New York Giants one of the likely Hard Knocks 2021 candidates

New York Giants, Daniel Jones

The New York Giants have never appeared on HBO’s Hard Knocks, but it remains to be seen how long that will last. The organization has famously been opposed to appearing on the show, but meets the conditions this year to get selected whether they like it or not.

The Giants no longer have a first year coach, they haven’t made the playoffs in the past two years, and they haven’t been on the show in the last 10 seasons. That makes them eligible even if the organization doesn’t quite want to show up on the show.

On the other hand, the show is generally unpopular for the fans of the team showcased and Giants co-owner John Mara basically said in 2010 that the Giants would only appear on the show over his dead body.

Fans tend to dislike the distraction that the show presents for the team involved, and that applies heavily to the Giants, a team that’s already based in one of the toughest media markets in the country. Furthermore, the Giants are in the second year of the Joe Judge era and have big expectations to take a step forward after being one of the last teams out of the playoffs.

All of those, things, though, make for compelling TV stories. Judge’s second year, Saquon Barkley’s return from injury, and the progression of Daniel Jones are all things to watch for if the Giants appear. With all those storylines surrounding the Giants, we shouldn’t be too surprised if HBO and the league can’t resist choosing the team to showcase during this season’s training camp.

Motown Beatdown: Knicks seize solo fourth after routing Pistons

There was no redemption game for Dennis Smith Jr. Only a painful reminder of what he’s missing after he got traded.

The New York Knicks shackled Smith and his new team, Detroit Pistons, 109-90, Sunday night at Little Caesar’s Arena, to move up to solo fourth in the Eastern Conference.

The Knicks (18-17) are off to their best start since going 23-12 after their first 35 games in their 54-win campaign in the 2012-13 season. That also marked the last time they made the playoffs.

The Knicks are starting to look like a playoff team. They’re doing it the old-fashioned way, relying on their top-three defense that has now improved to the top two after this win.

Smith came into this game coming off his best performance of the season and shooting 53 percent from the field in his last three games. But the Knicks mercilessly showed why he became dispensable.

Smith, the Pistons’ new lead guard, rammed into the Knicks’ defensive wall and was held to just seven points on 3-of-11 shooting. The Pistons’ offense never got to hit the ground running as they shot an atrocious 38.4 percent from the field.

On the flipside, Derrick Rose, whom the Knicks acquired in exchange for Smith, continued to make an impact. New York is now 3-0 since Rose was inserted into the starting lineup.

“I think the first unit has really found good chemistry together. They’re reading the game well. They’re feeding off each other. They’re playing very unselfishly and are tied together on both ends of the floor,” Tom Thibodeau said.

Rose had 14 points and five assists, while Julius Randle overwhelmed the Pistons frontcourt with 25 points on 10-of-18 shooting. The Knicks’ All-Star added eight rebounds, six assists, two steals, and one block in another masterclass.

RJ Barrett also imposed his will. The sophomore swingman has collected his second straight 20-plus point game, dropping 25 points on efficient 8-of-13 shooting. He added five rebounds and three assists.

Nerlens Noel, the only remaining true center in the Knicks’ lineup, continued to hold the fort. He was all over the court (8 points, 11 rebounds, two assists, three steals, and three blocks). The Knicks even grabbed more defensive rebounds than the Pistons, 35-33.

Alec Burks and Immanuel Quickley combined for 28 points off the bench.

Despite missing several key players — Elfrid Payton (sore right hamstring), Mitchell Robinson (broken right hand), and Taj Gibson (left ankle sprain) — the Knicks were no match to the Pistons.

After Jerami Grant opened the game with a triple, the Knicks took control then blow them out after the halftime break.

With only two games left, the Knicks have a shot of going to the All-Star break with a winning record.

They will try to move two games above .500 against San Antonio Spurs on the road on Tuesday before winding up their first-half schedule with a rematch against the Pistons at home on Thursday.

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NASCAR: William Byron dominates final stage at Homestead-Miami

William Byron led the final 58 laps of the Dixie Vodka 400 to earn his second career NASCAR Cup Series victory.

Hendrick Motorsports ruled the day at Homestead-Miami Speedway, as William Byron brought the team’s iconic No. 24 Chevrolet to victory lane at the Dixie Vodka 400. Byron earned his second career NASCAR Cup Series victory, the 264th in HMS history. Hendrick is now four wins away from tying Richard Petty for the most wins as a Cup Series team owner.

Byron took his first extended lead of the race at lap 160 of 267, when stole the second stage victory from Martin Truex Jr. The win in the second 80-lap stage was settled in a single session shootout after Corey LaJoie’s down vehicle brought out a caution. Byron dominated the final 107 laps, leading all but the final eight circuits to secure his first victory since last summer’s regular-season finale at Daytona. His victory in just his third Cup race with crew chief Rudy Fugle, with whom he previously collaborated on seven wins in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

The win was earned shortly after the last caution flag of the day flew at lap 200 for a get-together between Aric Almirola and Ryan Blaney. Byron lost a few positions after the stops, but a strong restart allowed him to swipe the lead from Truex once again by lap 210, a lead earned through a push from his teammate Kyle Larson. He eventually built a five-second lead over the final laps to earn the victory, the first for HMS since Chase Elliott won the 2020 season finale at Phoenix last November.

Byron’s victory is also the first for Chevrolet after Ford and Toyota respectively took the first two events of 2021. Those races, each coming at Daytona International Speedway, put Byron in an early points hole. Wrecks marred the season-opening Daytona 500, as he lost separate cars in his Bluegreen Vacations Duel qualifying race and in a multi-vehicle pile-up in the main event. After finishing a lap down in 33rd last weekend on Daytona’s road course, Byron sat in 29th place in the Cup Series standings. He came into Homestead simply hoping for a strong run but departed with his first career victory on a 1.5-mile track. His best prior finish at such a venue was a fifth-place posting at Kansas last October.

“It was a tough start to the season, but we didn’t really think about that going into this week,” Byron said. “We just thought about executing a good race. It’s always nice when the speed is there, but I feel like we put in the effort to make sure it was, and it was kind of a flawless weekend really.”

With the win, Byron is now more or less guaranteed a spot in the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs. He has reached the playoffs in each of his last seasons, each of those clinches came down to the last event of the 26-race regular season. He is the third different winner in three different 2021 events, joining Michael McDowell and Christopher Bell, who each won in the Cup Series for the first time.

“It’s going to be fun this year,” Byron declared. “I think I’ve spent kind of a lot of my Cup Series career kind of on the bubble of the playoffs and now I don’t have to worry about that. It’s crazy; I’m going to take all that stuff in, and just got a great team, got an awesome crew chief. It’s going to be a fun year.”

Tyler Reddick earned his second top five in as many Cup starts at Homestead, putting on a late charge to finish second ahead of Truex and Larson. Kevin Harvick rounded out the top five.

The NASCAR Cup Series returns to action next Sunday afternoon at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the Pennzoil 400 presented by Jiffy Lube (3:30 p.m. ET, Fox).

Race Notes

  • Daytona 500 champion Michael McDowell continued his surprisingly strong opening run with a sixth-place finish. This marks the first time both McDowell and his team, Front Row Motorsports, have earned three consecutive top ten finishes at any point in their tenures. McDowell and Harvick are the only drives to earn top ten finishes in each of the first three races this season.

 

  • Chris Buescher won the first stage and led 57 laps, the most a Roush Fenway Racing Ford has led since Greg Biffle led 58 at Talladega in October 2014. However, Buescher faded later in the race and wound up in 19th. The day was not a total loss for RFR, as Ryan Newman finished seventh in the No. 6 Ford.

 

  • Points leader Denny Hamlin sat on the pole, but was forced to start at the rear after making unapproved adjustments to his No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota. Hamlin made it to the front by the midway point of the race and even battled Truex aggressively for the second stage win (drawing Truex’s ire over the radio) but a pit road speeding penalty forced him to start from scratch. Hamlin finished 11th and continues to hold a 20-point advantage over Harvick for the points lead.

 

Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffJMags

UFC: Jorge Masvidal says rematch with Kamaru Usman is on

The rematch between the UFC welterweight champion and The BMF is on. Well, it’s on at least according to Jorge Masvidal (35-14). Last night, Masvidal broke the news to Boxing Social after his commentating gig at the Canelo Alvarez fight.

Masvidal told the outlet that the matchup between himself and welterweight champion Kamaru Usman (18-1) will take place in September. This fits the UFC‘s ideal timeline factoring in The Ultimate Fighter. A couple of weeks ago, the promotion had serious momentum building towards Masvidal – Usman 2.

However, Usman came out and said he was losing interest and the fight appeared to be in trouble. The promotion was wanting the two of them to be the coaches of The Ultimate Fighter then have their rematch after the season.

The UFC is planning to start the filming of TUF in the early summer. Usually, the show takes about six or seven weeks to film. After that, if you factor in a full training camp, September would sound about right for Usman and Masvidal.

UFC rematch the world wants to see

The two men originally fought last year on Fight Island at UFC 251. In early 2020, the matchup between the two was being hyped before it was finalized. However, the UFC couldn’t come to terms with Masvidal to make the fight happen.

The promotion ultimately shifted to Gilbert Burns. However, when Burns tested positive for COVID, the UFC turned back to Masvidal. The fight took place on one week’s notice and Usman would go on to win a decision.

Given the circumstances of the first fight, the rematch should be an easy sell. Kamaru Usman is a dominant champion while Masvidal is still one of the biggest stars in the sport. The first fight leaves room for clarity considering the short-notice nature.

Now, it appears that the UFC is close to finalizing the rematch for later in the year. It’s going to take some patience from fans considering the fight is months away, but factoring in TUF, the world should be buzzing by the time the rematch actually happens.

New York Giants named a top landing spot for Jaylen Waddle by Pro Football Focus

New York Giants, Jaylen Waddle

The New York Giants are in the market for new playmakers. After the Giants’ offense averaged only 17.5 points per game in 2020, general manager Dave Gettleman and co-owner John Mara promised to add playmakers to New York’s offense this offseason. This has led man to assume that the Giants will be drafting a wide receiver with the eleventh overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.

This year’s draft class is loaded with wide receiver talent. At the top are three blue-chip prospects that could all potentially be drafted in the top ten. Devonta Smith, Jaylen Waddle, and Ja’Marr Chase are all elite wide receiver prospects. If one of these players falls to the Giants at eleven, New York should not even hesitate to draft them.

But which wide receiver prospect should be the Giants’ number one target? According to Pro Football Focus, Jaylen Waddle and the Giants are a perfect prospect-team pairing. PFF’s Anthony Treash named the Giants Jaylen Waddle’s best landing spot.

Why Jaylen Waddle and the Giants are a perfect match

The Giants are in need of a dynamic receiving threat to help Daniel Jones have his year-three breakout season. Jaylen Waddle could be that receiver for Big Blue. One of Waddle’s main selling points to the Giants is his elite, game-changing speed. The Giants do not have a guy on their roster that possesses the speed that Waddle does.

PFF Anthony compared Waddle’s speed to that of Henry Ruggs III, a prospect who teams fell in love with after he recorded a 4.27s 40-yard-dash time at last year’s NFL Scouting Combine.

The things that make Waddle such a good prospect match the things that Daniel Jones does well as a quarterback. Waddle’s speed makes him a premiere vertical threat. The Giants’ offense lacked vertical threats in 2020, but they did have a quarterback that threw the ball deep with great efficiency. Daniel Jones earned the third-best passing grade on passes thrown over 20 yards downfield, per PFF.

Jaylen Waddle did not play a full season in 2020 as he suffered a season-ending injury after only 4 games. But in those games he played, Jaylen was incredible and was on pace to have a phenomenal season. Waddle was that deep threat that Jones needs, totaling 329 deep receiving yards over those four contests. He finished the season with 591 yards and 4 touchdowns and established himself as arguably the top receiver in this year’s draft class.

Is we inch closer to the NFL Draft in April, the boards will continue to shift and prospects will see their stocks rise and fall. Waddle is a player unlikely to make it out of the top ten, but if he is on the board for the Giants with the eleventh overall pick, he would be a home-run selection.

New York Yankees Recap: Yankees lose to the Jays 6-4 in the first game

Mike Tauchman, New York Yankees

The New York Yankees had their first game of spring training today at George M. Steinbrenner Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. The Yankees faced the Toronto Blue Jays and lost the game 6-4. It was a landmark game in that it was the first day since March 12 that fans were allowed in the stands. Steinbrenner field holds 10,000 fans but was limited to just over 2,800 fans socially distanced in pods of two, three, and four sets separated by well over six feet. All fans wore masks, although many took them off as the game progressed.

It was as perfect a day for baseball that you could imagine. It remained about 80 degrees throughout the game under bright sunny skies and a light southerly breeze. You couldn’t ask for a better day for the first game of spring training. The only downer was that the Yankees did not win the game.

Michael King was the starting pitcher for the Yankees, and he pitched the first two innings giving up two runs. In each following inning, the New York Yankees sent a different pitcher to the mound. When the Yankees took to the field, they had the #16 on their sleeve, honoring Yankee great Whitey Ford, who passed away last season. Ford was one of the most famous of Yankee pitchers. Right up until the last Old Timer’s game, he was always there. The Yankees feel the loss of one of their Hall of Famers.

In the first inning with a Jay on base, Rowdy Tellez hit a ground-rule double that got past Aaron Judge and bounced into the right-field stands, and just like that, it was 2-0 Jays. Michael King hit two Jays players in as many innings. Cavan Baggio hit an RBI double for a 3-0 Toronto Blue Jays score, in the second inning. By the fourth inning, Blue Jay’s pitching kept the Yankees off the bases. In the third, Jonathan Davis had an RBI single making it 4-0 Jays.

Lopez scored in the fourth on a fly ball that fell short of Clint Frazier, increasing the Blue Jay lead to 5-0. In the bottom of the frame, DJ LeMahieu hit a single, Gleyber Torres doubled, and Luke Voit singled, which produced a run for the Yankees and putting them on the Board. Jays 5 Yankees 1. In the bottom of the fifth, Michael Brantley, with one-on, hit a 2 RBI homer making it 5-3 Jays.

Following Brantley, Mike Tauchman hit a towering home run onto the pavilion roof, adding another run for the Yankees, making it close at 5-4. But the Yankees failed to score for the rest of the game. In the top of the seventh, the Blue Jays tacked on another run when Logan Warmouth homered for the final score of 6-4.

During the game, New York Yankee manager Aaron Boone was interviewed by Michael Kay. Boone said he likes where his players were coming into spring training and their frame of mind. He stated that he was happy to see fans back in the stands. When asked what his major concerns were, what keeps him up at night? Boone responded the pitching, making sure he builds up the pitchers properly and being mindful of limiting innings to keep them fresh. He also talked about how this year, the team should realize the efforts of health and conditioning director Eric Cressey to keep both Judge and Stanton on the field.  He left open the question if the Yankees would employ a six-man rotation. Boone said he would do what was necessary to protect the staring lineup.

The New York Rangers fall flat in matinee loss to the Boston Bruins

After scoring a season-high six goals on Friday night, the New York Rangers could only muster one goal, falling 4-1 to the Boston Bruins.

The Bruins looked more like a first-place team after losing four of their last five. They did not allow the Rangers to get many solid scoring chances, and only giving up a Colin Blackwell goal in the third period.

After the game, Brendan Smith said in his post-game Zoom conference that “They came out playing pretty hard. They defended really well. You’ve got to tip your hat to them.”

New York Ranger’s goalie misses a large part of the first period due to an injury

In the first period, the Bruin’s Nick Ritchie “fell” on Ranger’s goaltender Alexandar Georgiev during a scramble in front of the net. Georgiev has a cut around the eye and required some medical attention before returning to play.

However, after Charlie Coyle scored the first Boston goal, Georgiev was removed from the game due to concussion protocol and was replaced by Igor Shesterkin. Georgiev returned for the second period and finished the game.

In his post-game interview, Georgiev said that he is ok and that the injury did not have any impact on Coyle’s goal.

Head coach David Quinn was asked after the game why Georgiev was not pulled directly after the injury. “I was told he was OK, so we kept him in.” Quinn said “(Head trainer Jim Ramsay) worked on him and said he was fine. Then the NHL buzzed down and said they wanted to look at him.”

Whether or not the fall on Georgiev was accidental, Brandan Lemieux made it very clear that it was not appreciated. Lemieux and Ritchie engaged in a little scrum at the closing minutes of the third period.

Shesterkin was tagged with the loss, giving up one goal on two shots. Georgiev ended the game with 31 saves.

The Rangers return to action Tuesday night when they host the Buffalo Sabres.

 

 

New York Yankees: Michael King struggles in first spring start

New York Yankees, Michael King

25-year-old Michael King is one New York Yankee pitcher who happens to be in the mix for a starting rotation spot. He spent a good portion of the off-season at the team facility in Tampa facing live batters and was handed the ball for the Spring Training opener. Unfortunately, King’s first Spring Training start did not go to plan.

Over two innings, King gave up three runs off three hits while walking two and hitting two batters.

Things started off well for King, as he was able to get Toronto Blue Jays lead-off hitter Cavan Biggio to fly out on the first pitch of the ballgame. A single from new Blue Jay Marcus Semien and a walk drawn by Bo Bichette put two runners on with one out in the first. After a flyout hit by Lourdes Gurriel Jr., King hit big Vladimir Gurrero Jr. to load the bases for Rowdy Tellez.

Tellez roped a 1-0 fastball down the line for a ground-rule double, giving the Blue Jays an early 2-0 lead. Two runners remained on for Danny Jansen, but King was able to work out of it with a grounder to Gleyber Torres.

Much like the first inning, King was able to get a quick first out in the second with a Josh Palacios liner to Mike Tauchman in center. Then, on a 1-0 fastball, King clipped Jonathan Davis in the elbow, hitting his second batter of the day. Davis stole second, then Biggio doubled to left to drive Davis home.

King would then ring up Semien on three pitches and walk Bichette before ending his outing with a groundout to Torres.

Although it’s his first start of Spring Training, this outing from King may put an early wrinkle in his chances of making the team once camp breaks.

New York Jets expected to franchise tag S Marcus Maye (Report)

The New York Jets are expected to use their tag on the safety Maye, who enjoyed a breakout season after Jamal Adams’ departure.

Per Ralph Vacchiano of SNY, the New York Jets will use their franchise tag on Marcus Maye when the 14-day period opens on Tuesday. Maye, who turns 28 in March, enjoyed a breakout season that led to team MVP honors after the tumultuous departure of fellow safety, 2017 draftee, and SEC alum Jamal Adams via trade.

The placing of the franchise tag will put Maybe in the $10-11 million range for a single season. New York can afford such a deal while going after longer-term endeavors, as they currently have the second-highest cap space in football (just under $68 million). Maye earned 88 tackles, 11 pass breakups, two sacks, and two interceptions, all of which were good for career-bests. He’s an ideal candidate for the franchise tag as the Jets’ excess cap space will afford them a one-year deal that likely keeps Maye satisfied and gives them a year to see whether he fits in Robert Saleh and Jeff Ulbrich’s defensive plans.

Saleh had some positive words for Maye upon accepting the Jets’ head coaching job in January.

“I know (general manager Joe Douglas) holds him in very high regard,” Saleh said, per notes provided by the Jets. “I know he’s got a tremendous reputation in the locker room and so being able to get on the tape and just study him and see how he fits and where. From my understanding, he’s a very, very, very talented young man. And within our scheme, safeties are, obviously, they’re important to everybody, but with how we do things, it sounds like he’d be a very versatile piece.”

Vacchiano’s report states that a franchise tag also makes sense for Maye on a personal level, as it could be one of the better deals he gets with the NFL’s salary cap expected to shrink by about $13 million in the wake of the ongoing health crisis.

“If you’re a guy like Marcus, not in the top tier, you might not find that big contract this year,” an NFL agent told SNY. “You might have to take a one-year deal, bet on yourself, and take your shot again next year. That’s the same as getting the franchise tag, only the tag is probably worth more.”

The tag period begins on Tuesday and will run through March 9, with free agent signings set to begin on March 17.

Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffJMags

The Legacy of Hinchliffe Stadium Part IV: What Lies Ahead

ESM’s four-part series on Hinchliffe Stadium concludes with a look ahead to the future, as advocates remain hopeful for brighter days ahead.

It is, perhaps, all too appropriate that the fight to save Hinchliffe Stadium is fueled by resilience and perseverance. Those who made their names on the stadium’s naturally surfaced baseball diamond displayed the bravest and most vital forms of the traits during their Negro League endeavors, forever changing the course of professional baseball in Paterson, NJ, and beyond.

However, the stadium sits vacant, an eyesore in an otherwise picturesque setting of the Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park. Aging since its abandonment through bureaucratic follies in the 1990s, Hinchliffe Stadium supporters, on both the local and national levels, press on to preserve a facility that carries the spirits of heroes in both athletic and social realms.

“It becomes a teaching moment for us,” Bob Kendrick, the President of Kansas City’s Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, said of the importance of restoring Hinchliffe. “The more that we can establish these kinds of moments where we help educate people and, hopefully in the process, sensitize them to the importance of culture and heritage, to the diversity, the inclusion, the equity, that’s so important. The fact is that those elements are embedded inside the story of Black baseball in this country and Hinchliffe was a focal point of the story of Black baseball. It’s all about connecting the dots.”

The efforts of these supporters on the intersection of Liberty and Maple Streets may finally be paying off.

After decades of waiting and administrative gaffes, progress is finally being made. Earlier this month, the restoration effort was granted over $67 million in state tax credits, awarded through the New Jersey Economic Development Authority. These funds are set to be used on a multi-faceted rebuild that includes housing for senior citizens and a multi-storied parking garage. If all goes according to plan, ground could break next month to coincide with Opening Day for the 2021 MLB season, with a potential opening of August 2022.

Brian LoPinto, a co-founder of the Friends of Hinchliffe Stadium, is pleased to see the progress after several false starts. He’s hoping this is just the beginning of the change, suggesting other changes like renaming the facility to something along the lines of “Larry Doby Field at Hinchliffe Stadium” in honor of the local legend that broke the American League color barrier in 1947.

Having played a strong role in the restoration process through awareness-raising and grant-writing, LoPinto has seen false hope before, but remains hopeful for this new cause, one that he believes was afforded to Paterson through both timing and its significant role in national African-American history.

“The difference this time is the tax credits. This just happens to be Paterson’s turn for tax credits. If these tax credits were available, say, ten years ago, then perhaps those tax credits would’ve been used for Hinchliffe’s rehabilitation,” LoPinto explained. “It’s also the African-American history that allows for some of the tax credits as well. I believe that, without the Negro Leagues, tax credits wouldn’t necessarily be available for a project of this magnitude.”

“Without the African-American history, I don’t think these tax credits exist for Hinchliffe Stadium.”

Heading the restoration project is Baye Adolfo-Wilson. The former Deputy Mayor and Director of Economic and Housing Development of Newark who grew up in Paterson and graduated from Kennedy High School as a track star, whose Knights starred in local endeavors on both the natural surface and Astroturf that has long vanished. His new plans for the stadium also include a restaurant and event space that pays tribute to the Negro Leagues’ expansive history and he also hinted that professional soccer could find a home in the new setting.

A vocal advocate of social causes, Adolfo-Wilson was drawn to the project through its transformative potential. With no jobs available in Paterson in the 1980s, Adolfo-Wilson turned to military service. He believes his involvement in the Hinchliffe transformation could revitalize what’s been characterized as a downtrodden city. John Regan, another former local athlete turned retired insurance examiner for the state, played baseball within the fences. He believes that “bad management” was the biggest factor in its current state of disrepair.

Adolfo-Wilson believes that his efforts will not only spearhead change in Paterson, but also raise awareness to the African-American community’s unjust struggle and subsequent perseverance in this country.

“I had gone into the Army not because I was super patriotic, but because I needed a job, I needed money for college,” Adolfo-Wilson said. “There were so many Black and brown men and women like me who had gone into the military because, at home, there were no opportunities for them. So I was committed to doing something in Paterson.”

“There’s a lot that’s changed, there’s a lot that still needs to change. I think the historical aspect of doing a restoration of a Negro League baseball stadium is significant to tell the history. People don’t know that there were Negro Leagues and that there was a team called the New York Black Yankees, the New York Cubans. The color line that Jackie Robinson and Larry Doby conquered is a significant point in the modern civil rights movement. I think it’s important that people know that this history of discrimination and segregation, and the consistent work that’s been done by Black folks to overcome it isn’t something that’s just started. It’s been going on for centuries.”

With any luck, through the efforts of LoPinto, Adolfo-Wilson, and many, many, more, Hinchliffe now has the resources and support to stand for the next century and more.

To the naked eye, it’s hard to believe that such a dilapidated facility has gained such a following, how a long-abandoned facility is worth saving. But a deeper look into this process shows a truth that’s prevalent in most walks of American life that is hidden beneath some ugly layers: it’s rarely any political figure that makes America great, especially in these social causes and calls for change …it’s We the People.

One of the brightest shrines to this concept may yet have its chance at enlightenment in the near future.

Special thanks to Baye Adolfo-Wilson, Larry Doby Jr., Bob Kendrick, Brian LoPinto, John Regan, and Jimmy Richardson, all of whom played major roles in the history and documentation of his process.

Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffJMags