NEW YORK, NY – Filling in for Angry Ward can be like opening up for Led Zeppelin ! It can be a daunting task. He was last seen dressed as a Leprechaun heading towards Flushing with a bloody shillelagh in his hands. Watch out Wilpon!
Spring is resonating in our senses. The grass will be turning as green as the Emerald Isle and the warming air engulfing our space fills our minds with the anticipation of ball games!
Sure, us hockey fans are still in full blown pre-playoff mode (sorry Devils and Flyers fans) with focus on our team’s seeding position. The Rangers have announced that the King, Henrik Lundqvist, could possibly return Tuesday March 24th, vs the NHL-crowned Kings from La-La town. Coach Alain Vigneault, however expressed that Hank will need more live practice. While some rust on his scepter is sure to be a factor, he has ten games to get back to live action preparing for the Blueshirts march to a Cup. With Cam Talbot, there is the luxury of easing Hank back in time for the run, rested and ready.
Boys of Summer:
Getting back to the games of summer, New York needs one of its teams to fill the seats with fans without regret for spending their dough on the product on the field… Just who is that team in 2015?
While many of the MTM staff had visions of grandeur for the Mets and their pitching crew (sponsored by Tommy John), reality is cruel and once again another starting pitcher is “Wheeler-ed” off the field to go under the knife… See you in 2017, Zack.
In the Bronx, things are looking a bit brighter. Everything is shined up and ready for a new era at Yankee Stadium. Ticket $ales are brisk and the fans are $pending million$ on team gear. Powder Blue is the new color in NYC. What? Has this Ax lost his edge? His mind? What am I rambling about?
The New York City Football Club!
Over 43,000 fans created a party atmosphere Sunday at The House That Steinbrenner Built. Soccer balls were flying around the manicured pitch during NYCFC’s inaugural home opener. Team leader David Villa scored the first goal en route to a 2-0 win over The Revolution of Beantown. Looks like the makings of another New York – Boston rivalry.
While the mere mention of soccer nauseates much of the staff on this site, I call for open minds along with a few pints of your favorite brew. New York is a passionate sports town and we yearn for any team to succeed. This sport is not going away, so get ready for some excitement in the pubs and around the tri-state as the MLS expands to the Big Apple.
Oh, and the team needs a nickname. Let’s hear your suggestions for an appropriate one for NYFC… keep it clean!
On a sad note, Jack Haley former NBA player for the Bulls, Lakers, Spurs and Nets passed away due to heart disease at age 51. Haley was also an assistant with the Nets. Rest in peace.
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