Archive for April 6, 2011

Knicks Strive for Six Seed Tonight vs. Sixers

Posted in Knicks on April 6, 2011 by EAST SIDE RYNO

Toney Douglas Dropped 28 Points in Last Night's Win vs. Toronto

Having won their last  four games, the Knicks have pulled within a half a game of the 6th place Philadelphia Sixers. Tonight, the Knicks head to Philly to play for the six seed. Even though I would love the Knicks to surpass the Sixers in the standings, let’s think ahead to the postseason. If the Knicks finish with the seven seed, they will take on the Heat in the first round. If they finish sixth, they will play the Celtics.

Personally, I would want the Knicks to play the Heat. Boston has more playoff experience than any other team in the East. They know how to win the big games, especially at home. The Heat, on the other hand, have put a ton of pressure on themselves. Having guaranteed a number of NBA Championships last summer, all eyes will be on how Miami reacts in the playoffs. Since the Carmelo deal, the Knicks have played up to their competition. Their best defensive performance of the season was at Miami when they held the Heat to 86 points. Plus if the Knicks beat Miami in the first round, it would be one of the best upsets in NBA history. How humiliating would it be for LeBron? Just thinking about this is getting me pumped for the playoffs.

So what do you guys think?

Remember the last time the Knicks played the Heat?

Blame Me for the Loss Last Night

Posted in Yankees on April 6, 2011 by EAST SIDE RYNO

Boone Logan is Pitching Himself Off This Roster

It’s official. We have the Sports Illustrated curse. If you look two posts below this one, you can read about how awesome the Yanks’ bullpen will be this year. My bad. I know the Yankees are only four games into the season, but it’s unacceptable to lose a game like that at anytime during the season. A four run lead in the 8th inning should 99.9% lead to a victory, especially if you have one of the best bullpens in the league. Looking at Rafael Soriano’s stats the last few years, last night should be a fluke. Obviously, I still have full confidence in the dude so I won’t worry about him too much. But I am beginning to feel concerned about the other guys in the pen (Dave Robertson, Boone Logan, Luis Ayala, etc.) So far this year, these guys have shown me nothing. I have no trust in any reliever not named Joba, Soriano, or Rivera. Robertson is supposed to be a reliable middle reliever. Figure it out dude! He’s got electric stuff but he’s been getting shelled since the playoffs last year. If Boone Logan doesn’t step it up, he’s going to get axed by next week. With Feliciano coming back in a couple of weeks, Logan is pitching his way off the team. I still don’t even know who Luis Ayala is. He did get out of a jam in the 10th, but I can’t see the guy being consistent out of the pen.

Some good things: Texeira is an absolute beast. The guy looks like he’s on his way to have an MVP-like season. Also, Congrats to Andruw Jones hitting a home run in his first at bat in pinstripes. That also was great job by Sabathia throwing seven shutout innings. Too bad the bullpen couldn’t finish the job for him. I hope Soriano, Robertson, and Logan all apologized to CC after the game. Sabathia doesn’t deserve that kind of disrespect from the pen. Game #3 of the four game series continues tonight at 7:05pm.

BEAST

#3: John Starks Head-Butts Reggie Miller

Posted in Top 5 Knicks Postseason Fights, Yankees on April 6, 2011 by EAST SIDE RYNO

Now this wasn’t technically a fight, but it’s definitely worth discussing in this list. Throughout the mid-90’s, you can’t discuss the NBA playoffs without bringing up the rivalry between John Starks and Reggie Miller. The two teams met five times in the postseason during the 1990’s with the Knicks winning four out the five series. The rivalry was so heated, ESPN made a 30 for 30 documentary called “Winning Time,” which was about Reggie Miller vs. the Knicks. The first scene of the documentary begins with Game 3 the 1993 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. The Knicks-Pacers rivalry officially commenced with a heated confrontation between Starks and Miller.  Watch for yourself: