Monday, November 07, 2005

THE ROSY PICTURE OF THE REDSKINS

This time, the Washington Redskins' opponents emerged out as the controversial team, and the drama that surrounded Terrell Owens failed to help the Philadelphia Eagles a bit. A cast of outstanding players led by Mike Sellers, Chris Cooley, Ryan Clark, Ladell Betts, Derrick Dockery, and LaVar Arrington helped the Redskins to a 17-10 victory Sunday night over the Philadelphia Eagles, giving the threat to the Eagles contention of the playoff race. The Redskins -- who are having their most harmonious season in years -- and the saga-plagued Eagles have suspended All-Pro receiver Owens on Saturday. Owens, suspension has indeed proved to be disadvantageous for the team. In truth, the Eagles don’t seem to miss Owens. McNabb played with several injuries, including a sports hernia and bruised rib. He was still agile, but he often found it hard to locate receivers against a defense that didn't have to worry about the run. He finished 22-for-35 for 304 yards.

KIM NG INTERVIEWED FOR THE DODGERS VACANT GM ROLE

Kim Ng became the youngest person, and first woman, to present a salary arbitration case in the major leagues when she worked for the Chicago White Sox, regarding the case of Alex Fernandez. In 1997, she was hired by the New York Yankees as assistant general manager, which made her youngest in the major leagues, at age 29. She joined the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2001 as assistant GM. Ng gained reverence from Asian Americans in November 2003 when New York Mets special assistant to the general manager Bill Singer mocked her ethic for which he was fired. After a quartet of years now she has become the first candidate to interview for the team's vacant GM job and if she fills all the requisites she will succeed Paul DePodesta to become major league baseball's first female GM. After completing her second year as vice president and assistant GM for the Los Angeles Dodgers, she's now one of only two women to hold such a position in baseball operations and the highest-ranking Asian-American executive in the majors. Ng at the age of 36, who is Asian-American, is a serious candidate rather than just a symbol interview to satisfy Major League Baseball's minority requirements. Theo Epstein, who resigned as general manager of the Boston Red Sox this week, also reportedly has been approached by the Dodgers. Among other possible candidates are Washington Nationals GM Jim Bowden and Chicago White Sox special assistant Dennis Gilbert. The Dodgers hold a 71-91 record this year, which is their worst since 1992 and the second-poorest since the team moved to Los Angeles from Brooklyn in 1958.

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A NOVEMBER TO REMEMBER

The Knicks coach Larry Brown is still trying hard to set the right amalgamation that will bring the Knicks their first victory. The Knicks who are desperate for a win, Brown modified the Knicks lineup, playing rookies David Lee, Channing Frye and Nate Robinson together. His modification seemed to ignite the Knicks. But, the Warriors emerged out as true Warriors as Jason Richardson scored 24 points to lead the Warriors to an 83-81 victory on Sunday. Lee, scored seven points during a 16-6 run that spanned the end of the third quarter and beginning of the fourth. He constantly hustled to keep balls alive and finished with 10 rebounds. Curry scored eight in the first quarter but got into foul trouble again, and did not return after picking up his fourth foul with 3:16 left in the third quarter. Amazingly, Quentin Richardson was scoreless for New York until the final minute. Even the destiny had something else to foretell. Richardson hit a layup and jumper at the buzzer for the final margin.

THE STORY OF THE SABRES SLUMP

The Buffalo Sabres joined the NHL in 1970 after a successful American Hockey League team enjoyed success in Buffalo as the Bisons for several years. They got off to a good start before they even hit the ice by picking future Hall of Fame centre Gilbert Perreault first overall in the NHL's Entry Draft. Perreault scored 38 goals in his rookie season, and was awarded the Calder Memorial Trophy as rookie of the year, but the Sabres did not make the playoffs that first season. This is the story of the first season. This season they have competed in all games with stellar goaltending. They hardly made any mistakes, aside from a few common penalties and those made while gambling late. But this didn’t work out for the team since the result is a droop. For the sixth time the Buffalo Sabres lost in six games Saturday night, dropping a 3-2 decision to Montreal in front of 21,273 fans, which marked the Canadiens' eighth consecutive sellout of the Bell Centre. The Canadiens have retained their hold on first place in the Northeast Division. The Sabres from stellar fell into cellar of incompetence, the spot they've finished the previous three seasons. Right now they are having a tough stretch.

DECIDING THE BEST OF ALL

Conjure of the NFL teams each week seems to offer something new. Choosing the top team in the NFC is the most difficult job one can ever have. The Carolina Panthers have undoubtedly attracted some votes after defeating the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with a score of 34-14 for their fifth consecutive win of the year. The Panthers behind the solid quarterbacking of Jake Delhomme have made an impact. The Buccaneers defense was also threatening. Two scoring runs by Stephen Davis have given the team a boost, but it is Carolina's defense that made the bigger plays by intercepting Chris Simms twice forcing him to do awkwardly once, and limiting Cadillac Williams and Michael Pittman to a combined 43 rushing yards. Williams also coughed up the ball in a performance that figures to leave the Buccaneers reeling -- if that weren't already the case with their Week 8 loss to San Francisco. Now the chaos that is frustrating the discerners is that four teams in the NFC now are at 6-2 and we have to decide, Which one's the best? In a key AFC West matchup the Chiefs are to stay in the hunt with Denver and San Diego. The losses have become synonymous with the Saints. Undoubtedly they displayed a great deal of heart on both sides of the ball, but everything went in vain since they failed to stand against a fairly solid Bears team -- which, of course, makes the Bears the best team in the NFC North. Carson Palmer is once again on the threshold of recording a solid MVP case for himself. He threw two touchdowns, including a 3-yard hookup with Chris Henry, while allowing the Bengals to seize control early and maintain it. The Bengals offensive balance and defensive strength is sure to remain the way it is making them a contender through the rest of the season.