Wednesday, February 27, 2008

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New York Jets Edition

I had a friend who showed up a work one day. It was a job in an office with computers and desks and such. He sat at his computer, set to start his day, and found that he was unable to log on to the network/server/whatever. And, that was that. Thanks for the hard work, please don’t steal too many office supplies on the way out. Is THIS how we’re supposed to find out that Chad Pennington is about to be traded?

But, at least, there is a good deal to be had in that case. On the other hand, there really is nothing to be gained here, especially since Vilma likely has years and years of fuel left in the tank. Unless, that knee is in worse shape than we know.

Personally, I prefer to get all my Jets news over at The Jets Blog, which is where I found out that we had finally sent McCareins packing.

"I Am the Ki(ki)master. Are you the Gatekeeper?"

Daily News says Vandeweghe may be on the way

In today's News, Frank Isola reveals that Kiki could be in line to replace Zeke. The former All-Star player and Denver GM may be the replacement for only person who has ever sapped my passion for this ballclub.

According to Isola, an unnamed "league executive" told him that,"The NBA is pushing Kiki for that job." This mysterious league executive also said, "It sounds like it is a foregone conclusion that something is going to happen over there at the end of the season. Kiki makes a lot of sense."

In a perfect world the Knicks might abscond from San Antonio with RC Buford or convince Jerry Colangelo to put USA Basketball on the back-burner. But, in this flawed universe I would thoroughly endorse Kiki for the GM gig. He helped bring the Nuggets back into contention by drafting Carmelo Anthony and bringing in Marcus Camby (who he got from the Knicks). He hired George Karl and even his costliest mistake, signing Kenyon Martin, who has been hurt too often, isn't something that I hold against him. And, though, he is a former player, something I don't really like in a GM, he was a two-time Academic All-American at UCLA. He's got some smarts to him.

And, maybe it shouldn’t it matter, but it does. I like the fact that he donned a Knicks uniform and that he played in this building. He was here as the eighties became the nineties and as this team arrived on the scene. Isola believes he would bring a sense of tradition with him and welcome former Knicks back to the Garden. I would love that.

Wednesday's Starting Five

1. Shan Foster. The senior guard from Vanderbilt netted 32 points last night (remarkably, on only 13 shots) to lead the Commodores over briefly top-ranked Tennessee. Chris Lofton showed up this time (unlike against Memphis) but this time the rest of his teammates didn't (unlike against Memphis). And, once again we all learn that there really are no upsets in conference play.

2. Michael Redd. America's pure-shooting guard hit a buzzer-beating three-pointer to lift the Bucks over Lebron and the Cavs last night. Second earlier Lebron had bulled (or Cav'd) his way into the paint for another late-game layup to tie the game. But, this time he would not get the last word.

3. The Miami Heat. They won a game. That's it. Their 11-game skid is over. The next one is set to start this week.

4. The Phoenix Suns. After scoring Heat-like totals of 85 and 86 in their last two games the Suns got back to their high-scoring ways by putting up 127 against wayward Memphis. A big test tonight as they take on New Orleans. I really hope this one is on NBA TV.

5. Spring Training. David Wright hit a two-run homer yesterday, Billy Wagner started throwing high and tight at college kids and I just can't wait to hand my money over to the Mets.

Benched: Willie the Arguer. I'm passing along the correction that I found on Metsblog yesterday afternoon. Apparently Willie wasn't the one arguing the call yesterday. It was Sandy Alomar who came out of the dugout to give the ref an earful, and getting a bad call reversed. So, maybe Willie isn't going to be all fire and brimstone...