The 2017-18 NY Knicks: 20 Games In

Back in August, Vegas released the over/under for the Knicks total wins, setting the mark at 30.5. I am a betting man, but decided to stay away from this one; there was simply no winning side to pick. On one side of my heart, I never thought this team would eclipse 30 wins. On the other side, when you love a team and root for them night in and night out, you think they will be victorious every game.

20 games in and the Knicks are a .500 team. Porzingis is a budding star, seemingly destined to be an all NBA performer for many years to come, but slumping as of recent. The rest of the team is filled with contracts that will be gone in 1 to 2 years, or potential pieces to hopefully surround another top tier player joining us in free agency.

A title was not expected this season, but after everything Knick fans have been through, this group (KP, Kanter & sometimes Frank/Timmy) feels like a breath of fresh air. The stench of Phil and Carmelo is long gone, taking with them their ball stopping offense and prepubescent verbal spats. The Garden is alive again and not just in the “we sell out every game regardless of who is wearing a jersey,” type of way. You give this fanbase a young star and some semblance of hope past this year that smart front office decisions will be made and they will respond.

I will not get ahead of myself because history has taught me better, but I feel hopeful in a realistic way for the firs time…ever. Here is to more then 10 wins in our next 20 games and getting KP back on track. Playoffs anyone?


Knicks & Gers on a Friday Night

Two road games tonight for NYC’s real winter professional sports teams, (we do not acknowledge the existence of the Nets or Islanders) as the Knicks are in Toronto to take on the Raptors and the Gers in beautiful Columbus, Ohio for a tilt with the Jackets.

The Knicks are coming off what feels like their 100th come back win after defeating an undermanned Jazz team the other night at the Garden. ‘Timmy’s Shimmy’ was on full display, as the guard went off for a team high 26 points and a couple clutch shots down the stretch. I came into the season thinking like everyone else, “why the hell did we just pay this guy 70+ million when we had him on his rookie contract just a year ago…” While I still think he jacks up too many awful shots, he is a very productive 2 when he plays within himself and acts as a second fiddle scorer. Go Timmy Go.

The Raptors have turned into the team that you know will be a top 4 seed in the east year in and year out and also know that they will never win anything. Good enough to be good in the east, but never good enough to win it, or come close to competing with the west. With that being said, they did have a suprising win in Houston and return home for two games before coming to the Garden for a rematch next week. The Knicks are covering spreads like its their job this year, give me those points.

Bonus: Got to love Kanter continuing to put Erdogan on blast whenever he can. Dude is an enemy to his native country and gives no fucks. The legend continues to grow.

Turning to the ice, here is a brief blurb from our dudes over at Boyz N Gers. These guys never fail to deliver.

Seems like just yesterday when we were scoring PP goals at will against Torts boys in the 3rd period. That was some wild stuff, some questionable calls by the refs for sure but that has been the norm all season as you could probably now get a penalty for messing up a guy’s tape job.

Blue Jackets were without Scam Atkinson last time they played and he for sure is a difference maker. Was kind of hoping he became a free agent at the end of the year and the Gers got him but the Blue Jackets took that away when they locked him up for 7 more years last night.

A quick scroll down to the Quick Hitters will show you that the Blue Jackets rank dead last on the Power Play this season. No surprise there from a Torts coached team. Those guys get yelled at so much to block shots that you got Foligno and Hartnell blocking shots from Jones and Werenski at the point. Yeah I know that Hartnell is on Smashville now but he is still so rattled that he’s flying in just to eat a few clappers so he doesn’t get bag skated in practice.

Oh yeah and Smitty is free! LFG he is going to play like an absolute goddamn savage tonight. Hacks and crosschecks all night. Don’t be surprised if he rips a G. We did it Tommy G Jr!!! #FreeSmitty

Rangers @ Blackhawks via BOYS N GERS

Subscriber Note of the Game

Boyz, I am fully in camp #FreeSmitty. Not a huge fan of Kampfer….it’s like hey, if I don’t notice you on the ice Stevie, you’re doing fine. But when I do, you’re either getting dusted by 4th liners or taking penalties. #FreeSmitty

– “Thomas”


I dunno Tommy, kinda seems like you’re just nitpicking for nitpicking’s sake. We’ve won so many games in a row I didn’t even remember Smitty was on the team. LFG Kampfer.

– The Boyz (that was Jim, I am full #TeamSmitty LFG)

 Game 19/82
New York Rangers vs. Chicago Blackhawks
United Center | Chicago, Illinois
11.15.17 | 8:00 PM




If you missed the Subscriber Note of the Game, I’m being serious when I say we’ve won so many games in a row that I forgot Smitty was even on the team. We’ve won so many games in a row I don’t even know how many games in a row we’ve won. 6, 7?Either way, the Gers hit the Windy City firing on all cylinders in hopes of taking down a good – but not great – Chicago Blackhawks team. To be fair, though, a lot of teams have only been good so far in The National (btw “the National” is the new nickname for the NHL per Kevin Weekes. LFG Savage! Huge thanks to loyal subscriber, “Nano Heilbron”, for this astute observation).Let’s keep an eye out tonight for Buch, Zibby, and Zucc to keep cruising in the points column. Obviously it appears as if Slick Rick has been spending time near the fireplace ’cause he is for sure HEATING up, which is just every team’s worst nightmare. 


Team Records


9-7-2 (20 pts)

PP: 25.76% (3rd)

PK: 81.36% (12th


 8-8-2 (18 pts)

PP: 14.29% (28th)

PK: 83.58% (10th)

Team Leaders


G: Three Tied (8)

A: Three Tied (12)

Pts: Zibanejad (18)


G: Saad (7) 

A: Kane (11)

Pts: Kane (17)


A lot of my readers have been asking me this year if this is the beginning of the end of Blackhawks dynasty. I have been reluctant to answer affirmatively but I am starting to think that it just might be. Look I am huge fan of Schemin’ Stan Bowman, but some of his recent moves have been head scratching.What was he thinking with this blueline? While successful in the past rolling 4 dmen while Rozsival roamed around for about 10 minutes per night, he has out-done himself this year by trying to roll 2 dmen and let guys named Rutta, Forsling and Kempny. Would definitely not hate bringing the Czech Crusher back though, I loved Rozsival.They don’t call Rozsival the Czech Crusher because of his hits, I don’t think I ever saw him lay the body once. But every roadtrip he would bring 3 bags of BBQ Lays chips, stomp on all of them until the chips were sufficiently crushed, and then consolidate them in to one bag. He would then proceed to dump the chips in his mouth straight out of the side of the bag, he said he hated getting the excess BBQ dust on his hands. Wild stuff.


This Wednesday we will focus on former NHL goalie Arturs Irbe. Some of you might remember him as the tendy who wore a players helmet and flopped all over the crease (think Hasek but not as good), other may know him as Kevin Weekes once crowned him the fastest goalie he has ever seen when it came to getting his pads on.What you might not know though is that, even though he retired from the NHL in 2004, he last suited up for an NHL team in 2015, when he was 47 years old. While he was the goalie coach for the Sabres, their starting goalie was once injured early in a game, leaving the team with no backup. True to form, Irbe changed from his suit to full gear before the next whistle. He did not get in the game, but continued to coach while serving as the backup tendy.Now a coach for the Latvian Men’s National team, do not be surprised if a couple Latvian goalies start going down with mysterious illnesses during these next Olympics. Next thing you know Irbe will be stacking the pads against the pride of USA Hockey, Matt Gilroy.


We love sports. It is why we started this site and why we will continue to write each and every day. We also love many other things – music, tv, politics (sometimes) and the internet in general.

Every Wednesday we will be taking a step back from our normal NYC/BOS sports coverage to bring you Halftime. A column encapsulates everything else we love, hate or just find interesting and want to share. Here is to diversifying the portfolio.


Anderson East – All On My Mind

I am a music guy. Listen to it, see live shows, might have even worked/still work in the industry depending on who you talk to. It is only right I start off this non sports post with my current favorite tune, Anderson East’s, “All On My Mind.” The Alabama native is gearing up to release his second LP and the debut single does not disappoint. If you are a fan of rock music that has some soul in it, this one is for you.


John Oliver’s on Net Neutrality

Whether you love or hate John Oliver’s show, or simply don’t know who he is and have never watched it, his segment on net neutrality is important viewing material for anyone who enjoys using the internet as they please. With the season finale of ‘Last Week Tonight’ airing this past Sunday, I felt it necessary to highlight a piece from this run that targets an issue both sides of the political spectrum SHOULD agree on. No religion, no guns, no emails, no taxes, just access to viewing your favorite websites.


The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach

Though this book came out in 2011, it felt just as relevant to read the past few months. I am not hear to claim I am the worlds best reader, I am not. But simply put, this book was worth it. It had a bit of everything to grasp onto: college life, sports, unusual relationships, an unfamiliar setting (for myself) and plenty of momentous occurrences that somehow tied it all together. It was reported this year that the book would be adopted into a movie, so if you aren’t the type to read 544 pages, a visual solution is on the way.


Ping Pong

Great game, love it, been playing a lot lately, highly recommend.

The Boylston Beat – 11/13

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Some quick hits from Boston as I sit at my desk pondering whether Giancarlo Stanton would hit 80 or 90 homers at Fenway Park next season:

  • The Patriots are back. Despite early season woes and the annual calls for the demise of this centuries preeminent dynasty, the Pats again look to be the toast of the League following last night’s beatdown in Denver. Belichick’s mantra has always been for his team to play their best football at the end of the year, and all signs are pointing in that direction after a restful bye week (see: Gisele on beach), 5-straight wins, and Brady overcoming his inner demons that seemingly present only at Mile High Stadium. Special teams, kids, special teams.
  • Celtics keep on cruising, and this time without Kyrie. Winners of 12-straight, Thursday nights showdown with Golden State in Boston is looking like the early-season can’t miss game. If the C’s can best the Dubs (tall task, but Stevens has had success vs. them), it looks like the sky is the limit with a Charmin-soft schedule leading them into December.
  • Not much to say on the Bruins, who continue to look lost while dealing with injuries to what feels like their entire core. Stay tuned for news of a Bruins blogger to help me pick up the slack while I’m dealing with league-leaders in the Pats and C’s.
  • The hot stove is never not scorching with Dave Dombrowski heading up a team’s baseball ops and that seems to be the case this Winter with the Sox already engaging the Marlins on megastar Giancarlo Stanton. More to come from the GM meetings this week but if we learned anything last off-season, Dombrowski usually gets his guy…

    Now back to my 6th cup of coffee after a late Sunday Night Football showdown in Denver…

NYC Monday Morning Hangover: Knicks host the Cavs; Giants embarrassment continues, the Rangers are back

Mondays suck. 44 degree cloudy Mondays are even worse. The Giants suck. Cold, cloudy Monday’s + The Giants = Fire McAdoo. Just do it. Those are all the words that need to be spent today on the Giants.

Lebron James and his opinions on everything that have nothing to do with him return to the Garden tonight to face our Latvian prince. The Knicks destroyed the Cavs in Cleveland just over two weeks ago and will look to follow up that win with a statement game tonight. The Cavs have looked less interested in playing regular season games this year then Roy Moore is in women over 18, while the Knicks have shown a new found grit and determination to prove that this team is the starting pieces of a new beginning. B2B will be in the house for this one and expect the Knicks to play with a little extra fire after James’ comments about Frank.

We will have a new installment from our good friends over at the BOYZ N GERS on Wednesday, but in the mean time, could not leave out that the blue shirts are winners of six in a row and Jimmy Vesey is the newest member of the #hockeyguy club. What started out as a disaster of a year has quickly taken a turn in the right direction and put all immediate questions aside regarding this teams ability to stay near the top of the East.

Celtics win streak extends to 10 games, Kyrie continues to shine away from LeBron

Lead by the play of Kyrie Irving, the Celtics extended their league-best record to 10-2 after opening the season in a 0-2 hole following the loss of Gordon Hayward. Perhaps what has been most impressive about the streaking C’s is the manner in which they have been able to pull out wins, including ugly performances such as that turned in vs. The Zo-time Lakers last night.

Irving continues to defy expectations, shedding many of his former labels of being selfish, arrogant, and a defensive liability. The story of the Celtics season thus far is simple: Irving appears to be at his best, and one of the best in the league, when he plays to make his teammates better. The league-steals leader (you read that right) has surprised everyone with his play on the defensive end, while facilitating an offense that can both thrive with the ball in his hands or while he makes an extra swing pass to poaching kiddos Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum. As Irving goes, the Celtics will go, and we can suddenly ponder if they will be riding a 13-game streak into a primetime matchup with the Warriors (just the Hornets, Raptors and Nets stand in their way…) next Thursday night.

It might not show up in the scoring column every night, but the new face of the franchise has a very steady MVP-campaign already underway as he continues to put a young team with mounting injuries on his back, on both ends of the floor.