09/16/2012 9:42 PM ET
GEICO Week in New York: Sept. 17-23
By Brian DiMenna / SNY.tv
The Giants' Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks were the first receivers ever to each have over 10 receptions and 150 yards in the same game during the Giants' win over Tampa Bay. (AP)

I can't really put my finger on what's so torturous about trying to tape a sporting event when you can't be there to watch it live. On paper, it sounds like it should be no problem. You have an obligation that keeps you from being in front of the screen, you tape the game, watch it later, fast forward through commercials, and everyone wins -- even your favorite team! And in many ways, it is that simple -- and that great -- except that there's also the agonizing wait. The excruciating tension that somehow, something is going to blow this for you. You'll catch a snippet of radio, a shot of a television, an over-exuberant fan who can't wait to share the good news. But there's also something else: It's the feeling that this thing has already happened and that for some reason it means something bad has already happened. For some reason, the idea that in a present I'm not yet aware of Eli Manning could be out for the season just makes the waiting that much more excruciating. So let's just get right to it then, shall we?

Mets: It's sort of amusing that in each of the last three seasons, there was a time when a plucky Mets team was outperforming all reasonable expectations to play competitive baseball only to completely collapse in the end. This is apparently the third installment of this trilogy, with the Mets capping things off with a full-blown meltdown. New York has now lost 10 of their last 12 games, most of them in truly depressing fashion. In another shutout Sunday, the Mets almost scored a few times but ultimately did not in a 3-0 loss to the Brewers. The Mets' season has reached the point us married fans know well, when you can protest no longer and simply hand over the remote and hope that Ramonja's antics that evening will at least be amusing. The Mets will begin next week against a surging Phillies squad before a visit from the Marlins. Those looking for a reason to cheer can expect to see pitching prospect Jeurys Familia make his first career start next week, a talented right-hander who's unlikely to amount to a hill of beans. Sorry, it's been that kind of year.

Monday, Sept. 17
7:10 PM MLB NY Mets vs. Philadelphia

Tuesday, Sept. 18
7:10 PM MLB NY Mets vs. Philadelphia
7:05 PM MLB NY Yankees vs. Toronto

Wednesday, Sept. 19
7:10 PM MLB NY Mets vs. Philadelphia
7:05 PM MLB NY Yankees vs. Toronto

Thursday, Sept. 20
7:05 PM MLB NY Yankees vs. Toronto
8:20 PM NFL NY Giants at Carolina

Friday, Sept. 21
7:10 PM MLB NY Mets vs. Miami
7:05 PM MLB NY Yankees vs. Oakland

Saturday, Sept. 22
1:10 PM MLB NY Mets vs. Miami
1:05 PM MLB NY Yankees vs. Oakland
2:00 PM NCAAF UCONN at Western MI
7:00 PM NCAAF Rutgers at Arkansas
8:00 PM NCAAF Syracuse at Minnesota

Sunday, September 23
1:10 PM MLB NY Mets vs. Miami
1:05 PM MLB NY Yankees vs. Oakland
1:00 PM NFL NY Jets at Miami

Yankees: Though the Yankees haven't quite shaken free of Baltimore's challenge, a series win over Tampa to end the weekend allowed New York to finish the week still in first place in the AL East and comfortably in playoff position. Sure, they've teased us Yankee haters with the idea of a collapse, but for all their problems, these Bombers appear to possess enough grit to close this show. The best the rest of us can do is just hope they get stuck in that one-game Wild Card playoff. Despite all the various injuries the Yanks have faced, the team's most glaring concern may be CC Sabathia, as the big lefty hasn't pitched like an ace in months and was shellacked in a Friday night loss to the Rays this past week. Though they still have three games ahead with a tough Oakland team next week, the Yankees' remaining schedule looks friendly, with plenty of contests with Toronto and Minnesota looming ahead.

Jets: Remember when the Jets' offense was humming and Mark Sanchez was the Mark Sanchez of our wildest dreams? Well, those halcyon days lasted all of a week, with the New York offense flaming out in a big way in a 27-10 loss to the Steelers in Pittsburgh. For Sanchez, the 10 of 27 for 138 yards stink bomb was the kind of performance he could ill afford if he wants to continue to make Tim Tebow an afterthought. The problem for the Jets is that they are surely not as good as they looked last week, nor as awful as the Pittsburgh box score might suggest. The cruel twist is that for all their excitement and intrigue, the Jets are just an OK team that's probably going to have an OK season, albeit colorfully. The Jets will head to Miami to face the Dolphins next Sunday looking to quiet the vultures circling around them.

Giants: A friend pointed out something to me following the Giants' comeback win over Tampa on Sunday that I thought was absolutely true. It was only a few years ago when a first-half performance like that from Eli Manning would have led to a blowout loss and a five-pick disaster for New York. But those days seem long gone. Instead, Manning picked apart the Bucs secondary throughout the second half, finding the explosive combination of Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks seemingly at will, and turning what might have been a demoralizing loss into a thrilling victory. Perhaps more satisfying, Manning has become one of the surest things in sports. If he gets the ball at the end of the game, you can pretty much put the points up on the board. It's really nice. Adding to the satisfaction of the victory, Tom Coughlin pretty much dressed down newbie Greg Schiano for some extra-curriculars from his Bucs on the game's final play, sending the former Rutgers head man to his room without nary a supper. The Giants will have to get back to work quickly, as they'll travel to Carolina to face Cam Newton and the Panthers on Thursday, a game I'm already pretty terrified for.

Big East Football: Rutgers scored a 23-13 win over South Florida thanks to 151 yards from Jawan Jamison on an astounding 41 carries. One imagines he felt some soreness. UConn held on for a 24-21 win over Maryland thanks to some stout work from running back Lyle McCombs, and Syracuse finally scored a victory with a win over Stony Brook, thanks to another big game from quarterback Ryan Nassib, who threw for 335 yards.

Brian DiMenna is a regular contributor to SNY.tv. Follow him on Twitter.
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