Josh Brown will never kick for the New York Giants again. But the stain his domestic abuse history has cast over the Giants as an organization will not easily be wiped clean. The Giants are looking bad here. The NFL looks even worse.
Ex wife Molly Brown told police that Brown had been physically violent with her in more than 20 instances during the past several years. Originally, when this story came out, it was said to be a onetime occurrence. Not true. The NFL along with the Giants agreed on a 1 game suspension. Everyone thought it would then go away, but it didn’t. Apparently the NFL knew more than they admitted.
The league claims their request for more information from the sheriff’s King County (Washington) Sheriff's department was denied. The sheriff's department said it was an open case and couldn’t release details, but told the NFL “this is serious”. Then the league accepted Brown’s original claim of a onetime incident and suspended him the one game, but their new abuse policy is for 6 games. Say what? What happened to the “No More” campaign? The well funded NFL has the resources to have investigated this on their own. They portrayed the sheriff’s office as being obstructive in the matter. All along they knew it was more than a onetime thing and yet did nothing more than the “slap on the hand” one game suspension.
Recently released police documents revealed that Brown admitted he "had been a liar for most of my life." He claimed to have a porn addiction and having been abusive to women all the way back to the age of 7, after being molested as a young boy. He admitted abusing his wife.
Molly Brown indicated that the league was aware of one incident involving her husband. She told police that Brown invited her and her children to the Pro Bowl in Hawaii in January. He said that she would have a separate room. At some point, Molly Brown told police that Brown showed up "drunk and was pounding on her door to let him in. Molly refused to let Josh in, and eventually had to call NFL and hotel security. Josh was escorted away from Molly's room and the NFL ended up having to put Molly and the kids up in a different hotel room where Josh would not where they were." Can the league really claim they didn’t know how serious this was?
The NFL again looks bad. Only a one game suspension for physically and mentally abusing a players wife, yet deflate a football and get four games, lose a first round draft pick and get fined a million dollars. No wonder viewership and attendance is down. The NFL has fumbled again.
With the exception of one game, the Toronto Blue Jays could not make a dent in the Cleveland Indians pitching, and fall in the ALCS four games to one. It was a team effort by the offense, as they managed just a .201 average for the series. They did a poor job of setting the table, with a .283 OBP with no one on, and did a worse job of advancing runners, with a .105 average with men on base. So much for the “he should be shaking in his boots” comment by Jose Bautista about rookie Ryan Merritt .
Meanwhile, the Indians pitching staff demonstrated how to work as a unit. Epically the bullpens lead by MVP Andrew Miller. He was simply “lights out” against the over rated Blue Jays. Miller had 14 strikeouts and three hits allowed in 7 2/3 shutout innings.
The Blue Jays now face the loss of a number of starters including two of their big sluggers, Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion. It’s possible the window of opportunity for the Blue Jays to win a World Series has closed. Hey I’m glad, I was getting tired of their act.
For the first time since 1997, the Indians are the champions of the AL. This marks the sixth pennant for the Cleveland franchise, which has not won the World Series since the days of Bob Feller, Lou Boudreau and Larry Doby in 1948. The 68-year drought is the second longest in the Major Leagues, trailing only the Cubs, who have not won it all since 1908. Now wouldn’t you just love it if the Cubs could finish off the Dodgers? Wouldn’t that be fun!
Apparently The Jets’ starting quarterback job is back up in the air. If that surprises you, you haven’t been paying attention. The Jets are 1-5.
Immediately after Gang Green’s brutal 28-3 loss to the Cardinals on Monday Night Football, Todd Bowles said Ryan Fitzpatrick would remain the team’s starter. But on Tuesday the coach said he is reconsidering the decision and that there may or may not be a change at quarterback, and that he wouldn’t reveal his decision until today. Fitzmagic went 16-for-31, for 174 yards and tossed a pick. His team put up just 3 points. It’s just the latest in a string of rough performances for the veteran quarterback, who was re-signed to a one-year, $12 million deal this offseason.
He was eventually replaced by a very mad Geno Smith, who ended his only drive by throwing a pick to Tyrann Mathieu. Geno thought he should have been in the game sooner and threw what looked like a tantrum on the sideline after Fitzpatrick’s NFL-high 11th interception on a throw for Marshall in the end zone late in the third quarter. It was a terrible look for a maligned player, who told an ESPN reporter before the game that he was getting antsy for playing time.
The Jets are in deep trouble. They carry 4 QB’s but none appear to be the answer to their offensive problems. Will Bowles go with Smith? I think not, everyone already knows what you get with Geno. Stay with the expensive Fitz, or perhaps think of the future: Mr. Petty and or Mr. Hackenberg? What do you have to lose?
Indians starter Trevor Bauer attempted to pitch with ten stitches crisscrossing the pinky finger on his pitching hand. He started the game by striking out Jose Bautista looking on a full count. It looked like he might be able to give the innings a solid night of work. He pitched around Josh Donaldson and gave up a walk, then got Edwin Encarnacion to line out. So far, so good huh? Oh wait, blood dripping on his uniform and blood on the rubber.
Blue Jays manager John Gibbons walked to the home plate umpire and demanded that they look at his pinky. It did not take them long to make a decision, Bauer was done. As he walked back to the dugout, a chorus of cheers rained down from the sellout crowd in the Rogers Centre. Humans have a long history of enjoying blood, guts, and gore at sporting events. Why, the last known Gladiator fight in the Roman Coliseum was 1,600 years ago. Surely society hasn’t progressed much since then, especially in Toronto, where the fans, like the team they root for, have no class.
The good news is that the Indians beat the Toronto Blue Jays 4-2. The win gave the Indians a 3-0 lead in the ALCS. The Indians are now one game away from advancing to the World Series to play the winner of the Cubs and Dodgers series, and Jose Bautista is complaining again.
Yes once again he’s complaining about the strike zone. Essentially, Bautista is implying the Indians pitchers don’t have to throw him pitches down the middle because the umpires are part of a larger conspiracy against Toronto. As he put it, there’s “circumstances”. While Bautista has a point on certain pitches, this is not something solely going against the Blue Jays. The umpiring at times has been questionable, but for Both teams. This is no way to handle being down 0-3 and just makes Bautista look like he is whining instead of working hard to help lead his team to a victory. We’ve heard the whining before. Bautista can complain all he wants, but he has still struck out six times in the first three games of the series and has done nothing to help his team. These complaints may draw more frustration from his teammates as they may want him to back it up with some production on the field. I say “may” because he’s not the only complainer on a team of rude, arrogant whiners.
The fact is that the Indian pitching has shut down the Toronto hitting, plain and simple. Every time the Jays are embarrassed they blame everyone else but themselves. They’re a team that’s not as good as they think. Stop complaining and start playing like the superstars you think you are. Twitter battles and conspiracy theories aside, Bautista and the Blue Jays will have to overcome these “circumstances” quickly, as Game 4 is set for this afternoon in Toronto.
There were still stupid penalties, bad calls and a nonexistent running game, but this time they won. Yes they won 27-23 in what might be affectionately called The Penalty Bowl. And the star of the show was Odell Beckham.
Things started slowly for Big Blue. On defense they allow a few big 3rd down plays for Flacco and the Ravens, resulting in a field goal. Then on the first play, Eli connects with Odell who then fumbles leading to a Baltimore touchdown, 10-0 Ravens. Fortunately Manning realizes the run’s not working (17 carries for 38 yards on the day) and goes to the air more but cant connect at first. In fact they didn't get a first down until midway through the second quarter. Once he finds his groove, he hits nine different receivers for more than 400 yards. Beckham showed what a star he could be by making big plays in big spots after the fumble then leaving the game with a hip pointer. In his place, Roger Lewis scores his first NFL TD. The OL protection was finally sufficient. Eli was sacked only once. Giants went 4-14 on third down, but converted all three fourth down conversions. Its 10-10 at the half.
Its 17-13 Giants in the 4th, looks like a win right? Well it almost wasn’t. After a Baltimore field goal, there’s the flag. There are bad calls and missed calls in every game. There just seemed to be a lot in this contest (Ravens 15 penalties for 111 yards. Giants 7 penalties for 119 yards) and the pass interference on Giants cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie when he knocked down an attempt that was intended for Breshad Perriman late in the quarter almost turned into the game's deciding factor. It was a terrible call. It set up a 2-yard touchdown run by Baltimore’s Terrance West. That gave the Ravens a 23-20 lead with a little more than two minutes remaining. Eli then connects with the returned Beckham for 66-yard touchdown that gave New York the lead, but 13 was flagged for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for taking off his helmet while celebrating on the field after his score. And you start to think, oh no, this could hurt. Giants are up by 4. Baltimore advances to the Giants’ 39-yard line, but the Giants appeared to have made a fourth-down stop with 15 seconds remaining in the game. A roughing-the-passer penalty on Giants defensive lineman Owa Odighizuwa (not Odell) , though, gave the Ravens time for three more plays. Tension is in the air. Each pass attempt Flacco, who completed 26 of 48 passes but did not have a touchdown pass, falls incomplete. Finally it’s over. Giants win! Whew!!
Another nail biter. Another game where it’s under two minutes and the outcome is in doubt. And it was all on Odell. Beckham the football player was enough to overcome Beckham the diva/entertainer, and now the Giants are off to London, where he’ll have a new audience anxious to see the show.
I’m not even sure where to begin. And no, I’m not talking about the Donald.
Both NLDS series have had some wild moments and last night’s Dodger’s-Nats game was no different. The Dodgers won a baseball game in one of the most unique, unconventional and thrilling ways possible. But their 4-3 win over the Nationals was not only a game that will be remembered for years to come had they won or lost, but it was also a 4½-hour test of wills.
My night began watching the Rangers (hockey) game and between breaks, I flipped over to FS1 to catch up. When hockey was over I switched back to baseball. At that point it was still just the bottom of the 6th. Slow boring low scoring game, right? Wrong! The real fun started in the seventh inning which took 66 minutes from top to bottom, and was almost a game in itself. Going in to the frame the Dodgers were trailing 1-0. Joc Pederson took Max Scherzer’s first pitch of the seventh inning over the left field wall, tying the game. A walk and a single followed. Pinch hitter Carlos Ruiz drives in the go-ahead run with a single against lefty reliever Sammy Solis. Dodgers 2, Washington 1. After Corey Seager flied out, it looked like the Dodgers might have to settle for one run, but Justin Turner wasn’t having any of that, tripling off the wall in center to score two runs for a 4-1 advantage.
So game over, right? Nah, nothing comes easy for this team. Grant Dayton was brought in, him being of the three best relievers in the pen, and Dayton proceeded to walk the first batter on four pitches and then give up a two-run homer to Chris Heisey to cut the deficit to one. The crowd is louder than ever. Clint Robinson then singled and Dayton’s night was done… with Dave Roberts going to closer Kenley Jansen early. Jansen eventually loaded the bases, but escaped with the lead intact. Jansen pitched a scoreless eighth and then came out for the ninth inning as well. Jansen struck out Turner for one out, but then issued back-to-back walks to Bryce Harper and Jayson Werth. Again the crowd is in a frenzy. Jansen was on fumes by that point, having thrown a career-high 51 pitches, going 2.1 innings for the Dodgers.
During that inning they keep showing Clayton Kershaw in the dugout. Now Im thinking, if MadBum has done it, why not Kershaw. Dave Roberts agreed, in comes Kershaw on one day rest after throwing 110 pitches in Game 4. All he did in the biggest moment of his career is get MVP candidate Daniel Murphy to pop out to second and then get pinch hitter Wilmer Difo swinging to end it. Dodgers celebrate. What an INSANE win!! Nothing by the book. Nerve pounding adrenaline. Congrats to the Boys In Blue!! Now we know who gets to lose to the Cubs in the NLCS.
The 2016-17 NHL season opened up last night and the three local teams get to raise the curtain tonight. Yes, Hockey season has finally arrived. It’s the 99th year the league has been in existence and the first year I’ll be commenting about the fastest game on the planet.
Here’s my prediction for the local squads. Don’t hate me.
The New York Rangers are coming off their biggest playoff disappointment in recent memory. New GM Jeff Gorton realized this team was getting older and needed an infusion of youth. Jimmy Vesey and Pavel Buchnevich might just be the answer. These new additions to the forward corps make the Rangers far more effective on offense and bolster both the penalty kill and the power play. In the above scenario, the Rangers could run and gun their way through the playoffs. If veterans Ryan McDonagh or the ageing Henrik Lundqvist don’t stay healthy, they won’t
The Rangers have a chance to capture a wild card spot in the Metropolitan division.
Last season the Isles won a playoff series for the first time since 1993. Three of the long-term Islanders who shared in that achievement were allowed to walk via free agency, and now the question is whether they are poised to take another step forward or stall. Andrew Ladd, P.A. Parenteau, Jason Chimera, are older additions, They have gotten older, not necessarily better, with the threat of a return to questionable goaltending -- a strength last year with Thomas Greiss ably backing up Jaroslav Halak -- lurking if they make the wrong move. This is John Tavares’ walk year.
The Islanders finish 3rd in the Metropolitan division.
The Devils surprised many with how competitive they were last season, better than most thought. Unfortunately the Devils did not do too much in the offseason, with one exception. Ray Shero traded defenseman Adam Larsson for winger Taylor Hall. Hall is one of the most talented offensive wingers in the world and a seemingly perfect fit for a Devils squad that put up some awful numbers in terms of offense and possession. They are set in net with 30 year old Cory Schneider back, but in front of him, the defense will keep them at the bottom of the division.
The Devils will be better, but miss the playoffs.
Five weeks into the 2016 NFL season finds both New York teams a disappointment, especially the Jets. The team is 1-4. That paints a bleak picture for the immediate future. The odds of making the Playoffs after a 1-4 start are quite low. Just 6 percent of the teams that have started a season 1-4 have made the playoffs since 1990, when the current playoff format was introduced.
Lost in all of the finger pointing over Todd Bowles’ coaching, Ryan Fitzpatrick’s quarterbacking and the defensive backs allowing balls to fly over their heads is the fact the Jets have lost to some good teams. The Seahawks and Steelers are two of the best teams in football. Once the Jets get through the Cardinals this week, they face the Ravens, Browns, Dolphins and Rams — all games the Jets can win.
Here’s why: The Cardinals have been playing lackadaisical all year so maybe beating them could be a turning point. Then they play the Ravens who have been terrible at offense all year with former Jet OC Marty Mornhinweg calling the plays. The Browns are the Browns, they stink. Tannehill is actually playing worse than Fitz, and the Rams might have Goff in or be in complete rebuilding mode at that point. How does 4-1 sound?
How to accomplish this is simple. They need to play a complete football game, complete football from start to finish. Something they have yet to do. Overall, the Jets have what it takes to turn this season around and head in the right direction. Nobody should even mention the Playoffs since it’s all about taking this season one game at a time, and that starts next Monday.
Last night the Packers beat the Giants 23-16. It wasn’t that close.
Dropped passes, missed tackles, (more) penalties, and domination by both of the Packer’s offensive and defensive lines.
Let’s start with the offense. Eli Manning completed only 18-of-35 passes for 199 yards and one touchdown. He was sacked three times (Odell Beckham was also sacked on an aborted trick play). Manning was also hit five times. The Giants ran 15 times for 43 yards (2.9 yards per carry). They totaled only 219 yards of offense, scoring just 1 touchdown.
Manning was off target on several throws Sunday, most notably a ball that went off the fingertips of tight end Will Tye that should have gone for a 61-yard touchdown late in the second quarter. Tye appeared to have a chance for the ball, but reached awkwardly for it. And let’s not forget, Eli fumbled on the next play. The O line never gave him a chance. Espically Ereck Flowers who had an awful night. He appeared to give up two sacks, and whoever he was responsible for trying to block was constantly pressuring Manning.
The defensive line gave an unexceptional Aaron Rodgers ALL night to make plays, and he did just that. It was a difficult night for the banged-up Giants’ secondary, Rodgers (259 yards, 2 touchdowns) completing pass after pass. Janoris Jenkins did intercept Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers twice in the first half. One bright spot in a dark night for big blues D. Oh, did I mention all the missed tackles?
If Sunday night’s performance was one isolated poor effort in a long season, it could perhaps be forgiven, shrugged off as something bound to happen occasionally during a long season. Thing is, there was nothing isolated about it. The Giants have yet to play a truly good game this season. The Giants know that they can’t continue to play at this level, not if they hope to catch up in a division that’s rapidly getting away from them.
With the 2016 season now over, Brian Cashman held his annual State of the Yankees press conference at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday. When asked what he thought was their biggest need, he was very candid and at one point he said flatly “our offense was bad.” No sugarcoating it. Now, that said, it doesn’t sound as though the Yankees are planning to jump into anything big in an effort to score more runs going forward. Plan A is to stick with the kids and hope guys like Aaron Judge and Greg Bird and others contribute more next season than they did this season. But when Brian Cashman sits down with the rest of the front office in the coming days and weeks to formulate a winter plan, it's pitching that will likely dominate the conversation.
Overall the Yankee pitching was awful, both in the bullpen and the starting rotation (with the exception of Tanaka). The back end of the bullpen before the trade deadline was certainly it’s strength, but the rest of the pen was full of guys like Kirby Yates and Chasen Sherve who were very inconsistent and failed miserably during big spots. As it stands now Dellin Betances is lined up to return as the closer, with Adam Warren and Tyler Clippard both under team control. There's a possibility the Yankees could try to bring back Aroldis Chapman as a free agent, which would push those three relievers back a spot in the bullpen's pecking order, but after watching his team's middle relief fail often this season. The focus should be there and not at the end.
As for the starting rotation, it will return Masahiro Tanaka, CC Sabathia and Michael Pineda, while youngsters including Luis Severino, Luis Cessa, Chad Green and Bryan Mitchell will have their chance to win jobs next spring. Cashman seems dedicated to bolstering the pitching staff from top to bottom this winter. As he should.
Will Cashman gut his prized farm system to add an impact pitcher or two? I’d argue Sale is a piece you go get no matter what because he’s so good, so young, and so cheap that he makes any team better. He could help get the Yankees over the hump and into the postseason next year, and still be ace caliber when the kids hit their primes. As for the bullpen, you try and bring back Chapman, and then go from there.
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