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Jason Keidel

The Wichita State Shockers celebrate after beating the Missouri State Bears 68-45. (credit: Peter Aiken/Getty Images)

Keidel: Ides (And Idols) Of March

March Madness is a lifeline in an otherwise barren winter sports calendar, an essential bridge between football and baseball.

03/21/2014

Michael Vick (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

Keidel: Maybe Vick Is The Trick For The Stagnant Jets

For a team that has done way too much losing over the last few years, Gang Green has little to lose by giving Vick a shot. And maybe, just maybe, the Jets can say they actually did something during free agency.

03/20/2014

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: Jackson Didn’t Take An Offer From Knicks, He Accepted Their Surrender

The contrast in the men was startling, like a before and after photo glued together. It’s probably the last time both Jim Dolan and Phil Jackson will be smiling at the same time.

03/18/2014

Nets point guard Deron Williams, left, and head coach Jason Kidd discuss the disaster that was Brooklyn's 44-point loss in Portland on Feb. 26, 2014.  (Photo by Sam Forencich/NBAE via Getty Images)

Keidel: I Apologize To Jason Kidd — As Should A Lot Of Other People

Like so many, I implored the Nets to jettison their fledgling coach after they plunged to a 10-21 record to start the season. Then the Nets went 23-9 in 2014 before their loss to the Wizards last week.

03/17/2014

Eric Decker (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

Keidel: If Decker Is Best The Jets Have To Show For Free Agency, They’re Doomed

This could be the most fertile NFL free agent market in history. Just off the cuff you can summon a Pro Bowl roll call. And the Jets have signed … Eric Decker, a second-tier receiver.

03/13/2014

Phil Jackson (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Keidel: Logic In No Way Justifies Knicks’ Hiring Of The Zen Master

By dint of his divine career, the Zen Master’s aura will cure the diseased Knickerbockers. It seems so simple you wonder why Jim Dolan didn’t do this sooner. But there are myriad contradictions to the move.

03/12/2014

Jabari Parker #1 of the Duke Blue Devils is congratulated by Rodney Hood #5 and Amile Jefferson #21 after scoring against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. (credit: Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

Keidel: NBA Needs To Raise Age Restriction

The player, college, and NBA have suffered greatly in quality of play and players. And for every Kobe Bryant and Kevin Garnett there has been a conga line of lost causes, teens who toiled in Europe or Asia or worse once their hoop dreams melted into memory.

03/07/2014

Amar'e Stoudemire (Photo by Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images)

Keidel: Disastrous, Loathsome Knicks Don’t Deserve Your Fandom

It’s easy to label the Knicks losers. But why must we join them? They say not just a tree but also a team grows in Brooklyn.

03/07/2014

Michael Vick (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Keidel: The Jets Would Be Wise To Bring In Michael Vick

Vick can hurl a ball across area codes, while we’re still not sold on Smith’s arm. Vick may not run a 4.2 40-yard dash anymore, but he probably runs a robust 4.4. Smith often runs like he’s wearing snowshoes.

02/28/2014

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Keidel: The NFL, ‘N’ Word, And Censorship

The NFL is considering a heavy tax on it, citing the fact that the gridiron is a workplace, and thus they can control the language and lexicon of its players. It’s probably the most delicate and toxic topic we’ll ever discuss in sports.

02/28/2014

Raymond Felton (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Keidel: Felton Fiasco Another Lowlight For Historically Miserable Knicks

Makes you wonder how far down the Knicks are on the list of the NBA’s worst teams. Heck, the Seattle Supersonics have won a title more recently and that franchise no longer exists.

02/26/2014

Cassius Clay, right, who later changed his name to Muhammad Ali, lands a right to Sonny Liston's body during the World Heavyweight Championship fight at in Miami Beach, Fla, on Feb. 25, 1964. (Photo by Central Press/Getty Images)

Keidel: 50 Years Ago Today, The Greatest Became ‘The Greatest’

Muhammad Ali didn’t just defeat Sonny Liston, he knocked him out. He didn’t just knock him out, he removed his heart.

02/25/2014

Jacoby Ellsbury (L) and Carlos Beltrán (Credit: Otis Livingston/CBSNewYork)

Keidel: Yanks Spent A Ton, But What About All The Holes And Question Marks?

The Yanks still have a rickety starting staff, too many variables in the bullpen, no one to replace A-Rod, an ancient Brian Roberts replacing Cano, an older, injury-plagued Jeter at short and a now-tender Teixeira at first base.

02/24/2014

Don Mattingly (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Keidel: OK, Since We’re On The Topic Of Mt. Rushmores …

Men love lists. It’s our catnip. Magic or Bird? Magic or Michael? Goodfellas or The Godfather? Ginger or Mary Ann? So it didn’t take much to make us chisel our chosen ones into our metaphorical Mt. Rushmore.

02/21/2014

Running back Ray Rice #27 of the Baltimore Ravens (credit: Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Keidel: Ray Rice Another Crack In NFL Shield

Even by the pro athlete’s subterranean standards, the Ray Rice video was shocking. He made no effort to heal or cradle or care for his unconscious fiancee.

02/21/2014

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