case is too big, too explosive, too unique for baseball to allow for even a hint of suspicion that the commissioner might have something to hide. Rodriguez had been the one hiding — refusing to say he’d never, ever used PEDs as a Yankee — since his first post-suspension news conference in August, when he was asked if he denied the drug allegations made against him.
“I think we’ll have a forum to discuss all of that,” he said, “and we’ll talk about it then.”He talked about fighting for his life that day, and he’s saying the same kind of overly dramatic things now. He’s fighting for his life, for his daughters and for that next fabulously gifted teenager who might end up caught between baseball’s crock and a hard place. It was all a bit too much, including A-Rod’s claims in his WFAN interview that Selig hates New York, hates the third baseman and only wants A-Rod’s scalp as “a big trophy” for the sake of his legacy. But, after all this time, Rodriguez did finally deny that he used PEDs. Many observers, this one included, don’t believe his denial, and that’s not the point. As Selig is the senior elder accusing Alex Rodriguez of being his sport’s answer to Lance Armstrong, he should’ve shown up for A-Rod’s last tour de farce.”
Modern Horatio Alger
The Sports Curmudgeon wrote about Matt McGloin and his difficult journey to become an NFL QB. “McGloin was a walk-on at Penn State and had to earn a scholarship there. He was not invited to the NFL Combine and so he marketed himself to all of the NFL teams. No one drafted him but the Raiders did sign him as an undrafted free agent and brought him to camp as the #4 QB. Then, the team cut Tyler Wilson (nominally the #3 QB) and then Matt had a few less-than-stellar games. Enter Matt McGloin, starting NFL QB…”
Doubting Thomas
The presence of Isiah Thomas is always lurking around a corner in MSG. Ian Begley (ESPN.com) talked with “Garden Dolan” and heard him say that he believes that everybody is out to get Isiah. “Isiah Thomas will not return to the New York Knicks in an official capacity, owner James Dolan said.
In an interview with the New York Post, Dolan said he and Thomas, who served as general manager of the Knicks from 2003 to 2008, remain friendly but that he would not want to rehire Thomas because it would be a “distraction” to the organization.
“I don’t know that he’ll ever be able to work in New York” again, Dolan said in his first interview about the Knicks in seven years. “I just don’t know that he’ll ever get a fair shake going forward in New York.”
“Do I think he deserves another shot?” Dolan added. “Yeah. It just can’t be here. And I think he’s talented. I think he’s particularly talented at finding basketball talent. But I think he’s probably dismayed at this point. But I don’t see him coming back to New York. I couldn’t do that to him, and I couldn’t do that to the organization.”
Thomas presided over the team during one of its least successful stretches, with the Knicks missing the playoffs in four of five seasons on Thomas’ watch. He served as an unofficial advisor to Dolan following his dismissal. Dolan asked Thomas to help the Knicks recruit free agents, including LeBron James and Amar’e Stoudemire. Thomas also played a key role in the Knicks’ acquisition of Carmelo Anthony in 2011.
The tumultuous period of Thomas’ tenure included a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by Anucha Browne Sanders. The former Knicks senior vice president of marketing and business operations successfully sued MSG, as a jury in October 2007 ordered the Knicks to pay her $11.6 million after finding she endured crude insults and unwanted advances from then-coach Thomas, who denied the jury’s findings.
Dolan tried to rehire Thomas in an official capacity in 2010, but the NBA nixed the move because Thomas was the coach at Florida International at the time.

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December 2, 2013

Week 13 Dolphins (6-6) 23 Jets (5-7) 3
This was the worst game of the Jets’ season. The only thing worse than the Jets’ defense was their offense. They had 177 total yards (78 passing, 99 rushing), 13/28, 2INT, 4SACKS, 1FUMBLE.
Miami 28/43,331, 1INT,1SACK. I could only watch the 1st quarter before changing the channel. Geno hasn’t improved enough to be an NFL QB and Sims hasn’t shown he can do it either (but that may be due to the make up of Jets O-line).
Giants (5-7) 24 Washington (3-9) 17
The Giants played a game in which they had no lack of focus. Eli went 22/28, 235, 1 int, but was sacked 3 times. Victor Cruz had 6 catches for 80YDS. The Giants’ D was big with 5 sacks (4 by Justin Tuck), and 1steal by Hill from Garcon. RGIII ran for 88 of the DC 138 rushing YDS.
Confusion Squared
The first thing I’ll say is- Don’t believe anything any of them say. Now I’ll quote Ian O’Connor (ESPN.com) talking about “Uncle Bud” Selig and his “Arms folded statement, “Baseball had evidence described by a source as “damning, mountainous and overwhelming” that A-Rod had used PEDs over three seasons in New York, PEDs supplied by Biogenesis founder Tony Bosch. So Selig, Manfred and friends dealt him a suspension that runs 146 games longer than Ryan Braun’s did and 161 games longer than the other chemically enhanced cheats who didn’t contest Bosch’s evidence or the suspensions imposed.
Baseball should’ve offered Rodriguez a settlement of 150 games long ago — 50 games for each tainted season — and dropped the obstruction charges, even if A-Rod’s lawyers had no intention of accepting anything beyond a sentence of 0-50 games, with a strong preference for zero.
But there would be no settlement, and no settlement turned into this bloody backroom fight. Randy Levine, Yankees president, showed up to take his punches, and Bud Selig should’ve done the same.
This case is too big, too explosive, too unique for baseball to allow for even a hint of suspicion that the commissioner might have something to hide. Rodriguez had been the one hiding — refusing to say he’d never, ever used PEDs as a Yankee — since his first post-suspension news conference in August, when he was asked if he denied the drug allegations made against him.
“I think we’ll have a forum to discuss all of that,” he said, “and we’ll talk about it then.”He talked about fighting for his life that day, and he’s saying the same kind of overly dramatic things now. He’s fighting for his life, for his daughters and for that next fabulously gifted teenager who might end up caught between baseball’s crock and a hard place. It was all a bit too much, including A-Rod’s claims in his WFAN interview that Selig hates New York, hates the third baseman and only wants A-Rod’s scalp as “a big trophy” for the sake of his legacy. But, after all this time, Rodriguez did finally deny that he used PEDs. Many observers, this one included, don’t believe his denial, and that’s not the point. As Selig is the senior elder accusing Alex Rodriguez of being his sport’s answer to Lance Armstrong, he should’ve shown up for A-Rod’s last tour de farce.”
Modern Horatio Alger
The Sports Curmudgeon wrote about Matt McGloin and his difficult journey to become an NFL QB. “McGloin was a walk-on at Penn State and had to earn a scholarship there. He was not invited to the NFL Combine and so he marketed himself to all of the NFL teams. No one drafted him but the Raiders did sign him as an undrafted free agent and brought him to camp as the #4 QB. Then, the team cut Tyler Wilson (nominally the #3 QB) and then Matt had a few less-than-stellar games. Enter Matt McGloin, starting NFL QB…”
Doubting Thomas
The presence of Isiah Thomas is always lurking around a corner in MSG. Ian Begley (ESPN.com) talked with “Garden Dolan” and heard him say that he believes that everybody is out to get Isiah. “Isiah Thomas will not return to the New York Knicks in an official capacity, owner James Dolan said.
In an interview with the New York Post, Dolan said he and Thomas, who served as general manager of the Knicks from 2003 to 2008, remain friendly but that he would not want to rehire Thomas because it would be a “distraction” to the organization.
“I don’t know that he’ll ever be able to work in New York” again, Dolan said in his first interview about the Knicks in seven years. “I just don’t know that he’ll ever get a fair shake going forward in New York.”
“Do I think he deserves another shot?” Dolan added. “Yeah. It just can’t be here. And I think he’s talented. I think he’s particularly talented at finding basketball talent. But I think he’s probably dismayed at this point. But I don’t see him coming back to New York. I couldn’t do that to him, and I couldn’t do that to the organization.”
Thomas presided over the team during one of its least successful stretches, with the Knicks missing the playoffs in four of five seasons on Thomas’ watch. He served as an unofficial advisor to Dolan following his dismissal. Dolan asked Thomas to help the Knicks recruit free agents, including LeBron James and Amar’e Stoudemire. Thomas also played a key role in the Knicks’ acquisition of Carmelo Anthony in 2011.
The tumultuous period of Thomas’ tenure included a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by Anucha Browne Sanders. The former Knicks senior vice president of marketing and business operations successfully sued MSG, as a jury in October 2007 ordered the Knicks to pay her $11.6 million after finding she endured crude insults and unwanted advances from then-coach Thomas, who denied the jury’s findings.
Dolan tried to rehire Thomas in an official capacity in 2010, but the NBA nixed the move because Thomas was the coach at Florida International at the time.