Today is Christmas, and like all good little New York sports fan boys and girls, there are several things under the tree, let’s start crackin’ some presents!
For Yankee fans, there’s the gift of Christmas’ past, reliving the days of the Core Four in various video formats. Unfortunately, there’s Christmas present, which finds some coal in the form of questions marks like new shortstop Didi Gregorius and a MASH unit of pitchers. Let’s hope the coal evolves into diamonds. What we really want is one full year of a healthy pitching staff – Tanaka, Pineda, Nova, CC and Eovaldi could be awesome, except they can’t stay off the DL. Let’s hope that changes in 2015.
For Ranger fans, we’re grateful for 2014 and the run to the Stanly CupBut what we really want is to see King Henrik Lundqvist skate with the cup. This year, with forward Rick Nash playing to his full potential, there’s a chance that last year was not a fluke. Let’s see if the next big drink the Rangers take is from a sliver chalice.
For Knick fans, we have the lesson in humility. As plans go awry in 2015 and the team edges toward their worst record in team history, we learn that there’s no easy fix, that great teams are built slowly and that the correct way is through the draft. We hope that in 2015, Phil Jackson gets an early Christmas present in May – with the number one pick.
For Giant fans, we’re still slightly hungover from recent championships, and now wake on Christmas morning to find three years of playoff-less football come and gone. As we check our current gift list we find a shining star (and Fantasy Football first round pick) Odell Beckham Jr. and the potential of the last two drafts (Andre Williams, Justin Pugh, Jonathan Hankins, Demontre Moore, Devon Kennard), combined with vets who should make 2015 much happier – if (and it’s a big “if”) they can stay healthy. What you really want is one last successful season for Coach Tom Coughlin so he can go out on a winner.
I hope that 2015 finds all of you happy and healthy, and that we get a couple of deep playoff runs out of our favorite teams!