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Recent college grad, big Knicks, Yankees, and Giants fan.

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I am a recent college graduate, I majored in English. I'm interested in journalism, advertising and research. I love watching and analyzing sports.


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Giants 2010 Season - week one review posted on 09/14/2010

Week one of the NFL season is behind us, and for New York Giants fans there were a lot of positives.  The Giants defeated the Carolina Panthers in their first ever game at the New Meadowlands Stadium, 31-18.  Wide receiver Hakeem Nicks caught three touchdowns from quarterback Eli Manning.  Aside from a few drops and tipped balls that led to interceptions, the Giants passing game looked impressive.  They struggled mightily to run the ball in the first half, going to the break with -2 yards on the ground.  The Giants were able to run more in the second half, and running backs Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs both enjoyed 20+ yard runs.  Bradshaw scored the final Giants touchdown on the ground, one that essentially put the game away. 


On defense the Giants looked like a completely different unit from last year.  In the first half, because of poor performance from their special teams the Giants were constantly defending a short field.  They still held Carolina to field goals and limited the damage of the Panthers dangerous backfield duo, Deangelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart.  Safety Kenny Phillips looked good in his return to action, making a touchdown saving tackle and in interception late in the game.  The Giants forced five turnovers in all on defense, and in the second half harassed Carolina quarterback Matt Moore.  Defensive Coordinator Perry Fewell unleashed a hellacious pass rush once the Giants secured their lead, and the team didn’t look back.  They sacked Moore four times and repeatedly knocked him down.  Moore was eventually pulled from the game and replaced by rookie Jimmy Clausen. 

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Review of Preseason game 1 - Jets vs Giants posted on 08/17/2010

In the first game in the new meadowlands stadium the Giants defeated the Jets 31-16.  The problem for the Giants is that the final score of the first preseason game is not always the most important measuring stick for a team’s performance.  In the first half the Giants starters were outhustled and outplayed by the Jets starters.  The Jets played a more physical game, they sustained longer drives, ran the ball effectively, stopped the Giants on the ground (Bradshaw and Jacobs netted only a yard on the ground), and even bloodied Eli Manning.  Manning’s first half injury was one of the scarier moments for Giants fans.  He had his helmet knocked off and cut his head on a Jets player’s facemask.  Manning received 12 stitches for the gash on his forehead, though he said after the game that he could have returned if the Giants needed him. 

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Knicks final home game posted on 04/15/2010

“When I say D, you say FENCE!” Last night was the final Knicks home game of the year. Sergio Rodriguez surprisingly stole the show with 12 late points. Danilo Gallinari scored all 24 of his points in the second half as the Knicks rallied to outscore Washington 40-21 in the fourth quarter of fan appreciation night. The Knicks handed out free T-shirts before the game with the word “declare” on the front. They fired T-shirts into the stands and gave out prizes all night.

For one night at least, Knicks fans were treated to winning basketball and allowed to forget about the summer; when LeBron James and others become free agents, and the Knicks, with their $30+ million in cap room look to make a move for them. On this night, a lineup of Gallinari, Bill Walker, Sergio Rodriguez, David Lee and Earl Barron was enough to pull the game out. Going into the fourth period, the knicks trailed 82-74, and as Clyde Frazier would say “they looked tired and uninspired”. Suddenly, Gallinari awoke. He started converting three pointers and getting to the line. The Knicks survived a big game from Mike Miller for the Wizards. He scored 23 points and hit five three pointers. The Knicks had 11 threes, with Gallinari making four.

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Knicks comeback against Pacers falls short posted on 04/08/2010

The Knicks failed in their attempt to win three straight games for the first time since early in the year.  In this game the Knicks had to come back from numerous deficits, including a 20 point hole early in the contest.  They came back with three point shooting from Toney Douglas and Bill Walker.  Danilo Gallinari had another big third quarter following his 19 point third quarter outburst against Boston two nights ago. 

It seems like the Knicks are going to fall short of their record from the previous year of 32-50.  They need to win their last four games to duplicate that record.  Right now I'm somewhat upset with coach D'antoni for replacing Toney Douglas in the starting lineup.  It seemed obvious that Douglas was making an impact as a starter with his defense and scoring.  Douglas finished the Indiana game with 20 points off the bench. 

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The new look Knicks pull out another one posted on 03/24/2010

 As Danilo Gallinari and Carmello Anthony continued their heated discussion during the third quarter last night, the Knicks found a way to take control of the game.  They have been playing winning basketball lately, since moving Toney Douglas to the starting lineup.  Douglas brings toughness and a lively scoring touch, not to mention a propensity for clutch play.  He seems to come alive during the second halves of games.  He went scoreless in the first half but finished with 16 points. 

 Something seems to have clicked with Gallinari lately as well.  He's become much more aggressive on offense and has been getting to the line with impressive frequency.  Gallinari's development is big for the Knicks, he's one of the few players who will still be here next season, and his sophmore campaign, which started off impressively looks like it's ending with a bang as well. 

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