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  1. Does AV criticizing Richards’ ice football skills mean Richards is going to pout and try to get AV fired?

  2. Manny (To Callahan): “I will remember you…do be da da da….
    Will you remember me?
    Don’t let your life pass you by
    Weep not for the memories”

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    If the Rangers feel they must trade Callahan, let’s hope they do a little due diligence on a guy like Chris Stewart.

    Big, talented, a goal scorer — what’s not to like?

    Enigmatic, disappears for games at a time, been benched in the playoffs and is currently getting 5:00 per night.

    Still interested?

  4. I’d pay good money that I don’t have that Callahan gets traded because he’s not a Vigneault type player and that he’s the one pressing Sather to get rid of him. Also Nash would be the next Captain. Book it.

  5. Callahan throws a lot of hits, but I don’t remember anybody actually being hurt by his hits.

    And once he gets the new 5-7 year deal I guarantee he won’t be throwing as many hits. Other than that he is a nice player, but nothing special to get stuck with a big contract.

    and when will Boyle finally be traded, he is the last piece of the secret handshake gang.

  6. how about John Moore + Callahan to his favorite team the Sabres for Tyler Myers and Zemgus Girgensons?

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    Manny – u know what’s funny?

    They say John Davidson is interested in Callahan.

    If he is, given the meager returns you normally get for a rental, would the Rangers be able to get Dubi for him?

  8. At least Dubinsky would add a bunch of what we lose in Callahan. It’s really sad how the same stuff keeps happening over and over.

    If Callahan is really being shooed has anyone talked to the Jets about E. Kane?

    I’m not excited about Chris Stewart. Especially since that means we certainly sign Richards 2.0 in Stastny.

  9. Losing a guy like Callahan will really make me question what I’m rooting for: Players or jerseys?

  10. Of course JD wants Callahan. 29 other teams in the league want Callahan. Apparently, Slats Revere is the only one who doesn’t want him enough.

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    My fear is if a trade partner isn’t able to do a sign-and-trade, we’ll end up with a draft pick (not a first) or someone else’s contract/problem.

  12. “Cally not an AV type player? What in hell does he want, then?”

    maybe more size and skill?

    Boone Jenner on Columbus could be a good return for Callahan.

  13. repost:

    tommyG

    I agree, Callahan is not worth a 7yr 6 mil contract. What hurts is the stupid contract handed out to Clarkson by Toronto but the rangers don’t need to be stupid here. Callahan is a heart and soul guy but isn’t overly talented to get a 7 year 6mil dollar deal. I have a feeling Sather is going to trade Callahan because it appears Callahan won’t budge on his demands and Sather is not going to give him 7yrs.

    February 1st, 2014 at 2:16 PM

  14. another reason to trade Callahan is that he is one of those players that has never really developed any real chemistry with any players. Zuccarello has instant chemistry with almost anybody.

  15. Oncupin74yearsandcounting on

    When Kreider’s hockey IQ increases he will be a MONSTER .
    The difference from last year to now is huge , one reason is the departure of Tort’s , once he learns to see the ice better and become more relaxed and run over a few more people he’ll be a player to PAY long time.

    Next JT Miller.. lets see what he can do.

  16. Ahem — this is not Beliveau or Yzerman we’re talking about here. It’s the 162nd-ranked active scorer, soon to be 29 years old. If he stays, great. I’d certainly love it. But the crowd here will turn on him in a heartbeat once he gets big money and starts protecting it. If he leaves, there’s a new captain and, presumably, a new player.

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    REPOST

    Heads – I feel your your pain re: Callahan, because I think he’s as proud of being the Rangers’ captain as we are about being Rangers fans. He understands what an honor it is, and what a tremendous responsibility, and this Rochester boy is living the dream.

    But just as we worry about his health and durability, I’m sure he does as well, and I’m sure he worries about the shelf life of his career—and the last shot he has to have to create generational wealth for the Callahan family.

    So if it means accepting a king’s ransom to play for say, the Sabres, he would be crazy not to consider it.

    I hope it doesn’t happen, but I understand if it does.

  18. “But just as we worry about his health and durability, I’m sure he does as well, and I’m sure he worries about the shelf life of his career—and the last shot he has to have to create generational wealth for the Callahan family.”

    yes and we should avoid signing players like that especially to long contracts.

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    Christian Thomas is playing for the Habs this afternoon.

    Where’s Danny Kristo?

    P.S. Prust just got into a fight with Ben Bishop….

  20. Leetchhalloffame on

    Who cares about Christian Thomas? He’s another Sather draft bust who will have little or no impact in the NHL.

  21. Kristo will be trade bait I guess.

    Christian Thomas is garbage 14 points in 23 AHL games for a small softie.

    Prust was always an a-hole.

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    Yes, as a matter of fact he is with Christensen.

    Isbister is an assistant coach for the Univ. of Calgary.

  23. Why isn’t everyone here excited about possibly getting Stewart? Doesn’t he fight all the time?

  24. Details: Paul Stastny and Alex Tanguay didn’t practice Friday and their status won’t be known until game time. Stastny sustained an ankle injury in a collision with several players midway through the third period Thursday in the Avalanche’s 5-4 win against Minnesota. Tanguay tweaked his knee, also in the third period.

  25. Hanzal = Boyle + skill + skating + ability to fight = one of the best power forwards in the NHL.

  26. ‘Dance, ballerina, dance,
    And do your pirouette in rhythm with your achin’ heart.
    Dance, ballerina, dance,

    Dance on and on and on
    20 thousand people here have come to see the show
    As ’round and ’round you go
    So ballerina, dance
    Dance, dance!’

  27. Doubt Columbus will trade Dubi for Callahan. Columbus loves Dubinsky and right now he’s a better player who is more versatile than Callahan.

    Rangers want Umberger?

  28. the Rangers did not want Umberger when he was there property, why would they want him 10 yrs later.

  29. if it would be Columbus, you are probably looking at a Foligno, and Jenner, or Jenner and Dman. someone like a Darlton Prout.

  30. if the Ranger offer is true, 5 years 30 mill, then this is on Cally, because that is a more than fair offer.

  31. I am not a frequent commenter (though I am the creator of the Renney Line Generator), but I do wish to weigh in on the Ryan Callahan situation.

    When I think of Ryan Callahan another former Rangers player comes to mind immediately: Chris Drury. Both have been bigger on the ice than their 5’10” frames, bring lots of “intangibles”, score in the 25 goal range (though Drury did have that one 37 goal year) and probably have a life span of about 12 years in the NHL.

    It is hard to believe, but Callahan is in his 7th full NHL season. For a player like Callahan, the next year or possibly two are the peak of his prime performance years. After that chances are his performance will begin to decline fairly rapidly. The Rangers signed Drury to big bucks in his 9th pro year and we all recall what happened. From my perspective Callahan is in virtually the same career space that Drury was in when the Rangers signed him.

    The “intangibles” that Callahan brings have quite a bit of value and certainly drive up his market price, but $7 million or even $6 million is far too much to pay for his services in my opinion. Even if Callahan were on pace to score 35 goals this year I would still question the logic of signing him for a longer term agreement in that ballpark given the propensity of players like Drury, Callahan and countless others to burn out at a fairly predictable pace.

    Proponents for signing Callahan at a higher dollar value often cite his leadership. Rangers fans in the main, including myself, adore Callahan for his gritty play, leadership and record of showing up for big games. Championship teams typically have a Callahan on their rosters. Not to diminish what Callahan brings in terms of leadership value at all, but the Rangers’ leader and true captain on and off the ice is Lundqvist. Others refer to his hockey performance, but gritty players who can pot around 25 goals can be obtained for far less than $7 million a year. This team has holes to fill and even with the salary cap expected to increase, the team is better off saving the cash in my opinion. Another argument is that when the cap increases there will be inflation on the market price for free agents as every team will have more to spend. So the time value of money says that signing Callahan at $7 million a year with an expected sizable cap increase is really like paying him a little over $6 million in the current market. It’s still too much in my opinion for a player who will arguably soon be on the decline.

    While I would love to see Callahan continue to lace up his skates for the Rangers, my opinion is that Sather’s budget should be in the $5.5 million per year range for about six years. That is provided that there is an adequate return on the trade market, which there appears to be in the St. Louis Blues’ Chris Stewart. Of course Callahan should and probably will go for the payday just as Chris Drury did in 2007.

  32. People talk about intangibles like they’re herpes around here.

    7@6 is not realistic. But if you trade him you better get something of REAL value. Not Ryan Clowe, Derek Brassard or Kevin Klein.

  33. Not sure that is a known fact, bull dog. But in fact, I imagine they’d go slightly over $6M for five. And that won’t get it done. Some near the situation have said they won’t even go to $6M because that becomes the bar for McDonagh, Staal and others down the road.

  34. I actually do, bull dog. Blame Sather for all the dumb contracts he doled out, which led to the Clarkson contract last summer, which led directly to Callahan’s demands, IMO.

  35. this is what the salary cap was designed to do. keep big market teams from being able to sign there guys. if there was not a cap, Cally, Girardi, Boyle are all signed.

  36. and I don’t blame Callahan one bit if he thinks that seven year/$42M is out there. I think it will be.

    Not 100 percent convinced, though, that he will get it from another team before July 1.

  37. I have no doubt that Cally will get 7 years 42 mill from somebody, and I think Sather is right in holding the line. my heart wishes the Rangers would go ahead and pay him. Sather is also correct in that if they can’t sign him, they should move him.

  38. you can blame Sather for the dumb contracts if you want Carp, but some other idiot GM would have paid those guys the same, if not more than Sather did.

  39. That’s arguable. But Sather really got the ball rolling with the Drury/Redden/Gomez B-listers to A-list contracts, then the gross overpay of Richards (again, officially it was nine years, $60M, but it was designed so that the last three years at $1M are never cashed; so in effect Richards got $57M for six years. That is a gross overpay).

  40. When I think of Callahan I think of a glorified undersized 3rd liner whose stats were padded by getting a ton of icetime and PP time and who could never be relied on to fight because he never fights, but always manages to get injured. So yeah basically Chris Drury, except Drury had more knack for scoring, while Callahan has more knack for hitting often, but not very painfully. And like Drury he never had any real chemistry with anyone on the Rangers.

  41. When was the last time the Rangers lost a top free agent because they couldn’t afford/didn’t want to pay?

    Not counting Prust as a top free agent.

    Messier was a completely different situation. (ironically, $6M per).

  42. At least Sather is learning from his mistakes if he’s keen on holding his ground on this deal. 6mil is the most I’d ever consider and that’s already too much. Oh well.

    Warren Mason is money.

  43. and I don’t think it’s fair to blame Callahan if he believes seven/$42 is out there. It probably is. Why would he take five?

  44. No I like Callahan, just being honest. I like him under 4 million; over 5 mil is overkill.

    “and I don’t think it’s fair to blame Callahan if he believes seven/$42 is out there. It probably is. Why would he take five?”

    how about loyalty to the team that gave you a career and a captaincy on top of that?

  45. yeah, that’s not happening, QQQ. How about loyalty after owners shut down your sport and cost you a full year, and then a half a year of salary?

    How about loyalty when your GM signed a borderline first-line center for six years, $57M?

    Why wouldn’t he be entitled to do what every free agent who’s come here has done — go for the biggest contract you can get?

    I would. You would. We all would.

  46. Love how Sather will let Callahan leave/be traded for a 7/$42 contract but will probably sign someone like Stasny to 7/$60. Just shows how much of an out of touch moron he is.

  47. Callahan’s best alternative to a the negotiated settlement with the Rangers that he claims he would like is to hit the free agent market and sign with the team he believes has made him the best offer.

    Sather’s best alternative to a negotiated settlement with Callahan is to acquire the highest return for a departing asset which he will lose for nothing if he fails to sign and doesn’t trade.

    I really dont get this talk of “blame game”. There should be no blaming here. It’s just a business transaction, a plain and uncomplicated business transaction.

  48. “When was the last time the Rangers lost a top free agent because they couldn’t afford/didn’t want to pay?”

    Clowe wanted too much money and too many years.

  49. Put it another way.

    If I had an envelope in my right hand with $35 in it, and an envelope in my left hand with $42 in it, and said take one, which one would you take?

  50. “yeah, that’s not happening, QQQ. How about loyalty after owners shut down your sport and cost you a full year, and then a half a year of salary?”

    And NHLPA is innocent and had no unreasonable demands and didn’t hire some dude that caused a lockout somewhere else?

  51. Carp the last time that happened was with a previous captain- Jagr. And with messier too. But Jags came out and said that if Gomez and Drury were worth that kind of money to Sather than he should be worth more. And that was that. And there was nothing anyone can so about it (to quote goodfellas)

  52. “Why wouldn’t he be entitled to do what every free agent who’s come here has done—go for the biggest contract you can get?

    I would. You would. We all would.”

    not all, some players take a paycut actually, now that is loyalty and leadership.

    “he also had brain damage.”

    Callahan has body damage

  53. Give me that long list of players who have taken paycuts.

    And please don’t confuse my trying to be logical and fair as thinking that the Rangers should pay him $42M over seven years. I certainly do not think they should go there.

  54. again, I wasn’t around for the Jagr years. The Messier thing was altogether different. Checketts/Smith wanted him out and made him an offer they knew he would refuse. They made it very clear to him that he wasn’t wanted any longer.

  55. Tavares gave a discount to stay with the Icelanders.

    His agent should be tarred and feathered.

    What an imbecile.

  56. Sonny: “You’re taking this very personal. Tom, this is business and this man is taking it very, very personal.”

  57. Tough call, but I’m thinking Cally is traded, if he doesn’t want 6m for 5 years.

    The new cap makes it difficult to deal out Richie Rich deals.

  58. If Cally is a goner, and I only mean IF…..

    I hope he goes to the Blues.

    It would be easier to watch him be the final piece to a team to help them WIN the cup!

  59. Carp,
    there are no guarantees that 2nd envelope is going to have what you are looking for in it.

  60. Hi Carp!!

    Latona, Dolan too. But he cares less than zip about the Rangers except for the dollars and tax breaks they bring in. Sather is the one making ALL the decisions about the Rangers.

  61. Ria( the silent bonehead) on

    Carp your 5:42 is the reason for the 6 stadium series games. The owners & the league had to make up for the lost revenue because of their lock out last year. Question Carp is the revenue they made from these games considered HRR?

  62. Good evening all! Do I really have to hate this winter any more by worrying about Cally? Holy mother hartnell.

    I forget who said this earlier, but it was a post about wondering if they loved the players or the jersey. For me, it’s of course about the jersey, but dang! I hate to lose certain players, because of course it’s also about the players…at least on my team. Fug.

  63. “I do you a favor and take Freddie in when you’re having a bad time, and now you’re gonna try and push me out! “

  64. speaking of Taveras. has a “Star” player ever cared less about playing Defense? he doesn’t even try in his own end.

  65. “Freddie, that thing can’t be real.”

    “Sure it is. That’s why they call him Superman.”

  66. ThisYearsModel on

    Monte Hall? LOL. I do not ever blame a player for getting everything they could. I don’t blame Cally….this is his only real kick at the can. I recall that the team personnel changed when Torts came too. This is natural when there is a new coach and a new philosophy as fa=r as the system. It will bring me no joy to see Cally in a different uniform, but $6MM for 7 for him and say goodbye to a couple other players we don’t want to lose in the next 3 years.

  67. thats not what I said. he is a great offensive player, but the Islanders just let him do whatever he wants. he does not play D. he has never been coached to. Crosby at least tries real hard in his own end. Taveras could care less.

  68. rather have a 40-goal, 90-point guy who floats on defense than a 22-goal, 60-point guy who floats on defense.

    but lots do and have done … Jagr, Mario, Ovechkin, Gaborik, heck, TGO didn’t win many Selkes and the Captain was known to fly the zone on occasion.

  69. the guys you mention Carp, as you said were not Selke winners. but they always wanted the puck back, and would do what it took to get it back.

  70. Seriously? you think Tavares doesn’t want the puck back?

    Major league nit picking. The kid is already among the top 5 players in the league, and moving up.

  71. He put a pretty good slash on Hagelin’s hand trying to get the puck … I talked to Hagelin about it today. He said it’s fine, and he’ll take that slash to get JT off for two minutes every day. I said, as long as he doesn’t break something.

  72. The kid is super talented, very competitive, strong as a bull and hates losing.

    He turned Oksposo from a 1st round bust to an All-Star.

  73. I did not say he didn’t want the puck back. I said he does not really know how to go about getting it back. he does not have a clue in his own end.

  74. Imagine having that kid tied up with that cap-friendly contract (he had to fire his agent, right?).

    Right now I’m not sure he’s not the second best forward in the league.

  75. Based on the sample of games I’ve watched him play in the last two years, it appears to me that he spends the majority of his shifts and TOI in the offensive zone.

  76. Going to be real interesting watching him and Crosby compete with each other at the Olympics.

  77. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Tom Hagen – “I’m German-Irish”

    Jack Woltz – “well my Mick kraut friend…”

  78. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    I like Avery’s light blue sailor suit ensemble. Blue vest, matching shorts, and white shirt…

  79. Sens/leafs just about to get ugly. Nasty hit by Kadri on a non boarding call to set up a tying goal. Fireworks coming

  80. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Don Corleone, I am honored and grateful that you’ve invited me to your home on the wedding day of your daughter. And may their first child beca masculine child.

  81. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Hagar, step, mza, brassard, d Moops, cally, secretariat…how many are over 200lbs?

    Size matters!

  82. Cliche only played 12:46.
    PA Parenteau had 17 mins and was +2
    J Mitchell had 18:42

    Role players I know, but discarded for no good reason.

    this team goes through some personnel.

  83. which one?

    not sure when it goes down. Not sure other teams with permission to negotiate will go near $42M so quickly. Why would they?

  84. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Brazini is dead. So is Phillip Tattaglia. Moe Greene. Stracci. Cuneo. Today I settled all family business so don’t sit there and tell me you’re innocent.

  85. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Admit what you did…….Get him a drink. Don’t be afraid Carlo. Come on, you’d think I’d make my sister a widow? I’m Godfather to your son. Go ahead, Drink. Drink. No, your punishment is you’re out of the family business. I’m putting you on a plane to Las Vegas. You’re finished.

  86. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Only don’t tell me you’re innocent because it insults my intelligence and it makes me very angry. Now, who approached you? Tattaglia or Barzini?

  87. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    You’re not gonna wanna hear this Sonny, but if your father dies, you make the deal.

  88. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    She was beautiful, she was young. She was the greatest piece of assen I’ve ever had and I’ve had ‘em all over the world.

  89. It ain’t the way I wanted it!
    I can handle things! I’m smart!
    Not like everybody says… like dumb… I’m smart and I want respect!

  90. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Doesn’t cally already make like 5.5 mil per year anyhow?? (S)

    I mean if you take his 4.2 mil, and divide it by 82 games you get his salary, but since he plays less games due to injury (he has missed 17 this season…so far) he makes a higher amount per game (estimating 65 ish).

    So based on the amount he gets paid for games he actually plays if he then played 82 games he would actually be making like 5.5 mil per (lol)

    I, in all seriousness, would not pay him more than 5.5 mil for 5 yrs or 5 mil for 6 yrs, and I really like the guy, but he’s getting into prust territory in my book.

  91. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Wicky – take your hockey talk elsewhere…

    He was knocking cocktail waitresses off, two at a time. No one could get a drink…

  92. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Carp
    He does…but I guess that means step plays at about a buck oh five 99% of the time ;)

  93. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Stepan throws body checks by first coming to a complete stop…then brushes up against the opponent. Must feel like a fly landing on you…

  94. hahahhaa..sometimes I like this place when it’s just (g)jibberish….To all you who had awesome Sweet 16 comments, I stick salute you….

    niters all, early morning for a Sunday…mama love…

  95. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Eddie
    Living out of boxes still…making slow progress

    Start the new job on Monday, fly out to meetings in Boise on Tuesday…no rest for the wicked (or Wicky ;))

  96. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Sonny – “how’s Paulie?”

    Clements – “oh Paulie? You won’t see him no more!!”

  97. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Probably 30 players you could say that about…..but he’s having a hell of a year after coming back from the shoulder injury…

  98. ThisYearsModel on

    If BRich gets bought out, he can do some consulting work in China. It’s the Year of the Horse this year.

  99. Carp, you are paying too much attention to this blog’s ethos. At the time of signing, Richards was hardly a “borderline first-line center”. Whether he has evolved into that is debatable, but you’re talking about the #12 active scoring leader, former Smythe and Byng winner, still in the argument about whether he makes the Hall of Fame. That he is despised on this blog for not being something he never was is disconnected from how he is rightly perceived elsewhere in the hockey world. Callahan will never be in Richards’ class as a player, even if he is likely a better team leader, and if he gets a Richards contract, I’ll be surprised.

  100. Norm, I didn’t think Richards was a superstar by any stretch at the time he was signed, and I said then that the contract had Drury 2.0 written all over it. Was he a No. 1 center? Yeah, he was. Lady Byng is meaningless. He did win and deserve the Smythe.

    The contract looked like nine years at $6.67M per. It in fact was six years at around $9.5M per year because of the design of the last three years that would never come to fruition. That’s too much for anybody not named Crosby (or Lundqvist??), but way, way too much for a non-superstar, non-all-star, non-scoring leader type.

    It is that contract that causes most of the resentment here, I believe. He’s a good player who plays one side of the ice and has lost more than a step and lots of his compete.

    He’s a borderline No.1 center now. You could argue borderline No. 2.

  101. Norm, again, you said it perfectly to my admiration.
    Reasonable or not is “spark plug” Cally, with all his invisible intangibles, consider him gone. It would be insanely, badly hurt team if his demands would be satisfied and signed – it is so obvious, that repetitive conversation about it become preposterous. Who we can get for him another story…I’m not at all against Stewart – guy is younger, bigger, meaner; can score, has better statistics and throws punches on “first come – first serves” base. Isn’t it exactly type of player lack of which on our team, all this blog unanimously was whining about? With mentally normal, patient coach he will play above OK. If Poulliot could turn…

  102. Carp,
    remind me again, please, what all sport writers, you including, were writing whole season before BRich signing, about Rangers desperately needs of top center and who else was available as a center that year?

  103. As for the money… Well, market – demand/supply. If in MSG just one company is selling hot dogs,they can charge you $12 (which,of course,is insane and doesn’t reflect it value per se), but a lot of ppl. prefer this to alternative to stay hungry.

  104. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Carp – werd on your 10:58 “….lost more than a step and lots of his compete”

    Give me an AMEN, my brutha from anutha.

  105. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Richards isn’t a # 1 by a long stretch and while he certainly plays like #2, he isn’t top 6 on very many teams in this league based on his play the last few years…

  106. Again completely ignoring the fact that AT LEAST 2 teams offered same number of years AND MORE MONEY to Richards. He chose to sign here for less. He was the best playmaker available, with a great relationship with the coach, with a Cup on his resume. And the Rangers desperately needed a #1 center which Richards was.

    If people are crying after the fact about that contract wait 3-4 years into that 7 year 6 million per that Callahan wants.

  107. Again the rumored offer of 5 years at 6 million per is completely fair. That’s more than Dustin Brown is making and Brown > Callahan. If he ends up going to Buffalo for 7 years at 6 or whatever per and never sniff the playoffs again dont start saying it’s because he wanted to go play for his hometown team or be closer to grandma.

  108. I don’t believe Richards was offered $9.5M per for six years. I could be wrong.

    Brown got eight years. He is better than Callahan, IMO.

  109. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    The biggest problem with Cally is his inability to play an entire season. He wont last 5 years much less 7 or 8. In 3 years you’ll see a tremendous drop off in productivity IMO.

  110. Disgraceful headline in NY Post above a Cyrgalis article, to wit: “RANGERS CALLAHAN WON’T ENGAGE IN CONTRACT TALK”
    What they mean is that he won’t engage in talks with the PRESS. And why would they expect him to?

  111. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    It’s unreal that the NY Giants are playing in the Super Bowl in their home stadium. The jerry Reese countdown clock was a brilliant idea.

  112. Soon as a new post goes up, I will repost this, given probably few will see it. Just my take on the Supper Bowl.

    1. The NFL wants to add a ring to the “mystique” of Payton Manning’s HOF career, so that he is not always in his little brother’s shadow by comparison, in that regard.

    2. Incredibly gauche and brazen as it is, they go ahead and name Manning the NFL MVP on the eve of the Supper Bowl. They must know something. lol.

    3. Given what we know to be the league’s bias in favor of Manning and therefore the Broncos, and given that the officials in the Pittsburgh – Seattle Supper Bowl debacle “slanted” the calls Pittsburgh’s way, why should we believe, if this game is close in the second half, they will not tip the scales toward Denver? (They will.)

    4. Much, if not all of the above will be negated IF Seattle wins the coin toss and elects to receive. That would be an indicator that the fix may not be in.

    However, if Denver wins the coin flip and elects to receive, it could mean nothing, OR it could mean that not even the smallest detail is being overlooked in the league’s zeal to get that second ring to “The Man.”

    5. Last and least, if Seattle wins the game, about 3 guys outside of Seattle from Maine to California rush out to buy a Russell Wilson jersey. Peyton Manning and Co. win = some licensees are going to be extremely happy, which is what the NFL wants them to be.

    I am wrong more often than I am right, on these matters, but all the ingredients are present here for some big-time Striped Shirt hanky-panky. I like the Broncos minus the 2 1/2 points, needless to say.

  113. Robby,
    do not re-post anything that contains the “lol” nonsense, this is against the good sense.

  114. if Denver wins the coin toss… they always defer.

    Peyton is 10 times as good as Eli.

    you need help.

    Broncos by 14

  115. The one way Seattle wins this game is to win the toss and take immediate control of the scoreboard. Denver cannot allow that to happen – if they win the toss.

    And this is the Supper Bowl, everything that happened, trend-wise, before this game is null and void. Predictability is out the door, in this game, wherein you look for surprises/the unexpected/the psychological advantage, you do not run the strategies and plays the other team has you programmed to run, per regular season tendencies.

    LOL.

  116. Hey, the fix is in for Denver, make what you want of it including taking it to the bank, if your blood is rich enough.

  117. Let’s have a peek at the modern multiple-winners of the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy: Kelly, Keon, Delvecchio, Mikita, Bucyk, Ratelle, Dionne, Gretzky, Bossy, Mullen, Francis, Kariya, Datsyuk, St. Louis. I’d imagine one-timers Richards (and each Hull) is OK being in that sort of meaningless company. Meaningless, my toe.

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