Monday, December 10, 2012
A Quick Weekend Wrapup
They are 2-11, and what a year to have the worst record in the NFL and thus the first overall pick in the next year's draft: The year a freshman wins the Heisman Trophy.
It was Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M. He's a redshirt freshman, so he's got 3 years of eligibility left, but can come out for the draft after 2 more years -- meaning he can enter the 2015 NFL Draft.
The Giants took advantage of the New Orleans Saints' disarray, caused by the bounty scandal in the off-season, including the yearlong suspension of head coach Sean Payton, and beat them 52-27 at the Meadowlands. This enabled them to keep pace in the NFC East, 1 game ahead of the Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys, who both won yesterday.
The Cowboys are dealing with the death of Jerry Brown, in a car crash, driven by his best friend, Josh Brent, who has been charged with drunk driving. This is the second week in a row that an NFL player has died in shocking fashion on the Saturday before a game, following the Kansas City Chiefs' Jovan Belcher killing his girlfriend and then himself.
The Redskins are dealing with something far less, a knee injury to sure Rookie of the Year quarterback Robert Griffin III. But he should be back next week.
And I notice the season finale has the Cowboys and Redskins, arch-rivals despite the massive distance between them (1,366 miles), playing each other in Landover. A Playoff berth, or even the NFC East if the Giants stumble, could be on the line.
Despite hanging 52 on the Aints, the Giants did not have the highest scoring total of the weekend. As the great former WCBS-Channel 2 sports anchor Warner Wolf would say, "If you had the Cardinals and 57 points... you lost!" The Seattle Seahawks obliterated Arizona, 58-0.
This was on a December 9, almost on the anniversary of the biggest NFL blowout ever: December 8, 1940, Chicago Bears over Washington Redskins, 73-0. And this was in an NFL Championship Game, against Slingin' Sammy Baugh's Redskins, in Washington, no less (at Griffith Stadium), so it wasn't against a bad team. In contrast, the Cardinals are .500 (6-6-1) and fading fast, a shell of the team that went to the Super Bowl not that long ago.
Baseball. Mark Reynolds signed with the Cleveland Indians. The good news for the Yankees is that this player, who hit them hard for the Baltimore Orioles in September and October, will no longer be on a team that they have to face 18 times a year, as Interleague Play usually cuts down the number of games the Yankees play against the AL Central teams; and that it makes it unlikely that the Indians will sign Kevin Youkilis, meaning the Yankees could sign the bald bastard with the wiggly ass to hold down 3rd base until Ow-Rod returns from his latest surgery.
The bad news is, there's no guarantee he'll become a Yankee, the Los Angeles Dodgers (with Magic Johnson's megabucks) are interested in him, and even if the Yankees do get him, it's Kevin Youkilis. I learned to like Roger Clemens (which makes me feel dirty just thinking about it), but I don't want Youk on my team! Some principles are more important than winning.
Sadly, for Hank and Hal Steinbrenner, money seems to be just such a principle for them.
Maybe they're adopted.
Basketball. The Knicks keep winning. The Nets have now lost 4 in a row, getting smacked by the Milwaukee Bucks in Brooklyn last night.
Hockey: The NHL has now canceled all games through December 30.
Time is running out to get a solution.
Memo to Gary Bettman: Nobody ever bought a ticket to see an owner.
What's that, you say? Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux are owners now? Well, to hell with them. They are traitors to the game that made the rich and famous.
We want our hockey back.