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Terry Collins Rants After Mets Blow Lead to Pirates (Video)

The New York Mets are 25-30 and they’ve lost eight of their last 11 games. They were up 2-0 through six innings against the Pirates Wednesday night, but they blew the lead giving up five runs in the 7th and four more in the 8th. Manager Terry Collins had made some defensive changes late in the game and some of those players made mistakes, resulting in the blown lead and increasing frustration. Collins ended up going on a rant after the loss. Here’s the video courtesy of Hardball Talk:

The Mets are 25-30, losing again Thursday, and it feels like Collins is falling into the whole snake-bitten drama owner Fred Wilpon talked about when he ripped the team recently. If you think about Wednesday night’s game, Collins tried to make all the moves he thought would help the team but they didn’t work out. It’s understandable why he was so frustrated. And actually, Big League Stew summarized the five plays that set Collins off, and it’s no wonder he ended up ranting after the game.

With three teams already at 31 wins a piece in the NL East, and the Nationals trailing the mets a single game, things could continue to get ugly for the Mets in early June.

J.J. Redick Discusses Heckling Fans

During his collegiate days with the Duke Blue Devils, J.J. Redick was constantly pestered by fans of opposing programs. Since being drafted by the Magic, he’s endured less heckling because he’s no longer the superstar he was in college.

When asked about heckling fans on the Dan Patrick Show Tuesday, Redick brought up a particularly creative comment he once heard from a fan.  We all know fans can be brutal when they harass opposing players, but the former Duke star said that a fan telling him he “drinks his own pee” was the most creative verbal jab ever directed toward him.  You can hear the audio of the interview here.

Redick laughed that particular comment off and emphatically stated that he was most bothered by fans’ antics when they involved family members. “When you start talking about people’s mothers and people’s sisters, that’s where you can get a little angry,” Redick explained.

As fans we’ll do almost anything to help our team gain an advantage. Thanks to Redick — a man who has been targeted by fans for years — we finally have the recipe for getting in an opposing athlete’s mind: talk about their momma.  Beware if you do because that’s at your own risk.

Michael Vick: Plaxico Burress Would be ‘Great Addition’ for Philadelphia Eagles

One former prison inmate, Michael Vick, would like another prison inmate to join his Philadelphia Eagles. In a radio interview with Anthony Gargano and Ike Reese on 610 WIP in Philadelphia, Vick said he would want Plaxico Burress to join him on the Eagles when he’s released from prison.

“It would be a great addition for our team,” Vick said. “I think with the guys we have now I think we can fit him in and make it work. Obviously the ultimate goal at the end of the day is to put that ring on your finger at the end of the year.

“I think certainly Plaxico is going to come out with a chip on his shoulder the same way I did and he’ll go out and help this football team to whatever capacity he can.”

The Eagles would not be the first team to consider signing the former New York Giant standout, however, signing the talented yet troubled receiver would be the wrong move.

Plaxico has not caught a pass in an NFL game since November 16, 2008. He’s 33 years old and the Eagles already have dependable dynamic receivers in DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin. Why take a chance on a guy who ruined the Giants by bringing a gun to a club and having it go off? Why take a chance on a guy who was widely viewed as a flaky teammate? Maybe because the same could have been said about Michael Vick when he left prison, but Vick has proven he’s changed. Will Plaxico show the same remorse and character development? We will find out, but there’s little doubt at least one team will be willing to take a chance..

Chicago Bulls: Three Keys to a Game 4 Win

Following Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals, nearly every media outlet in the country said the Miami Heat were in trouble. The Chicago Bulls looked good, really good. Their defense was stellar and a hero was born in their 21-point blowout.

Since that game, Miami has won two in a row, placing Chicago in a near must-win situation. The Heat are poised to go up 3-1 in the series if they win Tuesday night. Here are three changes the Bulls need to make in order to pull out a win.

1) Focus on stopping Chris Bosh

Chris Bosh has been motivated by Carlos Boozer’s pre-series comments and it’s resulted in stellar play. He’s scored 30 points or more in two of the first three series games after only doing so three times the entire regular season. Bosh hurt Chicago more than any other Heat player in Game 3, and it’s time for them to start sending help defense to him.

2) Joakim Noah must stay out of foul trouble

Noah is Chicago’s best player at protecting the rim. In the Game 3 loss, Noah got into foul trouble and totaled just five boards, a single point and a certain slur that cost him 50 grand. Noah does the dirty work and he must play significant minutes for Chicago to stay close.

3) Derrick Rose needs to show up in the fourth quarter

In the fourth quarter of the two losses, Derrick Rose has scored a combined four points. Rose won the regular season MVP award for closing games late, not disappearing. Miami has strategically placed LeBron on Rose during the fourth quarter which has disturbed his game. If Chicago is going to even the series, Rose will need to play close games out like the MVP he is.

Cincinnati Bengals Stubbornly Will Not Trade Carson Palmer but They Should

Even with the NFL season on hold, Cinncinati Bengals owner Mike Brown is staying consistent with his word on quarterback Carson Palmer.

“We don’t plan to trade Carson,” Brown told the NFL Network at the league’s spring owners meetings in Indianapolis. “He’s important to us. He’s a very fine player, and we do want him to come back. If he chooses not to, he’d retire. And we would go with Andy Dalton, the younger player we drafted, who’s a good prospect.

“Ideally, we’d have both of them. That’d be the best way to go forward. If we don’t have Carson, we’ll go with Andy.”

Mr. Brown continues to reiterate that, for Palmer, it’s either Cincinnati or nowhere. Palmer told the Bengals he was done with the organization and when former TCU quarterback Andy Dalton was drafted, it seemed they’d finally grant him his wish. Instead, once the NFL season resumes, Palmer will be staring at retirement.

With a young core of talented receivers in Jordan Shipley, Jermaine Gresham and A.J. Green, and the likely departure of Ochocinco and T.O., the Bengals should quit playing stubborn games with their former franchise QB.

By trading Carson, what’s the worst that can happen? Maybe, he’ll beat them later down the road in a measly regular season game. But realistically, at this point in his career, he’s washed up and not a Super Bowl-caliber threat. By sending him elsewhere, the Bengals would at least receive some compensation.

Let the guy go, get a draft pick in return and call it a day.

Brad Lidge: Ryan Madson Best Closer in NL

When the injured Brad Lidge returns to the Philadelphia Phillies bullpen, he will not be fortunate enough to resume duties as the closer. While he’s been out, Ryan Madson has done so well manager Charlie Manuel says things won’t change. Even with the loss of duties, he has no problem applauding Madson for his season thus far.

“I think, honestly, that he’s the best closer in the National League right now,” Lidge told reporters recently. “And I have no problem saying that.”

Madson has been outstanding for the Phillies thus far. In nine save opportunities, he has successfully closed out ball games and posted a 0.47 ERA with 23 Ks in 19 innings pitched. One has to wonder if his success will make Phillies fans forgive his wife.

Madson has been solid, but has he been the best closer in the NL? Maybe not. Here are a few NL closers who have arguably been better this season:

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Ray Lewis: NFL Lockout Will Lead to More Crime, Evil

Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis — along with seemingly the rest of America — wants the NFL lockout to be resolved.  While most of us point to reasons like increased boredom and decreased profits to explain why we need football, Lewis has a rather unique take on the matter.

In a sit-down interview with ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio (a pair that has chatted before), Ray Lewis had some bold words to express how he felt about the lockout and what he thinks will occur if there is no football in the fall.

“Do this research if we don’t have a season — watch how much evil, which we call crime, watch how much crime picks up, if you take away our game,” Lewis told ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio.

That’s because, Lewis said, the NFL lockout affects “way more than us” — the owners and the players.

“There’s too many people that live through us, people live through us,” he said. “Yeah, walk in the streets, the way I walk the streets, and I’m not talking about the people you see all the time.”

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