Jason Keidel

ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 07: Clayton Kershaw #22 of the Los Angeles Dodgers looks on from the dugout in the sixth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals in Game Four of the National League Divison Series at Busch Stadium on October 7, 2014 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Keidel: Clayton Kershaw’s Hollywood Ending Should Bother Everyone

There’s a contemporary push to place starting pitchers in the same realm as everyday players, which is confusing as it is annoying.


Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Mark Sanchez passes on the run against the Carolina Panthers on Nov. 10, 2014 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Keidel: Older, Wiser And Less Of A Wildcard, Sanchez Should Shine In Philly

It’s fitting that Philadelphia, where our beloved nation was born, may represent the rebirth of a once-burgeoning career.


Giants head coach Tom Coughlin looks on during the loss to the Indianapolis Colts on Nov. 3, 2014, at MetLife Stadium. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Keidel: Coughlin Is One Of The Great Coaches, Just Not Anymore

And at 3-6 the Giants are woefully lost in the lower half of the NFL, which assures those in the five boroughs and beyond a most flawed and frigid winter. Sadly, this is not an anomaly.


The Jets’ T.J. Graham, top, recovers a fumble by the Steelers’ Antonio Brown during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium on Nov. 9, 2014. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Keidel: Yeah, I’ll Eat Some Crow, But Just Remember I Told You So

My disdain for Fan Guy is renowned. But now it seems Fan Guy and Jets Fan are more closely related than I ever even pondered, two twigs on one branch from the same family tree.


SALT LAKE CITY, UT - NOVEMBER 5: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers looks on from the bench during their game against the Utah Jazz at EnergySolutions Arena on November 5, 2014 in Salt Lake City, Utah. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr/Getty Images)

Keidel: Jumping Off The LeBron James Bandwagon

LeBron didn’t just join the Cleveland Cavaliers. He came to save the world, so to speak, to bring financial and spiritual lubricant to the Rust Belt, an area of America that has been lost to the the meat-hook realities of economics.


Ben Roethlisberger (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images); Michael Vick (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Keidel: I Can’t Believe I’m Worried My Steelers Could Lose To The Sorry Jets

While I abhor Fan Guy, we have something in common. We are both wildly neurotic about our teams. The defining difference is that I see my squad through wholly cynical hues.


Andrew Luck #12 of the Indianapolis Colts looks to throw a pass in the first quarter against the New York Giants during their game at MetLife Stadium on November 3, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Keidel: Enjoy It — We’re Lucky To Be Witnessing The Greatness Of Andrew Luck

Just enjoy this kid. He’s the reason we watch football. For his preteen glee. For his toughness. For his willingness to surrender his limbs and ligaments to convert a third down.


The Jets’ Chris Ivory is tackled by Jaye Howard of the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on Nov. 2, 2014. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Keidel: Jets’ Problems Are Systemic, Which Likely Means No Real Change Coming

The Jets spent Halloween weekend masquerading as a football team. But the trick was on them, as always, as they got smashed by the Kansas City Chiefs. And on you, for patronizing a team that has patronized you for 45 years.


Members of the San Francisco Giants celebrate after defeating the Kansas City Royals in Game 7 of the 2014 World Series at Kauffman Stadium on Oct. 29, 2014. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Keidel: Giants Have Become The Torre Yankees Of The West

This must make pinstriped fans grin — or grit their teeth — with a sense of nostalgia. The San Francisco Giants have become the Yankees of the West. And not just in terms of matching World Series rings.


Royals fans hold up signs during Game 6 of the 2014 World Series at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City on Oct. 28, 2014. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Keidel: Only The World Outside NYC Cares About This Series — And That’s A Shame

The truth is, if a New York City team isn’t on the scent of some championship, we don’t give a damn. The truth is, we share The New Yorker magazine’s template view of Earth — New York, New Jersey, then China.


John Idzik (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images), Woody Johnson (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images), Rex Ryan (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Keidel: Here’s My Idzik-ian Monologue — The Jets Are A Joke!

How do we even put postmortems on this flat-lined franchise? Is it off with Rex Ryan’s vocational head? Or do we blame the GM who didn’t see fit to spend $20 million in cap space?


ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 19: A general view of play between the New York Giants and the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium on October 19, 2014 in Arlington, Texas.

Keidel: Dallas Cowboys… America’s Team Or Just A Dream?

The Dallas Cowboys, at 6-1, once again look like America’s Team. Will they continue their run, and do they deserve the title?


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

Keidel: The NBA Is Here, Which Means The Carmelo Anthony Apologists Are Back

As our two NFL teams tank, we are approaching the oblivion of winter. That means no baseball, some channel-skipping football and basketball. Which brings us to the sequel to Fan Guy: the Carmelo Anthony Apologist.


Head coach Tom Coughlin of the New York Giants after a 31-21 loss against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium on October 19, 2014 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Keidel: Giants Will Need A Miracle To Squeak Into The Playoffs

The Giants need to split their next four games or they will split on the season. That’s not up for debate. Not even the Giants can rebound from the depths this year.


Percy Harvin (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Keidel: Jets Made A Huge Mistake Getting Harvin, And Will Pay For It In The End

The Jets don’t cast out talent lightly. They hurl it with great abandon. Harvin is quite talented. But it appears he’s even more tormented. And that’s probably the part the Jets find more appealing, no matter how appalling.