A Month of Fundays

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

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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Giants Shock the World ---- Again

Every once in awhile, the Giants beat the Broncos.  Superbowl 21, the Shock the World Game in 1998, the Eli breakout game in 2005, and tonight.  The Giants were without their three or four top WR's, they were also missing one of their top 3 corners, some DE's, the C, and others.  But, no mind. They used their rearranged OL to get Orleans Darkwa 117 yards.  Because they were suddenly able to run, they abandoned their breakout strategy for Evan Engram, who still had 82 yards and a TD.  And the stars who could play, JPP (3 sacks) Snacks (run D, 1 sack) Janoris Jenkins (pick 6! and 4th and goal stop) and Landon Collins (int), played well, and showed real leadership.

On the coaching side, Mike Sullivan took over play calling, and between that and re-shuffling the OL, the Giants rolled, 23-10.  Huge win, and you now have to look at them as a team that can beat anyone, as well as lose to anyone.  Best Monday of the season coming right up!

Saturday, October 14, 2017

This Week on the Blog

Alright, let's keep talking about the Yanks playoff run in the Yanks vs. Astros thread.  Meanwhile, the Giants still suck, the Rangers are pulling a Giants thus far, and the Knicks will finally start their season this week.  Let's take a look.

The Giants are on Sunday Night Football tomorrow night, and with no Yankee game tomorrow, it might be the ideal Sunday to catch up on everything you've been putting off or meaning to do.  Seriously, the Broncos have elite passrusher and the Giants have no OL, and are down to one or two weapons on O. So what's the point?  Btw, it feels like the owners may not be allowing Jerry to trade future picks for quick fixes.  The situation bears watching.  I have a feeling Jerry could get flipped for Gettleman, if there's no miracle.

Rangers:  The Rangers are 1-4 and both offensively and defensively challenged.  They have a bad coach and they may have finally tuned him out.  That said, AV still did manage to get Filip Chytil sent down. I think it's somewhat significant that he was sent to the AHL and not back to his Euro Team. So maybe he'll be back if he does his phenom thing down there.  He got less that 20 mins over two three games to prove himself.  AV is the only reason the Rangers have not have, and will not have an OBJ, KP, Sanchez, Severino type transformational talent come along.  AV won't allow it, and AV must go.

Knicks:  The Knicks went 0-5 in the preseason, which is fine.  KP and Frank barely played at all, and they are significant pieces of whatever the Knicks will be. Before the season opens, the Knicks have to trim the roster, and at this point they have too many 1's, 2's and 5's, so hopefully trades can be made for Courtney Lee and KOQ, or other veteran extras.  We'll see.

Go Yanks!  And have a great week everyone!

Friday, October 13, 2017

Yanks vs Houston

The Yanks finished this season second to Cleveland in Run Differential.  The difference between this team now is that the issues that made the Yanks finish second: no Sanchez for a month, no Bird for three months, no Didi for three weeks to start the season, two long Hicks absences, and the Judge slump, are mostly all resolved.  Add those missed players in and the Yanks would have finished firtst, by a ways.  Anyway, if the Judge snaps back out of it, I thik the Yanks will continue to surprise eveyone but us.  Let's crush them with our full lineup.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Onto the ALCS!!!!!

Okay, now we are waaay ahead of schedule.  In what should only have taken 4 games, finally got done in 5 and the Yanks are onto te ALCS for the first time in years.  And though the young homegrowns all had their moments in the series, it was some older homegrowns like DRob, Gardy and Kahnle who might have been the biggest heroes.  Anyway, about that, the umps screwed the hell out of Aaron Judge this series, but he could take over the next series, or any series, likewise Sanchez and Bird.  Didi put his foot down HARD with two early homers, and the other kid we traded for, Aaron Hicks also chipped in.  What a team!!!!!!!

Monday, October 09, 2017

Yanks back to Cleveland

If we had a good manager, it would be on to the ALCS on Wednesday, but instead, because we don't it's back to Cleveland for game 5.  I thought we had to win it in 4, and no would would have but for an idiotic lapse by the manger in game 2.  Anyway,  Sevy lit it up, and though he gave up 3 runs over 7 with 9K and only 4H, 2 of the hits were HR's.  He's got to stop hanging so many sliders.  Judge had a big double and Sanchez had a big solo shot.  Clint Frazier had a great game, and Tommy Kahnle got 6 outs, 5 by the K, to end it when Betances was off his game again.  Now they have to beat Kluber for a second time, which is a tough order. especially if he gets the jumbo strikezone he often gets.  Anyway, they need to do this one more time, if they want to go on the run they are worthy of, despite their manager.

Sunday, October 08, 2017


Those of us here have always known that Greg Bird was in the same hitting universe as Judge and Sanchez.  Now more people are starting to get it.  Sure he's had bad luck with injuries and medical idiocy, but here he is now, and because he is, the Yanks will play again tomorrow.  Tonight in a scoreless tie through 7, Greg Bird went second deck and that was that.  Tanaka was brilliant and DRob and Chapman kept it clean.  Big game tomorrow.  Judge still doesn't have a hit and Castro should be batting 9th.

Rangers Beat Habs, 2-0

After two tough losses in their first two games, the Rangers, with Hank looking like King Henrik again, shutout Montreal at the Garden.  Skjei and Mika had the goals.  Mika now has 4 in three games and that line is looking like a ball of fire again to start this season, so let's hope they can stay healthy.  Skjei just keeps getting better, btw.

Saturday, October 07, 2017

This Week on the Blog

I was expecting to choose between yesterday's Yankee heroes for the photo, but, sadly, Joe Girardi didn't let us have any.  Between the 0-4 Giants, the Yanks being down 0-2, the Rangers starting out 0-1 and the Knicks having lost both of their preseason games this week, things have pretty much sucked since Tuesday.  Let's hope this week is better.  Let's take a look.

Giants:  The Giants play the Chargers tomorrow, and both teams are 0-4.  The Giants can't possibly be this bad, and yet, they are what their record says they are.  The defense was terrible last week, and the O is sort of coming around.  Let's see if they can put it together tomorrow and go from there.

Yanks: The Yanks are down 0-2, and it's because they have a non-competive manager trying to manage a competitive team.  There is no excuse for his failure to compete yesterday, and he cannot be brought back. Billy Martin, a competive guy and a great game manager, is spinning in his grave.  A lot of us probably slept poorly.  Girardi's error was far worse than Toe's idiocy, though he would have scored had he just stayed put. He shouldn't be back eigther.  The team doesn't need a mascot. By the way, I do believe the Yanks can win three in a row, but I also went in believing they had to win it by game 4.  That's no longer possible.

Rangers: The Rangers are 0-1 and though they looked good for much of game one, the other goalie was hot and Hank was not.  I hope that's not microcosmic of the season as a whole.  They have a very tough game against Toronto tonight, and the situation with Chytil bears watching.  He and Buch really stood out the other night but when the game bogged down with penalties and kills, AV buried Chytil. So we have to see if his intention is already to send Chytil back.  AV has never won anything and really should not have the power to spit in the scouts' faces.  So let's keep an eye on it.

Knicks: The Knicks will start their regular season in the next week or so, and they've had their moments in the first two games, though both KP and Frank sat last night.  THjr does look more assertive, and they do have some good shooter/scorers, including Enes Kanter who really does have classic center moves.  If they make an effort on D, they might be a little too good to tank.  Though, I still think they have to move Courtney Lee and maybe a a few other guys.

Kind of sad when our only impressive team is the Knicks, and they haven't even won!   Go Yanks!  Go Giants! Go Rangers!  And go all of you, and have a great week.