2013 was a very forgettable year for New York sports. Other cities may boast lower winning percentages, but in the Big Apple expectations are always higher, and not one of the 8 professional teams met those expectations this year.
When you have the highest payroll in baseball you are expected to compete for the World Series every season. When you don’t even make the playoffs, the season is a complete failure. To make matters worse, Yankees fans had to deal with the ARod saga all season long, which just added to the frustration. The worst part of this season however remains that the Red Sox won the World Series.
Nobody ever expects much from the Mets, not even their own fans. But when your hope for the future, pitcher Matt Harvey, blows his arm out near the end of an already bleak season, it doesn’t get your hopes up for next season, or the next, or the next…
The Giants weren’t expected to be a great team, but they were definitely expected to make the playoffs and compete for the NFC East Title. That didn’t happen at all. The G-Men were horrific to start the season, but they strung together a few wins and for a minute it looked like they could crawl back into a lackluster NFC East race. That minute ended, and the Giants will miss the playoffs for the 4th time in 5 seasons.
The Jets aren’t out of the picture yet, but they’ll need some help from other teams to get in. Making the playoffs would be a major step for the franchise, but there are still questions about the future direction of the team. (The Jets have been eliminated thanks to the Ravens’ win last night. Womp, womp.) Rookie QB Geno Smith played an up and down season thus far, and has not cemented himself as the answer at QB going forward.
The 2012-13 season wasn’t too bad for the Knicks. They won 54 games and made it to the Eastern Conference semi-finals against the Pacers. The loss was disappointing, but it doesn’t come close to the travesty so far this season in 2013-14. The Knickerbockers currently sit near the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings and look like a very, very bad basketball team.
The Nets also made the playoffs for the 2012-2013 season, but were bounced in the first round. This season, the Nets are a bit better than the Knicks, but still don’t look like a good squad. Some growing pains were expected under first year head coach Jason Kidd, and the team has struggled with injuries. They still sneak into the playoffs if they turn things around, and if their aging players make it through the season in one piece.
The Rangers finished their 2012-2013 season in a Conference Semi-Final loss to the eventual champion Boston Bruins. That’s not too bad, but the passionate Rangers’ fanbase is hungry for a Stanley Cup. With the Rangers currently hovering below the .500 mark, this probably won’t be their year either.
The Islanders surprised everybody last season by making the playoffs for the first time since the 2006-2007 season. It gave their fans hope that maybe the team was on the verge of turning the corner. So far in this season, that hope has fizzled out. The Islanders currently sit dead last in the Metropolitan division. Sometimes false hope is the worst hope.
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