Good morning, New York sports fans! Here is your first look at today's local sports scene.â†µ
- The most unfortunate part of football reared its gruesome head this weekend. Eric LeGrand of Rutgers is paralyzed from the neck down this morning following a collision while making a tackle on a kickoff. Zack Follett of the Detroit Lions is luckier, showing movement in all his extremities after a helmet-to-helmet hit while covering a kickoff Sunday against the New York Giants. Short of taking the kickoff out of the game and just giving teams the ball at the 20 or 25-yard line after a score I don't know what else can be done to protect players on kickoffs. To me, it's the most dangerous play in the game.
- On the field, a good day for both New York teams. The New York Jets took advantage of a botched shotgun snap in the waning seconds to hang on and defeat the Denver Broncos, 24-20. It was the Jets' fifth straight victory. The Giants earned a hard-fought 28-20 victory over Detroit. The Giants have now won three straight. See Gang Green Nation for Jets news, and Big Blue View for Giants coverage. â†µ
- The New York Yankees send Andy Pettitte to the mound against Texas Rangers' ace Cliff Lee tonight in Game 3 of the American League Championship Series. The series is knotted at 1-1, and defeating Lee would give the Yankees a huge boost as they try to defend their World Series title. â†µ
- The New York Red Bulls didn't bother to show up in the first half of a 2-1 loss to the expansion Philadelphia Union Saturday night. â†µ
- The first BCS Standings have been released, and Oklahoma is No. 1 â†µ