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  • After a Hellish Halloween, Revisiting the Jets Nightmare

    published Nov 01, 2010

    "I don't ever want to play on Halloween again," the Jets Jerricho Cotchery said after their humiliating 9-0 loss to the Green Bay Packers Sunday afternoon. I don't blame him. The way Cotchery played, ... More >>

  • Sandy Alderson, New Mets GM, Not Exactly Known for his Boldness

    published Oct 29, 2010

    If the New York Post's Dan Martin has got it right -- and it looks to us as if he has -- the Mets' next manager isn't going to be ... well, a maverick. Sandy Alderson, Martin reminds, "was famously ... More >>

  • Baseball Disappointment Tempered by Football Riches: New York's Teams Are the Best

    published Oct 27, 2010

    Since it now appears the Yankees' chances to get Cliff Lee aren't worth a bucket of warm spit, the number one sports topic now turns to "Who's the best football team in New Jersey?" We like Gary My... More >>


    published October 20, 2010

    Thumb wrestling is one of those sports that we didn’t even know was a sport. But not only are there worldwide competitions, there are also... More >>

  • Yankees Post Mortem: Dissecting 2010's Corpse

    published Oct 25, 2010

    No point right now in looking into the Yankees chances of getting Cliff Lee -- though offhand I'd say the odds are about the same as they were for the Knicks in landing LeBron James. There's also not ... More >>

  • Click Your Heels, Say, "The Yankees Can Win Three Straight"

    published Oct 20, 2010

    It's too early (by a few hours, at least) to call this a T3 -- a total team tank. After all, C.C. Sabathia could win this afternoon, and if the Texas Rangers can win three straight, so can the Yankees... More >>

  • Yankees and the ALCS: "Real Scary, Real Fast"

    published Oct 19, 2010

    On Friday, we quoted Daily News writer John Harper's dire scenario for the Yankees: "On second thought, what if it's not such a break for the Yankees that Cliff Lee can't pitch until Game 3? Really,... More >>

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    Best Of NYC: We're the Greatest Sports City in the World

    published October 20, 2010

    Somebody out there, I hope, remembers the late Joe Flaherty. Back in the 1970s, I was working my way through college at the University of... More >>

  • Mike Lupica Achieves Long-Sought Sportswriting Perfection

    published Oct 18, 2010

    You could single out almost any Mike Lupica column as typical, but the one in today's Daily News as the Yankees prepare to play Texas in Game Three of the ALCS is really classic. We don't want to ... More >>

  • Why Game 1 Means More to the Yankees Than to the Rangers

    published Oct 15, 2010

    Everyone is saying that tonight's game, the first of the American League Championship Series, is critical for both the Yankees and Rangers. It appears more critical, though, for the Yankees for two ve... More >>


    published October 13, 2010

    With a long football legacy dating back to the 1930s "Seven Blocks of Granite" team—featuring guard Vince Lombardi—that many still... More >>

  • 'Confessions of an Agent' Provides Best Reasons Yet to Pay College Players

    published Oct 13, 2010

    This week's Sports Illustrated cover story is the most important sports story since Tom Verducci's groundbreaking story on performance enhancing drugs, "Totally Juiced," back in 2002. As you've prob... More >>


    published October 6, 2010

    Maybe you’ve wanted to learn to fence since you first saw Errol Flynn and Basil Rathbone cross swords for the good of the people in Robin... More >>

  • Andy Pettitte for the Hall of Fame?

    published Oct 08, 2010

    Andy Pettitte for the Hall of Fame? As far as I know, no one has seriously made the argument. For most of Pettitte's career, he has been considered a terrific second level pitcher -- seldom the team'... More >>

  • C.C. Sabathia's Start Tonight: None Bigger All Year

    published Oct 06, 2010

    Prudence suggests that Bill Madden's pick in today's Daily News - Minnesota twins in five - is a correct one. Madden's reasoning is sound: the Yankees have been a lackluster 29-30 since July 30 and on... More >>

  • Jerry Manuel Has Great Year, Gets Fired By the Mets Anyway

    published Oct 04, 2010

    Bye-bye, Jerry. Lost so far in the blizzard of post-Omar Minaya commentary is real discussion about whether or not Jerry Manuel should also have been fired. For those of us who like and respect Manuel... More >>


    published September 29, 2010

    MOVRun is not only environment-friendly—no paper cups, no T-shirt giveaways, and forget "welcome bags"—but they also focus on... More >>

  • Ken Burns Outed as a Red Sox Fan

    published Sep 28, 2010

    The Tenth Inning, the two-part, four-hour update of Ken Burns's 1994 documentary Baseball, airs tonight and tomorrow night (September 28-29) on PBS. We caught up with the show's creator and co-direct... More >>


    published September 22, 2010

    Now that the Bowery is trendy, it’s fitting that the beautiful old Bowery Savings Bank, designed by Stanford White, has been restored to its... More >>

  • Yankees' Biggest Loss of the Year: The Worrying Omens

    published Sep 24, 2010

    Apparently I wasn't the only one who watched the Yankees' hideous 10-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays last night feeling that the Bombers had just bombed in their most important game of the season. Ther... More >>

  • Joe Torre and His Big Mouth

    published Sep 22, 2010

    So, as we close the door on the whole sordid "Joe Torre Return to the Mets" non-story, let's recap what we know. First, Torre did tell WFAN that he was "curious" about managing the Mets in 2011. The... More >>

  • Jets and Giants: Forget That First Week!

    published Sep 20, 2010

    What a difference a week makes. When the Jets-Ravens game was over last Monday night, the cry was that Rex Ryan was just another guy with a big mouth who had let his team get distracted by the lure of... More >>

  • LET'S GO!

    published September 15, 2010

    If you can't get—or afford—playoff tickets, this game might at least supply some pre-playoff atmosphere. The Yankees have been... More >>

  • Yankees Fans, Are You Worried Yet?

    published Sep 17, 2010

    Be afraid, Yankees fans -- be very afraid. Though some are dismissing the Yankees' late-season slide saying, "After all, they're still going to make the playoffs," there's nothing good to be said abou... More >>


    published September 8, 2010

    Even if supremacy in the AFC East weren’t up for grabs, the Jets would be plenty motivated by Tom Brady’s surly comments about... More >>

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