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New York Yankees: ESPNw Uses The Bombers In Pathetic Attempt To Be Get Popular

With a tad under two weeks before Superbowl XLV and a lack of sports news to report, ESPN finds some time to get their new w-brand some readers.

Without much breaking news to report, the easiest answer is to create some, right?

That is the only justifiable answer for why ESPN had a statement made by New York Yankees GM Brian Cashman about team Captain Derek Jeter scrolling on its news tracker all day. Oh, ESPN did plug it as reported by ESPNw.

Slick move, but ESPNw slogan is ESPN’s “Online Destination for Female Sports Fans and Athletes.”

Guess that is going well for the company, as all of a sudden ESPNw is reporting on men’s sports, which completely contradicts the need to be gender separate.

Regardless, every news outlet is reporting on Cashman’s statement, which was a response to a question asked at his annual breakfast during the Q & A.

Cashman was asked about Jeter playing shortstop for the next four seasons.

Cashman’s answer was this:

“I like corner outfielders and corner infielders who have power, so for me, if he’s ever gonna move, it’s probably gonna be a Robin Yount situation. But we don’t have to deal with it at this point. We’ll deal with it when we have to.”

Cashman made it clear following that by saying, “Jeter’s our shortstop, period.”

What is the big deal about this statement?

Nothing, because like anything in life, it is a possible, but to take this statement and turn it into a circus because the Yankees want to generate listeners is pathetic. Continue reading ‘New York Yankees: ESPNw Uses The Bombers In Pathetic Attempt To Be Get Popular’ »

2011 MLB Predictions: Is the AL East a 3-Team Race Again?

Last week the Tampa Bay Rays reunited two old pals, but will it feel good enough to make the Rays legit in 2011?

The Rays are now proud owners of Johnny Damon‘s and Manny Ramirez’s talents heading into the season.

Veterans, who both have two World Series rings (Manny’s are both with the Boston Red Sox, and Damon has one with Boston and the other with the New York Yankees). The two were teammates on the historical 2004 Red Sox, who broke an 86-year-old curse.

Now, as part of the Rays organization, the two 38-year-old stars have a chance to stick it to their old teams, but is it enough to help Tampa Bay finally beat their two division rivals?

Not necessarily, but it does give the Rays something they have been missing the last few seasons, and that is experience.

Even with Manny being Manny, his power bat gives the Rays a solid DH. Over his 18 seasons, Manny has 555 home runs and 1,830 RBIs. Manny only played in 90 games last season, with nine home runs and 42 RBIs as part of the Dodgers and White Sox organizations.

Damon is a solid clubhouse guy and he will play everyday as an outfielder. Damon is not physically close to making up for Carl Crawford, both on the field and on the bases, but he can get the job done.

In 2010, Damon played in 145 games posting his lowest numbers with eight home runs, 51 RBIs and 11 steals.

Still, nothing calls for motivation more for these two than sticking it to both the Red Sox and Yankees. Continue reading ‘2011 MLB Predictions: Is the AL East a 3-Team Race Again?’ »

New York Yankees: A Few Offseason Notes and 2011 Hopes

A lot has gone on in New York Yankee Universe since losing to the Texas Rangers in the 2010 ALCS and handing the title of “reigning champions” over to the San Francisco Giants.

So, how are the 2011 New York Yankees looking heading into the season? Let’s take a look.

The Offseason Summary:

The New York Yankees headed into the offseason with high expectations, but everything seemed to take a turn for the worst.

Yankee Captain and New York icon, Derek Jeter’s new contract negotiations became a soap opera and the press had their claws all over it.

Fans were pissed, some at Jeter but mostly at the organization for the belittling and penny pitching games being played on the Captain. It all worked out in the end, but it did leave bruises behind that hopefully won’t linger too long, but you never know.

That followed the news that Cliff Lee was not going to play in the Bronx, but instead went back to his old team in Philadelphia.

It came as a shock because the Yankees usually get whatever they go after.

Now that time passed since Lee’s decision, it was a humbling experience and a needed one, particularly in Yankee Universe.

For Yankee fans, it makes them realize that not every player’s dream is to be in pinstripes; for the team, they will have to work that much harder for anything they earn this season.

Hey, at least Yankee-haters can’t use “the buying championships” excuse any longer, as that torch has now been lit in Boston and Philadelphia too, and that is a fact.

One resigning that GM Brian Cashman sealed up without much drama, was that of closer Mariano Rivera for two more seasons.

Owner Hal Steinbrenner, who finally took some charge and made his daddy proud too, made a vital move by adding Rafael Soriano to the roster. Soriano was the AL’s best closer in 2010 and is elated to be Mo’s set-up man.

This move gives the Yankees the best eighth and ninth arms in the game, but it also provides a back up in case Mo’s age catches up to his talents.

So, how do the Yankees look heading into 2011? Continue reading ‘New York Yankees: A Few Offseason Notes and 2011 Hopes’ »

2011 NFC Championship Game Preview: Green Bay Packers vs. Chicago Bears

NFL fans are buzzing awaiting the conference championship games this weekend.

By early Monday morning, two of the four remaining teams left will head to Dallas, Texas to play for a championship on February 6th, 2011; the other two will head home.

Who is going to win and represent the NFC in the Superbowl?

Green Bay Packers vs. Chicago Bears, 2011 NFC Championship

The Packers head to Chicago to play the Bears on Sunday, and it is no secret that the Packers seem to be the overall favorite to win it all.

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers has been dynamic in both playoff games after the team barely made the playoffs. Rodgers does have some help from the variety of great receivers he can throw the ball to, like WR Greg Jennings, Donald Driver, Jordy Nelson and James Jones. Rodgers also has a new partner in crime in running back James Starks, who set a Green Bay rookie record with 123 rushing yards on just 23 carries against the Philadelphia Eagles in their 21-16 Wild Card win.

Rodgers completed 31 of 36 passes for 366 yards against the top-seeded Atlanta Falcons, who were virtually unbeatable at home until they hosted Rodgers and the Packers a week ago. Rodgers connected with his receivers for three touchdowns, and he scored one rushing in the 48-21 win.

Packers CB Charles Woodson and LB Clay Matthews have been leading the defense, as the Packer D dominated the Falcons with five sacks.

Chicago QB Jay Cutler is looking to repeat his performance against the Seattle Seahawks in the divisional game, a 35-24 win last weekend. Cutler, unlike Rodgers, has not yet earned the Bears fans’ trust, but that can all change if he leads the Bears to Dallas. Finding the legs of Matt Forte and utilizing the run game are why the Bears are a game away from the Super Bowl. Continue reading ‘2011 NFC Championship Game Preview: Green Bay Packers vs. Chicago Bears’ »

1985 Chicago Bear: ‘The Superbowl Shuffle’

The 1985 Chicago Bears made a music video that is one of my favorite memories from childhood.

From California to New York City, ‘The Superbowl Shuffle‘ infected the entire country.

This is for all NFL fans to enjoy:

2011 AFC Championship Game Preview: New York Jets Vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

NFL fans are buzzing awaiting the Championship games to commence this weekend.

By early Monday morning, two of the four remaining teams left will head to Dallas, Texas to play for a championship on February 6th 2011; the other two will head home.

Let’s look at the AFC Championship Game, as the New York Jets head to Pittsburgh to face the Steelers.

New York Jets vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, 2011 AFC Championship

The New York Jets are off to Pittsburgh to face the Steelers on Sunday night, in a game that will send one team home and the other to footballs holiest grail, the Superbowl.

The Jets have taken down the Colts and the Patriots; as Coach Rex Ryan’s game plan was not only on the field, as the Jets gave trash talking a new meaning.

Offensive? Yes. Classless? Definitely. Necessary? Maybe not, but in sports professional anything goes as long as you are winning and the Jets are still doing that.

So following the 28-21 win against the Patriots, most figured the Jets would start another week filled with more ridiculous antics.

Instead, the Jets have remained virtually silent, with only words of praise and admiration for the Steelers and QB Ben Roethlisberger. Making everyone wonder, why stop now?

The Steelers are not the preppy Pats, or orderly Colts, they are rough, dicey and hard-hitting.

They’re not polished or polite, as the Steelers are more what the Jets dream of becoming, terrifying and you don’t mess with any of them. For whatever reason the Steelers have the Jets respect.

Still, the Jets are no slouches either. Whether or not it is justified, Game-Green enters this game with a wealth of self-confidence. In the last two weeks New York has been on the road and trodden two of the supreme quarterbacks of all time, first Peyton Manning and second Tom Brady. Continue reading ‘2011 AFC Championship Game Preview: New York Jets Vs. Pittsburgh Steelers’ »