I understand many New York sports fans are down in the dumps, but my hope is that I can cheer you up going into the holiday season. After all, nobody likes a Scrooge!
So if don’t want to give the generic, “I’m thankful for my friends and family answer” (we all are!) at the dinner table, here's some things New York sports fans should be thankful for.
10. NFL Sunday Ticket & The Red Zone Channel
With the awful football season that we’ve had to endure locally, isn’t it nice to be able to monitor your fantasy team and your pending wagers as opposed to watching some of the games we’ve seen from the NY locals on the gridiron.
9. Relevant St. Johns Basketball in 2018
It’s taken Chris Mullin two full seasons, but he has put together a fun team for the 2017-2018 season. It’s high flying, exciting and has a decent chance to be in the mix to make the tournament come March.
8. Henrik Lundqvist
A constant in this town that will be missed once he leaves MSG. Is he the same net minder that he was four years ago? Probably not, but still is performing and has delivered over a decade of excellence.
7. Noah Syndergard & Jacob deGrom
Mets fans should be thankful 2017 is over. It will go down as one of the most disappointing years in franchise history. The team has plenty of warts and questions, but thankfully these two aces aren’t a question mark. If healthy, they are one of the best one-two punches in baseball.
6. The muddled AFC Playoff Picture
Considering the preseason expectations combined with a 4-6 record, it’s hard to take the Jets seriously as a playoff contender. That said, at 4-6 they’re only one game out headed into Thanksgiving weekend.
5. Eli Manning’s Run With Big Blue
Much like the Mets, 2017 has been a season to forget for the Giants. It’s been a colossal nightmare, but sit back and be thankful for what Eli Manning has provided the franchise for 13 years.
He never misses a snap, he’s as tough as nails, he’s handled the biggest city in the world with grace and dignity. Oh, and he’s beaten Tom Brady and Bill Belichick twice in the Super Bowl.
4. The 2017 New York Yankees
It’s very rare that the team in the Bronx fits the description of overachiever, but it’s the perfect way to sum up the Yankees this past season. Limited expectations, full of questions and boy did their young players pass the test.
Shining in big moments, qualifying for the postseason and making it all the way to Game 7 of the ALCS. The Yankees don’t get many free years, but 2017 was one of them and man was it fun!
3. The Emergence of Kristaps Porzingis
The Knicks have a franchise player, the best player they’ve had on their roster since Patrick Ewing. Sorry Carmelo Anthony, Porzingis has become the centerpiece of Madison Square Garden.
The first month of the Knicks season has featured Porzingis emerging into the number-one option with ease and it’s been a joy to watch. To think, Phil Jackson almost traded him a few months ago.
2. Aaron Judge & The Rest of the Baby Bombers
Think back to how much fun it was watching Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Didi Gregorius and the rest of the young, emerging New York Yankees.
Judge’s larger than life stature combined with the fact that he can hit a ball to the moon has made him a must see draw day in and day out. And those other Baby Bombers ain’t too shabby. I’m thankful I have them to watch for years to come.
1. All Of You
Yeah, this is where I get all sappy on you guys. I’m very grateful that I have the support of such great people to allow me to do what I love to do, talking about sports on the radio, telling my stories with you, and having a ton of fun along the way.
I’m grateful for your passion, your enthusiasm and I feed off it in every show that I do and every column that I write. Have a Happy Thanksgiving!
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(Season Record: 24-30-1)
• Detroit +1.5
• Washington -7
• LA Rams -2.5
• NY Jets +4.5
• Seattle -6.5