Let's just get right to it, shall we?
Mets: As all MLB teams are obligated to do at this time of year, the Mets participated in some Spring Training games. But given that those affairs tell us next to nothing about anything, we'll forego running through the particulars of who won, who lost and all the rest. The biggest stir from Mets camp this year was that Johan Santana reported to camp not quite ready to go after making the decision to take it easy most of the offseason. Who knows, the move could prove to be the right one, but in typical Mets fashion it's so far just proven to be a cause of confusion, back-biting and general instability.
Yankees: If you were the type that wanted to draw sweeping conclusions from meaningless Spring Training games -- and indeed I am -- you may be happily assuming that the Yankees' seven-game losing streak is a harbinger of an oncoming disaster of a season in the Bronx. But it probably means almost nothing.
Knicks: Though it ended on a down note, the Knicks nonetheless had a pretty fun week, with Wednesday's thriller over Golden State punctuated by an epic performance form the Warriors' Stephen Curry. Despite Curry's 54 points and, I believe, 27 three-pointers, the Knicks pulled out an impressive win. After dispatching Washington in ho-hum fashion on Friday night, New York finally got its showdown with Miami on Sunday at MSG. The Knicks had their moments, including a brilliant second quarter that harkened back to those halcyon days of November. Though they raced out to a 16-point lead prior to halftime, Miami ultimately wore them down to earn the win. LeBron James stifled Carmelo Anthony for much of the second half after Carmelo had lit up the Heat for 24 points over the first two quarters, and the Knicks couldn't come up with enough stops down the stretch to get the much-needed signature win. Nonetheless, there was plenty to take away for both the pessimist and the optimist, depending on how your particular bread is buttered. They'll get another chance at statement-making with a test against Oklahoma City upcoming Thursday night.
Monday, March 4
1:10 PM MLB NY Mets vs. Atlanta
7:00 PM NBA NY Knicks at Cleveland
7:00 PM NHL New Jersey at Toronto
Tuesday, March 5
7:05 PM MLB NY Yankees vs. Atlanta
7:00 PM NCAAB Rutgers vs. Marquette
7:00 PM NHL New Jersey vs. Tampa Bay
7:00 PM NHL NY Islanders vs. Montreal
7:30 PM NHL NY Rangers vs. Philadelphia
Wednesday, March 6
7:00 PM NBA Brooklyn at Charlotte
7:30 PM NBA NY Knicks at Detroit
6:00 PM NCAAB Syracuse vs. DePaul
9:00 PM NCAAB UConn at South Florida
Thursday, March 7
1:10 PM MLB NY Mets vs. Miami
1:05 PM MLB NY Yankees at St. Louis
8:00 PM NBA NY Knicks vs. Oklahoma City
7:00 PM NHL New Jersey vs. Buffalo
7:00 PM NHL NY Islanders vs. NY Rangers
Friday, March 8
1:05 PM MLB NY Mets at Detroit
1:05 PM MLB NY Yankees at Miami
7:30 PM NBA Brooklyn vs. Washington
7:00 PM NCAAB Rutgers vs. Seton Hall
7:00 PM NHL NY Rangers vs. Ottawa
Saturday, March 9
1:10 PM MLB NY Mets vs. Houston
1:05 PM MLB NY Yankees vs. Atlanta
7:00 PM NBA Brooklyn at Atlanta
7:30 PM NBA NY Knicks vs. Utah
12:00 PM NHL UConn vs. Providence
12:00 PM NCAAB Syracuse at Georgetown
1:00 PM NHL NY Islanders vs. Washington
7:00 PM NHL New Jersey at Carolina
Sunday, March 10
1:05 PM MLB NY Mets at St. Louis
1:05 PM MLB NY Yankees at Toronto
12:30 PM NHL NY Rangers at Washington
7:00 PM NHL NY Islanders at Pittsburgh
7:00 PM NHL New Jersey vs. Winnipeg
Nets: The P.J. Carlesimo era briefly saved this Brooklyn season, but they seem speeding toward irrelevance after another tough week that ended with losses to Dallas and Chicago. Brooklyn's big three of Deron Williams, Brook Lopez and Joe Johnson continue to underwhelm and the bench has become painfully thin. The Nets continue to stay within striking distance in the Atlantic Division, but actually catching the Knicks is looking increasingly like a losing proposition.
Rangers: The Rangers were still playing Buffalo at the time of this writing, looking to put a nice end to another just so-so week. New York has yet to find its footing in this lockout-shortened season with Thursday's 4-1 win over Tampa Bay finally putting an end to a nasty four-game losing streak. They'll look ahead to games with east-coast rivals, as the Flyers and Islanders loom next week.
Islanders: Sunday's win over Ottawa put an end to a three-game losing streak, as the Islanders continue to run pretty hot and cold so far this season. Four games lurk ahead as they'll take on the Canadiens, Rangers, Capitals and Penguins all next week.
Devils: New Jersey finds itself trying to dig out of a recent hole, as they'll enter next week on a four-game losing streak including a pair of losses to Winnipeg in a unsuccessful home and home. They'll try to dig out of this morass with games against Toronto, Tampa and Buffalo upcoming.
Big East basketball: Connecticut lost a heartbreaker in double overtime to Georgetown, before another crusher to Cincinnati as they continue to look for their 20th win. Syracuse found itself on the losing end of an equally tough defeat, faltering late against Louisville in a 58-53 loss over the weekend. Rutgers continues its free fall with losses to Providence and Georgetown, as the Scarlet Knights have lost 10 of their last 11 games and have just taken a beating in Big East play.