“If he really wants to impress us then he can get the Rangers off of welfare and show how they can be revenue-sharing payors, rather than recipients for three years in row, without financing from Major League Baseball. That would really be something.”—The Texas Rangers are “on welfare” and their CEO is “delusional,” according to Yankees president Randy Levine. - Yankee president Randy Levine rips Texas Rangers over Cliff Lee
“I think the Giants will look hard into that. They know what kind of player he is. Obviously he knows our system. It hasn’t changed, he would be able to adjust quickly.”
“They got to make sure that he’s kind of changed his life and he is committed to the Giants…And playing these last years of (his career)… how long his body will handle it… he is in his mid 30’s almost. But if that is what the Giants feel, I know what kind of player he can be.”
“We already have a great corps of receivers at this point right now,…To throw him into the mix could make us stronger and could be a good thing. If they feel he can help us out and he is committed then I am all for it.”
- Eli Manning on Plaxico Burress Returning to the Giants …from this week on “The Michael Kay Show” on 1050 ESPN radio
”—Ohm Youngmisuk / ESPN New York Giants Beat Writer (via profootballnyc)
“The whole tweet thing, that kinda bothered me more than what happened in the game with Jay Cutler. If you’re at home, watching the game, and you’re an NFL player, you shouldn’t be allowed to tweet on anyone’s performance.”—
Giants QB Eli Manning on ‘the whole tweet thing’ and Jay Cutler criticism
“To most fans, I don’t think this is terribly surprising, though I don’t know how any of us can truly qualify that opinion. Nevertheless, from a business point of view, as it stands, the Mets are one of the few sports organizations to still have one family own so much of the team. For instance, the Steinbrenners own less than 50 % of the Yankees, though they’re still the majority holder. Meanwhile, the Wilpon family owns like 99 % of the Mets, which, in this day and age of big corporations and media conglomerates, is actually pretty rare.”—Matt Cerrone, MetsBlog - Wilpons are ‘exploring’ possibility of strategic partnership
“Oh no! It was like a fake,” he said. “It was like a cold weather, like almost-runny-nose-not-even-a-real-booger. If it would have been there it would have been a legit booger. I don’t think I could have done that to him… It was like it is cold outside and my nose is like not fully running or anything but just like a little mess around more than anything. It was more of a fake-booger-wipe if anything. If it would have been a legit booger they probably would not have showed it on TV. So that was the funny part and he just, just the way he brushed it off. ‘Oh yeah only 55 million people saw it.’ He was like, ‘You are good.’ I am so sorry.”
So, why did Sanchez do it in the first place?
“I have been getting so many text messages and phone calls about this,” he said. “[Brunell] is like my big brother and we have such a great relationship and I just feel so bad that it was on TV and I got to know that. I am on the sidelines but that is the way we are. We just have fun and joke around and keep things light because that is the way I play my best. I did not want it to be a disrespectful thing, obviously, and he knew that. I called him the very next day, ‘I am so sorry. I feel so bad’ and he said, ‘Oh don’t worry about it. Only 55 million people saw you fake-wipe a booger on me.’”—
Boogergate!: Mark Sanchez explained that it wasn’t a real booger he wiped on Brunell.
Henry Fetter dismantles a legend about the origins of the title:
According to various accounts over the years, including those in the New York Times in 1983 and the Wall Street Journal in 2000, after the first three contests were called the “World Championship Game,” “one day, Lamar Hunt, owner of the Kansas City Chiefs, noticed his children bouncing one of those hyper-springy ‘super ball’ around. The rest is history.”
The problem with this story is that, whatever may have appeared on the face of the tickets, and whatever pro football officialdom had decreed, the “AFL-NFL Championship Game” was popularly being called the “Super Bowl” from the first time it was played. As the headline on the first page of the New York Timessports section read that very first Super Sunday—January 15, 1967—”The Super Bowl: Football’s Day of Decision Stirs Nation.” The lead in the Los Angeles Times’ report on the game the next day read, “Like a stern parent chastizing a mischievous child, the Green Bay Packers soundly thrashed the upstart Kansas City Chiefs 35-10 Sunday in Memorial Coliseum in the first Super Bowl game.”
“I don’t think he’ll come back to the Giants. One, they are loaded at the receiver position. And, I think it might be best for him to move on and connect with the coach or the receiver coach that he can have a special relationship with and further his career along.” - Phil Simms
“Over at his Hardball Talk blog, Craig Calcaterra points out that no player older than 35 has ever played 100 games at shortstop and 100 games at any outfield position. Historically, then, the Yankees would be asking Jeter to do something that has never been done before.”—Why Derek Jeter Will Never Leave Shortstop - NYTimes.com
“Roger Goodell could be seeing a lot fewer zeroes on his paycheck later this year.
The NFL commissioner said Wednesday that he will cut his salary to $1 if there is a work stoppage after the collective bargaining agreement expires in March. He has also asked the league’s compensation committee not to pay him any bonuses until after an agreement is reached with the players association.”—NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell taking a $9,999,999 pay cut? - Los Angeles Times
“A source tells Craig Calcaterra of NBCSports.com that there is a “very strong possibility” that Andy Pettitte is going to pitch in 2011.
Pettitte is currently doing his usual preseason workouts and has had no issues thus far. Furthermore, the source tells Calcaterra that Pettitte’s indecision about a possible return is in no way connected to the Roger Clemens trial, as many have speculated. This essentially echoes what Jon Heyman of SI.com reported earlier today, but if both reports are true, this is very encouraging news for Yankees fans.”—Rotoworld - HardballTalk on NBCSports.com
As NFL Network’s Playbook show demonstrated, the Jets were tipping their plays, especially when right tackle Wayne Hunter lined up in a two-point stance on third-and-goal from the 1-yard line, all but telling Steelers linebacker LaMarr Woodley that it was a pass, not a run.
“On third-and-1, your right tackle’s in a two-point stance,” Playbook analyst Brian Baldinger said. “Right now, LaMarr Woodley knows you’re not running the ball. You’re not running the ball out of a two-point stance on the goal line. Right there, that’s a dead giveaway. LaMarr Woodley doesn’t charge he just plays the ball and bats it down.”