derekI’m a sports media journalist who enjoys contributing thoughts on sports and music. No matter the topic, I’ll always give a hard hitting take on things. My way of telling it like it is.

I’ve covered two NY-Penn League championships with the Staten Island Yankees and enjoy scoring and recapping Berkeley Carroll hoop games, supplying quality student athletes with an outlet.

I enjoy writing for Insurance Quote Deals, run a separate blog New York Puck on a sport called hockey, love parks and concerts.


Harder Hits

Last night, it was myself hosting a special Hard Hits edition joined by my usual cast of entertaining characters Rob “Kraze” Davis, Jeff Bashlor, John “JPG” Giagnorio, Brian “Sambone” Sanborn and Dan “Da Man” Wheeler. Much was covered including the Devils’ big overtime Game Three win over the Rangers courtesy of John Madden. In particular, Ranger pest Sean Avery’santics were discussed at length about the odd stuff going on in front of Marty Brodeur. What did I think as well as my co-hosts conclude? Were we actually on the same page unlike other topics which seem to pit the Avery of the show JPG against yours truly? All this plus Mr. Giagnorio’s overwhelming support of the latest freshman to enter the NBA Draft in Michael Beasley. Kraze and Sambone also introduce their own Avery aerobics tapes for future reference. Derek stirs the pot as usual. Jeff, Brian, Rob, Dan and John all take part in a mock NFL Draft. Who’s on their top five lists? Derek’s mind drifts to nowhere before tossing in the usual rejects from NFL past to contribute as minimal as possible. Derek talks a little about the Santana MSG concert from last week and the discussion extends to what’s happened to Michelle Branch. All this and more on another fun filled episode ...
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Video(s) of Day: Oasis Live at Wembley Stadium

Well, I wasn’t really sure what I was going to feature today but there on my YouTube page suggested a great live version of one of my favorite Oasis songs, “Wonderwall.” While it’s true I’ve featured the awesome rocking British group before, they just have such a great rock n’ roll sound. So distinct is Liam Gallagher’s voice along with the musical instruments of electric guitars blaring solos with the perfect drums and piano blending for awe inspiring stuff. You just can’t go wrong with them. No wonder I’m hoping to score tickets for an MSG show in mid-December. What a night that would be. I should say will cause I’d be willing to bet the ranch I’m there for it. Anytime you give me a good concert to go to, I’m game! I’ll even take it over tonight’s Rangers vs Devils game we’re headed to later in our customary 411 seats. And believe me. Rangers-Devils is as good as it gets with hockey. I love my Blueshirts. So, hopefully they’ll make it five-for-five in 2008-09 against an improved New Jersey team hell bent on seeking revenge for last year’s first round ouster. Unless it’s the Rangers playing for the Cup in a Game Seven scenario, most of the time I’m going to take the concert. There’s just something special about seeing an artist/band live. It’s got a whole different feel. And the best aspect is usually they don’t let their fans down like sports teams can breaking your heart ...
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Big Blue rolls past Saints to keep pace

It wasn’t the prettiest display at Met Life Stadium. But the Giants will take it. Big Blue overcame two lousy Eli Manning interceptions to roll past the Saints 52-27. The most important thing is they got the win, improving to 8-5 to maintain a one game lead over earlier winners Washington and Dallas. Both NFC East rivals did their part by rallying from behind to put the pressure on the Giants. Manning made it a bit tougher with two inexplicable passes. Both which killed drives, resulting in Saints touchdowns. The first was an awful read that allowed Elbert Mack to jump the route and take it 73 yards for a pick six to put New Orleans up 7-0. It was the kind of throw Eli used to get into trouble with before he established himself. The kind of mistake he shouldn’t make. He would throw another interception during the second half that aggravated Tom Coughlin. It also made things interesting after the Giants had a 22-point lead cut to eight with plenty of time left. Fortunately, Big Blue got a huge day from rookie David Wilson. The gifted rookie went into the record book with a franchise best 327 total yards, including a 97-yard kickoff return for a TD that tied the game 7-7. He wasn’t done accumulating 227 return yards while putting up a career high three scores. Wilson had a breathtaking 52-yard dash in the fourth quarter that concluded a scoring barrage. The Giants outscored the Saints 17-0 ...
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Lakers fire Brown

Mike Brown was fired after five games by the Lakers. The former Cavaliers coach who guided them to the NBA Finals never stood a chance in Hollywood. This unlikely marriage was doomed from the start. He was cut out of a different mold, playing a deliberate tempo while preaching defense. That style was never going to work in the NBA’s premier market. Staples Center might be shared with the Clippers (the better team) but it’ll always be a Lakers town. From George Mikan, Jerry West, Wilt to Kareem, Magic, Shaq and Kobe, the Lakers are about championships. Los Angeles is used to seeing the purple and gold win NBA titles. The Lakers boast the most titles in league history with 16. The last coming in 2010 under legendary Phil Jackson- avenging a loss to the hated Celtics. Brown took over for Jackson, who ‘retired’ following ’10-11. He wasn’t put in a good spot with the club deciding to break up the championship roster, trading Lamar Odom to Dallas. They also moved popular clutch shooter Derek Fisher last year along with a first round pick for underachiever Jordan Hill. A Knick reject. Then they made the blockbuster deal for Dwight Howard, who isn’t fully recovered from offseason surgery. Along with the trade for Steve Nash and an offense that looks out of synch, it’s a chemistry issue. It’ll be interesting to see who can take over and fix this mess ...
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More HB: Met resurgence, Yanks, UConn, Obama, St. John’s, NBA, NHL

-Can the Mets keep it up? Their 5-1 homestand taking two of three from the Yanks and sweeping the Phils without allowing a run was a statement. Incredibly inspiring baseball from Jerry Manuel’s club led finally by the resurgent Jose Reyes, who is back to being himself in the leadoff spot. He tormented the Mets’ biggest rival by going 8-for-13 with three extra base hits including his first home run, five RBI’s, two stolen bases and five runs scored. That’s the Reyes that’s the team’s MVP. Jason Bay continued to produce following the two-homer game off C.C. Sabathia with three more RBI’s. Angel Pagan is the club’s most improved player, getting five hits and swiping three bases in the series. As for the staff, what a job by every Met pitcher blanking arguably the best offense for all 27 innings. Miraculous stuff from Hisanori Takahashi, vet knuckler R.A. Dickey and potential All-Star Mike Pelfrey, who bested Cole Hamels yesterday by going seven strong for win No.7. The pen continues to get the job done. At 25-23 following a dreadful road trip, the Amazin’s are in third a half game behind Atlanta and two out. The NL East should be tight all year. Especially with the improved Nats hanging around along with the Marlins. If Carlos Beltran returns healthy, they could give the Mets a leg up on the wild card competition. The Phils couldn’t play any worse but are still the team to beat. -Meanwhile, across town the Yanks get ...
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