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Seattle, New York battle for supremacy

Four years later, Giuliani, a former U.S. attorney for Manhattan , won in a rematch. No Money Among challenges awaiting the next mayor, who assumes office midway through the fiscal year, is resolving negotiations on contracts that expired at least three years ago with unions representing city workers. Bloombergs final budget, enacted in June, contained no money for back pay in the event bargaining results in salary increases. The cost of retroactive raises could approach $8 billion, more than 10 percent of the citys $70 billion budget, Bloomberg has said. Future recurring labor-cost increases could tally almost $3 billion a year even without retroactive pay, Carol Kellermann, president of the non-partisan Citizens Budget Commission , a business-funded fiscal watchdog, said in a July interview. That would be my biggest worry with a new mayor who is likely to be pro-labor: If there are contracts with notable wage increases that get locked in for the next few years, that could be difficult for the budget, Wagner said. Lhota, who resigned in December as chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority , has ruled out a settlement that includes retroactive pay. Retroactive Resistance Ill say it over and over again, Im not under any circumstances in favor of retroactive pay, he said in a March interview. Hes stuck to that position. De Blasio said he was open to negotiating the issue when he was seeking labor support to secure the nomination.

New York Giants Burned by an Old Super Bowl Friend

“For us as footballers, to go to that place, the fans are amazing,” Red Bulls midfielder Tim Cahill told MLSsoccer.com. “They do really give a lift and they seem to suck the ball in the net even though some times it doesn’t deserve to go in net. “I know for a fact that we’re going to need 14 players for that game and we’re going to have to have tactics to change things up and adapt to different styles of what they’re going to do. I’m confident that we can work hard this week to prepare and hopefully give them a good battle. I think this will be the hardest test of our season, away at Seattle.” Dax McCarty, who once again has been one of New York’s most influential players this term, is looking forward to the atmosphere and the hope to get a result to maintain the club’s lead in the race for the Supporters’ Shield. “It’s going to be a fun one, it’s going to be a lot of fun,” McCarty told MLSsoccer.com. “I’ll probably be singing a different tune when we’ve got 40-50,000 people barking against us in Seattle and it should be a great atmosphere. “Our depth is going to be tested again, but it’s going to be a huge game. If we can get a result up there, a win or even a draw, I think we have to consider that a positive because we have a couple of teams directly competing us with the Supporters’ Shield but obviously they are right behind us.” The Red Bulls bring a four-game winning run into the clash, though three of those victories have come from the comfort of their home field. New York only has managed a pedestrian 5-7-3 record from its away games this term. The visitors will come up against a surging Seattle side that is enjoying a six-game unbeaten run, avoiding defeat in every contest since its 3-1 road loss to the Houston Dynamo on Aug. 17. Even more impressive has been Seattle’s home form in recent months. The Sounders have lost just once at CenturyLink Field all season, falling to the Montreal Impact in their opening match. Since the defeat, Sigi Schmid’s men have produced a remarkable record of 10-0-3 on their home turf.

Why New York Knicks Fans Should Be Concerned About Latest Front Office Shakeup

It strikes me as a bit unusual for a GM to lose his job after the team he put together tallied 54 regular-season wins and netted its first postseason series victory since 2000. Then again, if coaches (i.e. George Karl, Lionel Hollins, Vinny Del Negro) can get the ax after leading their respective franchises to historic seasons, why shouldn’t GMs “enjoy” that same “privilege?” Remember, Grunwald’s the guy who brought Tyson Chandler to New York. He’s been responsible for digging up bargain-bin gems left and right, from Jeremy Lin and Steve Novak to Chris Copeland and Pablo Prigioni. He may not have been the chief architect behind the Carmelo Anthony tradethe credit for that belongs to Donnie Walshbut he certainly had a hand in the matter. This isn’t to suggest that Grunwald was in any way the perfect GM. To bring Chandler on, he had to use the team’s one-time amnesty provision on Chauncey Billups. That left then-coach Mike D’Antoni without an experienced floor general to run his point-guard-heavy system and the Knicks without an easy means of clearing Stoudemire’s onerous contract from their cap sheet. And if we’re going to give Grunwald credit for greasing the wheels on the ‘Melo deal, we’d also have to apportion some blame to him for New York’s decision to give $100 million to a player, in Amar’e, whose knees were uninsurable. Last year, Grunwald neglected to make an actual contract offer to Jeremy Lin before the MSG fan favorite signed off on a “poison pill” pact to take his “Linsanity” act to the Houston Rockets . Chris Chambers/Getty Images This summer wasn’t exactly Glen’s finest hour on the job, either. On July 10th, Grunwald traded three players (Marcus Camby, Steve Novak and Quentin Richardson), a first-round pick and two second-round picks to the Toronto Raptors (i.e. his former employer) in exchange for Andrea Bargnani.

New York Skyline

A slim one-point favorite at home, the Panthers humiliated the Giants, 38-0, while sacking two-time Super Bowl MVP quarterback Eli Manning seven times, including a New York team-record six times in the opening half. Why, at least in part, was it so easy for Carolina? After the game, Blackburn (who made his first start as a Panther, while calling the defensive signals against his old team) admitted, ” I had an idea of what they run and what they like to do in situations. We had a great game plan going in. I’ve been sharing all the information all week. Guys, all of us, linebackers were out there knowing what to do; (defensive backs) knew what kind of routes they were going to get off the route combinations. It makes for a big difference when you can play the game at that speed. We were able to play fast because we were aware of what they were going to do.” Carolina head coach Ron Rivera, concurred, saying, “This was one of those things when you have a guy who knows the other team and you sit there and you listen to him when he is watching tape. Before the play even happens, he calls the play out.” Think of it as the NFL equivalent of one of those backyard games that many of us have played in, during which someone on the opposing defense sneaks right near the offense’s huddle, overhears the play call, and tells the play to all of his buddies long before the quarterback hears “One Mississippi.” Now, Chase, is that any way to treat the former team that twice gave you an opportunity in the league when no else would, especially one with which you share a pair of Super Bowl titles? Well, all’s fair in football, especially when a former key player ends up on the other side. And maybe the Super Bowl champion turned teacher-in-training, turned multiple-time Super Bowl champion taught the Giants a valuable lesson — that, next time, nothing should be taken for granted when it comes to play calling against someone who knows you as well as your know yourself. Jonathan Wagner is a regular contributor for Yahoo Sports, covering the New York Knicks and New York Giants. You can also catch him as a Knicks beat writer for New York Sports Day and a co-host discussing a variety of sports topics on the New York Sports Geeks internet radio show.