New York Giants projected to receive two compensatory draft picks in 2023

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The New York Giants just wrapped up the 2022 NFL Draft. Their class is receiving high praise from fans and analysts alike. The Giants did a phenomenal job, starting the draft off with nine picks and expanding their total to eleven selections. The Giants gained these selections through trades and selected a high number of rookies despite having zero compensatory picks. According to reports, the Giants are projected to have two compensatory selections in next year’s 2023 NFL Draft.

The Giants barely spent any money in free agency this offseason. New York was strapped for cash and had to shop in the bargain bins. This was a huge change of pace considering the way that the Giants broke the bank in the 2021 offseason. Being big spenders in 2021, the Giants did not receive any 2022 compensatory picks. But after spending a minimal amount of money this offseason, the Giants are in line to receive two compensatory draft picks in next year’s draft.

The Giants are projected to receive two compensatory draft picks in 2023

Compensatory draft picks are determined through free agency gains and losses. This year, the Giants lost more than they gained. The Giants lost tight end Evan Engram, defensive tackle Austin Johnson, gunner Keion Crossen, and edge rusher Lorenzo Carter. They gained only two key additions in Mark Glowinski and Tyrod Taylor. Nearly every other free agent that the team signed was signed for the veteran minimum wage.

According to Lance Zierlein of NFL.com, the Giants’ signings of Glowinski and Taylor cross-cancel the departures of Johnson and Carter. This means that the loss of Evan Engram will be the one that yields a draft pick. Zierlein projects that the Giants will receive a fifth-round compensatory pick for the loss of their former starting tight end. Keion Crossen signing with the Miami Dolphins should also net the Giants a seventh-round compensatory pick, per NFL.com.

Essentially, the Giants are receiving two late-round compensatory draft picks next year. They did not gain much during this free agency period but they also did not lose much, either. These extra draft picks will be valuable, though, as it is known that Joe Schoen likes to have as many throws at the dartboard as possible.

Knicks remain as most expensive NBA team to watch

The New York Knicks fans take pride in being the most passionate in the NBA. And they put their money where their mouth is.

The cost to attend the Knicks games remains the most expensive for the 12th straight season, yet they are still among the top crowd drawers in the league.

According to Team Marketing Report’s annual NBA Fan Cost Index research, a Knicks game costs an average of $936.72 for a family of four, an FCI increase of 4.2 percent from the 2020-21 season. They have the most expensive ticket in the league, with a single general ticket costing $186.3.

The FCI is based on the average weighted cost of a general ticket, the least expensive, regular-priced beer, soda and hotdog in the arena, parking fees and a team hat.

The Golden State Warriors, who have three future Hall of Famers led by fan-favorite Stephen Curry, and the Los Angeles Lakers, with LeBron James and Anthony Davis, are a distant second and third on the list.

The Warriors supplanted the Lakers by having the most significant ticket price raise this season — 6.1 percent or the equivalent of an $8.07 price hike — that added to their $740.08 FCI. One of the 18 teams who held ticket prices flat, the Lakers had $711.76 FCI. But the Lakers’ average ticket price ($143.67) was still more expensive than the Warriors’ ($139.49).

Despite having the heftiest price tag and a disappointing season, the 37-45 Knicks drew an average of 18,621 fans at Madison Square Garden, ranked eighth in the league, per ESPN’s NBA attendance tracking. The Warriors are 11th in the league, with an average of 18,064 fans in their home games in the regular season. Despite James and Anthony Davis missing a big chunk of the season due to injuries, the Lakers still drew an average of 18,649 fans, ranking just above the Knicks.

The Boston Celtics, who averaged a fifth-best 19,156 fans in their home games, had $596.11 FCI, the fourth most expensive NBA live experience. The Chicago Bulls — this season’s top drawer — parlayed their big splash in free agency into an average of 20,881 fans per home game. They had the fifth most expensive FCI ($578.50).

The other New York team — Brooklyn Nets — did not raise their ticket prices despite coming into the season as the title favorites. They ended up 13th in FCI ($443.02) and attendance (17,354), with Kevin Durant sidelined for 21 games due to a knee injury, James Harden traded, and Kyrie Irving’s absence in their home games until late March.

The Knicks have topped the annual Team Marketing Report’s FCI research for a record 21 times in 31 years. Only the Celtics (once) and the Lakers (nine times) are the other teams who made it to the top of the list.

Despite the presence of the electrifying duo of LaMelo Ball and Miles Bridges, the Charlotte Hornets had the least expensive FCI (237.55). They were in the middle of the pack in terms of average attendance (17,091) at home.

Four of the teams in the bottom five of the FCI research, including the Hornets, made the play-in and the playoffs: Atlanta Hawks ($305.31), Washington Wizards ($300.36), Minnesota Timberwolves ($298.80) and Memphis Grizzlies ($258.24).

The Knicks don’t have the star power. But their future looks bright with a solid young core led by RJ Barrett, Obi Toppin and Immanuel Quickley. And when they start winning, expect the Knicks to be more expensive to watch.

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Yankees Vs Rangers Weather Update: Inclement weather dampens mood

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The New York Yankees were gearing up to face off against the Texas Rangers on Friday evening, but inclement weather forced a postponement.

According to the Yankees’ media advisory:

  • Tonight’s New York Yankees Vs. Texas Rangers game scheduled to air on Prime Video has been postponed due to inclement weather

  • The makeup game has been scheduled for Sunday, May 8that 1:35pm ET and will air exclusively on Prime Video

Gerrit Cole was expected to get the start for the Bombers in their 16th game of the season and 14th at home. Cole currently hosts a 3.00 ERA, 10.13 strikeouts per nine, and 84.7% left on base rate over 24 innings. Cole finally found his groove against Cleveland and Kansas City, going 12.2 innings without allowing a single run.

Coming off their first loss in 12 games against the Toronto Blue Jays, the Yankees will be looking to get back in the win column and continue their dominant play on Saturday. Unfoaurtently, the weather is also looking suspect on Saturday, meaning a second consecutive postponement could be in play.

The Mets pull off an incredible comeback win against the Phillies

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The 2022 New York Mets are a resilient bunch. They have the spirit of a winning team, and the roster of a legitimate playoff contender. They proved both of those sentences last night, with an incredible ninth-inning rally to secure an improbable come-from-behind victory against a division rival, the Philadelphia Phillies, with an 8-7 score.

They did it less than a week after stunning the Phillies with a combined no-hitter. They managed to top that, somehow, with last night’s win: they got to the ninth inning trailing 7-1, but they wouldn’t give up that easily.

It was the Mets’ largest comeback win in 25 years. “This doesn’t happen every day,” Brandon Nimmo said to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com. Nimmo was one of the batters with a crucial hit in the ninth.

“We just strung a lot of good at-bats together by some good hitters,” manager Buck Showalter said.

An incredible inning for the Mets

Marte started off the ninth with a leadoff single. At that point, the Mets’ win probability was a meager 0.5 percent. Then, Francisco Lindor hit a two-run homer that put the game 7-3.

“It was just one of those euphoric moments that just kind of took over,” Marte said about Lindor’s blast. “After that, that’s when the lineup really got it going and they were battling and battling, and we were able to take it to another level.”

With two runners on and one out, Mark Canha hit an RBI single that meant the game was now 7-4. Dominic Smith struck out for out number two, but the best was yet to come for the Mets.

JD Davis hit an RBI double, and the game was 7-5, still in favor of the Phils. With two runners on, Nimmo hit an improbable game-tying single, and the people at Citizens Bank Park couldn’t believe it.

“I don’t think it was shock, I think it was just happiness,” Lindor said. “It’s like, ‘Yes, we’re doing it!’ We all believed it [could happen], but it’s just like, ‘It’s happening, it’s happening.’ You don’t have too many nights like that.”

Marte also said: “Once Nimmo tied the game up, that’s when I said, ‘Let me stand in there and do what I have to and get that base hit.’”

And boy, he did get a hit. Marte’s double turned around the score for the Mets, who were now winning 8-7.

“The game doesn’t end until that team gets 27 outs,” Marte said. “So we go out there, we compete and we hope to be victorious.”

It was an incredible night to be a Mets fan.

UFC 274 Preview: Tony Ferguson – Michael Chandler

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Tomorrow night on the main card of UFC 274, we will see a matchup that fight fans have wanted to see for a very long time. Former interim lightweight champion Tony Ferguson (25-6) returns as he takes on former title challenger Michael Chandler (22-7).

For years, Tony Ferguson was the boogey man of the lightweight division. He captured the interim title, but never got his chance at undisputed gold. Whether it be injuries, covid, or poor weight cuts by his opponent, Ferguson always lost out on his chance to become undisputed champ.

In 2020, he fought Justin Gaethje for the interim title. Starting with that fight, the former UFC interim champion has lost three fights in a row. Now, his back is against the wall and he takes on another tough challenge.

Michael Chandler stormed on the scene in the UFC with a knockout of Dan Hooker. Afterwards, he got a lightweight title fight against Charles Oliveira. After dominating Oliveira in the first round, Chandler was stopped early in the second.

He returned in November to face Justin Gaethje at UFC 268. After a strong opening round, Chandler was outstruck in the final two rounds and lost a decision. While he still has high stature in the division, the reality is he’s lost two in a row and needs a win.

UFC 274 Prediction

If this fight was a few years ago, I would really like Tony Ferguson actually. Ferguson’s unorthodox striking combined with his cardio and pace would be a few things I could see Chandler struggling with. Imagine a lead elbow catching Chandler on a blitz.

However, this isn’t the same Tony Ferguson that was the UFC interim lightweight champion. We are looking at a guy who has been dominated in three straight fights. He just doesn’t look the same.

Now, maybe tomorrow night we will get the old El Cucuy. However, I’m going with Chandler on this one. The power in the shots and the power wrestling are really going to play and I think he actually will get the stoppage.

Prediction: Michael Chandler by TKO – Round 2

UFC 274 Co-Main Preview: Rose Namajunas – Carla Esparza 2

Tomorrow night in the co-main event of UFC 274 we will see a rematch of the very first strawweight title fight in the promotion’s history. The champion “Thug” Rose Namajunas (11-4) will look to avenge her earlier loss when she faces former champion Carla Esparza (18-6).

The first fight between these two came all the way back in 2014 on the finale of The Ultimate Fighter. That season of TUF was designed to find the new strawweight champion and Carla Esparza won the UFC title by submitting Namajunas.

Esparza immediately dropped the title to Joanna Jedrzejczyk. Since losing the title, Esparza has gone 8-3 in the UFC. Honestly, I never thought I’d see Esparza fight for the title again. However, she’s won five fights in a row to earn this shot.

2021 was an incredible year for Rose Namajunas. After returning in 2020 to defeat Jessica Andrade, Rose was given a UFC title shot against Zhang Weili. Namajunas shocked everyone when she knocked Weili out in the first round with a head kick.

After that, she won the immediate rematch by decision. She’s the only woman in UFC history to have won a title twice in a given weight class. She’s looking for revenge tomorrow and to prove once again she’s the best in the world.

UFC 274 Prediction

Virtually nobody is picking Carla Esparza to win tomorrow night at UFC 274. That’s pretty rare when you see a rematch where the fighter who won the first fight is being given virtually no chance in the second fight.

Well, that’s just because the progression of Rose Namajunas has been sensational. Esparza might’ve improved, but nothing like Thug Rose. So how can Esparza shock the world tomorrow night? Well, she has to grind out Namajunas.

She has to use her wrestling to get the fight to the mat and keep it there. At range, she’s going to get touched up badly. Namajunas is faster and has way better technique. Plus, Esparza doesn’t have any heat on her shots to gain respect from Namajunas.

Namajunas has so many ways to win at UFC 274. I think she can win a dominant decision, she can knock Esparza out, and I believe that she can submit her. Esparza is as tough as they come and I lean towards this fight taking some time.

However, in the middle rounds, I think Namajunas really pours it on. I’m expecting Namajunas to get the finish and retain her UFC title.

Prediction: Rose Namajunas by TKO – Round 3

Yankees News: Anthony Volpe development update, Yankees Vs Rangers preview

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The New York Yankees have been on an absolute tear the past few weeks, winning 11 of their last 12 games. It seems as if general manager Brian Cashman’s strategy worked to perfection, especially the acquisition of Isiah Kiner-Falefa, who has been tremendous offensively this year, hosting a .295 average with seven RBIs. The consensus is still that Kiner-Falefa will serve as a stopgap as a team waits for Anthony Volpe to develop.

Volpe started the 2022 season with Somerset in Double-A, hitting. 187 with three homers and 14 RBIs. While Volpe’s numbers aren’t exactly where the Yankees would like them to be, he still shows a ton of fight and will undoubtedly turn things around as he gets more at-bats and familiarity with the change in talent.

“He keeps grinding out at-bats,” Double-A Somerset Patriots manager Dan Fiorito told Brendan Kuty of NJ Advance Media. “Even some of the times where he wasn’t putting it all together, or when he wasn’t just crushing the ball like we saw all of last year, he’s still competitive.”

Volpe is a patient hitter that possesses a monstrous amount of power. He’s struck out 24 times over 75 at-bats this year, which is about on par with the Yankees average at the top level. Given his impeccable preparation, there’s no question he will begin to understand and adjust with more experience, but he has started the season in a bit of a slump offensively.

“The reassuring thing for Volpe and so many of these guys is that, once we get more consistent information, we get more quality information that we can trust in front of them, i think the guys on this team and in this clubhouse are as competitive as anyone else,” Hirst said.

Defensively, on the other hand, Volpe hosts a .966 fielding percentage with two errors over 170 innings. The Yankees will continue to develop him as a defensive player, especially since they project him as their future shortstop. He needs to be hovering around the .975 fielding percentage mark, but he has plenty of time to continue his development at just 21 years old.

New York Yankees Vs Texas Rangers Preview:

The Yankees are gearing up to face off against the Texas Rangers on Friday with ace Gerrit Cole on the mound. The Rangers host a 10–14 record, 4th in the AL West. The Yankees sit at 18–7, first in the AL East.

Cole features a 3.00 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, and 10.13 strikeouts per nine rate. His walk rate is up tremendously this year to 3.75, but he finally hit his stride against the Kansas City Royals and Cleveland Guardians, pitching a combined 12.2 innings, allowing nine hits and zero runs.

With Cole finally settling into the season, the Yankees are the heavy favorites over Texas, and with Joey Gallo returning to the lineup, they are healthy as well.

The game will start at 7:05 PM at Yankee stadium.

UFC 274 Main Event Preview: Charles Oliveira – Justin Gaethje

In the main event of UFC 274 the lightweight title is on the line. The undisputed champion Charles Oliveira (32-8, 1 NC) will look to defend his title for the second time as he takes on “The Highlight” Justin Gaethje (23-3).

Last time we saw Gaethje was back at UFC 268 when he fought Michael Chandler. The two men went to war and Gaethje was able to win a decision that earned him this title shot. That win came on the heels of his title loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov.

Overall, Gaethje is 5-1 in his last six and 6-3 in his nine UFC appearances. He’s been an interim champion, however, he’s never been able to capture undisputed gold and he will look to do that tomorrow night.

For years, Charles Oliveira was looked at as a guy with some of the best talent in the UFC. However, he could never quite put it together. He fought at featherweight, but found a permanent home at lightweight where he’s become the best in the world.

After having an average career to start, Charles Oliveira has really taken off. Entering UFC 274, Oliveira is on a ten-fight winning streak where only one opponent survived to hear the judges scorecards.

UFC 274 Prediction

The narrative that Charles Oliveira is a quitter or is weak mentally is drastically overplayed at this point. Early on in his UFC career, we saw Oliveira mentally break at times. However, he’s shown he’s not that same guy anymore.

That said, that’s the narrative that Justin Gaethje is pushing. Gaethje said that he wants to bring the quit out of Oliveira at UFC 274. Well, how can he do that? He can do that with big power punches and ungodly leg kicks.

I expect Gaethje to immediately look for openings with leg kicks. However, he’s going to have to be very careful as the champion has very good takedowns and is the better grappler by a significant margin.

Oliveira showed at UFC 269 against Dustin Poirier that he can strike with the best of them. He also showed that he can take huge shots and keep coming. He also showed that against Michael Chandler.

Oliveira is the more well-rounded fighter here and I think that plays a big role in the fight. If Justin Gaethje is going to win, he’s going to have to knock Oliveira out. However, I can see a scenario where Oliveira wins by decision, submission, or knockout.

Ultimately, I think Oliveira gets the fight down in the second round. During a scramble, I think he gets the back of Justin Gaethje and finds a rear naked choke to retain his lightweight title.

Prediction: Charles Oliveira by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) – Round 2

Why the New York Giants took a big risk on Wan’Dale Robinson in the 2nd round

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When the New York Giants drafted Wan’Dale Robinson out of Kentucky, they knew they were getting an explosive playmaker with electrifying capabilities. Robinson led Kentucky with 1,334 receiving yards, more than double the second option on the team, Josh Ali.

Despite being 5’8″ and 179 pounds, Robinson plays with more strength than his frame indicates. He’s extremely quick with the football in his hands, reminiscent of Kadarius Toney. Clearly, the Giants are looking for players who can make things happen in the open field via missed tackles. Luckily for them, Robinson ranked 6th in the entire country, with 22 missed tackles forced in 2021.

After the Giants drafted him, general manager Joe Schoen justified a move that seemed premature by most analysts and fans. Nobody had Robinson on their board in the 2nd round, but Big Blue saw a playmaker that could change the game in the blink of an eye, which is always valuable.

“Good football player we’ve had our eye on, generator with the ball in his hands, very good run after the catch, very good route runner, can separate,” general manager Joe Schoen said.

When looking at Robinson’s skill set, he comes off as an elite route runner at the apex. He’s capable of changing direction on a dime and keeping defenders off-balance. In addition, he’s extremely lethal on jet-sweeps, screen passes and even ranked 6th in college football with 16 deep catches.

He fits exactly what the Giants are trying to do on offense, likely increasing pre-snap motion tremendously from 7.5% last year under Jason Garrett’s leadership.

“And for what we are going to do offensively, we thought he would be a very good fit for us.”

Looking at some of his routes, you can see that Wan’Dale likes to run delayed releases in a stacked formation. He did this routinely against Georgia last season. Georgia is playing Cover-2 man with two deep safeties but manning up across the line of scrimmage.

Robinson delays his route to see which corner will be guarding him, putting up a lethal jab-step that moved the corner enough to expose his inside. That slight advantage allowed Robinson to win inside, and if not for a slip after the catch, he would’ve gone to the house.

In the next clip, Robinson gives me flashes of Kadarius Toney, who’s capable of disappearing when a defender is about to make a play. While the play here doesn’t go for many yards, his jab-step to the left completely turns around the defender, who otherwise is taken out of the play instantaneously.

If the Giants really want to modernize their offense, which seems obvious given their personal decisions, Robinson fits the bill perfectly. Throughout every game, Kentucky utilizes him often in pre-stop motion, getting him the ball whenever possible. If teams play off-ball coverage, Kentucky would swing the ball out on screen passes and let him work in open space.

Featuring Robinson and Toney on the field at the same time will be extremely lethal if schemed correctly. With Kenny Golladay demanding attention from opposing teams’ top corners, Toney and Robinson can take advantage of lesser matchups. They are extremely hard to stop in man coverage, especially in the earlier portions of the field, but they are also more than capable of getting downfield for big plays.

I wouldn’t be surprised to see Robinson and Toney lining up in bunch-formations, confusing defenses on screen plays, but also more complex route concepts. Ultimately, Robinson will offer Daniel Jones an excellent security blanket underneath, boosting his numbers without having to do much. These players make quarterbacks look better since you can give them the ball and let them do all the work.

Another huge benefit is that Robinson has a positive health history. If Toney suffers any injuries, they won’t skip a beat on offense.

Yankees have a lowkey stud starting pitcher climbing the farm system

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The New York Yankees have done a phenomenal job developing some of their young pitchers the past few seasons. While Michael King and Clarke Schmidt are finally hitting their stride in the MLB, another young pitcher is climbing the farm system who could make a tremendous impact to the next level.

Somerset starter Ken Waldichuk has been dominating this season in Double-A at just 24 years old. Waldichuk crushed Single-A ball last season, recording a 0.00 ERA before making his way to Double-A, where he struggled to adjust. This season, it’s been an entirely different story.

“He’s been dominant,” Double-A Somerset Patriots manager, Dan Fiorito told Brendan Kuty of NJ.com.

Waldichuk oozes confidence, mowing down batters at an impressive rate.

“He’s a workhorse,” Fiorito said. “He’s somebody who, every time he gets the ball, he seems so confident we’re going to go out there and get a win.”

Waldichuk features a 13.50 strikeout per nine rate and 91.5% left on base rate this year. His 51.4% ground ball rate is also outstanding, representing a number the Yankees will love for their stadium. After being elevated to Double-A in 2021, Ken did labor to a degree, recording a 4.20 ERA over 79.1 innings. However, he’s taken a significant step forward this year and continues to impress the Yankees brass.

“He attacks hitters,” Fiorito said. “He’s getting better and better with his the impressive stuff that he has, being able to control it and throw it in the zone and when he’s doing that and he’s showing his plus fastball and it’s upper 90s with run and ride, and then you throw in the slider and changeup.
Waldichuk is quickly climbing the Yankees prospect list, now within the top 10 by most accounts. It is clear that his control and velocity have become more prevalent, increasing his value and efficiency.
If he continues to develop at this rate, I wouldn’t be surprised if Ken earns an opportunity in Triple-A before the season is over. Next year, who’s to say he doesn’t dominate and make his way to the MLB roster, potentially making an impact as a relief arm before being bumped up to stater. Adding another lefty arm to the rotation might be valuable.