This past week was pretty brutal for the Knicks and Rangers, and a lot of nothing for the Yanks and Knicks. That said, I hope you all had and are having a wonderful holiday weekend. Can this week be better?
Giants: The Giant lines are decimated, but if they can find a way to beat Washington today, their playoff picture brightens. Hakeem Nicks is active and we'll see if he and Eli have any of their old chemistry. Ruben Randle has never adequately replaced what Nicks was in his first few years, and Nicks is the model for a WR that could compliment Odell. I'd feel a lot better if Pugh and Richburg were playing, though.
Rangers: Everything that the Rangers had been doing wrong while they were winning, finally came back to bite them in their collective ass this week. Sheesh. Their inabiility to clear their zone and tendancy to get bottled up in their own end is embarrassing. And not only is Stepan now missing but Kreider is missing in action and has been all season. Something's got to change, and I'd love to see if Brady Skjei, who can really skate, could help solve the breakout problem they have.
Knicks: The Knicks 4 game winning streak morphed into a 3 game losing streak. That doesn't bother me terribly because they are still being built. What does bother me is that young players like O'Quinn, Grant and Galloway are losing minutes to guys who won't be around when the Knicks are ready to rumble. Thus development is not being properly administered by Coach Fisher, and combined with his lack of late game strategy it seems pretty pointless to have him as the Knicks coach. It would be better to find a current version of Hubie Brown while these kids are learning their way, but I'm not sure who that is. But the job here and now is to develop the kids, and eventually move Melo.
Yankees: The Yanks look like they'll stay trade-centric this offseason, and those could start at any minute. They haven't been linkey too heavily with any of the free agents, and their really isn't anyone I'd want to see them give up their picks to sign. So, once again this year we are probably hoping harder against the negatives (giving up the picks or trading the prospects) than we are for adding talent. It's an interesting position in which we find ourselves.
In any event, a Giant win better be on the way, and it would be nice if the Knicks could win later today, too. Have a great week, everyone.