|Jets CB Antonio Cromartie denies accusation of being anonymous critic||11.16.12 at 3:15 pm ET|
Retired running back LaDainian Tomlinson said on Wednesday that he knows who attacked Jets backup quarterback Tim Tebow with anonymous quotes in the New York Daily News this week: Antonio Cromartie and Bart Scott.
“Cromartie has never had a problem putting his name on things,” Tomlinson said on SiriusXM radio, adding: “Once you start talking to the media about teammates, Rex [Ryan] is going to address it. He’s not going to let it go. And so, now you have guys that don’t want to put your name on it because, obviously, Rex Ryan has said something about it.”
Tomlinson, who spent the final two seasons of his career playing for Ryan and the Jets, said he believes Cromartie was the unnamed player who called Tebow “terrible” in the report.
Cromartie on Thursday denied the accusation.
“I heard it but I have no response for a retired player,” Cromartie said. “Y’all know me, if I say something I put my name to anything I want to say. I really don’t care if I hurt anybody’s feelings, that’s not me and for me to sit here and say I’m going to talk about a teammate? If I’m going to talk about a teammate I’m going to tell him personally.
“I’m not going to get into the media and say I’m anonymous, I’m not that type of cowardly person.”
Tomlinson also said he thinks Scott is the anonymous player who claimed the Jets offense won’t work with Tebow running it.
Ryan addressed the unnamed comments earlier this week with the Jets and called the comments “cowardly.”
|Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Amar’e Stoudemire fined $50,000 for offensive tweet||06.27.12 at 6:52 am ET|
WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Blue Jays at Red Sox, 1:35 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)
MLB: White Sox at Twins, 1 p.m. (WGN)
MLB: Indians at Yankees, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Tigers at Rangers, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
Soccer: European Championship semifinals, Portugal vs. Spain, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Tennis: Wimbledon, 7 a.m. (ESPN2)
AROUND THE WEB:
♦ Knicks forward Amar’e Stoudemire apologized Tuesday after he was fined $50,000 by the NBA for using a homosexual slur in a tweet to a fan who had criticized him.
“I am a huge supporter of civil rights for all people,” Stoudemire said in a statement. “I am disappointed in myself for my statement to a fan. I should have known better and there is no excuse.”
Stoudemire used an expletive and the slur Saturday when tweeting the fan, identified by the New York Daily News as Brian Ferrelli, who had tweeted that the All-Star “better come back a lot stronger and quicker to make up for this past season.” Stoudemire, who averaged 17.5 points and 7.8 rebounds, his lowest marks since his rookie season in 2002-03 with the Suns, tweeted back: [Expletive] you. I don’t have to do any thing [slur].
Ferrelli then posted a screen shot of the offensive tweet on the web. That was followed by Stoudemire tweeting an apology, which Ferrelli accepted.
♦ Former Trail Blazers star Clyde Drexler spoke candidly about Magic Johnson for a book about the 1992 Olympic Dream Team. In “Dream Team” by Jack McCallum, Drexler said members of the team pitied Magic because they thought he would die after testing HIV positive, and he said Magic “couldn’t play much by that time. He couldn’t guard his shadow.”
“But you have to have to understand what was going on then. Everybody kept waiting for Magic to die,” Drexler said. “Every time he’d run up the court everybody would feel sorry for the guy, and he’d get all that benefit of the doubt. Magic came across like, ‘All this is my stuff.’ Really? Get outta here, dude. He was on the declining end of his career.”
Drexler also commented about Magic’s performance in the 1992 NBA All-Star Game in Orlando. Magic, named as a special 13th player to the West roster, was named MVP after finishing with 25 points, nine assists and five rebounds. Drexler also played very well, recording 22 points, nine rebounds and six assists.
Said Drexler: “If we all knew Magic was going to live this long, I would’ve gotten the MVP of that game, and Magic probably wouldn’t have made the Olympic team.”
♦ LaDainian Tomlinson, who retired this month after a stellar career at running back with the Chargers and Jets, had an interesting and honest response when asked if he would rather win a Super Bowl or be enshrined in the Hall of Fame.
“Hall of Fame player without a ring, because you’ve got to sacrifice so much individually just to be good,” he said. “They draft you individually and you’ve got to back them up and make them right. I think at the end of the day, even though I didn’t win a Super Bowl ring, I felt like I backed them up for drafting me. I backed up the San Diego Chargers for picking me with the fifth pick.”
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On June 27, which Red Sox player tied a major league record by recording three hits (single, double, triple) in one inning — the 14-run first inning of a 25-8 rout of the Marlins at Fenway?
|Thursday’s Morning Mashup: LaDainian Tomlinson says Jets’ situation ‘bad as I’ve ever been around’||01.19.12 at 7:50 am ET|
THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NHL: Bruins at Devils, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Penguins at Rangers, 7 p.m. (NHL Network)
NBA: Lakers at Heat, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Mavericks at Jazz, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: Boston College at NC State, 8 p.m. (WSBK; WEEI)
College basketball: Wake Forest at Duke, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: North Carolina at Virginia Tech, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: San Francisco at Gonzaga, 10 p.m. (ESPNU)
AROUND THE WEB:
♦ Running back LaDainian Tomlinson went on Showtime’s “Inside the NFL” and talked about how the Jets struggled with internal strife during their 8-8 season. In the interview that aired Wednesday night, LT said the relationship between quarterback Mark Sanchez and receiver Santonio Holmes was especially poor, and it helped create a fractured locker room.
“It is as bad as I’ve ever been around, honestly,” Tomlinson said. “And I’ve been around some locker rooms and quarterback-receiver situations and what-not. But it was as bad as I’ve been around.”
Tomlinson assessed the blame for the poor chemistry on the guys who built the team: the general manager and coach.
“This is the type of football team that they wanted,” said Tomlinson, the NFL’s fifth-leading rusher. “Mike Tannenbaum, Rex Ryan are both brash, in-your-face type of style — say whatever you want, just get it done on the field. And then it leads to other things, as guys are calling each other out and saying, ‘I’m not getting the ball,’ or whatever it may be.”
Tomlinson said he loved playing for Ryan, but he would prefer the coach dial down the tough talk, noting that it provided inspiration for opponents.
“I don’t mind every now and again saying we are going to win a championship,” Tomlinson said. “Maybe at the beginning of the year just saying, ‘Hey, our goal is to win a championship.’ But at the same time every week if you are calling out a team on certain things, I think it puts a little extra on your team. Guys really want to go out there and say, ‘Let’s shut this guy up. Let’s shut these Jets up, just end their season.’ ”
♦ Actor Rob Lowe made some news Wednesday when he tweeted that Peyton Manning would announce his retirement. Lowe, who stars in NBC’s “Parks and Recreation,” a show set in Indiana, is friends with Colts owner Jim Irsay. But apparently he didn’t clear his “scoop” with Irsay, because it was quickly shot down. Manning’s father laughed at the report and denied it, while Manning’s agent, Tom Condon, told the NFL Network, “It was news to [Manning].”
♦ Former NFL receiver Terrell Owens announced via a video that he’s joining the Allen Wranglers of the Indoor Football League. “Uh oh! It’s official! It just went down! I’m headed back to Texas!,” Owens said. “That’s right. IFL, here I come. Allen, Texas, here I come.”
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Jan. 19, 1898, which two New England schools played the first recorded college hockey game in the United States?
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “This is our second-longest winning streak this year. It’s a positive vibe right now in our locker room.” – Rajon Rondo, after the Celtics ended a five-game losing streak Wednesday night with a 96-73 victory over the Raptors
STAT OF THE DAY: $111 million – Amount the Rangers invested in Japanese pitcher Yu Darvish, after agreeing to a six-year, $60 million contract a month after agreeing to pay a $51 million posting fee
‘NET RESULTS: A Bruins fan in Tampa does not take kindly to the Lightning mascot hitting him in the face with silly string and pushes “Thunderbug,” which appears to lead to the fan’s ejection.
Real Madrid soccer player Pepe created a controversy when he stomped on the hand of Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, an act the referee missed. Tweeted Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney, who was watching the game on television: Pepe. What an idiot.
The Knicks Kid Reporters, Jaylah and Ryan, ask the Knicks players tough questions, such as how to spell supercalifragilistic and if they can sing a Justin Bieber song.
TRIVIA ANSWER: Brown and Harvard, with Brown winning 6-0
SOOTHING SOUNDS: Janis Joplin, who died in 1970, was born on this day in 1943.
|Monday’s Morning Mashup: Former Chiefs staffers accuse team of bugging rooms, phones||01.16.12 at 7:58 am ET|
MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NHL: Bruins at Panthers, 7:30 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Stars at Blues, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NBA: Thunder at Celtics, 8 p.m. (TNT; WEEI)
NBA: Bulls at Grizzles, 1 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Mavericks at Lakers, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: Louisville at Marquette, 3:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Texas A&M at Missouri, 5:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Pittsburgh at Syracuse, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Baylor at Kansas, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN)
AROUND THE WEB:
♦ According to an article by Kent Babb of The Kansas City Star, former Chiefs coach Todd Haley was convinced that team management had bugged rooms and phones in an attempt to monitor employees’ conversations, and he wasn’t the only one with paranoid thoughts. Since Scott Pioli was hired as general manager in January 2009 (away from the Patriots), the article states, “life for many inside the Chiefs’ front office has been marked by massive staff turnover, fear and insecurity about how closely they are watched.” There are also charges of age discrimination. Three former department head sued the Chiefs in 2011.
According to a former high-ranking staffer: “The level of paranoia was probably the highest that I had ever seen it anywhere. … If you make the wrong step, you might not be able to pay your mortgage.”
Team chairman and CEO Clark Hunt played down the accusations, saying that an emphasis has been placed on individual responsibility. “We needed a culture that pursued excellence,” he said. “One that valued honesty and integrity, one where the employees would be held accountable.”
♦ Jets running back LaDainian Tomlinson was the latest to come to the defense of quarterback Mark Sanchez, who was referred to as “lazy” by an unnamed Jet last week. Tomlinson implied that some of the team’s wide receivers had an ax to grind with Sanchez after a “disconnect” throughout the year.
“There are a lot of things you can say about Mark Sanchez, but to call him lazy is a bit much,” Tomlinson said. ”This is a guy that has worked very hard off the field, in the film room. I’ve seen it, in the weight room, putting in extra time with the coaches early in the morning after practice when everybody is gone. He is putting in time. So, he’s not lazy.”
♦ Former Giants running back Tiki Barber said he tried to set up a meeting with coach Tom Coughlin to mend fences after criticizing the coach’s style, but Coughlin said no. Barber, who tried to make a comeback this season but did not get an offer from an NFL team, remains optimistic about getting back in the Giants’ good graces. “One of these days I’m sure it’ll happen, because as we know, time heals all wounds,” Barber said on ESPN Radio. “And I think at the end of the day, Giants fans, despite their dislike of me at times, know that I was one of the guys that put [it] on the line every time I put on my uniform.”
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Jan. 16, 1974, which Bruin became the eighth player in NHL history to record 450 goals when he scored in a 5-5 tie with the Blackhawks in Chicago?
|Jets RB LaDainian Tomlinson could play final game Sunday||12.30.11 at 12:02 pm ET|
Jets running back LaDainian Tomlinson might play his final game Sunday, when his team visits the Dolphins in Miami.
Tomlinson, 32, is in the second and final year of his contract with the Jets after nine seasons with the Chargers. He has seen his production limited this year, rushing 64 times for just 224 yards and catching 38 passes for 426 yards. He has one rushing touchdown and two TD receptions.
Tomlinson said he would consider playing elsewhere next season, but he hinted that if he was only offered the league minimum, he might retire.
“There’s definitely the thought that this possibly could be [the end] because you never know how things shake out,” Tomlinson said Thursday. “For me, it just depends on the situation. I’ve said that before. I would love to keep playing, but if the situation is not right, then I won’t. And this possibly could be my last game.”
Of course, if the Jets sneak into the playoffs — with a win and some help — it wouldn’t be the last game for the player who ranks sixth on the NFL’s career rushing list, 34 yards behind Jerome Bettis.
“I’ve got kids, man,” he said with a laugh. “I mean, I don’t know. It would be hard for me to do that. It’s never been about the money for me. It really hasn’t. But at some point, you have to close that chapter if it just doesn’t line up. So I’m just going to wait and see what happens.”
|LaDainian Tomlinson to take pay cut?||08.01.11 at 1:54 pm ET|
In order to free up cap space, Jets running back LaDainian Tomlinson will reportedly take a pay cut this season, according to ESPN’s John Clayton. Clayton writes that Tomlinson will go from making $2.625 million last season to $1.1 million this season.
Tomlinson is entering the final year of his two-year contract with the Jets. In his first season with the Jets last season, Tomlinson ran for 914 yards and six touchdowns.
|Report: LaDainian Tomlinson will return to Jets||03.02.11 at 1:37 pm ET|
The Jets will retain running back LaDainian Tomlinson for the 2011 season, according to ESPNNewYork.com.
Tomlinson, 32, led the Jets with 914 rushing yards last season, but he faded down the stretch. That, coupled with the emergence of Shonn Greene and Joe McKnight in the backfield, raised questions about whether or not Tomlinson would return.
Speculation increased after the team cut veterans Kris Jenkins, Jason Taylor and Damien Woody on Monday. However, sources told ESPN that Tomlinson is safe.
|LaDainian Tomlinson joins Walter Payton in NFL history||10.31.10 at 3:34 pm ET|
New York Jets running back LaDainian Tomlinson has rejuvenated his career this season with the Jets and continues to add to his elite career numbers. In Sunday’s game, Tomlinson joined Walter Payton as the only players in history to gain 13,000 yards rushing and 4,000 yards receiving.
Tomlinson is the seventh-leading rusher in league history as he entered teh game with 12,980 yards rushing and 4,062 yards receiving.
Since leaving the Chargers, LT has received 92 carries for 490 yards and 6 touchdowns. He has also added 19 receptions for 107 yards. Tomlinson has thrived behind the powerful offensive line in New York, averaging 5.3 yards-per-carry.
|LT’s rocky relationship vs. Patriots||04.02.10 at 7:56 pm ET|
The history between LaDainian Tomlinson and the New England Patriots has been a little rocky. Who are we kidding? The history has been like a gigantic boulder rumbling down the side of a mountain. The two sides just don’t get along, and now Tomlinson, who recently signed with the Jets, can look forward to playing the Pats twice a year.
Just ask LT. He’ll tell you he’s cool with that.
“The Patriots have always been one of them teams that, it’s hard for me to swallow that pill of losing to them, so it’s going to fun to play them twice a year,” he said to the media on Thursday. “And, it’s going to be one of my main goals to beat them twice.”
Tomlinson has had an up-and-down career against the Patriots. Sometimes he has been the heralded running back who never gets his due because he plays on the West Coast, while other times Patriots fans laugh and say, “Really? This guy is one of the best running backs of all-time?”
Tomlinson’s teams have a 3-5 record vs. the Patriots, with two of those losses in the playoffs. Here is a look back at LT’s career vs. the Patriots, dating back to 2001.
Oct. 14, 2001
Tomlinson had a decent game against a stingy Patriots defense in this early season matchup. He rushed for 74 yards with a score on 24 carries, and caught three balls for 13 yards. An OK day, but the Patriots ended up coming out on top, in what would be a recurring theme of that 2001-02 season.
Tom Brady led the Patriots back from a 10-point deficit and Adam Vinatieri nailed a 44-yard field goal to win the game. Sound familiar?
LT was running the ball pretty well against his earlier opponents, putting up three 100-plus-yard games before heading to Foxboro. The Patriots may have given the rest of the league a blueprint for how to stop LT that season, because the running back did not reach the 100-yard plateau again until the Chargers’ 15th game of the season. If you weren’t counting at home, that’s nine straight games.
Sept. 29, 2002
LT got a little bit of revenge on the Patriots in this game. OK, a lot of bit of revenge. He scorched the Pats defense for 217 yards and two TDs on 27 carries. His touchdown runs were for a game-tying 37 yards and then 58 yards on the game-winning score.
This was the Patriots’ first loss in 13 games, after they ran through the 2001 season and beat the Rams in the Super Bowl.
It was a little revenge for the Chargers running back, and he would go on to have a big season, rushing for 1,683 yards and 14 scores.
Oct. 2, 2005
LT and the Chargers would have to wait a couple of years to get another crack at the Patriots, but when they did, they brought some pain to Foxboro. The Chargers whipped the Patriots, 41-17, and LT had his second straight good performance vs. the Patriots.
He had a combined 168 yards (rushing and receiving) and scored twice. This was one of the worst beatings the Patriots had taken in recent years in Foxboro, and the Chargers showed they had a balanced attack. Drew Brees also threw for two TDs, keeping the defense off balance.
The win also snapped the Patriots’ 21-game home winning streak, just more bragging rights for Tomlinson.
Jan. 14, 2007
Patriots fans will remember this game for a long time, thanks to one of the biggest plays in Patriots postseason history by Troy Brown.
Tomlinson had a decent day on the ground, rushing for 123 yards with two TDs, but the Patriots somehow managed to escape San Diego with a win. After the controversial celebration by the Patriots at the middle of the field, LT just snapped.
Those are some harsh words for a team that just beat you on your home field. One thing teams shouldn’t do is feed the bear they call Bill Belichick, and LT gave him plenty of tape to show over and over again every time the Patriots played the Chargers.
Sept. 16, 2007
“I think the Patriots actually live by the saying, ‘If you’re not cheating, you’re not trying.’ ” — Tomlinson
Tomlinson was quick to jump on the pile of people denouncing the Patriots domination in the 2000s, and man did he wish he didn’t say those words. The Patriots destroyed the Chargers, 38-14, and Tomlinson ran for a miniscule 43 yards on the day.
The Patriots really wanted to put a hurting on the Chargers, and you have to wonder if LT would have been better off keeping his mouth shut. In a matter of a year, LT had called the Patriots classless and cheaters. Boy, should he have kept his mouth shut.
The Patriots would go on to win all their games in the regular season and … we know, never mind.
Jan. 20, 2008
Two rushes, five yards.
That was Tomlinson’s stat line in the biggest game of his life. Yes, he was slowed by a knee injury, but who can forget LT sitting on the sideline with his helmet on, visor on … in a Chargers winter parka.
It was classic LT that season against the Patriots. They knocked him around in the first meeting and the super Charger never even stepped on the field to make an impact in this game. However, it wasn’t the Patriots’ best game ever, either. The Pats squeaked by the Chargers and the visiting team had ample opportunities to turn drives into points, but the Chargers never came through and the Pats were on to the Super Bowl.
This really was the beginning of the end for LT in San Diego, because he failed to show up in a big game again for the Chargers and Michael Turner kind of showed that he could be a feature back in this league.
Oct. 12, 2008
This was LT’s last shot against the Patriots in a Chargers uniform, and he played decently. But everyone could clearly see that this had become Philip Rivers’ team. Rivers threw for 306 yards and three TDs, while Tomlinson did what he had to on the ground.
He grinded out 74 yards on 20 carries and also had 44 receiving yards as the Chargers beat the Brady-less Patriots, 30-10.
So now, Tomlinson will get two cracks at the Patriots per year. The Chargers clearly didn’t think he had anything left in the tank, and the Jets were willing to get rid of Thomas Jones to bring in LT. We’ll just have to wait and see if LT will be smiling or hiding behind the mask after games against Brady and Co.
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