Hot Stove Schmucks of the Week: the New Jersey Nets

Hot Stove New YorkSenior Writer IApril 3, 2009

Here we go again. This week we’ll have another all-schmuck edition and just make it a team effort. The locals were the dregs again this week, going a combined 4-13-2.

Other highlights: We had the Sean Avery vs. Martin Brodeur heavyweight bout of the century (Avery 1, Brodeur 0). Citi Field and Yankee Stadium III open for business tonight (well, Citi kind opened already with the St. Johns/Georgetown game). And Sports Illustrated has somewhat bizarrely picked the Mets to win the World Series.

That’s really going out on a limb. Sure, they have a good team, but is the magazine aware of what happened to them the last two seasons?

Now Carlos Beltran can declare, "Tell Jimmy Rollins we’re the team to jinx this year.” Throw another log on the fire—collapse, choke, jinx.

I think Nostradamus picked the Mets to win the wild card this season back in 1555. He also predicted John Maine would round into shape, but Francisco Rodriguez would crack a rib during one of his post-save celebrations. Nobody gets a prize this week, because schmucks just don’t deserve one.

Winner

The Nets: We really could have picked any of the local New York teams as the Schmucks of the Week, but we’ll go with the Nets because of how they lost.

In their games against Minnesota and Milwaukee it just looked like they flat-out quit. And that’s no way to act when you’re a professional. Lawrence Frank is now burning up on the hot seat. They bounced back with a win against Detroit but that doesn’t make those other games disappear. Playoffs? They put the final nail in the coffin on those dreams.

Runners Up

The Devils: What’s going on? They went 0-3-1 this week and are in the midst of a six game losing streak. Ever since Martin Brodeur broke the all-time wins record, the team has gone into the tank.

Is GM Lou Lamoriello getting an itchy trigger finger? This is his favorite time of year to do some coach firing. They would have been the winners (losers?) this week but they only went from second to third in the conference standings and have a lock on the playoffs.

The Rangers: They’re in the midst of a playoff push and went 1-2 this week. Sure they looked great against the Devils, but Brodeur always brings out the best in them. In the other two games? Too many mistakes in the third period cost them both games. Now they’re no cinch to even make the playoffs.

The Knicks: The Knicks went 1-3 this week, but hope was running out fast for them anyway.

The Islanders: As for the Islanders...ah, who cares?

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