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MLB General

2006 MLB Breakdown

      With Opening Day on the horizon now is a perfect opportunity to break down the season ahead of us. Every year teams over achieve or fail to live up to expectations due to injuries or various ailments, causing predictions to fluctuate from reality, but hey that’s why they play the game.

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General Sports

The CAA

      All the talk about mid-majors for this year’s NCAA Tournament is surrounding that of the Missouri Valley Conference. Many skeptics believe that a week strength of schedule has led to these teams success but in all reality the opportunity for a mid-major to develop an impressive schedule is a difficult task for coach’s at all universities. While being an esteemed program rich in tradition such as Duke or UNC coaches are looked down upon when scheduling “weak mid majors” granted this didn’t stop Jim Calhoun from doing that this year but that’s a story in itself. Besides the Missouri Valley that is getting so much attention the Colonial Athletic Association should really be given a look.

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New York Mets

A Breakdown of the Mets Outfield

      The outfield is often overlooked when evaluating a team. Although many outfielders are well known for their offensive prowess most do not get credit for their defensive game with the exception of the gold glover’s. Although the Mets have a single gold glover out there in Carlos Beltran, Cliff Floyd did lead National League left fielders in assists last year, and neither Xavier Nady nor Victor Diaz are poor defensively.

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New York Mets

A Mets Fan’s View At The Infield

       Today is the third breakdown of the Met roster, the infield. With our corner infielder’s hitting for power and our shortstop with blazing speed offensively we should be fine. The one major question mark is still second base. Minaya constantly attempted to move the incumbent Kaz Matsui throughout the offseason but he could not find any suitors for the $8.5 million he was due. Manager Willie Randolph has made it clear that Spring Training results will ultimately determine the second basemen. As of now it’s between, Matsui, Brett Boone, Jeff Keppinger, and Anderson Hernandez.

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New York Mets

Mets Starting Rotation At A Glance

     Today is the second of four breakdowns, this time about the much discussed starting rotation. Last year the rotation was greatly improved by the addition of Pedro Martinez, along with Kris Benson’s first and final full season as a Met. By the end of the season, it was considered the deepest spot on their roster, unfortunately in the recent weeks they have traded away much of that depth in favor of bullpen help. This is a questionable process in itself, as a surplus of starting pitching must be considered a higher value then a surplus of relief pitching. To be a closer you have to have a certain mentality, one in which you can immediately wipe out the previous night’s performance, so in all due respect they will be excluded from the category of relief pitching. But the majority of relief pitchers at some point in their career were unable to continue their starting roles and were destined for the bullpen. So had Jae Seo, Kris Benson, Victor Zambrano, or Aaron Heilman saw the bullpen I would’ve been more comfortable with that then Duaner Sanchez or Jorge Julio. Trading for a set up man was questionable in the Seo for Sanchez deal, but the Benson Julio deal was over the top unless of course, the salary was cut in order to have flexibility for acquiring someone such as Barry Zito.

     

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New York Mets

Mets Bullpen At A Glance

      Today will be the first of four, breakdowns of the Mets roster. The team will be broken down into four aspects, the bullpen, the starting rotation, the outfield, and the infield, each of which will be covered by the time the World Baseball Classic begins which, at that point things will heat up. After tomorrow’s Super Bowl the next few weeks will be the worst time of the sport year, as the only thing to watch is hockey, or mid season basketball (and the Knicks suck). This is the only way to truly get information out there until pre season begins and the Classic premieres.

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New York Knicks

Coach Brown Wins His 1-000th As The Streaking Knicks Win 6th Straight

     2006 has been very good to the Knick so far. With a 105-94 win against the Atlanta Hawks the New York Knicks extended their winning streak to 6 games, remained undefeated in 2006 and brought Coach Brown his 1,000th career victory. Larry Brown is now 1,000-762 in 23 seasons as an NBA coach joining the likes of Lenny Wilkens, Don Nelson and Pat Riley as the only coaches to post 1,000 victory resumes. Notice a trend amongst the four? Each was the Coach of the Knicks at one point or another in their glorious careers. Brown was happy with his accomplishment, “It’s a great feeling, when you look at this league, to be in it this long, you feel lucky.” This was the Knicks first 6 game winning streak since a span ranging from 2000-2001.

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New York Mets

2006 Mets Resolutions

     With the New Year approaching every one has their New Years resolution that they will break or completely forget about come January 15th. But for the time being I’ve decided to give each Met player a New Years resolution in which they should fully oblige by in order for this 2006 season to be a memorable one.

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New York Knicks

Enough is Enough Marbury Must Go

The message is clear, the basketball gods could not have set up more of an ideal situation, Stephon Marbury must go. It has been well documented that Marbury needs to be the biggest personality in town or he has to go, and by all means we should let him go.

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Indianapolis Colts

Will the Colts be Dethroned?

     Currently the Indianapolis Colts are 12-0 and are vying to be the first team to run the table since the 1972 Dolphins. On Sunday the Colts are set to square off a familiar foe in the division rival Jacksonville Jaguars.