Archive for January, 2011

A Quick Overview of the Yankees Offseason

Posted in Yankees on January 25, 2011 by sammywestside

Oh god not Pavano!

Yes the Yankees actually almost signed Carl Pavano! Thank god they didn’t and that’s all on that situation…

The 2011 offseason in Major League Baseball has been highlighted by anyone but the Yankees. Any talk has been about how they have done nothing, and how they are in big trouble. So today I will go through all the moves they’ve made and discuss my opinions of what they have done, and what they need to do to get over the top this season.

The first step of the offseason for the Yankees was re-signing Mariano Rivera and Derek Jeter. Although the dealings with Jeter got a bit rocky for a while, in the end it worked out. The contracts for both players might have been well above the market value, but it is the Yankees obligation to pay these stars their due for all the years they’ve played victoriously for the Bronx Bombers.

The Yankees have also signed five free agents this offseason. Lets go through them one by one:

First the Yankees signed Mark Prior, an interesting move that probably will have no effect on the 2011 season. Prior hasn’t pitched in the majors for years, but there is no fault in giving a guy with such talent a chance. I actually love when teams do this kind of thing. It’s a low risk, high reward situation. When you spend hundreds of millions every year on players, why not give a few guys with potential a shot for a few hundred thousand dollars?

Next the Yankees signed Pedro Feliciano, the former Met. This is a good signing in my opinion. A reliable lefty, Feliciano can eat alot of innings for the Yankees, and effectively. While the Yankees already have lefties in Boone Logan and Damaso Marte, Logan has been inconsistent and Marte is injured and might not be back until midseason. Any help is needed in the bullpen and Feliciano will be a help for sure.

Next, the Yankees got additional help in the bullpen with Rafael Soriano. Soriano is the biggest deal of the offseason but many people have complained the Yankees oversigned for him. I really don’t think they did because he was going to get a big deal this offseason, the only thing is he will be setting up Rivera. Now with him, the Yankees bullpen is the best in baseball, which they need considering the starting pitching situation.

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Knicks Snap Six Game Losing Streak

Posted in Knicks on January 25, 2011 by EAST SIDE RYNO

After that awful road trip, I wouldn’t have been surprised if the Knicks handed the Wizards their first road win of the season last night. But just when we thought the Knicks were on the decline, they exploded offensively. Having been held to 18 points the last two games, Stoudemire dropped his expected 30 points with a solid nine rebounds. Felton regained his touch dropping 17 points to go with his 15 assists. More importantly, the Knicks only turned the ball over 11 times. If they play with this kind of fire for the rest of the season, Knicks fans should be pumped the next couple of months. This is Knickerbocker basketball at its finest. Let’s hope the Knicks can get hot and take advantage of an injury-depleted Miami Heat squad Thursday night on TNT.

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Happy Anniversary to 5 Borough Sports!

Posted in Other on January 25, 2011 by EAST SIDE RYNO

The birth of 5 Borough Sports took place exactly one year ago today. We would like to thank all the fans for supporting us daily. Today, our fan base is stronger than ever and we look forward to having another great year!

Jets Lose AFC Championship; Still An Impressive Run

Posted in Jets on January 24, 2011 by EAST SIDE RYNO

In the NFL, it’s very difficult to reach the Conference Championship game in back-to-back seasons. As underdogs, the Jets have accomplished this while playing every game on the road. Even though they’ve fallen short in both championship games, this is still very impressive. To be honest, I’m not a fan of the Jets’ football philosophy. I don’t like teams that run their mouths during press conferences. I thought the Jets were classless last week when they were running and dancing all over Gillette Stadium after they beat the Pats. It’s hard for me to pull for teams that have this disrespectful swagger.

But this doesn’t mean I don’t respect the hell out of them. These players have responded to Rex Ryan’s coaching philosophy and it’s working like a charm. The Jets have had respectful 9-7 and 10-6 records in Ryan’s first two seasons, but it’s their postseason success that’s the most impressive. Ryan’s 4-2 postseason record shows he can prepare this team to win when it matters the most. I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Jets back in the AFC Championship next year playing in the Meadowlands.  Congrats to the Jets on other phenomenal season.

Bracketology: January 22nd, 2011

Posted in Bracketology, College Basketball, St. John's on January 23, 2011 by sammywestside

Sorry for the delay, but here is Week Two of Bracketology on 5 Borough Sports.

This week we’ve seen powers Kansas and Duke fall from the ranks of the unbeatens, but both still remain one seeds. The Big East is staking claim to dominate this years tournament. 11 teams are currently projected to make it from the Big East, as most of the teams escaped the non-conference without any bad loses. While I am skeptical of some of the teams in the Big East, the fact is they aren’t going to be proven wrong unless they lose to the bottom feeders of the conference, which are truly bad. The scenario is perfect to get about 10 teams in, and it would be another record amount of bids for the conference.

This year, more than any other in recent memory, the difference between a team on the five seed line, and one that is just out, is startlingly small. In the end, it will come down to some of the very toughest decisions the selection committee has ever made. I expect a lot of movement in the coming weeks, and I’ll stay on top of it for you.

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Nabokov Decides Not to Report to the Islanders; Thinks He’s Patrick Roy

Posted in Islanders on January 23, 2011 by EAST SIDE RYNO

UNIONDALE, N.Y. – Evgeni Nabokov’s return to the NHL is on hold. The New York Islanders claimed the veteran goaltender off waivers from the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday, but Nabokov is unwilling to report to the team, a source told The Canadian Press. Nabokov signed a one-year contract with the Red Wings on Friday, but had to pass through waivers because he started the season playing in the Russian-based KHL. The unexpected detour to an Islanders team that began Saturday with the third fewest points in the NHL has apparently changed his plans, and comes as a surprise to general manager Garth Snow.

Wow! Is Nabokov really this dumb? Listen, I get it that the Islanders are one of the worst teams in the league, but he has no choice to play anywhere else. Did Nabokov really think he was better than the NHL and just sign with whoever he wanted to? Did he even know about the waiver claim? What’s so wrong with playing half a season and get paid a million bucks to play in the NHL? That definitely sounds a lot better than sitting at home for the next five months. Not only is Nabokov giving the finger to the Islanders, he’s completely disrespecting the league. Play by the rules, or stay in Russia.

Nabokov is pretty much telling the Islanders that he’s too good for them. Hate to break it to Evgeni, but he wouldn’t even be a top 15 goaltender this season in the NHL. He had an awful .888 save percentage and 3.02 goals-against average in Russia’s KHL this year. If I had stats like those in a lesser league than the NHL, I would shut my mouth and play. Have fun being the laughing stock of the NHL this year Evgeni. Have fun trying to get multi-year contract next year.

Btw, is Nabokov’s agent this much of a moron? Maybe if his agent had some knowledge of how stuff works in the NHL, his client wouldn’t be in this situation.

St. John’s chokes away game and possibly their season

Posted in College Basketball, St. John's on January 22, 2011 by sammywestside


Its been a rough Saturday for me. I’ve spent my entire day watching College Basketball, which is what I love. Bad News, every game is going the opposite I want it to. It couldn’t have been more evident in St. John’s-Cincinnati game that just ended.

Forget the fact that Cincinnati led most of the game, all you need to know is St. John’s was 12-26 from the free throw line. That wasn’t the worst part, they could have put it away after taking the lead under a minute to go, but instead finished 3-9 at the line in the last few minutes of the game. What is it? Inexcusable!

St. John’s had a chance to move to 5-4 in Big East play with another solid win over a now 17-3 Cincinnati team. I knew St. John’s could and should win this game coming in because Cincinnati is 100% overrated. 17-3 my ***, they have beaten nobody! Their best win is now St. John’s, but previously I couldn’t quite find a good one, maybe Xavier (who isn’t very good this year) at home?

The rest of the season looks bleak for the Johnnies now. Maybe five wins are left out there in the competitive Big East, which would give them a 17-13 record overall, reeks of NIT (at best) again.

Here’s the box score to see the atrocity for yourself…

Isles Claim Evgeni Nabokov Off Waivers

Posted in Islanders on January 22, 2011 by EAST SIDE RYNO

UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP)—Evgeni Nabokov left Russia for the chance to play with the Detroit Red Wings. Instead of landing in Hockeytown, the veteran goalie is taking an unexpected detour to Long Island. Nabokov lost his chance to join the Red Wings on Saturday, when he was claimed off waivers by the New York Islanders. While he might have dreamed of making a long playoff run with title-contending Detroit, Nabokov will now play out the string with New York, which entered Saturday with the third fewest points in the NHL. The Islanders nabbed him two days after the 35-year-old Nabokov signed a one-year contract with the Red Wings. He had spent this season with SKA St. Petersburg of the Russian KHL and hadn’t yet played for Detroit. The NHL’s collective bargaining agreement states that anyone who plays in a professional league before signing an NHL contract must clear waivers.

That’s what I’m talking about! Garth Snow is finally making some moves. This definitely puts the whole goalie situation to rest. Evgeni Nabakov is a veteran goalie who knows how to win in this league. Not only will he provide the Isles with some consistent goaltending, he will also mentor the young goalies Kevin Poulin and Nathan Lawson. If you compare Nabokov to Roloson, I would say Nabokov is slightly better. Plus, with the Roloson trade, the Isles received Ty Wishart, a solid young defenseman. For the first time this season, the Isles’ front office is starting to make sense. After a solid two goal performance by Michael Grabner last night in a 5-2 victory at Buffalo, the Islanders will take on the Sabres at home tomorrow afternoon at 3pm.

An Early Look at the 2011 College Football Season

Posted in College Football on January 22, 2011 by sammywestside

As the snow piles grow larger across the country, we are approaching the last weeks of the important 2011 recruiting season. On the first Wednesday of February the recruits will sign pledges to their school of choice and then it will be time to prepare for the 2011 season.

The 2010 season might have just ended this past Monday night, but it’s never too early to look to next season. This week the most important underclassmen are deciding whether to go to the NFL or come back to school for another year. There have been surprises like Andrew Luck returning to Stanford, and moves that were expected like Cam Newton and Nick Fairley running off to the NFL.

Next year should be another entertaining season, and perhaps the best part is that there is no clear preseason number one team. Over the last decade its seemed like every year there was a team or maybe two that stood out before the season started. While many times they have proved to be incorrect choices preseason, there has always been that team or two.

As we look ahead to 2011 I see alot of teams that could compete for a National Title, and none that stand out to me above the others. Lets take a look at each of the major conferences and some of the key non-BCS conference teams.

Pac Ten (12)-

The Pac Ten next year should be quite top heavy. Oregon looks to be a top five team again coming off their appearance in the National Championship. Stanford gets a huge boost with the return of Andrew Luck, but still lose Jim Harbaugh and some seniors from an extremely good team in 2010. Past that, the sexy pick for third place is Arizona St. The Sundevils return almost everyone from a mediocre 2010 team. While they might be improved I’m not sold of them being better than an 8-4 team in 2011. USC figures to be decent as they still retain many of the skill players from 2010, but they will once again not be considered for postseason bowls. The interesting part of the Pac Ten in 2011 will be the additions of Utah and Colorado to the conference. While I agree with the decision to expand to 12 teams, the additions of Colorado and Utah will not immediately effect the Pac Ten in a positive way. Colorado is a team that has struggled alot over the last few seasons and they aren’t looking much better next year. Utah has been a great member of the Mountain West, but this season they proved to be a bit overrated and will probably settle into the middle of the pack next year in the conference.

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Super Bowl Predictions: Who You Got?

Posted in Other on January 21, 2011 by EAST SIDE RYNO