They say preseason results don’t matter. Yeah, right. Try telling that to the Jets and their tortured fans.
Ryan Fitzpatrick may not be a star, but he’s a more accomplished quarterback than Geno Smith. And as far as the Jets are concerned, that should be good enough for the time being.
He’s not a liability anymore. On the contrary, he’s now a vital cog in the machine.
The Isles bowed out in the first round of last season’s playoffs following a 101-point season in which they limped to the finish line. Their solution so far this offseason has been to do basically nothing.
Sheldon Richardson’s selfishness should force the Jets to be a bit more flexible and less heavy-handed with Muhammad Wilkerson.
Some may say Andrea Pirlo’s time with New York City FC will be nothing more than a glorified farewell tour, but the truth is he still has the chops to be a headliner, at least for the time being.
Remember when Brian McCann was labeled as a player who couldn’t cut it in New York? That was a long time ago, it seems. These days, it’s hard to imagine the Yankees succeeding without him.
If fans and media are going to continue to insist on calling Henrik Lundqvist the “king,” it’s only appropriate they start addressing Ben Bishop properly. “Kingslayer” perhaps?
Mike Maccagnan has given Jets fans a reason to believe, but as long as the most important position on the field remains a crapshoot, the real expectations cannot begin.
He had a good, but not great, regular season. So far he’s been very good in the playoffs. Now the Islanders need Jaroslav Halak to be exceptional. And history suggests he should be.
The Islanders came out like guided missiles to begin Game 3, launching themselves at everything that moved. And to absolutely no one’s surprise, the fourth line led the way.
The Islanders were simply a different team in Game 1 than the one that went just 6-8-5 over the season’s final quarter. They imposed their will against the Capitals.
It happened so fast on Tuesday night, there wasn’t time to feel much of anything except total shock. The anger came later.
Jaroslav Halak is a very good goaltender. But does he have the game to help take the Islanders to the next level? We’re going to find out.
Forever feeling cut off at the knees, the Jets fan is walking a little taller this day.