Catching Up

Sorry to have been away during a big week in New York sports, but I don’t set the school vacation calendar!

Anyway, I watched the Rangers’ season end from 30,000 feet thanks to Jet Blue and the Giants draft thanks to ESPN on the ground. Some thoughts on both follow.

For the Rangers the really discouraging part is that Lundqvist looked terrible for most of the series. That could be a sign he is acting his age (34) and if that is so, the Rangers are in a lot of trouble.  This team is built around Lundqvist and any slippage on his part dooms them to mediocrity.

But even if it isn’t a function of age, what do the Rangers do then? Do they double down (or quadruple down I guess at this point) and try for one last cup run? Or do they make the more sensible choice and rebuild? And if they choose to rebuild, what does that look like? This is a team with a lot of talent locked up into the future and very little talent in the pipeline. Rebuilding could take a few years, but trying for one last run could dig the hole even deeper. Not an easy choice.

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I think all of the draft grades assigned to the Giants are meaningless because this is a team that won’t compete for a Super Bowl next year without an amazing amount of luck. If you accept that assessment you can accurately judge this draft. If you don’t, it is a big failure.

Apple in the first round is a pick that will marginally improve this team, but could help enormously down the road. In the best case, Apple is the 3rd corner this year. That’s it, so he isn’t going to improve the team dramatically. But, if the Giants are right about him, he takes the job from DRC in 2017 and stars from there.

Shepard could be a great #2 receiver and the perfect complement to OBJ. That’s a great second round pick. Thompson in the third round fills a void at free safety and could become the ball hawk this secondary needs.

Goodson, Perkins, and Adams add depth, but not in the places the 2016 Giants necessarily need. Goodson will be a great addition to the linebacking corp, but the other two are “luxury” picks, which is weird for a team coming off a losing season. However, if Perkins is the RB scouts think he is and Adams is the TE scouts think he is, they have two huge weapons for the future.

But, there are still HUGE questions for this team going forward. What is the right side of the offensive line? Where is the depth on the defensive line? There are no clear cut answers to those questions at this point and that means we have no idea how the 2016 season will unfold.

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  • blmeanie  On May 10, 2016 at 2:33 pm

    how is it that Steph Curry is the FIRST unanimous MVP in NBA history? Jordan never got all the votes? Crazy

    • nysportsfanatic  On May 10, 2016 at 5:39 pm

      I was surprised by that too, but think about the legends of basketball that Jordan overlapped careers with- Bird, Johnson, Robinson, Olajuwon, Drexler, Thomas, Pippen, Barkley, Malone, Stockton, Ewing were all part of the 50-greastest team I think and I am probably missing someone.

      Right now there are probably four guys who make the list? LeBron, Nowitzki and maybe Curry and Durant? (Well I guess Kobe was active this season so him too)

  • blmeanie  On May 10, 2016 at 7:05 pm

    Agreed but still, once Jordan began winning, then didn’t win when he retired to play baseball, then won again, should have cemented at least one unanimous vote

  • blmeanie  On May 10, 2016 at 10:02 pm

    Penny? Dream? Mailman? Two greats and a good. Voters are idiots.

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