October 16, 2013 |
Everyone knows that Stanley Johnson will be a star at Santa Ana Mater Dei. And everyone knows that 6-foot-10 sophomore MJ Cage is ready to have a huge season. But wait until fans and others get the chance to see 6-5 junior guard Rex Pflueger, a transfer from JSerra. I don't know what he has done since the end of last season, but he's no longer just a long-range shooter. He's a different player, with more athleticism, more leaping ability and more skills to contribute offensively and defensively.
September 3, 2013 |
New York Jets Coach Rex Ryan probably will be spending a lot of time this season defending his decisions to the local media. He's off to an early start after being criticized by the New York Daily News for not being in town for the team's final cuts Saturday, instead attending his son's first game as a Clemson football player, as well as tailgating festivities before kickoff. "Almost all of our moves were made Friday evening, when I was here," Ryan said during his Monday news conference.
August 27, 2013 |
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie could end up being the Republican presidential nominee in 2016. He might not be getting too many votes from the staff of the New York Daily News. In a guest stint on a local sports talk radio show Monday, Christie lashed out at Manish Mehta, the New York Jets beat writer for the Daily News, for apparently being the reporter who asked the questions that caused Coach Rex Ryan to lose his temper Saturday night during a news conference. “Idiot,” Christie said of Mehta.
August 14, 2013 |
A day after he defended Geno Smith against criticism from the rookie quarterback's former West Virginia teammates, New York Jets Coach Rex Ryan had some criticism for Smith himself. Only it wasn't a personal attack like the ones from the Mountaineers who questioned their ex-quarterback's leadership abilities. Ryan was simply giving an honest assessment of Smith's performance at Jets practice Wednesday. “It was brutal," Ryan said . "It was Geno's worst day. " Ryan probably isn't going to get an argument from anyone, even Smith, who threw four interceptions, including three during 11-on-11 team drills.
August 13, 2013 |
New York Jets rookie Geno Smith took a punch - a verbal one, at least - and his coach counterpunched. Jets Coach Rex Ryan took a swipe at West Virginia University in the wake of Mountaineers players saying the football team lacked leadership with Smith at quarterback. Ryan was asked Monday about Smith's ability to face adversity, and if that's a concern in light of the report quoting West Virginia players. “No,” he said, “but it tells me I'm glad my kid never went there.
July 24, 2013 |
LA JOLLA -- The theater can do just about anything in my book, as long as it doesn't take place in a car. Driving always looks so ludicrous onstage, never more so than in the recent Pasadena Playhouse dud, "Sleepless in Seattle," in which a brief scene behind the wheel exhumed for me the buried memory of a cardboard cutout sedan shuffling across the stage of a school assembly. Such an aesthetically traumatic incident can send a theater critic back into therapy for an entire season.