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A look back at the year that was…

  • Always the bridesmaid…2015 was a strange year for New York sports. The Rangers didn’t make it out of the Eastern Conference finals, despite having the best record in the league and home ice advantage for the playoffs. The Liberty was able to force a deciding game for the Eastern Conference, but ran out of real estate and fell to the Mystics. The Red Bulls lost in the conference final. While the Mets became NLCS champs, they fell short in the World Series. They were one of the brighter moments for New York fans; but you don’t get a ticker tape parade for winning the conference. I’d hoped to cheer on one of my teams at a ticker tape parade.
  • Crossed one off the bucket list…I got the chance to cheer on the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team as they marched down the Canyon of Heroes (and Heroines!). No complaints about that, but New York teams, you guys need to step up.
  • What were you thinking? Still haven’t figured out why Jason Pierre Paul thought it was cool to pop his own fireworks on the 4th of July. While I’m happy that he’s back, his results have been…mixed. As I said before, if you can afford to buy a truck load of fireworks, then you can afford to leave it to the pros and hire someone to pop ’em for you.
  • Scandal, and more scandal…Between the mess that is FIFA, and the IAAF dealing with both a corruption and a doping scandal, you don’t have to watch the ABC drama to get your fair share.
  • Yes, it can be done…American Pharaoh ended a 37-year drought when he won the Triple Crown. What a thrill to witness history this year.
  • Best feel-good story…If you need inspiration, please read about Michelle Payne, the first female to win the Melbourne Cup.
  • So long…NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon completed retired in 2015. Kobe Bryant announced that 2015 will be his last season in the NBA.
  • And farewell…Baseball great Yogi Berra passed away, and was posthumously rewarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. And the most moving moment this year for me was the haka performed at the memorial for Jonah Lomu.

A look forward at the year to come…

  • Are you ready? This year will be the Summer Olympic games in Rio. Whether Brazil will be ready is anyone’s guess. I said that Greece wouldn’t be ready for the Athens games in 2004, and somehow they managed to pull a rabbit out the hat. Maybe it will be the same for Rio, despite the construction being behind schedule and ongoing issues with the venue the water sports. Like Brazil doesn’t have enough problems. Today, I read an article about the surge in a virus that causes the head of infants to be severely malformed, and the inadequate government response. The IOC has faith that somehow, the Brazilian organizers will get it together. We’ll see.
  • Ones to watch…If you thought that Gabby Douglas was baaddd, just wait ’til you see Simone Biles.
  • Didn’t take long…Today we got news that Tom Coughlin resigned as coach of the New York Giants.

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Sports Snippets

  • Sooo…Super Bowl XLIX is now set. The Seattle Seahawks are going to the big dance for the second year in a row, and they’ll be up against the New England Patriots. Just like last year, I’ve got no dog in the hunt. More than anything, I’m looking forward to watching the Super Bowl at home with both of my boys, since my Navy son is home on leave. Both times when the Giants won the Super Bowl, we were all in different parts of the world.
  • And it seems like the media can’t get past the scandal of Deflate Gate, where someone on the Patriots deflated the game balls. Why is anyone surprised by this? It’s the Pats we’re talking about here. Not the first time they’ve been caught cheating—and probably won’t be the last.
  • The Islanders are definitely the real deal this season, at the top of the Metropolitan division of the NHL. Rangers are currently in fourth place, and couldn’t get past their Long Island rivals for the third time this season. There was some question about whether the game would take place this past Tuesday, after the blizzard that hammered eastern Long Island, but spared the City. The roads and public transit were reopened earlier in the day, and the game went on as scheduled.
  • Knicks are still playing doo-doo ball. Their play is so ugly that a group of fans have taken to putting bags over their heads. They’re a team that only a mother could love. Ironically, the team is worth $2.5 billion, second only to the Lakers. And viewership is best in the league, with 600,000 viewers per game. Go figure.
  • What’s old is new again…Steve Spagnuolo has returned to the Giants as their Defensive Coordinator. Maybe now we’ll have some hope for Big Blue. Their defense last season was abysmal. Welcome back, Spags!
  • MSG, still the place where magic happens…Duke University’s Coach K, Mike Krzyzewski, gets his 1000th win against the Red Storm of St. John’s.
  • Farewell Tour 2…Race car driver Jeff Gordon will retire from NASCAR at the end of this year’s season. If you haven’t seen his Pepsi commercial where he takes an unsuspecting car dealer for a joyride (and a skeptical reporter who can’t believe it’s true), check it on YouTube. It’s a real hoot.
  • And so long…As a self-respecting Rangers fan, I thought I could never a fan of the New Jersey Devils. That is, until Martin Brodeur joined the team. He’s punched his ticket to the Hall of Fame, and he’s one of the best goalies to ever play the game. This week, he announced his retirement from the game. He played briefly with the St. Louis Blues after his 21 years with the Devils, and will now be a senior advisor with the Blues. Good luck, Marty!
  • Listened to an interview on NPR’s “Fresh Air” with sportscaster Al Michaels where he talked about his new memoir, shared some great memories, and about broadcasting his ninth Super Bowl. I especially appreciated his advice for aspiring sportscasters, which did my heart proud as a member of Phi Beta Kappa: “…I tell kids who want to get into the business, you have to…take journalism courses…And take a bunch of English courses too. Learn how to speak the language and to use the language and to use it appropriately. Get a good liberal arts education. And to me…that would be the formula for getting into this business these days.” They played the moment when he called the end of the Gold Medal hockey game between the USA and Russia back in 1980, the “Miracle on Ice.” Still gave me chills, and tears to my eyes.
  • December 29, 2014, marked one year since the ski accident that left F1 race car driver Michael Schumaker with serious head injuries. Love and prayers to him and his family.
  • President for Life: I’m sure that FIFA president Sepp Blatter is glad for all of the media attention given to Deflate Gate. Soccer great Luis Figo is the latest candidate to put his hat in the ring in an attempt to unseat the man who has been president of soccer’s governing body since 1998. I wish him luck but I don’t think he has a snowball’s chance in hell. If the latest scandals weren’t enough to take Blatter down, well, this current crop of candidates will be chump change. Gotta tell ya, if he could win based on looks, he’d get my vote!
  • Finally, there’s a hashtag trending on Twitter, #RuinAWeddingin5Words – and here’s the best one I’ve seen out of the bunch:

And that’s the snip!