Here it comes, the future, and it may not be pretty for Rex Ryan and Gang Green. The end is inevitable now, the end to a most improbable playoff dream for a team that turned into nothing more than a cruel tease. And the magic number now for [Ryan] is 2. His Rexpiration date has drawn perilously closer. A source described Jets owner Woody Johnson this way to The Post after Panthers 30, Jets 20: "Not happy." Not good for Rex. Two more losses now in the last two games after three straight years out of the playoff -- Ravens over Lions on Monday night would cinch it -- will leave Ryan dangling at the edge of the cliff on Woody Mountain, at the mercy of John Idzik, the rookie general manager forced to inherit him. Johnson loved Ryan enough to give him a mulligan this season. (New York Post) Comment
A ticking clock in Houston isn't counting down to Christmas. With just five shopping days remaining, the contract of his unhappy, defensive-minded Turkish center is burning a hole in Rockets general manager Daryl Morey's pocket. The winter closeout sale, his own version of the trade deadline, begins Sunday. And general managers who might be interested in trading for Omer Asik, or being a part of a deal built around him, have been told Morey is ready to deal. ... Morey would not discuss his plans, but a person with knowledge of the Rockets' thinking said Morey set his Dec. 19 deadline in part because he knows he has an offer he is willing to take. Though things can change several times by Thursday, that individual said "it very likely will be a pretty complicated, three-way deal. There are a lot of moving parts." (Houston Chronicle) Comment
So much for New York possibly turning Brett Gardner into another asset. The Yankees have "absolutely no intention" of trading [Gardner] to clear room in center field for Jacoby Ellsbury or to fill a need elsewhere, according to team president Randy Levine. Appearing Sunday morning on ESPN Radio's "The Ian O'Connor Show," Levine declined to comment on reports the Yankees rejected a Gardner-for-Brandon Phillips trade offer from Cincinnati but did say he fully expected Gardner to be in the Opening Day lineup. "We think he's going to be on the roster," Levine said. "One of the reasons the baseball people signed Jacoby Ellsbury is the two of them together present a tremendous dynamic one-two or nine-one, whatever Joe Girardi decides to write in at the top of the lineup." (ESPN New York) Comment
Jamaal Charles offers a bit of foreshadowing, flashing five fingers with his left hand after leaving a pair of Oakland Raiders in the dust for his second of five touchdowns in the Kansas City Chiefs' 56-31 romp Sunday. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)
Portland's Damian Lillard stuns the crowd in Detroit with a game-winning shot with 0.1 seconds left in overtime Sunday night.