Archive for October 2012

A message to Chris Gaston: It’s time…

October 11, 2012

Goldfield for NY Daily News

Dear Chris Gaston,

It’s that time again. College Basketball season is right around the corner. The off-season workouts are done, the team practices are upon us, and a new year of wearing the maroon and white.

It’s that time of year, your senior year. The final year you take the court as a college player at the University you love. It’s time to engrave your name on the Rose Hill Gym floor, It’s time to lead the troops in battle, it’s time to make it to the A-10 Tournament. And it’s time to make it happen.

You’ve gone through a lot. Coaching changes, losing seasons, upset victories, long road trips, a tough road to college. And now, it’s time to win. It’s time to show America and the rest of the world who Fordham University is and where you are from. It’s time to take that leadership role and be vocal on and off the court. It’s time to build a team and make that chemistry rise to the top.

It’s been three years of watching you on the floor. The heart, the intensity, the passion, the will to win and give everything on the line. It’s time to multiply that by 100. It’s time to put the sticks down and light that fire. It’s time to show you are the best.

You’re a double-double machine, You are a proven scorer, you rebound the ball like the best of them. Now this season, go out and get it done.

Do it for your family, your friends, your teammates, but most of all do it for yourself. Show everyone that you won’t back down to a challenge. Show the world that you are not willing to let down. Show them you are a warrior and you want nothing else but wins.

It’s been a hard three years. Last year, you guys showed potential. Now it’s time to make that dream a reality.

As your biggest fan on and off the court, prove to me one thing. No matter what happens on the court everyday at practice, every game, every win, or every loss, promise me one thing.

You won’t give up.

I will be watching you and cheering you on every day. Hopefully even get to interview you this season. I wish you the best and only the best. You make me inspired on the basketball court and I don’t want to see that fire and passion fade.

It’s time to Rise CG 33. It’s time to put on those sneakers and go to work.

Have fun.

Your favorite basketball fan,

Donnie Dwyer

Tim Tebow to stay with Jets for 3 years. He needs to start…

October 10, 2012

Via ESPN:

Jets owner Woody Johnson says backup quarterback Tim Tebow will “be with us for three years,” and also backs struggling starter Mark Sanchez.

Johnson tells CNBC on Wednesday that despite some speculation that the Jets could try to trade Tebow after this season, his first in New York, the team will “absolutely” keep him for the duration of his contract.

Johnson adds that he and coach Rex Ryan have not discussed making a quarterback change, saying that Sanchez “played great” in a 23-17 loss to Houston on Monday night.

The Jets owner would not say the team would never make a switch because “never is a long, long time period,” but adds that he sees “the same things in Mark Sanchez that I saw when I first met him.”

Tim Tebow needs to be the starter for the Jets. He is an athlete and a playmaker. Mark Sanchez is a complete passer. He would work with an offense like the Patriots or Cardinals not with the Jets. They also do not have a running game this season. When they had a running game with Greene and Tomlinson, it set up play action with Keller, Holmes, and Edwards. Now, Sanchez has no one and he needs to be benched for a player who can make others better. It’s gotta be Tebow Time in New York. Sanchez is well, not good…

Mets pitcher R.A. Dickey pitched through an injury all season. He was the best pitcher in baseball in 2012.

October 10, 2012

New York Mets ace R.A. Dickey’s Cy Young-caliber season has this remarkable wrinkle: It came while pitching with a torn abdominal muscle.

After making his final 2012 start on Tuesday night, Dickey revealed he tore and possibly detached the stomach muscle during his second start of the season, on a cold April 13 night in Philadelphia. He has dealt with “dull pain” in his stomach area throughout the season.

Dickey knew a couple of months ago, after undergoing an MRI, that he would require postseason surgery. He said he regularly prayed with his wife that he would be able to get through the season.

He will undergo surgery in Philadelphia on Oct. 18 to repair the tear, which is on his right side.

“The pain was fairly significant from time to time,” Dickey said. “We just did a good job of managing that. Whether it was backing off in the bullpen in between starts or getting the treatment that I needed or whatever else I needed to help with that pain, we were able to do it in a way that I was able to perform and not worry about it.”

The knuckleballer felt the pain worsen during Tuesday night’s start in the second inning.

“I’m not going to pretend to know what happened inside there, but it was much more significant than I have experienced in the past,” Dickey said. “Whether that is scar tissue coming loose or the tear elongating, it’s total speculation. I have no idea. But because we have a surgery already scheduled for the 18th in the same area, it’s going to get fixed then anyway.

“I guess the timing is fortuitous in that the significant pain that I’m feeling now, I hadn’t felt before. But, tonight, it was hard to catch my breath sometimes. It’s obvious that it needs to be taken care of. And we’re going to do that. It’s a pretty non-invasive surgery. I mean, I do have to go under (anesthesia) and they do have to repair a tear, but it should be a quick recovery.

“If you were asking me if I had another start in five days could I make it, I don’t know. But we were able to make 33 before this, and that’s pretty special.”

Dickey ultimately allowed three runs in six innings and received a no-decision in the Mets’ 4-3 loss to the Miami Marlins.

He finished the season with a 20-6 record and 2.73 ERA. His eight strikeouts Tuesday gave him 230 this season, most by a Met since David Cone had 241 in 1991. Dickey logged 233 2/3 innings, most by a Met since Johan Santana tossed 234 1/3 innings in 2008.

Clayton Kershaw (13-9) has an NL-leading 2.58 ERA as well as 221 strikeouts — nine shy of Dickey’s total — entering Wednesday’s scheduled start for the Los Angeles DodgersGio Gonzalez‘s 21 wins with the Washington Nationals will lead the league.

Dickey said he often wondered whether his remarkable season would be derailed by the injury.

“I was on my knees about it many times, hoping that it was not going to get more significant than it was,” Dickey said. “My wife and I prayed quite frequently together about that. I was in the middle of a good season and we were playing well. And it happened so early. When the All-Star break came, we were right in it and I was going good and felt fine and could keep going. Fortunately, we were able to last the whole year.

“The word from everybody is I’ll be walking a mile a day after surgery. I think they liken it to a sports hernia, if you will.”

Said manager Terry Collins: “First of all, he was absolutely brilliant all season long. From early in the year, he never let anything get in the way. Everybody is motivated by all the excitement he created, the run he had, the back-to-back one-hitters, the running up the W’s, being the guy. It was a tremendous year for him. I’m very, very proud of him. I’m very proud of what he’s done, what kind of person he is.

“There’s a lot of things that go on. This guy has been pitching with a bad stomach muscle for quite a while.”

…The Mets haven’t had a CY Young candidate in years and RA Dickey deserves to win this season. A knuckleballer that lead the league in strikeouts and innings at one point and finished the whole season with an injury that could have been serious. Are you kidding me? I am sure any other player would have called it quits and worried about his health. But Dickey fought through the pain after his second start and he made 33 starts this season. That means he pitched 31 hurt and I am sorry but that is remarkable. I can’t stress how much of a warrior this guy is in New York. If the Mets don’t pay him this winter, MLB and the Mets fans will be screaming from Queens to Albany in anger. But RA Dickey is a complete player and a better person. I pray that he recovers from this injury and has more success next season…

Bryan Smith is turning into the new Marcus Stout

October 8, 2012

Hey Fordham Fans. Midnight Madness is this week and I will have a video previewing the non-conference schedule plus more about the Fordham Rams and their upcoming season battle in the non-conference ans the A-10. Today I want to talk about Sophomore guard Bryan Smith and how he is like Marcus Stout.

Marcus came into his freshman year with a bunch of other freshman teammates trying to make a name for himself and the University. He helped the Rams get to the A-10 tournament his freshman year and made some big plays in Atlantic 10 play that helped put Fordham back on the map. Example, 31 points in A-10 tournament game in 2005 against Duquesne.  

Bryan Smith is in the same category. He came in with a lot of new guys who are trying to make a name for Fordham and put them back on the map in 2012. Bryan made a lot of big plays in the big games to lead the Rams to historic wins. He had struggles at times but with a long off-season he is primed to do better.

When I look at Bryan Smith and his big shot over Harvard, I think of Marcus Stout and his big shot over URI his freshman year. They both have the same looking shot, the same poise, the same presence of the basketball court and now Bryan needs to show how consistent he can be this season.

I also see Marcus and Bryan being very good defenders. Marcus during his freshman year averaged 1.1 steals per a game and 3.1 rebounds. Bryan had better stats, 1.3 steals per a game and 3.2 rebounds. Marcus was on the All-Conference Defensive Team for a few years and Bryan can do the same if he puts in all the time and effort.

Plus they averaged about the same points per a game. Marcus averaged 12.9 points and Bryan averages 9.6 per a game. If Bryan hits a few more threes last season, that average is about the same. Bryan could be that team leader at shooting guard position to have a big impact in games that are decided by a few points.

I come up with this comparison because over the past 8 years, Fordham basketball has not only been a culture but a life. When I watch the games, I analyze, critique, and make adjustments that I want people to see at home.

Bryan Smith and Marcus Stout do play the similar style of basketball. Hard, aggressive, and smart. The only benefit of Marcus was he had Dunston and Mushon Ya’akosi down low so they could play an inside-out approach that set up Stout for big three pointers and good ball movement.

Now, Smith needs to take the help of Gaston, Canty, and Rhoomes to play that inside-out game and find him open on the wings. If they could start feeding the ball around like a team, I see no reason why Bryan would not have a big year.

Overall, I think Bryan Smith has the chance to be like or even better than Marcus Stout as the years go on. It’s hard to compare a legend to a sophomore but I had to put it out there for fans to debate and see my perspective. I think this season will be a year for Bryan to prove to himself and to the fans how good he can really be.

I think the whole team is ready to play basketball games right now and I think the fans are ready to start cheering for some more upsets as the season is almost here. We will see more in a few weeks…