With all eyes focused on the new mayor—not to mention the streaky Giants, the possibly decent Jets, the woeful Knicks, plus the Nets and Rangers—New Yorkers are ignoring the most important issue facing the city: the coming baseball famine. In every decade since 1900, New York City has hosted a World Series. For the past 92 years, since 1921, a New York City baseball team has won at least one championship in every decade. Even during the Yankees’ worst years, from 1962 to 1977, and during the 17-season drought from 1979 to 1995, the Queens-based Mets twice won the World Series, in 1969 and 1986. Read More
Hockey calls to mind certain images. There’s a pastoral pond in Canada, filled with children wearing the jerseys of their heroes and shooting a puck into a milk crate. There’s a packed arena in a historic, northern city, filled with generations of champions and villains. And now, there’s Brooklyn. Read More
The embattled cyclist Lance Armstrong, undergoing scrutiny after the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency’s report of his and his teammates’ use of performance-enhancing drugs, has resigned as head of the Livestrong charity, which rose to prominence in the mid-2000s for selling yellow rubber wristbands. (Presidential candidate John Kerry wore one throughout the 2004 campaign.)
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Former Secretary of State and current NFL jersey pitchwoman Condoleezza Rice has made history, having been admitted to the nation’s premier golf club, Augusta National in Georgia, which had heretofore only accepted men. Read More
Beleaguered wax-man Kris Humphries has had a rough twelve months. The NBA lockouts had us fearing that he would forever be employed as Mr. Kardashian, until negotiations broke down on that front as well, leaving him booted from Team Kim shortly after their fairytale wedding. (“Fairytale” in the sense that it was entirely made up and in no way based on reality.)
His refusal to sign the divorce papers have lead to an ugly court case, with allegations of cheating, stalking, sex-tape set-ups, and a bunch of other sociopathic behavior on both sides. On occasion, he’s been booed off the court before he could even foul.
Deron Williams is a hot commodity right now: The NBA player almost single-handedly turned around the New Jersey Nets’ subpar season when he scored a personal and team-breaking record of 57 points off the Charlotte Bobcats in March. (Not to mention that this was the NBA’s season record high as well.) Comparisons to Kobe Bryant were inevitable, since he’s the only player to beat the Bobcats with more points than Mr. Williams. Read More
It turns out the New York Giants were prescient when they briefly put their website on a championship footing Saturday: in spite of a strong effort by the Patriots in the 4th quarter including a failed Tom Brady Hail Mary pass, the Giants won their Super Bowl match-up against the New England Patriots, 21-17. The Giants profited as much off Patriot foul-ups as they did from quarterback Eli Manning‘s efficient move into high gear in the fourth quarter, when Mr. Manning led what would ultimately be the game-winning drive, culminating in a touchdown by Ahmad Bradshaw with less than a minute left in the game. The AP reports as many as 100 million viewers may have tuned into the game on NBC. Read More
Someone behind the New York Giants’ website tried to play sports Nostradamus on Saturday, prematurely declaring the Giants champions of Sunday’s Super Bowl match with the New England Patriots. Giants.com briefly became a portal to Super Bowl champs merchandise and triumphant images of team members raising fists in victory. Web producers quickly realized this might be bad form and reverted the site to its more modest state, but not before Comcast Sports Net anchor Mike Giardi happened to take a screengrab. Sports blogs like The Nosebleeds wondered if this could be a “bad omen” for the New York team, but Giants fans would likely insist it was just an effort to get a head start on the inevitable.
Update: Read below the jump for a response from Sophia Brugato, creator of #10forTebow.
Now this will be an interesting prospect: A pro-choice group called the Abortion Gang (that label is sure not to ruffle any feathers), has made a proposition to fans of the Denver Broncos. Every time quarterback Tim Tebow scores a touchdown and takes a knee to pray–which has become so ubiquitous as to have been given its own meme, Tebowing– the Abortion Gang has asked for donations to their cause.
Which should absolutely work, considering that Mr. Tebow is vehemently pro-life, (he even made a commercial during the SuperBowl about it!) and his fans–believers that life starts at conception or not–definitely want to start betting against the other team. Read More
While you sit in your cubicle, a real battle is going on out in Jamaica, Queens, where the self-punishing disciples of Sri Chinmoy, a deceased Indian spiritual leader, are running around a single block for 3,100 miles.