Top Ten Things New York Sports Fans Can Be Thankful For:
10: Phil Hughes, Ian Kennedy and Kei Igawa combined to lose only 9 games. It could've been A LOT worse, given that Kennedy and Igawa don't belong on a major league mound.
9: Anyone notice the New York Red Bull made it to the MLS Cup? They didn't win it all but at least they represented New York in a championship.
8:Johan Santana didn't blow out his arm this year. If the Mets had made the playoffs they probably would've had them out there on 3 days rest throwing 120 pitches aan outing to make up for a disasterious bullpen. At least you know he'll have some life in his arm for the nexy few years.
7: Mike Mussina found the fountain of youth. If it weren't for Moose, the fianl season at Yankee Stadium could've been horrible. His 20-win season gave the Yanks some respectibility this year or else they would've been done in August.
6: The Nets still have some star power. With Jason Kidd and Richard Jefferson as the main attraction the past several years the Nets were competitive, but now the star-studded duo of Vince Carter and Devin Harris should do just fine bringing the Nets to the top of the Atlantic Division.....right?
5: Alex Rodriguez's fling with Madonna keeps the Yankees in the mainstream. Bad publicity is always good publicity.
4: Isiah Thomas was shown the door at Madison Square Garden.
3: Brett Favre stumbled his way onto Broadway. Did anyone mention the Jets as a player in the Favre sweepstakes this summer? I don't think they were ever mentioned but somehow Gang Green got the big star they oh so desperately needed and now are one of the NFL's top teams.
2: Stephon Marbury is not far behind Thomas walking out the door. Thank God Cablevision owner James Dolan found some guys with some type of intelligence in Donnie Walsh and Mike D'Antoni to run the Knicks. In one Friday afternoon Walsh got rid of some bad contracts and set the Knicks up to make a run at the best player on the planet, Lebron James in June 2010.
1: The Giants have played so well this year going back to last year's playoffs to make this city forget how much the Yankees stunk up the town in 2008. Much of the focus has been on Eli Manning and company instead of General Girardi and his wounded crew.
I'm sure there are more things to be thankful for this year but those are some of things that come to mind. Did I miss anything? Maybe, probably. Personally I just want to see the NFL go to the playoffs already and see if the Knicks are going to make progress over the course of the season. Oh, how could I forget CC Sabathia and the Yanks? I wanna see where the hefty lefty goes and for how much. Will the Steinbrenners and Brian Cashman open the checkbook for CC? We'll see. For now I'llbe thankful Joba Chamberlain didn't kill himself when he was arrested for his DUI. Anyways, back to the holiday weekend, until next time.