Note: The Rangers Are Wearing Their Heritage Jerseys Tonight/Against Original Six Teams

12:39PM: The NY Post reports that the Rangers will return to wearing their Heritage jerseys at Madison Square Garden against Original Six opponents.

The Rangers previously wore their Heritage jerseys against Original Six opponents and on Sunday games at Madison Square Garden.

The Rangers games at MSG against Original Six opponents are:

  • 1/23 Bruins
  • 1/26 Maple Leafs
  • 2/19 Montreal
  • 4/19 Maple Leafs

5:32PM:

#NYR Heritage Jerseys are back!

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357 comments
Hanknaples
Hanknaples

One more comment on The Kraft Decision Not to appeal:

1) Kraft has shown he has NO Balls!! That he has the Backbone and Character of a wet, dirty rag AFTER it's gone full cycle....even after it was suggested by his Atty. and getting ready to appeal!!

2) It is now obvious that Belichick followed by Brady have the Cojones in this Franchise with Kraft being the wet rag biatch....he lost his cojones when his wife passed away !!!

3) looks like the NFLPA is the Big Dog in this fight and continues the appeal...we shall see !!!

SackDance99
SackDance99

@tsjc68 I loved the possibly Brazilian woman who tweeted back  in Portuguese.  Brady should sign to play in Rio.  I'm sure he's very popular there.

Bent
Bent moderator

Pretty obvious why they're not appealing isn't it?...because if it went to court Brady's phone records would be admissible.


Kraft said he trusted Brady 100% and would stand by him all the way.  Now they've realized perhaps that isn't such a smart stance.

SackDance99
SackDance99

@Bent Wouldn't the first appeal have to be heard by Goodell?  I'm not sure what the procedure is.  It's likely that the Pats and Brady have to exhaust whatever appellate remedies they have under the NFL rules and, then, could seek judicial review.  But, that review would be based upon the Wells Report, with no additional fact-finding.  Not sure that there's any possibility that this could ever end up as a normal civil suit.

jetlife
jetlife

"Here's a closer look at Gailey's personnel-package tendencies from the 2010 to 2012 seasons (covering 2,989 offensive snaps), per ESPN Stats & Information:

Four wide receivers -- 586 snaps. League rank: First.

Three wide receivers -- 1,669 snaps. Rank: Fifth.

Shotgun -- 1,643 snaps. Rank: Third.

Two backs -- 616 snaps. Rank: 24th.

Two tight ends -- 341 snaps. Rank: 32nd."



I know this benefits Geno based on his college success out of the shotgun, but I am more excited to see if Petty can continue his success in the spread at the next level.  I don't think we will see a huge jump in production from Geno just because Chan likes to use the spread. 



tsjc68
tsjc68

@jetlife

Gailey's offense probably puts all five QBs on the roster into a friendly-scheme zone, to be honest.


Fitzpatrick, Simms, Heaps, and Petty all would benefit from lots of shotgun and lots of field-stretching.

Bent
Bent moderator

@jetlife


Personnel or formation?  Because they ran a bunch of formations where a tight end is in the slot or a back out wide.


Without specifying this information is next to useless.

Bent
Bent moderator

@jetlife @Bent Was responding to your initial post about Gailey in Buffalo.

SackDance99
SackDance99

@Bent @jetlife Plus, Gailey had a much different team in Buffalo.  The Jets have much more vertical personnel, especially in the running game.  A power running spread offense is NOT what Chan ran in Buffalo, but I'm willing to bet that's what you'll see this season.

jetlife
jetlife

@Bent @jetlife I can't comment on personnel vs formation usage, but having Geno/Petty in the shotgun benefits both imo.

tsjc68
tsjc68

@SackDance99 @Bent @jetlife

A power running spread offense is NOT what Chan ran in Buffalo, but I'm willing to bet that's what you'll see this season.


Agreed.


I think a lot of us (present company included) have been fixated on adding a speedy, pass-catching back for Gailey, because he had one in Buffalo, but also because Marty Mornhinweg needed one and wanted one so badly and it's some leftover "desire inertia", for lack of a better phrase.


Gailey used big backs in Dallas and Pittsburgh and Denver and Georgia Tech.  He's good with big backs.  He's good with a power-running game (even integrated into a spread offensive attack with heavy doses of four WRs).


In a related vein, I think that JC Copeland has an excellent chance of making this roster.  Chan likes having a fullback, even if he doesn't use that fullback a ton.

jetlife
jetlife

@tsjc68 @jetlife @Bent Understood. If Fitz end up starting it is what it is. I think we know what Fitz is/will be. Petty and Geno have a lot of room for development.  I am more looking forward to seeing how they can grow in this offense. 

SackDance99
SackDance99

@tsjc68 @SackDance99 @Bent @jetlife I think Urban Meyer's success with his power running spread offense is starting to impact the NFL.  Josh McDaniels has been integrating aspects of it for years now, but the rest of the NFL has been slower to implement.  I don't think it's a surprise that Devin Smith was the targeted WR.  Chan wants to force defenses to bring a safety into the box and then throw over the top.


I can see how potent this offense could be, but I'm not confident that Chan can get enough out of the QBs on the roster to get the full potential out of the offense.  On paper, this is one of the most talent-laden offenses the Jets have had since the late 90s with Parcells.  And, QB was a problem then, too.

a57se
a57se

@tsjc68 

We'll see, I don't know how they could justify shortening Brady's suspension.

tsjc68
tsjc68

@a57se @tsjc68

I agree.  I would disagree with the appeal sentiment that the case is largely circumstantial and thus the penalty is too big because the penalty was already shorter than it probably should have been due to those factors already.


Brady likely should have been tossed for a year or more, but the lack of a smoking gun mitigated his punishment.  Brady's appeal should be considered "asked and answered".

SackDance99
SackDance99

@tsjc68 @a57se Remember, Brady declined to provide the NFL with his phone, which could've been the smoking gun.  4 games for strong circumstantial evidence of guilt and obstruction of an investigation is a light sentence.  Brady's delusional on this one.

Bklyn Dude
Bklyn Dude

@tsjc68 

It's in the interest of the NFL to say Kraft's decision to stand down does not include a deal on Brady.  But logic would say otherwise.  It's in the NFL interest to make this go away. 

Reducing Tom's suspension to two games changes nothing other to placate hurt feelings in New England and give them something to cling to when people will forever call the Patriot teams cheaters.

tsjc68
tsjc68

Nice solid signing for them, especially this late.  Barksdale isn't good against the pass, but he's a quality road grading RT.

williamg1
williamg1

Hank went from trashing the findings of the investigation and the punishment, to telling us to wait for all the facts to come out first. 

tsjc68
tsjc68

@williamg1

We should wait for the facts to come out about this thing that the facts just came out about.

Hanknaples
Hanknaples

Lets make a couple of three things PERFECTLY clear!!!

1) Full scope of the final decision has not been disclosed yet!!

2)There was a "Back Channel" Conversation between The Emperor and Kraft just prior to the announcement!

3) Kraft's Attorney WAS/IS on record that if the punishment stood after the Emperor dealt with the appeal HE WAS READY TO TAKE THE CASE TO COURT !!!

So before you CANONIZE The Emperor to SAINT STATUS (Hear me Brendan and his Band Of Bandoleros ?) just hold you IRRATIONAL EXUBERANCE till all the facts come out


tsjc68
tsjc68

@Hanknaples

Nobody here is interested in canonizing anyone involved in this to anything and none of us are exuberant about the actions of anyone involved.


We all pretty thoroughly detest both Kraft and Brady (both for being duplicitous liars and for being Patriots in general) and also detest Goodell as well (for being an awful commissioner incapable of meting out justice absent of flaw or agenda).


Our ideal solution would be for all three of them to go away forever.

bradysucks
bradysucks

I can't believe someone with a Mangold avatar would rather not beat the Pats with Brady !!!

Surrender that avatar to someone worthy of it

(Ducks)

I recommend the avatar of someone in the Popeye cartoon. It's not Popeye, Brutus, Olive Oil, the Seahag, or Alice the Goon. It's a character who loves hamburgers who gets paid on Tuesday. His name begins with the letter W

tsjc68
tsjc68

@bradysucks


Your name is Bradysucks, and today you

A.) said that you don't want Tom Brady suspended for cheating and would rather that he face no actual penalty for the cheating scandal that he was at the heart of, and 

B.) got upset that Tom Brady was only ranked as the 27th best player in football and think that it's ridiculous that he wasn't ranked #1 overall.


And your name is Bradysucks.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Got6dbtPJM

tsjc68
tsjc68

@a57se @tsjc68 @bradysucks

Prosecutor: Over Macho Grande?

Witness: No, I don't think I'll ever get over Macho Grande.  Those wounds run... pretty deep.

bradysucks
bradysucks

Which is why I am pissed at Brendan

His argument that there were 26 players better than Brady was so irrationally stupid that it put me in a position where I was defending a player I hate.

tsjc68
tsjc68

@bradysucks

His argument that there were 26 players better than Brady was so irrationally stupid


But there were 26 players better than Brady, in 2014, all positions being equal.  That claim is accurate.  


And it wasn't Brendan's argument, it was PFF's.  And their argument is correct and valid.


And you weren't defending a player you hate, you were misinterpreting valid claims made about a player you hate and reading context into those claims that was not part of PFF's argument, and thus, arguing against a claim that nobody actually made.

tsjc68
tsjc68

@OriginalNick @tsjc68 @bradysucks

Bear in mind that there's 32 teams with 53 players each + 10 practice squad guys, which is 2,016 dudes with NFL contracts at any given time, so being the 27th best player in any given year still puts you at the 99th percentile.


And that he was the still 27th best player in the league in one of his down years at the twilight of his prime.  I'm certain that he's had numerous top-5 years in PFF overall grades.

OriginalNick
OriginalNick

@tsjc68 @OriginalNick @bradysucks 

Where was he ranked if you only listed QB's? Because lets face it, the QB position has become so important that all the rest can be rendered useless if you have say Geno.

 

tsjc68
tsjc68

@a57se @tsjc68 @bradysucks

Which PFF took great pains to loudly qualify at the beginning of this exercise, context that, again, Bradysucks is ignoring because he either is too ignorant or too bullheaded to bother to note.


Quoting the top of the article, emphasis mine:


"This list is created with anAll Positions Created Equalmantra. So you won’t see 32 quarterbacks heading the list even though that is the most valuable position, instead seeing how guys played relative to what is expected from their position. You might disagree with this for doing a Top 101 list which is your right, but this is how we’ve done it for the past four years and will continue doing it so that every player has a fair shot at getting the respect they deserve."

tsjc68
tsjc68

@OriginalNick @tsjc68 @bradysucks

Well, we won't know until the full list comes out, but he's probably one of the top 5 QBs in the list.  


Which seems fair.  He's still in the upper crust of the upper crust, but he has a few more stinkers in his late 30s than he did in his prime, pulling down his season-long grade.