Are the New York Giants stuck in rebuilding Stockholm Syndrome?

New York Giants

The New York Giants haven’t been a very good team this season, and they may end up taking another big loss as they near their Monday Night Football game with Tampa Bay. But if that big loss does happen, it will surprise few. The Giants only have one win, after all, even when having chances to defeat other bad teams earlier in the year.

As the season heads towards the halfway point and the trade deadline, there will definitely be a lot of talk about what the team’s rebuilding plans are. This trade deadline may reveal whether they intend to keep going with their current path or blow everything up and start over. But based on the lack of moves so far, it seems that the former path is the more likely one.

However, there’s a question that has to be asked. Are Giants fans experiencing Stockholm Syndrome? Examples from other teams around the league show that a rebuild isn’t meant to happen like this. And that the process isn’t supposed to be indefinite. Based on reports, it looks like the organization intends to give Dave Gettleman more time after a number of poor moves already. And some fans agree with the sentiment.

But is everyone being duped into thinking that the Giants losing for the foreseeable future is a necessary path to getting good?

The Arizona Cardinals did it faster

The Arizona Cardinals provide an example of a team that made the wrong decisions, similarly to the Giants and their hires of Ben McAdoo and Pat Shurmur. However, they quickly moved on, as well as moving on from their underperforming quarterback to take higher rated prospect Kyler Murray. The team has largely turned it around in a tough division and is playing far more competitively than the Giants.

In the case of the Giants, there’s no need to fire the coach – they already have a very promising coach in Joe Judge. However, the team’s continued patience with Dave Gettleman largely hasn’t worked out. The speculation was that Gettleman would be fired after last season. That ended up being wrong. But given how little progress the Giants have made this season, it’s hard to say giving him a last chance has worked out well.

The Giants may have a chance to take top prospect Trevor Lawrence if they finish with the worst record in the league. And Lawrence likely has the best chance of panning out into a franchise quarterback. Should they make the move?

Looking to the future

They may have two paths in front of them. Blow things up and try to get back to the top quicker this time, or keep going with the current rebuild. That’s not to say that Daniel Jones is a bad quarterback. But it’s not usually enough to just have a starting caliber quarterback to win.

If the Giants do finish with one of the worst records in the league and keep going with the same things after it, there’s a case to be made that the team has Stockholm Syndrome. Because a rebuild doesn’t need to take this long and last the better part of a decade.

The 2020s are a chance to put mistakes from the 2010s in the past. But that can only happen if the team moves forward rather than trying to follow a failing blueprint because rebuilds are supposed to take this long and involve this many losing seasons before success. They aren’t. But future records for the Giants may depend on whether or not the team ownership realizes that.

UFC: Conor McGregor – Dustin Poirier 2 a ‘Done deal’ per Dana White

Conor McGregor, UFC

The biggest star in the MMA is officially back. Tonight, Dana White announced at the UFC Vegas 12 post-fight press conference that Conor McGregor (22-4) and Dustin Poirier (26-6, 1 NC) will officially be fighting in January.

White said that the fight is a, “Done deal.” The UFC‘s biggest star will be returning after another 12 month layoff. McGregor returned last January and defeated Donald Cerrone in under a minute at UFC 246. McGregor said in the post-fight interview he was back and wanted to be active.

However, the pandemic really threw off everything. McGregor was desperate to get back into the cage, however, the UFC wanted to wait for fans to be back in the stands. A frustrated McGregor decided to retire from the sport due to the lack of fights.

However, nobody really believed that he was retired. Dustin Poirier has had his own interesting year with the UFC. Poirier fought and defeated Dan Hooker back in June. After that, the UFC looked like they were going to book Poirier against Tony Ferguson.

However, that fight never came together due to financial disagreements between Poirier and the UFC. With Poirier set to take on McGregor, we can expect the payday to be much higher for the diamond in this one.

Analyzing the UFC lightweight contest

The two men will be fighting for the second time. The first fight came back at UFC 176 when both were still competing in the featherweight division. The two had a very heated buildup to their first contest inside the octagon.

McGregor was able to win that fight by first round knockout. Since then, McGregor blew up into the biggest star the UFC has ever seen. He became a two-division world champion and even got the chance to make close to nine figures in a boxing match with Floyd Mayweather.

Poirier moved up to lightweight and became one of the best in the world. He even became the UFC‘s interim lightweight champion last year. This fight is going to be so interesting because they have both grown so much since their first contest. It’ll be another smash PPV for the UFC with their cash king back.

BREAKING: UFC planning on Israel Adesanya – Jan Blachowicz for light heavyweight title

Some pretty massive news broke tonight after UFC Vegas 12. Dana White told ESPN’s Brett Okamoto that middleweight champion, Israel Adesanya (20-0), will be moving up to light heavyweight to challenge Jan Blachowicz (27-8) for the light heavyweight title.

This news comes on the heels of the UFC’s light heavyweight champion calling for a fight with Adesanya this week. There’s been some teasing from the Adesanya camp about a potential move to the light heavyweight division. Now, that teasing has been confirmed.

Blachowicz called for the fight to take place in March. However, there are no details around when the UFC will actually book this fight. Perhaps those two could be the next coaches of the Ultimate Fighter after it was announced tonight.

This will be a massive fight that could propel Adesanya to be the biggest star in the sport. However, it will not be an easy fight at all for the UFC‘s middleweight champion. Blachowicz possesses more power in his strikes than anyone Adesanya has fought so far.

The UFC’s next double champ

Adesanya will be trying to do something that only Conor McGregor, Daniel Cormier, and Amanda Nunes have done and that’s hold two UFC belts at the same time. I will say that the timing of the announcement from Adesanya is extremely interesting.

The UFC‘s middleweight champion had the opportunity to fight Jon Jones, however that fight never got made. Adesanya said he wanted to fight Jones at some point in the future, but he didn’t want to take the fight just yet.

After Jones vacated the light heavyweight title to move to heavyweight, Blachowicz won the UFC light heavyweight title. Now, Adesanya says he’s ready to move up and capture his second title. The fight is going to be massive for the UFC.

If Jones moves up and captures the heavyweight title, it could make the Adesanya fight even bigger. Imagine if Adesanya beats Blachowicz to become UFC light heavyweight champion and Jones becomes heavyweight champion. Never before would there have been a fight that involves champions of three combined weight classes.

Anderson Silva stopped by Uriah Hall at UFC Vegas 12

UFC, Anderson Silva

Tonight, one of the greatest to ever do it made the walk to a UFC octagon for the final time. In the main event of tonight’s card, Anderson Silva (34-10, 1 NC) took on Uriah Hall (15-9). It was a very highly anticipated matchup between the two elite strikers.

For Silva, his UFC career is coming to a close. However, this week he left the door open for potential fights in the future outside of the promotion. However, his family was in attendance which signaled that this would be the end for the former UFC middleweight champion.

Uriah Hall came into the evening looking to play spoiler on this celebratory night. Hall was looking to break through into that next tier in the middleweight division. A win over Silva would likely net Hall an opponent near the top five in his next outing.

Opening Rounds

As the UFC Vegas 12 main event got underway, both men touched gloves. Both fighters looked to be trying to read the other as the fight got underway. The first strike was landed by Silva 90 seconds in and it was a leg kick. Hall countered with a leg kick of his own.

Silva started to bounce a little two minutes in and look to strike. Hall looked for a headkick, but Silva defended well. Silva pushed forward a couple of times and landed some really nice left lands. The former UFC middleweight champion was getting really aggressive halfway through the round.

Hall looked a little uneasy in the striking exchanges in the first. However, he did land a few nice jabs in the final minute. Good first round for the former UFC champion. Both fighters were bouncing on their feet to start the second round.

Hall looked to work the jab in the opening minute, but nothing was landing. Silva was able to land some nice side kicks early in the second round. Hall was trying to be more aggressive in the second, however, he still didn’t look comfortable.

Anderson landed a nice 1-2 and Hall countered nicely with a straight shot. In the final 90 seconds of the round, Hall was starting to throw more. He was landing a nice clean jab that he was following with some leg kicks.

Silva was dancing on the outside, but he was striking a lot less in the second round. Hall landed a couple of additional stiff jabs in the final minute. Much better round in the second for Uriah Hall.

The End for a UFC legend

As the third round of the UFC Vegas 12 main event got underway, Silva opened with a 1-2. Anderson’s movement still seemed to be making Hall uneasy in the third. Hall got his striking started a minute into the third with a couple of nice jabs.

Two minutes into the round and both fighters seemed to be picking up the pace a little. Both tried to throw spinning back kicks, but neither were able to land. Silva landed a really nice overhand left hand that he followed with some stiff jabs.

A minute left in the round and Silva was looking very aggressive. The former UFC champion backed Hall against the cage and landed some very nice shots in the clinch. However, Hall lands a massive right hand that drops Silva. Hall nearly finishes the former UFC champion, but the bell saves Silva.

Silva seemed to have his legs back under him in the fourth opening with a nice jab and leg kick. Hall seemed to be measuring Silva for some finishing shots in the fourth. Silva pushed forward, but another big right hand dropped Silva again. A couple of follow up shots and it’s over.

Uriah Hall def Anderson Silva by TKO – Round 4

 

Bryce Mitchell defeats Andre Fili to remain perfect at UFC Vegas 12

Bryce Mitchell

In the co-main event of tonight’s UFC Vegas 12 card, Bryce Mitchell (13-0) took on Andre Fili (21-7). Thug Nasty was looking to remain unbeaten while Touchy Fili was looking to remain sort of a gate keeper of the UFC‘s featherweight division.

Over the last few years, Fili has fought some of the best guys in the world. He’s put together some good wins, and he’s only lost to some of the best that the division has to offer. If Mitchell could get by Fili, it would say a lot about where Thug Nasty is in the UFC‘s featherweight division.

UFC Vegas Co-Main Event

As the UFC Vegas 12 co-main event got underway, Fili looked to work the jab. Mitchell landed a really nice leg kick to get his striking started. Thug Nasty shot in for a nice takedown in the opening minute. Fili defended well initially, but Mitchell was able to get him down.

Fili kept trying to work his way up, but every time he did, Mitchell got him back down. Halfway through the round and Mitchell started landing some good ground and pound. After Fili forced a scramble, Mitchell took him right down and landed in the mount position.

Fili did get back to his feet finally with a minute left, but was taken right back down. Dominant opening round for Thug Nasty. Mitchell opened the second round with some solid strikes. Thug Nasty was getting the better of the striking in the second.

Fili did start landing some clean jabs a minute into the round. Mitchell went in for a takedown, but Fili landed a clean knee that backed up Mitchell. Fili started walking Mitchell down, but Mitchell was able to fire back. Mitchell shot deep in for a takedown, but couldn’t land it.

After Fili landed a couple of additional clean shots, Mitchell shot in deep for a takedown and got it. Mitchell tried to lock up a choke from side control, but Fili defended well. Mitchell kept the fight on the ground, but a scramble allowed Fili up in the final few seconds.

Thug Nasty’s Superior Grappling

Entering the final round of the UFC Vegas 12 co-main event, I had the fight one round a piece. Fili seemed fresher as the final round started. However, Mitchell landed some really clean shots to open the final frame.

Mitchell got in deep on a shot in the opening minute and took Fili down. Fili was able to work his way back up to his feet after a minute on his back, however, Mitchell took him right back down. Fili exploded into a reversal that found him on top.

Mitchell worked his way back up to his feet almost immediately. Thug Nasty landed a clean right on the feet before taking Fili right back down. Mitchell was able to work his way to the mount, however, Fili defended well. However, Fili was running out of time in this one.

As the fight entered the final minute, Mitchell started landing some clean ground and pound. Fili forced one final scramble in the last few seconds, but Mitchell took him down again before the bell. Very impressive performance from Thug Nasty who remained perfect in his UFC career.

Bryce “Thug Nasty” Mitchell def Andre “Touchy” Fili by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)

New York Jets finalize roster for Sunday’s Kansas City visit

New York Jets

The New York Jets have all hands on deck for their Week 8 visit to battle the Kansas Chiefs, announcing several roster moves on Saturday.

The New York Jets have announced several roster moves prior to their Sunday matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs (1 p.m. ET, CBS). ESM documents each and the impact they’ll have on Sunday’s daunting matchup…

Placed CB Bradley McDougald on injured reserve

McDougald, thus far the lone acquisition from the trade that sent Jamal Adams to Seattle, injured his shoulder should Sunday’s loss to Buffalo. He’s eligible to return, but third-round Ashtyn Davis will likely be called upon to handle increased duties, and possibly even veteran Matthias Farley, who has mostly been working on special teams. McDougald has started each of the Jets’ first seven games thus far, accumulating 36 tackles (including 10 against Indianapolis in Week 3) and two pass breakups.

Signed K Sergio Castillo

Sam Ficken was a limited returnee to practice this week, but his groin injury will keep him out for a second straight game. In his place once more will be the CFL/AAF/XFL veteran Castillo, who successfully converted a field goal and an extra point in his first substitute effort against the Bills last weekend.

Activated CB Arthur Maulet

Maulet’s second season with the Jets, one earned through a strong substitute effort last season, was paused when he suffered a groin injury in the Week 2 defeat to San Francisco. The cornerback is best known in green circles for scoring the Jets’ first touchdown in nearly three years at Gillette Stadium last season, when he recovered a muffed punt in the end zone during a Week 3 get-together.

Promoted WR Jaleel Scott and LB Bryce Hager

With Jamison Crowder and Breshad Perriman, the Jets called up the third-year receiver Scott from the practice squad. A former fourth-round pick of the Baltimore Ravens out of New Mexico State, Scott had one reception for six yards last season. Another injury, that to Blake Cashman, also might’ve led to the promotion of Hager, a veteran who entered the league with the artists formerly known as the St. Louis Rams. Hager made his New York debut last week against the Bills, earning one tackle.

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Should the New York Giants roll with a young offensive line for the rest of the season?

New York Giants, Matt Peart

The New York Giants‘ offensive line has struggled immensely through the first seven weeks of the 2020 NFL season. Despite this, their best lineman Kevin Zeitler has been brought up in trade discussions. Zeitler is a nine-year NFL veteran that has performed as the Giants’ best offensive lineman over the past two seasons.

Trading away Kevin Zeitler would leave the Giants with yet another huge hole in their offensive line. That hole would be filled by another rookie, Shane Lemieux, out of Oregon. This would place the Giants with two rookies starting on their offensive line, the other being left tackle Andrew Thomas. Nick Gates is also a rookie at the center position, playing this position for the first time in his career.

But should the Giants take things one step further and get as young as possible on the offensive line? New York has three rookies it could start on their offensive line: Andrew Thomas, Shane Lemieux, and Matt Peart. Combining these three rookies with second-year Nick Gates and third-year Will Hernandez would give the Giants an insanely young offensive line.

Why the Giants’ young offensive line could be a good idea

The Giants’ offensive line is bad as it is. Could it really get that much worse? It seems like it could only get better at this point as New York’s front line has allowed Jones to be sacked 20 times through seven games. Considering this, maybe the Giants’ rookies could step in and outperform the struggling veterans.

Additionally, the Giants need answers on these rookie offensive linemen. Are they long-term solutions? The only way to find out is if these rookies get significant game-experience for the final stretch of this season. Allowing these rookies to start on the offensive line would give New York eight weeks of film to evaluate their linemen heading into the 2021 offseason.

The Giants might need to invest further into their offensive line during the 2021 NFL Draft. But if these rookies can prove themselves as legitimate starters, then New York will be able to invest their assets elsewhere.

Will Hernandez will be out in Week 8 as he tested positive this week for COVID-19. This should give rookie Shane Lemieux a chance to start this week. If Lemieux performs well, it could entice the Giants to complete a Kevin Zeitler trade. If New York does that, they should take the extra step and insert Matt Peart into the starting lineup in place of Cam Fleming. This would give the Giants’ rookies eight weeks to prove themselves before the 2021 offseason.

New York Yankees News: Carlos Mendoza, Marcus Thames staying? Tigers hire shamed A. J. Hinch

New York Yankees, Carlos Mendoza

The New York Yankees were shocked to learn that the Detroit Tigers hired shamed Houston Astros manager A. J. Hinch. No matter how shocked they were, they were most likely pleased that their bench coach, Carlos Mendoza, Aaron Boone’s right-hand man, might be staying after all. They also could have potentially lost their pitching coach Marcus Thames who was also being considered. However, there is still talk that Mendoza is being considered for the Red Sox job as well. He has been interviewed twice by the Sox.

During the postseason general manager, Brian Cashman was interviewed and indicated that he was not expecting any coaching changes. Aaron Boone would be the field manager for the 2021 season.  The loss of one or both of these coaches would be hurtful to the Yankees and the overall coaching staff and would be another slot to fill in an offseason with so many decisions to be made.

A. J. Hinch will have a lot contend with as the new Detroit Tiger manager. Not only will he have to guide a team that has played so poorly in the last few years, but he will have to overcome the shame of his cheating involvement during his time with the Houston Astros. When MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred announced that the Houston Astros cheated during the 2017 season and postseason, Astros owner Jim Crane fired Hinch when he learned of the MLB suspension.

That apparently doesn’t bother the Detroit Tigers, as, within minutes of the end of the World Series, owner Al Avila of the Tigers was on the phone with Hinch, telling him to get on a plane and head for the Tiger’s Comerica Park. Hinch was interviewed and immediately hired.

MLB determined that the Houston Astros cheated during the 2017 season and postseason by using electronic equipment and by other means that Hinch must have known about. The New York Yankees lost to the Astros in the ALCS. This caused Jose Altuve to get MVP, leaving second-place Aaron Judge in the dust. Many believe that the Astros again cheated the Yankees during the 2019 season, although it was never proved.

The once-great Detroit Tigers have been lingering at the bottom of the AL Central for several years now. They finished this season better than last but still at the bottom of the heap; they went 25-35, finishing last in the AL Central. Just days before the end of the season three-year manager Ron Gardenhire retired from the game citing his health. Bench coach Lloyd McClendon took over as interim manager. The managerial search has ended with the signing of A.J. Hinch.

 

 

UFC: Kevin Holland to jump into T15?

Kevin Holland

This upcoming Saturday on a UFC Fight Night Halloween treat, us fans are fortunate enough to watch Anderson Silva’s final fight — potentially. The middleweight bout with Uriah Hall is everyone’s “if only a few years ago” dream match, but for Hall, this is master versus apprentice and one step closer in his pursuit of the belt. However, another showdown that everyone should be looking out for is that between Kevin Holland (19-5) and Charlie Ontiveros (11-6). Initially scheduled to fight Makhmud Muradov, Holland prepares to fight Ontiveros in his UFC debut.

Kevin “Trailblazer” Holland is one that everyone should already have their eye on by now. Having already won three fights this year, and proven himself worthy of a ranked opponent, Holland is quietly putting together a very solid case. With barking contests between himself and UFC poster child, Khamzat Chimaev, Kevin Holland has made sure that Dana White knows he is always wanting a fight. As of a few weeks ago, Holland wasn’t entirely sure what his next move was going to be. Essentially trying to fight everyone and anyone, a few names tossed around were the previously mentioned Chimaev, Drucis Du Plessis, and Holland himself challenging T10 fighters.

There should already be a strong following behind Holland, as he has gained even more recognition over the past few weeks. Joaquin Buckley’s likely KO of the year on Impa Kasanganay at UFC Fight Island 5 went viral within moments, and shocked everyone watching. Buckley’s knockout got everyone searching his name, and everyone came to find out that none other than Kevin Holland knocked him out back in August with a straight right. The scary thing about Holland is that when he fights, there is no real sense of fear or being overmatched. With him, its all about the element of control and making sure he is the aggressor — and is able to make the first move, and dictate the fight.

While in Holland’s last fight against Darren Stewart, he got the win via decision, he didn’t feel good about it. In his post fight interview, he said he’d be happy to run it back with him and that the win didn’t feel convincing. The possibility of a Stewart fight could be on the table going forward, especially if Holland ends up taking care of business Saturday. With that, there’s also a very real chance Holland will finally get bumped into the T15 rankings assuming he comes out on top. Having already notched three wins in 2020 — KO over Hernandez (05/16), KO over Buckley (08/08), DEC over Stewart (09/19), he looks to extend it to an impressive four wins this year. IF he is to fight again, the chances at having FIVE wins in a calendar year may sound too sweet to pass up for Holland.

Look for Holland to make a statement and throw his name in the running for a top fight next, after his bout with Ontiveros.

New York Yankees: Tommy Kahnle is now a free agent

New York Yankees, Tommy Kahnle

Tommy Kahnle, one of the most dependable bullpen arms of the New York Yankees in recent years, is now a free agent. Something that seemed so far-fetched at the beginning of the season is now a reality: the right-hander is no longer with the Bombers.

Kahnle elected free agency today in lieu of accepting an outright assignment, according to what the club reported via Twitter. The changeup artist will miss the entire 2021 season after he suffered an elbow injury that eventually required the dreaded Tommy John surgery.

Basically, Kahnle was outrighted off the Yankees’ 40-man roster but elected to become a free agent rather than accept an assignment to the minor leagues. He got the surgery in early August and may take his time to sign with a team until late next season or even next winter.

The medical procedure was performed, on August 5, The reconstructive elbow procedure was performed by the New York Yankees’ doctor Chris Ahmad.

A fan favorite that the Yankees will miss

There is a chance he eventually re-signs with the Yankees later down the road when he’s healthy, but it is certainly not a given. He may not be ready until the 2022 campaign.

Kahnle, now 30 years old, only threw one scoreless inning for the Yankees this summer, but had a solid 3.67 ERA with 88 strikeouts over 61 1/3 innings in 2019.

The Yankees had a particularly dominating bullpen from 2017 on, and it was, in part, because of Kahnle. He came from the White Sox that year and helped push the unit into elite status.

Kahnle had a 2018 to forget (6.56 ERA in 23.1 frames) but rebounded nicely in 2019 to help the Yankees make another postseason run.

His injury in 2020 severely damaged the Yankees’ bullpen, and it was the start of a downfall that saw a once-deep unit reduced to having only three trustworthy arms deep in the playoffs: Aroldis Chapman, Chad Green, and Zack Britton.