Regional Sports

Credit Brodie for living to his word

There was skepticism and cynicism when Brodie Van Wagenen announced that he would be committed to building a championship team when he was introduced as the Mets general manager. After all, his predecessor Sandy Alderson said the same thing…

Firing Bowles has to happen now

The Green Bay Packers had the audacity to fire their longtime head coach Mike McCarthy hours after they lost 20-17 to the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday afternoon at Lambeau Field. It was a desperate attempt to salvage what has been a lost…

Manning should finish this season

Let’s stop this hysteria right now. Giants quarterback Eli Manning is likely going to finish the season as a Giants starter. There’s no point having him benched with the season going to be over a month from now. Plus, it’s not like Alex…

What point is it to keep Ash?

Rutgers athletic director Pat Hobbs decided to retain beleaguered Rutgers football head coach Chris Ash for next season despite a horrible 1-11 campaign and 7-29 overall in his three forgettable seasons. It shouldn’t surprise anyone…

Musings of newsmakers in NY sports scene

Jamal Adams calling out Jets fans Anyone can be empathetic about Jamal Adams’ and his teammates’ frustration. It has not been a fun season for the Jets, and Adams has not experienced this much losing in his career until now. Still,…

A night full of highs and lows for Trotz

Islanders coach Barry Trotz circled Monday night’s game when the Islanders schedule came out this summer. He was getting his Stanley Cup ring from the Washington Capitals, and he was facing his old team for the first time since he was…

Giants did everyone a favor by losing

So much for Odell Beckham Jr.’s vision of the Giants going on an 8-0 run to finish the season. So much for the Giants rising from the dead to win the awful NFC East division. So much for the Giants making December interesting. So much for…

Maybe St. John’s has the goods to be good

Here’s a stat that stands out in the St. John’s Red Storm’s 84-65 victory over the Rutgers Scarlet Knights Friday night at Rutgers Athletic Center: Shamorie Ponds had only eight points for St. John’s in this contest. It would have been a…

Only beating Ohio State matters for Harbaugh

Jim Harbaugh has to be loving life as Michigan Wolverines football head coach. It took years for this football program to be relevant. It took awhile for this program to be up and running. Finally after three years of coaching this once…

Starting Sunday is not what McCown wants

One would think Jets backup quarterback Josh McCown would be happy to start Sunday’s game against the Buffalo Bills when he heard the news Thursday after the struggling Sam Darnold would not start because of a right foot strain he suffered…

Yankees should go all in

The Yankees started their offseason by bringing back stalwarts Brett Gardner and CC Sabathia on a one-year deal. This not only registered a yawn from their fans, but most Yankees fans savaged the team for signing both of them since they…

What’s in a name for analytics?

Major League Baseball is now different. The days of managers with personalities are over. The days of managers making impacts in games have been shelved with general managers being involved in making out the lineups and telling their…

A chat with UNC basketball’s Nassir Little

Nassir Little is one of the top NBA prospects in a loaded 2019 Draft Class that will feature Zion Williamson, RJ Barrett, and others. Before he set off for the University of North Carolina, I talked to him about his busy senior year, his…

Bad Jets team should spark housecleaning

This isn’t just Same Old Jets. This is a bad football team all around. After the Jets embarrassed themselves in their Sunday’s 13-6 loss to the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium, they made a case to clean house altogether when this…

Culture change taking effect on Islanders

Your New York Islanders are 7-4-1 after winning their fourth game in a row by taking a 3-2 shootout victory against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday night at Barclays Center. The most important stat so far in this start is they are 5-0-0…

Boston has it better than New York

The Boston Red Sox had their championship parade Wednesday in Boston. They were celebrated for winning their fourth World Series championship in the last 15 years. Overall, it’s Boston’s 11th pro sports title since 2001. The New England…

Van Wagenen’s test will come under fire

There was not much to take away from new Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen’s introductory press conference Tuesday afternoon other than saying he and the Mets are committed to signing Jacob deGrom to a long-term extension this…

Wilpon finds his puppet to run Mets

If we are being honest, the Wilpons were never serious about hiring a baseball executive with credibility and ethos. Why else would they hire Brodie Van Wagenen to be the Mets general manager over qualified executives such as Doug Melvin…

Hard to stop and slow down the Red Sox

No one will ever confuse these Red Sox to the idiots’ version of the Red Sox of 2003 and 2004. This current group does not have the personality of that team. Still, one can draw a parallel between the 2003 and 2004 Red Sox team to this…

Making of Red Sox sweep? You betcha

The Los Angeles Dodgers are a great team, and they preserved in a long season that featured so many injuries. They deserve respect just for being in the World Series for the second straight season after making it last year just to fall…

Sox offense dominates game 1

Over the past month or so, the Red Sox have crushed the top pitchers in baseball. They pounded out hits against Justin Verlander, Gerrit Cole, Dallas Keuchel, and Luis Severino en route to the World Series, and now, you can add Clayton…