Steve Silverman

A fan of the United States enjoys the atmosphere prior to the World Cup Round of 16 match against Belgium at Arena Fonte Nova on July 1, 2014 in Salvador, Brazil. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Silverman: Enough Already! Give Me Football — The Real Version Of The Sport

Despite the huge crowds that watched the World Cup games at public venues in major cities all over the land, we have not become a soccer-mad country.

07/02/2014

Mats Zuccarello #36 of the New York Rangers celebrates his third-period goal with teammates Benoit Pouliot #67 and Derick Brassard #16 against the Senators on January 18, 2014 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photography/Getty Images)

Silverman: Solid Offseason Puts Rangers In Driver’s Seat In Eastern Conference

It may not look like it when you don’t see their name in the first round of the draft, but this is a vital offseason for the Rangers. They have a chance to seize control in the Eastern Conference and become its best and most consistent team.

06/27/2014

Tiger Woods (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

Silverman: Thank God Tiger Is Back Because Golf Is A Waste Otherwise

The PGA Tour is a big, sleepy bore. Golf needs Tiger Woods now more than ever.

06/25/2014

David Robertson, right, and Brian McCann celebrate the Yankees’ 3-1 win over the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium on June 17, 2014. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Silverman: Despite Mediocre Play, Yankees In Position To Seize AL East

The Yankees’ have not played the kind of baseball they are capable of playing, yet they will almost certainly be in a position to breathe down the Blue Jays’ necks in a matter of days.

06/18/2014

Alain Vigneault, head coach of the New York Rangers, speaks to the media at a press conference following Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final at Madison Square Garden on June 9, 2014. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Silverman: Rangers Will Transition, But They Are In Great Shape Where It Counts

The best thing the Rangers have going for them in the future remains Henrik Lundqvist, but the next best thing may be Alain Vigneault.

06/16/2014

Mike Richards #10 and Jeff Carter #77 of the Los Angeles Kings prepare to take the ice for warm-ups prior to Game Three of the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Final against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on June 9, 2014. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Silverman: Kings’ Jeff Carter, Mike Richards Know Miracles Work Both Ways

Carter and Richards have been there twice before. They know how fast these things can get away from a team.

06/13/2014

The Rangers’ Dan Girardi, left, battles the Kings’ Kyle Clifford along the boards during the first period of Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final at Madison Square Garden on June 11, 2014. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Silverman: Nightmare Moments Aside, Girardi’s Perseverance Pays Off For Rangers

The dreaded two-goal lead. The Rangers had made blowing it an art form before Wednesday night’s Game 4 at Madison Square Garden.

06/12/2014

The Kings’ Justin Williams causes havoc against the Rangers during Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final on June 7, 2014 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Silverman: Kings’ Williams Proof You Don’t Have To Be Superstar To Be Playoff Stud

What has made the Kings so dangerous in the Stanley Cup Final – and the preceding three rounds as well – is that they are loaded with finishers on their roster — and they have actually finished.

06/11/2014

The Rangers’ Dan Girardi slides into the net against the Los Angeles Kings during the third period of Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final at Madison Square Garden on June 9, 2014. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Silverman: Brutal Puck Luck Is Totally Killing Snake-Bitten Rangers

The record will show that the Rangers lost 3-0 on Monday night, but they were not outplayed. They dominated for several stretches, but simply could not get the puck by Jonathan Quick.

06/10/2014

Dustin Brown #23 of the Los Angeles Kings celebrates his double-overtime game winner with teammates as the Kings defeat the New York Rangers 5-4 during Game Two of the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Final at the Staples Center on June 7, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Silverman: It May Take Perfection For Rangers To Beat Overpowering Kings

The grueling race for the Stanley Cup is nearing its climax, and the Rangers have reached a critical moment against a formidable opponent.

06/09/2014

The Rangers’ Rick Nash, left, collides with the Kings’ Jake Muzzin during Game 1 of the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Final at the Staples Center on June 4, 2014 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Silverman: Since Nash Won’t, Stepan And Kreider Must Try To Outmuscle Kings

The Rangers’ Most Important Line Took A Beating In Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final. That cannot happen again if the Blueshirts are really serious about beating the Kings.

06/07/2014

The Rangers’ Mats Zuccarello, bottom, battles the Kings’ Dustin Brown for a loose puck during Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final on June 4, 2014 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Silverman: Rangers’ Depth Needs To Show Up — And The Sooner The Better

The Rangers had the Kings on the ropes in Game 1, and needed just a bit more finish and a bit more grit to take home-ice advantage away from the Western Conference champions. They never got it.

06/05/2014

Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images), Kings goalie Jonathan Quick (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

Silverman: Quick Is Very Good, But Lundqvist Is Better And Playing Like It

As the puck drops in just a few hours for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Rangers and the Kings, hockey fans should be set for the finest puck-stopping matchup in recent memory.

06/04/2014

Henrik Lundqvist, center, celebrates with teammate Dan Girardi, left, and Ryan McDonagh after the Rangers defeated the Montreal Canadiens in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals at Madison Square Garden on May 29, 2014. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Silverman: They’ll Find A Way — Rangers In 7! Rangers In 7! Rangers In 7!

The New York Rangers got the break they needed when Alec Martinez’s wrist shot from the point deflected off Chicago defenseman Nick Leddy and into the net past Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford.

06/03/2014

Marian Gaborik of the Los Angeles Kings celebrates with his teammates after scoring the game-tying goal against the Chicago Blackhawks in the third period during Game 7 of the Western Conference  finals on June 1, 2014 in Chicago. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

Silverman: Big, Powerful Kings Will Be A Massive Test For Rangers

The Kings are a talented team that has played brilliantly in the postseason. They won the seventh game on the road in three consecutive series, and head coach Daryl Sutter has his team playing at the peak of its power.

06/02/2014

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