The Jets and Giants’ seasons end on Sunday, of course. But neither squad should go unrepresented on Friday night when the NFL announces its Pro Bowl squad at 9 p.m.
Here’s a rundown of what some of our area sports figures found under the tree this morning; that is, if ole Santa didn’t change his mind.
They have their way, and it has generally worked. For now, the outfield improves with Beltran. And that is enough. The way the Yanks operate, it has to be enough.
Imagine all the happy people from out of town, all flocked together since Thursday for a big Super Bowl weekend being told, “Sorry, game’s off. Come back next week.”
In the end, even the words of a respected veteran like Colon may not be enough to save Ryan. It happens like that sometimes, especially when a team misses the playoffs three straight years.
It’s been that kind of year for the Giants. A year of bangs and bruises, of boneheaded throws, of subpar performances.
Let’s face it. Outside of Matt Harvey and Daniel Murphy, the kids haven’t done much for the cause. The Mets might as well try it the Yankee way.
He was the right man at the right time for a club that had fallen on hard times before 1996. And he didn’t mess it up when it would have been so easy to do just that.
The answer lies not in the stars, as Shakespeare’s evil Cassius might say, but with his players. And those guys might well prove the death of Rex Ryan as a Jets head coach.
While there’s no doubt what a healthy Ellsbury could do for an outfield that missed power-hitter Curtis Granderson for most of last year, there will always be the question of whether his bones will hold up after the next collision.
The Giants’ defensive line, like much of the rest of the 5-7 squad, has grown old and injured in the blink of an eye, and there appears little help in sight.
For the 27-year-old right-hander and his ex-team, it proved a win-win. They both made good decisions.
Thursday was a day for giving thanks. As unbelievable as it might sound, Mark Sanchez was thankful for his Jets career.
While Rex Ryan continues to thwart the ever-growing (and ever-silly) notion that Matt Simms is some kind of answer to the Jets’ quarterback question, we turn now to the Giants and their problems.
When the Yanks jump into the talent pool, they generally cannonball in. The Mets dip their toe in the water, and wade in gingerly, trying not to get hit with the droplets other swimmers kick up.