Interview with Seth Rosenthal, Posting and Toasting

Here is our interview from Thursday’s radio show with Seth Rosenthal of Posting and Toasting, a blog devoted to covering the New York Knicks (Posting and Toasting).

Seth and Greg talked about the Knicks recent playoff exit, the future of Donnie Walsh, Chauncey Billups option and much, much more! Make sure you give it a listen, and make sure to check out Posting and Toasting for continued coverage about the Knicks. Seth and everybody does a fantastic job and makes it all entertaining as well.

Here is the link to the interview:

Interview with Seth Rosenthal

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Interview with Chris McShane, Amazin’ Avenue

Here is our interview with Chris McShane of Amazin’ Avenue, a blog devoted to covering the New York Mets (Amazin’ Avenue).

Chris and Greg covered a variety of topics looking at what the Mets have to offer this year all the way through talking about the differences for fans from Shea Stadium to Citi Field.

Make sure you give it a listen and that you give Amazin’ Avenue a look as well. Everybody on the Amazin’ Avenue staff does a great job covering the many questions surrounding the Mets at all times.

Thanks again to both Chris McShane and Eric Simon for helping us with our project!

Here is the link to the podcast:

Interview with Chris McShane

HFA Radio Returns Today at 4PM

Today on Home Field Advantage Radio, we have a loaded line-up, as there is much to talk about.

At 4:15pm, we will be joined by Seth Rosenthal of Posting and Toasting, a New York Knicks blog (PostingandToasting.com). At around 5:30pm, we will then be joined by Chris McShane of Amazin’ Avenue, a New York Mets blog (Amazin’ Avenue).

In addition to talking New York sports, we will be talking about the phenomenon that is the NFL Draft, which starts tonight at 8PM on ESPN. We will cover a little more about the draft later on today. We will not be conducting a mock draft. Instead, we will examine the culture behind the draft itself, so stay tuned for that.

As always, the link to our show is on icecast.marist.edu. Make sure you listen!

LA Update: Frank McCourt Blasts Bud Selig over Dodgers Dispute

After a meeting in New York between estranged Dodgers owner Frank McCourt and Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig, McCourt decided to go public with what he feels is an “un-American” action by Selig in regards to taking control of the franchise (ESPN News Link).

While the meeting was to be deemed private, MLB and their offices expressed disappointment when McCourt decided to take his emotions public. The executives in the MLB league office also said that McCourt’s claims were “untrue” and should not be taken as fact.

Well, in simple terms, this was a very stupid move by Frank McCourt if he wished to remain in control of the franchise. The very last thing you should do as an owner is disrespect the man that controls your fate as an owner in the league. Selig recently announced that former Texas Rangers team president Tom Schieffer will take over business control of the team to maintain daily operations.

I don’t see any way McCourt remains as the team owner. What this means for team general manager Ned Colletti or manager Don Mattingly is unforeseen. But, with respect the crux of the issue between Frank McCourt and the league office, the Dodgers owner who is in a nasty battle with his ex-wife Jamie McCourt in divorce court all but sealed his fate as an owner.

Sooner or later, Frank McCourt can go to a country club and tell all his friends that once upon a time, he owned the Los Angeles Dodgers. Because it sure isn’t looking like he’ll be the owner of the team for that much longer.

Cleveland Update: Peyton Hillis Named to Madden Cover

There are two things you can count on football related this week. First, there will be an NFL Draft starting tomorrow night at 8pm Eastern.

Second, Cleveland Browns running back Peyton Hillis will man the cover of the new Madden 12 video game. It was announced today that Hillis beat out former Madden cover-boy and Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick in a fan vote to dawn the cover of the popular NFL gaming series (ESPN News Link).

Now, being on the Madden cover has been known to jinx the player for the next year. Go no further than the last time Michael Vick was on the cover, the same year he broke his leg and missed the majority of the season for the Atlanta Falcons. Tennessee Titans running back Eddie George also suffered from a down year the same season he appeared on the cover of the Madden series video game.

On his way to the cover, Hillis beat the likes of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles and the favorite in the fan vote, Green Bay Packers Super Bowl MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

Peyton Hillis will be the first Cleveland Browns player to appear on the Madden cover. So, all isn’t for not in Cleveland!!

Knicks Pick Up Option on Chauncey Billups

Today, the New York Knicks announced they would exerciser the one-year, $14.2 million team option on starting point guard Chauncey Billups (ESPN News Link).

This move for the Knicks is merely a formality. It would’ve been a stunning move if the Knicks didn’t pick up the option on Billups for three reasons.

The first, Chauncey Billups would have been the best available point guard on the open market. Via free agency, the Knicks wouldn’t have been able to upgrade from the 34-year old veteran. Also, Billups has obvious chemistry with star forward Carmelo Anthony and has a head start towards having the same type of chemistry with the teams other star, Amar’e Stoudemire.

Second, Billups serves as the ultimate teacher to young, developing guard Toney Douglas. Players from the Team USA roster that won the World Championship last summer, including the likes of Derrick Rose, Russell Westbrook and Andre Igoudala, raved about the knowledge and education they received from working with Billups throughout the summer. The same type of knowledge could potentially be transferred to Douglas, who showed signs of becoming a promising point guard both defensively and offensively with his range as a shooter and slasher mentality.

Third, and maybe most important, by picking up the one year option, Billups not only stabilizes the position at the point for next year, but he becomes a valuable trade chip heading into the next season. Teams value expiring contracts throughout the league nearly as much as they value talent. It is no secret that the Knicks front office dreams of having three stars that could match up with the stars down in South Beach. And the “third star” that Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire have been trumpeting for more than any other is New Orleans Hornets point guard Chris Paul. You need not look further than the job Paul is doing against the much more talented Los Angeles Lakers in this year’s playoffs to understand his talent and abilities.

If the Knicks wish to acquire Paul before he hits the open market, the team will need to come up with the best offer available. An offer including the $14.2 million expiring contract, which will be wiped off of the Hornets books completely to open up massive amounts of salary cap space, is one of the most enticing available. Not to mention, Billups is still an able-bodied player that doesn’t represent a massive decrease in ability from Paul. Paul is the better of the two, but that doesn’t mean Billups is terrible.

However, it will take more than Billups to acquire someone with the skill set of Chris Paul. Later this week, we will cover exactly what it will take to get the desired third star playing in New York for the long term.

For now, this is the best move the New York Knicks could possibly make.

Speaking of Jeter…

Couldn’t resist.