Well, it's December all right, as you can no doubt tell by all the 65-degree days, or is that not quite right?
Mets: The Mets did little of significance this week, as they still wait to see if they'd be better suited trading R.A. Dickey, or bringing the knuckleballer back on a team-friendly deal. It's really all in the details on this one, so we shall wait and see.
Yankees: The Yankees found out that Alex Rodriguez basically played the postseason in excruciating pain, and somehow managed to spend a night in the hospital without anyone finding out, no small feat in our media obsessed age. Nonetheless, he'll miss a good portion of next season, something that caused the Yankees to seek out Kevin Youkilis on purpose.
Jets: THE JETS ARE ON A WINNING STREAK! Yes, perhaps history's ugliest two-game winning streak, but a streak of winning nonetheless. The Jets used their typical winning formula on Sunday against the Jags, playing stout defense, running the ball and having Mark Sanchez avoid mistakes for a 17-10 win. The only hitch in this formula is that they're not particularly good at any of those things, but against a team as hideous as Jacksonville there's enough there to get the job done. With a soft remaining schedule, the Jets are somewhat incredibly still in the playoff hunt, but make of that what you will.
Giants: The Giants played twice this week if you like that sort of thing, the first a brutally painful loss to the Redskins and Robert Griffin III. Frankly, I'm hoping this is the last of the Robert Griffins, because running an offense devised in hell, Griffin sliced up the Giants' defense in pretty much every way imaginable. For their part, the Giants got oddly run happy in the second half, taking the ball away from their best player for reasons that have still not been properly explained. Fortunately, the Giants rebounded Sunday in what had to be one of the weirdest Giants games in recent memory. In the span of a few hours, New York was sublime, hideous, sloppy, explosive, soft, stout, electric, dysfunctional and on and on and on. Eli Manning threw four beautiful touchdowns and two hideous interceptions, but David Wilson had his breakout day, setting a team record for all-purpose yards, returning a kick for a touchdown and running for two additional scores. When it was all said and done, the Giants moved to 8-5 on the strength of a 52-27 win over the Saints. The Giants face a brutal closing stretch but they are still in control of the NFC East.
Monday, Dec. 10
7:00 PM NCAAB Georgetown vs. Longwood
Tuesday, Dec. 11
7:00 PM NBA Brooklyn vs. NY Knicks
7:30 PM NCAAB Rutgers vs. GW
Wednesday, Dec. 12
7:00 PM NBA Brooklyn at Toronto
Thursday, Dec. 13
8:00 PM NBA NY Knicks vs. LA Lakers
Friday, Dec. 14
7:30 PM NBA Brooklyn vs. Detroit
Saturday, Dec. 15
7:30 PM NBA NY Knicks vs. Cleveland
8:00 PM NBA Brooklyn at Chicago
5:00 PM NCAAB St. John's vs. StF-NY
7:00 PM NCAAB Syracuse vs. Canisius
Sunday, Dec. 16
12:00 PM NCAAB Rutgers vs. UAB
1:00 PM NFL NY Giants at Atlanta
Knicks: A Sunday win at home over the Nuggets -- particularly satisfying for Carmelo Anthony -- capped a big week overall for the Knicks. Despite a Saturday loss to the Bulls with Carmelo still sitting due to stitches in his left hand, New York scored dramatic wins against Charlotte and Miami. The first against the Bobcats was punctuated with a game-winner from the enigmatic J.R. Smith, the guy you spend equal time falling in and out of love with. But the coup de grace of the week was the mid-week thrashing of the Miami Heat without the services of Anthony. Raymond Felton had perhaps his best moment in New York, slicing up the Heat's defense and setting up the Knicks for 18 threes. The Knicks ended the week with a gritty effort against the Nuggets, able to have enough in the fourth quarter to grab the win despite playing their fourth game in five nights. It had to be especially enjoyable for Melo who reminded his old mates in Denver how nice it is to have a fourth-quarter scorer with his kind of arsenal. They'll look ahead to Tuesday's showdown with the Nets as they hope for revenge in Brooklyn. Perhaps most interesting about these Knicks, is they're led by a man who was supposed to lead a defensive renaissance, and while the D has been stout at times, Woodson's real brilliance has come leading perhaps the league's most creative and efficient attack. It's really a thing to behold. These Knicks are for real, folks, this could get fun.
Nets: After five straight wins had them at 11-4 and in first place in the Atlantic Division, the Brooklyn Nets have hit the skids over a four-game losing streak that culminated in Sunday's loss to Milwaukee. The big problem for the Nets has been being forced to play without center Brook Lopez. While Andray Blatche has been in a revelation in his place, the loss of Blatche to the second unit has decimated Brooklyn's bench and left them vulnerable to a losing streak. They'll try to right the ship beginning Tuesday night when they again host the Knicks, but it's still unclear when they can expect Lopez back manning the paint.
Big East Basketball: Syracuse stayed undefeated with routs of Long Beach State and Monmouth, but the Orange have yet to test themselves against serious competition, something they really won't do for quite some time. St. John's finished off Fordham on Saturday to rebound from a discouraging loss to San Francisco earlier in the week. Rutgers played only once this week, an eight-point win over Iona to move to 5-2.