Archive for December 2010

Video on a closer look of Tom Pecora

December 23, 2010

Here is another video I found seconds ago on Coach Pecora and what the students think about him. He is obviously making a big difference and with 4 straight wins, everyone is riding the Pecora train.

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Video of Fordham’s Super Fan

December 23, 2010

Here is a video I found on YouTube of Fordham’s super fan, Fred Negron, or as I like to call him “Testaverde” because of the jersey he would always wear. A great piece and I recommend you send it to all Fordham Fans everywhere.

Fordham defeats Kennesaw St. 80-63

December 23, 2010

Went down to the historic Rose Hill Gym in the Bronx to report on the Rams 4th straight win:

Fordham plays against Kennesaw St. Tonight

December 22, 2010

Rose Hill Gym is always rockin. Photo Courtesy of WFUV.org

I will be attending my first Fordham game tonight and will be covering the game on my blog. If anyone wants to come up to me and talk to me about anything Fordham athletics or general sports please do. I will be sitting on the press side of the court and will be reporting after the game. Thank you all for your support and hope to see some Ram fans tonight.

Knicks winning and Playoff bound NOW

December 22, 2010

The New York Knicks are truly about you, we, us, now because they care about winning. Before a three game losing skid, they won 8 in a row and it was because the team was coming together. The video above pretty much explains why the team has been successful. It is because of the dynamic duo of Felton and Stoudemire. They have meshed over the past few games and have been clicking on all cylinders. Amar’e scored 30 pts or more in 9 straight games and Felton has had 4 game with 10 assists or more. They really are beginning to understand each other sort of  like when Stockton to Malone was developing.

With the dynamic duo playing well, the Knicks have also been attacking the rim. This has led to more points and also has made them so much better. They have had 15 more opportunities at the line then their opponents and it is due to Stoudemire, Chandler, Gallinari, and Felton attacking the rim. This attacking mode for the team has led to more open three pointers and they have taken less which also has helped this team tremendously. In the beginning of the year, they lived and died by the three and now have changed directions.

The play of Landry Fields has been sensational. To have 10 points and 7 rebounds a game on average as a starting rookie is over the top. He was chosen in the second round and wasn’t even considered on draft boards. He is playing better than many rookies in the league ahead of him and some are even in the NBDL. Without his smart plays and good decisions, I don’t think this Knicks team would be the same. I think they would lack that aggressiveness and that hustle he brings to the floor every night.

The most important thing the Knicks are doing is they are playing defense. The past few games they have won because of a great defensive play. Stoudemire is averaging 2 blocks a game, Gallinari is learning how to take a charge consistently, and Toney Douglas knows how to get steals when they matter the most. With this team playing defense and not allowing 120 pts a game like years before, I think they will be able to make such a run in the future.

The key though for New Yorkers and Knicks fans is that New York is winning now. They are winning and New York “The Mecca of basketball” is back. To put people’s butts in the seats of Madison Square Garden is the greatest feeling anyone can have. The Knicks back in the days of Houston, Ewing, and Starks brings back so many good memories. To be able to spark the old rivalries between the Celtics and the Heat is a good thing for basketball and a good thing for the Knicks.

If this success keeps piling up and they win and get into the playoffs, the NBA and basketball will be back because New Yorkers will love the Knicks and the NBA while others will hate the Knicks and want them to fail again. It’s a do or die league and I think if Amar’e keeps wearing his glasses, New York will see it clear until the end.

Mets second base candidates for next season

December 22, 2010

The Three main candidates for next season in Turner, Murphy, and Emaus. Photo Courtesy of US Presswire, Getty Images

Here is an article from ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin discussing next years candidates and Terry Collin’s view on the players competing:

Terry Collins , during a visit to Cohen Children’s Medical Center in New Hyde Park, L.I., on Wednesday, spoke about the candidates to emerge as second baseman for the Mets to open the season — Luis Castillo, Brad Emaus, Daniel Murphy and Justin Turner.

  “Going into camp there’s four legitimate guys,” said Collins, who omitted Ruben Tejada, who is expected to be assigned to Triple-A Buffalo to allow him to develop.

The Mets selected Emaus last Thursday during the Rule 5 draft at the winter meetings from the Toronto Blue Jays for $50,000. He must remain on the major league roster for the entire season in order to become Mets property. Otherwise, Emaus must be placed on waivers. If he clears, he must be offered back to the Jays for $25,000.

The 24-year-old infielder, who played college ball at Tulane, was an 11th-round pick in 2007. He hit .290 with 15 homers and 75 RBIs, and had a .397 on-base percentage and 13 steals in 15 attempts, during the 2010 regular season while splitting time between Double-A New Hampshire and Triple-A Las Vegas. He is currently playing for Toros del Este in the Dominican Republic, where he has a .263 average, four homers and 17 RBIs in 114 at-bats.

Emaus played 87 games at third base and 32 games at second base last season, but in 2009 in Double-A he played exclusively second base (132 games).

“Obviously, with [former Blue Jays GM] J.P. [Ricciardi] involved, we had real, real good information on him — what kind of player he was,” Collins said. “We talked to some of the people down in the Dominican. I talked to Obie [new bench coach/Dominican winter league manager Ken Oberkfell] about him, because Obie has seen quite a bit of him. He said he’s a solid player, who looks like he can play a couple of positions. His approach at home plate is something that’s going to fit here. He’s a big pitch-selection kind of guy, a good walk-to-strikeout ratio [81 walks, 69 strikeouts during the regular season]. We’re going to give him a shot and see him in that mix at second.”

Murphy suffered a left hamstring strain while playing winter ball with Aguilas in late November. He was hitting .320 with four homers and 22 RBIs in 103 at-bats in the Dominican winter league before suffering the injury. And Murphy has pledged to Sandy Alderson that he will make the Opening Day roster in some capacity, even if it’s as a backup at several positions. Murphy, whose 2010 regular season was mostly lost due to a pair of knee injuries, played second base both in the fall instructional league in Fort Myers, Fla., and then in the Dominican Republic before suffering the hamstring injury.

“Work is not an issue with Murph,” Collins said. “He’s worked very, very hard to play second. I saw him play three games down there [in the Dominican Republic]. His range is OK. His hands are fine. It’s just he’s got to be familiar with turning double plays. He’s got to get used to it.”

Castillo is owed $6 million next season, in the final year of a four-year, $25 million deal. If he is beaten out, it’s hard to imagine he will be on the Opening Day roster. The Mets likely would be forced to eat the money and release him since Castillo would not be capable of backing up at other positions and wouldn’t exactly provide power on the bench. Alderson recently admitted Castillo, like Oliver Perez (owed $12 million next season), cannot be traded this winter because there’s no market.

Collins also cautioned not to forget the 26-year-old Turner, who was claimed off waivers from the Orioles in May at the suggestion of Wayne Krivsky. In Triple-A with the Orioles and Mets, Turner hit a combined .316 with 12 homers and 43 RBIs in 396 at-bats, although he was snubbed for a September call-up, despite going 6-for-6 and hitting for the cycle on the final day of Buffalo’s season. Turner currently is playing for Oberkfell with Escogido in the Dominican Republic, where he has a .308 average, one homer and eight RBIs in 65 at-bats.

“People are not mentioning him, but he’s also down in winter ball, having a very, very good winter,” Collins said. “He had a very good finish in Triple-A. So we’ve got to include him in that mix.”

…It should be a tight race this year and right now, I think Daniel Murphy has the lead. In second place I would say it would be Brad Emaus, the talented player from the Rule 5 draft. Next, Justin Turner is a fine talent with power and offensive ability but will need more time in the minors to develop his defense. As for Luis Castillo, he is on his way out and needs to find a team that will use him off the bench because I don’t think he could start on many teams with his bad knees. Finally, Ruben Tejada is a good talent but needs more development which is why he is not named on this list. I agree with Terry Collins that this is the best for the kid because you don’t want him to be exposed to something he might not be able to handle yet. It should be an interesting race come spring training but if the Mets want to win and try to make the Wild Card they will need production from that position…

New Fordham Video

December 22, 2010

Here is a new Fordham Video I found on YouTube a few seconds ago. It is interesting and tries to get a closer look. Enjoy!