Anything interesting happen this weekend in the NFL playoffs? I would have watched, but I like to spend this weekend mentally preparing for the Golden Globes. Hopefully, it wasn't exciting.
Mets/Yankees: Is it baseball season yet?
No, not quite yet.
Jets: So Woody Johnson and Rex Ryan finally spoke and ... well, does anyone feel better? In something of a rambling press conference, Rex promised the Jets would be "dangerous," "aggressive," and a team "you're not gonna want to play," he can tell you that. Except he has told us that. Constantly. And they are still pretty much none of those things. Now, I don't think Ryan is a terrible coach, there's certainly a possibility he's above average. But all those folks praising his style as genius for taking pressure off his player have to acknowledge that the scrutiny the Jets are under now is the other side of that coin. You don't tell the New York media you plan on being the greatest, not deliver and expect no reaction.
Knicks: After three straight losses, the Knicks finally got a win on Sunday against the Hornets, a 100-87 romp that wasn't quite as much fun as the score would indicate. Looking a bit sloppy all week, the problem turns out to possibly have a lot to do with protein. With Carmelo Anthony fasting and Amar'e Stoudemire going vegan, what the Knicks could really use is a good T-Bone steak. Stoudemire's return hasn't been bad so much -- he hasn't personally destroyed team chemistry or anything -- but it hasn't been a smashing success either. Though he's shown flashes, and actually does seem to be finding a little niche off the bench, it still looks uncertain whether he's ever going to be the impact player he's been in seasons past. After Monday's loss to the Celtics that featured the bizarre scene of of Carmelo Anthony stalking Kevin Garnett near the team bus apparently demanding he return his breakfast cereal, the Knicks were forced to play without a suspended Anthony in a loss in Indiana before bottoming out in a beatdown from the Bulls. New York gets something of a break this week ahead of a trip to London Thursday to play the Pistons, something they may well do with the services of Iman Shumpert back in the mix.
7:00 PM NCAAB UConn at Louisville
Tuesday, Jan. 15
7:30 PM NBA Brooklyn vs. Toronto
7:00 PM NCAAB St. John's vs. Notre Dame
Wednesday, Jan. 16
7:30 PM NBA Brooklyn at Atlanta
9:00 PM NCAAB Seton Hall at Marquette
Thursday, Jan. 17
3:00 PM NBA NY Knicks at Detroit
9:00 PM NCAAB Rutgers vs. So. Florida
Friday, Jan. 18
7:30 PM NBA Brooklyn vs, Atlanta
Saturday, Jan. 12
12:00 PM NCAAB St. John's at DePaul
12:00 PM NCAAB UConn at Pittsburgh
4:00 PM NCAAB Syracuse at Louisville
8:00 PM NCAAB Rutgers at Notre Dame
Nets: The Nets have never lost in 2013, literally. With six straight wins to start the new year under interim coach P.J. Carlesimo, Brooklyn is proving that it was just all Avery Johnson's fault. It really is weird how often this "fire the coach and play well for the new guy for no reason" thing happens. The Nets have been helped by the healthy returns of Deron Williams and Brook Lopez, as well as a few patsies on the schedule, but wins over Oklahoma City and Philadelphia still point to a Nets team on a pretty serious role. After a visit from the Raptors, they'll take on a home and home with the Hawks, as they look to stay unbeaten in the new year.
Rangers, Devils and Islanders: Hockey! It's a thing again. Let us now rejoice! The local teams got back into the actions by making a few big decisions, with the Rangers inking Michael Del Zotto to a new deal, and the Devils making the hard decision to say goodbye to Zach Parise.
Big East Basketball: UConn scored a big upset win over No. 17 Notre Dame, as Kevin Ollie continues to justify his recent five-year contract extension. With Big East play finally underway, Louisville and Syracuse continue to be the class of the conference, combining to go 7-0 in the early going of conference play, as they head into their first matchup at week's end. Louisville will first have to take on Connecticut Monday night in another battle of conference titans.