While there was no Rocky statue, MetLife Stadium felt like home sweet home for Eagles fans yesterday. Giant fans were happy to recoup part of their season ticket money in a lost season. They bailed on their team that has won only 2 games and sold their tickets to Philadelphia fans willing to schlep up the Turnpike.
The E-A-G-L-E-S, Eagles, Eagles, Eagles, chant rocked the house… quite the embarrassment for Giant ownership. But the tickets were paid for, right?
The Giants were supposed to be Super Bowl contenders and with 3 December home division games, MetLife was going to be a hot ticket. Instead, the ticket was colder than the weather and colder than the Giants have been all season.
In their first game without Carson Wentz, the Eagles beat the Giants 34-29 and clinched a first round bye and moved closer to the No. 1 seed. If Steve Spagnuolo is trying to impress his bosses to take the interim tag off his Giants title, giving up four touchdown passes to backup quarterback Nick Foles won't look too good on his resume.
Funny thing, Giants could have won. Maybe should have won. Thanks to Eli, (you know the guy the former coach thought wasn’t as good a Geno Smith?). They gained 504 yards and even led by 13 points early on. In a season full of lopsided losses, this was not one of them. Manning rekindled memories of his glory days, throwing for 434 yards and 3 touchdowns against a defense that has been mostly dominant this season.
The Giants (2-12) again sunk themselves, this time on special teams. Getting three kicks blocked turned out to be too much to overcome.
They continue to find ways to lose.
Only 2 more games to suffer through, but it was good to see the old Eli.
Ok so the Stanton news is old and the Castro and Headly trades are past. A lot more to do. Next up is filing those gaps at 2nd and 3rd and finding a starting pitcher.
The 2nd base job may very well be given to Gleyber Torres when he’s ready. Until then my guess right now is the Yankees will look for a low cost veteran( Neil Walker?) to plug in for the time being, and if nothing really comes along, they’ll stick with their internal options. Those internal options being Ronald Torreyes or Tyler Wade until Torres is ready. If the Yankees don’t sign a free agent for second base, boy oh boy are the calls for Gleyber to start at second going to be loud in Spring Training.
With third base opening up, the Yankees have apparently also been talking to Todd Frazier about a potential reunion. While Frazier’s power would be an upgrade over Headley’s, this kind of seems more like a lateral move than anything else if they go through with it. Frazier, though, probably wants a multi-year deal and the thought is that the Yankees might not want to commit to that. Let’s see. Then there are those silly whispers about Manny Machado.
They need another starting pitcher and according to Aaron Boone they’re “working hard” to get one. Supposedly the Yankees have kicked the tires on Michael Fulmer of the Tigers, Gerrit Cole of the Pirates, and Patrick Corbin of the Diamondbacks. Because of Fulmer’s history against the Yanks, I hope he’s never a Yankee. Hmph. CC Sabathia is still an option but he’s still meeting with other teams.
So much to do in so little time (Spring Training starts in less than 60 days), but the future looks bright.
Yesterday the Yankees introduced Aaron Boone as their new manager at a press conference at Yankee Stadium. At first Boone definitely seemed a little nervous at the podium, but settled in quickly. Boone’s contract will pay him $4M across the three guaranteed years before the club option for 2021 comes into play. About average amongst the new wave of young managers being hired. Now that Boone has been hired, the next step is building his coaching staff. Lets pray it’s someone with coaching experience since he has none.
Interim head coach Steve Spagnuolo gave a 13 minute presser yesterday, saying all the right things including starting Eli this Sunday. Then it was off to practice where you heard Frank Sinatra's “That's Life” blaring over the speakers. How fitting.
In the final days of his reign on the FAN Mike Francesa has talked about wanting to go out as No. 1 in his final ratings book and possibly showing up somewhere new like SiriusXM. When asked about that Howard Stern wasn’t exactly thrilled about the idea of him possibly coming to SXM. “We need people who will move the dial.” Ouch!
Apparently newly hired Red Sox manager Alex Cora, back on Aug. 31, less than two months before he was named Sox manager, cursed out Astros broadcaster Geoff Blum on a team bus heading from the airport to the stadium in Houston. When the bus arrived at the Astros’ Minute Maid Park, Cora went off again, screaming at his boss, Astros manager A.J. Hinch. Not what you want for a team that has had anger issues. Think Dustin Pedroia telling Manny Machado, “It’s not me, it’s them," and the David Price-Dennis Eckersley confrontation.
Todd Bowles on Wednesday confirmed a notion he’d been hinting at for the last several weeks: Barring injury, Josh McCown will start the final four games of this 2017 for the Jets, who remain on the fringes of the AFC playoff picture after a home victory over the Chiefs last weekend. That’s what happens when you won 5 games into December and think you’ll make the playoffs.
You wonder what the banner trailing the airplane would have said on Sunday, if Geno Smith was starting and Ben McAddo was still on the sidelines.
The Giants have fired Ben McAdoo and Jerry Reese. Bye Bye Ben!
The New York Giants came into this season with hopes of duplicating their playoff run from a year ago, and never came close. By December, things have fallen apart and they have become a laughingstock and coach Ben McAdoo was the target of fans’ scorn. And it was all deserved.
If all the Giants’ losses weren’t enough, McAdoo will go down in franchise infamy for his clumsy benching of fan-favorite quarterback Eli Manning. McAdoo benched Manning, a two-time Super Bowl champion, for Geno Smith and said he thought it was best for the organization moving forward. Manning had started 210 straight regular-season games before sitting out Sunday. McAdoo was roundly criticized for that move, and plenty of other things along the way.
McAdoo will (likely, at this point) be replaced on an interim basis by Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo who will take over as head coach for the rest of the season
Reese was also shown the door. Only 10 of Reese’s 43 draft picks from 2010-2015 remain on the team. And his refusal this offseason to upgrade the offensive line was nothing short of malpractice. So long Jerry.
Lets be clear here… McAdoo didn't just lose his job because of losses. He lost his job because he lost players and a percentage of the team stopped playing for him, beginning when Beckham lifted his leg and pretended to pee like a dog in the Philadelphia end zone in Week 3. And the losses became not just consistent but non-competitive, primarily because some players on the defense stopped trying or caring.
After Beckham's dog-peeing celebration in Week 3 McAdoo developed a new system of discipline that involved taking away playing time from offenders who broke the rules, but he didn't penalize Beckham or even condemn his disgusting celebration until Mara released a statement days later saying he was "very unhappy" with Beckham.
It’s now it's time for John Mara to accept the blame for this mess that ultimately lies at his own feet: He looked the other way when Beckham was being Beckham, he fired Coughlin and hired McAdoo but kept Reese in the GM seat; he signed off on bringing back kicker Josh Brown, knowing he had abused his wife; he gave the go-ahead to move on from Eli, giving way to this chaos. In the end, it's on him.
The more details we learn about the benching of Eli Manning for Geno Smith, the clearer it becomes that this whole thing was done in the only way the Giants know how to do things this season: chaotically, unnecessarily, less-than-competently. What an embarrassment this once “classy” organization has become.
Former Mets and Yankees pitcher Doc Gooden will be dressed in full Santa attire while having strippers from a NYC strip club seated on his lap on Tuesday night asking them if they’ve been naughty or nice. I’m not making this up.
What's happening in Miami with Derek Jeter and his moneybags partner, Florida businessman Bruce Sherman now reportedly seeking an additional $250 million from new investors while trying to trade their biggest star and gate attraction, NL MVP Giancarlo Stanton, is an absolute travesty. The Florida baseball market has struggled for years, especially Miami, a place where everyone thought the mostly Hispanic population would embrace baseball. Owner after another has alienated what fan base there is down there by continually trading away all their best players. And they wonder why they all lost all that money.
Matt Harvey will be back in Flushing next year, as sources say the club will tender an offer to the arbitration-eligible pitcher. Really???
The employment line gets longer in the Bronx. The Yankees will now interview former outfielder Carlos Beltran for their vacant managers job. Beltran has no managing or coaching experience. Im not saying he won’t make a good manger, but how many more interviews are necessary to find Joe Giardi’s replacement. Maybe I should go apply. Seems like anyone who has thrown a baseball is eligible to interview.
Devils center Adam Henrique has been traded. Henrique, 27, emerged as a key center for the Devils after the team drafted him in the third round in 2008. He tallied 122 goals and 257 points in 455 games with New Jersey. This one’s a head scratcher considering he contributed to the team's fast start this year with four goals and 10 assists in 24 games.
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