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Garden of Hope: Knicks and Rangers Drive to the Playoffs

MSG Fans May Finally Get Some Action in the Spring

(New York, NY) – It’s been 7 long years for Knick fans but the team appears ready to finally join the playoffs.  Meanwhile the Rangers hope to avoid last year’s outcome, where they missed the playoffs by one slot.  With 11 games left they cling to a 4-point lead over the 9th place Hurricanes.   For such a dark arena to be empty come playoffs is pretty sad but hopefully it will be rocking with both teams.  For the Rangers, they have used the season to build a nucleus of young talent and boast a top-5 defense while having the youngest back-line in the NHL on average age.    Meanwhile the Knicks have built around Amare and Carmelo and hope their young talent in Landry Fields can add to their drive.  We’ll know in a few weeks.

Photo Courtesy of Yahoo Sports

It Will Be a Fight For the Rangers to Make the Big Dance


Melo-Dramatic: Carmelo Finally Comes to New York

After months of speculation and talks Anthony is now a Knick

(New York, NY) – The soap opera is over.  Or maybe just beginning??  Either way the long-awaited trade for Melo finally happened and the NY Knicks got their man while giving away a lot.  The Knicks are sending Danilo GallinariRaymond Felton, Wilson Chandler, the Knicks’ 2014 first-round pick, two second-round picks New York acquired from the Golden State Warriors in the David Lee sign-and-trade and $3 million.  The Knicks will also trade Anthony Randolph and Eddy Curry’s expiring contract to the Minnesota Timberwolves, who will send Corey Brewer to the Nuggets. The Knicks will receive Anthony, Chauncey Billups, Shelden Williams and Renaldo Balkman.

Jan 16 – Talk of the Town: Jets Back It Up with 28-21 Win Over New England

Sanchez Tosses 3 TDs and the Defense Throttles Brady

(Foxboro, MA) – After a week of jabs via the media, and 6 weeks after an embarrasing 45-3 loss the Jets returned to Foxboro and won the one that counted as they upset the #1 see Patriots with a 28-21 win.  Rex Ryan called it the 2nd most important game in franchise history, Dennis Byrd delivered an emotional speech to motivate the team and the team played mistake-free football for 60 minutes and now advance to the AFC championship game for the 2nd year in a row.  Sometimes maligned Mark Sanchez tossed 3 TD’s (to Braylon Edwards, Ladanian Tomlinson, Santonio Holmes) and made the big plays while the defense sacked Tom Brady 5 times and picked him off once for the first time in 340 attempts.  The defense made the stops it needed to make, while Eric Smith, Shaun Ellis and Cromartie all had key plays.  But it was a team win all around and only the Steelers stand in their way from going to the big dance, Super Bowl XLV.

See Jets-Patriots box score here.  Photo Courtesy of Yahoo Sports.

Mark Sanchez improved to 4-1 in playoff games, all on the road.

Jun 23 – GOAL!! USA Advances to Knockout Round in World Cup with Closing Minute Goal

Donovan’s Dramatic Smash Defeats Algeria 1-0, USA Wins Group C

(Pretoria, SA) – For sure the 2010 World Cup will be one for American soccer fans to remember.  From the fortunate goal to tie England in the opener, to the stolen goal that would have beaten Slovenia after a dramatic 2nd half comeback, to the extra time goal by Landon Donovan to advance the US, the games have all been exciting to say the least.  This one almost started out like the others with the US almost giving up an early goal at the 6 minute mark when Algeria hit the cross bar.  But perhaps that was the omen.  However numerous US chances kept coming up short in the first half, including another disallowed goal on a controversial offside call.  And when Clint Dempsey hit the right post in the final minutes of the 2nd half only to see the rebound come right to him and sail wide with his second shot the US chances looked bleak.  England was leading Slovenia 1-0 and the US thus had to win outright.  But Donovan setup the play with a nice pass to the right side, the winger shot and the Algerian goalie made the save but fell down leaving the ball in the box for Donovan to step up and push to the left side with about 2 1/2 minutes left in stoppage time.

The USA wins the group outright with 5 points on a tie breaker (more goals scored than England) and will play the 2nd place team in Group D (either Ghana, Germany or Serbia).

Feb 21 – Hockey Heaven: Team USA Tops Canada 5-3

Olympic Magic on Ice Prevails Again

(Vancouver, BC) – On the eve of the 30th anniversary of Team USA’s Miracle on Ice vs. Russia in the 1980 Olympics, American hockey once again proved masterful.  Against the heavily favored Canadiens , on their home ice, the US jumped out early and led 2-1 after the first period.  Eventually local Chris Drury poked in a go-ahead goal in the 3rd to take a 3-2 lead and the US held on for an eventual 5-3 win.  Goalie Ryan Miller was exceptional with Canada taking 45 shots on goal and proved to be the difference.  Brian Rafalski scored two goals and set up another.

The team played tough inspired hockey like their predecessors 30 years ago.  Now on to the medal round.  and the U-S-A chants can begin.

See USA-Canada boxscore here.

Jan 17 – J-E-T-S: Gang Green Advances to AFC Title game vs. Indy

Defeat San Diego 17-14 to Continue Their Playoff Run

(San Diego, CA) – Congrats to the Jets who continue to be this year’s playoff Cinderella team.  On a weekend when the home teams dominated with easy wins in the 3 other matches, the Jets played hard nosed football on the road and topped the Chargers.  After falling behind 7-0 they scored 17 unanswered points and held on for a solid win.   Next up:  The Colts and Peyton Manning for a shot at advancing to Super Bowl 44.  Good Luck!

See Jets-Chargers boxscore here.

Jan 4 – Freezin’ Football: Jets Advance to the Dance

Defeat Bengals 37-0 in Stadium Finale

(East Rutherford, NJ) – Congrats to the New York Jets, with a rookie coach and QB, on their advancing to the NFL playoffs.  They closed out the last game in the Meadowlands (also known as Giants Stadium) with a convincing victory over the Bengals.  They ironically move on in the next round to play the same team on Saturday Jan. 12 and can hope for the same results.

The Jets finished with the #1 defense and the #1 rushing offense in the league and were in control the entire time.  The game was played in very cold weather and with no alcohol served all fans in attendance should be commended!

See Jets-Bengals boxscore here.