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Week in review: Spring roster set

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Feb 02, 2014 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

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The Yankees might be finished making significant moves this offseason. At the very least, they’re acting and talking like a team that’s not planning anything big between now and the start of spring training. So what was the big news of the weeks?

Non-roster invitations!

That says more about just how quiet things have gotten rather than just how exciting NRIs can be. With no World Baseball Classic this spring, the Yankees significantly cut back on the number of extra guys coming to camp. Guys like Greg Bird and Addison Maruszak, who were invited last year, were left off the list this time.

Another interesting omission is Ronnier Mustelier, who seemed like a potential candidate for some sort of bench role (a long shot, yes, but still somewhere in the conversation). Instead, the Yankees have not invited Mustelier to camp, which essentially takes him out of the running. A few interesting names that were invited: Emerging utility prospect Jose Pirela, Cuban outfielder (and sometimes infielder) Adonis Garcia, and new-to-the-prospect-radar lefty Fred Lewis.

Alex Rodriguez· Your A-Rod news of the week: Major League Baseball has asked the court to completely dismiss Alex Rodriguez’s latest lawsuit against both the league and the players union. The league says that Rodriguez’s claims to not come “remotely close” to the standard needed to overturn an arbitration decision.

· Major League Baseball approved the use of protective, padded caps for pitchers next season. This would be much more significant news if not for the fact that it seems unlikely very many pitchers will actually wear them.

· A few guys talked about their offseason workouts this week. Mark Teixeira spoke to the Wall Street Journal about the looming uncertainty that surrounds his wrist, and CC Sabathia spoke at a Roc Nation event about his offseason work to add strength while staying relatively thin. Those two are huge pieces of the 2014 puzzle. Still a ton of uncertainty surrounding them, though.

· This was a week with a lot of prospect talk (spurred by a bunch of prospect rankings). Basically, all of those rankings and discussions confirmed what we already knew: the Yankees farm system has more questions than standouts, and Gary Sanchez is a near universal pick as the team’s top prospect.

· Doesn’t seem likely that he’ll be coming back to the Yankees, but A.J. Burnett has decided to pitch again next year. One potential destination is Baltimore, where Burnett could stay close to home and give the Orioles the luxury of patience with their elite rotation prospects.

· Michael Young will not be coming to the Yankees. Considered right-handed option at third base (but a bit of a long shot for the Yankees), Young will retire rather than play another season as a kind of utility type. He’d said publicly that it was basically a choice between reitrement and the Dodgers. Another third base option, Jeff Baker, is reportedly getting close to signing somewhere, but the Yankees seem unlikely.

· The Yankees announced a bunch of additions to their pro scouting department, including former Yankees spot starter Dan Giese.

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156 Responses to “Week in review: Spring roster set”

  1. jmills February 2nd, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    Is there anybody out there, just nod if u can hear me :)

  2. tomingeorgia February 2nd, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    (nodding)

  3. austinmac February 2nd, 2014 at 3:09 pm

    Nodding off.

  4. jmills February 2nd, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    Hi Tom I meant to tell you, I have all these great ceramic lamps ( Royal Hagar etc ) from the fifties. I have a bit of decco as well as, Art Nouveau. I have a lead crystal bowl chandelier from the upper twenties, early thirties ( Czech or Irish? ). I call it the most elaborate kitchen fixture in the world. I have a bronze with spaghetti lacing chandelier in the living room – to die for!

  5. blake February 2nd, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    Sad about Phillip Seymour…..drugs kill.

  6. jmills February 2nd, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    blake, as you and I both know – pharmakon ( ” cure and, poison “)

  7. Hankflorida February 2nd, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    Shocked at Hoffman’s death as I was was with James Gandolfini, and it becomes more personnel when their kids go to the same school as your grandkids and you realize they were devoted dads who will be missed by their children.

  8. Barry February 2nd, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    Hank, someone does drugs, that is the result. No empathy here.

  9. J. Alfred Prufrock February 2nd, 2014 at 3:36 pm

    luis February 2nd, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    Nova is one of the reasons I will be watching… Keep on underestimating him… He will be a force by the end of next season… He has top of the rotation stuff and makeup… If he keeps his delivery in check ( which I think he will ) he is going to win 15+ games and probably be 1 or 2 of the staff… I would say in no uncertain terms that he will be the ace if not for the addition of Tanaka.
    ////

    This
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    Hey Mike,

    Helluva guest spot.

    Crying and cheering at the same time – sounds like Yankee fandom.

    The pinstripes run deep.
    ///

    Hankflorida – thanks for your wonderful reflections of Yore Yankeedom. As per YF, your observations are elegant and the detail is greatly appreciated.

    I am also so very appreciative of your appreciation for Robinson Cano, whom I will sorely miss seeing in pinstripes. At Mo’s last game, I looked down at 2B and wondered: is this the last time for Robi too?

    But I told myself: the Yankees can’t be that stupid….can they??

    Seeing him eulogized by such an erudite Yankee fan as yourself, though, helps it hurt a little less :) Thanks for that.

  10. tomingeorgia February 2nd, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    jmills,

    Had two conversations yesterday, one with a big-time Atlanta auctioneer, the other with a national estate sale firm. We decided to go the estate sale route, with national advertising. The folks we talked to went through the house and estimated it would take them at least seven days just to catalog all this crap, starting with Wedgwood and Lenox china place settings for 54 and sterling silver enough to set the tables for all 54 of them. A massive collection of oil lamps, about 150 pieces of antique furniture of various sizes and uses, fifty or sixty brilliant-cut crystal pieces of various sizes and shapes, and on and on. And then there’s a 24X36 steel barn packed to the gills with stuff we didn’t need for the businesss. An 800lb ice maker, a ten-burner Garland range with a salamander. 9 HDTVs, as many Bose radios, twelve silver plate wine buckets and as many ice buckets. Two stacked washer-dryers, @200 stems of Waterford Lismore crystal in all sizes and shapes, another set of Irish crystal, 5 computers, 8 silver chafing dishes, a ten-foot tall clock, etc, etc. No wonder I’m suffocating: stuff does that to a man. I very much preferred when all my worldly goods would fit in the back of a 63 VW Bug. Looking forward to freedom!

  11. tomingeorgia February 2nd, 2014 at 3:45 pm

    Also to making quite a few bucks!

  12. yankeefeminista February 2nd, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    You mean sympathy, not empathy. And having it doesn’t mean you are endorsing Seymour’s behavior.

    Hi jmills, didn’t mean to leave you alone. Yes, check out Quine and Verlaine. Visionary guitarists.

    Looks like people are stuck at Secaucus station and some trains are backed up in the hours with sweltering heat. Ugh. Poor people. Not exactly a Super Sunday for them. Hope everyone is OK and those attending make the game.

  13. J. Alfred Prufrock February 2nd, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    Hankflorida February 2nd, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    Shocked at Hoffman’s death as I was was with James Gandolfini, and it becomes more personnel when their kids go to the same school as your grandkids and you realize they were devoted dads who will be missed by their children.
    ///

    Hank,

    That’s very sad news. I wasn’t aware of his personal life, so I didn’t know he was a parent. Very talented actor – his Capote was incredibly poignant, and perhaps he related to Truman deeply, as Capote also had addiction issues.

    I understand that addicted people who cross over actually get help on the other side. He will get that help, and then be in a better mental “geography” to help his children from where he is, although they won’t sense it unless they are especially empathic. But he will help them, even if they don’t know it’s him.

  14. J. Alfred Prufrock February 2nd, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    I guess what Barry is trying to say is that he himself does not have empathy.

    Well then.

  15. Doreen February 2nd, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    Good Day!

    Late to the party again, today. I just wanted to say to Mike that I enjoyed his post this morning. Very much appreciated his perspective.

    Life is so nuanced, isn’t it??? ;)

    Two more weeks to P&C, right? Whew. Just about made it through another off-season.

    Enjoy the festivities this evening all.

  16. J. Alfred Prufrock February 2nd, 2014 at 4:03 pm

    Enjoy the game, Doreen.

    As for baseball, let’s hope we have a (relatively? :shrugs:) rain-free April and May so people can actually sit in ballparks and watch.

    :)

  17. yankeefeminista February 2nd, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    Hi Doreen! Hope you are doing well. This felt like a surprisingly long offseason, but we are almost there. And a live MiLB is in the mix a mere two months from tomorrow. Yay! I’m heading out to get some air before dinner. Enjoy your evening too! P.S. And all along I erroneously thought that life was black and white. ;)

    Go Peyton!!!

  18. jmills February 2nd, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    Tom, I think you have more good stuff than I do, mon ami :) Take care of yourself, and get top dollar!

  19. J. Alfred Prufrock February 2nd, 2014 at 4:09 pm

    Enjoy the game, ‘fem.

    I agree, go Peyton!

  20. bardos February 2nd, 2014 at 4:09 pm

    «Barry: Hank, someone does drugs, that is the result. No empathy here»

    Please, think about people as being less than perfect, as we all are. Doing drugs does not an evil person make.

    Interesting quote pops into my head: There but for the grace of God go I. I really appreciated him as an actor, thought his being shone through the characters he portrayed. RIP P.S.H.

  21. J. Alfred Prufrock February 2nd, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    jmills,

    Thanks for the emails. I will dig in when you-know-who is safely asleep and doesn’t need us to race up the stairs :)

    I did deliver the Bobby Baun bear hug, however, and thanks for that! :)

    Be well.

    All :)

  22. J. Alfred Prufrock February 2nd, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    bardos,

    Well said. The sensitivity he embodied in his roles is useful to a performing artist, but sometimes, it’s tough dragging your body around this planet without getting nicked up, physically and psychically.

    You sometimes wonder why we ever agreed to come here.

    Some of us are less hardy, as you point out.

    Have a good evening, all

  23. tomingeorgia February 2nd, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    jmills,
    I regard this stuff as business equipment, but the problem is I can’t depreciate most of it, and I’m not paying 19 or 20 K to move it and store it.

  24. Barry February 2nd, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    bardos,
    Sure, but that doesn’t change anything.

  25. bigdan22 February 2nd, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    What a crazy Super Sunday. Hoffman dies over drugs. And the Woodman sex scandal.

    This Woody story is going to be huge. As big or bigger than the Duck Dynasty scrum before Christmas. Just like that one, everyone is going to have an opinion. Folks in Hollywood are going to be forced to take sides. Ugly Ugly. But as Spock would say “Fascinating.”

  26. Barry February 2nd, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    bigdan22

    It seems the only thing ugly is Woody. It is apolitical.

  27. Doreen February 2nd, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    Thanks, guys.

    I’m hanging in there, as are most of us, true?

    Doing all my spring cleaning while the weather is inhospitable and I’m inside anyway. This will leave me more time to enjoy the wonderful weather we are going to to have after this winter is done! :)

  28. bigdan22 February 2nd, 2014 at 4:38 pm

    I’d like to keep an open mind about these things. These recent events all seem a little too choreographed don’t you think?

    According to CNN, the Times reported in 1992 when the allegations were first made, that the CT state police retained investigators from Yale hospital to determine if an abuse took place. They concluded that it had not.

    If I were in charge of an investigative team, I’d start right there, with that investigation. Also, the alleged victims description is so specific, if she’s not lying, I’m certain there must be other victims. We may see other stories come out the next few weeks. I’d like to look into if there were any alleged claims that might have just “gone away” quickly over the last two decades.

  29. Barry February 2nd, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    bigdan22

    There was a brilliant deconstruction by Robert Weide in The Daily Beast last week that cleared Woody, on paper, of all, and made mincemeat of the innuendo against him, but, it seems beyond the pale to dispute Dylan’s open letter and the forum that has presented it.

    The Daily Beast article covers in detail the points you have indicated and does so convincingly, but as neurotic as the Farrow clan seems, some things one must accept. Arod’s drug usage, Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s, misjudgment. An aside on that. All of my heroes in life, or at least most of them, died of behavioural issues. Doesn’t make me feel less about them, and in some cases, excessive use of tobacco, they just didn’t know, but the facts are definitively on the table.

  30. austinmac February 2nd, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    Tom,

    I’m glad my wife doesn’t know all you are selling.

  31. tomingeorgia February 2nd, 2014 at 4:58 pm

    austin,
    I’ll be sure to post the internet ad for the sale when it’s ready to go. There are a few tons of other stuff, too. Somehow I’ll get the listing to your wife!

  32. bigdan22 February 2nd, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    Thanks Barry. I heard about that piece in the Beast. I believe Weide is the guy who did a big documentary on Woody a couple of year ago which I’d like to see. He’s clearly in Woody’s camp.

    One of the compelling parts of Dylan’s letter besides the detail is that she specifically calls out some of the biggest actresses in Hollywood. Now they are most definitely part of the story. It is certainly fair game for the press to ask their opinions. A “no comment” will appear you a supporting a heinous act.

    As an outsider with my background, I tend to try to stand in the shoes of the counselors for the accused. What would you advise Woody to do now? I don’t think ignoring this will work. He’s going to have to fight back. If not personally, then through representatives. Unfortunately, standing operating procedure now is to attack the alleged victim. Just more and more ugly.

  33. Hankflorida February 2nd, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    In Sam Shepard’s play, “True West,” Hoffman and John C Reilly would alternate roles with each performance, and unfortunately, I only saw one performance of the play. Both of them gave great performances in the movie, “Magnolia,” and it was in that movie that I took notice of them. Since I was a fan of the movies since the 1930′s, the death of most of the actors even the character ones brings back fond memories of their movies, and when the young ones exit the stage like Hoffman and Galdolfini, it is a greater loss to filmdom of what might have been; best example would be James Dean. Two of my favorite actresses still live; Louis Ranier at 104 and Olivia de Havilland at 97 and both with two Oscars for best actress. I digress so back to our National Pasttime!

  34. RhapsodyInBlue February 2nd, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    Well said Hank. One of my favorites, the needle takes another one.

  35. Cashmoney February 2nd, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    Go Broncos! Having no vested interests in either team, I would normally root for the underdog but for the fact it’s Seattle as I have vowed the ruins of all Seattle teams ever since Griffey ran around the bases in 95 series. Go Peyton!

    RIP Mr. Hoffman.

  36. tomingeorgia February 2nd, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    No skin in this game whatever. I used to travel to Seattle a lot, and love the city, but, Go Broncs!

  37. Barry February 2nd, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    bigdan22

    Weide was completely in Woody’s camp. As for strategy — requires a detailed examination of facts/evidence. People like Cate Blanchett and Alec Baldwin must have wide open eyes. Probably as disbelieving as I was yesterday, but not so much any more. I think the guy is toast.

  38. pkyankfan69 February 2nd, 2014 at 5:26 pm

    Go Broncos, Go Peyton!

  39. bardos February 2nd, 2014 at 5:26 pm

    The damage done…

  40. exiledintampa February 2nd, 2014 at 5:38 pm

    Funny how, besides their own NW territory, the only people that want Seattle live in NE. Those Pats fans do not want Peyton to outshine Mr. Brady.

  41. RhapsodyInBlue February 2nd, 2014 at 5:44 pm

    I’m of the opinion that Seattle will do to Manning what Michael Strahan and the Giants did to Brady, pressure him to get him out of the pocket.

    Brady and Manning two of the greatest passers ever to play but neither can run.

    I have no favorites in the game but think that Seattle’s defense will be the difference.

  42. exiledintampa February 2nd, 2014 at 5:53 pm

    Manning and Wilson may get most of the press, but I think the running game decides it. I give the nod to Beast Mode.

  43. tomingeorgia February 2nd, 2014 at 5:54 pm

    RIB,
    What’s trout opening day in NY/VT?

  44. Barry February 2nd, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    Prufrock

    What I am saying is ‘no to enabling.” We all make mistakes and suffer for them. I cut no slack for anyone, including myself. Why, would anyone make excuses for those who should know better? And this goes for the under — as well as the over privileged.

  45. bigdan22 February 2nd, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    As I suspected, Woody can’t sit on his hands. He’s wasting no time on this national holiday as per CNN:

    “The statement released by Allen representative Leslee Dart said: “Mr. Allen has read the article and found it untrue and disgraceful. He will be responding very soon. In the meantime, it is essential that your coverage make the following facts clear:

    “At the time, a thorough investigation was conducted by court appointed independent experts. The experts concluded there was no credible evidence of molestation; that Dylan Farrow had an inability to distinguish between fantasy and reality; and that Dylan Farrow had likely been coached by her mother Mia Farrow. No charges were ever filed.””

    This seems to indicate Woody himself will speak. You have to wonder if he will let himself be interviewed. This may be a bloodier battle than the game today.

  46. Hankflorida February 2nd, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    I am also so very appreciative of your appreciation for Robinson Cano, whom I will sorely miss seeing in pinstripes. At Mo’s last game, I looked down at 2B and wondered: is this the last time for Robi too?

    Alfred, when Tyler Patterson wrote his article rating Cano behind Gordon and Lazzeri. I knew that you would definitely find favor with my eye witness account of both players. As I stated before, I was not happy with the Gordon trade for Allie Reynolds as I was not happy with Cano leaving, and I would hope that my impartial view of both players would be an accurate one. It turned out that I was wrong about the Gordon trade and hope that all the new contracts will bode well for the Yankees even with the loss of Cano, but with him and some of the new recruits, what might have been will never be known.

  47. bigdan22 February 2nd, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    Haha. Alec Baldwin is already going postal on twitter.

  48. pete2 February 2nd, 2014 at 6:14 pm

    Barry. Hard to enable someone who is dead. Without knowing the circumstances of someones dependency its hard to judge. Once it takes hold, rational thought is not possible.

    The source of the heroin he got was probably from Afghanistan which grows 95% of the worlds opium, The Taliban had pretty much eliminated opium as a crop before we took them out. I can’t even get an apple through customs, but somehow drugs and illegal immigrants cross our borders freely. That’s the problem really, but not a topic for Lohud. Must focus on important stuff like the Yankees need for Drew.

  49. jmills February 2nd, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    ” Needle and the damage done “. Since I’m about to radio listen to a game where the average lineman lives only to be 53 or so, I don’t think I can properly refect upon another’s substance use.

  50. RhapsodyInBlue February 2nd, 2014 at 6:22 pm

    Tom, Trout season opens 4/1 in NY. Coming up?

  51. exiledintampa February 2nd, 2014 at 6:24 pm

    Renee Fleming! WOW

  52. jmills February 2nd, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    Compass Rosy, remember, even if Seattle lose, you still have, Hendrix.

  53. Barry February 2nd, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    petre2

    I gather you think Hoffman is not responsible for himself and his self-destruction. Anonymous drug dealers are quite separate issue. I feel certain, when, as and if they are apprehended someone will defend them, individually and collectively, demand confidential documents and charge the court to find affluenza a defense. The guy is dead. Certainly he embraced something similar to this condition rather than life. Well, he got it. Every high profile premature death doe snot warrant ‘empathy.’ At more-or-less our society has demonized violent actions in the defense of your home and property we have, as a piece of group right-thinking, excused atrocious personal decisions, if w
    e perceive enough sensitivity. I don’t think anyone on this board knew Phillip Seymour. Not knowing him seems like a reward.

  54. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 2nd, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    GO NOT PATRIOTS!!! :D

    And especially, GO PEYTON MANNING AND DA BRONCOS!!!!!

    Back to babysitting. sigh

  55. jmills February 2nd, 2014 at 6:30 pm

    Football and hockey are crazy tough. On top of that, elite hockey is out of reach for many parents. $20 000 per year per teenager is not uncommon. Combine that with the chance of getting your brains scrambled, and many moms and dads are saying, soccer.

  56. blake February 2nd, 2014 at 6:32 pm

    Nice fur coat Joe

  57. exiledintampa February 2nd, 2014 at 6:34 pm

    Joe Willie looks like he’s wearing the losers of the Puppy Bowl.

  58. jmills February 2nd, 2014 at 6:36 pm

    In hindsight, when many new rinks were due to be built in the past 20 years or so, maybe we should have moved to Olympic dimensions. Give the skill player more room. Then again, the women play a rugged game without all the male extra crap. Everybody should be wearing a cage over their face. Broken jaws suck.

  59. jmills February 2nd, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    One of the first Super Bowls I remember was Denver with Morten, vs, I think, Dallas. Denver didn’t have a chance.

  60. blake February 2nd, 2014 at 6:41 pm

    Well that sucked

  61. blake February 2nd, 2014 at 6:46 pm

    Big call there….4 point swing most likely

  62. jmills February 2nd, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    I’m one of those quite content with the CFL in, Toronto. 3 downs and a lot of fun passing. Conredge Holloway, Dieter Brock, Warren Moon, Tom Clemons and Damon Allen. Doug Flutie was a riot up here, a veritable field day.

  63. exiledintampa February 2nd, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    keithlaw?@keithlaw2 mins
    Seattle winning but Robinson Cano hasn’t done anything yet #bust

  64. jmills February 2nd, 2014 at 6:59 pm

    I was pretty good at catching and deking, because getting away from everybody seemed like a pretty good place. I was a master at, Brittish Bulldog.

  65. jmills February 2nd, 2014 at 7:06 pm

    I don’t even know the name of the Seattle quarterback. In fact, I don’t know a single player beyond, Manning.

  66. jmills February 2nd, 2014 at 7:15 pm

    Go Seattle! They deserve to win something, because I don’t know if the Super Sonics ever got it done. If Phoenix has a hockey team, Seattle should have a hockey team.

  67. blake February 2nd, 2014 at 7:19 pm

    Seattle is playing a lot more physical

  68. jmills February 2nd, 2014 at 7:21 pm

    Let’s get physical

  69. jmills February 2nd, 2014 at 7:23 pm

    14 about to be 15 nothing.

  70. jmills February 2nd, 2014 at 7:24 pm

    Let it snow let it snow let it snow.

  71. jmills February 2nd, 2014 at 7:28 pm

    I’ve got the Buffalo radio feed for this one. Too bad the Bills never got there.

  72. blake February 2nd, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    This game sucks

  73. jmills February 2nd, 2014 at 7:39 pm

    Wow!!! 21-0, about to be Rick Vaive’s 22.

  74. jmills February 2nd, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    I recall a Grey Cup in the early eighties when J.C. Watts had Ottawa up something like 22 to 1 at half time vs Edmonton. Well, Warren Moon brought the western dead back to winning.

  75. Pat M. February 2nd, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    Coach Carroll’s Seahawks are simply a bigger and faster version of his USC Trojans. They always seem to be running down hill while the other club is running uphill……2 1/2 points was a steal

  76. JobaTipsHisCap February 2nd, 2014 at 8:24 pm

    Peyton manning, sigh.
    Pls don’t tell me he’s the best ever. The fact is he’s not even close.

    It’s time for him to retire. Now.

  77. RhapsodyInBlue February 2nd, 2014 at 8:27 pm

    For my money I’ll John Elway in his prime over Brady or Manning. When the play broke down Elway could run for yardage and he could pass on the run too.

    Brady, Peyton Manning like Johnny U. good pocket passers.

  78. Hankflorida February 2nd, 2014 at 8:31 pm

    Barry, my granddaughter goes to the same school as the Hoffman’s kids, and my daughter had told me before this happened that he was very dedicated to his children and was well liked by those who knew him. The tradegy of his death is that even someone like him who has the money to go through rehabilatation fighting to stay clean and did all those years still succumbed to his addiction to a point of losing his life. Pity those who do not have any resources to fight such an evil on our society and hope that the powers that be will truly fight this war on drugs with cutting off the supply and treating those who have been afflicted.

  79. blake February 2nd, 2014 at 8:34 pm

    This game isn’t really on Manning…..Seattle is pushing the Broncos around. He doesn’t have any time to throw and when he does nobody is open. Seattles defense is dominating the game

  80. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 2nd, 2014 at 8:42 pm

    Tebow commercials are great!

    Bronco score not so much…

  81. RhapsodyInBlue February 2nd, 2014 at 8:47 pm

    blake, I agree. If you read my pregame post that’s pretty much what i predicted.

  82. Hankflorida February 2nd, 2014 at 8:49 pm

    Rhapsody, as a Jet fan, I am unhappy that Hess let Carroll go for Kotite, and as a Giant fan, they better build up a good offensive line because as you say the Mannings are pocket guys who need protection.

  83. blake February 2nd, 2014 at 8:49 pm

    Seattle is a MUCH more physical team and that team usually wins in big games

  84. RhapsodyInBlue February 2nd, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    Hank,

    I agree, if you have an immobile guy like Brady or Manning you need to have a wall in front that can’t be penetrated.

    I’m happy for Carroll who is a real good guy and unhappy for Fox who is one as well.

  85. chicken_stanley February 2nd, 2014 at 8:53 pm

    Drove to Tupelo, MS today… Due to heavy rain, construction, and a confused GPS, I arrived about 3 hours behind schedule. I ran to my room to check the game – big let down… At least my Wahoos won today against Pitt! :)

  86. RhapsodyInBlue February 2nd, 2014 at 8:53 pm

    blake,

    If you have a running quarterback you are not so limited with your offense.

    I’m not a fan of a guy can’t scramble to pick up a first down for his team.

    Manning runs like a fat mailman.

  87. blake February 2nd, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    This is unreal…..

  88. blake February 2nd, 2014 at 8:57 pm

    Manning doesn’t have to run usually….Seattles secondary is just amazingly good

  89. chicken_stanley February 2nd, 2014 at 9:00 pm

    Manning runs like a fat mailman.

    ————————

    RIB – describes me perfectly (except for the mailman part :) )

  90. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 2nd, 2014 at 9:01 pm

    Peyton Manning has to feel like he’s in the middle of a bad dream. I don’t watch a lot of football and I haven’t watched every Super Bowl, but I don’t remember ever seeing anything where one team had so much bad luck. Yikes.

    At what point does all the wind leave your sails? Hopefully not until the clock hits 0:00 of the last quarter.

  91. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 2nd, 2014 at 9:02 pm

    Seattle can’t do anything wrong.

  92. Barry February 2nd, 2014 at 9:02 pm

    Hank, agreed on all points. Sad is the right word.

  93. blake February 2nd, 2014 at 9:03 pm

    What a massacre

  94. Pat M. February 2nd, 2014 at 9:06 pm

    Seahawks play on rollerskates

  95. chicken_stanley February 2nd, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    On the drive down, I heard on the radio that Denver is 0-2 all time in Superbowls while wearing the orange jerseys… also heard that Eli the ape had picked Seattle to win (after picking correctly the last decade or so). Looks like 2 silly streaks continue

  96. blake February 2nd, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    That drive was the first time the Broncos looked anywhere close to themselves

  97. blake February 2nd, 2014 at 9:15 pm

    Between Eli and Peyton they have now scored 1 touchdown vs Seattle this year

  98. JobaTipsHisCap February 2nd, 2014 at 9:31 pm

    It’s safe to say Tom Brady is better than Peyton manning.

  99. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 2nd, 2014 at 9:31 pm

    I’d want to take a knee about now.

  100. blake February 2nd, 2014 at 9:33 pm

    JobaTipsHisCap says:
    February 2, 2014 at 9:31 pm
    It’s safe to say Tom Brady is better than Peyton manning.

    Seattle would have killed the Patriots too

  101. JobaTipsHisCap February 2nd, 2014 at 9:35 pm

    Peyton manning has been nervous since the first play.

  102. JobaTipsHisCap February 2nd, 2014 at 9:40 pm

    Yeah, Blake, I agree.
    But I mean it’s hard for Seattle to keep at this level next season, and we will see it in sep.

    As for QB, Brady just plays much better in big spots, so does Eli. Peyton manning is not a big time QB, though he’s the best regular season QB.

  103. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 2nd, 2014 at 9:48 pm

    “It’s safe to say Tom Brady is better than Peyton manning.”

    Stunning to hear you say that! :lol:

    Meanwhile, Brady is hiding somewhere in the Bahamas while Manning is in the Super Bowl. Though I will say that Brady did extremely well during the Spygate era!

    Difference between Brady and Manning:

    When the safety occurred, Manning was seen calmly talking to his center. If the same thing happened to Brady, he would be seen swearing at his center.

    When Manning was intercepted the first time, he shook his head and walked off the field. If
    Brady were intercepted, he would be screaming in the direction of the intended receiver that he clearly would have overthrown.

    When the Broncos fumbled the ball and Seattle too over Manning walked off the field and was seen talking to his offensive coordinator. If the Pats fumbled the ball and the opposition took over, Brady would be seen swearing at the cheerleaders.

    When Manning was intercepted the second time, he walked off the field and was then seen looking at the play diagrams. If Brady were intercepted twice, he would scream and swear at the intended receiver, scream and swear at the offensive coordinator, and then make a call to Aaron Hernandez, asking if he could arrange a hit. After all, as Gisele said, her husband can’t be expected to throw the (censored) ball and catch the (censored) ball.

    I heard Pats fan say that they would have accepted him just throwing during their last game against the Broncos.

    I don’t know if things would have been any different if Manning’s teams had their own spygates going on. And don’t tell me “they all do it.” That’s the biggest cop out in the world.

    But Brady certainly is a good quarterback. Better than Manning, honest game for honest game? Umm, not thinking so.

  104. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 2nd, 2014 at 9:54 pm

    All of that said, I’m not sure whether Seattle was just plain amazing, the Broncos were just plain dismal, or something in between.

    For me it’s always a win when the Pats aren’t in the Super Bowl.

    :)

  105. blake February 2nd, 2014 at 9:56 pm

    Peyton didn’t have a great game but he really didn’t have a chance to…..Seattle dominated at every position.

  106. blake February 2nd, 2014 at 9:59 pm

    Baseball season is here!

  107. Pat M. February 2nd, 2014 at 10:01 pm

    My money is and always will be on Tom Brady…..I’ve won a ton of dough betting on him and sadly lost too many times betting against him…. Dude makes everyone around him better.

  108. chicken_stanley February 2nd, 2014 at 10:02 pm

    Baseball season is here!

    ———–

    Although I like football as much as the next guy… hooray!!!

  109. tucker February 2nd, 2014 at 10:10 pm

    The Super Bowl was two weeks ago when Sherman tipped away that Kaepernick fade in the end zone. Kap should have thrown that ball underneath to Boldin.

    This was a slaughter. Safe to say the NFC West is the top conference in football right now.

  110. BoJo February 2nd, 2014 at 10:18 pm

    I was hoping Manning would win so he would host SNL again…one of the funniest skits ever was him coaching the little kids on football.

  111. RhapsodyInBlue February 2nd, 2014 at 10:19 pm

    Brady plays much better in big spots??

    That’s a laughter, the Giants “D” smothered him in his last SB appearance in 2009.

    Same way, no different then Peyton he is only as good as his offensive line. He can’t scramble either.

    Manning completed most of his passes tonight underneath, short, because the defensive line didn’t give him enough time for his receivers to run long routes, to get down field.

  112. Hankflorida February 2nd, 2014 at 10:25 pm

    Peyton lost because the Seattle was a much better team. Football is more of a team game as I learned as a young man when Koufax, Drysdale and Podres taught me that lesson during a few days in October of 1963.

  113. RhapsodyInBlue February 2nd, 2014 at 10:26 pm

    I’m not saying either Brady or Manning aren’t great quarterbacks, just that personally I’d prefer a guy back there when the play falls apart who is a threat to run for a first down.

    It gives the offense another weapon. And why I believe all things considered Elway is the best all around I’ve ever seen. And I’m a lifelong Cowboy fan.

    His first Superbowl which was against the Giants he carried that Denver team on his back for the season to get the SB, there were no other all-pros on that team. But in the end they lost to the Giants.

    Elway didn’t have Jerry Rice like Montana did.

  114. RhapsodyInBlue February 2nd, 2014 at 10:31 pm

    Hank

    As you well know with the cap the game has changed. No more super teams, no more depth.

    I remember the SB in 1971 when Johnny U. went down, not to sweat in off the bench comes Earl Morrall.

    The teams today are one injury from elimination. Seattle is a young team, they’ve had a few good drafts, but a time will come in the near when they won’t be able to meet the contract demands of their players because of the cap.

  115. RhapsodyInBlue February 2nd, 2014 at 10:33 pm

    And I remember that series in 1963 very well.

  116. RhapsodyInBlue February 2nd, 2014 at 10:33 pm

    Night.

  117. MTU February 2nd, 2014 at 10:35 pm

    Baseball time.

    Less than 2 weeks till P and C’s report.

    Time for Pat M. and the night crew.

    See you all for breakfast club.

  118. RhapsodyInBlue February 2nd, 2014 at 10:36 pm

    Before baseball we have March madness.

    Then April 1 both baseball and trout season.

  119. MTU February 2nd, 2014 at 10:40 pm

    RIB-

    Not a basketball fan so it’s only baseball for me from here on out.

  120. Benny Blanco February 2nd, 2014 at 10:47 pm

    Wow, so it looks as though the Michael Kay show will replace Francesca. I didn’t know that.

  121. Against All Odds February 2nd, 2014 at 10:49 pm

    trisha – true pinstriped blue February 2nd, 2014 at 9:48 pm

    —————————–

    Manning is hard on his players just as much as Brady is. Even the biggest Manning supporters talk about how intense he is.

  122. chicken_stanley February 2nd, 2014 at 10:51 pm

    RIB- We used to have a trout season in VA… It was great. Folks camping out the night before, roads that paralleled rivers/streams were jam packed with cars… now there is no season – sort of took the fun out of things.

  123. AAA February 3rd, 2014 at 12:13 am

    Elway didn’t have Jerry Rice like Montana did.

    ======================

    When Elway finally had guys around him, he won. It’s never all about the QB.

  124. UpState February 3rd, 2014 at 12:36 am

    BoJo February 2nd, 2014 at 10:18 pm
    I was hoping Manning would win so he would host SNL again…one of the funniest skits ever was him coaching the little kids on football.

    =========================

    Hilarious with him telling the kids “you suck” !

    …oh yeah — the best ???

    Joe Montana.

  125. Bronx Zoo February 3rd, 2014 at 4:52 am

    BoJo February 2nd, 2014 at 10:18 pm

    I was hoping Manning would win so he would host SNL again…one of the funniest skits ever was him coaching the little kids on football.

    ===========

    Funny ? ? Emulating Mike Rice and Bobby Knight ? ? Throwing footballs to purposely hurt kids and disciplining a kid by making him sit in a “Port O Let” ?

    I wonder how long it will take for some wannabe youth coach to do exactly that in real life. Promoting that stuff through a satirical skit is sending the wrong message.

    Glad you found it amusing, whatever floats your boat I guess.

  126. Bronx Zoo February 3rd, 2014 at 4:54 am

    Trisha, 89 wins this year if you please.

    Thanks

  127. Bronx Zoo February 3rd, 2014 at 4:57 am

    UpState February 3rd, 2014 at 12:36 am

    Joe Montana ………….. OH YEAH ! ! !

  128. Bronx Zoo February 3rd, 2014 at 5:17 am

    One of the CRAPPIEST SUPER BOWLS ever, not due to another Denver loss, just that lopsided games aren’t really fun to watch

  129. RhapsodyInBlue February 3rd, 2014 at 6:16 am

    “When Elway finally had guys around him, he won. It’s never all about the QB.”

    True, but the first team that Elway took to the SB had no one on it that made the pro bowl.

    Montana was always surrounded with great talent, more so then Elway. I remember a few who made the hall, Ronnie Lott, Rice, Fred Dean. Rice arguably the best receiver of all time.

  130. RhapsodyInBlue February 3rd, 2014 at 6:23 am

    chicken

    My brother has a home on the N. Fork of the Shenandoah near Winchester. There is a fly shop close by owned by Harry Murray I think.

    My brother said Murray told him that he knows of some decent local brook trout streams. He also runs a guide service. I’m going down in April. Hitting Spruce Creek in western Pa., on the way down.

  131. tomingeorgia February 3rd, 2014 at 6:31 am

    RIB,
    Shenandoah Valley in the spring is one of the most beautiful places on earth. Envy you.

  132. tomingeorgia February 3rd, 2014 at 6:42 am

    I’d love a couple of those brookies, fried in bacon grease, for breakfast.

  133. tomingeorgia February 3rd, 2014 at 6:57 am

    And some hashbrowns, too.

  134. blake February 3rd, 2014 at 7:04 am

    Greatest defensive performance I’ve ever seen in a football game last night…..I don’t think Manning played great….but he never had a chance.

    Nobody was open except little slant and crossing routes and wen then the receivers got murdered when they caught the ball. Manning was hurried the whole game and then he had nothing but little dump offs to go to.

    I really wanted the broncos to win but after seeing the game the Seahawks were by far the better team….maybe the best defense of all time

  135. tomingeorgia February 3rd, 2014 at 7:13 am

    I went to bed in the middle of the halftime show. Nothing to see here, move along.

  136. tomingeorgia February 3rd, 2014 at 7:47 am

    Nothing to see here, either, back in a while.

  137. AAA February 3rd, 2014 at 8:15 am

    Greatest defensive performance I’ve ever seen in a football game last night

    =====================================

    Don’t know how old you are, but the gold standard for defensive performance/overall domination in a Super Bowl remains the 1985 Bears. Ravens 2000 performance might even be better. Still, very impressive effort by the Seahawks. Top 3 defensive performance for sure.

  138. Chip February 3rd, 2014 at 8:28 am

    I’ve now gone and done it. I’ve talked myself into hoping the Yankees get Danny Valencia from the Royals towards the end of spring training. Just thought I would warn you all.

  139. blake February 3rd, 2014 at 8:30 am

    Don’t know how old you are, but the gold standard for defensive performance/overall domination in a Super Bowl remains the 1985 Bears. Ravens 2000 performance might even be better. Still, very impressive effort by the Seahawks. Top 3 defensive performance for sure.”

    Who’s the 85 bears do it against? The Seahawks did it against one of the best QBs ever and the best offense in the league by far…..not saying they are the best defense ever (though they have a case) but as far as 1 game hard to beat last night…..it felt like they had 15 defenders out there

  140. blake February 3rd, 2014 at 8:33 am

    Manning set a record for completions in a Super Bowl last night and it felt like he only completed 5 passes the whole game…..the receivers just got crushed every time they touched the ball.

    That’s why I say the game wasn’t on Peyton….he got the play makers the ball…..it’s just that when they got it they either got mirdered or fumbled it

  141. Chip February 3rd, 2014 at 8:35 am

    Blake –

    It wasn’t on Peyton but he didn’t help the situation and directly led to 16 points against with two INTs (though one was tipped) and the safety.

    end of the day it wasn’t that someone on the Broncos cost Denver the game, Seattle just dominated all phases of it.

  142. Chip February 3rd, 2014 at 8:37 am

    Nick Cafardo speculating that the Yankees could jump in on Fernando Rodney even though the team hasn’t spoken to him since November.

    I think Ichiro for Putz makes more sense.

  143. blake February 3rd, 2014 at 8:38 am

    “It wasn’t on Peyton but he didn’t help the situation and directly led to 16 points against with two INTs (though one was tipped) and the safety.”

    Yea Peyton didn’t play great but it was much more about Seattle than it was about him playing bad.

    They hurried him all game….and made him get out of the pocket to try to find somebody open…..basically their secondary let him have short passes and relied on their ability to tackle….which is excellent

  144. blake February 3rd, 2014 at 8:41 am

    Carfado might be the worst source out there….he just speculated more or less

  145. AAA February 3rd, 2014 at 8:41 am

    Who’s the 85 bears do it against? The Seahawks did it against one of the best QBs ever and the best offense in the league by far…..not saying they are the best defense ever (though they have a case) but as far as 1 game hard to beat last night…..it felt like they had 15 defenders out there.

    =======================================

    Ask yourself who Denver built their offensive numbers against. Soft schedule.

    1985 Bears allowed 434 yards IN THE PLAYOFFS, outscoring their opposition 91-10. In the Super Bowl, they allowed the Patriots 123 yards total, 76 of which came on a 4th quarter TD drive when they were ahead 44-3.

  146. blake February 3rd, 2014 at 8:44 am

    I don’t know if I’ve ever seen this many players unsigned this close to spring training

  147. blake February 3rd, 2014 at 8:46 am

    1985 Bears allowed 434 yards IN THE PLAYOFFS, outscoring their opposition 91-10. In the Super Bowl, they allowed the Patriots 123 yards total, 76 of which came on a 4th quarter TD drive when they were ahead 44-3.”

    Different league….different rules. It’s much harder to play defense today than in 1985 and the scoring environment is more higher…..teams score a lot more now than they did then. The 85 Bears didn’t play an offense anywhere close to as good as the Broncos

  148. AAA February 3rd, 2014 at 8:47 am

    I don’t know if I’ve ever seen this many players unsigned this close to spring training

    =====================================

    I suspect 1995 would top this, but there were different variables in play that led to that.

  149. AAA February 3rd, 2014 at 8:49 am

    The 85 Bears didn’t play an offense anywhere close to as good as the Broncos

    ============================

    Broncos wouldn’t play offense anywhere close to as good as the Broncos if they had 1985 rules.

  150. RhapsodyInBlue February 3rd, 2014 at 8:51 am

    1985 Bears had a good performance I can think of a few others going back. The year before 1984 the Raiders shut down the Redskins and Theismann in a season when they broke numerous NFL scoring records.

    Superbowl in 1990 when the 49ers dominated Denver 55-10.

    The Steel Curtain v the Doomsday defense had a few great games. Those teams were loaded from top to bottom with talent.

  151. blake February 3rd, 2014 at 8:54 am

    ” wouldn’t play offense anywhere close to as good as the Broncos if they had 1985 rules.”

    Maybe not….still manning is still an all time great. So you’re talking about a record setting offense that just blew out New England and the Seahawks almost shut them out…..again I’m just talking about last night not the defense overall

  152. AAA February 3rd, 2014 at 9:03 am

    Fascinating portion of last night’s game came after Lynch’s TD that made it 15-0. In the 16:30 of actual game time that followed, Seattle ran TWO offensive plays (the 2 to run out the last minute of the 1st half) while Denver ran 36. Seattle outscored them 14-0 over that timeframe.

  153. blake February 3rd, 2014 at 9:05 am

    Fascinating portion of last night’s game came after Lynch’s TD that made it 15-0. In the 16:30 of actual game time that followed, Seattle ran TWO offensive plays (the 2 to run out the last minute of the 1st half) while Denver ran 36. Seattle outscored them 14-0 over that timeframe.”

    Takeaways….they feed on that. I was pulling hard for the Bronocs but I had a bad feeling about the game before it started…..pretty much all of Seattles strengths were designed to take away what Denver does. It was a bad matchup and Seattle executed perfectly ….

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