On The Fly: The Tabloids Urge Giants To Hire Belichick

On Friday, the New York Giants management team — GM Dave Gettleman, co-owner John Mara and assistant GM Kevin Abrams — took a road trip to Patriots’ country to interview their two coordinators, Josh McDaniels and Matt Patricia, for the Giants’ vacant head coaching position. But if you read the New York papers Saturday, that didn’t interest anyone as much as the possibility that Bill Belichick might be available. The tabloids, the New York Daily News and Post, basically demanded the Giants not to hire anyone until they first talk to Belichick. “Bring Back Bill” the News headline blared. “Back To The Hoodie” the Post shouted.

This conjecture is the result of the supposed rift that now exists between Belichick, Tom Brady and Partiots’ owner Robert Kraft, at least according to an ESPN report. And if the three no longer get along, which of them seems the most likely to leave? Not Brady and certainly not Kraft. On Saturday, Kraft told TheMMQB.com that he "absolutely" believes Belichick will be the team's head coach in 2018. But remember this: Belichick loves the Giants.

Hall of Famer Julius Erving fell ill at the 76ers’ game Friday and was taken to a hospital. There was no immediate update on his condition. Erving, 67, attended the game and rang the ceremonial Liberty Bell before tipoff. He led the Sixers to the 1983 NBA championship and was 1981 NBA MVP. … It’s no surprise that ESPN has decided to cut ties with Donovan McNabb and Eric Davis following its investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct while they worked at NFL Network. McNabb, Davis and three other NFL Network analysts — Marshall Faulk, Ike Taylor and Heath Evans — were named in a lawsuit filed by wardrobe stylist Jami Cantor.

In a very interesting business deal, the Texas Rangers and Japan's Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters have entered into multiyear agreement involving baseball and business operations. Rangers general manager Jon Daniel says part of the reason is both franchises are building stadiums and the Rangers plan to advise the Fighters for their stadium in Sapporo, Japan. Nippon Ham will have a staff member work in the Rangers' system as an instructor during spring training and the regular season. … Officials from MLB and its Players Association will meet in New York next week to discuss pace-of-play initiatives that would go into effect during the 2018 season. The major changes under consideration are a pitch clock and a limitation on catcher mound visits.

Back in the day, it wasn’t unusual to see Bruce Hood referee a Whalers game at the Civic Center. After all, he worked over 1,100 games in a 21-year career. Hood died Friday of prostate cancer. He was 81. Hood was on the ice for Bobby Orr's overtime goal in Game 4 of the 1970 Stanley Cup Final that gave the Bruins their first title in nearly 30 years. … Swedish captain Lias Andersson, a first-round pick of the Rangers in 2017, threw the silver medal he was handed to a fan in the stands on Friday after his team’s 3-1 loss to Canada in the world junior championships. Andersson finished the tournament with six goals and an assist in seven games.

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