It's a big day in New York, with the trash-talking Jets and Giants prepared to settle their differences on the field as they open the New Meadowlands Stadium with a preseason clash. Also Monday night, Johnny Damon makes his return to the Bronx when his Tigers play the Yankees. He undoubtedly will get a friendlier reception than when he first returned to Fenway Park in pinstripes.

The predictable fallout has begun from the Jets' appearance on HBO's "Hard Knocks." Coach Rex Ryan's mother was not pleased with her son's foul mouth and said it was "excruciating" to watch him swear so much. Most members of the Giants said they didn't watch the show, but cornerback Terrell Thomas admitted he was surprised by the Jets' "arrogance" as the teams prepare to meet in their preseason opener Monday night at the stadium they share.

With the Patriots' first preseason game Thursday night, we decided to look back and dig up the most memorable moments in Patriots preseason history. We've got the good and the bad, the historic and the tragic. Check out the list at the LEEInks blog.

Ryder Cup captain Corey Pavin got into a heated confrontation with Golf Channel reporter Jim Gray Wednesday afternoon after denying Gray’s report that he guaranteed Tiger Woods a spot on the U.S. team. Following a press conference at which Pavin called Gray’s report “incorrect,” the two reportedly stood nose-to-nose and Gray called Pavin a liar, saying, “You’re going down.” Responded Pavin: “You’re full of it.”

 

The Darrelle Revis situation is starting to get ugly in New York. Revis' representatives accused the Jets front office of lying about them denying an invitation for owner Woody Johnson to join a recent meeting. And the two sides presented different versions of negotiations, with agent Neil Schwartz insisting: "The Jets have never given us a proposal with one dollar in signing bonus or one dollar in fully guaranteed money." Meanwhile, Jets coach Rex Ryan insists his defense will be fine without the All-Pro cornerback.

 

Now that Kevin Youkilis has been lost for the season, being a member of the 2010 Red Sox has officially passed Alaska King Crab Fisherman and Mel Gibson Mistress as the most hazardous job in America.



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There is little doubt that Shaquille O'Neal is eventually headed to the Hall of Fame. With Shaq joining the Celtics at the end of his time in the NBA, he joins a select list of Hall-bound players who stopped in Boston late in their careers to play for the Celtics, Bruins or Red Sox. Check out the list at the LEEInks blog.

Criticism continues to hit the Knicks for re-hiring Isiah Thomas as a consultant after his disastrous performance as coach and president. But the deal might not stand. The NBA reportedly is considering blocking the move, as Thomas is a current college coach, set to begin his second season at Florida International. Meanwhile, Thomas went on a sports talk radio show in Miami Monday and implied that he might bail on FIU if he has to choose between the two jobs.

New Celtics center Shaquille O'Neal has been known to dabble in acting. In fact, he has quite the resume of roles on the big and small screeen. But some of his best performances have come in commercials. With that in mind, we've compiled a list of his most memorable endorsements. Check it out at the LEEInks blog.

Knicks owner James Dolan’s decision to re-hire Isiah Thomas as a consultant did not go over well in New York. The team has been taking an absolute beating in the local papers, with reporters finding the move offensive and insulting. Former Knick (and Celtic) Stephon Marbury, who had a public falling-out with Thomas, could say only “Good luck, New York.” Thomas admitted reading the stories about him over the weekend and is doing his best to be humble and positive about the situation.