New York sports fans don't have much thanks to give
As December arrives, the best team in New York sports right now is the...New York Yankees.
Yes, you read that correctly. There isn't much to be thankful for if you're a New York sports fan on Thanksgiving weekend. The Yankees aren't even playing, but their signing of All Star catcher Brian McCann makes them the best team in New York at the moment.
The New York Knicks are off to an embarrassing 3-12 start to the season.
The Brooklyn Nets are 4-12 and are carrying their AARP cards to get into arenas.
The New York Giants are 4-7 and need a miracle to get into the playoffs.
The New York Jets are 5-6 and hanging on to their playoff hopes by a thread with a rookie quarterback that can't go a game without multiple turnovers.
The New York Rangers are just 14-13-0, which is barely good enough for the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference.
The New York Islanders are off to a brutal 8-15-4 start after making the playoffs last season.
Finally, the New Jersey Devils are 11-11-5, which isn't good enough for the playoffs.
The New York Mets big offseason move so far was the signing of outfielder Chris Young to a ridiculous $7.25 million deal after hitting .200 last season.
Playoffs?! Playoffs?! Right now, you are lucky to witness a victory in New York sports. Nothing has gone wright in the metropolitan area. The Knicks have drama on and off the court. Their locker room seems to be in shambles and they are still without their center Tyson Chandler. The Nets are limping around New York city and their rookie head coach, Jason Kidd, has looked nothing like a head coach. The future Hall of Famer had his own player hit into him with a soda in his hand in order to draw up a play with no timeouts left. Pretty bush league, huh? The Islanders have looked like a different team since trading away Matt Moulson to acquire Thomas Vanek. The Rangers and Devils have been mediocre at best after miserable starts to the year.
The question is if these teams can turn it around or are we in for a long run in New York. That is yet to be seen. The Knicks weren't expected to be a championship team, but they haven't even looked like a playoff team. They will certainly need to make a trade to get a big man in the coming weeks, even when Chandler returns to the lineup. The Nets certainly have the talent on paper, but they need to all be healthy and develop some chemistry. They have never had a full lineup on the court this season. Kidd's transition from player to coach has looked anything but smooth. The Rangers and Devils can certainly find themselves sneaking in the playoffs, but they are going to need to play a lot better. The Islanders are digging themselves into quite a whole that could end up being tough to get out of without a big winning streak. The Mets have become the joke of baseball with their way of spending money. Their fans are being tortured with some of Sandy Alderson's comments. This offseason was the time for the Mets to put a winning team together with the money coming off the books, but the signing of a .200 hitter isn't having anyone buy tickets to show up to Queens. (Boyz II Men isn't putting fannies in the seats) The Yankees have already signing Brian McCann to a big deal and seem to be ready to spend a ton of money this offseason to get back to the playoffs.
Yes, it's early, but there is no question it is time to panic. I fully expect the misery to end at some point, but some changes have to be made. The time is now. If Christmas time rolls around and the situation doesn't change, at least for the Knicks and Nets, prepare for a long, long winter in New York. There's always next year...right?