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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Congratulations to Derek Jeter!

Daily Briefing: July 4, 2011

– First off, I’d like to wish a happy Fourth of July to everyone.  I truly believe this is the greatest country the face of the Earth has seen and ever will see.  America was created as a great experiment of Democracy.  235 years later, that experiment has continued to thrive and branch out all across the world.  We continue to be a force for global good and an advocator for peace.  For that reason, we all should be proud of our great nation.

– This weekend’s Subway Series was decent in my opinion.  It’s not as thrilling as it once was, but the games continue to be entertaining.  The Yankees won the series two games to one, but the biggest news was Jose Reyes’ hamstring injury.

– Speaking of New York shortstops, Derek Jeter will re-join the Yankees Monday.

– For the most part, the reaction to the Brad Richards signing has been positive.  There are a lot of reasons to like this deal for the Rangers, and only a handful of reasons to be worried about the deal.  With the last three years of the deal being worth $1 million each, the Rangers could simply buy him out after six years if they are unhappy with him.  Or if Brad has had enough with hockey, he could retire late into the contract while still earning virtually all of his money.  With a $6.67 cap hit, this deal is a huge win for the Rangers.  They even got him to take a substantial pay cut to come here.

– Of course, some uninformed analysts such as Chris Carlin think the move was a mistake.  I have a feeling that if Richards signed with another team, Carlin would have still criticized Sather.  He has been anti-Rangers for as long as I remember, even saying two years ago that they should be embarrassed that the Devils were better than them.  So he doesn’t want big signings, but according to those statements, he’s against a rebuilding mode.  You can’t have it both ways.  This is why people who don’t know anything about hockey should stop pretending that they’re experts on it.  This is also why people from New Jersey shouldn’t be asked their opinion on the Rangers.

– Tom Brady was voted the #1 NFL player of 2011 by the players.  I disagree, but it really has nothing to do with me being a Jets fan.  I believe he has had a much better supporting cast and head coach than Peyton Manning has had.  If you look at how Matt Cassell performed in 2008 with the same weapons Brady had in 2007, you’ll see what I mean.  Cassell, an average quarterback, managed to win 11 games that season.  Peyton Manning never has a receiver as good as good as Randy Moss, and he hasn’t had a player with the skill set of someone like Wes Welker.  In addition, Brady has played under a Hall of Fame head coach, and has had a stellar defense almost every year he’s been in the league.  I think Peyton Manning would have been the right choice.

– I personally don’t care because I believe the list was complete garbage to begin with.  I don’t get why people took the list so seriously to begin with.  It’s impossible to compare multiple positions to each other.  The list also varies depending on how much you value certain traits in a player.  What’s more valuable, Devin Hester’s return game or Nnamdi Asomugha’s cover skills?  Asomugha’s set of skills is the obvious choice to many, but Hester is the best returner in the history of the league.  Are we ranking players in terms of skills or their value to a team?

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Since Tom Brady's last playoff win, the Jets have had four.

Daily Briefing: June 28, 2011

– Today’s biggest news is probably David West’s decision to opt-out of his contract and test the free agency waters.  Could the Nets be interested?  We reported on it a few months ago.  He’s certainly a great fit.  Kris Humphries is still fairly unproven.  Humphries coming off the bench would be great for the Nets’ depth.  That’s where the one-year-wonder belongs on a playoff team.  Now I love Humphries and have defended him since he was acquired.  But I’m just not sold he can be a consistent impact player.  Could he be?  Of course.  But I’d rather have him right now as my second power forward.

– David West leaving the Hornets will almost guarantee Chris Paul will not be a Hornet in 2012-2013.  There’s no way he would have stayed anyway.  Losing West is just another reason to leave.

– Contrary to West, Tim Duncan won’t opt-out of his deal.  No surprises there.  The Spurs are the Devils of the NBA.  They’ll still be good next year, and for years to come as long as Duncan is there.  Think of Duncan as Martin Brodeur.  Once either one of those guys leave, a massive rebuilding/retooling phase will be necessary.  But until then, their teams will be extremely competitive.

– According to sources, Dave Checketts, a former president of the Knicks, will serve as a basketball consultant to the Detroit Pistons.

– Derek Jeter resumed batting practice and running yesterday.  That’s good news for the Yankees.

– Deion Branch and Eli Manning both expressed optimism yesterday for a new CBA.  I think it’s safe to say a deal will be reached, probably within the next two weeks or so.

– I, as well as many others, wholeheartedly believe Brad Richards will be a Ranger come Friday.  I’ve said it multiple times.  However, the Leafs and Lightning still both think they’ve got decent shots.  Still, it will be a major upset if someone can prevent Richards from wearing red, white, and blue next season.

– Chris Drury was not placed on waivers today, which would have been the first step towards buying him out.

– Brooks Laich was signed to a ridiculous 6 year, $27 million per deal by the Caps this this morning.  Hilarious.

– The Penguins hope to reach a agreement on a one-year deal with former Ranger Jaromir Jagr before Friday.

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Three days until Brad Richards is a Ranger.

Subway Series Showdown

It is time to kick off interleague play in Major League Baseball, and what better way to start it off than with round one of the annual Subway Series?  The Mets (21-22) and the Yankees (23-19) will play round one will take place in the Bronx. Here are the probable pitching matchups:

Games 1- Friday 7:05 PM-Dickey (1-5, 5.08 ERA) vs. Garcia (2-3, 3 .22)

Game 2- Saturday 7:10 PM- Capuano (3-4 4.78) vs. Burnett (4-3, 3.99)

Game 3- Sunday 1:05 PM- Pelfrey (3-3, 5.11) vs. Nova (4-3, 4.33)

It looks as though the pitching matchups favor the Yankees this time around.

The Figures:

Derek Jeter is a career .380 hitter agaisnt the Mets. Talk about a Mets killer…

The Yankees are 45-33 agaisnt the Mets since interleague play began in 1997.

In 2010, the Mets and Yankees tied, with each winning 3 of the 6 games.