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  • Jockbeat: Allen Barra Sizes Up the Yankees and Phillies

    published Oct 28, 2009

    First off, we'd like to thank the New York tabloids for getting the Phillies all worked up. In particular, we'd like to thank the New York Post for putting a photo shop image of Shane Victorino in a c... More >>

  • Allen Barra Remembers Soupy Sales

    published Oct 28, 2009

    As Roy Edroso pointed out the other day, most children's programming in the New York area during the early and mid-1960s was dreck. There were exceptions: Chuck McCann, who read the funnies to us on S... More >>


    published October 27, 2009

    We can't think of any event in the city that brings together New Yorkers and millions of visitors like the ING New York City Marathon. Two... More >>

  • Jockbeat: As Another World Series Looms, A Look Back at a Tarnished One

    published Oct 27, 2009

    It's October, and the ghost of Shoeless Joe Jackson once again haunts the autumn breezes. In Chicago, two attorneys with ties to the Chicago Baseball Museum organization are claiming that Eliot Asinof... More >>

  • Jockbeat: A-Rod Edging Past Mr. October

    Jockbeat: A-Rod Edging Past Mr. October

    published Oct 22, 2009

    "You want a comparison?" writes Mike Lupica in today's Daily News about Alex Rodriguez's 2009 postseason. "All of a sudden he is the Yankee version of Ryan Howard." Wrong comparison, Mike. What Alex ... More >>


    published October 20, 2009

    The heat is always on when these two rivals go at each other. The higher-ranked New Jersey Devils (first in the Atlantic Division last... More >>

  • Jockbeat: Giants or Jets? Whose Loss Sucked More?

    published Oct 19, 2009

    Who had the worst day on Sunday? The Giants or the Jets? Let's review: -- The Giants played perhaps the best team in the conference, the surprising New Orleans Saints, gave up 48 points and lost by ... More >>

  • Jockbeat: Why The Yankees Should Beat the Angels

    published Oct 16, 2009

    As rivalries go, the Yankees and Angels have been overrated by the media. Since 2002, the first time they met in the playoffs, the teams have played 54 times. The Angels have won 31 of those games, t... More >>

  • Jockbeat on Gary Myers: Catch This Book

    published Oct 14, 2009

    The Catch: One Play, Two Dynasties, and the Game that Changed the NFL By Gary Myers Crown, 252 pages, $26.00 "To this day," says Joe Montana in the forward to Gary Myers's The Catch, "the Cowboys s... More >>


    published October 13, 2009

    No matter how you look at it, a preseason game between these two teams is good news for fans, and fans of both the New York Knicks and... More >>

  • Jockbeat: Who's the Real 'Mr. October'?

    published Oct 12, 2009

    There's a perception that Alex Rodriguez has finally "turned around" his postseason hitting with three good games. But he's still not in the same league as Reggie Jackson as a postseason hitter, the r... More >>

  • Jockbeat: How the Yankees Can Win It All

    published Oct 07, 2009

    Several million words have been written in the last few years about why teams win in the playoffs -- or more precisely, why the playoffs are different than the regular season. Most of it can be summed... More >>


    published October 6, 2009

    The Giants once again look like the best team in the NFC East, and the Raiders look like one of the worst in their division, the AFC West,... More >>

  • Jockbeat: Are the Giants the NFC's Best?

    published Oct 05, 2009

    How good are the 2009 Giants? Are they the best team in their conference? Let's answer the second question first. Pending the outcome of tonight's game between the Green Bay Packers and the 3-0 Minne... More >>

  • Jockbeat: Think Sending Joba to the Bullpen is an Easy Solution? Jim Bouton Begs to Differ

    published Oct 02, 2009

    "This is not meant to disparage Brian Bruney, Chad Gaudin, and Sergio Mitre," writes George A. King III in today's New York Post. "But who would have thought Joba Chamberlain would be in a fight with... More >>


    published September 29, 2009

    This is your chance to enjoy a college football game, witness firsthand the fine art of tailgating (which Army Cadets fans perfected long... More >>

  • Jockbeat: Which is the Best Undefeated NYC Football Team?

    published Sep 28, 2009

    Since the Giants and Jets are both undefeated after three weeks -- and since the opportunity may never come again -- let's compare the two unbeatens at this point: -- The Giants have scored 80 point... More >>


    published September 22, 2009

    It's back to school time, and NYU's Coed Volleyball League is back in action. Last year, the Ball Busters won the Coed Volleyball... More >>

  • Jockbeat: Why Yankees Fans Should Worry

    published Sep 21, 2009

    Be afraid, Yankee fans -- be very afraid. A couple of weeks ago everything seemed all sewn up -- the Yankees had vanquished the Red Sox, and all everyone wanted to know was if this year's editions ... More >>

  • Jockbeat: More Great Jets Defense, and are the Pats Now Patsies?

    published Sep 20, 2009

    Dizzy Dean said it right: "If you say you're going to do something, and you don't do it, that's bragging. Bt if you say you're going to do something, and you do it, that's just plain ole' predictin'... More >>

  • Jockbeat: Yankees' MVP? Allen Barra Ranks Jeter Fifth

    published Sep 16, 2009

    With all the talk of Derek Jeter as the possible MVP winner for 2009, an important question has been overlooked: who is the Yankees MVP? Bill Madden inadvertently weighed in on the issue last Sunday... More >>

  • TAKE ME OUT . . .

    published September 15, 2009

    After a dismal season that has seen the lineup practically wiped out by injuries, recently commented, "This season hasn't been a... More >>

  • Jockbeat: Sanchez? The Jets Win Was All About Defense

    published Sep 14, 2009

    We join Joe Namath and Daily News writer Gary Myers in applauding the debut of Mark Sanchez (18 of 31 for 272 yards) in the Jets' rousing 24-7 opening day victory over Houston. We would, however, ta... More >>

  • Jockbeat: Giants Season Preview

    published Sep 11, 2009

    The Giants have paid Eli Manning in a manner worthy of the best quarterback in football ($106 million over seven years). The problem is that Eli isn't the best quarterback in football -- in fact, if y... More >>

  • Jockbeat: Jets Season Preview

    published Sep 10, 2009

    As everyone knows, the Jets' chances this season hinge around the new franchise quarterback, Mark Sanchez, and how quickly he develops. His former coach at USC, Pete Carroll, made some exceedingly ung... More >>

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