A Month of Fundays

A New York Yankees, Giants, Knicks, Rangers and other stuff blog.

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Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hope all of you have the best the day and season can offer.   Thanks for reading and commenting!

Monday, November 23, 2015

Rangers Win

The Rangers just shutout Nashville 3-0.   Hank had to be sharp, because they are still not playing anywhere near well enough.   That said, the goals came from Nash, Stepan and Hayes, all of whom need to score more, as do Kreider, Miller and others.   Staal and Yandle both collected assists and it seems like the D's are assisting more frequently through the early going this year.  But, another big win and a bit of a balm for the Knick performance or lack thereof.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

This Week on the Blog

It was a quiet and somewhat disappointing week, save for the performances of Porzingis and MZA. Let's see if this week can be better.

Yankees: the Yanks only protected three of extra minor leaguers on Friday, so they could get exploited again in the rule 5 which is still a ways away.   There've been some trade rumors around both Brett Gardner and Andrew Miller.  Either should command a strong return, particularly Miller, and it cannot be like the crap we got in the Lowell, RJ or Sheff trades.  They have to be good trades.

Giants:  The Giants are off this week, although they've been off most weeks of the season.  This week they have to hope they can get Prince and maybe one or two others for their stretch drive.  Amazingly, they could still make the playoffs with a strong finish.

Knicks:  Despite Coach Fisher's many ponderous moves, the Knicks are now on a winning streak.  This is largely because either Melo or Porzingis has been super dominant over each of the last few games.  Let's see if they can both get hot at the same time.   In KP's case, 2 of his last three games have been sensational, and he still has to find consistency with his threes and his night to night.  The Knicks have to figure out if that will be possible with Melo on the team.  Whether it is or isn't it may be time to start marketing Melo at the deadline or prior to the draft.

Rangers:  The Rangers are 15-3-2 and they still haven't played as well as they can.   Nash may have broken out of his slump, that started during the second half of last season.  It will be interesting to see if the Rangers market him.   They're still not getting what they should from Kreider, Stepan and some of the others, but they are winning, and that will, hopefully, let them make the playoffs without having to play at playoff intensity for two months before the playoffs.

Over, let's hope the Knicks and Ranger keep rolling, and let's hope the Yanks have trade luck.  The Giants don't play till one week from today, so let's hope they can avoid non-football injuries till then. Have a great week everyone!

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Kristaps Conquers Houston

After a sort of middling night last night, Kristaps Porzingas went off for the second time in three games tonight.  He just scored 24 points, while grabbing 14 boards and blocking 7 shots.  He also had two assists and was charged with only 1pf.   This was in thirty five minutes in the second of back to backers. Melo only played 24 and scored 14 with 6 boards, and Lance Thomas played too much again.   Let's hope they get that figured out.  Because winning, is like better than losing, man.  Also. the time to build around Kristaps and move Melo is coming, if it's not already here.

Rangers Win in OT

After scoring the Rangers first two goals of the game in regulation, Rick Nash completed the hat trick by getting the game winner in OT.   MZA continued his monster year with a goal and two assists, and Viktor Stalberg scored on assists from Miller and Oscar.   The defense needs to play better as 4 goals in regulation should be all it ever takes, but I am a little concerned that Hank is coming back to earth. Something to watch.   Important win though, after the inexcusable loss the other night.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Knicks Beat Oklahoma

The Knicks just beat Oklahoma 93-90.  Melo had 25 and nobody else really had big numbers.  Zinger was 7 and 6 and was being held like a newborn whenever he was in.  The big thing tonight was that the Knicks were able to hit 12 threes with few misses.  Duran wasn't playing, but Westbrook was and it's always hard to beat them.   In the last few minutes Calderon and Lopez tried to give away the game, but tonight even they couldn't.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

More Yanks Stuff

As the offseason crawls along, the Yanks need to get their 40 man roster locked ahead of the Rule V draft by tomorrow afternoon.   They currently have two extra spaces, and probably need some more if they want to save more pitchers, Cave and Gamel.  Thus we should probably expect a trade or trade or DFA's over the next 24 hours or so.   Carry on.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Knicks: Zinger the Ringer Rises!

And in game 12 of his NBA career Kristaps Porzingis went 29 and 11.   They chanted his name after booing it on draft night.  And guess what?  He's only going to get better.  The Knicks held on and beat Charlotte, with another great contribution from Langston Galloway, and some nice work from all the guards.  Carmelo also scored, rebounded (11) and dished.  This team is so easy to root for and they've got a 20 year old they can build around.  Nice stuff.

Giants: Hakeem Returns

Because the Giants didn't realize they wouldn't have Victor Cruz back at all till yesterday, which was after the trade deadline, they had to hit the NFL scrap heap, where they signed former Giant great Hakeem Nicks.  I'm not kidding when I say he was great.  He was, especially in 2010 and 2011, when he was dominant down the stretch and helped lead the Giants to their last SB victory.  Then he hurt his knee and his thousand yard seasons were over.  He left as a UFA after the `13 season, and that was  big reason why the Giants chose Odell Beckham Jr. in round one of the `14 draft.   It's a shame that Hakeem's prime was so brief, and that's he was still available in week 11, but, for awhile there, he was great.