SportsNet - January 2013
Jets Owner Woody Johnson Is About To Make the Biggest Mistake Since, Well... Since Trading for Tim Tebow
The New York Jets are coming off an incredibly disappointing season in which Rex Ryan’s crew finished with its worst record in his tenure as head coach. His 2009 hiring prompted an immediate revival of the franchise, as Ryan led the Jets to two back-to-back AFC Championship appearances in his first 2 years. Then, 2011 saw the team uncharacteristically regress to 8-8 before completely falling apart this last season, finishing 6-10.
It’s interesting, the way the Jets are handled in the media. It’s a team that has never had solid play at the quarterback position in this Rex Ryan era. Former offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer (now with the Rams) did a very good job at coaching QB Mark Sanchez to make as few mistakes as possible, but he obviously bolted after 2011 because he might have seen the writing on the wall.
Sir Alex will make a few changes for the visit of Fulham tomorrow in eh FA Cup match at Old Trafford. Whilst he will almost certainly include what the media refer to as fringe players, Sir Alex refers to them as players who need game time. It is therefore almost a certainty that Wayne Rooney will lead the line up front, whilst Van Persie will be on the bench just in case he is needed. Sir Alex seems keen to do well in the FA Cup, having missed out since 2004.
It is likely that he will also give goalkeeper Lindegaard a game as the Spaniard De Gea has played a string of league games recently. Johnny Evans is training, but not 100% so he will not be risked, but I expect Vidic to play. Rio will probably be rested. The back four will almost certainly be Evra, Vidic, Jones and Rafael.
As far as midfield is concerned, Kagawa will almost certainly get a game as he takes a further step from his injury. With no Ashley Young, it is possible that Sir Alex will give Nani a game. If not, he will probably persevere with Valencia, with maybe Danny Welbeck playing on the left. Cleverley will probably complete the midfield.
New York Jets Trade Rumors: Top 4 Trade Destinations For Darrelle Revis And What Gang Green Might Get For All-Pro Cornerback
The New York Jets are reportedly considering trading star cornerback Darrelle Revis. NFL.com's Albert Breer reported that team owner Woody Johnson is open to the idea of dumping the 27-year-old cover man's $6 million salary for 2013.
There would be few teams not keen on adding a shutdown corner as accomplished as Revis. Yet four contenders in particular, could boost their Super Bowl credentials by making a swap deal for Revis. While it's too early to consign Revis's Jets career to memory, here is a look at where a trade might send him, starting with what compensation Gang Green could expect to receive.
Potential Trade Value for Revis
At only 27, Revis would still command high value on the trade market. In just six years, he has established himself as the premier corner in the NFL. With Revis on the field, a defense can feel confident about having one side of the field shut down.
The NBA announced the All-Star reserves in both conferences on Thursday, and the news was surprisingly good for Chicago Bulls fans. Although the Bulls had no starters on the Eastern Conference team, both Luol Deng (making his second straight appearance) and Joakim Noah (a first-time All-Star) made the list of bench players for the East.
Both players obviously deserve enormous credit for keeping the Bulls in the playoff picture while superstar Derrick Rose rehabs his injured knee. That said, the All-Star Game is meant to recognize individual excellence above all, and it’s hard to justify sending both Chicago standouts in a year when some very strong candidates are staying home.
Deng seems the more plausible choice, as he’s shown immense versatility while carrying the Bulls’ offense. He’s averaging a team-high 17.4 points per game, pulling down 6.4 boards a night in a terrific frontcourt, and playing his usual impeccable defense.
Despite growing up in a baseball-centric household, B.J. and Justin Upton had never been teammates for any significant amount of time.
Thanks to the Atlanta Braves, all of that is about to change.
The Braves, who signed B.J. Upton as a free agent earlier this offseason, scored a major coup last night when they added younger brother Justin in a seven-player trade with the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Uptons are the latest in a long line of brother tandems to team up in the Majors and are the first since Scott and Jerry Hariston back in 2010.