Saturday, January 8, 2011

Jets Fly High, No lie, you no it-- Ballin!

The New York Jets defeated the Indianapolis Colts 17-16 Saturday night in Indy. What a thrilling win! Nick Folk, who, noone wanted the game to come down to, kicked the winning 35 yard field goal as time expired.

Our New York Football Columnist Shane Weisberg will have the recap up later, until then read The Associated Press recap.

My Quick Hits:
Player of the Game: Damien Woody and the offensive line get the player of the game. They allowed RB's Shonn Greene and Ladanian Tomlinson to rush all over the Colts defense which was already expecting the run.
Play of the Game: Three plays in the last drive have to share this one. The Cromartie runback was key, getting the Jets to the 45 yard line. Then the pass from QB Mark Sanchez to WR Braylon Edwards to bring the Jets in Field Goal range, and then finally Nick Folks game winning kick.
Next Week: Bring on the New England Patriots!

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Second Base: Daniel Murphy

Daniel Murphy on Hitting
Above is a Kevin Burkhardt's SNY exclusive with Daniel Murphy in his hometown Jacksonville, Florida. The interview took place before spring training 2009.

In his position by position break down of the Mets, ESPN New York's Mets blogger Adam Rubin wrote this about Daniel Murphy, one of four possible candidates for the starting second base job that has been declared by Manager Terry Collins as an open competition.

"Daniel Murphy also figures into the second base equation as he looks to again reinvent himself. After a failed 2009 experiment in left field, Murphy was poised to be the Mets’ Opening Day first baseman last season before spraining a ligament in his right knee during a rundown the final week of spring training. With Davis entrenched at first base by the time Murphy was ready to return, Murphy was taken off his rehab assignment with Buffalo. He then suffered a high-grade tear of the medial collateral ligament in the same knee while manning second base on an arguably dirty takeout slide by Triple-A Syracuse’s Leonard Davis on June 2. Murphy did not require surgery. He returned to his second base tutorial by participating in the Mets’ fall instructional league in Fort Myers, Fla. Murphy then went on to play the position with Aguilas in the Dominican Republic -- until his winter league season was cut short when he suffered a left hamstring strain that is not expected to affect him in spring training." - Adam Rubin, ESPNnewyork
....I have faith that Murphy has and will continue to work hard on his fielding at second base. I think he will be the best hitter of the other candidates including, Brad Emaus, Luis Castillo or Justin Turner, so I would like for him to win the job. For the Mets to be succesful this year, they will need to outscore every team. They will not have a dominat staff that wins lowscoring ball games. I think Collins needs to fill the lineup card with 8 hitters that pose the biggest offensive threat

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Friday, January 7, 2011

D'ANTONI AND STAT ON RETURN TO PHOENIX


Amare Stoudamire and Coach Mike D'Antoni discuss returning to their old hometown to take on the Phoenix Suns on Friday Night. Video Via Tommy Dee.

This should be an interesting game to start the Knicks West coast trip, as Amare says in the video it would be nice to start the trip on a good note. Game has even more drama around it because there have been tons of Steve Nash rumors that hint he may be traded to the Knick to reunite with old coach D'Antoni and Stoudamire.

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Knicks Quick Hitter


Check out this cool quick hitter the Knicks ran on their first possesion against San Antoni on Tuesday at the Garden.
Tommy Dee from theknicksblog.com posted this Video Via NBA Playbook.

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READ: Rubin's Position By Position Breakdown

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Letter From Sandy Alderson to Fans

Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson sent an email to all Flushing Flash subscribers letting them know of recent progress. Here is the letter:
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Mets Add Capuano and Bucholtz

The New York Mets have signed FA pitchers LHP Chris Capuano and RHP Taylor Buchholtz.

New York Mets Press Release:
Capuano, 32, went 4-4 with a 3.95 ERA in 24 appearances last year with the Milwaukee Brewers. He was 3-3 with a 4.14 ERA (21 earned runs/45.2 innings) in nine starts and 1-1 with a 3.54 ERA (eight earned runs/20.1 innings) in 15 relief outings. Buchholz, 29, split last season between the Toronto Blue Jays and the Colorado Rockies, combining to go 1-0 with a 3.75 ERA (five earned runs/12.0 innings) in nine games out of the bullpen. He missed all of the 2009 season recovering from right elbow surgery
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Thursday, January 6, 2011

Jets seek revenge against Peyton Manning and the Colts

After the Colts rested their starters in week 16 last year to allow the Jets to make the playoffs, the two teams met in the AFC championship game which the Colts won 30-17. Now, almost a year later, the Jets will revisit Lucas Oil Stadium to play a weaker ten and six Colts team. The eleven and five Jets were dubbed Super Bowl favorites in the preseason by Head Coach Rex Ryan, but before they get there, they must beat the Colts in the divisional round of the playoffs.

The obvious player to watch here will be Colts quarterback Peyton Manning. After injuries to Pro-bowl tight end Dallas Clark, runningback Joseph Addai and numerous defensive starters, Manning carried the Colts to their 10-6 record and AFC South title. In last year's game, Manning dominated all Jet defensive backs not named Darelle Revis and threw for 377 yards and three touchdowns. Colts recievers Austin Collie and Pierre Garcon combined for 274 yards and two TDs and the Colts managed to survive even though Revis held Reggie Wayne to three receptions for 55 yards.
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Best of New York Bite 1-6:Interview with Neil Best


Neil Best joined the New York Bite to discuss all things New York Sports.Neil has a sports column in Newsday and also a blog on Newsday.com.

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Shouted Out on Tedquarters

Ted Berg shouted us out on his blog Tedquarters.net, he linked to the Darryl Hamilton interview. You can listen to that interview here: http://www.nysportscookie.com/2010/12/best-of-new-york-bite-12-28-interview.html

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Kilman: I C.C. the Yankees Problem

By Drew Kilman
The Yankees failed to make any big offseason moves this year, and probably the biggest bust was letting Cliff Lee slip away to the Phillies. The Yanks’ pitching killed them down the stretch and in the playoffs last year, and they tried to make sure that wouldn’t happen again by attempting to sign Cliff Lee. This was to no avail, and now there is a question that looms over the Yankee organization: Which pitcher will step it up for the Yankees this year?

Surely the Bombers cannot win another World Series without four strong starters. Beyond C.C. Sabathia, who has been solid as a rock as the Yankee’s ace, here are the candidates who can make a big difference for the Yankees this year:

Andy Pettite (11-3, 3.28 ERA)— who has yet to come out with a formal retirement, could have a significant impact in 2011. Without him, the Yankees will look to add a veteran prescence like Chris Young or Jeff Francis. Pettite is a great pitcher who could have had a great year last year if not plagued by injuries. Will he continue to pitch well or is he too old and injury prone?
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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Alomar and Blyleven Elected to HOF

The Sportswriters Association of America have elected 2B Roberto Alomar and SP Bert Blyleven to be the newest members of the Hall of Fame. They will be inducted into the Hall of Fame Museum in Cooperstown New York next July.
In his 14th year on the ballot, Pitcher Bert Blyleven finally got the phone call he wanted this afternoon, letting him know he would be removed from the ballot-- as he had been elected. Blyleven recieved 78% of the vote, just a bit more than the neccesary 75%.
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Best Of New York Bite 1-5: Interview with Steve Politi


Steve Politi of the Star Ledger joined Peter Barrett, Jared Kaminetsky and Chandler Keller on the New York Bite to break down the Jets chances in Indy this Saturday when they take on Peyton Manning and the Colts.
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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

KNICKS SPUR SAN ANTONIO

By Jared Kaminetsky
The NBA leading Spurs came into the Garden with a four-game winning streak and the Knicks blew them out of the building with a 128-115 victory.

Led by the torrid shooting of Wilson Chandler (season high 31 points), the Knicks controlled the game from the first quarter. Their 55% shooting was the highest field goal percentage a team had against the Spurs traditionally stingy defense all year.

Raymond Felton and Amare Stoudemire added 28 points each and rookie player of the month of December, Landry Fields, provided 13 points in 40 gritty minutes.

The Knicks were so overwhelming that with 3 minutes left in the the game Gregg Popovich called his starters back to the bench and waved the white flag after the Knicks took the game to double digits.

If the Knicks hadn’t proved it before, this game confirms that this team can score on anybody. Even without an injured Danillo Gallinari (knee), the Knicks were unstoppable on the offensive front. Defensively they held the Spurs to 20 points in the fourth quarter showing the energy and willingness to shut a team down.

As the Knicks head into a grueling west coast trip featuring the Suns, Lakers, Blazers and Jazz this game bodes well for the future. As long as the shooting strokes stay hot the Knicks have a chance to steal a couple more games and sneak their way into true contention.

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Around the MLB: Key Signings

Adrian Beltre- Texas Rangers
According to Sports Illustrated Insider Jon Heyman, the Texas Rangers have come to terms with FA 3B Adrian Beltre, for a 6 year, $96 million deal. Beltre hit .321 with 28 homers and 102 rbi's last season with the Boston Redsox. Beltre will be 32 years old in April.

Lasy year was a career year for Beltre. The only year better than 2010, was 2004, in the last year of his contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers. In 2004 Beltre hit .334 with 48 homers and 121 rbi's. Yet after signing a five year contract with Seatle, Beltre his just .255 with 19 homers and 87 RBI's.

He is only a career .275 hitter, who averages 89 RBI's per 162 games played, and 25 homers.

... I think this is a foolish deal, not only are they overpaying him with $16 million per season, but they gave him SIX YEARS! Beltre will be 38 in the final year of his contract..I dont want to pay him 16 million dollars in 2017 when he is just an old DH...
...I think this move was made of ergency by Rangers General Manager Jon McDaniels. After losing out on the Cliff Lee sweepstakes, he still wanted to make a splash in the offseason, and he let Scott Boras convince him into thinking that 6 years for 96 million was a good deal...

Dan Uggla- Atlanta Braves
According to an ESPN report, "The Atlanta Braves have reached an agreement with 2B Dan Uggla on 5-year contract extension worth $62 million."

Uggla was aquired by the Braves in November in a trade with the Florida Marlins, when the braves sent their middle infielder Omar Infante in exchange for Uggla. The Marlins tried to work out extension talks with Uggla before trading him, but Uggla would not agree to a deal, so as he was a FA at the end of the 2011 season they decided to ship him off now, rather than wait until next season and lose him to free agency. Uggla will be 31 in April.

Last season with the Marlins, he hit .287 with 33 homers and 105RBI's. This deal means the Braves have Uggla locked up until 2017, in which he will be 37 years old.

...I like this deal better than the Beltre deal, but I do not believe that Uggla will be able to continue playing second base for the remainder of his contract. Throughout his time as a Major Leaguerer he has always had limited range, and as the years tack on, it will only shrink...

Carlos Gonzalez- Rockies

The Colorado Rockies have announced that they have agreed to a contract extension with Carlos Gonzalez. The deal is for 7 years and somewhere around $80 million.


In his first full season of his Major League career, Gonzalez hit 34 homers and hit .336. He made a late triple crown run and finished third in the National League MVP voting.

According to MLBTR, "The deal would keep Gonzalez in the Rockies' lineup through 2017. He and Troy Tulowitzki, who is under contract through 2020, will be cornerstones in Colorado for the foreseeable future."

...I like this deal, but it certainly brings with it some risk. He has had only one full season in the Majors, and to guarantee 7 years after just a one year sampling is risky, but I think it may turn out as a great deal for Colorado in the future as in a couple of years he may be a guy deserving of way more than $12 million a season...

Adam LaRoche-Nationals

According to ESPN, the Washington Nationals have come to terms with 1B Adam LaRoche on a two year contract. The amount of money has not yet been released.

Last season with the Atlanta Braves LaRoche hit 25 homers and drove in 100 runs.

...The Nationals have proven that they want to contend not just in a few seasons when young phenoms Steven Strausburg and Bryce Harper are in their primes, but right now. The proved so with the enormous Jason Werth deal, which locks him up until he is 38. This move also shows the Nationals want to contend and at least be respectable in the years leading up to the years where they believe they can be atop the NL East. LaRoche is not only an offensice threat he is also very consistant, and handles himself beautifully at first base. With Zimmerman at third, and LaRoche at first you could be witnessing development of a nice Gold Glove infield...

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Monday, January 3, 2011

Shouted out on Metsblog!


Thanks for the shoutout Michael Baron, check out all of Mike's work on Metsblog.com and metsphotos.com. To listen to the interview with Darryl Hamilton: http://www.nysportscookie.com/2010/12/best-of-new-york-bite-12-28-interview.html

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Sunday, January 2, 2011

SHOUTED OUT ON TWITTER BY MARK SIMON



Mark tweeted a link to the interview we had with him on Dec. 24th about both the Mets and Yankees. To listen to that interview: http://www.nysportscookie.com/2010/12/best-of-new-york-bite-12-24-mark-simon.html

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new blackberry

I hope everyone has had a great holiday! Let's have this holiday spirit with us in which we go out of our way to make people happy last all year long.

I am happy to announce thatI was given a blackberry as a Christmas gift and will be able to update this blog more often. I also will be able to easily tweet on the go; therefore on the side column of my blog my latest tweets will show! Thank you for following this blog in 2010 and please continue your support in 2011.

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