Thanksgiving is almost upon us. My sister asked me if I was interested in participating in a "Turkey Trot," a 4K run the morning of Thanksgiving. The thought was we push ourselves through a hard run, then enjoy the rest of the day guilt-free. But I have to say, I already eat on Thanksgiving without fear or restraint. We spend most of our lives worrying about our weights, feeling ashamed by our jiggly boobies, or our bulging waistlines, but not on Thanksgiving. By God, you only live once, so pass the stuffing.
Jets: The Jets quieted their critics for a week anyway, and at the very least robbed us of a particularly entertaining Francesa opener, with a rousing 27-13 win over the St. Louis Rams on Sunday. If we were feeling negative, we could note that the Rams kind of stink, but why bother when the Jets' offense put together its most cohesive performance in weeks to briefly save New York's season. Mark Sanchez had to be the happiest of all the Jets, striking on a semi-competent performance to go 15-of-20 for 178 yards and a touchdown. For some reason it still feels too early to bail on Sanchez, even if outings like Sunday have been way too far between. Next up for the Jets is a Thanksgiving tussle at home against the Patriots, where they'll try to just keep us all awake.
Giants:The Giants did not play this weekend, which was for the best, but they managed to make a bit of news when Phil Simms needlessly revisited the "Is Eli Manning elite" argument we'd all well put behind us a season ago. The question obviously comes down to criteria, but also seems completely unnecessary and irrelevant. To my mind, Manning is absolutely elite, but the one of the elite quarterbacks most capable of a head-scratching stink bomb. For Giants fans, that's kind of the way we like it.
Monday, Nov. 19
9:00 PM NCAAB Connecticut vs. New Mexico
Tuesday, Nov. 20
8:00 PM NBA NY Knicks at New Orleans
10:30 PM NBA Brooklyn at LA Lakers
7:30 PM NCAAB Rutgers vs. BU
Wednesday, Nov. 21
8:30 PM NBA NY Knicks at Dallas
10:30 PM NBA Brooklyn at Golden State
7:00 PM NCAAB Syracuse vs. Princeton
Thursday, Nov. 22
9:30 PM NCAAB Louisville at Northern Iowa
8:20 PM NFL NY Jets vs. New England
Friday, Nov. 23
8:00 PM NBA NY Knicks at Houston
7:30 PM NBA Brooklyn vs. LA Clippers
11:00 AM NCAAF Syracuse at Temple
Saturday, Nov. 24
12:00 PM NCAAF UConn at Louisville
12:00 PM NCAAF Rutgers at Pittsburgh
Sunday, Nov. 25
8:20 PM NFL NY Giants vs. Green Bay
12:00 PM NBA NY Knicks vs. Indiana
3:00 PM NBA Brooklyn vs. Portland
1:00 PM NCAAB Syracuse vs. Colgate
2:00 PM NCAAB Rutgers at NC-Gre
4:00 PM NCAAB UConn vs. Stony Brook
Knicks: The Knicks suffered their first loss of the season this week, which really didn't seem fair. Losses? I will not tolerate losses. The good news was the first dropped game came after a thrilling comeback win over the Spurs a night earlier. A night later, they were done in by an ugly third quarter, in which the physically opposing front line of the Memphis Grizzlies took advantage of some friendly whistles to build a big enough lead to hang on in the fourth quarter. The big surprise of the last week has been the emergence of Rasheed Wallace, who has been a shockingly competent force in the low block for the Knicks' second unit. After another impressive win on Sunday, this time against the Pacers, New York will head on the road next week to face the Hornets, Mavs and Rockets. The Houston matchup should be especially tasty, with the New York backourt of Raymond Felton and Jason Kidd getting their first licks at the departed Jeremy Lin.
Nets: The Nets haven't started a revolution yet in Brooklyn, with the Knicks' hot start digging into much of their anticipated buzz, but the new-look Nets have won five straight games to sit just a game back of the Knicks in the Atlantic division. Brooklyn has taken advantage of a soft schedule to race out to a 6-2 start, the latest coming in a Sunday win over Sacramento. The Nets have leaned heavily on the combo of Brook Lopez and Deron Williams to go with some nice play from Andray Blatche off the bench, as they continue to wait for shooting guard Joe Johnson to find his range. Johnson has struggled mightily in his new home, and the Nets will need him to pick his game up as they head into matchups with the Lakers and Clips this week.
Big East Football: Rutgers announced an intention to leave for the Big 10 this week, just in time for their 10-3 win over Cincinnati to briefly cause the Big East to reconsider the whole football enterprise. Syracuse, though, did score an impressive 31-27 win over Missouri thanks to 385 yards from Ryan Nassib.
Big East Basketball: The Kevin Ollie era at UConn has gotten off to a hot start beginning with an impressive win over Michigan State on an air-craft carrier in Germany. The Huskies followed it up with wins over Vermont and Wake Forest to move into the top 25. Syracuse has also gotten off to a hot start with an opening victory over No. 20 San Diego State before a blowout win over Wagner to end the week.