|Posted by Jinx Grand on December 6, 2012 at 5:55 PM|
Jets: As horrendous and ridiculous the move by Head Coach Rex Ryan to start Mark Sanchez over Greg McElroy and Tim Tebow was, I cannot say that it was unexpected.
If Rex Ryan had finally had enough of Mark Sanchez and said that McElroy or Tebow would start against Jacksonville next week, the amount of criticism that he would receive from the fans and media would be too hard to handle. Sanchez, who Rex had said gave the team the best chance to win, was now being benched because of the way a third stringer had outplayed him. What would that say about the Rex and Mike's confidence in Mark?? Sanchez is the player that the Jets moved up in the first round of the 2009 draft to pick. He is also the guy that the Jets will have to pay $8.25 million GUARENTEED next year, whether he is a benchwarmer or starter.
So, when you break this down, the decision the Jets made was because they have invested so much in him that it would seem like a waste if he was sitting on the bench. It really is too bad, because the Jets may have something in McElroy that will never be shown.
Yankees: Days after Eric Chavez accepted a one year, $3 million contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks, sources are indicating the New York Yankees are offering Kevin Youkilis a $12 million that would last for one year.
Honestly, I do not look at this and say that the Yankees are making the correct decision by offering Youkilis – of all players – a 12 million dollar contract after seeing Chavez walk away to Arizona with a 3 million dollar contract! Although he was traded mid-season, 2012 was statistically one of his worst seasons in his career. He batted an average .235, which was the worst in his career. He also had 60 RBI, which was the third lowest in his career.
Sure, Youkilis has one of the best RISP numbers in the league and batting with runners in scoring position was a weakness for the Yankees last season. But, overall, I think the negatives with "Youk" overpower the positives that the Yankees would gain.
Knicks: If the Knicks seriously want to solidify themselves as a valid NBA candidate this season, tonight against the Miami Heat is the best way to do so. The Knicks already have one victory against the defending world champions that came during the season opener, but I didn't come away too impressed with the way the game went as a whole.
If the Knicks find a way to beat a Heat team that certainly isn't playing the ball that we all know they are capable of playing, then I'll be extremely impressed. But, beating the heat will not be an easy task, especially when Carmelo Anthony – the Knicks primary reason why they are where they are – is not 100% with a hand injury. While I don't expect the Knicks to win, I think that this will be a competitive game.
Here are my three keys of the game for the Knicks:
1. Keep it close heading into the third quarter. The Miami Heat are ranked number 1 in the league for third quarter points with 26.2. For the Knicks to keep this competitive, they need to come out of the half with a lead.
2. Rebounding. The Miami Heat and New York Knicks are two very poor teams when it comes to total rebounding; the Knicks are ranked second to last in the league with an average of 47.2 team rebounds, while the Heat average 47.9 per game. The Knicks need to get a big rebounding performance both offensively and defensively.
3. Tyson Chandler needs to have another breakout performance. Not only will he be invaluable in the rebounding game for the Knicks, they will need him to use his size as an advantage against a smaller Miami team. Tyson's field goal percentage is a league-best 72.1%, and he will need to score points in the paint for the NYK to win.