Saturday, February 11, 2006

New York Mets to get Henderson back

It is very exciting to know that Henderson is going to join back the major league and this time he is coming in the role of an instructor for the New York Mets. Henderson has accepted a position as a hitting instructor for the New York Mets on February 10, 2006, and would be joining Mets as spring training instructor. According to the news column this famous player had not been playing in the league since 2003. He was playing with the Los Angeles Dodgers prior to 2003 season.

Henderson played his last game on September 19, 2003; he was hit by a pitch in his only plate appearance, and came around to score his 2,295th run. Though it is increasingly unlikely that Rickey Henderson will return to major league action, his status continues to confound. It was reported by NBC and ESPN that Henderson had announced his much-delayed official retirement on December 6, 2005, but this was denied by his agent the following day.

He plans to instruct the players of the Mets team: we hope for the best for this team as they are getting Henderson as there trainer. Rickey is the best leadoff hitter in the history of the game. It seems that he too like other men of honor want to add to there scores. I think that the hidden desire of Henderson is to add to his 1,406 steals and 2,295 runs- both major league records.

The 47 year old outfielder who has unique playing style with one unusual feature: that he throws with his left hand and bats right-handed. A lot of right-handed throwers bat left-handed, but the opposite is extremely rare, especially among non-pitchers. He is Major League Baseball's all-time leader in runs scored and stolen bases, and holds the single-season record for stolen bases. Henderson played for the Mets in 1999 and part of 2000, and then was released by New York after he failed to run out a drive. He and Bobby Bonilla were accused of playing cards in the Mets' clubhouse during 1999's season-ending, extra-inning loss at Atlanta in the NL championship series. He has shown brilliant career and will definitely prove to be a perfect instructor for Mets.

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Life is a Gamble

A nationwide gambling ring, taking bets from about half dozen current players, sounds like Godfather from Canada to me. We all hope these accusations are not true. Richard ‘’Rick’’ Tocchet a four times NHL All-Star, assistant coach of the Coyote has being accused of Financing a nationwide sports gambling ring based in New Jersey that it may involve more people, I mean the people that we trust up there. ‘’ It is not a hockey-related issue, it’s a football thing’’. This statement according to the Godfather Rick the Tocchet. Are you feeling any better? On February 7 Rick Tocchet was granted an indefinite leave of absence by NHL commissioner Garry Bettman a day after being formerly accused. Tocchet was publicly implicated by New Jersey authority and he is expected to be arraigned within ten days. He is to cease all contact and communication will all NHL and team personnel and stay away for duration of his leave. These are the conditions to be met as the part of the agreement of his leave. Authorities also are exploring links between the gambling and Philadelphia-area mobsters. Hockey players are prohibited from making NHL wagers, legal or otherwise. But there are no rules that forbid hockey players from betting on other sports. May be this is not a big deal after all, is it?

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Injuries - Halt in success and games for Canada’s Jovanovski

The well known and famous player of National Hockey League, Canada ED Jovanovski will miss the Olympics due to lower abdominal injury. He may have to miss the Olympic hockey tournament which is scheduled to start from February 15 in Torino, Italy. It was realized after meeting a leading doctor that surgery is the best solution to his problem. It is estimated that he would be replaced with the Toronto defenseman Bryan McCabe, who was selected in Canada’s backup squad.
Jovanovski is a player of Canadian professional hockey. He plays for the National Hockey League's Vancouver Canucks. This eminent player of the hockey league was drafted by the Florida Panthers in the 1994 NHL Entry draft and appeared in the Stanley Cup playoffs finals with the Panthers in 1996. The player possesses smooth skating skills, offensive flair and heavy body checks. He brought laurels to the team by being a part of it and attaining success. His achievements include being a part of the 2002 Canadian Olympic gold medal team, the 2004 World Cup Championship team and the 2005 World Hockey Championships silver medal team was selected to play for Canada team at the 2006 Olympics but had to pull out before the tournament due to injury. Jovanovski, a three-time NHL All-Star, has six goals and 22 assists in 39 games this season for the Canucks.
When contacted McCabe, he said that he was very excited on the chance of playing being a part of this team. He expects to have a lot of fun and being able to give a terrific season. Toronto coach Pat Quinn will coach the Canadian team. “Its hard news for Ed and his family and for us," said Canucks vice president Steve Tambellini, also the Canadian Olympic team's director of player personnel. "On the other hand I'm sure he's relieved he can take some action now and have some timetable to get back and play for us." All team members, coachers, fans and the worried people wish and pray for his healthy and soon return in the team. For more information please refer to www. Nhl.com

Monday, February 06, 2006

‘’Willie the mystery’’ ceased the moment and made history…..

When we thought we have seen it all, there comes Willie Parker and gives us something to remember. History was made at the Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan on February 5, 2006 when running back Willie Parker of the Pittsburgh Steelers ran 75 yards for a touchdown on the second play of the second half against Seattle Seahawks, the longest run in Super Bowl history. This was one yard longer than Marcus Allen’s touchdown run for the Los Angeles Raiders in 1984 against Washington Redskins. The Pittsburgh Steelers needed every little shred of history they could get their fingers on to craft a one for the books ending on Sunday, beating the Seattle Seahawks 21-10 in the Super Bowl XL. The electrifying 5-10, 209-pound, looked as though he should have strutted into the NFL last year as a first round draft choice rather than someone who was an undrafted rookie forced to scratch and claw his way into the Steelers’ 53 man roster. Willie Parker was an undrafted rookie free agent who signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2004 on the recommendation of scout Dan Rooney Jr., the son of team chairman Dan Rooney. The youngster began to climb the depth chart when he carried 46 times for a team leading 202 yards during the 2004 preseason. And then he played sparingly before a big effort in the regular season finale allowed him to make another strong impression. His 102 yard effort on 19 carries helped pace a 29-24 victory that dashed the host Buffalo Bills’ playoff hopes. Fast Willie played for Clinton High school in North Carolina; in his junior year he led them to the state title, and in his senior year he ran for 1,801 yards, and led the team to the playoffs. Willie Attended the University of North Carolina and signed as free agent with the Steelers in 2004. Willie the Mystery spent the 2004 NFL season as a backup player behind Jerome Bettis, Duce Stanley and Verron Haynes. Due to injuries to Bettis and Staley, he was named the Steelers’ starter before 2005 season. Moments after the Rolling Stones rocked a Ford Field, Willie Parker broke a record 75-yard touch run. Alan Faneca pulled and made the block that sprung fast Willie for the TD. The Steelers’ leading rusher this season with 1,202 yards, he was limited to 11 yards on six carries in the first half. Bill Cowher said at halftime the Steelers had to stay with the run, and they did so by getting Parker free on a second and 10 play. ‘’ I just knew it was going to be a great play,’’ said Parker,’’ they called it at the right time, and Faneca just Paved the way.’’