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College Football Picks Column Week 1: Michigan Vs Alabama, Clemson Vs Auburn, Arkansas St At Oregon, Georgia Tech At Virginia Tech, More

Is Michigan ready for the bright lights against Alabama? (AP photo)
  By Brad Carroll  
We all know what the beginning of college football season means. The greatest sport in the world will take over our televisions each and every Saturday, and our conversations for the rest of the week, all the way until a national champion is crowned this coming January.

It also means our college football picks column returns for its eighth season, with an opening 10-pack of selections after the intro below. Eight years ago (man I'm getting old), I started this column and over the years it has evolved from a newspaper feature, to a battle for brotherly bragging rights, to a supplemental internet show that took the column to the next level. This year we're going to make the column even bigger, and the Battle for Carroll Supremacy even better, by adding my other brother, Glenn, to the challenge.

State Of The Mets 19: Pinpointing The Two Biggest In-House Deals That Must Get Done This Offseason For Mets

  By Brad Carroll  
Our State of the Mets column is back for its 19th installment with a quick look to the offseason, pinpointing what the organization has to take care of in-house before anything else. As always, we want to hear what you have to say about your favorite (or least favorite) team below in the comments section. And check back each and every week for the latest from the Mets.

  Opening Statement  
With 32 games remaining in yet another postseason-less year for the New York Mets, we thought we'd take a second look into the future of the franchise. Last week we discussed why the Mets could have one of the best pitching staffs in baseball next season. This week we'll try and pinpoint the two biggest in-house moves the team must make going forward. It's actually not even a challenge coming up with the pair. First, the Mets absolutely must re-sign third baseman David Wright to a long-term deal. Wright is in no uncertain terms the face of the franchise and needs to be treated as such. The Mets need to make sure he spends his entire career with the organization, which is something the team has never experienced. That's right, no Mets star has started and ended his career as a member of the team. Wright needs to be that man. It also doesn't hurt he is having one of his best seasons. So, reward him with a big contract. Of course, that means the Mets are going to have to prove they actually have the money to spend. The second in-house move to take care of is giving R.A. Dickey a new deal. Dickey became a star this year and both he and the Mets should be able to come to an agreement that makes sense to both parties. The only thing Mets fans can hold onto this season is Dickey's chase to win 20 games and possibly the Cy Young award. Mets fans know the value those two players have. It's time for management to do everything it takes to make sure they're here for the long haul.

State Of The Yankees 19: AL East Lead Down To 3.5 Games As 22-Game Stretch V. Division Opponents Begins

  By Brad Carroll  
Our State of the Yankees column is back for its 19th installment with a maddening week that has the team's lead in the AL East down to just 3.5 games. As always, we want to hear what you have to say about your favorite (or least favorite) team below in the comments section. And check back next week for the latest from the New York Yankees right here.

  Opening Statement  
Just when the Yankees appeared to be back in the driver's seat for not only winning the AL East going away, but having the best record in the league as well, a week like last happens that puts everything back into the world of the unknown. After taking three of four from the Rangers and two of three from the Red Sox, the Yankees answered this past week by getting swept by the White Sox before winning two of three from the lowly Indians. Things weren't helped either by the Yankees losing in extra innings to the Blue Jays Monday night. Now, the lead in the AL East is down to 3.5 games over the Orioles and 4 games over the Rays. The Yankees are still the odds on favorite to win the division, and it would be shocking if they don't end the season in first place, but the team just can't seem to put winning stretches together like it did before the All-Star break. The return of CC Sabathia is a huge plus for the team, but missing Andy Pettitte and Alex Rodriguez still hurts greatly. In no uncertain terms, the Yankees need Pettitte and Rodriguez back for the stretch run. Without them, this could be a playoff fight to the final days of the season.

Jets Trade Benched Wayne Hunter For Rams Draft Bust Jason Smith

Jason Smith has been traded to the Jets. (AP photo)
  By Brad Carroll  
In a somewhat surprising move, the New York Jets traded recently-benched right tackle Wayne Hunter to the St. Louis Rams tonight in exchange for former No. 2 overall pick Jason Smith. I'm not sure where this leaves new starting tackle Austin Howard, who was impressive against the Carolina Panthers Sunday night, but one would believe the Jets are going to give Smith the chance to start.

State Of The Red Sox 19: Reflecting After A Franchise-Changing Trade And Those Players Heading To L.A.

  By Matt Straub  
Our State of the Red Sox column is back for its 19th installment with a blockbuster trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers that has changed the landscape of the franchise for years to come.  Read more about that right here . As always, we want to hear what you have to say about your favorite (or least favorite) team below in the comments section. And check back next week for the latest from the Red Sox right here.

  The High Point  
Since there was only one win this week, the high would be the win Friday over Kansas City. Jon Lester was solid and David Ortiz came off the DL for a day. The Red Sox played through the distraction of the megadeal and won a game. It was a good night and it came 24 hours after one of the worst nights of the year.

Red Sox Didn't Make A Blockbuster Trade With Dodgers, They Gave Up

Adrian Gonzalez homered in his first at-bat. (AP photo)
  By Matt Straub  
I’ve said it before. We root for laundry. It’s an old expression but it’s true and it perfectly describes sports in the 21st century. You root for players, then they leave. You root for the team and, unless you’re a Whalers fan, it stays with you forever. Even on the days you want it to go away.

I’m writing this a day early in part because I have to travel Sunday night and partly because I just had to write my thoughts down on paper. This post is going to be a sort of therapy for me as well as the chance to come to grips with both the last two days and the last two years of life in Red Sox Nation, so forgive me if this particular entry is a bit scattered. It’s just going to be my thoughts as I form them and process everything.

The Boston Red Sox didn’t make a trade Saturday, they gave up.

Jets Finally Bench Wayne Hunter; Austin Howard Will Start At Tackle

Wayne Hunter has been benched. (AP photo)
  By Brad Carroll  
The Wayne Hunter Era is officially over with the New York Jets, as Rex Ryan said today Austin Howard will start at right tackle this Sunday night against the Carolina Panthers. While the move had to be done, this isn't as much as Howard shining during training camp or preseason, but rather Hunter being completely inept.

Ryan said he envisions Hunter as the team's sixth offensive lineman, a role, shockingly enough, he excelled at before becoming the full-time starter last year. Ryan also had good things to say about Howard.

Forget About It Jets Fans, There's No Reason To Trade For RB Jones-Drew

Maurice Jones-Drew could hit the trade market. (AP photo)
  By Brad Carroll  
It only takes a moment for the focus of a New York Jets fan to be drawn from one area of concern to a completely new one. During and after Saturday night's game against the Giants, it was right tackle Wayne Hunter that was center of attention, as everyone wanted him replaced, or worse.

That intense focus changed quickly, however, to an almost obsession with Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew. Jets fans, from everything I've seen, read and heard, want to put everything else on hold and trade for the disgruntled Jaguars rusher, no matter what.

Mets Shut Down Johan Santana

The Mets are shutting Johan Santana down. (AP photo)
  By Brad Carroll  
The New York Mets have decided to shut down Johan Santana for the rest of the season. We asked the Mets to do exactly that in this week's edition of State of the Mets, and obviously they listened. Or at least saw the obvious signs and decided continuing to pitch Santana this season made zero sense.

It's actually one of the few wise decisions the organization has made in recent years.

Santana's MRI result from Tuesday showed he has lower back inflammation and was placed on the 15-day disabled list. 

Bartolo Colon Suspended 50 Games

Bartolo Colon was suspended for 50 games. (AP photo)
  By Brad Carroll  
Oakland Athletics pitcher, and former Yankee, Bartolo Colon was suspended 50 games today for testing positive for testosterone. The suspension begins immediately. It comes just a week after Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera was suspended 50 games for testosterone.

"I apologize to the fans, to my teammates and to the Oakland A's," Colon said in a statement. "I accept responsibility for my actions and I will serve my suspension as required by the Joint Drug Program."

State Of The Mets 18: Looking Ahead To What Could Be One Of Baseball's Best Starting Rotations Next Season

  By Brad Carroll  
Our State of the Mets column is back for its 18th installment with a quick look to the team's future, which could feature one of the best pitching rotations in all of baseball. As always, we want to hear what you have to say about your favorite (or least favorite) team below in the comments section. And check back each and every week for the latest from the Mets.

  Opening Statement  
There haven't been many bright spots for the Mets since the All-Star break. We all know they've gone from having a realistic shot at a postseason berth to a longshot to even finishing the season with a .500 record. There is no possible way to sugarcoat the downward spiral the Mets have been riding over the past two months. But there is reason for hope and a possible run next season at a playoff berth. That hope comes in the form of what could be one of the best starting rotations in all of baseball. Of course, most of it is going by potential rather than results, but if the Mets' two best prospects, Zack Wheeler and Matt Harvey, pan out, the starting five could be a special group. With R.A. Dickey and Johan Santana as the top headliners and Jonathan Niese as the fifth starter, to go along with the two rookies, the possibilities could be endless. Dickey is on his way to a possible Cy Young award this season, and is five wins away from the magical mark of 20. Santana pitched the first no-hitter in Mets' history this year and, if healthy, can be one of the game's best. Wheeler may or may not be ready for the big leagues next year, but everyone points to him having the stuff of a top of the rotation pitcher. GameDay's Matt Straub say him in action twice over the past few months and wrote he has the stuff to succeed. Harvey is succeeding in the majors right now, pitching 7 2/3 innings in his most recent start last week, allowing just one run on four hits and striking out eight. He's 2-3 so far this season with a 3.00 ERA. Those impressive pitching numbers are just part of his game, as he's batting .333 with two doubles and two RBI at the plate this season. It's only nine at-bats, but you can't help but be impressed. So, the season is over for the Mets, but the future is indeed bright, especially from the pitching staff.

State Of The Yankees 18: Big Series Victories Over Red Sox And Rangers Have Yankees Back On Top In AL

  By Brad Carroll  
Our State of the Yankees column is back for its 18th installment with series wins over the Texas Rangers and Boston Red Sox and the best record in the American League. As always, we want to hear what you have to say about your favorite (or least favorite) team below in the comments section. And check back next week for the latest from the New York Yankees right here.

  Opening Statement  
Wasn't it just about two weeks ago that everyone was pushing the panic button on the Yankees season? Well, doesn't that seem a whole lot of silly right now? The Yankees not only have the best record in the American League, but they just won three of four against the Texas Rangers, who many consider the top team in baseball, and two of three from the Boston Red Sox to push themselves 23 games over .500. The Yankees have won nine of their last 12 games and lead the Orioles by five games and the Rays by six in the AL East. The Red Sox? Forget about them. The Yankees' series win this weekend knocked them out of the chase. The pitching staff has come through without CC Sabathia, especially Hiroki Kuroda, who would be a leading candidate for the Cy Young Award if he hadn't accumulated eight losses this season. He's been unbelievably good this season. Since June began, Kuroda is 8-2 in 15 starts. He's allowed two runs or less in 11 of those starts. In his last seven starts, totaling 51 2/3 innings, Kuroda has allowed just eight total runs. He's 12-8 with a 2.96 ERA on the season. Of course, Kuroda, like all Yankees, is going to be judged on how well he performs in the postseason. If he continues to pitch the way he has over the past two and a half months, the Yankees will look like geniuses for signing him. Kuroda will get another contract to stay in the Bronx next season. If Kuroda implodes, well, then everything he's done this regular season will be forgotten. But there's no reason to think about that now. What Kuroda is doing right now is truly remarkable, so enjoy it and we'll all wait for the postseason to begin to see what happens next.

State Of The Red Sox 18: Making More News Off Field (Text Messages And Possible Surgery) Instead Of On It

  By Matt Straub  
Our State of the Red Sox column is back for its 18th installment with a team that's been making more news off the field (text messages and Tommy John surgery) than on it. As always, we want to hear what you have to say about your favorite (or least favorite) team below in the comments section. And check back next week for the latest from the Red Sox right here.

  Opening Statement  
“There’s so much stuff coming out of that clubhouse I wouldn’t be surprised if Manny Ramirez poked his head in there.” Those were the words of ESPN's Terry Francona in the ninth inning of Sunday night’s Red Sox-Yankees game. The 2012 Red Sox officially became a joke this week when a year of chaos reached the point where former members of the organization wondered aloud where Manny was. First, there’s the mysterious case of the Red Sox outfielder who wants Tommy John surgery despite being one of the hottest hitters on the team and not being a pitcher. Carl Crawford is meeting with the Red Sox brass and medical staff today to decide on the best course of action, but the fact he has all but begged to have the procedure over the last month or so, it’s a pretty safe bet Sunday night was his final game of the season. The only question is how much of next season he misses. Then, there’s the text message. For those who have forgotten, the Red Sox owners received a text message when the team was in New York in July asking for a meeting to discuss manager Bobby Valentine’s interactions with the team. Chief among the team’s gripes were Valentine saying “nice inning” to Will Middlebrooks after he made a couple of bad plays in an inning and the time he left Jon Lester in to give up 11 runs in an outing against Toronto. Depending on how which reporter you believe, there were up to 17 players at the meeting. It was eventually established that the initial message was sent from Adrian Gonzalez’s phone. Gonzalez has been said to be among Valentine’s harshest critics. The story seemed to be winding down, until a report out of New York this week said the text was put together by Kelly Shoppach, a backup catcher who has had some public spats with Valentine this year, who was traded to the Mets right before this latest report came out. Shoppach denies the report. Gonzalez denies pretty much everything except playing for the Red Sox. Valentine denies there’s a problem. I wish I could deny having watched any of this unfold. There’s a picture by the Associated Press the day after the meeting story broke. Valentine is in front of the bench in the dugout with one leg up in the air, foot on the bench, as he stands in front of Dustin Pedroia and David Ortiz. Valentine’s hands are near his belt. The players are both looking away, their faces full of either disgust or disdain, perhaps both. It’s unclear what exactly is happening in the photo, which is actually a good thing since the picture is the greatest set up for a caption contest I’ve ever seen. It’s also the enduring image of the season. Valentine is doing something goofy and bombastic and the players are miserable. I’m not sure what’s worse about all this, that the Sox have been reduced to the point where I’ve gotten this far in the story without mentioning anything to do with the team’s on-field performance, or that I’m glad I’ve gotten this far without having to talk about the team’s on-field performance. Let’s spend a few minutes talking about the actual play on the field. After all, it doesn’t deserve much more than that.

Jets Have Been Embarrassingly Bad On Offense This Preseason, But There's Plenty Of Reasons For Hope

Take a timeout from fretting about the Jets offense. (AP photo)
  By Brad Carroll  
The one thing I had to keep reminding myself during last night's Jets-Giants preseason game was it was simply an exhibition. It was a preseason game where nothing can be truly judged or harped on because it is meaningless. Win, lose ... look great, look bad ... it all doesn't matter.

While all that is true, and I believe it, I can't say I'm not terrified about the state of the Jets offense right now. There's not a single good thing I can write about the offense, while there's about a hundred negatives I can point out without putting any thought into it.

I'm terrified the embarrassingly bad (yes, embarrassing) play at every position on offense won't snap into form once the regular season starts. I'm terrified the offensive line is as good as it gets right now, which is simply terrible. I'm terrified the Jets won't find a replacement for tackle Wayne Hunter. I'm terrified Mark Sanchez will continue to struggle with a porous offense around him and the powers that be will make the switch to Tim Tebow, which would effectively end the season before it even begins.

Controversial Giants Prank Video

Notre Dame Unveils New Uniforms

These are the new uniforms Notre Dame will wear when it plays Miami at Solider Stadium in Chicago this coming October. Obviously, the revelation has drawn mostly negative reaction from fans, and I can't blame them. Notre Dame is one of the historic teams that just shouldn't mess with their uniforms, much like the New York Yankees. But Notre Dame has taken a step into the future a bit with the new unis and helmets, which resemble little about the Fighting Irish program.

State Of The Mets 17: R.A. Dickey Continues To Shine, Rest Of Team Continues To Slump For Fading Mets

  By Matt Straub  
Our State of the Mets column is back for its 17th installment with a trade (for Kelly Shoppach?!) and   another week that has the team falling farther and farther below .500. As always, we want to hear what you have to say about your favorite (or least favorite) team below in the comments section. And check back each and every week for the latest from the Mets.

  Opening Statement  
Kelly Shoppach has arrived in New York. All right, that was a bit sarcastic. Shoppach might actually be a useful piece for the Mets, who might be able to teach Josh Thole some things along the way. Besides, the Mets need something to be happy about after another disappointing week that has made even the modest goal of a .500 season seem far-fetched. The week was sort of a microcosm of the Mets’ season. There were flashes of hope tempered by crushing losses that let out whatever air was starting to fill the team’s balloon again. With playoff dreams long departed and the team looking to the future anyway, this is the time of year to take stock of what the team might have going forward. Unfortunately, sometimes doing that requires big steps backwards.

Melky Cabrera Suspended 50 Games

Melky Cabrera has been suspended 50 games. (AP photo)
  By Brad Carroll  
A short time ago, those of us in the sports department at the New Britain Herald were talking about the exploits of Melky Cabrera, not only because he's having an MVP-like season, but his effect on the Yankees, mainly allowing Robinson Cano to focus on baseball and become one of the game's greats. Cabrera and Cano were best friends while on the Yankees and the team believed Cabrera was a bad influence on Cano, so he was shipped out of town.

In the midst of this conversation someone mentioned how he wouldn't be surprised if we found out later Cabrera was "on" something this season. I brushed it off, saying Cabrera just finally found his game in the National League.

Boy was I wrong.

State Of The Yankees 17: Yankees Solidify Postseason Push With Winning Week, But CC Injury Hurts

  By Brad Carroll  
Our State of the Yankees column is back for its 17th installment with a much-needed winning week, highlighted by four straight victories, but an injury to CC Sabathia casts cloud over next two weeks. As always, we want to hear what you have to say about your favorite (or least favorite) team below in the comments section. And check back next week for the latest from the New York Yankees right here.

  Opening Statement  
Just when everything appeared to be going the Yankees way, with four straight victories to bring stability to the rocky road in winning the AL East, news that ace pitcher CC Sabathia would be placed on the disabled list brought back a big dose of reality. Sabathia says he will pitch the day after he's eligible to come off the DL with an elbow injury, but in the meantime, the Yankees will turn to David Phelps and a group of starting pitchers, minus Hiroki Kuroda, that have been anything but great this season. It could be the biggest two weeks of the season, as the Yankees will have to defend their 5-game lead over the Rays and 5.5-game cushion over the Orioles without the team's best pitcher to play the role of stopper, if needed. With all that written, however, the Yankees finally have appeared to put their three-week struggles behind them, winning two straight to split with the Tigers and then taking the first two in a three-game series against Toronto. In addition to simply putting together a win streak, the big positive to take away from the stretch was the performance of Ivan Nova Saturday. With his spot in the rotation hanging by a thread, Nova pitched 7 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on five hits and striking out 10 to improve to 11-6 on the season. Prior to that start, Nova hadn't won since July 8 and was 1-4 over his last nine starts. So, Nova was big for the Yankees, especially with Sabathia being gone for the next two weeks and Andy Pettitte still a ways away from returning.

Goalkeeper Shay Given Retires From Ireland National Soccer Team

Shay Given has played his final game for Ireland. (AP photo)
  By Brad Carroll  
Longtime Ireland national soccer team goalkeeper Shay Given announced his international retirement today. It wasn't a surprising move, but still will take some getting used to not seeing him defending the Irish goal in the future. Given has played in more games for Ireland than any other player in history, first playing for the national team in 1996. He played for Aston Villa last season.

State Of The Red Sox 17: Postseason Hopes Continue To Slip Away As Red Sox Fall Further Behind In WC Chase

  By Matt Straub  
Our State of the Red Sox column is back for its 17th installment with a team that appears destined to miss the postseason despite still being within striking distance of the wild card. As always, we want to hear what you have to say about your favorite (or least favorite) team below in the comments section. And check back next week for the latest from the Red Sox right here.

  Opening Statement  
I have an app on my new phone from a famous sports news company that allows me to list all of my favorite teams and have the app sort news and scores so that anything relevant to my teams comes up to the top of the screen. When I clicked on it Wednesday to check the Red Sox score, it told me the next relevant game on my list was October 30, when the Boston Celtics take on the Miami Heat in the NBA season opener. It was a momentary glitch, and one that actually happened to me at least once on my last phone as well, but it served as an omen. After all, it’s growing more likely by the day that the Boston Red Sox have played their last significant game of the 2012 season. No, the Red Sox are not mathematically eliminated. In fact, I could make a completely rational case to explain why they are very much alive. I would do it, too, but I’ve seen this team play too many games. I’ve learned not to get excited about brief surges and to expect the unexpected, which will usually be bad news. Let’s look at a 3-4 week that started with such promise and ended with the Sox six out on the loss side in the race for the second wild card.

Yankees Add Derek Lowe To Bullpen

Derek Lowe will join the Yankees Monday. (AP photo)
  By Brad Carroll  
The New York Yankees are bringing in former Red Sox pitcher Derek Lowe to provide depth in the bullpen with CC Sabathia being placed on the disabled list. Lowe was designated for assignment by the Cleveland Indians last week. He is expected to join the Yankees on Monday.

Yankees Put CC Sabathia On 15-Day DL, Exactly What Was Not Needed With Season Getting Back On Track

CC Sabathia was placed on the 15-day DL. (AP photo)
  By Brad Carroll  
The New York Yankees are officially on a roll, winning their fourth straight game Saturday with a possible rotation-saving performance by Ivan Nova. But like all things that appear to surround this Yankees team over the past three or so weeks, there was a quick end to all that good will.

Ace CC Sabathia was put on the 15-day disabled list after Saturday's game because of stiffness in his pitching elbow. This is the second stint this season on the DL for Sabathia, who missed three starts surrounding the All-Star Game.

LSU Dismisses CB Tyrann Mathieu

LSU has dismissed star cornerback Tyrann Mathieu. (AP photo)
  By Brad Carroll  
LSU head football coach Les Miles announced today that star cornerback and Heisman Trophy candidate Tyrann Mathieu has been dismissed from the team. Mathieu was sent packing for violating team policy. He won't play this season. This isn't the first time Mathieu has violated team policy, doing so last year, reportedly for failing a drug test. He was suspended one game for that violation and his Heisman hopes were destroyed.

Obviously, Mathieu didn't learn his lesson.

Five Things To Watch As Jets Open Preseason Against Cincinnati Bengals ... And Yes, It's Finally Tebow Time

Stephen Hill should get plenty of playing time. (AP photo)
  By Brad Carroll  
The New York Jets open the preseason tonight against the Cincinnati Bengals and the obvious focus will be on backup quarterback Tim Tebow. He will play two quarters against Cincinnati, so Tebow will get plenty of the spotlight as the Jets return to the field for the first time since last year's debacle in Miami.

Tebow is a big reason to watch tonight, maybe the biggest, but there are other storylines to follow as well. Here are the five biggest things to watch for tonight as Rex Ryan and company finally stop fighting each other and take their aggression out the opposition.

1. Tim Tebow: Yes, it's Tebow Time tonight for the Jets, and it will be interesting to see how he does at the quarterback position. I'm guessing we won't see any Wildcat formations, as there is no reason to risk injury by running that type of play in the preseason, especially in Week 1. So, it will be pure quarterback play for the most part from Tebow. How good he plays won't matter in terms of ousting Mark Sanchez as the team's starting quarterback, and let's face it, Sanchez is far and away the better player, but it would be a start in seeing him run a new offense and prove he can step in if needed this season. The game is in Cincinnati so we won't have to judge the crowd's reaction to Tebow, which is a good thing.

Andy Pettitte Is The Missing Piece To The Yankees Championship Puzzle

Andy Pettitte has been key to the Yankees season. (AP photo)
  By Brad Carroll  
The New York Yankees finally put an end to its free fall over the past three weeks with a much-needed 12-8 victory over the Detroit Tigers. The game wasn't a complete must-win, but with CC Sabathia on the mound, this was as close as it gets during the regular season.

The Yankees had lost 12 of their previous 18 games and have seen their once seemingly-insurmountable lead in the AL East shrink to just 4.5 games over the Baltimore Orioles heading into Thursday. So, the victory Wednesday night in Detroit was huge in so many ways.

If the Yankees had lost the game, however, we here at GameDay would have finally pushed the panic button, something we've been reluctant to do, even with a record 7-12 since finishing off a sweep of the Toronto Blue Jays on July 18.

Mets Unveil All-Star Game Logo

The New York Mets unveiled their All-Star game logo Tuesday and it features the familiar blue and orange color scheme along with the skyline that matches the team's logo. The Mets and Citi Field will host the game next season, July 16.

It's the first All-Star the Mets have hosted since their inaugural season in 1964 at Shea Stadium. The old Yankee Stadium was the last New York venue to host the game, during its final season in 2008. Next year will mark the ninth overall New York has hosted the game.

In addition to the All-Star game, Citi Field and the Mets will also host the Home Run Derby, the Futures Game and other festivities.

State Of The Mets 16: Series Loss To Lowly Padres Has Mets' Postseason Hopes Back On Brink Of Extinction

  By Brad Carroll  
Our State of the Mets column is back for its 16th installment with a winning West Coast trip that feels more like a devastating blow after losing two of three to the lowly San Diego Padres. As always, we want to hear what you have to say about your favorite (or least favorite) team below in the comments section. And check back each and every week for the latest from the Mets.

  Opening Statement  
The Mets have been hanging in the postseason picture for dear life since crashing back to Earth after the All-Star break. But while the chances of making their way into one of the two wild card spots this season are slim, it's still not a foregone conclusion. The Mets, if they can put together a few winning streaks and start to win each series they play in over the next two months, have a realistic shot to at least jump into the conversation again. This past week started perfectly for the Mets in attempting to get back into the race, as they took three of four from a very good San Francisco Giants team. With their win Thursday, the Mets moved within two games of .500 heading into a weekend series with the struggling San Diego Padres, a real chance to move one game over and create some positive vibes in the clubhouse that could carry them through the opening series of this week, against the sub-.500 Miami Marlins. But those Padres, a team that is seven games behind the Mets in the wild card standings, took two of three from New York, beating R.A. Dickey and Matt Harvey along the way. The Mets scored a total of six runs in three games in dropping back to three games under the even mark and 9.5 games out of the wild card. That series loss to the lowly Padres could be the final nail in the coffin that is the Mets season. The season is for sure on the brink of extinction.

State Of The Red Sox 16: Renewed Hope In Playoff Berth Turns Into Nightmare As Red Sox Crash Again

  By Matt Straub  
Our State of the Red Sox column is back for its 16th installment with a terrible week that came at the worst possible time, right after the Red Sox decided to stick with the current roster and make a run at the playoffs instead of setting up their future before the trade deadline. As always, we want to hear what you have to say about your favorite (or least favorite) team below in the comments section. And check back next week for the latest from the Red Sox right here.

  Opening Statement  
The nightmare scenario for any team trying to decide whether or not to try for a title or build for the future is to have that team get hot right before the trade deadline, convince itself it could compete, stand pat, then drop out of the race only days later. For the 2012 Boston Red Sox, a season full of gloom started to turn into a nightmare this week when that exact scenario played out. After a huge week just before the July 31 trading deadline got the Red Sox back in the playoff hunt and convinced ownership not to sell off its big-name players, the Red Sox careened back down to Earth this week, losing all their momentum and missing the chance to make any deals that could help make them younger for next season. And so the Red Sox continue to flounder in no-man’s land. Because there are now two wild cards and because no team got too hot this week, the Red Sox are still on the outside edge of the race, but the time to make any significant trades has passed, so Boston will have to wait until the winter to try and improve the team for 2013. The season might not be truly over yet, but it’s easy to see the nightmare on the horizon. Let’s look at a horrible week that could lead to a lot of sleepless nights in Red Sox Nation.

State Of The Yankees 16: Needed Series Win Over Seattle Has Yankees On Road With Positive Momentum

  By Brad Carroll  
Our State of the Yankees column is back for its 16th installment with a much-needed victory over the Mariners Sunday to finish off a disapointing 4-5 homestand with some positive momentum heading on the road. As always, we want to hear what you have to say about your favorite (or least favorite) team below in the comments section. And check back next week for the latest from the New York Yankees right here.

  Opening Statement  
This was the week the Yankees needed to right the ship and regain their once-dominate control of the AL East. It didn't start out so well, with the Yankees losing the first two games to the Baltimore Orioles to turn a once-thought insurmountable lead into a precarious one. But over the final four games of the week, the Yankees did what they had to do, winning three to create some much needed distance between the Orioles (6.5 games), Rays (7.5) and a whole 10 games over the Red Sox. Phil Hughes, CC Sabathia and Freddy Garcia each pitched well in winning over the past four nights, while Hiroki Kuroda might have pitched the best of them all, but had to settle for a 1-0 loss against Felix Hernandez. (Which, again, none of us have any clue why the Yankees didn't demand King Felix for Jesus Montero instead of accepting Michael Pineda instead. It still makes zero sense almost a week into August.) Winning three of four should also alleviate any concern from fans and the organization that the Yankees were in trouble this season based on their play since the All-Star break. Over a 162-game season, even the best teams are going to go through losing streaks, it's handling and limiting those streaks that's what matters. Still, with four games against Detroit starting Monday, winning those three was important to establishing both confidence and an aura as the best team in baseball.

Tim Tebow Shows What He Can Do At Goal Line During Jets Training Camp

Tim Tebow and Mark Sanchez. (AP photo)
  By Brad Carroll  
I don't think it was any secret how the Jets were going to use backup quarterback Tim Tebow on offense, especially around the goal line. But that didn't take away the excitement when seeing it in on the field and not just drawn up in our mind's playbooks.

Tebow ran the Wildcat offense on the goal line during practice Thursday for the Jets, the first time he was used in such a way this offseason, at least that we know. He ran for two touchdowns and threw for another in four total plays with the second-team offense.

While we here at GameDay are more conventional when it comes to using the starting quarterback, especially around the goal line (longtime Jets fans will remember Leon Washington throwing a goal line interception, on a pitch from starter Neil O'Donnell, in a 13-10 loss that knocked the Jets out of the playoffs on the last day of the 1997 season), but it's hard not to get excited about the possibilities of using Tebow for short-yardage plays not only around the end zone, but anywhere on the field.

Chaz Schilens Angry After Antonio Cromartie Calls Himself Second Best WR, Should Be Motivated Instead

Chaz Schilens may be looking for Antonio Cromartie. (AP photo)
  By Brad Carroll  
It was only a matter of time before the soap opera that is the New York Jets had some in-fighting at training camp. That time is now and it involves the typical back-and-forth where overreaction takes center stage and puts the Jets as the lead story for all the wrong reasons.

The latest drama involves cornerback Antonio Cromartie calling himself the second best wide receiver on the team right now, behind Santonio Holmes. Cromartie said so on ESPN's First Take Tuesday. Wednesday, new wide receiver Chaz Schilens took exception to the comment, calling it a slight, and said he would address it on the football field.

I don't know if that means he's going to burn Cromartie on a passing route, or if he's going to mix it up with him between plays, or simply talk about the comment during a break in the action. No matter what the message will be, Schilens should view the comment as motivation and not a slight.