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Jason Keidel

The Yankees’ Michael Pineda pitches against the Boston Red Sox during the first inning on April 23, 2014 at Fenway Park. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Keidel: Pinhead Pineda Needs To Get A Grip

There could be no more orgasmic theater than that for Red Sox fans, watching a Yankee be banished to the corner, dunce cap in tow, the beer-soaked crowd shouting their vulgar salutations. Michael Pineda earned every octave.

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James Dolan, Executive Chairman of Madison Square Garden, stands with Phil Jackson, right, during the press conference on March 18, 2014, to announce Jackson being named President of the New York Knicks. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Keidel: Make No Mistake, Dolan Will Find A Way To Rain On Jackson’s Parade

And the hypocrisy of pro basketball goes on. It’s a players’ league until the players lose. Then it’s the fault of the fella who didn’t take one shot all year. But Phil Jackson still had to can Mike Woodson.

04/22/2014

Chris Johnson (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Keidel: It’s About Time! Jets Finally Throw Money At Legit Game-Changer

They had to. The Jets, who have been sitting on a stack of cash and cap space for reasons we can’t fathom, have finally burped a few bucks on a bona fide baller.

04/18/2014

John Idzik (Photo by Ron Antonelli/Getty Images)

Keidel: It’s Time For Gang Green To Spend Some Green

The salary cap has planted an eternal turnstile at every team’s front door. But the Jets are missing something you can’t find in the first or third rounds. An identity.

04/16/2014

Carmelo Anthony (Photo by Issac Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images)

Keidel: What Else Is New? Knicks Disappoint Yet Again Come April

We are sure of one thing: The Knicks are eulogized every April, a yearly ritual as natural as the Asters popping pink in Central Park.

04/15/2014

Michael Pineda of the New York Yankees pitches against the Boston Red Sox on April 10, 2014 . (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Keidel: Boston May Be Strong, But Boston Dead Wrong On Pineda

If you’re looking for any kind of contrition over Michael Pineda’s mysterious substance from the Yankees, Yankees fans, or New Yorkers … Fuhgeddaboudit. Especially if the demands come from the Red Sox, Red Sox Nation, or Bostonians.

04/11/2014

MACAU - NOVEMBER 24: Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines fights with Brandon Rios of the U.S. during their 'Clash in Cotai' WBO International Welterweight title bout on November 24, 2013 in Macau.

Keidel: Boxing Doesn’t Command The Bold Ink It Once Did

Manny Pacquiao, one of the few boxers to still move the needle, fights Timothy Bradley this weekend for the WBO welterweight title.

04/11/2014

Hall of Famer Hank Aaron is honored on the 40th anniversary of his 715th home run at Turner Field on April 8, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Keidel: All Hail Hank Aaron, MLB’s True Home Run King

When we see Hammerin’ Hank, we see more than a baseball dignitary. Aaron is the face of fairness, which led to his greatness, and still makes him the greatest.

04/09/2014

Yankees Stadium (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

Keidel: Opening Day In Bronx Remains The Unofficial Official Start To MLB Season

Opening Day, Bronx, New York, USA. And yes, we still get chills, no matter our age or wage.

04/07/2014

Masahiro Tanaka #19 of the New York Yankees delivers a pitch in the first inning during MLB action against the Toronto Blue Jays on April 4, 2014 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

Keidel: Yanks Need Tanaka To Inspire Entire Rotation, If Not Lead It

Masahiro Tanaka, who landed in the Bronx like other high-end Japanese players — wrapped in a foreign flag, mystery and millions — pitched with the chutzpah of a native New Yorker. He was tough, talented and unrelenting.

04/07/2014

Head coach John Calipari of the Kentucky Wildcats talks with Aaron Harrison #2, Alex Poythress #22 and Andrew Harrison #5. (credit: Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Keidel: Kentucky Coach John Calipari Comes Of Age

Calipari embraces the sordid system, uses it, and dominates. He doesn’t pretend he’s taking kids for the leafy campus life, for the diploma that will never arrive, or even for a few classes. He wants talent. And talent he gets. And talented he is.

04/04/2014

Daniel Murphy (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Keidel: It’s Simply Shocking That Murphy’s Paternity Leave Became An Issue

Murphy missed the first two Mets games — both losses with or without him — because he wanted to be with his wife during the birth of their boy. And it feels like far too many New Yorkers have a problem with it.

04/04/2014

Derek Jeter (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Keidel: Will There Ever Be Another Derek Jeter?

Will we ever see another Jeter? Will there every be another household name with his house in such impeccable order?

03/28/2014

Dakari Johnson #44 of the Kentucky Wildcats drives against Darius Carter #12 of the Wichita State Shockers. (credit: Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Keidel: March Sadness Ends Cinderella Story

We’re being told this is a classic tournament, with juggernauts about to collide like meteors over Texas, and a classic Final Four in store for us. Depends on your view of classic. Does an Arizona – Florida Finals sound unprecedented? Is that must-see TV?

03/27/2014

Michael Vick (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

Keidel: Don’t Ever Forget What Vick Did, But Know He’s Done Everything Right Since

It’s hard to fathom the frothing resistance over Michael Vick. To hear the more jaded Jets fans talk about it, you’d think they just signed George Blanda or Charles Manson. He’s either washed up or worn out his welcome.

03/26/2014

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