This week was chock-full of events. Congratulations to Pittsburgh for winning their record sixth Super Bowl. That makeshift stage that was set up for Roger Goodall to hand over the Lombardi Trophy looked an awful lot like a spaceship.
Once the trophy ceremony was over with, I thought they were all going to blast off and not be seen again until next season. That’s how you go out a winner. It was Dream Week for the Knicks. Well, at least it was a dream for Kobe and LeBron. And best of all, it was Adam Graves Night on Tuesday.
This week’s Hot Stove Player of the Week doesn’t need a prize. He’s Adam Graves. He’d just give it away to charity anyway.
Adam Graves: Should they just make Gravy a saint and get it over with? He had his No. 9 raised to the rafters at the Garden on Tuesday. He scored 329 career goals (280 as a Ranger in 10 seasons), assisted on 287 for a total of 616 points.
He helped the Rangers win their first Stanley Cup in 54 years (and won one with Edmonton), and scored a then-franchise record 52 goals in 1993-94. There have been Rangers who have scored more goals and played more seasons for the team, but none are better human beings than he is.
We should all try to be a little more Adam Graves-like in our lives.
Yann Danis: Is there going to be a goalie controversy on Long Island? All of a sudden the Islanders are winning, and Danis is leading the way. He only let in a goal in Saturday’s win over Florida and one in Tuesday’s victory over Tampa Bay, but wasn’t in the nets when the Isles four-game winning streak came to an end last night.
Jamie Langenbrunner: The Devils’ right winger scored two goals for the third game in a row on Friday in their win over Pittsburgh. His first one tied the game up with 30 seconds left, and then he put home the game-winner in OT.
He only scored one goal in New Jersey’s loss to Washington on Tuesday. Time to scratch him to teach him a lesson that one goal a game just isn’t going to cut it.
Brook Lopez: The 20-year-old rookie is joining David Lee in the double-double club. The Nets went 3-1 this week, and Lopez put up 15 points and five rebounds in their loss to Atlanta on Friday. But in their three wins following that, he notched three double-doubles in a row: 24/17, 22/12 and 12/12.
Al Harrington: The Knicks won on Saturday vs. Indiana as a warm up to their losses to LA and Cleveland. Back in the starting lineup, Harrington threw in 31, 24 and 39 points this week.
Schmuck of the Week
Roger Clemens: The portly pitcher’s DNA has been found in syringes that Brian McNamee used to shoot into Clemens’ flabby butt, which could get him into big, big trouble. Just look at his fellow poster boy for steroids, Barry Bonds, to see where this is all going.
The lesson: Don’t cheat, don’t lie and be more like Adam Graves.