Friday News Wire

19 Mar

What a Friday!

I wake up to the following headlines:

  • St. John’s fires Norm Roberts
  • Carlos Beltran may be back early May
  • Brad Lidge to miss Opener
  • NCAA Day 2
  • Mets on SNY at 1pm

This is some day. Let’s look at the non-Mets related items first.

Norm Goodbye

St. John’s firing Norm Roberts is not a total surprise, although it was impressive to see the Johnnies play hard and well in their loss to Memphis Wednesday night. Roberts is not the recruiter St. John’s needs to compete in the Big East.

Roberts will always be remembered for digging St. John’s out of their biggest and most embarrassing hole in school’s history. Mike Jarvis did everything to hurt this program excluding burning down the gym. From scandals to lost relationships with local coaches, Jarvis set St. John’s back for a decade.

It will be fun to hear the new names that surface for the coaches job. Maybe the first of two rumor mills for coaches that this town will be invested in this year.

March Madness

What a day in College Basketball yesterday. Georgetown, Notre Dame and Marquette were the big three to fall yesterday in bracket busters. The Big East, which receives a great deal of press for their competitive conference, was hit by  the tournament’s craziness. West Virgina kicks today off against Morgan at 12:15pm.

Beltran and Lidge

Carlos Beltran in the NY Daily News announced that he expects to return by mid- May, if not sooner. He also declared how healthy and strong he feels. The question remains: where will the Mets be when Beltran returns? See the post below addressing New York’s first 22 games.

Brad Lidge announced that he will miss at least the first week of the season, if not more, as he recovers from offseason elbow surgery. Lidge does looks healthy this spring, which is bad news for the National League. In a Phillies team that is strong in all other aspects of the game, the bullpen was the only piece of their game where they showed vulnerability last year. If Lidge is dominant, it’s going to be difficult for Philadelphia to lost.

Mets Back on TV

I missed not watching Mets games since Monday. Our reward is Johan Santana against the Twins. New York, coming off of another quality win, can be seen at 1pm on SNY.

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