And so there it goes…another season in the books. So rather than give my lame prognostications, let’s just take a look at a few of my favorite things (and just think…Christmas is only 12 months away)!!
Eli Manning Photo: wsj.com
The last weekend in December…the temps are delightful…and football ends on Sunday. See ya, have a nice day, enjoy the Bahamas. And when you have the QB on Big Blue say on the radio that it’s great to be playing a playoff team to see how they stack up…what? The Pride of Patterson Plank…the 2-time SB Champs, the team formerly known as Big Blue? This is the new mantra…let’s see if we can compete with the winners? And guess what? There is another chapter to be written in the Book of Eli (not one of my Denzel faves…but getting huge play on HBO this month). Unless Phil Simms is walking thru that door, Eli will be over center in 2019. Which brings me to the other tenants of Met Life.
Sam Darnold Photo: usatoday.com
Broadway Baker would have been huge…but Secaucus Sam will do just fine. And one can make the argument that within a couple of years…the Jets will fly first out of Teterboro, with Green the color of the fall. And yes, the head coach is vital. But it’s the GM that picks the players, and on both sides of the NY football color spectrum, the picks and trades and free agents must stick. Giants can’t afford to waste their young guns, and the Jets need better players so they can be led to paydirt by California Cool. Mets have the arms…and Brodie got better players. Jets have the QB…there can be no wasted motion in the front office.
The NBA owns Christmas Day…and if I took anything away from glancing and peeking…the Liberty Bell will not clang if Big Ben does not become at least serviceable from outside the paint. Scouting is too good, game plans too detailed, the opponents too focused in the next round. In the words of that famous Sixers historian. ”Practice….did you say practice?” Yes Allen, I did.
And if the NBA owns Santa…the NHL has made New Year’s Day at least… Let me take a look! Last year I was at Citi…where temps hovered around 0 (I was inside…but who knew?). This year, Notre Dame…as the Fighting Irish host the Black Hawks and the Bruins in the Winter Classic. Inside again…but on my couch!
Patricia Arquette…Alabama (True Romance)….Tilly (Escape at Dannemora)…that’s Steph Curry-like range!
Godfather Marathon on AMC…a Holiday tradition!
Godfather II-Very good
Hangover II- Not so good
Mike’s On- TBD
Anderson Cooper Photo: cnn.com
If The Brow figures it’s time to win so let’s move to LA…then The Trout needs to swim over to the Bronx. Hey, it’s New Year’s!!!!
Featured Photo: Courtesy @susssez