Tuesday night, Knicks president Phil Jackson reclined in his customary seat at Madison Square Garden near center court, approximately 25 feet behind the scorer’s table.
It was a few days past mid-September, and the 2016 NFL season had merely reached the conclusion of week 2.
The Giants were positioned to deposit Washington into a deep and perhaps lasting hole this past Sunday at MetLife Stadium.
Hope springs eternal! For the Knicks this statement could indeed be one of their mantras as they commenced training camp Tuesday at the team’s training center in Greenburgh, N.Y., before continuing their preparation Tuesday at the United States Military Academy in West Point, N.Y., where they will remain until Saturday.
It was only one game, but in the NFL, unlike the NBA’s 82-game schedule and Major League Baseball’s 162-game marathon, every game is crucial, especially those against division opponents. So the Giants’ 20-19 victory over the Dallas Cowboys on the road this past Sunday in the 2016 regular season opener for both teams was significant.
At 86-years-young, Jim Robinson remains a passionate storyteller, vividly sharing narratives and anecdotes from many decades past.
It was Aug. 26, two weeks ago, that San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick carried out what on the surface was an innocuous, silent protest against what he perceives to be widespread social injustices directed at Black men and women in this country.
Somewhere in the United States, Canada and countries thousands of miles from North America, a young girl watched Jennifer Abel, the sensational 24-year-old diver from Montreal, seemingly defy long-held laws of physics, powerfully, yet with the grace of a ballerina, tightly contort her body, rapidly twisting head over feet before causing barely a ripple as she entered the water at the Maria Lenks Aquatic Center in Rio.
For NFL rookies, the regimen, expectations, competition and requisite professionalism can be overwhelming.
It was July 9, 2006, a day that altered the lives of an entire family, both immediate and extended.
Victor Cruz’s arduous and circuitous journey from high school football star in Paterson, N.J., to academic casualty at the University of Massachusetts, where he ultimately found redemption, to NFL Pro Bowl wide receiver and A-list celebrity is well documented.
Hillary Clinton made history when she became the first woman to accept a nomination for president of the United States for a major political party. Now Ashleigh Johnson is another American woman poised to make history.
The emotional reactions of working class men and women to the mind-blowing contracts bestowed on NBA free agents by wealthy owners is justifiably understandable.
In various sports and disciplines, New York City will be well represented next month at the Rio Olympics.
Over the course of the last week, Knicks President Phil Jackson and General Manager Steve Mills have deftly remade the team’s roster.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have life. After falling into what seemed to be an insurmountable 3-1 hole after losing Game 4 by 108-97 to the Golden State Warriors at home, the Cavs survived elimination Monday night on the road with a 112-97 win in Game 5.
The Cleveland Cavaliers’ experiment has not reaped the results their chief decision makers hoped for or expected.
It has been a well documented 52 years since the city of Cleveland celebrated a championship won by one of its major professional sports teams.
The disturbing and unconscionable scandal that has shaken the foundation of Baylor University is just one of the many reaffirmations across the college landscape that money is far more meaningful than morals to its leadership.
The Toronto Raptors’ 6-foot-9 frontcourt force, Bismack Biyombo, flashes what seems to be a perpetual smile when fiercely competing against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals.
Life has been good for J.R. Smith since he was traded by Knicks president Phil Jackson to the Cleveland Cavaliers in January of 2015.
Jim Brown, considered by many sports historians to be the greatest football player ever, was also one of the most forward thinking athletes of his generation.
They have essentially cakewalked through the first two rounds of the playoffs, defeating the Detroit Pistons in the opening round and then disposing of the Atlanta Hawks in the conference semifinals. They have won the best-of-seven series by a combined tally of 8-0.
Dwayne Wade is arguably one of the five greatest shooting guards of all time. Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Jerry West, Dwayne Wade and Allen Iverson, in that order, constitute this writer’s list. Greatness is primarily measured by longevity, statistics and championships.
Tomorrow (Friday) in Philadelphia the Knicks will play the 76ers. Their last home game Sunday is against the Toronto Raptors, and for the finale next Tuesday in Indianapolis, they will play the Pacers.
Although the Mets are one of the favorites to capture Major League Baseball’s supreme trophy in the 2016 season, actually winning it seems as rare a sighting as Halley’s Comet
Surprisingly, the Knicks showed signs of life 3,000 away from home.
The sport of track and field operates in relative obscurity in the United States, but it always gains interest leading up the Summer Olympics.
Cam Newton failed to channel his inner Superman, the fictitious superhero with whom he associates himself.
Super Bowl 50, matching up the National Football Conference champions the Carolina Panthers and the American Football Conference champions the Denver Broncos on Sunday (6:30 p.m.) at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., will be a confrontation of size versus speed.
Progress is rarely linear, and no doubt there have been many peaks and valleys for the Knicks, as they have achieved quantifiable growth from last season to now.
Cameron Jerrell Newton is the best player in football.
Ron Rivera and Bruce Arians have taken the road less traveled to this Sunday’s (6:40 p.m.) National Football Conference championship game.
The NBA schedule makers have either been extremely benevolent to the Knicks or done them a grave disservice.
Confidence, trust and synergy are elements the Knicks, with a roster that was nearly completely overhauled last summer, didn’t adequately possess through the first two months of the season.
Maybe it was asking too much for the Giants’ defense to be immovable or at least resolute, as their game versus the Carolina Panthers, a 38-35 loss, wound down to its final seconds this past Sunday.
Please! The debate ends here: Carmelo Anthony or Kristaps Porzingis?
From Pop Warner through the professional ranks, football is far and away the most popular sport in America.
Has there ever been more drama this late in an NFL season involving three teams that have collectively lost more than 50 percent of their games?
Having held fourth quarter leads in 10 of their 12 games this season, the Giants once again proved to be apathetic to prosperity, squandering an advantage for the fifth time this past Sunday in a head-scratching 23-20 overtime loss to the Jets at MetLife Stadium.
Knicks' are using their tough defense this NBA season.
This past Sunday, the Giants lost against Washington.
There’s something about the New York Giants that disrupts the New England Patriots’ quest for perfect titles.
The learning curve of Derek Fisher has been one of the least discussed topics.
2015 TCS New York City Marathon men’s champion, Stanley Biwott, maneuvered into the company of the great distance runners in history.
No reasonable hoops fan expects the Knicks to pose any serious threat to the Cleveland Cavaliers’ status.
In the immortal words of Forrest Gump, “Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.”
Living on the edge has become the hallmark of the 2015 Giants. In three of their five games this season, the Giants’ margin of victory and defeat has been miniscule, and the outcomes have been decided in the final few possessions.
Over the course of roughly two and half weeks, the Giants have risen from the abyss to prosperity—or at the very least to a promising future.
In the NFL, coaches dissect their 16-game regular season into fourths. Heading into week four, the Giants can significantly alleviate their disastrous beginning to the 2015 campaign and plausibly look forward optimistically with a win over the Buffalo Bills in New York this Sunday at 1 p.m.