Daily Briefing: July 22, 2011

– The NFL owners passed a CBA yesterday, but the players have yet to vote on it.  I highly doubt they’ll agree to the proposal.  Reports say the deal heavily favors the owners.  Knowing well that the players won’t agree to the deal, this was likely just a public relations move by the league.

– The Jets announced yesterday that they hired former Colts offensive coordinator Tom Moore as a consultant.  I love the move.  Let’s hope he can do to Mark Sanchez what he did to Peyton Manning.

Sources say that NL East teams are interested in Carlos Beltran.  The Daily News says the Mets could trade Carlos to the Phillies or Braves, despite rivalries with both teams.  I believe this is a smart move by the Mets.

– As we reported yesterday, the Rangers have re-signed Brandon Dubinsky to a four-year deal worth $16.8 million.  Considering this year’s free agency market, this is a great deal for the Rangers.  Dubinsky could be a legitimate 30 goal scorer in this league if he reaches his potential.  If not, the Rangers will settle for a hard-working 20-25 goal scorer who gives his all every night.  You’ll rarely see a game that Dubinsky doesn’t make an impact in some way or another.

– Announcer Doc Emrick announced yesterday that he is leaving the Devils for a full-time role with NBC/Versus.  He was without a doubt one of the best announcers in the league every year he was with the Devils.  Good luck to him, and I can’t wait to see him take on a more prominent role in nationally televised games.

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Doc spend 21 years as a play-by-play man for the Devils.

Daily Briefing: July 21, 2011

– The NFL lockout was expected to be over by July 21, but there will be no deal today or anytime soon, according to various sources.  Seahawks guard Chester Pitts even said that a deal won’t happen for another two weeks.  That would be a disaster.

– There have been conflicting reports of a possible vote on a proposed CBA.  Some have said a vote will take place soon, while others say the two sides are far apart.  It’s hard what to believe anymore concerning the lockout.  A week ago we thought a deal would be done today, and now we have no idea when a deal will get done.

– The NBA lockout is still on, and there is no end in site.  A hard cap and changes to the revenue system are almost assuredly going to keep a new CBA from being agreed upon before this season.  It still wouldn’t surprise me if all of this season is missed.

– The Yankees have won two out of three games against Tampa Bay this week, with the final game of the series tonight.  The Rays are now eight games out of first place.  The Bombers head back home Friday for a weekend series against the A’s.

– It’s safe to say that the Mets are now out of contention for a playoff spot.  At seven and a half games back in the wild card race, there is no hope for the Mets.  Carlos Beltran is the number one asset the Mets should look to trade away.  I don’t see anyway he doesn’t get dealt by the July 31 trading deadline.

– There has been talking about shipping Beltran to the Phillies for Domonic Brown.  This would be a great move in my opinion, despite the fact it may help the Phillies win a championship.  The Mets have to do anything to get better for the future, and a trade for Brown would certainly help do that.

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Carlos Beltran's days in New York are numbered.

Daily Briefing: July 20, 2011

– The NFL lockout is still on, but it is expected to end any day now.  I personally wouldn’t be surprised if today is the day a deal gets done.  Negotiations are being held up by the Brady vs NFL anti-trust lawsuit, but hopefully everything will be resolved quickly.

– Meanwhile, the NBA lockout has no end in sight.  The Knicks will open up at home against the Heat if the season starts on time, but that’s very unlikely.  I fully expect to miss at least half the season.  I’d say at this point it’s likely we don’t see another NBA game until the 2012-2013 season.  Games are going to have to be missed before one side caves in their demands.

– Antonio Cromartie said that he wouldn’t give the Jets a hometown discount, which shouldn’t be surprising to any Jets fans.  Cromartie has always come off as a guy who would easily leave to go get money somewhere else.  It will hurt the Jets if he leaves, but the team can definitely do without him.  If his departure leads to the re-signing of Santonio Holmes and Braylon Edwards, it may be a good thing.

– Peter DeBoer is the new head coach of the Devils.  I don’t expect him to last more than three months, as it’s customary that Devils coaches don’t last the whole season.

– The Lightning and Steven Stamkos have reached a five-year deal.  As I said all along, there was no way Steve Yzerman was going to move him.

– The Yankees and Mets have discussed a possible Carlos Beltran trade, but it remains unlikely at this point.  I believe the Mets should not shy away from possibly trading with the Yankees, Braves, or Phillies.  They would only be hurting themselves by not taking the best deal possible.

– More and more teams seem to have interest in Ubaldo Jimenez, although there is no reason to believe the Rockies will trade him.

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Could Carlos Beltran be wearing a different set of pinstripes within the next week and a half?

Daily Briefing: July 19, 2011

– With the lockout over for all intensive purposes, free agency should begin sometime next week.  I believe the Jets’ salary cap situation isn’t that bad, and other sites such as Jet Nation agree with me.

– One of the biggest free agents for the Giants is Ahmad Bradshaw.  He may look to take his talents down to South Beach, according to sources.  This would be bad news for the Giants, because they don’t have another reliable running back behind Brandon Jacobs and Bradshaw.  Unlike when Derrick Ward left, there’s no Ahmad Bradshaw waiting to take his place.  If Giants fans think D.J. Ware is that guy, good luck with that.

– Pro Football Focus has been compiling position rankings using advanced statistics.  Nick Mangold was ranked the #1 center in football in a landslide, while Shaun O’Hara was ranked #5.  Bryan Thomas and Calvin Pace rank #9 and #10 for 3-4 outside linebackers.  Chris Snee ranks #5 for guards, Brandon Moore ranks #6, while Rich Seubert ranks #8.  D’Brickshaw Ferguson was the #3 overall left tackle, Damien Woody was the #1 overall right tackle, and Kareem McKenzie was ranked #2 for right tackles.  Santonio Holmes was ranked as the #8 overall wide receiver.

– Overall, the Jets were ranked #1 in the site’s offensive line ranking, having the best pass blocking and rush blocking lines.

– According to Jeremy Shockey, a labor deal is done and football activities will begin Thursday.  I’ll believe it when I see it.   Teams like the Packers are telling their players to show up Saturday.  Again, I refuse to celebrate until a deal is done.

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According to Pro Football Focus, the Jets have the best offensive line in football.

Daily Briefing: July 13, 2011

– Last night’s All-Star Game was a huge disappointment in my opinion.  The National League won 5-1, but it seemed as if there was something missing from the game.  With many star players not playing, the game seemed rather dull.

– Of course, one huge story yesterday was Mariano Rivera’s and Derek Jeter’s decisions to not even attend the game.   Unless there is a major injury in play, players should feel obligated to show up to the game.  I’m not even asking these guys to play if they are hurt.  At least show up and show the fans that you care.  But being tired is no excuse.  There’s nights fans are tired, but we still watch the games.  There’s times when we can’t afford tickets to a game, but we go anyway.  This show of unbridled boldness made a mockery of every baseball fan across the nation.

– Mets fans have no reason to cheer about the National League having a home field advantage in the World Series, but there was joy in the hearts of Mets fans when they heard K-Rod was traded.  Francisco Rodriguez is on his way out for two players to be named later, and even I (as a Yankees fan) could not be more happy.  K-Rod is a bum who has done nothing but blow big saves and lose countless games for the Mets.  He was an embarrassment for the organization on and off the field.  Happy trails, you overpaid waste of talent.

– The Rangers are close to acquiring defenseman Sami Lepistö, according to sources.  He’s a left-handed 26-year-old who spend time with Phoenix and Columbus last season.  He’s nothing more than a sixth or seventh defenseman, but he is automatically awesome because of the umlaut in his name.

– No news on the NFL lockout, but hopefully a deal will be struck by the rumored date of July 21.

– As we reported yesterday, the plug has been pulled on NBC 4’s Mike’d Up.  Mike Francesa can now spend his Sunday night making last minute bets for Sunday Night Football instead of preparing for a show.

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This was K-Rod's reaction to being traded.

Daily Briefing: July 11, 2011

– David Robertson and CC Sabathia were both added to the All-Star game due to injuries.  I’m glad to see both players added, as they were definitely deserving.

– The Yankees won yesterday1-0 behind a complete game shutout from CC Sabathia.  Because he pitched Sunday, CC won’t play in Tuesday’s All-Star Game.

– Derek Jeter’s 3000th hit is still making headlines two days later.  CNN had an interesting take on the milestone, claiming Jeter had homered for an unprecedented 3000th time.  I don’t care if you follow baseball or not, but how could that sound right to anyone?

– Congratulations to the USA Women’s World Cup team, as they defeated Brazil in an epic showdown in the quarterfinals.

– Pacman Jones was arrested once again over the weekend.  No, we’re not kidding.

– Alex Rodriguez has decided to undergo surgery to repair the torn meniscus in his knee.  He’ll miss 4-6 weeks.  With Eric Chavez still out, Eduardo Nunez will be getting major playing time at third base.

– Decertifying is still in the NBAPA’s playbook, which means an anti-trust lawsuit would then be filed against the NBA.  It may be seen by some as a cop out move, I’m all for it if it leads to the NBA season starting on time.

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The double lockout continues.

Daily Briefing: July 10, 2011

– Derek Jeter got his 3000th hit yesterday, and he did it in grand style.  His home run to give him 3000 hits was part of a 5-5 day.  He delivered the game winning hit in the 8th inning.  Christian Lopez, who caught the home run ball, will be rewarded with front row tickets for today’s game, suite tickets for the rest of the season, and a plethora of signed merchandise.

–  Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez has indeed hired Scott Boras to be his agent, according to multiple sources.  K-Rod refused to acknowledge the move yesterday, but we have no reason to believe the Boras hiring isn’t true.

– Rangers Wojtek Wolski could still be bought out, according to Larry Brooks.  This move only makes sense if the Rangers plan on perusing another high-priced player.  The Blueshirts have enough money to sign all of their RFAs, and like a few million dollars left over.  There’s no reason to buyout a player with such a high ceiling.  The Rangers need offense, and cutting ties with Wolski would only hurt them in that department.  The only way buying out Wolski could make sense is if the Rangers are looking to go after another scorer

– There’s been no news on either the NFL or NBA lockouts.  Deron Williams’ and Michael Beasley’s signings overseas have caused a stir throughout the NBA.  There’s word that some players could stay beyond 2011-2012, even if the lockout ends.  We also must wonder how D-Will playing overseas impacts his future with the Nets.  I think, if anything, not playing a second season with the Nets is a bad thing for the franchise.  It would have been much easier to re-sign Deron with a full season as a Net under his belt.

– Reports say Shaq is set to join the TNT studios.  This is a huge win for TNT and fans of the NBA.  The problem is that there likely will not be a season next year, so we may have to wait until 2012-2013 to see Shaq’s hard-hitting analysis.

– Oddly enough, Lebron James will now be sponsoring three college basketball teams.  Ohio State, Kentucky, and Miami should all benefit off of Lebron’s great public image, especially in recent months.  Great move by those those colleges.  I’m sure people from Ohio just love that their college basketball team is paying Lebron money to represent them.  The funny thing is, Lebron didn’t even go college.

– If you were wondering or concerned, Yi Jianlian is doing just fine during the lockout. Here’s a video of a recent epic dunk of his. Where was this Yi with the Nets?

– One of the main issues concerning the next NBA CBA is the salary cap.  Players want to keep the soft cap in place, while the owners want a hard/flex cap.  In this article, Gilbert Arenas explained how a hard cap won’t help small market teams.  I never though Arenas would say something intelligent, but he’s 100% right about this one.  I believe a hard cap really wouldn’t improve parity at all in the NBA.  Until you put actual rules in place to limit what the top teams in the league can do during the offseason, you’ll never have a competitive balance.  Something like the “Final Four” and “Final Eight” rules like we had in the NFL last season would be perfect.  I don’t get why realistic solutions like that aren’t brought up.  In the end, it’s about the owners and the league making money.  That’s the only reason they want a hard cap.

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