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Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Yes. I'm Writing About Sports Again

-- Caught the first half of the Knicks last night. I’ve also watched small parts of some of the other games this season. Here are some early observations:

- The Knicks still can’t play defense. Apparently even if you soft speak your message and infuse it with positives instead of negatives, it still won’t get through to this group of overpaid malcontents. They don’t front, they don’t rotate and they don’t help. The don’t hustle back after made baskets and they don’t make hard fouls to keep other teams honest. All in all, just a lousy defensive team.

- Stevie Francis looks like he swallowed a small child. He has no quickness at all. I’m pretty sure he couldn’t beat me off the dribble. Stephon Marbury plays with absolutely so fire at all. Jamal Crawford can’t make his shots despite having a ridiculously good first step and crossover dribble. Little Nate Robinson is as out of control as ever. Ladies and gentlemen, your 2006 backcourt!

- Eddie Curry and Q. Richardson look very good in the early going. David Lee is a high energy guy who couldn’t score in an empty gym and poor Channing Frye has taken about thirteen steps backwards. He lost all confidence in his jumper and can’t get near the rim because of Curry. I actually like rookie Ronaldo Balkman, though he was a terrible pick for this team with two quality point guards on the board behind him.

- There’s no way this team wins more than 30-33 games this year. The good news is, that won’t be “significant progress” enough to save Isaiah Thomas’ job. So someone else will get to come in next year, blow up the roster, and try again. Hopefully from scratch.

Ladies and Gentlemen, your 2006 New York Knicks – Catch the excitement!

-- Not to be a Negative Nellie, but the Jets come back from their bye week to play two very tough teams – the Patriots and the Bears. I can sort of see the wheels coming off after two probably losses to those teams – something to the effect of a loss to Houston.

I’m struggling to see the Jets finishing better than 7-9 this year. I actually think 6-10 is more likely. If the Jets do better than that, it will be a real testament to Eric Mangini and his ability to keep the unit together.

I think the current management is laying a very nice foundation for the future. Keep in mind that Cedric Houston is coming back soon and the possibility of a Houston/Washington double punch backfield works nicely for me. The offensive line has some nice pieces and Pennington, if he can stay healthy, can have a few more good seasons. Jerricho Cotchery is developing into a good receiver too.

This coming off season, the Jets will have to set their sights on the other side of the ball. The defensive line needs to be blown up (except for Bryan Thomas – who is having a very solid year in the hybrid position) and the linebackers can use another playmaker to add to the solid Vilma and Barton. The Jets can also use a shut down corner.


  • Wow, what an optimist. Just two wins vs. Oakland, Houston, Green Bay, Minnesota, Miami and Buffalo? I hope not.

    I'm less optimistic, on the other hand, about the offensive line and a Houston/Washington backfield, and "blowing up" the DL is impossible in light of the contracts that Ellis and Robertson have. This team still has cap issues, and lots of holes to fill.

    By Blogger Joe Schick, at 7:34 AM  

  • Joe - In the right frame of mind, I think the jets could win most of those games. my fear is that the loss last week, followed by two (almost certain ) losses to Pats and Bears will kill the psyche of this team - fragile enough as it is.

    By Blogger Elster, at 9:21 AM  

  • The talent of this team is not great, but the psyche of this team is not fragile at all. You made that part up. Not one game has been lossed due to a "fragile pysche."

    The Jets came back from a tough loss to Indy and a blowout loss to Jacksonville with two wins in a row.

    By Blogger Joe Schick, at 9:48 AM  

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    By Blogger Joe Schick, at 9:48 AM  

  • Yes - But this is a team coming of a 4 win season. Now they are about to lose three in a row - these types of things usually spiral out of control. It's why I said it would be a great testamen tto Manginin if the Jets survive this strtch and play well.

    By Blogger Elster, at 11:39 AM  

  • gotta run to work- quick comment after the skim..some ppl will pay attention and watch just to see how badly isiah will fail. i know i am rooting for him to fail worse then brown so he will look like an even biiger fool. definitely some reality entertainment. should be fun. although i feel for knicks fans.

    By Blogger bellanny, at 9:25 AM  

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