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Jason Keidel

Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Keidel: In Reality, Jeter’s Career Ended That October Night Against Detroit

Derek Jeter, who’s spent his career in long sleeves under the brown leaves of the World Series, will play his last game this month. And it turns out his farewell was far more hollow than he hoped.

09/18/2014

Jets quarterback Geno Smith scores on a one-yard run against the Packers at Lambeau Field in Green Bay on Sept. 14, 2014. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Keidel: I Remain Steadfast — Giants Will STILL Have Better Season Than Jets

With the help of one of my editors — a Jets fan who will go nameless here — I was called all manner of moron on Twitter last week for suggesting the Giants had a better shot to make the playoffs than the Jets.

09/17/2014

WBC/WBA welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. (L) and Marcos Maidana face off during a news conference at the MGM Grand Hotel/Casino on September 10, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mayweather Jr. will defend his titles against Maidana on September 13 in Las Vegas. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Keidel: What Is It About Mayweather That Has America Compelled?

Love or loathe Mayweather, he has sold us on some part of his narrative. Which might mean part of us can relate to him, even if that makes us cringe.

09/12/2014

Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants looks to throw a second-quarter pass against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on September 8, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Keidel: Don’t Be Fooled — Giants Are Still A Much Better Bet Than The Jets

Some Jets homer implied that Geno Smith is better than Eli Manning based on their Week 1 performances. You can’t deal with these people, so I merely report them to you.

09/09/2014

Derek Jeter tips his hat to the Yankee Stadium crowd on Derek Jeter Day on Sept. 7, 2014. (credit: Getty Images)

Keidel: No Denying What Jeter Means To Yankees, New Yorkers

If you saw the conga line of luminaries honoring Derek Jeter at Yankee Stadium on Sunday, you realize his deeds reached way west of the Hudson.

09/08/2014

Fans cheer during the game between the Seattle Seahawks and the Green Bay Packers at CenturyLink Field on September 4, 2014 in Seattle, Washington. The Seahawks defeated the Packers 36-16. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Keidel: Nothing More American Than Autumn And Football

Football reduces us to our most private and primate impulses. We survive winter through the vicarious thrill we get from our favorite football teams.

09/05/2014

Quarterback Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks runs with the ball against the Green Bay Packers at CenturyLink Field on September 4, 2014 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

Keidel: 2014 NFL Season Preview — Who Will Hoist The Lombardi Trophy?

Rather than plod, let’s plow through the NFL season and pick some playoff teams and beyond.

09/05/2014

Rex Ryan (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images) and Tom Coughlin (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Keidel: Don’t Underestimate The Giants And Overvalue The Jets

The consensus seems to be the Giants are rancid and the Jets are rising. In Wall Street vernacular, the world is bullish on the Jets, but bears on the Giants. But haven’t we heard this before?

09/04/2014

Michael Sam (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Keidel: A No-Brainer — And Openly Gay — Player Would Give NFL True Moment Of Pause

ESPN was forced to moonwalk from a report that Sam had not showered with his Rams teammates. Why? Not as in why didn’t he, but why take a fire extinguisher to the story? Clearly it means something.

09/02/2014

Josh Gordon #12 of the Cleveland Browns warms up prior to the start of the preseason game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on August 9, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. The Lions defeated the Browns 13-12 in a preseason game. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Keidel: Josh Gordon And NFL Policy

It seems we’ve jumped into the pool of relativism since we got wind of Josh Gordon’s season-long suspension for marijuana use. You have the indignant faction that can’t believe someone who smokes weed gets a year while Ray Rice skates with a two-game suspension

08/29/2014

Curtis Granderson (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Keidel: What Is It About The Mets That Stars Continually Become Busts?

So if it’s not just a matter of the physical, what about the metaphysical? Do the Mets foster a losing culture? Do new players arrive as optimists and leave as cynics?

08/28/2014

Eli Manning poses with the Vince Lombardi Trophy after the Giants defeated the Patriots 21-17 in Super Bowl XLVI at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on Feb. 5, 2012. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Keidel: Unbelievably, Eli Remains The Most Under-Appreciated QB In NFL History

At the risk of redundancy, we enter another NFL season with a decorated quarterback trying to prove himself. Evidently, two Super Bowl rings don’t ring as loudly as they used to.

08/27/2014

Mark Sanchez celebrates with Jets fans after eliminating rival New England  in January 2011. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Keidel: Sanchez Deserves Another Shot To Be ‘The Sanchise’

For an ephemeral, enchanted moment, he was the man, monolith, the king of New York, in the rare thin are of city stardom that all athletes dream of.

08/26/2014

Quarterback Johnny Manziel #2 of the Cleveland Browns warms up before a preseason game against the Washington Redskins at FedExField on August 18, 2014 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Keidel: Next 6 Months Will Sell Or Bankrupt The ‘Johnny Football’ Brand

With the NFL mushrooming into a nuclear corporate, sports, and social behemoth, the shards of its power splattered across every corner of society, it’s crossover power has created crossover stars.

08/22/2014

Jim Kelly waves to the crowd during introductions during the Class of 2014 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony at Fawcett Stadium on August 2, 2014 in Canton, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Keidel: Jim Kelly’s Final Score

Word dripped down this week that Jim Kelly’s cancer is gone. But what does that mean? Is it gone today only to make its interminable, terminal march back to his enervated frame? Or is it really gone, as in he won?

08/22/2014

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