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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Jets Offseason Podcast: Bye Brick, Hello Clady


Join Daniel Feuerstein and Rick Laughland as they discuss on the podcast the retirement of D'Brickashaw Ferguson and the trade to bring over Ryan Clady from the Denver Broncos fills a hole quickly.


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Monday, April 4, 2016

Jets Podcast Free Agency Review Show


Join Daniel Feuerstein & Rick Laughland as they review the 2016 New York Jets Free Agency pick ups and losses as they go from the signing of Matt Forte to the losses of Chris Ivory and Damon Harrison
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Saturday, March 5, 2016

Phantom Goal allowed by NHL War Room



If you are a New York Rangers fan you have to think to yourself that not only are you facing a very tough Washington Capitals side that is in first place of the Metropolitan Division, but at the same time you feel like there is another opponent lurking against the Rangers and it is the National Hockey League.

Because when the Rangers began the second period of their hockey game at the Verizon Center there was a play at the net as Antti Raanta tried to stop a potential goal scoring play and got help from Defenseman Kevin Klein to clear the puck off the goal line and the referee’s blew their whistle to end the play.

Of course the protocol to make sure if there is a goal or not is to go to the replay booth or as we all know, the war room in the NHL office in Toronto to make sure it’s a good goal. After MSG Network and on Comcast Sportsnet Mid-Atlantic showed all angles that was afforded to their viewers that never showed the entire puck cross the goal line, simple logic is that the Washington Capitals wouldn’t get credit for a goal.

But sadly that thought process is wrong as the referee’s were informed by the war room in Toronto is that there was enough evidence to give a goal. The Rangers were incensed of this decision and Alain Vigneault challenged the ruling. Sadly the challenge was lost and the Rangers were playing on their heels for the rest of the second period.

T.J. Oshie tied the score at two in the second period, but when the beginning of the third began Derek Stepan converted the game winner and the Rangers held on to win the game. But the negative feeling still hovers as the NHL has allowed a phantom goal to count after a review that showed all angles that the “ENTIRE” Puck never crossed the line. But the cameras caught something on the inside of the posts and it looked to be a camera inside the posts.

It looks as though the NHL is trying a new way to help call goals from a camera view inside the post to see if the entire puck has crossed the line. But there is just one slight problem and that is there was no replay angle from inside the posts allowed to be shown on the respective networks that were broadcasting the game. The NHL in secrecy is not showing this new angle to try to get calls correctly when it comes to goals barely being scored over the goal line.

Why are they not showing their fans on a regional sports network for both the home side and the road side a simple replay to prove there is a goal? Are they testing this new angle and keeping things under wraps? All angles afforded to the fans were showing in full the entire puck did not cross the goal line and the inside the net camera if there was one also never showed the entire puck cross the goal line.

In Tennis and slowly but surely in Soccer they are using the Hawkeye technology to make sure that if a Tennis Ball is struck towards the lines to make sure the play is either in or out except for clay court tournaments like the French Open as the ball leaves an impression if it’s in, on the line, or out of play.

In the 2014 World Cup they put a chip inside the soccer ball and to make sure the “ENTIRE” ball has crossed the goal line and it’s a legal goal. The NHL has been notorious for adjusting the rules during the regular season as well as the playoffs when they feel something is not right and need to amend a rule in the book during the current season when these issues should be taken care of during the off-season.


Kevin Klein and the Rangers were angry and upset that a goal was allowed when all angles of these replay cameras showed the entire puck never crossed the goal line and while the Rangers did win the game the truth is that all 30 teams should be on warning right now. You never know when this flawed system is going to be used in their game and if it is that close to call, the replay room will award a phantom goal because they think they can. 

Once again these types of shenanigans are being used on the Rangers and one day it could happen to your favorite team, but here is the link to the actual highlight and you make the call if the entire puck did cross the line. Because as of right now the National Hockey League once again under Gary Bettman’s rule has made another grave mistake.

https://www.nhl.com/video/beagle-nets-rebound/t-277752844/c-42183203
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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Looking at the Jets Roster Moves

New York Jets (1998 - Pres)

And now the real issues begins for the New York Jets as they need to find ways to keep the majority of their roster and make those tough decisions to possibly let go a player or two if they feel they need to move forward.

Now Mike MacCagnan has the difficult job of making shrewd moves and tough decisions to try and keep or send players away, while the NFL Combine for those coming into the NFL for the Draft in a few months have already showcased their talents in Indianapolis.

But the first news that came out in this offseason was the release of Corner back Antonio Cromartie who came back from a season in Arizona and had a solid 2015. Making several big plays to intercept opposing offenses and knocking the ball away, the Jets knew they needed some cap room and decided to say goodbye to Cro.

Seeing Marcus Williams have a big season for the Jets with six interceptions with nineteen solo tackles probably showed both Bowles and MacCagnan that he is ready to make a big step in his Jets Career. So we shall see what this situation can do for the Jets as the Secondary remains to look solid.

Of course the big worry is Muhammad Wilkerson walking away and trying free agency. We all know what happened in the last game of the regular season as Wilkerson had his leg broken at the Bills, but still when he gets back to full health Wilkerson will be a monster once again. WFAN reported a story from the Associated Press that the Jets will use the Franchise Tag which will pay him $15.701 Million for the 2016 season. But there is plenty of time for the Jets to try to get a deal done by July 15th and sign Wilkerson to a multiyear deal, or else the tag is coming in.


The NFL Offseason always shows plenty of intrigue depending on what happens to certain teams that are trying to improve, remain as is or finding someone new if a certain player is coming or going. But after such a magical year that ended in heartbreak in Buffalo, the Jets are trying to keep this magic alive and well to begin the 2016 season.
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Monday, February 15, 2016

Old Time Hockey,Rangers take care of Simmonds



That’s what was needed on Valentine’s Day at Madison Square Garden. Two big rivals in the Metropolitan Division as the Rangers and the Flyers were going at it from start to finish. You already know this is a big game when a big two points are on the line on Garden Ice.

But the real discussion of this article is what happened during warm ups and the start of the game as some of the Rangers were looking to exact a little revenge on the Flyers as well as Wayne Simmonds for his sucker punch on Rangers Captain Ryan McDonagh.

There was already some chatter at center ice between Simmonds and Dylan McIlrath as the young defensive prospect had some words with Simmonds that he wanted to take him on and avenge the loss when McDonagh got sucker punched in Philadelphia. So thirty-seven seconds into the first period and both men dropped the gloves and got it on.

Simmonds had a very good start to the bout as he got a hard right into the face of McIlrath and stunned him, but not enough as the young Rangers prospect was able to stand his ground and was able to continue. Both exchanged punches, but at the end of the contest it was McIlrath who finished it off and cut Simmonds above his left eye.

But just before the first full minute of the first period was about to expire we saw Tanner Glass take on Ryan White and sadly White got his clock cleaned as Glass was able to deliver a strong message that no one is going to take advantage of the Rangers that evening. So after two fights inside of a single minute and the Rangers sending a clear message to the Flyers that they won’t be pushed around, Madison Square Garden was full of energy and the excitement of Old Time Hockey has made a return.

But the truth is this and once again we have to make people aware that if Stephane Quintal would’ve done his job and punished Wayne Simmonds properly for his cheap shot on Ryan McDonagh, maybe this wouldn’t have happened. But since Quintal & the NHL won’t do their jobs properly, it’s time to get rid of the instigator rule and allow fighting to come back in.

I don’t think we will ever get those big brawls back, but it’s time to allow the players to police themselves again and the NHL should stop trying to phase it out of the game. They have failed big time in these reviews or so called reviews when a proper punishment should’ve been warranted.

At the same time that also means to bring John Scott back to the NHL as he has shown to have some skill in that All-Star Game. After all while it was a bit of a farce in these write in votes for the game, it was a happy occasion after all and the NHL should be ashamed of themselves for forcing this part of the game to be erased from existence.

After all why is it we love that old Hockey Movie that starred Paul Newman called Slap shot. Because it was fun and it was the old story of a minor league hockey team trying to bring back any form of popularity back into an old steel mill town in Central Pennsylvania.

But once again the NHL has failed in the player safety department and the league has also failed trying to prevent a good man from earning his plaudits as a write in candidate for the mid-season festival. But back to a final thought on the Rangers side of things, the team did what they had to do to get revenge on Simmonds.


They said they wanted some form of revenge and got it the right way. McIlrath stood up for his fallen Captain who just started skating and is awaiting word from the Doctor if he can start contact drills in practice, if the NHL won’t punish those players who intentionally injure the players on the New York Rangers, then the Rangers are going to have to take care of business themselves.
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Sunday, February 14, 2016

Valentine's Day Massacre: Rangers Vs. Simmonds

New York Rangers (1979 - Pres)

As we are ready for a big Valentine’s Day game at Madison Square Garden as the Philadelphia Flyers take on the New York Rangers there are a lot of issues coming into this game that involves both sides. While Rick Nash will not be available with a big bruise in his leg and of course the most talked about cheap shot in the NHL when Wayne Simmonds threw a punch at Ryan McDonagh who wasn’t ready to fight and fell down with a concussion.

To add insult to injury NHL Department of Player Safety Stephane Quintal refused to suspend Simmonds because he felt for some strange reason it wasn’t a punishable act. There are two folds to this argument and starting off with Simmonds that goes first. This kid is a very talented player that has shown to skate strong and score as much as possible as he grew up in the LA Kings system.

When he was starting to show his offensive skills he was a future superstar and spending three seasons with Los Angeles he played in 240 games and scored 39 goals till he was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2011-12 season for Mike Richards and after the lockout continued to play strong and hard scoring over 100 goals, but as always when you get traded to Philadelphia somehow a talented player has to change his way.

Simmonds has acted like a goon since coming to the Flyers and whenever a talented player has to change his game when coming to Philly something different has to happen. And while he has done a good job sticking up for his teammates and himself, there has been at times where he has crossed the line and nearly got suspended for his actions with cheap shots and this case is no different. Getting ejected for that sucker punch on McDonagh got him mad and threw his stick at the referee’s was the only punishable thing he received from the league office as Quintal decided not to continue that direction on what happened to McDonagh.

Since former NHL Defensman Stephane Quintal took over for Brendan Shanahan in the Player Safety Department he has thrown his punishments around like there is no tomorrow except for what happens to the New York Rangers. Derek Stepan was a good five to six feet away from the boards after making a long pass or a clear out of his zone when he got blindsided on Thanksgiving Friday in Boston at the Bruins.

Shoved into the board with an injury and Stepan missed significant time with some rib fractures as well, but instead of giving a proper suspension Quintal has decided to allow the incident to pass and that did not sit well with the Rangers front office as well as the fans.

Now we go to the sucker punch by Simmonds and Quintal has also said that won’t be charged either. Since Quintal has taken over the Director of Player Safety Role it seems too many that he is intentionally targeting the New York Rangers.

Stephane Quintal who played defense in the NHL and born in Boucherville, Que`bec played in over 1,000 games in the top league and scored 63 goals as a solid Defensman and started his career with the Boston Bruins in the 1988-89 season. Played three seasons in Boston, then two with St. Louis, two in Winnipeg, seven years in Montreal but two seasons in-between with the Rangers and the Chicago Blackhawks.

But it was that 1999-2000 season with the Rangers that showed the most troubling in Quintal’s career as rumors were that he never wanted to be in New York when the Canadiens traded him there. He begged to the front office he wanted to go back to Montreal and when he disagreed with the Rangers front office then President & GM Neil Smith and head coach John Muckler suspended him for a few games.

Now it looks like Quintal who has the power taking over for Shanahan as Brendan is the President & GM of the Maple Leafs, has decided to take on some form of revenge on the Original six club because of his one season of influx wearing the Broadway Blueshirt. Someone needs to tell Quintal that both Muckler and Smith are no longer running the Rangers as the positions of President, G.M. & Head Coach are Glen Sather, Jeff Gorton & Alain Vigneault.

All these men want is a fair punishment for those two players from Boston & Philadelphia after what happened to Derek Stepan on Thanksgiving Friday and at Philadelphia on what Simmonds did to the Captain of the New York Rangers. But for some reason Quintal has decided not to give this current team any chance of feeling vindicated and since the NHL is trying to get rid of the goonery as well as trying to get rid of John Scott from the all-star game as we already know didn’t work and he won the MVP of the game, the NHL’s message is confusing and questionable on what they are trying to do to make the game better.

But sadly Stephane Quintal is stuck in the past as this hockey club has no attachment to him and he has none towards the Rangers as he works in the League. But because of that one year of angst he is acting like he won’t pull the trigger on a proper suspension that got two players injured for a significant period of time. Guess this means once again the Rangers are at the mercy of the NHL and this has to stop from Quintal’s end.


All we are asking from Quintal is to do your job and stop making a personal vendetta against the club you spent a year at who wanted you to perform at a top level and then would’ve done something right to send you back to Montreal because that was the place we all knew you wanted to go back to. Instead you acted like a brat and tarnished that shield for no reason, now you’re tarnishing the league shield and the funny thing is that no one cares anyway.
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Saturday, January 30, 2016

2015 Jets Season Review Show, Games of December and January



Join Daniel Feuerstein & Rick Laughland as they finish their 2015 Jets Season Review Shows as they discuss the month of December and January as the New York Jets took on the NY Giants, Tennessee Titans, At Dallas Cowboys, New England Patriots & at the Buffalo Bills

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Saturday, January 23, 2016

2015 Jets season Review Show, Games of November



Join Daniel Feuerstein & Rick Laughland as they continue to review the 2015 NY Jets Season in the month of November as the Jets faced these teams at Oakland Raiders, Vs. Jacksonville Jaguars & Buffalo Bills, At Houston Texans & Vs. Miami Dolphins
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Friday, January 15, 2016

2015 Jets Season Review Shows: Month of October




Join Daniel Feuerstein and Rick Laughland as they Review the 2015 New York Jets Season as they discuss the games in October as the Jets traveled to face the Miami Dolphins in London, England, The Washington Redskins and their rivals in the AFC East in the New England Patriots
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