Jason Keidel

PITTSBURGH, PA - DECEMBER 21: Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers talks with teammates on the sideline during the fourth quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs at Heinz Field on December 21, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Keidel: From Frozen Tundras To A Helping Of Heinz

The NFC and AFC North titles will be fought for by iconic franchises, in sacred arenas; just 60 minutes of mayhem in old, cold NFL towns.

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Carmelo Anthony takes a shot against the Phoenix Suns on December 20, 2014 at Madison Square Garden. (Photo by David Dow/NBAE via Getty Images)

Keidel: Knicks Will Ruin Christmas, But Only If You’re Foolish Enough To Watch

Putting the Knicks on national television on Dec. 25 is equal parts sadism and masochism. They’re off to the worst start in team history, which is saying a lot when you consider how bad they’ve been.

12/24/2014

Odell Beckham Jr. #13 of the New York Giants celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the St. Louis Rams during the first quarter at the Edward Jones Dome on December 21, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Keidel: The Question Must Be Asked — Is Beckham The Best Receiver In The NFL?

When you take a three-tiered approach of age, wage and skills, is there another receiver in the NFL you would pick today over Big Blue’s nuclear threat?

12/23/2014

Head coach Rex Ryan of the New York Jets walks off the field after losing to the New England Patriots 17-16 at MetLife Stadium on Dec. 21, 2014. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

Keidel: Jets Never Admit They Are What Their Record Says They Are

This isn’t just about Fan Guy or the Jets’ current plunge down the rungs of relevance. This isn’t even about the gritty game they played Sunday. It’s about the zero sum reality of pro football and the Jets’ unwillingness to abide by it.

12/22/2014

LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 13: Floyd Mayweather Jr. looks on while taking on Marcos Maidana during their WBC/WBA welterweight title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 13, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Keidel: Manny And Mayweather In May?

With more dueling monologues than a presidential campaign, it’s sounding more and more like Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao will fight next year.

12/19/2014

Alex Rodriguez (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Keidel: A-Rod Is Without A Doubt The Loneliest Man In Sports

Alex Rodriguez is like that stranger in a frontier town, swinging the saloon doors open for the first time, scanning the room for something or someone familiar, only to be met with scowls and empty gazes.

12/18/2014

James Dolan (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Keidel: Blame Who You Want, But The Knicks’ Failure Falls On Dolan

If you look, you’ll see the winning organizations are more organic in their success. It starts, like it often does, with ownership, which is where we hit our dead end on Seventh Avenue.

12/17/2014

New York Jets general manager John Idzik (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Keidel: How Woody Doesn’t Can Idzik, Too, Is Beyond Me

Leading the reported crusade to find the Jets’ next head coach is Woody Johnson, which makes sense. What doesn’t make any sense is his wingman on the endeavor, general manager John Idzik.

12/16/2014

CLEVELAND, OH - DECEMBER 07: Johnny Manziel #2 of the Cleveland Browns throws a pass during warmups prior to the game against the Indianapolis Colts at FirstEnergy Stadium on December 7, 2014 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Keidel: Johnny Football Finds The Field

The bell has tolled for Brian Hoyer. And he never really had a chance. It’s showtime for Johnny Manziel. An entirely different show than the one to which he’s become so accustomed.

12/12/2014

Brian Cashman (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Keidel: The Yankees Have Become Shockingly Mediocre

The Yanks have devolved from stalkers to prey, from the monetary monoliths to members of the mediocrity.

12/10/2014

LeBron James wears an "I Can't Breathe" shirt during warmups before Cleveland's game against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center on December 8, 2014 in Brooklyn. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Keidel: We Have A Full-Blown Movement From Pro Athletes, And That’s A Good Thing

How fitting that the city with the most elaborate subway system on Earth has landed on the third rail of American discourse.

12/09/2014

J.R. Smith #8 of the New York Knicks looks on after a game against the Portland Trail Blazers at Madison Square Garden on December 7, 2014. (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

Keidel: Hey Knicks Fans, Why Can’t You Just Admit That Your Team Stinks?

If you insist that the Knicks are one play or one player from the top, then you’re not only impossible to take seriously, but you also cheat yourself out of the outhouse-to-penthouse thrill of a championship.

12/08/2014

GREEN BAY, WI - NOVEMBER 30: Quarterback Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers dops back to pass during the NFL game against the New England Patriots at Lambeau Field on November 30, 2014 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Patriots 26-21. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Keidel: Aaron Rodgers Is The Greatest Quarterback To Ever Play American Football

This is not because Rodgers beat Brady last week. The game was whisker-close and you could easily argue that the Patriots would win a rematch on a neutral field. This is about stats, scent, and sense.

12/05/2014

Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks dunks against the Chicago Bulls at the United Center on Oct. 31, 2013 in Chicago (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Keidel: Don’t Believe Melo — Re-Signing Was Nothing More Than A Money Grab

This is delicious. One day after I blast Carmelo Anthony for having a monolithic devotion to being rich rather than enriching his teammates, word slips out that his heart was truly divided.

12/04/2014

Carmelo Anthony (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Keidel: Melo Is A Gifted Player, But With A Singular Obsession With Himself

Not since Syracuse has Carmelo Anthony violated the personal space of a championship trophy. We hold every star’s feet to the championship fire and ire of his fans if he doesn’t win a title. Except with Melo.

12/03/2014

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