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Thursday, March 23, 2006

New York Sports Update

Some random sports observations from the last few days:

With the Jets recent signing of free agents Kimo von Oelhoffen (35) and Tim Dwight (age unknown), all the talk of a youth movement has seemingly been chucked out the window. I know there is a need for veteran leadership on every team, but the Jets already have a number of veterans. You can't sign old free agents and then say you are committed to getting younger. Why was Kevin Mawae too old but Kimo isn’t? Is there really a market for old white wide receivers like Dwight that I’m not aware of? (On the flip side, the Jets now have a guy named “Kimo” on the team who also happens to be the guy who set the Bengals back at least 2 years when he injured QB Carson Palmer in the playoffs last year.)

This April’s draft becomes more important than ever now. Do the Jets trade the 4th and 29th (received in the John Abraham trade) picks to move up to second? If so, will they take Matt Leinert or rising prospect Jay Cutler (who wowed scouts at his private workout at Vanderbilt, apparently throwing lasers in the wind)? If they stay at 4, do they go for D’brickershaw Fergueson or do they nab Ohio State’s AJ Hawk to help with the 3-4 base front they will be playing next year? This situation bears watching.

Another situation that bears close scrutiny is the New York Met opening day pitching staff. The starting five seems to have one spot open (a competition between Brian Bannister and Aaron Heilman) and the bullpen is a mess. With none of the lefty relievers standing out, will the Mets move Heilman and his nasty changeup to the pen?

Early reports on Jorge Lugo are not promising. The Mets gave up started Kris Benson for this guy, very generously listed as 235 pounds by the Mets. It seems from reports that they might have gotten the 2 and 3 mixed up. On top of that, this Armando Benitez clone can’t seem to find the plate. Luckily the Mets had so much starting depth, they were able to trade away two guys (Benson and Jae So). They were smart enough, however, to hold on to Victor Zambrano and his “hall of fame stuff”. And yes, those last two sentences were written with great amounts of sarcasm.

The Rangers loss last night to Philly doesn’t trouble me all that much (Ryan Hollweg’s brain fart major penalty cost them the game yesterday). They do need to find a little more consistency (and a way to clear big bodies from in front of Lundqvist – who, if he has any real weakness, appears to lose sight of pucks when heavily screened). The good news is that the Rangers are playing well overall and will battle for the Atlantic division title until the very end.

And then you have the Knicks. Ah, what is there to say? Describing this team as a train wreck is a compliment. Isaiah Thomas is a terrible GM and Larry Brown has already lost the team. The last time there were this many heartless people in one place, we were watching Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. Steve Francis has deteriorated before our very eyes. The Marbury/Brown feud is a league joke. They just lost their best young player (Channing Frye) for the remained of the season. What else is going to go wrong? Will Madison Square Garden be collapsing soon? Is James Dolan going to fire Isaiah Thomas and Glen Sather and announce that he will be running the teams personally?


  • 1. Tim Dwight's age is not unknown. He's 30. His signing and that of Kimo were both good moves. The team is not that old now that Fabini, Mawae, Chrebet, Sowell and Vinny are gone. Plenty of rookies will make the Jets roster.

    I tend to agree that Mawae should not have been cut, but that doesn't automatically mean that no older players should be brought in.

    2. Who is Jorge Lugo? Do you mean Jorge Julio? Do you think of all persons with the name Jorge in the same negative manner?

    3. The Rangers loss last night was severe. If they don't win the division, they will be the 5 seed and face Buffalo or Ottawa in the first round without home ice advantage.

    By Blogger Joe Schick, at 4:08 PM  

  • Joe, you kill me. I love the way you have no patience for my errors. Dwight's age was unknown - at least to me it was.

    Julio, Lugo, what's the difference? Neither will be helping the Mets this season.

    As for Rangers - baby steps - Remember, this uis a rebuilding year from them////

    By Blogger Elster, at 4:18 PM  

  • "Julio, Lugo, what's the difference?"

    Are you saying that all Hispanics are alike?

    By Blogger Joe Schick, at 5:15 PM  

  • Heaven forbid!!!!

    By Blogger Elster, at 5:21 PM  

  • Collapse of the garden!

    Hmmm, we can then watch this sadsack bunch in a new arena at Moynihan station.
    The late senator must be doing cartwheels in his grave.
    It's not jus Thomas, Dolan and Brown. it's everyone but the 3 rookies.
    At least, as first year players, you can't blame them for being brain dead. Can't say that for the rest of them - an abysmal bunch of lazy losers with the baskeball IQ of a 2 year old.
    But you never know, maybe they're rocket scientists during the day.

    By Blogger judah h, at 9:42 PM  

  • Yes Judah - With the exceptions of Frye, Lee, Robinson and perhaps malik rose, the team just plain is awful in every way. I will actually give some credit to Crawford whohas at least been making an effort to play defense and cut back on his bad shots. But as his 2 offensive fouls in the last 5 minutes of the game the other night indicates, he is still way too out of control.

    By Blogger Elster, at 9:45 AM  

  • yeh he's trying and so is quentin richardson but crawford is still too hot and cold,(more cold than hot this year) and quentin forgot how to shoot.
    Malik Rose was trying a little bit but only in close games which are far and few between.
    Thomas has to some how clean house but I don't know how. Even if he convinced someone to take these losers, he'd need about 5 guys each in return for Francis and Marbury just to get a salary match.
    The only other options is to buy these guys out and buy a bunch of CBA players with their exceptions.
    Maybe, they'll all get in a train wreck, and Thomas will have some injury exceptions and/or salary relief.
    Oh. I forgot, they already are in a train wreck.

    By Blogger judah h, at 11:44 AM  

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