What will the Yankees do in October? Since 1995 the answer was simple, play baseball. However 2008 marks the first time since 1995 that the New York Yankees will not be in the playoffs. For Derek Jeter its the first time in his MLB career that he is not playing baseball in October. With the playoff streak broken you can bet the bank that the Yankees will try to reload this off-season.
The first step in preparing for next year is now done. The Yankees signed General Manager Brian Cashman to an extension through 2011. According to ESPN.com Cashman said, “I’ve got a job to finish here”. The Yankees are still a very talented team and will likely benefit from some pitching upgrades. Many speculate that the Yankees will make a play for C.C. Sabathia, the best free agent pitcher on the market for 2009. Other Pitching options could include Derek Lowe and A.J. Burnett.
The New York Yankees will also benefit greatly if they can stay healthy. Injuries to Wang, Posada and Chamberlain definitely contributed to New York’s woes this season. They should expect a better year at the new Yankee Stadium in 2009. Only time will tell though.
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9/28/08Carolina Panthers (3-1) 24 Atlanta Falcons (2-2) 9- Delhomme led the Panthers over the Falcons with two touchdown passes.
New York Jets (2-2) 56 Arizona Cardinals (3-1) 35 – Brett Favre bounced back from last weeks bad showing with a career high six touchdown passes.
Kansas City Chiefs (1-3) 33 Denver Broncos (3-1) 19 – Kansas City finally got their first win, upsetting the Broncos in the process.
Cleveland Browns (1-3) 20 Cincinnati Bengals (0-4) 12 – In the battle of winless teams the Bengals fell even further in the abyss and now stand at 0-4.
Tennessee Titans (4-0) 30 Minnesota Vikings (1-3) 17 – The Titans defense led them to their first 4-0 start in franchise history.
New Orleans Saints (2-2) 31 San Francisco 49ers (2-2) 17- Drew Brees had a big day leading the Saints over the 49ers.
Tampa Bay Bucs (3-1) 30 Green Bay Packers (2-2) 21 – Rodgers and the Packers were not match for a tough Bucs defense.
Jacksonville Jaguars (2-2) 30 Houston Texans (0-3) 27 – The Jaguars took this one in OT on a field goal.
San Diego Chargers (2-2) 28 Oakland Raiders (1-3) 18 – The Raiders continue to struggle in the 4th quarter.
Buffalo Bills (4-0) 31 St. Louis Rams (0-4) 14 – Two teams headed in different directions. The Bills stayed undefeated with a decisive victory over the Rams.
Washington Redskins (3-1) 26 Dallas Cowboys (3-1) 24 – The Redskins surprised the Cowboys despite a 300 yard passing day for Romo.
Chicago Bears (2-2) 24 Philadelphia Eagles (2-2) 20 – The Bears were able to hold off the Eagles to grab a 4 point win.
9/29/08 Monday Night FootballPittsburgh Steelers (3-1) 23 Baltimore Ravens (2-1) 20 – The Steelers survived an awful 1st half, eventually getting the win in OT.
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Troy Brown of the New England Patriots announced his retirment this week. Brown who hasn’t played this year and only played in one game in 2007 has played his entire 15 year career with the Patriots. He leaves as the team record holder for receptions with 557.
New York Giants WR Plaxico Burress was suspended by the team for missing practice this week without notifying the team ahead of time. Burress will also pay fines of over $235,000. Burress is appealing the decision and is anxious to return to the practice field. Coach Coughlin is not concerned that the incident will be distracting for the team.
The Detroit Lions fired President Matt Millen this week. Millen was largely viewed as a disappointment for the Lions. In his seven years with the team the Lions posted a 31-84 record.
Vince Young is working his way back from a knee injury. Once healthy the Titans plan to keep him as the back up to QB Kerry Collins.
The last MLB game played at the old Yankee Stadium happened last night on 9/21/2008 against the New York Yankees and the Baltimore Orioles. The Yankees will finish up their 2008 season on the road and will not make a playoff appearance this year. Sadly that means the old stadium is basically finished. The Yankees went out in style at home though, with a great pre-game ceremony featuring some great Yankees from the past including Yogi Berra and Reggie Jackson. They also managed to close out the Stadium with a 7-3 win over the Orioles. At the conclusion of the game, captain Derek Jeter addressed the crowd and led the Yankees in a walk around the Stadium to honor the fans.
The soon to be famous “Lasts” at Yankee Stadium:
Last Game Played at Yankee Stadium: 9/21/08 Yankees beat Orioles 7-3.
Last Homerun at Yankee Stadium: Jose Molina 2 run homer in 4th inning on 9/21.
Last Strikeout at Yankee Stadium: Recorded by Phil Coke of the NYY against Aubrey Huff, 7th inning.
Last Out Made at Yankee Stadium: M. Rivera pitching, Brian Roberts grounded out to first base.
Last Run Scored at Yankee Stadium: Sac fly by Robinson Cano in 7th inning, B. Gardner Scores.
Other Notes: Andy Pettite recorded his 2,000th Strikout in the game. The Yankees are technically not eliminated from the playoffs with their win last night.
In week 3 the New York Giants, Buffalo Bills and Tennessee Titans all improved to 3-0. Meanwhile the Miami Dolphins trampled the New England Patriots’ defense en route to a big win at Gillette Stadium. Check full NFL week 3 results below. Get NFL tickets for all remaining 2008-2009 NFL games.
9/21/08Atlanta Falcons (2-1) 38 Kansas City Chiefs (0-3) 14 – QB Ryan threw for 192 yards in leading the Falcons to their 2nd win of the year. The Chiefs start their season 0-3.
Buffalo Bills (3-0) 24 Oakland Raiders (1-2) 23 - The Bills are off to a strong start that no one expected. With the Rams up next they have a great shot at starting 4-0.
Tampa Bay Bucs (2-1) 27 Chicago Bears (1-2) 24 - Despite 3 interceptions, QB Griese threw for 407 yards and two touchdowns in the Buc’s narrow win over the Raiders.
Tennessee Titans (3-0) 31 Houston Texans (0-2) 12 – The Titans got off to a great start with their 3rd win of the season.
Minnesota Vikings (1-2) 20 Carolina Panthers (2-1) 10 - The Vikings finally got their 1st win of the year in a 20-10 victory over Carolina.
Miami Dolphins (1-2) 38 Patriots (2-1) 13 - Ronnie Brown had his way with the Patriots defense, rushing for 4 TD’s and throwing the Dolpins other TD. Can’t blame Matt Cassell for the Defense.
New York Giants (3-0) 26 Cincinnati Bengals (0-3) 23 - The Giants and Bengals are headed in opposite directions. The Giants remain undefeated while the Bengals are winless.
Washington Redskins (2-1) 24 Arizona Cardinals (2-1) 17San Francisco49ers (2-1) 31 Detroit Lions (0-3) 12 – The Lions remain winless after a poor effort against the 49ers.
Seattle Seahawks (1-2) 37 St. Louis Rams (0-3) 13 - The St. Louis Rams were just what the Seahawks needed. Seattle got its first win will the Rams dropped to 0-3.
Denver Broncos (3-0) 34 New Orleans Saints (1-2) 32 - The Broncos stay amongst the undefeated with a 2 point win over the Saints.
Philadelphia Eagles (2-1) 15 Pittsburgh Steelers (2-1) 6 - The Eagles handed the Steelers their 1st loss of the year behind 196 yards passing by McNabb.
Jacksonville Jaguars (1-2) 23 Indianapolis Colts (1-2) 21 - The Colts are a surprising 1-2 after 3 weeks of play.
Baltimore Ravens (2-0) 28 Cleveland Browns (0-3) 10 - The Browns couldn’t get in the win column this week. The Ravens meanwhile improve to 2-0.
Dallas Cowboys (3-0) 27 Green Bay Packers (2-1) 16 - The Cowboys are establishing themselves as the team to beat in the NFC. They got a huge win over the Packers at Green Bay on Sunday night.
9/22/08 Monday Night Football San Diego Chargers (1-2) 48 New York Jets (1-2) 29 – The Chargers ran it up on the New York Jets Monday night. Despite throwing 3 touchdowns, Brett Favre also threw 2 interceptions in the loss.
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We are two weeks into the 2008 NFL season. There has already been much to talk about. See how your favorite team faired below. Don’t forget that Ace Ticket has great NFL tickets for all games including the Super Bowl.
9/14/08 Tennessee Titans (2-0) 24 Cincinnati Bengals (0-2) 7 – The Titans improved to 2-0 with a strong effort by backup QB Kerry Collins. The Bengals struggled on offense.
Green Bay Packers (2-0) 48 Detroit Lions (0-2) 25 - Aaron Rodgers has another great game with 328 passing yards. Brett who? Meanwhile the Lions dropped to 0-2.
Oakland Raiders (1-1) 23 Kansas City Chiefs (0-2) 8 - Despite the win for the Raiders, Coach Kiffin is expected to be fired this week.
New York Giants (2-0) 41 St. Louis Rams (0-2) 13 - The New York Giants had a great day on offense and defense while the Rams struggled to do anything right.
Indianapolis Colts (1-1) 18 Minnesota Vikings (0-2) 15 - Peyton Manning threw for 311 yards as the Colts got their first win of the year.
Washington Redskins (1-1) 29 New Orleans Saints (1-1) 24 - QB Campbell had a great day for the Skins with 321 passing yards in Washington’s victory over the Saints.
Carolina Panthers (2-0) 20 Chicago Bears (1-1) 17 - The Panthers are now 2-0 after beating the Bears with a fourth quarter touchdown.
Buffalo Bills (2-0) 20 Jacksonville Jaguars (0-2) 16 - Who thought the Bills would start strong? They are 2-0 after disposing of the Jaguars.
San Francisco 49ers (1-1) 33 Seattle Seahawks (0-2) 30 - The Seahawks didn’t expect to go 0-2 but did just that with their 3 point loss to San Fran.
Tampa Bay Bucs (1-1) 24 Atlanta Falcons (1-1) 9 - The Falcons looked lost in their game against the Bucs this week.
New England Patriots (2-0) 19 New York Jets (1-1) 10 - Matt Cassell held down the fort for the Patriots as they denied Brett Favre and the Jets.
Arizona Cardinals (2-0) 31 Miami Dolphins (0-2) 10 - The Dolphins are off to a bad start once again. When will they get their first win this year?
Denver Broncos (2-0) 39 San Diego Chargers (0-2) 38 - The Broncos won a tight one against the Chargers to improve to 2-0 on the year.
Pittsburgh Steelers (2-0) 10 Cleveland Browns (0-2) 6 - Not much offense in this one but the Steelers will take the win.
9/15/08 Monday Night FootballPhiladelphia Eagles (1-1) 37 Dallas Cowboys (2-0) 41 - There wasn’t much defense to be had in this game but it made for an exciting shootout. The Cowboys and the Eagles changed leads seven times on Monday night. Tony Romo threw for 312 yards in leading Dallas to victory. NFL Week 1 Scores
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After the 2006-2007 season many wondered if Doc Rivers would even be around for 1 more year. What a difference a year makes. After a 24-58 record in the ’06-’07 season Rivers and the Celtics came back with one of the best turn arounds ever, going 66-17 while earning their 17th NBA Championship. Granted the ’07-’08 Celtics had a much improved lineup with Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen, but Rivers was able to quickly mold several stars into a cohesive unit.
The Boston Celtics and Doc Rivers have now agreed on an extension that will employ Rivers through the 2010-11 season. Doc’s salary will increase from $5 million to $5.5 million including incentives that could bring his annual salary up to $7 million.
Rivers and the Celtics are anxious to defend their title in the 2008-2009 season. The Celtics will open the season at the TD Banknorth Garden, facing Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Celtics tickets are now available for all games.
The first week of the 2008 NFL season is in the books. There were some surprises, some injuries and some memorable games. Check out the week 1 NFL results below.
9/4/08 New York Giants (1-0) 16 Washington Redskins (0-1) 7 - The defending champion Giants got off to a good start led once again by a dominant defensive performance.
9/7/08 Atlanta Falcons (1-0) 34 Detroit Lions (0-1) 21 – Running Back Michael Turner led all backs in the 1st week of action with 220 yards en route to an Atlanta Falcons victory.
9/7/08 Buffalo Bills (1-0) 34 Seattle Seahawks (0-1) 109/7/08 Tennessee Titans (1-0) 17 Jacksonville Jaguars (0-1) 109/7/08 New York Jets (1-0) 20 Miami Dolphins (0-1) 14 - Brett Favre look settled in his Jets opener, throwing two touchdown passes.
9/7/08 New England Patriots (1-0) 17 Kansas City Chiefs (0-1) 10 – The Patriots lost Tom Brady on the first drive of the game. Brady will be out all season. Can backup Cassell get the job done? He did in week 1.
9/7/08 New Orleans Saints (1-0) 24 Tampa Bay Bucs (0-1) 20 – Drew Brees had a great day with 343 passing yards in a winning effort by the Saints.
9/7/08 Philadelphia Eagles (1-0) 38 St. Louis Rams (0-1) 3 – Donovan McNabb had the best passing day for all QB’s in week 1 with 361 passing yards.
9/7/08 Pittsburgh Steeleres (1-0) 38 Houston Texans (0-1) 17 9/7/08 Baltimore Ravens (1-0) 17 Cincinnati Bengals (0-1) 109/7/08 Carolina Panthers (1-0) 26 San Diego Chargers (0-1) 24 - Jake Delhomme threw for 247 yards as the Panthers bested the Chargers.
9/7/08 Arizona Cardinals (1-0) 23 San Francisco 49ers (1-0) 13 9/7/08 Dallas Cowboys (1-0) 28 Cleveland Browns (0-1) 10 - Tony Romo and the Cowboys had an easy time with the Browns this Sunday.
9/7/08 Chicago Bears (1-0) 29 Indianapolis Colts (0-1) 13 – Despite a good passing night with 257 yards, Manning and the Colts were unable to hold back the Bears.
9/7/08 Green Bay Packers (1-0) 24 Minnesota Vikings (0-1) 19 – The Aaron Rodgers era got underway on a positive note with Green Bay taking down the Vikings.
9/7/08 Denver Broncos (1-0) 41 Oakland Raiders (0-1) 14
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Is Hank Steinbrenner giving up on the 2008 season? Not really, but it sounds like he’s not too confident about the New York Yankees chances of making the playoffs this year. “I’m not writing off this season,” Hank said Tuesday. “They’re trying hard to win. There’s only so much you can do. They’re not supermen.” Indeed they are not. The Yankees have been decimated by injuries this season. They are currently without two of their top starters in Chien Ming Wang and Joba Chamberlain. Also out are starters Jorge Posada and Hideki Matsui. Without the pitching it will be very hard for the Yankees to catch the teams ahead of them.
The Yankees currently trail the 1st place Rays by eight games and the 2nd place Red Sox by 5 games. Its no wonder why Hank is already thinking about 2009. “We’re going to win it next year,” he said. “If we need to add a top veteran pitcher, we’ll do that. We’ll do whatever we need to do. Next year we’ll be extremely dangerous.” At least he’s confident.
If the Yankees can win it all in 2009 it will certainly add some mystique to the new Yankee Stadium. Maybe it will be the House that A-Rod built! But, probably not.
Over the past six seasons, the Boston Red Sox have enjoyed much success in many ways. The group of new owners, headed by John Henry, Larry Lucchino and Tom Warner, has been able to renovate and restore the historic Fenway Park while at the same time preserving its old-time charm. While increasing the capacity to just under 40,000 seats, the Sox themselves have enjoyed some of their most memorable seasons in franchise history capturing their first World Series Championship in 86 years in 2004, and then repeating the feat only three years later in 2007.
Now, a new milestone approaches that directly relates to the fans known as Red Sox Nation. On Wednesday, Sept 3, 2008 the Boston Red Sox will sell out Fenway Park for the 456th consecutive game, setting a new MLB record for most consecutive sellouts at any venue. The record, currently at 455 consecutive games, was set by the Cleveland Indians when they first opened Jacobs Field, now known as Progressive Field. “The Jake” sold out from June 12, 1995 until April 4, 2001 and at the time the record appeared to be pretty safe. And it was, that is until Red Sox Nation was born.
“The sellout streak is not a Red Sox record; it is a Red Sox fans record,” wrote Red Sox president/CEO Larry Lucchino in an e-mail. “We try not to forget that. And we know a full house generates the electricity, excitement, spirit and noise that helps to motivate our players. Just ask them. It is but another reason Boston and Fenway Park is a great place to play Major League Baseball.”
Since 2003, the Red Sox boast a home record of 301-160 which is a winning percentage of .653, the highest in baseball over the past six seasons.
“You see what’s happening now, and you kind of figure it’s always been that way. We’re very fortunate,” said Red Sox manager Terry Francona. “I can remember coming here in April [as a player], when it’s cold or going to Wrigley. It’s not always been packed like this, so we’re fortunate. We play in a place where everything you do, there’s interest. Rather than complain, I guess this would be the flip side of it. Every game seems important. Day game after a night game, you need to show up and play, because there’s a lot of people that are going to come in here and care about how you play. That’s a good thing.”
The Sox currently find themselves in a race for the AL East division with the Tampa Bay Rays. Right now the Rays sit a top the East, leading the Sox by four games but the teams still have six remaining games against each other which will play a big part in where both finish in the standings. Fans will continue to pack the stands at Fenway right up until the last regular season series against Boston’s arch rivals, the New York Yankees.
It’s been an exciting time to be a Red Sox fan and things seem to be just heating up. Ace Ticket still has seats for this game. Don’t miss your chance to attend this record breaking event.
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