Ohm Youngmisuk Interview
ESPN New York Giants blogger Ohm Youngmisuk joined me to recap the New York Giants draft.
...with a new dynamic view.
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"Three years from now, this draft will ultimately be judged on how the Giants’ first two draft picks do. Right now, the Giants feel they got two players that have top-15 talent. Nebraska cornerback Prince Amukamara wasn’t supposed to be there at 19 when the Giants picked. He wasn’t supposed to fall too far outside the top 10. And North Carolina defensive tackle Marvin Austin, the second-round pick, could have been a first-rounder had he not been kicked off the Tar Heels due to the NCAA improper benefits scandal.
Their biggest needs entering the draft were offensive line and linebacker and they did not address those needs until the third day of the draft. The Giants went for value and got plenty of it in their first two picks and frankly, most of their picks." - Ohm YoungmisukOhm Youngmisuk gave the Giants a B+ in their draft. I will talk to him tomorrow to recap who and what they got. Read the rest of his report card here.
"From [the day Sterling was hired by Steinbrenner] on, that seven-month baseball companionship, along with thousands of game broadcasts, has been betrayed. It has been lost to a narcissistic, condescending blowhard who neither knows nor cares what's happening on the field as he awaits his next chance -- real or imagined -- to holler his scripted, asinine "signature" calls to an audience that he long ago trained to suspect that what he describes is not even close to true."- Phil Mushnick, New York Post
"I did tell him in advance: 'There are the few things I perceive, in my opinion, to be flaws (in Jeter's personality).' I said I think you are too sensitive to criticism and at time you have a hard time forgiving and forgetting," O'Connor said. "I think, at times, you could have been a better captain to Alex. I also brought up that he should have been more outspoken and out front on the steroids issue." Jeter would only respond to the steroids inquiry.
A Yankees source said Jeter was "not angry" but "won't be reading the book." O'Connor said his intent was to "humanize" Jeter. "That was my goal," he said. "To bring the fan closer to Jeter. Though he's a beloved icon, I think fans look at him as a distant figure." - Bob Raissman, NYDNAbove is an excerpt from a Bob Raissman column, in which he delves into Ian O'Connor and the controversy caused by his new book "Captain" a book about Derek Jeter. Read the full article here.
"Like millions of other Americans, Bobby Valentine felt a rush of mixed emotions when word of Osama Bin Laden's death first filtered into the ESPN TV booth around 10:30 Sunday night at Citizens Bank Park.
The former Met manager-turned-ESPN analyst's first reaction was elation, which gradually turned into pride as he heard the chants "USA! USA!" from the capacity crowd watching a Mets-Phillies pitching duel spread throughout the ballpark." - Bill Madden, NY Daily NewsI will be talking to Bill Madden on Friday about this emotional article and other headlines around NY sports.