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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.

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