Saturday, April 20, 2013

Defense Leads Knicks to Game 1 Victory over Celtics

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By Kenneth Teape (@teapester725)

Saturday, April 20th, 2013

Game 1 Post Game Recap

Final Score: Boston Celtics: 78 New York Knicks: 85

It was a tale of two halves this afternoon between the Knicks and Celtics as decently paced, high scoring first half turned into a drag-em out physical game in the second half.  The second half was a flashback for Knicks fans who have been relating this team to the 90’s Knicks as both teams struggled to put the ball in the basket as defense became the name of the game.  This was a game the Knicks needed to have to maintain home court advantage in the series and to not give the Celtics any momentum.  The next game in the series will be Tuesday night at 8 P.M. ET in Madison Square Garden.


W2W4: Chicago Bulls vs Brooklyn Nets Series Preview

By Nick Ziegler (@Ziggy26x)

NBA Playoffs Round One 

Chicago Bulls vs. Brooklyn Nets Series Preview

The Brooklyn Nets will be hosting the Chicago Bulls at the Barclays Center for Game One of the first round Eastern Conference Playoffs on Saturday at 8pm, and there will be a lot of things to keep and eye on.

- The major question coming into this series has been the one the Bulls have had for the last two months or so, will Derrick Rose play? The Bulls star Point Guard has been cleared to play and has been working out before games, but has yet to step on to the court. If Rose decides to suit up for the playoffs it would be hard to say how effective he’d be or how long he could even play, but there would be no doubt it would be a huge boost to a Bulls team that has been ravaged by injuries this season. 

W2W4 Series Preview: New York Knicks vs. Boston Celtics
By Kenneth Teape (@teapester725)

After a 19-year wait the Knicks once again sit atop the Atlantic Division as champions, fitting that their first round matchup will be against the Boston Celtics, winners of the past four Atlantic Division crowns before this season.  This will be one of the more entertaining first round series of the NBA Playoffs this season as the rivals thoroughly dislike each other and there will be even more emotions after the tragedy in Boston Monday afternoon.  Here are some things to keep an eye on for throughout the series:

-Which Melo Shows Up?

Friday, April 19, 2013

New York Knicks vs. Boston Celtics Matchup Breakdown
By Kenneth Teape (@teapester725)

For the first round of the NBA Playoffs starting this weekend the New York Knicks will be taking on the Boston Celtics.  Matchups will play a big part in this series as both teams have differing styles and dealing with injuries to main players.  Here is a rundown of the matchups for the series and which team holds the edge.

Yankees Fall in Extra Innings to Dbacks

By Nick Ziegler (@Ziggy26x)

April 18th, 2013

Arizona Diamondbacks vs. New York Yankees

Final Score: Diamondbacks 6 Yankees 2

The New York Yankees were unable to complete the sweep of the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday night. The Yankees loss snaps their three-game winning streak, but they were able to take two out of three games against the Diamondbacks, which is nothing to be ashamed of.

Yankees Starter Phil Hughes, who gave up a combined eight earned runs in his first two starts of the season, looked much better on Thursday, as he comes back from his neck injury. Hughes in the no-decision went seven innings only allowing two runs on six hits, while striking out six batters. The long ball, which plagued Hughes last season seems like it will always be a problem for Hughes in Yankees Stadium. He is a fly ball pitcher, and he gave up two on Thursday to Didi Gregorious and Martin Prado, but on the bright side they were both just solo shots.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Nets Finish Regular Season with Win Over Pistons

By Nick Ziegler (@Ziggy26x)

April 17th, 2013

Detroit Pistons vs. Brooklyn Nets

Final Score: Pistons 99 Nets 103

The Brooklyn Nets finished up their first regular season in their new home on a positive note by beating the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night. The Nets finished their first season in Brooklyn with a (49-33) record, which gave them home court in the first round, as they are the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference. 


Interim Head Coach P.J. Carlesimo did a pretty solid job for Brooklyn after filling in for the fired Avery Johnson. Carlesimo finished the season with a (34-19), and that record is the best start for any coach in Nets franchise history. Carlesimo’s future with the Nets is unknown, as the Nets front office has made no commitment to him, but he’s got them ready to go for a big playoff series with the Chicago Bulls, and he’s done a great job getting the Nets to their regular season expectations.

Hafner Powers Yankees Past Dbacks

By Nick Ziegler (@Ziggy26x)

April 17th, 2013

Arizona Diamondbacks vs. New York Yankees

Final Score: Diamondbacks 3 Yankees 4

The New York Yankees were trailing for most of this game, and it looked like they weren’t going to be able to get a win in this one, but some late-inning hitting got the job done for the Yankees, as they won their third straight game.

C.C. Sabathia was able to pick up his third win of the season, but there has to be some concerns about the velocity of his pitches, which has dropped a good amount from last season. In all of his starts velocity has been down, and this one would be no different for Sabathia, as his fastball never got above 90mph, and his slider was down to 77mph, which is about a three to five mph drop from his normal. Sabathia despite having his velocity down was able to go eight innings allowing only three runs on six hits, and one walk.

New York Giants Draft Preview: Running Backs

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By Kenneth Teape (@teapester725)

The NFL Draft is quickly approaching, as we get closer to the primetime opening round April 25th.  This will be the first part in the series where I will discuss the current outlook and needs for the upcoming NFL Draft for the New York Giants.

The second position I will take a look at is Running Back.

At Running Back, the depth chart for the Giants goes David Wilson, Andre Brown (restricted free agent tender), Henry Hynoski, Da’Rel Scott and Ryan Torain. The Giants let two running backs from last season go in Ahmad Bradshaw, who was released and is still a free agent, and Kregg Lumpkin, also a free agent.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Knicks End Regular Season on High Note, Drop Hawks

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By Kenneth Teape (@teapester725)

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

Post Game Recap

Final Score: Atlanta Hawks: 92 New York Knicks: 98

The Knicks ended their most successful season in 16 seasons with a win against the Hawks Wednesday night giving them some momentum heading into the playoffs. It was a tough game to watch at some points as the Knicks only had seven players appear in the game tonight, ending with only six available. The Knicks finish the regular season with a 54-28 record, going 31-10 at Madison Square Garden.  The Knicks will head into the playoff series against the Celtics, which starts Saturday night, on a roll winning 16 of their last 18 games. 


W2W4: Atlanta Hawks vs. New York Knicks
By Kenneth Teape (@teapester725)

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

Pre-Game News and Notes

Atlanta Hawks vs. New York Knicks

Wednesday night will be the last regular season game for the Knicks and Hawks before heading into the playoffs, but will be taking different approaches into the finale.  The Knicks have literally nothing to play for, as their seed is locked in and are just looking to get to the playoffs without suffering anymore injuries.  As for the Hawks, they are playing for the fifth or sixth seed.  If they win tonight they will face off against the Nets in the first round, if they lose and the Bulls win they will face off against the Pacers. This will be third time that the Knicks and Hawks faceoff this season, with the Knicks winning the first two meetings.

-New Face, Same Place

Nets Beat Wizards Without Big 3

By Nick Ziegler (@Ziggy26x)

April 15th, 2013

Brooklyn Nets vs. Washington Wizards

Final Score: Nets 106 Wizards 101

The Brooklyn Nets were able to have a comeback win over the Washington Wizards on Monday night, as despite resting the Big 3 along with a few others, Brooklyn’s normal bench players stepped into the starting lineup, and played good games.


With the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference already locked up, with no way of moving up or down in the standings, Head Coach P.J. Carlesimo had the luxury of resting some of his core players. Carlesimo sat four normal Starters in Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, Reggie Evans, and Brook Lopez. He also gave Keith Bogans, whose been dealing with a sore back, and Jerry Stackhouse the night off.

Yankees Win First Interleague Game Against Diamondbacks

By Nick Ziegler (@Ziggy26x)

April 16th, 2013

Arizona Diamondbacks vs. New York Yankees

Final Score: Diamondbacks 2 Yankees 4

The New York Yankees were able to pick-up their first win against a National League team in the Arizona Diamondbacks much earlier than usual in the season due to the Houston Astros moving to the American League West, which forces Inter-League play throughout the season.

Yankees Starter Ivan Nova wasn’t great by any means, but he wasn’t bad either, as he gave the Yankees exactly what they need from their fifth Starter. In Nova’s first win of the season he pitched a season-high five innings allowing just two runs, but he did give up seven hits, and two walks. He never let the Diamondbacks break thru for a big inning, but Nova was in trouble in almost every inning.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Yankees Win Rubber Game of Series with Orioles

By Nick Ziegler (@Ziggy26x)

April 14th, 2013

Baltimore Orioles vs. New York Yankees

Final Score: Orioles 0 Yankees 3

The Yankees were able to take the rubber game of the series against the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday Night Baseball, as Yankees Starter Hiroki Kuroda was sensational in the win.

Kuroda pitched went the distance in the complete game shutout, which was his fifth of his career. Kuroda only gave up five hits in his nine innings of work, and was able to striking out five batters. The win moves Kuroda to (2-1) on the season, and helped his ERA go from a 6.75 to a 2.87.

The Orioles Start Wei-Yin Chen also pitched very well, but was out dueled by Kuroda in this one. Chen went six innings allowing only three runs on six hits, and one walk. Chen was matching Kuroda until the fifth inning when the Yankees were finally able to strike first.

Brennan Boesch getting the start in Right Field went two for three at the plate, and was able to score the first run of the game on a Jayson Nix sacrifice fly. Boesch in his limited time has played well thus far for the Yankees, as he is batting .313.

Overall the bottom of the Yankee order did very well, as Boesch, Francisco Cervelli, Lyle Overbay, and Jayson Nix combined for five hits, and one walk. The production from the bottom of the order was a real difference maker for the Yankees with the heart of the order not getting a hit.

Leadoff hitter Brett Gardner provided the pop in this one in the fifth inning with a moon-shot off the top of the foul pole, which scored Cervelli. For Gardner, who isn’t known as a power hitter by any means it was his second homerun of the season.

The Yankees will be starting their first Inter-League series of the season against the Arizona Diamondbacks in a re-match of the great 2001 World Series, as Ivan Nova (0-1, 7.71) will be facing Brandon McCarthy (0-1, 7.71).

New York Giants Draft Preview: Quarterback

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By Kenneth Teape (@teapester725)

The NFL Draft is quickly approaching, as we get closer to the primetime opening round April 25th.  This will be the first part in the series where I will discuss the current outlook and needs for the upcoming NFL Draft for the New York Giants.

The first position I will take a look at is Quarterback.

At Quarterback, the depth chart for the Giants goes Eli Manning, David Carr and Curtis Painter.  There were no quarterbacks lost in free agency.

MLB Power Rankings Week 2

By Nick Ziegler (@Ziggy26x)

MLB Week 2 Power Rankings

1.) Atlanta Braves (11-1) - The Braves have separated themselves from the rest of the majors early, as they are the only team with double-digit wins, and have only lost one game thus far this season. Sweeping the Nationals this weekend while facing their top two pitchers was extremely impressive for Atlanta.

2.)  Oakland Athletics (9-4) - The Athletics had a nine game winning streak snapped on Saturday by the Tigers, but they have the best record in the American League without their best player Yoenis Cespedes, and seem to be a serious contender in the AL West.

3.) San Francisco Giants (9-4) - The Giants have the lead in the NL West, and have played well on the road so far this year at (5-2). The defending champs are hitting the ball pretty well, which could be a scary combo for the National League, as the Giants pitching are still very good.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Short-Handed Knicks Fall in Charlotte

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By Kenneth Teape (@teapester725)

Monday, April 15th, 2013

Post Game Recap

Final Score: New York Knicks: 95 Charlotte Bobcats: 106

The Knicks went into the game tonight with nothing to play for and it showed with who actually took the court tonight as the Knicks fell to the Bobcats to end the season 23-18 on the road, their best road record in 16 seasons.  Only six Knicks saw the court today, one of them being Rasheed Wallace who played for only four minutes and Jason Kidd who played only 21.  The starting lineup of Chris Copeland, Steve Novak, James White, Pablo Prigioni and Iman Shumpert all logging at least 41 minutes played.  Expect much of the same Wednesday night when the Knicks return home for the last regular game of the season before starting the playoffs this weekend.


W2W4: New York Knicks vs. Charlotte Bobcats

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By Kenneth Teape (@teapester725)

Monday, April 15th, 2013

Pre-Game News and Notes

New York Knicks vs. Charlotte Bobcats

Coming off a big win in clinching the second seed in the Eastern Conference yesterday afternoon against the Pacers, the Knicks will get right back at it tonight against the lowly Bobcats and keep building on their momentum into the playoffs.  Tonight’s game could be a hard one to watch as many of the Knicks rotation players are expected to sit out as the Knicks can no longer accomplish anything in the regular season; they just hope to get through this game and Wednesday against the Hawks without any more injuries occurring.  Here are some things to watch for in the game tonight:

-Who Is Playing?

Nets Comeback Falls Short in Toronto

By Nick Ziegler (@Ziggy26x)

April 14th, 2013

Brooklyn Nets vs. Toronto Raptors Post Game Recap

Final Score: Nets 87 Raptors 93

After a big win on Friday night against the Indiana Pacers the Brooklyn Nets had a let down on Sunday afternoon losing to the Raptors, and with the loss the Nets are now locked into the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference.


Deron Williams was once again awesome for Brooklyn in the loss, as his great game was a main reason that the Nets were able to come back in this one, and attempt to make a comeback after being down by as many as 21. Williams finished the game with a team-high 30 points on 11 for 20 shooting, and dished out seven assists. Williams also had his second dunk of the season, which is a good sign heading into the playoffs that his legs are healthy, as he said earlier this season that he couldn’t dunk due to his ankle problems.

Best of the Rest Series: New York Islanders

For the New York Islanders and their fans, the last twenty years can be summed up in one word...disappointment. The Isles have not been legitimate contenders for the cup since the early nineties.

The four glorious years of Stanley Cup championships will never be forgotten, but Islander fans are waiting for their organization to get back to Cup, or maybe even the conference finals. It also doesn't help that they will be moving to Brooklyn in two years.

But enough whining, for now let's count down the five best Islander teams that never brought home the hardware.

So much for not whining, they should have won the cup these years!

5. 1975-76-  The 1975-76 Islanders put the entire NHL on alert, and let everybody know that this team is for real and will be around for a long time. Led by Denis Potvin, Clark Gillies, and Bryan Trottier, the Islanders notched 42 wins while posting a +107 goal differential during the regular season.  The Islanders had nine players score twenty goals or more, with four players exceeding the thiry goal mark. The Islanders put together two separate streaks of ten games where they went unbeaten, and finished second in the Patrick Division with 101pts.

The 1975-76 season was the second straight season the Islanders made the playoffs, and just like the previous season the Islanders cruised through the first round, and won in the quarterfinals. But for the second straight season the Islanders run was ended in the semi-finals by the future Stanley Cup champions. The 1975-76 season was the start of four straight Stanley Cups for the Montreal Canadiens, but it was clear the Islanders were not far from becoming the league's elite team.

4. 1976-77-  The 1976-77 Islanders got off to one of the best starts in franchise history. The Isles went 14-2-3 in their first 19 games and outscored their opponents 75-40. The combination of Glenn Resch and Billy Smith between the pipes helped lead the Islanders to 47 wins during the regular season. The Islanders again boasted a high powered scoring attack that saw seven players score twenty plus goals in the regular season.

The Islanders again finished 2nd in the Patrick Division, behind the Penguins, with 106 pts, the most in franchise history. In the playoffs, the Islanders swept Chicago in the first round, and also swept Buffalo in the quarters. It looked as if the Islanders might break through and get to the Stanley Cup Finals, but they had to get through, you guessed it, the Montreal Canadiens. The Islanders fell to the Canadiens, who won the cup again, in six games.

Another great year ended by the only team that seemed to have the Islanders number, but as for the New York hockey scene, the Islanders were on top, and the New York Rangers were in the basement not only in New York, but in the Patrick Division.

3. 1978-79-  The 1978-79 team was the greatest regular season team not to win the Stanley Cup, and should perhaps be number one on this list. Well they aren't, and for good reason.

The 1978-79 New York Islanders were an offensive machine...MACHINE. The Islanders outscored their opponents 358-214 during the regular season, led by Mike Bossy's 69 goals. Bossy, Denis Potvin, and Bryan Trottier all eclipsed the 100 point mark, with Trottier posting a team high 134 points. The Islanders won 51 games during the regular season and finished with 116pts, tops in the NHL. They won the Patrick Division by 21 pts over the second place Philadelphia Flyers. This sounds like the greatest Islander team doesn't it? Well here is why they are not number one on the list.

After sweeping the Chicago Blackhawks in the quarterfinals, the Islanders were matched up against the New York Rangers for the chance to play in the Stanley Cup Finals. The Rangers finished third in the Patrick Division with 91 pts, and defeated the Flyers in five games in the quarters. The Islanders won five of the eight regular season meetings between the teams including a 5-2 win at Madison Square Garden on the final day of the regular season.

The Islanders may have overlooked their cross-town foes, and they paid for it. The Rangers upset the heavily favored Islanders in six games and went on to play Montreal in the Stanley Cup Finals. The Islanders scored 12 goals in the six game series. For most teams that would be pretty sufficient, but for this New York Islander team, it was unacceptable.
Islander fans were forced to swallow another semi-finals loss, and this one to the New York Rangers. Fortunately for Islander fans, their frustration did not last long. The following year the Islanders began a run of four consecutive Stanley Cup championships.

2. 1992-93-  The 1992-93 may not have been one of the best teams in franchise history, but it's what the team did  in the playoffs that fans will remember most about this season. The Islanders got back to the playoffs after missing the last two seasons and had a first round match-up with the Washington Capitals.
After dropping the first game, the Islanders won four of the next five games, including three straight overtime victories, to defeat the Caps. Perhaps the most memorable moment of the seriescame at the end of Game 6. After Pierre Turgeon scored in the third period to secure the victory, and the series, for the Islanders, Dale Hunter viciously took down Turgeon. Hunter was served a 21-game suspension while Turgeon suffered a separated shoulder.

In the division finals, the Islanders shocked the high powered, and two-time defending Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins in seven games. The Islanders found a way to neutralize Pittsburgh's two stars, Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr with defensman Darius Kasparaitis. After splitting the first six games, the Islanders and Pens went to overtime in Game 7 and Dave Volek scored to send the Islanders to the Wales Conference Finals against the Montreal Canadiens.
Once again the Islanders would be eliminated by the Canadiens in five games. The Canadiens would go on to win their 24th Stanley Cup, the most by any team in hockey.

1. 1983-84-  The New York Islanders were coming off their fourth consecutive Stanley Cup championship. There was a dynasty in Uniondale, New York, and the Islanders were not about to let the cup leave the Coliseum so easily. The Islanders notched just their third 50 win season in franchise history, and finished atop the Patrick Division with 104 pts.
Mike Bossy and Bryan Trottier led the Islanders attack once again. Bossy led the team with 51 goals and 118 points, while Trottier totaled 111 points in the regular season.

After taking down the New York Rangers and Washington Capitals in the first two rounds, the Islanders would take on the Montreal Canadiens for the right to play for the Stanley Cup. The Islanders would defeat the Canadiens in six games and head to their fifth straight Stanley Cup Finals against the Edmonton Oilers.

As good as the Islanders were all season, the Oilers were loaded with future Hall of Fame talent, including Wayne Gretzky, Jarri Kurri, and Mark Messier.  The Oilers took Game 1 1-0, but the Islanders responded with a 6-1 drubbing of Edmonton. The Islanders would not win another game lose the series in five games. In games three through five, the Oilers out scored the Islanders 19-6 .

The Islanders were denied their fifth straight Stanley Cup, while the Oilers went on to win back-to-back Stanley Cups. Since 1983-84, the Islanders have reached the conference finals just once.

Up Next: The New York Rangers

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Week In Review with Kenny and Nick

Ryan McDonald joins the show filling in for Kenny talking about the Kobe injury, and the impact it has on the Lakers. Ryan and Nick give some early playoff predictions as the match-ups start to get set for both Conferences. Adam Scott gets love for winning his major title.

Click link below to listen!

Yankees Have 4 Game Winning Streak Snapped by Orioles

By Nick Ziegler (@Ziggy26x)

April 13th, 2013

Baltimore Orioles vs. New York Yankees

Final Score: Orioles 5 Yankees 3

The New York Yankees fell to the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday afternoon, as the Yankees four game winning streak came to an end, and with the loss Sunday will be rubber game of the first series between these two teams.

Yankees Starter Phil Hughes got roughed up in his second start of the season, and for the second time couldn’t make it to the fifth inning, as he doesn’t look right due to missing a lot of spring training with the neck injury. Hughes went only three innings, while allowing five runs on nine hits, and two walks. Giving up homeruns was a problem for Hughes last year, and on Saturday it was one again, as he gave up three solo-homeruns to Ryan Flaherty, Nick Markakis, and Nolan Reimold.