Friday, March 23, 2012

Joba Dislocates Ankle, Done for Career?

Joba Chamberlain might not play again for the Yankees or in the MLB ever again, after dislocating his ankle while playing with his son (trampoline) on Thursday. Chamberlain had surgery Thursday night on the ankle, and the injury was so bad that his bone was through his skin. Joba just can't catch a break, he was on the comeback route from Tommy John surgery and was on pace to rejoin the Yankees around June. Ever since he came in and gave all Yankees fans a boner with his 100 MPH fastball and 95 MPH slider, Joba has been up and down with the Yankees switching back and forth from starter and the bullpen. Can't really blame the Yankees for wanting Chamberlain to be a starter because they thought a guy with electric stuff could be dominant as a starter, but he wasn't the same pitcher as he was in the bullpen. He is still only 26 and has a chance to play again, only after extensive rehab on both his ankle and arm.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Tebow to the Jets Still On. Jets Can't Read

 Hey Tannenbaum why didn't you read Tim Tebow's contract before going ahead with the deal? That is like GM 101 bro, I know it was because you were in too much of a hurry to get a wildcat quarterback, makes total sense. Its not like the Jets just acquired the best quarterback ever where reading the contract would not matter, but this is Tim Tebow who is not slated to be the starter, and the Jets just did not read about the 5 million dollars that would go back to Denver. According to Adam Schefter the Broncos will still trade Tebow to the Jets instead of the Jaguars who came back in play when the original trade hit a bump in the road. This is not about Tebow, this is about Mike Tannenbaum and the New York Jets just being flat out dumb. Seriously, what else did you have to do that you could not read about a 5 million dollar check back to Denver if Tebow went to another team. The Jets agreed to pay half of the 5 million back to Denver and that was good enough for the Broncos to go through with the trade to the Jets. Some fans might agree or disagree with the trade, as i said earlier it could be good or bad , but if this trade did not go through and Tebow went to another team, the Jets would have been the laughing stock of the league. This was harder then it needed to be to acquire Tebow and a 7th round pick for a 4th and 6th round picks. Get it together Mike because there is no excuse for not reading a contract on a player you are actively trying to trade for. Now everybody can go back Timsanity and Linsanity in the same city.

Roger Goodell Drops The Hammer

For those of you who didn't already know, Roger Goodell doesn't f*** around.

As expected, the commissioner of the NFL came down hard on the New Orleans Saints in response to the "pay for performance" program that took place between 2009 and 2011. Head coach Sean Payton received a harsh, one-year suspension (without pay) for his role in the bounty scandal (effective April 1) and former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams has been banned indefinitely. General manager Micky Loomis was given an eight game suspension and assistant coach Joe Vitt (who was supposed to fill in as head coach for Payton) received a six-game suspension. The commissioner also fined the Saints $500K for violating the NFL's "bounty" rule and forced them to surrender their 2nd-round picks in 2012 and 2013 (they don't have a first rounder in this year's draft).

Look, we all knew Goodell was going to lay down the hammer, but I don't think anybody thought Sean Payton would get a one-year suspension. Gregg Williams got a minimum one-year ban which definitely sends a message to every coach, player and executive out there in the NFL. If bounties really are inherent in today's game, then they sure as hell are on their way out. I don't know any coach that will risk sitting out an entire season, and in Sean Payton's case, lose roughly $7M in salary dollars. Not to mention Payton lied straight to Goodell's face and told him he knew nothing about the bounties.
The NFL announced that player suspensions regarding the bounty scandal are still under review. Don't be surprised if some Saint's players are suspended and/or fined, especially Jonathan Vilma who allegedly offered $10K in cash to the person who knocked Brett Favre out of the 2010 NFC Championship Game. Knowing Vilma and his past history at Miami (he was involved in a similar bounty program with the intent to injure opposing quarterbacks, FSU's Chris Rix in particular), I wouldn't doubt this one at all. J-Vilma can expect a suspension at the least, but I doubt he'll be the only Saint to miss some games. This is just the beginning folks, so stay tuned for updates.

Tebow to the Jets. Could Be Good or Bad

The New York Jets have acquired Tim Tebow from the Denver Broncos in exchange for a 4th round pick in the 2012 draft. This could either be really good for the Jets or a disaster. Lets first look at how it could be bad for the Jets. Mark Sanchez is the starting quarterback, but what happens when Sanchez throws a pick in a game? Will fans start to put up billboards and chant for Tebow to enter the game? This is a definite possibility because Tebow seems to have this cult following wherever he goes. After the first Jets loss of the season I can almost guarantee you that there will be a question of "Hey Rex, If you used Tebow more would you have won?" Also even though it could be a good thing for the locker room , it could also separate the locker room even more if Sanchez struggles, and some of the players want Tebow to start. What if Sanchez gets hurt? Can New York take a typical Tebow game of 7-20 passing with 140 yards?

Now for how it can be good for the Jets. Tim Tebow wins football games, and is as competitive as they come. The Jets did not use the wildcat a lot last year, and now with Tony Sparano in as offensive coordinator, and a great running quarterback who can complete a pass or two, the Jets wildcat will be a force to be reckoned with. Also Tebow could fix the mess that is the Jets locker room because Tebow is a very likeable guy who could bring everyone together. He is a leader, there is no doubt about it, and everyone knows that the New York Jets locker room can use a leader or two. By the way I think this trade was influenced by Jets owner Woody Johnson, just think of the Tim Tebow jersey sales, and Woody has his eyes on big time revenue.

P.S. Does Drew Stanton have it made or what? Dude just signed a 1 year contract for 1.25 million, 500,000 dollar signing bonus, and all he has to do is hold the clipboard for the entire season.

Knicks Win 4th Straight Under Mike Woodson

What the hell is going on? Just last week the Knicks looked like the worst team in the league, and now they have put together a four game winning streak under new head coach Mike Woodson. Interestingly enough over the past four games Carmelo Anthony has not scored over 20 points, and the Knicks have had spread out the scoring throughout the team. I have no idea if this team is for real or not because who knows next week they might just be back on a losing streak. Amare Stoudemire led the way on Tuesday night with 22 points, Chandler and Carmelo chipped in 17, and Jeremy Lin had 18 points and 10 assists. However, during the winning streak Carmelo Anthony is barely shooting 40 % from the field, and that could lead to trouble when Stoudemire or Lin has an off game. The Knicks have a pretty easy schedule for the rest of March with their toughest games being against the 76ers and Magic. If the Knicks can continue to play well, they will put themselves in a good position to grab the last playoff spot, but if they struggle like they did last week then it the playoffs might have to wait for 2013. Knicks play Philadelphia tonight on ESPN.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Devils vs Rangers Fight

Just in case you missed it, 3 Devils square off against 3 Rangers only 3 seconds into the game. The Devils and Rangers rivalry has been ramped up in recent weeks, and if Rangers lose out on the top spot in the East, the two teams could face each other in a first round playoff match-up.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Peyton Manning to Denver

It is official folks. Peyton Manning has chosen the Denver Broncos.

Peyton informed Tom Condon this morning that he would like to hammer out a contract with John Elway, Brian Xanders and the Denver Broncos.

Schefter and Mortenson broke the story earlier this afternoon through Twitter (even though we have been saying this for at least a week now).

 Schefter also reported that the Broncos will attempt to trade Tim Tebow. Jacksonville just gave Chad Henne a $3-million dollar bonus, so I would have to say Miami or maybe Cleveland as possible destinations for Tebow.

It has also been reported that Manning and Elway have already discussed potentially bringing in Jeff Saturday to compliment Peyton at the center position. Don't be surprised if Dallas Clark, Joe Addai and any other former teammates hook up with Peyton in Denver.

It was rumored that Denver had a 5-year, $90-million dollar contract on the table a few days ago, so I would expect the numbers in the finalized agreement to be somewhat similar to those. This is just the beginning, so stay tuned for more updates.

Tim Tebow ... See Ya!

Tim Tebow is on his way out of Denver because some guy named Peyton Manning will be the starting quarterback for the Broncos this upcoming fall. Peyton picked the Denver Broncos over the Dolphins and the 49ers, and Tim Tebow might be the answer in Miami or San Francisco. Both of those teams had all their eggs in the Peyton Manning basket, but they have lost out and now will have to find a quarterback and find one quickly. Tim Tebow took his team to the playoffs in his first year as a starter, however it was not pretty the way he won the games, but hey he won. If I was the GM of a team in search of a quarterback, the most I would give up for Tebow is a couple of 3rd round picks because there are quarterbacks in the draft that have better passing skills then Tebow. Another way to look at it is from the owners standpoint, if a team traded for Tim Tebow, don't you think this guy will sell tickets and merchandise like crazy ? He probably would do both of those, so from that standpoint teams should want to trade for Tebow. The big question looming over all of this is, can Tim Tebow continue to be a winning quarterback in the NFL? Nobody knows the answer because a lot of people counted him out last year, but he got to the playoffs, and he even knocked off Big Ben and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Obviously Peyton Manning is the better choice out of the two, and because Tebow only was the starter for a year, Denver brought in the 4 time MVP to try and win a super bowl. The 49ers and Dolphins will have to take a serious look at Tebow because they have no other options except for Alex Smith who is a free agent and visited with Miami over the weekend because the 49ers had jumped into the Peyton Manning sweepstakes.  After Alex Smith there is no other free agent quarterbacks that are good enough to start in the NFL. The eventual Peyton Manning signing will have a domino effect on the rest of the league because teams as well as free agents were waiting to see where Peyton went.

** Update : Dolphins have signed free agent David Garrard. He did not play last year due to back issues. Garrard never really played to his full potential, and has turned the ball over a bunch in his career.

Brian Conklin's Emotional Press Conference

Saint Louis Billikens forward Brian Conklin breaks down into tears at the podium after an emotional loss to Michigan State on Sunday. After playing his final game at SLU, Conklin began to cry while talking to reporters about head coach Rick Majerus and the Saint Louis basketball program. Look Brian, I understand this was your final game as a collegiate basketball player, but thousands of people are making fun of you right now for looking like a little pussy on national televesion. Come on man.