One More Chance For Brett and Jets

So it comes down to this, Brett Favre vs Chad Pennington in the final week of the season for a shot at going to the playoffs. Everything is on the line today at Giants Stadium. Eric Mangini's tenure as Jets head coach, Favre's career, the Jets credibility, and Pennington's status. A lot to play for today, it'll be interesting who comes out on top.

Favre has met expectations, he turned the franchise around from 4-12 last season to 9-6 so far this season. How many would've thought he would've gone this far? Not many. The problem is that the Jets started out 8-3 and beat both New England and Tennesse on the road and people were already thinking Super Bowl. Are you serious? I mean really, it's a nice thought but everyone knows you have to play out the season and make it to the playoffs first before you even think that kind of stuff. This is why people get on Jets fans because they jump the gun when they really jump the shark. If you don't know the expression "jumping the shark", google it, then you'll get it.

Pennington comes back to the place where he called home for most of the career. He led the Jets to the playoffs 3 times and plans on doing the same for the Miami Dolphins. How ironic is it that he faces the man he was replaced by and can end his "storybook" season? I hope he does. All this nonsense about this comeback and how the Jets were going to be so much better. All baloney. Don't get me wrong, I'm a casual football fan, so it's not like I have a hate for the Jets, I just don't like for people to brag about their teams when they haven't proved anything. Win today, then talk, then win, then talk, then let's see how the season ends for Brett and the Jets.

I'm going with Chad and the Fins today. Mangini and Favre are as good as done. Who cares if Favre comes back next season, you won't make a difference. If you're not sure of that just see Roger Clemens.
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According to Buster Olney of ESPN.com the Mets are in a good position to sign free agents Derek Lowe and Oliver Perez. That's because the Cardinals, Brewers, Dodgers and Braves are no longer in the mix for both starters.

The Mets reportedly want to have this situation resolved by the new year. If the Mets can somehow find a way to add both men then they will certainly find themselves as the team to beat in the NL East, if not the entire league.

With the market dropping for both men, the Mets can sign both at a price more to their liking instead of overpaying. The Mets found themselves in a similar situation earlier this offseason when they signed Franciso Rodriguez at a reasonable price. It might be a hard task to achieve given that both are represented by super agent Scott Boras. He's known to hold out as long as possible so his clients can get top dollar. So far that hasn't worked with Boras' other client Manny Ramirez.

"With [David] Wright and [Jose] Reyes on that side of the infield, Lowe is a good fit," a Mets team executive said.

The Red Sox are still in the running for Lowe but have not made any substantial progress. The Sox should lock up Lowe so it gives them to a rotation to match the Yanks' suddenly dominant staff.

With the new year approaching the Mets want their rotation set, I don't blame them. After all, they need to compete with the defending champs, the Phillies. It's the Mets chance to regain control of division, can they seize the opportunity? They need to.
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Our NBA Teams Need Help ASAP!


Does anyone notice these days that the Knicks and the Nets are two really bad teams? The Knicks made their franchise changing trades a few weeks and haven't been good since. The Nets have gone on a roller coaster all season and find themselves hovering the .500 mark again. The two NY area NBA have taken a backseat to everything and I have to say that's disappointing.

Once upon a time, the Knicks use to be the talk of the town. They use to have people talking and watching. Now, they just have people laughing. Now granted the laughter isn't nearly as bad as it has been in recent years but the point is, the Knicks still stink up the joint far too often. They are currently going through a season worst five-game losing streak, the latest coming at the hands of the lowly Minnesota Timberwolves, a team who went into the Garden Friday night losers of 13 straight. A team with so much promise can't find any consistency. The lack of defensive ability has really hurt them this season as there have been countless times where they have had a lead only to blow it. Coach Mike D'Antoni knew he had quite a mess when he took over as coach but at some point he needs to at least try and preach some defense, please in time for the new year.

The Nets are a different story. They have a consistency of being average. The problem with that is that they have shown times of brillance but end up losing games they should win. They lose to bad teams and blow leads just like the Knicks but unlike them, they have two superstars in Vince Carter and Devin Harris. Harris is putting together one of his best seasons but for what? A .500 team? The Nets traded their main stars in the last year, Jason Kidd and Richard Jefferson so they can sign Lebron James in 2010 but the Knicks did the same thing so someone is losing for no reason right now. I gotta say I think if Lebron does come to the New York area, it'll be with the Knicks, the money in endorsements alone will outweigh whatever the Nets can offer him. The Nets should add another scorer and a couple of quality guys off the bench to help their team win. It wasn't too long ago where they were the best team in the Eastern Conference.

The local NBA teams need help in a bad way. They need it soon because once football is over, what in the world is gonna get us through the winter to baseball season? I shutter to think, maybe I'll be better taking up a new hobby. In that case, I better psych myself up for the World Baseball Classic in March!
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Formula For Success Is In The Bronx

There's another month and a half until spring training but like many baseball fans, we like to worry about next season now. With the Yankees making their big splashes this offseason, the typical fan wants to see the new product on the field already. I'm getting impatient.

So the Yankees haven't offically introduced Mark Teixeira as a Yankee yet but it doesn't matter to me, he's a Yankee right now. I have to say I haven't been this giddy over a Yankee team since we added Alex Rodriguez in 2004 and that was for good reason. We were three outs away from the World Series that season and we all know what happen at the end. So now we got another top player, a guy about to reach his prime in Tex. I can't wait for him to bat before A-Rod. These two guys can hit 40 homers apiece and drive in about 120 runs. The possibilities are endless with these two guys in the lineup.

What about the starting rotation? I see it as follows:


  1. CC Sabathia

  2. AJ Burnett

  3. Chein-Ming Wang

  4. Joba Chamberlain

  5. Andy Pettitte/Phil Hughes/ Ben Sheets
Granted that neither Pettitte nor Sheets are signed by the Yankees, they look as the options for the 5th starter by Yankee management. Pettitte is still deciding on the one-year $10 million offer he has on the table, while Sheets is probably waiting for Andy to make a decision so he himself can make a decision on where to go. I like Pettitte to round out the rotation because then, that would give the Yanks one of the best rotations in baseball. Or how bout move Joba back to the set-up role and having Andy as your 4th starter and make Hughes your 5th? Either way, I believe the Yankees are in a winning situation. Spring training can't get here fast enough.
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The Rich Get Richer Part 2: Teixeira's Wearing Pinstripes

They did it again! The Yankees have once again gotten the premeir player on the free agent market, this time it's Mark Teixeira coming to the Bronx. Oh happy days are here again!

The Yankees have now signed 3 of the 4 top free agents on the market this offseason, CC Sabathia, AJ Burnett, and now Teixeira. Manny Ramirez is the other top free agent left and his still has a shot at playing in pinstripes. This has been an unbelievable winter for the Yankees and their fans. GM Brian Cashman has put together a solid team from top to bottom, one that complements one another quite nicely. The agreement that the Yankees reached with Mark is for eight years and $180 million. That makes $423.5 million dollars that has been invested in 3 players this winter but how could you argue with the moves? The Yankees desperatly needed pitching, the Yankees went and got it, they needed another bat to replace the departing Jason Giambi and Bobby Abreu, so they got Teixeira. It's not like the Yankees spent for the hell of it, they spent wisely and they spent on needs, like I alluded to earlier this offseason. They now have the perfect guy to complement Alex Rodriguez in the lineup and makes the defense a whole lot better. He's a 28 year old switch-hitting first baseman about to reach the prime of his career, good move by the Yanks and thank goodness we didn't get Manny.

With the addition of Teixeira, this unquestionably puts the Yankees as the team to beat in the American League. The Boston Red Sox were on the verge of signing Teixeira until they withdrew their seven-year $170 million offer last Friday. The other possible suitors for Mark were the Washington Nationals, Baltimore Orioles and Los Angeles (Anahiem) Angels but they all didn't meet Teixeira's wants. The latter of the group, the Angles withdrew their offer on Monday to Mark and Tuesday afternoon he became a Yankee. It's really Christmas in the Bronx. I can't believe it, I feel like a little kid in the candy store with full access to everything. This is exciting and I can't wait for the season to begin. Don't tell me the Yankees buy their championships, because they gave the players what they asked for and simply had the money to do it. If other teams had it, they'd do it too.

As for now, welcome to New York Mark!

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Manny Not A Good Fit For Yanks

According to the NY Daily News, Manny Ramirez is seeking at least a three-year deal from the Yankees. This is something I don't think will happen but I also didn't think Alex Rodriguez was going to come back to the Yankees last winter.

Ramirez is looking for a four-year $100 million deal, but realistically who is going to give him that deal. The way he dogged himself out of Boston, most teams don't want to take the chance on Ramirez doing that to them. So Manny shot himself in the foot with that move. Good advice from Scott Boras, his agent. Boras probably planned that out thinking Manny would cash in this offseason. I think Manny will eventually find a home before the season starts but he's going to have to "settle" for a two-year $50 million deal.

Listen I would love to see Manny bat in front of A-Rod, that would be even scarier than the days of Manny and David Ortiz but the way Manny conducted himself in his final weeks in Boston is the reason you don't want this guy on the team. The Yankees are rounding out a nice little team for next season and Manny would just complicate things. Besides Mark Teixiera, another Boras client makes more sense for the Yankees for roughly the same amount of money. If the Yanks do sign Ramirez then I hope we get the guy who played hard and hustled in L.A. but what happens when Joe Girardi tells Manny to shave and cut his hair? Yea I don't see that going over well and thus we have our first Manny drama. But I have been wrong in the past so we'll have to just wait and see what happens.
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Yankees Show Off Their Christmas Gifts

The Yankees offically introduced CC Sabathia and AJ Burnett on Thursday at the old Yankee Stadium. It was really surreal to see those two men standing next to eachother wearing pinstripes. They were the top of the free agent market and the Yankees were able to get them to commit to the Bronx. It was a good day in Yankeeland.

Brian Cashman deserves a lot of credit for the work he's done. A few notes about the process that Cashman used in getting Sabathia are quite interesting. These notes I found while reading Peter Abraham's Yankees Blog . If you've never visited the site you should, it'll fulfill your every Yankee need and desire.

Cashman had a plan in mind and knew exactly what he was doing all along. In acquiring Santana the Yankees would've had to surrender Phil Hughes and throw an insane amount of money at Johan. Remember when Cashman was hesitant to make the move, everyone thought he was crazy. With Sabathia, he only had to throw the insane amount of money. Turned out to be the right move, as the Yankees kept their most prized pitcher. Here are some other notes in the CC Sabathia Recruiting Process:

  • The Damons spent their first two years with the Yanks living in Manhattan, but then moved to the New Jersey suburbs, and Michelle Damon sold Amber Sabathia on the suburban life. “She said you’re going to love it,” Amber said. “The schools are good, the pediatricians are good, the supermarkets are good – it’s like a nice little place to live.”
  • At the final meeting Cashman and Sabathia had at Sabathia’s California home, Cashman laid out exactly how long Sabathia had been on the Yankees’ radar. He told Sabathia and his agents how the Yankees had been targeting him for over a year and explained the entire process behind their decision, in hopes it would show how committed the Yankees were to Sabathia. “Ten minutes after he left, I called him to tell him I’m in,” Sabathia said. “That really meant a lot to me.”
In recruiting Burnett, Johnny Damon also played a part in the process by calling the big righty. Derek Jeter also called AJ. I think once Sabathia agreed to come to the Bronx that it would get another big free agent pitcher to come here too. The group of Burnett, Derek Lowe, and Ben Sheets you knew one of them was going to follow CC to the Bronx. There was even a point where some thought, myself included that the Yankees could very well sign all of them (that is still a possibility albeit an unlikely one). The Yankees in my opinion got the two best options and that's quite alright with me.

However you want to look at it, the Yankees did what they set ouot to do this winter, get starting pitching. Whether these guys work out in the end or not, Cashman did his job and filled the biggest needs of the team. If he doesn't get CC or AJ then everyone is calling for his head just like last winter. Good work Brian, I commend the work you've done this offseason. I've said it many times, he's the best GM in the game and that's not because he has an open checkbook to work with, it's because he lays out a plan before it's a thought in most people's minds. He's the right man for the job and he got the right men to fix the Yankees. Now all we need is for Andy Pettitte to re-sign and we're ready to go.
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Yankees Set To Introduce New Arms

A.J. Burnett took his physical yesterday, and CC Sabathia's physical was scheduled for today.

As a result, the Yankees have scheduled a 1 p.m. news conference on Thursday. There is a chance both could be introduced at the same time, but that has not yet been confirmed. The Thursday press conference will take place in the old Yankee Stadium. It will a happy day in the Bronx when Sabathia and/if Burnett get introduced. There could be more press conferences this winter if the Yankees do decide to sign either Manny Ramirez or Mark Teixiera . Manny seems more of the logical signing in terms of finances and years they would get him for (2) but we'll see how that story develops. For now, CC your time in the Bronx is here.
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New Look Mets Will Mean Business In '09

The Mets did quite a job this week in fixing their main problem, the bullpen. That problem cost them a playoff spot down the stretch in 2007 and 2008. In a matter of hours the Mets were able to land 2 top notch closers to assure themselves that there will be no encore performance of the recent collapses.

In signing Francisco Rodriguez the Mets got one of the game's best closers. Last season as everyone knows he saved a single-season record 62 games. I believe he will do just fine in New York and he will be able to handle the pressure. He's young, he's energetic, he's talented, he's the right man for the job. A day after getting K-Rod, the Mets went out and got closer JJ Putz from the Seattle Mariners in a 3 team trade. This move put the Mets over the hump and gave them the advantage over the Phillies in the quest for NL East crown. Putz is a closer and it's yet to be seen if he will adapt well to being K-Rod's set-up man but you have to like their chances. Mets GM Omar Minaya brought his A game to the Winter Meetings. He got rid of sour faced Aaron Heilman and didn't give up much to gain Putz. He also didn't break the bank in getting the best closer in baseball not named Mariano Rivera. He turned the Mets from jokes to contenders in the matter of hours. Now, let's see how long it takes for Met fans to call for Minaya's head during the season. Let's be serious here, it'll happen at some point.

The Mets have the best starter in baseball in Johan Santana and they have K-Rod but that doesn't even put them as the main attraction in the city. The Yankees have a big lefty of their own, CC Sabathia and they have the best closer of all time in Rivera. The back page of the newspapers will be a fight for supremcy.

All in all I gotta the Mets credit where it's due. The Mets appear to be the front runners for the NL Pennant but of course it's only December and the games have to played on the field, not on paper. I'll tell you one thing, I can't win for the Subway Series between the Mets and Yankees. That first Santana-Sabathia match up is going to be great.
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The Rich Get Richer: Burnett Going To The Bronx

They keep on coming. The Yankees have their second big name free agent this week. It's being reported that AJ Burnett has agreed to a 5 year $82 million contract. He joins CC Sabathia who agreed to a record setting 7 year $161 million contract earlier this week.

The Yankees have made it very clear that they want starting pitching and will do what it takes to get it. It's easy to say the Yanks are being irresponsible with their money and throwing their weight around but honestly, if they have the money to spend, why not do it? I have $1,000 to spend as my budget for christmas shopping, am I going to spend $150 or am I going to try and spend close to, if not all of that $1,000 I'm allowed to? Exactly, if the money's there, spend it. Plus what most people don't realize that if the Yanks' recent slurge brings home a world championship, then that will bring in money that will cover the expenses. So please stop drinking the hatorade.
Brian Cashman is the best GM in the business. It's easy to say "well if other GMs had his resources then they would make it look easy too." Well I got news for you, the other GM's have money to spend but A LOT but they tend to throw the extra cash they get in their back pocket. Oh, no one says anything about that. Please stop hating on the Yankees, you just make yourself look ridiclious. The Yankees make the money to spend and that's the bottom line. If you don't like it, then find something else to do.

So now that Sabathia and Burnett are on their way to the Bronx, who's next? Did Andy Pettitte's meeting with Cashman in Houston the other day go well or have we seen the last of Andy in pinstripes. If that's the case then Ben Sheets come on down! You're the next free agent heading to the Bronx.
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I Told You So


Earlier this year BEFORE there was any real mention of CC Sabathia going to the Yankees, I hinted at it after a Yankees-Indians spring training game. Turns out I knew what I was talking about. It was something that no one gave much thought to. If you don't believe me, then just look HERE.
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End Of The Road For Pettitte?

If I were a betting man, I'd say Andy Pettitte is coming back to the Yankees. It makes sense for both sides and tonight could be the time we could get an answer on what happens with the lefty.

Brian Cashman left the winter meetings early so he could fly to Houston to meet with Andy and discuss a contract for 2009. Knowing Cashman, he probably has an idea already set in his mind and will tell Andy to take it or leave it. As things look now, it's almost certain that the Yanks will bring in another top free agent pitcher to go along with CC Sabathia. Pettitte could very well fit into the Yankees plans as the no. 5 starter. Let's hope this meeting between Andy and Brian work out for the better.

As I've stated before, I really want Andy to come back and pitch for the Yankees. I hated to see him leave a few years ago and go pitch for the Houston Astros. I couldn't stomach it and I was very happy when he came back 2 winters ago. Last year he had us in limbo but ultimately re-signed. Now he's holding out because he doesn't want to take a pay cut? Come on Andy, after a really bad second half and a winter of steroid scandals and things alng those lines, I think you need to accept whatever the Yanks offer. It will probably be in the $10 million range so how could you accept that?

The Yankees are very serious about putting together a solid top of the line rotation for 2009 and are moving aggressively on making sure that happens. Pettitte is the next stop on the Yankee express and if he doesn't decide soon that train will leave the station and the Yankees will move on and someone else will gladly take his spot. If the Yankees get who they want this winter then this will be the best rotation in years. Pettitte needs to be apart of that and I think at 36, he still has alot left to help this team win a world championship. Andy isn't a man of greed so I can't really see money being the issue here. The Yankees want him back, the fans do, his teammates do and Andy himself wants to come back so what's the hold up? Make the right choice Andy, and come back to the Bronx, it's where you belong.
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Sabathia On His Way To The Bronx


CC Sabathia is now a Yankee. According to the NY Post, Sabathia met with Yankees GM Brian Cashman last night and told him he would accept the 6 year $140 million offer. Sabathia will become the highest paid pitcher in MLB history. At 28, he now becomes he ace of the Yanks, one they so deseperatly needed. I'll have more later today when more details are released. This is a great day if you're a Yankee fan.

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Giants Lose?! Wow, That Never Happens

For the first Sunday this season the Giants looked flat, tired and got outplayed. The Giants were beat at the hands of the Philadelphia Eagles 20-14. Could this be the result of Plaxico Burress and all the distraction surrounding last week's incident?

To most people the answer would probably be yes. I will have to say that the Burress situation did affect the Giants this week, even if it was indirectly. The focus all week was on Plax and Anotonio Pierce and about what the Giants were going to do as a result of the shooting. Question after question, report after report, rumor after rumor. I honestly don't remember hearing anything about the Eagles this week. Everything I saw was about Plaxico so I can only imagine how things were around the Giants all week. This whole situation was embedded in all of our minds and was the focus in the Meadowlands.

"I thought we had a good week of practice despite what everyone is going to say," Pierce said after the game. "It was just a bad game."

The Giants didn't score until a last second field goal block at the end of the first half. Justin Tuck blocked a Philly FG attempt and it was recovered by Kevin Dockery and he went all the way for the Touchdown. In a matter of seconds the G-men went from lifeless to right back in the thick of things down 10-7 at the half.

"That was what I was looking for. ... We had a chance. We didn't do anything with it," Coach Tom Coughlin said.

Was it a Philly upset on Sunday or was it that the Giants were due for a loss. I think it's a little bit of both. When Brian Westbrook and Donovan McNabb are playing well, they are hard to stop. McNabb finished 19-of-30 for 191 yards. Westbrook gained 131 yards on a season-high 33 carries and caught 6 passes for 72 yards all while recording 1 rushing and receiving TD.

“I just think we kind of beat them,” said Eagles tight end L.J. Smith, who had six catches for 44 yards. “It’s tough to say. That’s one of those: ‘How many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Roll?’ Who knows if the distractions hurt them and helped us? I don’t know.”

The win for Philly gives them life in their pursuit of making the playoffs. The Giants even with the loss clinched the NFC East.

The Giants will face the Cowboys in Dallas next Sunday night in what appears to be a sure classic in the making. The Cowboys are coming off a loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday in which they dominated most of the game but lost in the final minutes of the 4th quarter. The Giants 7 game winning streak was snapped and hope that this game was just a bump in the road and the Burress situation is behind them so they can move forward and concentrate on a Dallas team looking for revenge because they didn't put up much of a fight earlier in the season when the teams met in Giants Stadium.

Time for the Giants to put this game behind them and focus on the task at hand, getting by the Cowboys and getting things ready for the postseason. Let's hope Coughlin and his crew are free of distraction the rest of the way.
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A-Rod Will Be Dominican For '09 WBC

Alex Rodriguez is making headlines again, this time it's actually about baseball. Rodriguez says he will play for the Dominican team in the 2009 World Baseball Classic. A-Rod played for Team USA in 2006 after months of indecision on what country to represent.

“I am 100 percent sure that I will play for the Dominican Republic team,” he said. “This time, there will be no doubts and it is a dream of my mom’s that I intend to fulfill.”

Sure. Is it me or does anyone see A-Rod changing his mind at least once about this? I mean it doesn't make much of a difference to me what team he plays for but Alex is one that likes the spotlight and likes to make headlines anyway he can. From a Yankee fan's point of view, this is why he gets so much heat from us the fans. It's like he worries about everything else except the things he should be. Not to say he doesn't have a ggreat work ethic but his mind and attention always seems to wander off. I hope A-Rod sticks to his word on this one, I don't need another A-Rod dilemma.

As for the tournament itself, I like the concept of the WBC because it gives me some competitive games in March as opposed to boring spring training games. Not that the winner of the tournament says much in terms of being a great prestigious award, but hey it just gives a country bragging rights for a couple years. I root for Team USA and the Puerto Rican team since I am of Puerto Rican hertitage.

With A-Rod playing for the Dominican team it opens up a spot for Team USA at 3rd base. David Wright and Evan Longoria seem the likely candidates to fill the position for March. I'm gonna have to say Wright will probably get the starting nod.

Let's hope A-Rod doesn't get hurt in the WBC as the Yanks will need him to rebound from his "down" year in 2007, they're going to need the A-Rod of 2007 and most of those 54 HRs. It's the beginning of December and baseball is in the headlines again, I love it. Thanks in part to A-Rod...thanks! I was getting sick of hearing about Plaxico Burress, college football and college basketball.
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