We've already had a hurricane and a Nor'Easter so far this fall. Here's hoping we'll have a blizzard and a tornado to celebrate by Christmas.
Jets: The Jets seem to be playing this season with the intent to just make Giants fans feel better, "Hey, at least we're not the Jets." If there was one mistake of the Rex Ryan era, it was in expectations management. The Jets don't just feel like a bad team, they feel like a massive disappointment. This just wasn't supposed to happen. I mean, Rex was so confident, right? Jets fans probably walk into MetLife Stadium like they're walking into a Men's Wearhouse, "Wait, this can't be the place that guy is talking about. I mean, you guarantee it?" New York suffered through another excruciating loss in a 28-7 defeat in Seattle on Sunday. Mark Sanchez was again mostly horrendous, not that he's getting much help from the team's talent-less weaponry. As for Tim Tebow, I think it's time we stop blaming the Jets for "mis-using" him and start realizing that he's not this versatile "weapon" everyone thought he'd be. You keep wondering what the Jets are expecting from these Tebow direct runs in which he bulldozes into the line for a yard or so. Ryan's Jets will begin to get on with the business of playing out the string as they head to St. Louis next weekend to take on the Rams. You're past the halfway mark, Jets fans, so don't worry, this is almost over.
Giants: Let me first say that I refuse to complain too loudly about the Giants. Are they enormously frustrating? Of course, but they're also among the most entertaining teams in the league, and have given me the two greatest sporting moments of my lifetime in the past four seasons. That being said, this "race out to 6-2 before collapsing in November" thing is really quite remarkable. Seriously, what is the problem? This isn't just a thing that has happened a few times, it has literally happened every season of the Tom Coughlin/Eli Manning era. WHAT are you guys doing in November? Is it just Thanksgiving anticipation or what? What's more unbelievable, is that the swoons almost always look exactly the same. While "What's wrong with Eli" will be the dominant question of the Giants' bye week, the bigger question is how to fix an offensive line that is suddenly imploding. In New York's stunning 31-13 loss to Cincinnati, the o-line was simply mauled for the second straight week, forcing Eli into a couple of those "You're joking," turnovers he's made famous. I have to say, somehow with two Super Bowls in the bank, Eli's penchant for absolute boner interceptions only serves to make him more endearing. I'm sure many feel otherwise. The Giants will take the next week off still clinging to first place in the NFC East. Frankly, I think we all could use the week off.
Monday, Nov. 12
7:30 PM NCAAB Rutgers vs. Sacred Heart
Tuesday, Nov. 13
7:00 PM NBA NY Knicks at Orlando
7:30 PM NBA Brooklyn vs. Cleveland
7:00 PM NCAAB UConn vs. Vermont
Wednesday, Nov. 14
7:00 PM NCAAB Georgetown vs. Liberty
Thursday, Nov. 15
8:00 PM NBA Brooklyn vs. Boston
8:30 PM NBA NY Knicks at San Antonio
5:00 PM NCAAB St. John's at Charleston
Friday, Nov. 16
9:30 PM NBA NY Knicks at Memphis
6:30 PM NCAAB UConn vs. Wake Forest
Saturday, Nov. 17
12:00 PM NCAAF Rutgers at Cincinnati
7:00 PM NCAAF Syracuse at Missouri
Sunday, Nov. 18
1:00 PM NFL NY Jets at St. Louis
12:00 PM NBA NY Knicks vs. Indiana
6:00 PM NBA Brooklyn at Sacramento
1:00 PM NCAAB Syracuse at Wagner
Knicks: The Knicks have played so well, they have starry-eyed dreamers writing things like this. But it has been almost surreal to watch the Knicks play so competently in almost every facet of the game. In Friday night's win over Dallas, it was once again Carmelo Anthony who led the way, scoring 31 points and continuing to play the kind of defense that has been turning heads over the season's first four games. After a meeting with the hapless Magic, the Knicks will get a chance to put their new found success to the test with visits to San Antonio and Memphis to round out the week. We should know an awful lot more about the Knicks after this week, but for now we can just savor perhaps the greatest all-around week of Knicks basketball in quite some time.
Nets: Were it not for the good fortune of playing the Magic twice this week, this Nets season would be off to a pretty horrendous start. New star Joe Johnson has been nearly invisible, and the considerable buzz Brooklyn brought into the season has seemingly fizzled in the wake of the Knicks' hot start. The Nets look a lot like the Nets, just not in New Jersey. I suppose this is some kind of improvement. The two wins over the Magic erased stinging losses to Minnesota and Miami, but they'll need to keep improving as they get set to play Boston in the middle of next week.
Big East Football: Syracuse scored the biggest win of the week, shocking No. 11 Louisville, 45-26, to hand the Cardinals their first loss of the season. Quarterback Ryan Nassib again carried the load, throwing for 246 yards and three scores in the win. Rutgers continued its winning ways, using a series of big plays on special teams to power their way to a 28-7 win over Army. After nearly knocking off third-ranked Notre Dame a week earlier, the Pitt Panthers came falling back to earth in a 24-17 loss to a struggling Connecticut team.