Archive for October, 2011

Eli is an Elite Quarterback

Posted in Giants on October 31, 2011 by EAST SIDE RYNO

In August, Eli Manning claimed that he believed he is an elite quarterback in the NFL. Fans and the media laughed at this statement saying that Eli didn’t even deserve to be mentioned in the same sentence as Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, and Aaron Rodgers. As a Giants fan with full trust in Eli Manning, I backed his statement by agreeing with him 100%. As we reach the half-way point of the 2011 season, Eli ranks fifth in the league in passing completion, third in quarterback rating, and seventh in total passing yards. Clearly these stats prove that this guy is a top five quarterback in the NFL. He is hands down the leader and the MVP of the Giants this season. With a suspect/injured receiving core, Manning has made these guys look like pro bowlers. Yesterday, Eli saved the Giants from handing the Dolphins their first win with his accurate and clutch passing. Critics believed the Giants were going to have a miserable season since they didn’t sign any big-time free agents and lost a number of key players to injuries during the preseason. But Eli has lead the GMen to have a 5-2 record and the future is looking bright for Big Blue.

As the Giants reach the gauntlet part of the season, I have confidence with this team. The defense looked suspect in the first half yesterday, but came through with a strong fourth quarter and stopped Miami on their final five drives. With Tuck back in the lineup after missing the last three games, this squad is getting healthier and stronger. Like I said at the beginning of the season, it’s better for a team to have injury problems at the beginning of the year as opposed to down the stretch. Losing Terrell Thomas in the preseason hurt for the Giants, but they had plenty of time for Aaron Ross to get accustomed to start at corner. The Giants are in Foxboro to take on New England next Sunday, followed by San Francisco then home against the Eagles. We are already know the Giants have an elite quarterback, but it’s now time to find out if the GMen are an elite team.

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How do the Yankees Fix up the Team for 2012?

Posted in Yankees on October 28, 2011 by sammywestside

This guy must be a Yankee in 2012 or else the bombers are in big trouble

The 2011 season by all accounts was an interesting one for the Yankees. They often defied odds and continued to win games when many thought they couldn’t. Despite this the Yankees still fell short of their yearly goal of winning a world championship. The good news for the Yanks is that they have a lot of talent still, the problem is it’s not spread out amongst positions.

The Yankees clear fault this past season was in starting pitching, despite having a statistically successful year. In the playoffs it was hard to rely on anyone not named CC Sabathia, despite the emergence of many unexpected starters. The problem continues into the offseason as basically the entire starting staff is in flux.

The biggest issue facing the Yanks is CC Sabathia. He can opt out of his contract and is expected to do so. This could be OK as long as he stays with the Yanks. There were fears when he signed that CC didn’t want to pitch in NY, but instead somewhere out west. This fear still looms a bit despite the fact that he has openly said he loves it here. Personally I believe that CC will stay, but I am worried. The new contract that he signs will most likely be 5 or 6 years, which would extend him to age 37 or so.

Beyond CC the worries mount. Youthful pitchers Ivan Nova and Phil Hughes are certainly expected to be part of the rotation next year but both have shown inconsistency or inexperience at times. Ideally you would like these two to be your 4th and 5th starters, or 3rd and 4th at worst.

Then there is AJ Burnett. Oh AJ what do we do with you? Are the Yankees obligated to put him in the rotation for next year? Or with his time dwindling in pinstripes, is it possible they choose to not ride the AJ roller coaster another season? For now you can’t expect him to be anything but perhaps the 5th starter.

The Yankees certainly have other options in the minors, but it seems like in their best interest to make another move or a starter. The options out there will include Yu Darvish, a Japanese protegy who could be coming to the US, CJ Wilson, Roy Oswalt, or perhaps Mark Buerhle. All these options seems interesting, but we’re not sure which will be available and which are actually good viable options. We will look more into this as the offseason gets into full swing.

The Yankees bullpen looks very good right now, but look for them to make a move or two anyway. Perhaps a reliable lefty out on the market, or an affordable former closer who could help them out.

Offensively the Yankees should be picking up the options of Nick Swisher and Robinson Cano. Jorge Posada might have played his last game in pinstripes so the bombers could be shopping for a DH option if they don’t plan on Jesus Montero filling that role. Otherwise it could be role players that the Yankees are shopping for. Guys like Eric Chavez and Andruw Jones were great guys for the bench and hopefully they can find guys like that again for 2012.

For now we must focus on the issues of starting pitching, and at least one solid addition must happen for them to be successful in 2012.

Rex Talks the Talk; And Finally Backs It Up.

Posted in Jets on October 26, 2011 by kfaris89

After another week of smack talk from Rex Ryan, the Jets finally decided to back his coach up with their play on the field, particularly in the second half. The first half, to be honest, was more of the same Jets that have looked sub-par at best to start the year. The offense was anemic, they had let up 21 first half points, turned the ball over on offense. Needless to say going into the second half I didn’t give them much of a chance. But the Jets defense and running game stepped up big time. If you’ve been a reader on here you know I’ve been preaching since week one the need to run the ball. And that’s exactly what the Jets did. Shonn Greene looked like the guy people expected him to be, and Sanchez managed the game well from there.

It was great to have a Plaxico Burress sighting, because despite reports otherwise, I was beginning to think he was in fact still in jail and not on the Jets sideline. But Sanchez finally used him for what he was intended for. He was a presence in the redzone, looking  in that area. He didn’t get any shorter in jail and with him getting more time in the offense and more into football shape, I expect big things from him in the second half of the year. All in all I was definitely pleased with the Jets performance this week. The defense stepped up huge in the second half when it had to, making Phillip Rivers look like Kyle Boller at times. Keep up this intensity, and the Jets will be right where they need to be come playoff time, and hopefully by the offense will be clicking on all cylinders.

Week 8 Review, Week 9 Picks for College Football

Posted in College Football on October 25, 2011 by sammywestside

Don't let USC's victory over Notre Dame fool you, Lane Kiffin is still a bad coach

Last weekend featured two huge upsets in the top ten as Wisconsin and Oklahoma went down. The Badgers lost on an epic hail mary play to end the game, while Oklahoma got out gunned by the potent passing attack of Texas Tech. These losses open up opportunities for many other teams in the top ten to compete for a National Championship. For this week’s top ten we will look to see where some teams fell to after losses, and which teams are right there for a shot at playing in the big game.

1. Alabama

2. LSU

3. Stanford

4. Clemson

5. Oklahoma State

6. Oregon

7. Oklahoma

8. Boise State

9. Michigan State

10. Wisconsin

11.  Arkansas

12. Virginia Tech

13. Nebraska

14. South Carolina

15. Texas A&M

16. Michigan

17. Kansas State

18. Penn State

19. Arizona State

20. West Virginia

21. Houston

22. Miami FL

23. Florida State

24. USC

25. Texas Tech

Ok, now we need to take a peek at this week’s games and make some predictions:

Pittsburgh 24, UConn 17

Miami FL 24, Virginia 14

TCU 31, BYU 24

Florida State 35, NC State 21

Nebraska 24, Michigan State 21

Texas A&M 31, Missouri 24

Penn State 24, Illinois 21

UNC 28, Wake Forest 17

West Virginia 35, Rutgers 21

Oklahoma 35, Kansas State 21

Oklahoma State 49, Baylor 35

Georgia 21, Florida 17

South Carolina 28, Tennessee 21

Stanford 38, USC 28

Wisconsin 31, Ohio State 20

Clemson 31, Georgia Tech 27

“Jersey Sports Fan” – Funny Stuff

Posted in Jets, Mets, Rangers, Shout Out of the Week on October 25, 2011 by EAST SIDE RYNO

If you don’t have anything to do today, I suggest watching all of these on youtube. This guy is hilarious.

Week 8 College Football Picks

Posted in College Football on October 21, 2011 by sammywestside

Kirk Cousins will try to lead the Spartans to an upset of undefeated Wisconsin

Once again a little late on this, but last nights showdown in Arizona wasn’t exactly very fun or interesting. This weekend there aren’t a ton of big games quite yet, but the biggest for sure is Wisconsin-Michigan State. This is probably the toughest test of the season for Wisconsin, and if they get through this they are favorites to going undefeated and at worst go back to the Rose Bowl. Michigan State got slapped around by Notre Dame but they looked very good last week against Michigan. The Spartans have a great defense, but perhaps not the kind of offense Wisconsin sports.

Now onto the picks:

West Virginia 38, Syracuse 21

Clemson 31, UNC 24

Kansas State 38, Kansas 17

Oklahoma State 38, Missouri 24

Florida State 27, Maryland 17

Miami FL 31, Georgia Tech 28

Boise State 45, Air Force 21

LSU 31, Auburn 14

Alabama 31, Tennessee 10

Notre Dame 35, USC 28

Stanford 38, Washington 17

Wisconsin 27, Michigan State 24

Why Does Anyone Care about Ballplayers Drinking in the Dugout?

Posted in Yankees on October 20, 2011 by EAST SIDE RYNO

Everyone Needs to Get Over the Fact that Ballplayer Drink During Games

I am now completely fed up with this entire story. This has been a typical story that has been blown completely out of proportion by the New York and Boston media. For all of you who don’t know what I’m talking about, a few weeks ago a report in the Boston Globe came out saying that the Red Sox starting pitchers this year drank beer and ate fried chicken in the clubhouse and dugout during ballgames. Since Boston had one of the worst collapses in history, this has been a story emphasizing the laziness of the 2011 Red Sox. Today, a report from the Daily News said that back in 2002 and 2003, Jason Giambi and Roger Clemens drank in the dugout as well. Since the end of the season, these stories of players drinking during games has had baseball fans in an uproar.

Giambi and Clemens Reportedly Also Used to Drink Beers in the Dugout...So?

Josh Beckett, Jon Lester, and John Lackey have been public enemy No. 1 in Boston since this story broke out. For some reason, Sox fans have made these guys the scapegoat of the epic collapse. This is absolutely ridiculous. These guys drinking had absolutely nothing to do with the Boston choking. This kind of stuff is “G” rated compared to some of the things ballplayers have done in the past (Steve Howe in the 80’s doing lines of coke in the bullpen before warming up?). This story is comical and just something the Boston Globe writers are having a fun time with. Don’t buy into their bullshit. As for the Yankees, whether it’s true or not, who the hell cares if they were drinking? Baseball is probably the only game where players can get away with it. Imagine playing hockey or football after havinga  few beers? You would throw up. But not in baseball. Think about it, David Wells pitched a perfect game still drunk from the night before. To make a long story short, everyone needs to stop reading into this crap. It’s a shame this is still the biggest story in baseball right now, even during a very entertaining World Series.