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Post  RedMagma on Wed Jan 09, 2008 6:42 am

Lots of food for thought! Just 2 months ago, there was a lot of doom & gloom here, and Rebecca was trying her best to keep the optimism going.

The only free agent I felt he HAD to have back was Jorge. I could not live with a year of Torrealba or, worse, LoDuca. He tried his best to make the Yankees squirm, but you could tell that Jorge couldn’t wait to come back. The money and years don’t bother me. The Yankees are odd in that they starve players in the early years and overpay in the later years for good service and loyalty. Kind of like a semi-retirement plan. Jorge has plenty of kick left and can always DH or play another position. And signing Molina on top of it was like a 5-point play in basketball. Sweet!

There’s still angst on the blog, but none for me. I’m psyched that we’re going to battle with the hottest manager in the game, the hottest young pitchers in the league, the future homerun king, and the Captain. And if Santana comes along for the ride, even better.

If you can’t get psyched about the changes, renewed optimism, and one last year in the old stadium, then you may have bigger problems than worrying about how Cashman’s going to work the rotation or fix the bullpen. Wink

Good luck in your endeavors, Andrew.

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Post  RedMagma on Wed Jan 09, 2008 6:42 am

Young Gun Ranking & 2008 Placement



1, 2 or 3 starter ceilings & #1 or #2 round bonuses...

MPH___Age__Player_______Level
92-95...22....Hughes...........Majors or AAA
94-98...22....Chamberlain...Majors or AAA
89-92...23....Kennedy........Majors or AAA
92-94...25....Horne............AAA
94-98...22....Brackman......DL
93-96...20....Betances........A
92-95...25....Sanchez.........A+
89-94...23....Marquez........AAA

Tier 2, 3rd round or later bonus money...

MPH___Age__Player_______Level
92-93...27....White............AAA
92-95...23....Kontos..........AA
90-93...18....Heredia.........A or A-
91-94...25....Mccutchen....AA
92-95...22....Garcia...........A+
88-90...25....Wright...........AA
91-93...23....Dunn.............A+
90-93...22....Pope.............A+
91-93...20....Mccalister.....A
91-94...21....Nova............A

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Post  RedMagma on Wed Jan 09, 2008 6:57 am

Is the third time going to be a charm for New York?

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Why To Watch
The Cowboys have home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. They rested some key players in Week 17 and had last week to watch the first round of the playoffs from the comfort of their living rooms, while the Giants defeated Tampa Bay in the early game on Sunday. This will be the third meeting of the season between these NFC East rivals, with Dallas winning in both Week 1 and Week 10 by a combined 21 points. The Cowboys failed to score a touchdown in two of their last three games, but they should have WRs Terry Glenn and Terrell Owens and C Andre Gurode back for this matchup. Dallas clearly has one of the NFL's most dangerous offenses when healthy. Wade Phillips is 0-3 in the playoffs as a head coach, and though Dallas lost only three games during the regular season, two of those defeats came at home. Meanwhile, the Giants have just one road loss -- at Dallas -- and are very comfortable in someone else's building. These teams know one another extremely well, and with a berth in the NFC Championship Game on the line, won't hold anything back.




When the Giants have the ball
Rushing: The Giants put together long, sustained drives when playing with the lead last week, consistently eating up clock and scoring points. QB Eli Manning had a great deal to do with that success, but so did New York's running game. The Giants won the time of possession battle against Dallas in both of their previous meetings, which again should be a goal in order to keep the Cowboys' offense on the sideline. RB Brandon Jacobs was largely ineffective last week, but RB Ahmad Bradshaw provided a spark. Jacobs is a massive pounder who is very difficult to get on the ground. He likes to run off-tackle and will work downhill toward Dallas' outside linebackers in addition to pounding the middle of the field. Bradshaw is a smaller back, but he runs with great conviction while providing big-play ability in New York's zone rushing attack. The Giants often line up in the I-formation and don't hesitate to run against eight-man fronts. Their excellent run-blocking offensive line is a mobile group that can get to the second level and finish blocks. FB Madison Hedgecock is the run game's unsung hero and a big, mobile lead blocker who can bury linebackers. The Cowboys' underrated front three form the foundation of a solid run defense: NT Jay Ratliff lacks the prototypical body for the position but is tough and technically sound and has been more than capable, while the defensive ends have ideal builds and athleticism for an odd-man front and are continually improving. The outside linebackers are known for their pass-rushing prowess, but both starters are exceptional against the run as well. ILB Bradie James is constantly around the ball, diagnoses plays quickly and is a fundamental tackler. And it's no secret that SS Roy Williams is a better player near the line of scrimmage than he is in deep coverage. He should spend plenty of time in the box this week.



Passing: It might be too early to say that Manning has come into his own, but he played very well in the Giants' opening-round victory and nearly pulled off the upset against New England in the final week of the regular season. Manning has shown great poise, improved accuracy and a dedication to protecting the ball. His improved play has brought balance to New York's offense and given coordinator Kevin Gilbride a deeper bag of options. The Giants will attack the Cowboys on all levels: shallow crossing routes, intermediate outs, passes to the tight end over the middle and deep routes to WR Plaxico Burress, who is playing at a very high level. Adept at catching fade routes and using his tremendous size to go over smaller defenders, Burress clearly is Manning's first option near the end zone. WR Amani Toomer is aging but is Manning's most trusted receiver -- a security blanket and a frequent third-down target. Even without TE Jeremy Shockey (leg), the Giants continue to get production from their tight ends, namely rookie Kevin Boss.

Dallas has an exceptional pair of cornerbacks in Terence Newman and Anthony Henry, though the depth behind them is questionable and CB Jacques Reeves is consistently singled out by opponents in coverage. FS Ken Hamlin is solid in deep patrol, but he isn't at his best when matched up one-on-one with a wideout. New York may respond to those weaknesses with more multiple-receiver sets. OLB DeMarcus Ware is a terrific player who not only is an exceptional pass-rusher (14 sacks), but also has a tremendous knack for creating turnovers. His speed is phenomenal. Ware teams with fellow OLB Greg Ellis to form a disruptive edge-rushing duo that is very difficult to account for.



When the Cowboys have the ball
Rushing: Though RB Julius Jones technically is Dallas' starter, Marion Barber should earn the bulk of the carries and clearly is the superior player. Barber has good size and strength, runs low and with attitude and seeks out contact. Running behind a very big offensive line, he is capable of wearing down a defense. Jones is niftier and probably faster than Barber, providing value as a change of pace. The offensive line is very balanced and has the great size to wear down an opponent. But when the Cowboys need a tough yard on the ground, they usually run behind massive RG Leonard Davis. Dallas likes to use a lot of two tight end sets because TE Anthony Fasano is an excellent run-blocker and an underrated receiver, while TE Jason Witten is a tremendous pass catcher and also an effective in-line blocker. Expect to see plenty of both on the field together this week against the Giants' elite defensive ends. New York's defense, which held Tampa Bay RB Earnest Graham to 63 yards on 18 carries last week, is formidable against the run. If there's a knock on offensive coordinator Jason Garrett, it's that he occasionally abandons the running game too quickly, so keep an eye on that.



Passing: Dallas QB Tony Romo is having a spectacular season and now ranks among the league's best passers. As the quarterback of the NFC's top seed, the pressure on him is significant, but Romo is very difficult to rattle and shows fantastic poise. For a young quarterback with just 26 career starts he has an exceptional understanding of protections and an uncanny comfort level in the pocket. He has a quick release and is extremely accurate, usually hitting his target in stride. He occasionally runs cold, though, and turnovers often ensue, especially when he misreads coverages. Witten finished the regular season with a whopping 96 catches and obviously is a featured receiver in the offense. He is ultra-reliable and clearly has Romo's trust when the Cowboys need to move the chains. But as good as Witten has been, it's WR Terrell Owens who makes the offense go. Owens is a mismatch against nearly any NFL cover man, and by putting him in motion or moving him around the formation, Garrett often allows Owens a clean release. There isn't a player on New York's roster who can keep up with Owens when he is healthy, though he is a game-time decision this week due to a high ankle sprain. He runs every route on the tree and is a scary weapon over the middle. If speedster Terry Glenn (knee) is close to 100 percent, a potent Cowboys passing attack becomes much more dangerous. The Giants sacked Romo only once in each game this season, but there's no doubt they have the league's best pass rush. LDE Michael Strahan, RDE Osi Umenyiora and backup DE Justin Tuck are a frightening group that will give Dallas' edge protectors all they can handle. Defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo is an aggressive playcaller, but if his pass-rushers don't get home, the suspect secondary won't often bail out the Giants. New York plays a lot of Cover 3 behind its blitzes, which will open the middle of the field for Witten. CB Corey Webster was steady and made plays in place of the injured Sam Madison (abdominal) last week, but the Giants will need every capable cover man they can send onto the field this week.



Special Teams

Dallas PK Nick Folk had an outstanding rookie season, but he never has been asked to kick in a game of this magnitude. P Mat McBriar is among the league's top punters, but the Cowboys' punt coverage team has struggled. The kickoff unit has been better but still is a weakness. Neither team has a dynamic return specialist. The Giants' punt coverage has been a glaring problem this season, but veteran P Jeff Feagles at least is a reliable directional punter. The Giants have the overall special teams edge here, but the difference is nearly negligible.

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Post  RedMagma on Wed Jan 09, 2008 7:10 am

Can The Giants offensive line protect Eli? The Cowboys Defense sacked Eli Five times. I'm worried about DeMarcus Ware. Ware is a terrific player who not only is an exceptional pass-rusher (14 sacks), but also has a tremendous knack for creating turnovers. His speed is phenomenal. Ware teams with fellow OLB Greg Ellis to form a disruptive edge-rushing duo that is very difficult to account for.

Romo is Giants Killer. . In two games, he's completed 35 of 52 passes for 592 yards, eight touchdowns and two interceptions. If Owens isn't healthy, I think Patrick Crayton will have a big game for the Cowboys. When the Giants tried to take away Moss, Wes Welker lit them up. Crayton has eight catches for 117 yards and a touchdown against the Giants this season. He'll probably be in one-on-one coverage with rookie cornerback Aaron Ross most of the game, and the Cowboys like that matchup.Owens is a mismatch against nearly any NFL cover man, and by putting him in motion or moving him around the formation, Garrett often allows Owens a clean release. I don't think There isn't a player on New York's roster who can keep up with Owens when he is healthy, though he is a game-time decision this week due to a high ankle sprain. He runs every route on the tree and is a scary weapon over the middle. I'm Hoping that Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo spent some time watching The Eagles did to Cowboys Defense in week 15.

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Post  RedMagma on Wed Jan 09, 2008 7:16 am

Falcons ask to talk to Spagnuolo about top job


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BY BOB GLAUBER AND ARTHUR STAPLE | bob.glauber@newsday.com. arthur.staple@newsday.com
January 9, 2008


Steve Spagnuolo's work in turning around the Giants' defense has drawn the attention of at least one team looking for a head coach.

The Falcons yesterday asked permission to interview Spagnuolo later this week, but the Giants denied the request because he is busy preparing for Sunday's divisional playoff game against the Cowboys. Once the Giants' season is over, Spagnuolo will be free to interview with Atlanta.

The Falcons also are hiring a general manager and interviewed Giants personnel executive Chris Mara yesterday. Eagles GM Tom Heckert, believed to be the front-runner, interviewed with the Falcons Monday




Mara and Heckert are familiar with Spagnuolo's work. Mara has seen Spagnuolo transform the Giants this year from an underachieving unit the last several years to one of the league's better defenses, while Heckert knew Spagnuolo from his days as the Eagles' linebackers coach.

The Falcons are also interested in Cowboys offensive coordinator Jason Garrett, who interviewed with them during the bye week. So the outcome of Sunday's Giants-Cowboys game will be a major factor in the Falcons' search; whichever team loses will have one of its coaches freed up to explore the Falcons' opening.

There is also no guarantee that Spagnuolo will interview with Atlanta, especially if he doesn't feel ready for a head- coaching position, or if the Giants sweeten his contract to keep him. A person familiar with Spagnuolo's situation said last night that even if the Giants had given him permission to interview with the Falcons this week, Spagnuolo would have declined because of the more pressing issue of getting ready for the Cowboys. It is believed that Spagnuolo would be interested in at least exploring the position at a later date.

The Giants are within their rights to deny permission at this point in the playoffs. According to league rules, "A team in the playoffs is under no obligation to grant permission for an assistant coach to interview for a head-coaching position of another team. But if it does , it must grant to all teams that inquire or none. Once its season is over, it cannot deny such permission through March 1. After March 1, it can deny permission [if the coach is under contract for the next season]."

There is also a possibility that Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride could be on the move. He was reported to be a possible replacement for outgoing Hawaii coach June Jones. Gilbride's son, Kevin, graduated from Hawaii in 2003.

Giants quarterbacks coach Chris Palmer also has been mentioned as a possible offensive coordinator in Miami if Cowboys assistant Tony Sparano is hired by Dolphins director of football operations Bill Parcells.

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Post  RedMagma on Wed Jan 09, 2008 7:20 am

Spagnuolo could also interview with Falcons - for their coaching job



http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/giants/2008/01/spagnuolo-could-also-interview.html



Steve Spagnuolo, in his first year as a defensive coordinator, did a masterful job of turning around the Giants’ defense. In fact, it was good enough to get someone’s attention.

Spagnuolo is now a candidate for the vacant Atlanta Falcons head coaching job. The Falcons asked the Giants for permission to talk with Spags later this week, but the Giants temporarily denied the request – presumably because they want Spagnuolo to focus his attention on the Dallas Cowboys. However, they can’t stop him from interviewing between the end of their season and March 1, according to NFL rules.

And it appears the Falcons are willing to wait.

It’s not clear how strong a candidate Spagnuolo would be. But one thing on his side is that, according to reports, Eagles GM Tom Heckert is the leading candidate to become the next GM in Atlanta. It’s also believed he’s the one that turned Falcons owner Arthur Blank on to Spagnuolo, who was a former Eagles assistant. As you now know, Giants VP of player evaluation Chris Mara, also has interviewed for the Falcons GM job.

That makes two GM candidates down there who could be on Spagnuolo’s side.

Meanwhile, Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride could be a candidate to become the next head coach at the University of Hawaii. Reportedly, in a letter to friends, the former Hawaii coach mentions Gilbride as a possible successor.

This probably won’t happen, but it would not be a good thing for the Giants if they lost both their offensive and defensive coordinators in back-to-back years. Yes, they fired the coordinators last year, but that kind of constant turmoil at the top is never a positive thing.

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The Giants signed TE Marcus Freeman (Notre Dame) and DB Jeff Shoate (San Diego State) to their practice squad. They cut TE Johnny Harline, DB Chad Johnson and WR Todd Lowber.

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Post  RedMagma on Wed Jan 09, 2008 7:21 am

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Noooooo, can't lose Spags. Dump TC and Gilbride, and make Spags the new NY head coach. He would be a huge loss.
Posted by fusionhead on January 8, 2008 5:36 PM

I'm all for Gilbride going to the Univ. of Hawaii. Let him help them to lose all their games. Get him away from the Giants. I agree with fusionhead, make Spags the Head coach.
Posted by sparks277 on January 8, 2008 6:26 PM

Open the vault for Spags. I don't care what he's asking--he's worth every penny and then some.
Posted by NJRadioGuy on January 8, 2008 6:51 PM

New here.

I respectfully disagree with the first two commentors. Spags is a very good coach but he has only been a coordinator for one year. Let's give Coughlin some well deserved respect please? This team has come together this year because of Tom. He has softened his personality, given a voice to the players, made the most of all the talent to put a team on the field capable of making the Super Bowl dispite injuries, and he has given the coach's creative freedom while keeping everyone focused.

What the Giants should do is offer Spags a hefty raise and keep him for at least one more year. That will give the team more time to further learn his system. Then if we lose him after next season they could either promote a coach from among the group we already have or bring someone else in who has a similar phlosophy on defense.

Great job Ralph. Go Giants. Beat them 'boys!!!
Posted by angeltattoo on January 8, 2008 6:52 PM

It won't matter how much the Giants offer him; if he gets the chance at a top spot, he's gone.
Posted by Scott M on January 8, 2008 7:26 PM

The dirty birds would be making a mistake to hire a young guy - they REALLY need a grownup right now. They should be looking at The Chin or Marty.
And the Giants should throw Barry Cofield-sized bales of cash at Spags - groom him for the HC job. (Although angeltattoo is right, TC deserves a little love right now.)
Hawaii? Yeah, that's about as close to the Giants' offense as I want Gilbride. Perfect.
Posted by HughG16 on January 8, 2008 7:31 PM

best move giants made in past year was firing totally incompetant tim lewis. cowher fired only him out of all his assistants - the following year the steelers went 15-1 the next year after they wonthe super bowl. tim lewis ended up in carolina this year. though not def co-ord just a coach carolina was terrible.
Posted by bob s on January 8, 2008 7:35 PM

By Terry McCormick, tmccormick@nashvillecitypaper.com
The Atlanta Falcons called Tuesday to ask the Tennessee Titans for permission to interview defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz for its head coaching vacancy.

Schwartz helped engineer a Titans defense that finished fifth in the NFL this season and spearheaded Tennessee’s return to the playoffs for the first time in four seasons.


also want jason garrett
Posted by bob s on January 8, 2008 7:48 PM

What ever it takes to keeps Spags, they should do it. Have you noticed the natural leadership that he brings? That cannot be tought. He could be the future of the Giants for a long time. Sometimes, cash is not all that it takes, if they don't offer him HC, he could walk.

Also, we certainly do not need this distraction this week. The NFL should make a rule that they cannot even request an interview or speak publicly while teams are still alive in the playoffs, or forfeit the right to hire him.
Posted by fusionhead on January 8, 2008 9:15 PM

Trust me on this. Spags will NOT be hired for the Falcons head coaching position. The last thing that organization will do is hire another rookie head coach after the Petrino fiasco. Look for an established name to appear at the head of the pack soon.
Posted by The Original Carbo on January 8, 2008 9:26 PM

With Accorsi influencing the process I wouldn't be so sure, Carbo.
Posted by rush on January 8, 2008 9:52 PM

Carbo, you're probably right about that except for the good 'ol boy connection where leaders surround themselves with people that they trust. So, if Tom Hackert gets the nod and he has the autonomy to "bring in his boys", and if he thinks Spags is the guy, they will go with the rookie again (from what I've seen, I would). I see this as a likely scenario. Leaders lead and when they see something in a guy, they will trust their instincts. That's what executives do, successful ones anyway.
Posted by fusionhead on January 8, 2008 10:19 PM

Maybe we should worry more about Mara he is the guy evaluating all those great low round picks.
Posted by rush on January 8, 2008 10:42 PM

If Falcons hire Mara as GM he could then go and raid the Giants for some key people including Spags. That would be a little unsettling wouldn't you think.
Posted by rush on January 8, 2008 10:49 PM

Damn there has to be some kind of conflict of interest here. Datmel how bout some legalese on this point?
Posted by rush on January 8, 2008 10:54 PM

Back to upcoming game there are plenty of ex players on TV picking Giants. They know NFL and they like Giants now after last weekend. I thought that Giants looked by far like the best team out of all those games. If TO and Romo are off we're kicking their ass big time you'll see.
Posted by rush on January 9, 2008 12:14 AM

I think that this team is different rush, if Kerry was in there, I'd be worried about his mental capacity to deal with all the attention. But Eli's rough year in the media has prepared him well for the this. In reality, you won't see a game hyped more than the loss to the Pats. The rest of the team is stepping up and rising to the occasion too and it is a road game!

There is revenge that needs to be doled out to all of the remaining NFC teams. Each cost the Giants consternation. Payback time a coming.
Posted by fusionhead on January 9, 2008 12:51 AM

The bottom line is just when you get all enthusiastic about this team, something always happens to derail those feelings. Spags isn't gone, but the thought of him gone really dampens the mood for me...I was looking forward to them bringing in more of "his guys" to continue to build the type of defense he wants, especially in the secondary...
Posted by rich42 on January 9, 2008 7:45 AM

With everyone jumping on the bandwagon, the Giants are doomed. Shame on you, Ralph, for suggesting even the possibility of a Giant upset in your article today!
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Post  RedMagma on Wed Jan 09, 2008 7:23 am

So instead of 7 years 140 million they'll give him 5 years and 140 million.

No way the Sox go past 5 years.

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Post  RedMagma on Wed Jan 09, 2008 7:27 am

Is the third time going to be a charm for New York?



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Wednesday, January 9, 2008




Why To Watch
The Cowboys have home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. They rested some key players in Week 17 and had last week to watch the first round of the playoffs from the comfort of their living rooms, while the Giants defeated Tampa Bay in the early game on Sunday. This will be the third meeting of the season between these NFC East rivals, with Dallas winning in both Week 1 and Week 10 by a combined 21 points. The Cowboys failed to score a touchdown in two of their last three games, but they should have WRs Terry Glenn and Terrell Owens and C Andre Gurode back for this matchup. Dallas clearly has one of the NFL's most dangerous offenses when healthy. Wade Phillips is 0-3 in the playoffs as a head coach, and though Dallas lost only three games during the regular season, two of those defeats came at home. Meanwhile, the Giants have just one road loss -- at Dallas -- and are very comfortable in someone else's building. These teams know one another extremely well, and with a berth in the NFC Championship Game on the line, won't hold anything back.




When the Giants have the ball
Rushing: The Giants put together long, sustained drives when playing with the lead last week, consistently eating up clock and scoring points. QB Eli Manning had a great deal to do with that success, but so did New York's running game. The Giants won the time of possession battle against Dallas in both of their previous meetings, which again should be a goal in order to keep the Cowboys' offense on the sideline. RB Brandon Jacobs was largely ineffective last week, but RB Ahmad Bradshaw provided a spark. Jacobs is a massive pounder who is very difficult to get on the ground. He likes to run off-tackle and will work downhill toward Dallas' outside linebackers in addition to pounding the middle of the field. Bradshaw is a smaller back, but he runs with great conviction while providing big-play ability in New York's zone rushing attack. The Giants often line up in the I-formation and don't hesitate to run against eight-man fronts. Their excellent run-blocking offensive line is a mobile group that can get to the second level and finish blocks. FB Madison Hedgecock is the run game's unsung hero and a big, mobile lead blocker who can bury linebackers. The Cowboys' underrated front three form the foundation of a solid run defense: NT Jay Ratliff lacks the prototypical body for the position but is tough and technically sound and has been more than capable, while the defensive ends have ideal builds and athleticism for an odd-man front and are continually improving. The outside linebackers are known for their pass-rushing prowess, but both starters are exceptional against the run as well. ILB Bradie James is constantly around the ball, diagnoses plays quickly and is a fundamental tackler. And it's no secret that SS Roy Williams is a better player near the line of scrimmage than he is in deep coverage. He should spend plenty of time in the box this week.



Passing: It might be too early to say that Manning has come into his own, but he played very well in the Giants' opening-round victory and nearly pulled off the upset against New England in the final week of the regular season. Manning has shown great poise, improved accuracy and a dedication to protecting the ball. His improved play has brought balance to New York's offense and given coordinator Kevin Gilbride a deeper bag of options. The Giants will attack the Cowboys on all levels: shallow crossing routes, intermediate outs, passes to the tight end over the middle and deep routes to WR Plaxico Burress, who is playing at a very high level. Adept at catching fade routes and using his tremendous size to go over smaller defenders, Burress clearly is Manning's first option near the end zone. WR Amani Toomer is aging but is Manning's most trusted receiver -- a security blanket and a frequent third-down target. Even without TE Jeremy Shockey (leg), the Giants continue to get production from their tight ends, namely rookie Kevin Boss.

Dallas has an exceptional pair of cornerbacks in Terence Newman and Anthony Henry, though the depth behind them is questionable and CB Jacques Reeves is consistently singled out by opponents in coverage. FS Ken Hamlin is solid in deep patrol, but he isn't at his best when matched up one-on-one with a wideout. New York may respond to those weaknesses with more multiple-receiver sets. OLB DeMarcus Ware is a terrific player who not only is an exceptional pass-rusher (14 sacks), but also has a tremendous knack for creating turnovers. His speed is phenomenal. Ware teams with fellow OLB Greg Ellis to form a disruptive edge-rushing duo that is very difficult to account for.



When the Cowboys have the ball
Rushing: Though RB Julius Jones technically is Dallas' starter, Marion Barber should earn the bulk of the carries and clearly is the superior player. Barber has good size and strength, runs low and with attitude and seeks out contact. Running behind a very big offensive line, he is capable of wearing down a defense. Jones is niftier and probably faster than Barber, providing value as a change of pace. The offensive line is very balanced and has the great size to wear down an opponent. But when the Cowboys need a tough yard on the ground, they usually run behind massive RG Leonard Davis. Dallas likes to use a lot of two tight end sets because TE Anthony Fasano is an excellent run-blocker and an underrated receiver, while TE Jason Witten is a tremendous pass catcher and also an effective in-line blocker. Expect to see plenty of both on the field together this week against the Giants' elite defensive ends. New York's defense, which held Tampa Bay RB Earnest Graham to 63 yards on 18 carries last week, is formidable against the run. If there's a knock on offensive coordinator Jason Garrett, it's that he occasionally abandons the running game too quickly, so keep an eye on that.



Passing: Dallas QB Tony Romo is having a spectacular season and now ranks among the league's best passers. As the quarterback of the NFC's top seed, the pressure on him is significant, but Romo is very difficult to rattle and shows fantastic poise. For a young quarterback with just 26 career starts he has an exceptional understanding of protections and an uncanny comfort level in the pocket. He has a quick release and is extremely accurate, usually hitting his target in stride. He occasionally runs cold, though, and turnovers often ensue, especially when he misreads coverages. Witten finished the regular season with a whopping 96 catches and obviously is a featured receiver in the offense. He is ultra-reliable and clearly has Romo's trust when the Cowboys need to move the chains. But as good as Witten has been, it's WR Terrell Owens who makes the offense go. Owens is a mismatch against nearly any NFL cover man, and by putting him in motion or moving him around the formation, Garrett often allows Owens a clean release. There isn't a player on New York's roster who can keep up with Owens when he is healthy, though he is a game-time decision this week due to a high ankle sprain. He runs every route on the tree and is a scary weapon over the middle. If speedster Terry Glenn (knee) is close to 100 percent, a potent Cowboys passing attack becomes much more dangerous. The Giants sacked Romo only once in each game this season, but there's no doubt they have the league's best pass rush. LDE Michael Strahan, RDE Osi Umenyiora and backup DE Justin Tuck are a frightening group that will give Dallas' edge protectors all they can handle. Defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo is an aggressive playcaller, but if his pass-rushers don't get home, the suspect secondary won't often bail out the Giants. New York plays a lot of Cover 3 behind its blitzes, which will open the middle of the field for Witten. CB Corey Webster was steady and made plays in place of the injured Sam Madison (abdominal) last week, but the Giants will need every capable cover man they can send onto the field this week.



Special Teams

Dallas PK Nick Folk had an outstanding rookie season, but he never has been asked to kick in a game of this magnitude. P Mat McBriar is among the league's top punters, but the Cowboys' punt coverage team has struggled. The kickoff unit has been better but still is a weakness. Neither team has a dynamic return specialist. The Giants' punt coverage has been a glaring problem this season, but veteran P Jeff Feagles at least is a reliable directional punter. The Giants have the overall special teams edge here, but the difference is nearly negligible.

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Why my Cowboys will beat the NY football Giants?




IT IS HARD TO DISPUTE FACTS AND THE FACT IS THAT MY DALLAS COWBOYS HAVE ALREADY BEATEN THE NEW YORK GIANTS TWICE THIS YEAR AND HERE ARE SOME FACTS ON WHY MY COWBOYS WILL BEAT THEM AGAIN ON SUNDAY...

MY COWBOYS ARE AVERAGING 38 POINTS PER GAME AGAINST THE GIANTS THIS YEAR.

MY COWBOYS ARE AVERAGING 256 PASSING YARDS PER GAME, WHILE THE GIANTS ONLY AVERAGE 197 PASSING YARDS PER GAME.



MY COWBOYS ARE ONLY ALLOWING 20.3 POINTS PER GAME, WHILE THE GIANTS ARE ALLOWING 21.9 POINTS PER GAME.



MY COWBOYS ARE ONLY ALLOWING 94.6 RUSHING YARDS PER GAME, WHILE THE GIANTS ARE ALLOWING 97.7 RUSHING YARDS PER GAME.



MY COWBOYS HAVE ONLY TURNED THE BALL OVER 24 TIMES THIS YEAR, WHILE THE GIANTS HAVE TURNED OVER THE BALL 34 TIMES THIS YEAR.



MY COWBOYS HAVE FORCED 29 TURNOVERS THIS YEAR, WHILE THE GIANTS HAVE ONLY FORCED 25 TURNOVERS THIS YEAR....

SO IF YOU ARE INTO THE FACTS AND WE ALL KNOW THAT THE FACTS DO NOT LIE, MY COWBOYS WILL BEAT THE NEW YORK FOOTBALL GIANTS, SUNDAY AT TEXAS STADIUM AND MOVE ON TO THE NFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME.







Cowboys: Owens' status a mind game?

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Phillips said Owens is still limping on his sprained left ankle and his status remains uncertain for the Cowboys' first playoff game at Texas Stadium since 1998.

"It was a limp-through for him, a walkthrough for us," Phillips said after a light, pads-free workout. "He jogged some, but that was with the rehab people. He's favoring it."

Owens wasn't in the locker room during the period open to reporters. A team spokesman said Owens wouldn't talk to the media until after the game.

But several teammates said they are confident Owens will play.

"I don't know if (Owens) is at full strength, but he's good enough to where he said he was going to practice so he can get some timing back and everything," Patrick Crayton said. "He's a gamebreaker, a future Hall of Famer and he's hungry."
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Asked if Owens looked like a guy who would play this weekend, Jason Witten said, "Absolutely. We are all counting on him playing. He is a tough guy. Nobody wants it more than he wants it himself to get out there and play. He is a quick healer and he looked good out there, I thought."

Phillips apparently didn't think so. Despite the comments by Witten and Crayton, Phillips maintains Owens might not play.

"It's Monday, it's game week," Phillips said. "He probably couldn't have played today. That's where we are."

Owens' participation in the light workout — the top-seeded Cowboys' first since they learned they would play the Giants for a berth in the NFC championship game — marked the first time he has taken part in drills of any kind since he suffered a high left ankle sprain against Carolina on Dec. 22.

Phillips said last week he was hopeful Owens, 34, could practice either Wednesday or Thursday. If that doesn't happen, Phillips says he would be forced to choose between playing Owens and risking further injury, or sitting him and increasing the Giants' chances of winning.

In 15 regular-season games, Owens had 81 receptions for 1,355 yards and an NFC-best 15 touchdowns, four against the Giants.

"His history, his toughness, his ability to withstand pain — those are all positives," Phillips said. "But you still don't want to put him in harm's way where he is not going to help you and be hurt early in the game and then not help you if you happen to get through that game."

Phillips said he would have the final say on whether Owens plays.

"His input counts some, certainly," Phillips said. "I think he's going to want to play, obviously, but I will get input from everybody and I will weigh it. I think I will weigh it the right way.

"If (Owens) were able to practice Wednesday or Thursday, Friday maybe, it would clarify things."

With their third game against the Giants (11-6) looming, the Cowboys (13-3) are aware they have to strike a fine balance between tweaking their usual game plan for their NFC East rivals and sticking to what helped them sweep the season series.

"You've got to change a little bit because they are so familiar with you, but at the same time you have to stick with what got you here," Witten said.

Asked how tough it is to beat a team a three times in one season, Phillips recited the stat that teams going for a three-game sweep are 11-6.

"I'm thinking about beating them one time," Pro Bowl safety Ken Hamlin said. "I'm not worried about what we did in the past — any of those 16 regular-season games. I'm only looking at this one game."

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Why my Cowboys will beat the NY football Giants?




IT IS HARD TO DISPUTE FACTS AND THE FACT IS THAT MY DALLAS COWBOYS HAVE ALREADY BEATEN THE NEW YORK GIANTS TWICE THIS YEAR AND HERE ARE SOME FACTS ON WHY MY COWBOYS WILL BEAT THEM AGAIN ON SUNDAY...

MY COWBOYS ARE AVERAGING 38 POINTS PER GAME AGAINST THE GIANTS THIS YEAR.

MY COWBOYS ARE AVERAGING 256 PASSING YARDS PER GAME, WHILE THE GIANTS ONLY AVERAGE 197 PASSING YARDS PER GAME.



MY COWBOYS ARE ONLY ALLOWING 20.3 POINTS PER GAME, WHILE THE GIANTS ARE ALLOWING 21.9 POINTS PER GAME.



MY COWBOYS ARE ONLY ALLOWING 94.6 RUSHING YARDS PER GAME, WHILE THE GIANTS ARE ALLOWING 97.7 RUSHING YARDS PER GAME.



MY COWBOYS HAVE ONLY TURNED THE BALL OVER 24 TIMES THIS YEAR, WHILE THE GIANTS HAVE TURNED OVER THE BALL 34 TIMES THIS YEAR.



MY COWBOYS HAVE FORCED 29 TURNOVERS THIS YEAR, WHILE THE GIANTS HAVE ONLY FORCED 25 TURNOVERS THIS YEAR....

SO IF YOU ARE INTO THE FACTS AND WE ALL KNOW THAT THE FACTS DO NOT LIE, MY COWBOYS WILL BEAT THE NEW YORK FOOTBALL GIANTS, SUNDAY AT TEXAS STADIUM AND MOVE ON TO THE NFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME.


Jason Whitten- You've got to change a little bit because they are so familiar with you, but at the same time you have to stick with what got you here,"


Ken Hamlin- "I'm thinking about beating them one time," Pro Bowl safety Ken Hamlin said. "I'm not worried about what we did in the past — any of those 16 regular-season games. I'm only looking at this one game."

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Post  RedMagma on Wed Jan 09, 2008 7:45 am

Jason Whitten- You've got to change a little bit because they are so familiar with you, but at the same time you have to stick with what got you here,"


Ken Hamlin- "I'm thinking about beating them one time," Pro Bowl safety Ken Hamlin said. "I'm not worried about what we did in the past — any of those 16 regular-season games. I'm only looking at this one game."

Why my Cowboys will beat the NY football Giants?




IT IS HARD TO DISPUTE FACTS AND THE FACT IS THAT MY DALLAS COWBOYS HAVE ALREADY BEATEN THE NEW YORK GIANTS TWICE THIS YEAR AND HERE ARE SOME FACTS ON WHY MY COWBOYS WILL BEAT THEM AGAIN ON SUNDAY...

MY COWBOYS ARE AVERAGING 38 POINTS PER GAME AGAINST THE GIANTS THIS YEAR.

MY COWBOYS ARE AVERAGING 256 PASSING YARDS PER GAME, WHILE THE GIANTS ONLY AVERAGE 197 PASSING YARDS PER GAME.



MY COWBOYS ARE ONLY ALLOWING 20.3 POINTS PER GAME, WHILE THE GIANTS ARE ALLOWING 21.9 POINTS PER GAME.



MY COWBOYS ARE ONLY ALLOWING 94.6 RUSHING YARDS PER GAME, WHILE THE GIANTS ARE ALLOWING 97.7 RUSHING YARDS PER GAME.



MY COWBOYS HAVE ONLY TURNED THE BALL OVER 24 TIMES THIS YEAR, WHILE THE GIANTS HAVE TURNED OVER THE BALL 34 TIMES THIS YEAR.



MY COWBOYS HAVE FORCED 29 TURNOVERS THIS YEAR, WHILE THE GIANTS HAVE ONLY FORCED 25 TURNOVERS THIS YEAR....

SO IF YOU ARE INTO THE FACTS AND WE ALL KNOW THAT THE FACTS DO NOT LIE, MY COWBOYS WILL BEAT THE NEW YORK FOOTBALL GIANTS, SUNDAY AT TEXAS STADIUM AND MOVE ON TO THE NFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME.

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A few other things to think about:

* I still need better explanations as to why McNamee would lie about Clemens but not about Pettitte.

* I did not get a good enough reason as to why Clemens let McNamee inject him with anything at all. It is my understanding that team physicians are the only ones permitted to inject any substance into a player, not team trainers and certainly not strength coaches or personal trainers.

* The Yankees have probably had the last of hiring strength coaches or personal trainers at the request of a star player. Clemens brought McNamee with him from Toronto. Later, Jason Giambi brought Bobby Alejo with him from Oakland. Neither one held up Yankee Pride very well.

* The more I think about it, the more curious I am to hear what Chuck Knoblauch has to say about any of this. I'm still not sure why Congress chose Knoblauch to testify next week. All I know is I have not seen Knoblauch in public since he sat a few rows behind the plate at Yankee Stadium the night in 2003 that Clemens won his 300th game. Knoblauch could turn into a star witness or he could turn into Frankie Pantangelli.

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I Want To Believe Roger Clemens



I want to believe Roger Clemens. I want to believe that the greatest pitcher of this generation was built on hard work and that legendary program. I watched him with awe from afar when I was a teenager. I watched with even greater awe when I saw him do it in person.

Clemens made incredibly strong denials Monday at his press conference in Houston, coming off better I thought than he did in his interview with Mike Wallace.

But the problem I have is this: I have been burned too many times hoping to believe somebody tell me it wasn't true, just like that little boy and Shoeless Joe Jackson in front of the courthouse.

I watched Pete Rose in awe when I was a kid and I wanted to believe him telling me time and time again that he didn't bet on baseball. I covered the 2000 Olympics in Sydney and saw Marion Jones put on one of the greatest individual performances in history and I wanted to believe her telling me over and over that she didn't use steroids. I have sat by and watched them all lie to me over the years-Jason Giambi, Rafael Palmeiro, Bill Clinton…it just goes on and on.

Forgive me, Roger, but I have no choice but to be skeptical anymore. It's just the way life is these days.

I know the only evidence against Clemens is the word of Brian McNamee, who sounded like a broken man in that 17-minute phone conversation, his family, his friendships, and his life all falling apart. But I never once heard him even infer to Clemens that he had lied to George Mitchell. McNamee was sorry for all this has spiraled into, but he never said he didn't tell the truth.

Unfortunately for Clemens, he needs more evidence than his word against McNamee's. Maybe that's why they taped the phone conversation, producing a 17-minute tape that sends us Linda Tripping down memory lane. The only evidence we have is the word of one man trying to protect his legacy against the word of another man trying to protect his freedom. Which do you believe?


A few other things to think about:

* I still need better explanations as to why McNamee would lie about Clemens but not about Pettitte.

* I did not get a good enough reason as to why Clemens let McNamee inject him with anything at all. It is my understanding that team physicians are the only ones permitted to inject any substance into a player, not team trainers and certainly not strength coaches or personal trainers.

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IHere are the things that bothered me. Clemens insinuated that he thought McNamee was licensed to give shots because he worked for the Yankees. Uhm, Roger, you asked the Yankees to hire him as a strength and conditioning coach. That does not make him licensed to give shots. The fact that Clemens claims he did not know certain things is BS.

I have a trainer. Within two weeks, I knew where he lived, I knew his GF, I knew where she lived and worked, I knew where my trainer went to school, what degree he had, what his certifications for training where and who his trainer was. Roger has known McNamee for 10 years and all of a sudden he says "Well, I thought he was licensed. He's a trainer." He can't come up with something better?

As for this conversation, McNamee tells Rocket that Jim Murray came down to interview him at a Starbucks around the block from Roger's house. He took down notes as McNamee warned him that Kirk Radamski was talking to the Feds and things might come back to Roger. Murray works for Randy Hendricks. Hendricks works for Clemens. Clemens claims he did not know. Are you kidding?

I'm still shocked, seriously, that Clemens even took the call and that he did not rip into McNamee. Someone is tarnishing your legacy and for 17 minutes you don't go off? You don't call him a liar? You don't say things like "I never took steroids. You know that, Mac." Where is his anger? Right, it's dictated at the media. It's their fault. The fans, too.

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Post  RedMagma on Wed Jan 09, 2008 7:58 am

Yanks Shrink: With Clemens Often & Saw Zip Illicit

HT to Steve of Waswatching.com


http://www.khou.com/sports/astros/stories/khou080108_tj_clemensdoc.2f12e5b.html

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Dr. Fran Pirozzolo started his sports psychology practice in the mid-1980s.

He's counseled many big name athletes since then. He was the Astros team psychologist when Darryl Kile pitched his no-hitter and he worked with the Texans the team’s first four years.

However, from 1996 thru 2002, Pirozzolo was with the Yankees. Moreover, for three seasons he lockered beside Roger Clemens.

“I was with him a lot and I never saw anything illicit take place,” Pirozzolo said.

He said he used to play golf and workout with Clemens. He even took injections of B-12 and painkiller at the same time as him.

But he never saw anything involving steroids.

“Because of our close relationship, I would think he would have shared that with me, like some young players did,” said Pirozzolo. “And I would always tell them no.”

Pirozzolo maintains when Pettitte says he took human growth hormone, he was actually rehabbing at Yankee headquarters in Tampa:

“If he had any idea it was illegal, he wouldn't have done it,” said Pirozzolo. “That guy, he's so straight, he wouldn't even drink Red Bull.”

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Post  RedMagma on Wed Jan 09, 2008 8:19 am

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Comments on your recent blog entry - Cashman vs. Brothers H - Who really controls the Yankees?

ank Hearts Cash


http://www.newsday.com/sports/baseball/yankees/ny-spyside075491318dec07,0,5598267.story

From Kat O'Brien -

"We haven't discussed [Brian Cashman's] extension yet, but he's part of the Yankee family and has been for 21 years. I don't see any reason to not continue that."

"He's busy, we're busy, there just hasn't been any detailed discussion about that," Steinbrenner said. "Is Brian's job on the line because of what the team does this year? No, that's sensationalism to say it's based on 2008 ... I'm very pleased with what Brian and Damon [Oppenheimer] and Mark Newman and all the scouts and people have done with the drafts, with the last three drafts."

Looks like Brian can write his own ticket when it comes to Hank.



http://www.nj.com/yankees/ledger/index.ssf?/base/sports-2/119959777672890.xml&coll=1&thispage=1


On his relationship with general manager Brian Cashman:

"(Brian) can be more conservative with our money than we are. He put back together our organization. I've always told him, there are things that have to be my final decision. But he's the general manager, and he has the right to try and talk me out of it. And he has talked me out of it."


Theo aka Flip-flopper, I thought He quit and then went back to Redsox in gorilla outfit so Redsox can finish Josh Beckett trade.. Gimme me break.

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Dallas held a one-point lead at halftime. Hardly enough to feel comfortable, but the Cowboys came back to score 28 points in the second half to pull away from the New York Giants. What did they do? They started throwing the ball to Terrell Owens, who had no balls thrown to him in the first half. Owens responded with two touchdowns of 22 and 47 yards. He ran crossing routes that forced the two Giant safeties into coverage underneath when they wanted to play deep and help out on the receivers running go patterns down the sidelines. Corners inevitably have to trade off receivers running crossing patterns, which results in a soft area, when the QB can hit them with a pass. Owens has made a career of those kinds of passes. -- Doug Kretz, Scouts Inc.
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Former part owner of Red Sox, Celtics trainer LeRoux dies



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TUFTONBORO, N.H. -- Edward "Buddy" LeRoux, former part owner of the Boston Red Sox and real estate baron, has died of natural causes. He was 77.

LeRoux died Monday in a New Hampshire hospital, according to the Lord Funeral Home in Wolfeboro.

LeRoux started as a trainer for the Red Sox from 1966-74. He served as the team's vice president from 1978-79, then became an owner as part of a group that included Haywood Sullivan and Jean Yawkey, widow of longtime team owner Tom Yawkey.

He was forced to sell his share of the team after a failed attempt to wrestle control from Sullivan and Yawkey.

The so-called "Le Coup LeRoux" occurred June 6, 1983, on a night to honor former Red Sox player Tony Conigliaro, whose career was derailed after he was hit in the face with a fastball in 1967.

Conigliaro was in a coma after suffering a stroke the previous year when LeRoux announced he had enough support from the team's partners to take control of the team. The announcement turned the Conigliaro celebration into an afterthought.

Red Sox fans were outraged by the timing, and Sullivan and Yawkey later took LeRoux to court, where he lost. Yawkey purchased LeRoux's piece of the Red Sox in 1987.

LeRoux was born in Woburn, Mass., and graduated from Woburn High School in 1950. He served briefly in the Marines before starting a career as a sports trainer with the Barrie Flyers, a minor league hockey affiliate of the Boston Bruins. LeRoux also served as trainer for the Boston Celtics from 1958-66, when the team won eight world championships.

LeRoux invested extensively in real estate in New England and Florida. He said he made his first successful real estate sale at age 9 when he bought a lot in Woburn using $25 he earned working as a farmhand.

"You name it, I've probably owned it," LeRoux once told a reporter. "I've owned garbage trucks, gas stations, restaurants, Dunkin' Donuts franchises ... but it's property I like best."

He also owned the Suffolk Downs horse racing track in Boston from 1986-89.

LeRoux was considered a pioneer after opening New England Rehabilitation Hospital in Woburn, one of the first facilities that focused on treatment of sports-related injuries. He also served on commissions for the disabled and physical fitness.

He is survived by his wife, Adelaide; two daughters, Lisa Tranchita of Tuftonboro and Denise McCall of Weston, Fla.; a son, Scott of Tuftonburo; a brother, Roger of Tuftonboro; and two sisters, Judy McGue of Medfield and Dianne West of Nashua, N.H.

His funeral will be Saturday in Wolfeboro, and he will be buried in Tuftonboro in the spring.

Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press

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Post  RedMagma on Wed Jan 09, 2008 8:41 am

It's Not tampering.
I think I read that its not tampering because they are involved in negotiations with Santana's team... Hank is obviously a pretty bad businessman..

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Post  RedMagma on Wed Jan 09, 2008 8:45 am

It’s Not tampering.
I think I read that its not tampering because they are involved in negotiations with Santana’s team… Hank is obviously a pretty bad businessman..

Mets don’t need Johan. Omar sign Colon or bring back Benson already. Do it Omar…


Yayyy Santana post! We’re all hanging our hats on this guy coming to Queens and its just not happening. It’s just not.

Your looking at your 2008 Mets (for the most part).
New slogan: Your Season has come…but don’t you wish it never did?

Btw, I’m sure this is rumor but I was told the Mets could have made a Santana trade if they included FMart in the package of 4 prospects….and were reluctant to do so. I’d hope thats a bunch of BS, because if its true….well…what else can you say except for the Mets being braindead. FMart could be a great player…but outfielders are a dime a dozen. 2 time Cy Young award winners, when your team desperately needs an ace….more of a rare opportunity to seize the day.


ooooo poker speak….Omar went all in already and he’s seeing if the other players will call him or raise it, he’s got a prett good hand, but he’s low stack at the table and other people have better hands but do they want to risk it….

Sincerely, Norman Chad
It will take us going the entire contract to get him. Maybe some unique player options at the end?
5 years with 2 player option years that vest as long as he pitches 200 innings the year before or 400 total in the previous 2 years.
Or Cerrone’s extension and a player option making it the total 7 years. Either way, I think that is our biggest bargining chip. Johan will pay for his last 2 years himself in tickets and marketing over the 5 other seasons.



I still think he winds up a Met if he moves at all.

And I’m confortable with either scenario. I’d just love to keep 2 of Pelfrey, Guerra and F-Mart.

I think Omar has been playing this poker game correctly. Based on need . . . the Twins have the greater need to move him than the Mets need to aquire him. That should win out in the long run (unless the Yanks blink) and a 4 - 5 player deal - Gomez/Church, Mulvey/Pelfrey, Heilmann/Humber and others (don’t sell low on Carp, please! He may be worth more mid-season) plus the 5 year extension to seal the deal.

Otherwise . . . Omar pulls a rabbit we haven’t considered from his hat or plays the kids. No Blanton at those prices.
It’s only tampering if the Twins file charges against the yankees with MLB. As long as there is a potential trade on the table between the two teams the Twins will not file charges.



Yankees + Hank = tampering!!!

Come on Bud, actually do something from high upon your throne as king of baseball

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Post  RedMagma on Wed Jan 09, 2008 8:56 am

I think it's not tampering because they are involved in negotiations with Santana’s team?… It’s only tampering if the Twins file charges against the yankees with MLB. As long as there is a potential trade on the table between the two teams the Twins will not file charges.Hank needs to shut up and He's a bad businessman..

Is it possible to bet on the over/under on quotes King Hank gives the media this yr?
Whatever the # is I'm taking the over and it won't be close.

He continues to let everyone know he is the new Boss...

QUOTE
"The bottom line is, it's my decision," Hank Steinbrenner said, "but there's disagreement within the organization. I've got to keep everybody happy in the organization, including Brian ... That includes my partner, which is my brother."
Also adds that they will only give Johan a 5yr extension max, saying this helps the Yankees how?

QUOTE
"I wouldn't do it if it were a six- or seven-year contract," Steinbrenner said. "I wouldn't go past five, on an extension."


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