I usually like to open these columns with an observation of some kind in this paragraph, but for whatever reason, this week I have nothing. So let's just get right to business.
Jets: The Jets did not make the playoffs, nor come that close to it, as you may recall. The season ended, the GM was fired, Tony Sparano hangs on for dear life and Rex Ryan and Woody Johnson have head for the hills. Ryan made his way to Bermuda, which was his right, though it certainly seemed to rub some folks the wrong way. Clearly, he should spend the offseason locked in a film room softly weeping. That being said, Rex made headlines for ... oh ... what was it? Oh, that's right, a tattoo of his wife wearing only a Sanchez jersey while Tebowing. That's a thing that Rex Ryan has, on his arm. That is not something that I made up just now. It is a real thing that he chose to acquire. Does this have anything really to do with the Jets? No. Are we all allowed to laugh and point? Absolutely.
Giants: The Giants did not make the playoffs either, which was a miscarriage of justice. Tom Coughlin sounded downright apoplectic while talking with Mike Francesa about it, as though it were the kind of thing that might haunt him for the rest of his days, and it very well may have, had it not been for someone telling him about Ryan's tattoo. Then how he laughed and laughed, noting it was his first such guffaw since 1977.
Knicks: It was another great week in what is quickly becoming a great year for the Knicks. After sub-par efforts against Sacramento and Portland, New York hit their first mini crisis point of the season. The defense was leaking, injuries mounting and confidence waning, but as the buzzards began to circle wondering just how good this team was, two impressive wins over San Antonio and Orlando quieted the critics toot sweet. New York also welcomed back Amar'e Stoudemire to a bench role, with Amar'e looking slow and unsure in his return to action, but flashing enough potential to suggest that he may be able to get rolling once he dusts off his rusty wheels. A big test awaits on Monday, with the Knicks saying hello to the Boston Celtics as suddenly the beasts of the Atlantic.
7:30 PM NBA NY Knicks vs. Boston
Tuesday, Jan. 8
7:00 PM NBA Brooklyn at Philadelphia
7:00 PM NCAAB UConn vs. DePaul
Wednesday, Jan. 9
7:00 PM NCAAB Syracuse vs. Providence
Thursday, Jan. 10
8:00 PM NBA NY Knicks at Indiana
Friday, Jan. 11
7:30 PM NBA Brooklyn vs, Phoenix
8:00 PM NBA NY Knicks vs, Chicago
Saturday, Jan. 12
7:00 PM NCAAB Syracuse vs. Villanova
2:00 PM NCAAB UConn at Notre Dame
8:00 PM NCAAB Rutgers vs. Cincinatti
Sunday, Dec. 13
12:00 PM NBA NY Knicks vs. New Orleans
6:00 PM NBA Brooklyn vs. Indiana
Nets: You may recall that P.J. Carlesimo is now coaching these Nets and doing a fine job, having led the team to a 5-1 mark in his first six games, while also not being strangled by even one of his players, the longest such streak of his career. After an embarrassing loss to the Spurs in which they were outscored in the third quarter 30-5, Brooklyn rebounded with three straight wins over the Thunder, Wizards and Kings. Further adding to the feeling of optimism at Barclays has been the strong play of Deron Williams in 2013, who's looking to just get folks to stop yelling at him.
Rangers, Devils and Islanders: You may recall that there was a sport called hockey, pronounced hawk-ee. It is now a thing again, these are the three teams we have.
Big East Basketball: Some local teams had nice weekends in the Big East, with Rutgers knocking off No. 24 Pittsburgh on Saturday, and St. John's nipping No. 14 Cincinnati on the very same day. No. 7 Syracuse closed out the week with a solid win over South Florida. That's all I've got for now.