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Jason Keidel

During a pre-game ceremony at Yankee Stadium on June 21, 2014, former Yankees first baseman Tino Martinez unveils a plaque that will be placed in Monument Park. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Keidel: I Love Tino, But There’s No Way He Belongs In Monument Park

Even through a most generous lens, it’s hard to assert that Tino Martinez is a bedrock member of Yankees royalty. When you’re not even the best or second-best first baseman in franchise history, it’s hard to declare that you belong in Monument Park.

06/26/2014

Carmelo Anthony (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Keidel: Knicks Will Lose Without Melo Just As Easily As They Did With Him

Carmelo Anthony could very well walk away, yet for some reason Knicks fans will lose their minds, as if any chances they will ever have to win will go with him. How laughable.

06/24/2014

Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder (credit: Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

Keidel: Hail On The Redskins

Uncle Sam dipped his beak in the NFL waters this week, making a statement about football’s most controversial franchise

06/20/2014

Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Keidel: Melo Won’t Mend Miami, But Departure Would Help Knicks

We hear from the rumor mill that Carmelo Anthony is the answer to the Heat’s woes. Makes sense. A team needs passing and defense and then gets a guy who can’t pass or play defense.

06/20/2014

Police cars pursue a white Ford Bronco carrying O.J. Simpson (Photo by Mike Nelson/AFP/Getty Images) as the Knicks and Rockets tip off in Game 5 of the NBA Finals on June 17, 1994  (Photo by Lou Capozzola/NBAE via Getty Images)

Keidel: A New Yorker’s Take On O.J. Simpson And The Infamous Bronco Chase

Perhaps it’s blasphemy, but 20 years ago today, the Knicks really became peripheral, secondary to the primary event of the night, year, and decade.

06/17/2014

Tim Duncan #21 of the San Antonio Spurs reacts with teammates after winning the 2014 NBA Finals at AT&T Center on June 15, 2014 in San Antonio, Texas.  (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Keidel: Selfless Spurs Play The Right Way — The Perfect Way

What more can be said about the Spurs? It probably doesn’t matter, since they only care about the court — where they are the real kings.

06/16/2014

Tin Duncan #21 of the San Antonio Spurs. (credit: Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Keidel: Tim Duncan, Spur Of The Moment

In the age of me over we ball, Duncan is a corrupt cliche – a winner.We judge stars by rings more than ever. The Heat didn’t win; LeBron won. Kobe or Shaq won a decade ago. But when the Spurs win, Duncan is part of a greater whole, lost in a selfless, Vulcan coda.

06/13/2014

Derek Fisher is introduced as coach of the New York Knicks. (Photo by Jennifer Pottheiser/NBAE via Getty Images)

Keidel: Fisher May Be The Goods, But He’s Got Quite A Job Ahead Of Him

For all we know Derek Fisher is the next Red Auerbach. But no matter the GM, hard work or the hypotenuse of Phil Jackson’s famed triangle offense will make MSG a winning culture.

06/11/2014

California Chrome #2, ridden by Victor Espinoza,during the 146th running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 7, 2014 in Elmont, New York. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Keidel: California Chrome Is A Winner, Just Not To The Extent We Expected

California Chrome is a winner, just not to the extent we expected or needed to give a peripheral sport a jolt of historic juice. But it just feels like a reach to rewrite the rules because we’re so starved for immortality.

06/10/2014

Miguel Cotto of Puerto Rico lands a left to the face of Sergio Martinez of Argentina during the third round of the WBC Middleweight Championship fight on June 7, 2014 at Madison Square Garden. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

Keidel: Miguel Cotto Selling Out The Garden Says Something — Good And Bad

For all the hyperbole and woeful acronyms, MSG isn’t the World’s Most Famous Arena, but it is the ancestral home of pugilism, going back to its days on 49th Street and through the Ali-Frazier era and Bernard Hopkins; toppling of Felix Trinidad.

06/09/2014

(Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Keidel: King’s Crown Melting?

Last night, like every NBA night, morphed into a sweaty, LeBron James symposium. And the firewall between factions is rather defined. He’s either a chump who cheated his team out of a win, or he’s a victim of fate or faulty wiring, a hardwood martyr who can’t get a break.

06/06/2014

California Chrome (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images), Miguel Cotto (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) and Henrik Lundqvist (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Keidel: From Chrome To Cotto To Henrik — NYC’s Sports Triple Crown

Pick your triple handle. Imagine the sporting triumvirate, trifecta or hat trick of Chrome, Cotto and King Henrik winning their respective crusades. It would give our city some juice and a much-needed moment of eminence.

06/06/2014

Don Zimmer (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Allsport/Getty Images)

Keidel: Rest Well, Don Zimmer, And Thanks For The Memories

If anyone lived a long life, it’s Zimmer. And if anyone lived a good life, it was Zimmer. And he’d be the first to tell you, while you rub his head.

06/05/2014

Mariano Rivera (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Keidel: Rivera’s Greatness Is Hard To Quantify — Until You See Mere Mortals Of Today

Mariano Rivera, the pitcher nonpareil, chatted with Mike Francesa on Wednesday afternoon, looking as spry and sounding as pious as ever. And so it’s time to tip a final cap.

06/04/2014

The New York Rangers pose with Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly and the Prince of Wales Trophy after defeating the Montreal Canadiens in Game Six to win the Eastern Conference Final in the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on May 29, 2014 in New York City. The New York Rangers defeated the Montreal Canadiens 1 to 0.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Keidel: Rangers’ Run Reminds Us Of A Time When We, New York City, Ruled

On Thursday night the Rangers made us party like it’s 1994. And if you were alive and lucid in New York City back then, you recall the magic murmuring up the streets, from Herald Square to Harlem.

05/30/2014

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