Last Sunday, behind the heroic feet of newly crowned American hero, Carli Lloyd, the United States Women’s National Team won FIFA Soccer’s World Cup for the first time since 1999.
It was the third World Cup in U.S. women’s history, and surely the most dominant, as they defeated Japan 5-2 after rushing to a 4-0 lead behind Lloyd’s hat trick.
On Tuesday, it was announced that New York City would hold a ticker-tape parade down the famed Canyon of Heroes, a rarity for a team not calling the New York area home. Lloyd, along with teammates including Abby Wambach, Alex Morgan, and Hope Solo, will take part in this once in this unique event. Only the Yankees and Giants have been a part of these celebrations in recent years, with the most recent non-sports parade happening in honor of John Glenn and his crew on the space shuttle Discovery, in 1998. [The last non-New York sports entity to get a parade on Broadway were our American Olympics after the 1985 Los Angeles Olympics.]
And while you have to be careful not to set a precedent that can lead to an overload of parades (or anger over those denied ones), you have to wonder if we have missed out on an American champion who has long deserved a similar honor.
That champion is Serena Williams.
For the second time, Andy Pettitte has decided to call it a career, at a Friday press conference announcing his retirement.
He will retire as the all-time leader in postseason wins (19), along with a firm place as one of the greatest starting pitchers in the long history of the New York Yankees. Continue reading
The Jets had finally found out who their quarterback was.
After a long, drawn out competition throughout training camp and the preseason, Geno Smith had finally fallen behind Mark Sanchez Saturday night against the Giants, letting the incumbent maintain control of the Jets job for now.
And then Rex Ryan threw everything into flux, including, quite possibly, his job. Continue reading
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As discussed earlier in the week, the Jets may have a minimum performance level for Geno Smith so low, some in the media believe the Jets QB competition is a farce.
During the week, I asked for some input from Jets fans as to what they are looking for during the matchup vs. the Giants before crowning Smith the King of the Jets Quarterbacks this preseason – here is what some of them said: Continue reading
He has been that golden nugget of potential Mets fans have been waiting for.
Long before anyone realized the elite pitcher Matt Harvey was going to be, Zack Wheeler was the golden boy of the Mets minor league system.
And he is coming to Queens very, very soon. Continue reading
He’s on the over of Sports Illustrated. He has taken New York by storm. He has drawn comparisons from Tom Seaver to Dwight Gooden to Roger Clemens to Justin Verlander.
He has an ERA of 1.44, 0.73 WHIP, 62 K in 56.1 innings. He is the Mets pitching phenom, Matt Harvey.
We know he is here to stay – the only question now is, will he start the All-Star Game, taking place at Citifield in July? He is definitely the favorite, as well as the hometown hero, so it is in the bag, right? Well, just for kicks, lets throw around a few other names who could be on the mound for that first inning in Flushing, Queens.* Continue reading
Woody Johnson and Rex Ryan promised a thorough search for a new General Manager, but it seems most did not realize how extensive it would be.
To make it easy on everyone who wants to know, here is a handy list of every person the Jets have brought to, or have wanted to bring to Florham Park this offseason:
Today, flawed people judged other flawed people. Mistaken people judged other mistaken people. The greedy judged the greedy.
Judges generally have nothing at stake other than their reputation, which can easily be forgotten when the next case comes through. The judged are the ones who have to live with the consequences.
The Baseball Writers of America decided today that swift justice, no matter who got stuck in the crosswind, was acceptable when voting who would not make the Hall of Fame – and that was every player eligible for induction.
At 2 PM today, Baseball Writers will be setting a standard for who during the “Steroid Era” can be considered a Hall of Famer and who cannot.
What this standard is, exactly, nobody seems to know. Continue reading
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He was “excited”. He was really “excited”. Everyone was excited.
Governor Chris Christie ecstatically welcomed him to New Jersey. The Daily News had the Statue of Liberty in his famous stance. His legion of fans were ready to take New York by storm.
Tim Tebow, coming off a surprise season where he relieved Kyle Orton in Denver and led the Broncos to a playoff overtime victory, was now a Jet. Woody Johnson and Mike Tannenbaum helped complete the trade – giving Denver a 4th and 6th round pick – and putting the Jets right back in the forefront with the second consecutive sports story to knock the standing Super Bowl Champion Giants off the covers.
Tebowmania was here.
So was the end of the Jets season. We just didn’t know it yet.