Week in Sports: Cliff Lee, a Giant comeback, and 23,000 teddy bears


And Brett Favre's purple hand.


Derek Evers and Jeff Walls | December 20, 2010

Snowy English Premier League Soccer Goal


The concept of doing a weekly sports recap became increasingly more justified in a seven-day span that saw the creation of one of the best pitching rotations, the end of multiple eras, a New York Jets patsy and 23,000 teddy bears. And that was only the beginning.

The purple hand that shook the world
The Minnesota Vikings usually do well when the color purple is in full effect — except when it's Brett Favre's hand one week after getting drilled by the Buffalo Bills' Arthur Moats. Or should we call him Legend Killer? The injury Favre suffered from the hit forced him to sit out the game against the Giants, ending his record streak of 297 consecutive regular season games started by a QB. As for Moats and the Bills, they haven't lost since ridding the NFL of its most annoying player.

Brett shouldn't feel too bad though, he wasn't the only longtime starting QB riding the pine. The Redskins benched Donovan McNabb in favor of Rex Grossman. And no, that is not a typo. Marinate on that for a minute, while I get the ball rolling on predictions of where McNabb plays next year. I'll say San Francisco as the mentor to Troy Smith.

A Giant collapse
Incidentally, the Giants closed out the week with an epic collapse of Houston Oiler proportions to McNabb's former team. Michael Vick led the late charge throwing two TDs and running for another, as the eagles scored 28 points in the game's final 7:18. The most remarkable of which came as DeSean Jackson returned a punt 65 yards for a touch down as time expired. The first game in NFL history to end on a punt return TD should have never happened: Punter Matt Dodge was told to kick it out of bounds. Let's call it a lesson learned. Even without the punt return, the last quarter of this game was so exciting (except for Giants fans), and Vick's season so magical, that it's getting easier to forget that he once killed dogs for fun.

Michael Vick killed dogs for fun.

Ah well, it was still a sweet return.

A Jets patsy
As for NY's other team, we already knew the Jets' Sal Alosi was a tool for tripping the Dolphins' cornerback Nolan Carrollvideo footage of him attempting the same thing in previous games, he admitted he was the mastermind behind the “wall” each and every week. And in return the Jets suspended him. That's right, the strength and conditioning coach, about third from the bottom of all coaches, admitted to instructing Jets players to do something against the rules, and wasn't fired. I'm not saying I don't believe Sal's version of how it went down, but the movie version of this story will feature Marlon Brando as Rex Ryan. I guess that means Alosi will be played by Joe Pesci. At least Sal isn't the only guy wreaking havoc on NFL sidelines.

The Knicks are relevant (for a week)
For the first time in a decade, the Knicks were the talk of the NBA this week. Riding an eight game winning streak, it started with the rumors that Carmelo Anthony would only accept a sign and trade deal if sent to the Knicks, giving all NY basketball fans a simultaneous boner at the thought of Melo joining Amare Stoudemire. The Knicks then played the game of the year against the Celtics; a game that saw three buzzer beaters. One at the half, and two at the end:

Unfortunately for the Knicks, the week ended with their streak ending against the Celtics, and two days later they were crushed by Miami. But it was still nice to have a reason to care about basketball in NY before the Nets move to Brooklyn.

The Orlando Magic are contenders to be pretenders
While the Knicks were the on-the-court talk, it was a series of extraordinarily high-profile mid-season trades that put an exclamation point on the week in the NBA. Most notably bringing Gilbert Arenas and Hedo Turkoglu to the Orlando Magic. Orlando traded forward Rashard Lewis to Washington for Arenas and sent Vince Carter, guard Mickael Pietrus and center Marcin Gortat to Phoenix for forward Hedo Turkoglu, guard Jason Richardson and forward Earl Clark. Meaning the Magic will be the redemption song for two of the league's most overpaid athletes, or, more likely, in trying to give incentive for Dwight Howard to stay in Orlando next year, Magic GM Otis Smith might have just destroyed the team. Because let's face it, a Chris Paul, Dwight Howard tandem would be awesome.

The NJ Nets moved Joe Smith to the Lakers in a three team trade that netted them two first round draft picks: The Lakers' 2011 pick and the Rockets' 2012. Many believe these two picks will be used to trade for Carmelo Anthony (ahem, where Melo should really go), thus giving Jay-Z and everyone in Brooklyn a collective boner. New Jersey continued to not care, not attend games, and remain a sports market just because it's so close to New York City.

Premier League gets snowed out
Almost all of the Premier League games scheduled for this past weekend
were postponed due to a UK-wide snow storm.

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