Baseball in New York. It is shaping up to be an interesting season for the Yankees and the Mets.
Yankees The Yankees are loaded with young studs, but many question marks on starting pitching. Gary Sánchez sure looks like the real deal. He is off to a good start in spring training. Greg Bird and Aaron Judge are also pushing to play prominent rolls this season. The big question mark besides starting pitching is middle relief. Flame thrower Aroldis Chapman is a solid lock to be the closer. How will they get to him, is yet to be determined.
Mets On the other side on the side of the city, the Mets are loaded with potential starting pitching, but not so strong with the bats. Cespedes is very strong. Wright a big question mark, Syndergaard, deGrom, Harvey and Matz all have the potential to be superstars. Familia should be able to be a strong closer, with Reed the 8th inning help. Wheeler could be another star, but has missed the last two years. The obvious key is keeping them all out of pitchers out of the trainer’s room and on the field.
Prediction – Both make the playoffs.
NFL The Giants had a good season. They made great strides on defense. Hopefully this offseason they can get some help on the offensive line. Eli is now third on QB consecutive game started streak at 171, behind Favre at 297 and brother Payton at 208. He is 36. How many more years does he have left?
The only time the Jets were in the Super Bowl was 1969 with Joe Willie behind the center. With Fitzpatrick gone and where do they go from here? I still am trying to figure out why late last season when they were out of the playoffs they didn’t give Hackenberg a few snaps. They knew Fitzpatrick wasn’t going to be back.
The Bills is the only real NFL team in New York. Rex bombed, but was always fun to listen to. I hope their new coach can pull a rabbit out of the hat. Maybe it is their time. With their loyal fan base it would be nice to see them make the playoffs for the first time in 17 seasons.
NHL Rangers are the most consistence of the three area teams. Their consecutive sellouts are 150 and counting in the NHL. They have a long way to go. The longest consecutive attendance sellout record is 487 games, by the Colorado Avalanche November 9 1995 - October 16, 2006. The last time the Rangers did not sell out a home game was vs. Montreal on Halloween 2005. That particular game drew 17,697 fans. Henrik Lundqvist with his 400th win is their backbone.
Islanders in flux. They have had a rebirth since the coaching change and still have a shot at the playoffs. Barkley Center sucks. The best seats would be in the car, but they don’t sell them. If they replaced the car with 20 seats @$75 per the revenue would be $1,500 per game. The seats would be the best seats in the building.
The ice is the worst in the NHL and the only one with plastic pipes under it. The others all have metal which keeps the ice colder and more consistent.
Another questions are where they will be calling home after next season and will they be able to resign Travares? I would love to see them come back to Long Island. Connecticut, Queens (near Citi Field) and Kansas City are also in the mix.
NBA Knicks – New Yorkers love their basketball. Dolan’s good move was to bring in Jackson and leave him alone to build a winning team. I thought that getting Noah was a good move until Noah decided it was not important to show respect at West Point. Dolan/Oakley did not go over well, but he probably doesn’t care since they will still sell out (19,812) per game forever. $100 mil payroll with no cap room.
Nets – Will probably win a championship, but not likely this decade. Their attendance in 2016 ranked them 27th out of 30. Worse this season dropping to 28th. They have $15 mil in cap room. Maybe they should spend some of it.
Open Mouth Insert Foot Awards goes to: Randy Levine for his comments on the Betances arbitration. James Dolan on his handling of the Oakley visit to MSG.
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