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  • Jockbeat: So How Bad Were the 2009 Giants?

    published Dec 29, 2009

    Somehow it was fitting that Tom Coughlin's Giants picked their last game in their old stadium to give us their most memorable performance. No one who saw their 41-9 slaughter by the Carolina Panthers ... More >>

  • Find cheap seats to the Knicks vs. Indiana Pacers

    published December 22, 2009

    David Letterman said it better than us last week: "Tiger Woods announced he would be taking a leave from the sport—didn't the Knicks already... More >>


    published December 22, 2009

    As far as winter sports go, everyone knows the luge is the most fun. But most of us just aren’t very good at lugeing. Fortunately, the... More >>

  • Jockbeat: The Jets Go Down in Flames

    published Dec 21, 2009

    Anybody can lose a football game, anyone can lose a football game by three points, and anyone can lose a football game by a field goal under bad conditions — even when they're playing at home... More >>


    published December 15, 2009

    Always loved the sword fights in The Adventures of Robin Hood and The Mask of Zorro? Heard about how fencing improves your... More >>

  • <i>Jockbeat</i>: Mets Shut Out in Halladay Contest For Distance in Florida?

    Jockbeat: Mets Shut Out in Halladay Contest For Distance in Florida?

    published Dec 15, 2009

    Curiouser and curiouser. The story of how NYC's two teams -- with the most potential revenue in baseball -- could have been shut out of deals involving the three best free agent pitchers in baseball s... More >>

  • Jockbeat: Roy Halladay to Philly, Cliff Lee to Seattle -- Let the Mets/Yankees Carping Begin!

    published Dec 14, 2009

    By now you may have heard about the huge three-team swap involving the Toronto Blue Jays, Philadelphia Phillies, and Seattle Mariners. All the details aren't in -- and until they are, the whole thing ... More >>

  • Jockbeat: Does Golf, With Its Rotten History, Have Any Business Investigating Tiger Woods?

    published Dec 11, 2009

    We can sum up all the nuttiness and overreaction to the Tiger Woods scandal with Hank Gola's column in Friday's New York Daily News. "We've heard condemnations from [Swedish golfer] Jesper Parnevi... More >>


    published December 8, 2009

    With their first 5-0 start in seven seasons and key Thanksgiving weekend victories over two nationally ranked teams, the Red Storm may be... More >>

  • Jockbeat: Curtis Granderson Traded to the Yankees -- Is It A Good Deal?

    published Dec 08, 2009

    So how does the deal for Curtis Granderson shape up for the Yankees? Pretty good, we think. The Yankees lose Ian Kennedy, who never struck us as much with a 6.03 ERA in 14 major league games, allowing... More >>

  • Jockbeat: Is Drew Brees Having the Best QB Year Ever?

    Jockbeat: Is Drew Brees Having the Best QB Year Ever?

    published Dec 04, 2009

    With five games to go in the season, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees has already locked the league's MVP award. But how good is he doing compared to other great passers over the last 20 year... More >>

  • Jockbeat: Will Tiger Woods Bounce Back After This Car Crash and Affair Nonsense? Are You Kidding?

    published Dec 02, 2009

    Surfing the web for the best post-Tiger Woods car crash humor, we have to go with Craig Ferguson in his Monday monologue: "Economists are saying that so far holiday sales are down, but that doesn't f... More >>


    published December 1, 2009

    There isn’t much for New York Rangers fans to cheer about now, but it’s worth coming to the Garden to see Marian Gaborik, who’s... More >>

  • Jockbeat: Reasons to be Thankful for Mark Sanchez This Thanksgiving

    published Nov 25, 2009

    No disagreement that Jets' rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez is having a rough patch right now, but shouldn't we be cutting him a little slack while he goes through his learning process? Or stated anoth... More >>


    published November 24, 2009

    All the euphoria over the 3-0 start is gone, and all the Jets are playing for now is hope for 2010. But quarterback Mark Sanchez and... More >>

  • Jockbeat: Giants at a Crucial Juncture

    published Nov 20, 2009

    As the Giants get ready for a crucial four games that will probably seal their fate for the 2009 season -- the Falcons this Sunday in the Meadowlands, the Broncos at Denver, then the Cowboys and Eagle... More >>


    published November 17, 2009

    Baseball is over for the year, the fates of our NFL teams are undecided though dubious—and it's time to turn to college hoops. Now in its... More >>

  • Jockbeat: The Bad Call of the Night in the Game of the Year

    published Nov 16, 2009

    "A lot of folks who went to bed early tonight are going to wake up awfully surprised tomorrow morning when they see this score," said NBC color man Chris Collinsworth at the finish of last night's ast... More >>


    published November 10, 2009

    Both teams are mediocre, but is there any Jets fan who in his or her heart of hearts won’t admit that with a rookie coach and... More >>

  • Jockbeat: Just How Bad Was This Giants Loss?

    published Nov 09, 2009

    Sifting through the rubble of the Giants' devastating 21-20 loss to San Diego yesterday, one statistic jumps out big: the Giants -- playing at home -- had nine penalties for 104 yards to the Chargers'... More >>

  • Jockbeat's World Series Wrap

    published Nov 05, 2009

    First of all, on behalf of those at the Village Voice who are Yankee fans, let me thank Roy Edroso for the headline on his piece, "Congratulations Douchebag Yankee Fans." We accept your congratulatio... More >>

  • Jockbeat: Yanks Chances for Finishing Things Tonight

    published Nov 04, 2009

    We want to make this clear before tonight's game: We're not second guessing Joe Girardi's decision to pitch A.J. Burnett on three days rest Monday night. We called it before the game. It was foolish a... More >>


    published November 3, 2009

    With Isiah Thomas finally gone, the Knicks front office is playing up the virtues of stability and rebuilding. Mike D'Antoni has his job cut out... More >>

  • Jockbeat: Some Jocklit to Tide You Over Until Game Six

    published Nov 03, 2009

    The First Fall Classic: The Red Sox, the Giants and the Cast of Players, Pugs and Politicos Who Re-Invented the World Series in 1912 By Mike Vaccaro Doubleday, 290 pages, $26.95 Game Six -- Cincinnat... More >>

  • Jockbeat: Allen Barra's World Series Notes

    published Nov 02, 2009

    World Series notes: -- Did Johnny Damon's dash to third base in the ninth inning of last night's game take away Brad Lidge's slider and thus force him to throw the fastball at Alex Rodriguez which tu... More >>

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