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Jason Keidel

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.


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.


(Photo by Johnny Vy/NBAE via Getty Images)

Keidel: Billions for Bigots

If Donald Sterling will indeed be swept under the rug of memory, his Jim Crow ideology and Bull Connor comments along with him, then … what have we learned from Donald Sterling?


LeBron James (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) and Michael Jordan (Photo credit should read MIKE NELSON/AFP/Getty Images)

Keidel: LeBron Is Leaving Us No Choice But To Compare Him To Jordan

If we may make the small assumption that the Miami Heat will bag their third consecutive title next month, it will infuse a few watts to the charged debate about LeBron James’s place in NBA history.


Masahiro Tanaka (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Keidel: If Season Ended Now, You Could Argue That Tanaka Is AL MVP

The Yankees (26-23) are 8-2 when Tanaka starts, for an .800 winning percentage. They are a woeful 18-21 (.461 winning percentage) when the rest of the rotation pitches.


Rob Gronkowski #87 of the New England Patriots leaves the field after an injury. (credit: Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Keidel: NFL’s ‘Culture Of Coercion’ Destroying Players

A conga line of football icons is suing the NFL for negligence, malfeasance, malpractice, and just about everything short of global warming.


Matt Harvey (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Keidel: Mets’ Matt Harvey Needs To Be Quiet — Now

Harvey sparkles on the diamond — where he belongs — but not in the media, the front row or the operating table.


California Chrome (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Keidel: Ruling Sets Up California Chrome — And Us — For Something Epic

The most notable nose in sports gets a reprieve. So now California Chrome visits the Big Apple, bandaged nostrils and all, to grace or tease us with eternity.


St. Louis Rams draft pick Michael Sam addresses the media during a press conference at Rams Park on May 13, 2014 in Earth City, Missouri. (credit: Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Keidel: Rams Risk Getting Smeared Should They Cut Michael Sam

Michael Sam’s magic moment has left America divided, making the masses uncomfortable for many reasons, though much of it has nothing to do with Michael Sam.


Phil Jackson (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Keidel: Phil Jackson, Brought To NYC To Bring Juice To MSG, Fails 1st Test

This strikes a blow to everyone in the organization, from Jackson to Jim Dolan to Carmelo Anthony, who must be appalled by the notion that the most visible non-player in the NBA can’t even get his own acolyte to coach for him.


David Wright #5 of the New York Mets drives in Eric Young Jr. #22 against Alfredo Aceves #91 of the New York Yankees in the fourth inning during their game at Yankee Stadium on May 13, 2014. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Keidel: Just Not The Same — Subway Series Has Lost Its Luster

It’s fitting that both teams are 19-19, mediocre records for a sterile series.


The Nets’ Paul Pierce reacts in the second quarter against the Miami Heat during Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals on May 10, 2014, in Brooklyn. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Keidel: If Not Your Admiration, Nets At Least Deserve Your Attention

Still want to talk Knicks? Phil Jackson and Steve Kerr? There’s a far better story going on in Brooklyn, one that you really should start paying attention to.


Johnny Manziel (credit: Elsa/Getty Images)

Keidel: Pro Football Meets Johnny Football

All eyes and iPhones were on Johnny Manziel, who squirmed in his seat for 21 picks before landing in the wasteland we call Cleveland. He forced a smile and his signature salutation, rubbing his thumb and forefinger, a metaphor for counting his cash.


Joe Torre (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Keidel: No Ordinary Joe — It’s Fitting That The Yanks Are Retiring No. 6

Torre came to New York with a stained resume and left as royalty, a retread-turned-Hall of Famer whose legacy was just cemented in the place that produces our baseball heroes.


Former Golden State Warriors head coach Mark Jackson (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)

Keidel: It’s Too Bad Mark Jackson Is Not Phil Jackson’s Guy

No coach is better qualified, in attitude and aptitude, than Mark Jackson is to the Knicks. It’s a shame that Steve Kerr is currently Phil Jackson’s pet.