Saturday, February 11, 2012

New York, it's been some week...

Sunday February 5th: Sunday night, the New York Football Giants capped off an improbable playoff run with a victory over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI. Eli Manning orchestrated another incredible 4th quarter drive with a beautiful sideline pass to Mario Manningham, which set up Ahmad Bradshaw's now infamous poop-down. Giants weren't the best team the entire season, but got hot in the playoffs. All things considered, the game was evenly matched, but the Giants executed their game plan better and got lucky with fumble recoveries and the fact that Gronkowski was slowed down by injury. I did not think we were going to pull it off (Caleb has the texts to prove it), but in the end, the Giants delivered New York their 4th Super Bowl title. Earlier that day, the New York Rangers defeated the Philadelphia Flyers at Madison Square Garden, which I took as a good omen for New York that day. Little did I know I would enjoy the greatest sports week of my life.

Monday February 6th: Jeremy Lin's first career start and the beginning of Linsanity. Caleb has written articles here, here, and here about the kid, so there's not much left for me to say. He single-handedly brought a stagnant Knicks team back from the brinks of utter collapse, when both Carmelo and Amare were out of the lineup, and delivered a much needed win. On top of that, Lin has truly done something miraculous. He has made my wife care about sports (Between Lin and the Giants' playoff run, she came into sports at exactly the right time!). She's watching post-game interviews, Sportscenter, you name it, anything she can about Jeremy Lin. I'm scared.

Tuesday February 7th: I took a half day from work to go to the Giants parade in the Canyon of Heroes. I went four years ago when the Giants last won the title and didn't think the crowd was that big, but this year, it really felt like a million people came out to celebrate this victory. It was great to see all of our players and know that we have a bright future ahead with Manning, Nicks, Cruz, Tuck, and Pierre-Paul. Truly a joyous occasion for me that justified the emotional roller coaster that I've been on with the Giants this year.

Wednesday February 8th: Lin's incredible play continued as he matched up against John Wall in the nation's capital. He put up 23 and 10 along with his first dunk and the Lin-gend continues...

Thursday February 9th: The New York Rangers won an overtime battle with the Tampa Bay Lightning on a diving goal by Brad Richards and firmly entrench themselves as the top team in the Eastern Conference. Not sure if we have many hockey fans that peruse our site, but the Rangers have been playing unbelievable hockey this year and are looking more and more like a legitimate Stanley Cup contender. Everyone has been waiting for the Rangers to fall apart, but they constantly find ways to pull out victories The last time they were this good this late into the season was in 1994, when they won the Stanley Cup.

Friday February 10th: Many pundits and 'perts were questioning whether or not Jeremy Lin was for real because his current body of work has been done against three juggernauts: the Nets, Jazz, and Wizards. Well, Friday brought the Los Angeles Lakers to the Garden and Jeremy Lin did not disappoint. Kobe was asked before the game if he knew about Jeremy Lin and frankly, Bryant said he didn't really know anything about him. Well, I think after the game, Kobe knew exactly who Jeremy Lin was since he dropped 38 points and 7 assists. The Knicks never relinquished the lead and brought an incredible win to New York City that resounded around the world. Jeremy Lin has officially arrived and for New York Knicks fans, it's the exact kind of hope that we've waited over a decade for.

Saturday February 11th: The Rangers played the Flyers again, but this time in Philadelphia. Once again, the Rangers took care of business and team captain, Ryan Callahan, scored a hat trick. We've beaten our bitter rivals all five times we've faced them this season and clearly have their number this year. For those of you who know me, I went to college in Philadelphia and absolutely despise all things Philly sports related, so nothing makes me happier than seeing the Eagles, Flyers, Phillies, 76ers, Union, Soul lose. It's gotten so bad for the Flyers when they play the Rangers that NY fans have been chanting, "You Can't Beat Us". The Knicks, after the emotional win over the Lakers in NYC, traveled to Minnesota to take on Kevin Love and the Minnesota Muskies (Timberwolves, but they wore Muskies jerseys to pay tribute to their ABA roots). It was an ugly game, both teams looked tired, but Lin and the Knicks pulled out a gutsy victory that was more heart than skill. It was a great win to cap off an amazing sports week. It reminds me why I watch sports and pour so much of myself into the teams I support. I haven't had this much hope in the Knicks and Rangers since I was 12 years old. I can't wait to see what happens.


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