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Before the 2012-2013 MLB offseason even kicked off, the one free agent I wanted the New York Mets to make a play for was Michael Bourn. Given that the Mets haven’t pursued any big name free agent since the ill-fated and historically awful contract handed out to Jason Bay, the chances of that seemed astronomically small. Surpringly, Bourn’s name has increasingly been linked to the Mets over the past several weeks to the point where they appear to have emerged as the favorites to land the prized free agent center fielder.
In order for Bourn to sign on the dotted line, though, there are two hurdles that need to be cleared: his contract demands, and the draft pick compensation the Mets would have to give up. Bourn’s agent, Scott Boras, has been consistently asking for a minimum contract of 4 years at $15 million per season. Given how the Mets have been pinching pennies since 2011, that may be out of Fred Wilpon’s price range. Matthew Cerrone of MetsBlog.com says the Mets would prefer a 3 year contract worth $40 million. Continue reading
Former Oswego State forward Brendan McLaughlin, who tallied 150 points in a celebrated career for the Lakers, has found a new home across the Atlantic. The 2009 graduate is in his first season playing for the ECDC Memmingen Indians of Germany’s Bavarian Landesliga.
Despite being a rookie, McLaughlin has taken no time in showcasing his abilities to his European hockey brethren. In just 23 games, McLaughlin has tallied 49 points, an average of over 2.1 points per game. Those 49 points are good for second overall in the league and only one point behind the league leader, fellow Canadian Ron Newhook. Continue reading
History Repeats Itself for Buffalo: Collapse Eerily Similar to 2008 and Sends Bills to 7th Straight Losing Season
As my friends and I have been prone to say over the last few years: You know it’s December because Bills fans are talking about the NFL Draft. For the 2nd time in the last four seasons, the Bills won 5 of their first 7 games. They’ll also finish below .500 despite the hot start for the 2nd time in the last four seasons.
In 2008, the Bills were 5-1 for the first time in 15 seasons. They started November with a home loss to the rival Jets that sent them into a tailspin and went on to lose 8 of their last 10 games. Fast forward to 2011 and the script is nearly identical. Buffalo was 5-2 heading into November and faced the Jets at home again. Unfortunately, this season has been more of a freefall than a tailspin as the Bills haven’t won a game since October. With the remaining two games left on the schedule against division leaders, it seems more likely than not that Buffalo will end the season with 9 straight losses. It really is sickening. Continue reading