Postponed Rangers-Islanders game moved to St. Patrick’s Day

The NHL has made March 17 a holiday in more ways than one, as the Islanders and Rangers will do battle at MSG.

New York hockey fans will be more than happy to add a little blue to their St. Patrick’s Day proceedings.

The National Hockey League announced on Tuesday that Nov. 28’s postponed game between the New York Islanders and New York Rangers will now be staged on Mar. 17 at Madison Square Garden. Faceoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET with coverage likely carried on the networks of MSG.

That postponed weekend matchup was one of two Islander games delayed by a COVID-19 induced pause, the other being a Nov. 30 visit to Philadelphia. The latter contest against the Flyers has yet to be rescheduled.

Despite its move, the Mar. 17 contest still be the second iteration of this season’s in-state hockey rivalry and the first at MSG. Two further matchups are scheduled for April. The Rangers took away the first meeting on Nov. 24 by a 4-1 final at the first get-together at the Islanders’ new Belmont-based home of UBS Arena. En route to their second consecutive NHL semifinal appearance, the Islanders won six of the eight meetings placed on last year’s division rival-heavy schedule, which included a 3-1-0 mark in Manhattan.

News of the shift came shortly before each team earned big wins in Tuesday night action. The Rangers (17-4-3)  stretched their winning streak to seven with a 6-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks while the Islanders (6-10-5) stopped an 11-game winless skid in Ottawa, topping the Senators 5-3. A return to UBS Arena awaits the Islanders on Thursday night (7:30 p.m. ET, MSG+) while the Blueshirts immediately return to action on Wednesday at home against Colorado (7 p.m. ET, MSG 2/NHL Network).

Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffJMags

New York Jets: 5 games that could get the national TV treatment

When can New York Jets fans expect to see their team in prime time? ESM investigates with the official schedules on their way out tonight.

Nothing showcases the stranglehold that the NFL holds on the American imagination than the release of its annual schedule. The 2021 edition emerges on Wednesday, with early game reveals scheduled for the morning programs of Fox, CBS, and ABC (Fox & Friends, CBS This Morning, and Good Morning America respectively) before the full schedule is posted in prime time.

Contrary to the popular belief that performance dictates how “easy” or “hard” a team’s schedule is, there’s hardly any surprise involved when it comes to an individual team’s opponents. By the time we get to Wednesday’s reveals, everyone knows who their team is going to play in 2021. Heck, the NFL’s scheduling formula allows us to look to, say, 2049, and figure out all but three opponents for the year ahead. But the mere attachment of times and dates causes we, the football-hungry public, to break out into hysterics, a process and celebration that the league has now turned into an all-day affair.

The drama of schedule release day has been relatively benign for fans of the New York Jets. Trapped in a playoff drought that just hit double figures, the Jets have mostly been bestowed the comparatively mundane 1:00 p.m. ET timeslot in a majority of their contests. For example, they haven’t been a part of NBC’s Sunday Night Football package since 2011, seeing several other opportunities to appear on the peacock network erased by flexible scheduling.

But with the arrival of head coach Robert Saleh and offensive weapons, the young Jets could be worth watching and putting on a national stage again. Putting them in the playoff discussion might be a tad much, but there’s no doubt whatsoever that the Jets are in a much more intriguing spot than they were last year. Suddenly, there’s drama behidn the numbers again.

Which games could get the national call? ESM takes a look at five…

1. @ Carolina Panthers

There’s not much history between the Jets and Panthers. The teams have met only seven times and last faced off in Charlotte in 2013. But the Sam Darnold…and, to a lesser extent, Robby Anderson…factor changes everything. The new New York guard…Zach Wilson and Elijah Moore…going up against the old…Darnold and Robby Anderson…makes this a game the Jets could use as a barometer to see where they are in the latest chapter of their rebuild.

The Jets and Panthers may not be fighting for postseason position this year, but they’re in remarkably similar spots: trapped in a division with a powerful conference finalist that shows no signs of relenting, but equipped with hope through young offensive weaponry.

2. Jacksonville Jaguars

Whether they like it or not, Wilson and Trevor Lawrence are forever linked through their status as the opening two picks of the 2021 NFL Draft. Despite the Jets and Jaguars’ recent ineptitude…the two united for three wins last season…this will be an attractive game for the rookie throwers alone.  But there’s so much young talent from the past few drafts that the game should probably be called by Mel Kiper and Todd McShay. Wilson is aided by Moore, Denzel Mims, and Michael Carter, while the Jacksonville side is further repped by DJ Chark, Laviska Chenault, and Travis Etienne.

On top of it all, it well could feature Tim Tebow’s return to MetLife Stadium, the site of some of his most recent NFL regular season action. But, we’re getting ahead of ourselves…

3. Buffalo Bills

The divisional rivalry loses a little luster with the loss of Darnold, Josh Allen’s fellow 2018 draftee. But Buffalo tightened its grip on the hearts of Empire State football with a downright historic season that ended in the AFC Championship Game. Divisional rivalries tend to get priority placement when it comes to the national TV schedule and the Bills would be the most attractive opponent to place in the slot with the New York connections in mind.

4. New England Patriots

The Jets-Patriots rivalry is at an interesting point in that both teams are reeling from losing seasons. But even in their unfamiliar squalor, the Patriots managed to sweep their yearly pair with the Jets last season. A new chapter of the rivalry begins with both teams boasting first-round quarterbacks: Wilson emerges for the Jets while the Patriots counter with Mac Jones.

New York-Boston rivalries always get national attention and the Jets-Patriots matchup has received a Monday Night date in each of the last two seasons. But the two teams’ status as AFC East also-rans, not to mention the uncertainty around the idea of Jones starting (you know Cam Newton won’t go down without a fight) could raise some red flags.

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Just when you thought the Tom Brady nightmare was over, the seven-time Super Bowl champion returns for (at least) one last scare in the form of an interconference game with the defending champions. Networks have a bit of an unhealthy obsession with New York schadenfreude, so it wouldn’t be shocking to see Brady’s reunion with his old metropolitan buddies get the national treatment.

Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffJMags

Three ways a 17-game schedule affects the New York Jets

With the NFL set to introduce a 17-game schedule next season, ESM ponders how the New York Jets will be affected in the immediate aftermath.

The NFL season got a little longer this week, as league owners approved the addition of a 17th game to the yearly schedule. This new game will a fifth interconference battle based on divisional finish the year before. For example, the New York Jets and their AFC East brethren will battle their NFC counterparts in the 2021 debut, with the Jets taking on their fellow fourth-place finishers from Philadelphia.

What sort of unique challenges does the new schedule present? ESM investigates…

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It’s An Extra Game of Experience

Even with some valuable veteran additions in tow, the Jets are still a young team at heart. Only eight players on the current roster have more than five years of NFL experience (not counting ongoing free agents like Bradley McDougald and Neville Hewitt) and all signs point to them sending out a rookie quarterback for their Week 1 contest in September.

Perhaps nothing could’ve stopped the carnage that last season wrought, but the Jets were one of the teams more drastically affected by the lack of a 2020 preseason. There were simply too many new faces that could’ve benefitted from consequence-free opportunities. With Robert Saleh in tow, the Jets are preparing to enter a new era. While there are many newcomers in on one-year deals, there’s hope for longevity through the new contracts bestowed to guys like Corey Davis and Carl Lawson (three years each).

Though the Jets have gotten better through their offseason additions, asking them to compete for a 2021 playoff spot is still a tough ask. Buffalo has apparently inherited the AFC East throne from New England, who spent big this offseason to reclaim. Established wild card contenders pepper the outlook elsewhere. Thus, the 2020 season will be about building continuity and chemistry. If they insert themselves into the playoff conversation, that’s an added bonus. But an extra game gives them a chance to develop the big pair of c’s for their future.

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It’s Perfect For a New Coach

Robert Saleh has a good chance to make a first impression with a shortened preseason on its way.  But now he, as well as the other six new head coaches in the league, has an extra regular season game to further establish his vision and start to make things right.

In his opening statements, Saleh expressed his desire to establish a new culture in New York but stressed that fans would have to be patient.

“There’s an investment that’s going to be made to one another, coaches to players, players to coaches, organization to everybody, and there’s an investment that’s going to be reciprocated,” Saleh said, per notes from the Jets. “(It’s an) understanding that the all gas, no brake mentality that we’re going to have with how we wake up in the morning, how we rehab, how we prepare for meetings, how we take the practice field, how we’re deliberate in everything we do will lead to the results that you’ll see on Sunday. It will take time, but everything we do is going to be designed to win championships in the future.”

The caveat of patience is still extremely necessary, but an extra game of regular season work is a godsend to Saleh and Co.

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The Jets-Giants Rivalry Could Finally Become a Thing

The Jets own countless acres of real estate in the heads of New York Giants fans, and vice versa. Yet, it’s hard to truly classify the battle of Bergen County as a true rivalry as the teams’ quadrennial meeting doesn’t stem enough animosity. One can only get so amped from a preseason tilt as well.

Obviously, the Jets won’t face an NFC East opponent every year under the new format. But the gap between metropolitan meetings could steadily decares if things play out. Heck, if things go the way each side is hoping they will, it could become a battle of local division champions, as the 17th meeting will matchup teams who finished in the same spots. Even if things don’t work out, it can become a battle of rebuilders, and give their long-suffering fans something to battle and brag about.

The Giants-Jets clash is never going to become the Subway Series. But if the 17th game allows them to meet more often than once every four years, it could at least gain a little traction and become a must-see event on the national level.

Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffJMags

NASCAR announces updated schedule, starting lineup for Darlington

Set to return on Sunday, NASCAR updated their series schedule through late June. The slate includes visits to Bristol and Talladega.

As NASCAR inches closer toward returning, its front office announced its moves beyond May.

NASCAR unveiled a schedule update on Thursday afternoon, with each of its three national series set to continue action into late June. This second stage of revival will come after NASCAR completes a series of seven races over eleven days at Darlington and Charlotte Motor Speedway. The premiere Cup Series division is set to make its return from the COVID-19 pandemic pause on Sunday afternoon with the Real Heroes 400 at Darlington Raceway in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina (3:30 p.m. ET, Fox).

“As we prepare for our return to racing at Darlington Raceway on Sunday, the industry has been diligent in building the return-to-racing schedule,” NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer Steve O’Donnell said in a statement. “We are eager to expand our schedule while continuing to work closely with the local governments in each of the areas we will visit. We thank the many government officials for their guidance, as we share the same goal in our return – the safety for our competitors and the communities in which we race.”

The racing body has remained committed to running every race amongst its three national levels in the wake of the pandemic. Darlington and Charlotte are each set to host a pair of Cup races over the next two weeks, while the “minor league” Xfinity Series will run a single race at the respective tracks. Another lower-tier set, the Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series, will return on May 26 at Charlotte. The Cup Series has 32 races remaining on its slate, having run the first four prior to the virus-induced hiatus.

Under this new schedule, the series will descend upon tracks at Bristol, Atlanta, Martinsville, Miami, and Talladega. Much like the events at Darlington and Charlotte, these events will be run without spectators. In accordance with the new schedule, events in Kansas, Michigan, and Mid-Ohio were postponed and those at Iowa Speedway were canceled. The June visit to Talladega also sets up a return for the top division Automobile Racing Club of America, another lower-tier was bought out by NASCAR in 2018.

In addition to the schedule news, NASCAR also unveiled the starting lineup for the first race of the revival. Drivers were chosen at random in tiers based on their spot in the car owners’ standings. For example, the top dozen were assigned the top twelve positions, followed by those in the 13th through 24th-place slots. NASCAR has eschewed qualifying as it returns to action, but an exception will be made for the Coca-Cola 600 in Charlotte on May 24.

Brad Keselowski was the lucky winner of Sunday’s pole position, meaning he will start first at the Real Heroes 400. The driver of Roger Penske’s No. 2 Ford is currently tied for eighth with Matt DiBenedetto in the points standings. He has finished no worse than 15th in each of his last five Darlington Cup events, which includes a win at the 2018 Bojangles’ Southern 500. Alex Bowman will start alongside him in the No. 88 Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports.

Other notables in the Darlington field include Matt Kenseth at 12th. The 2003 Cup Series champion will be making his first start since November 2018 in place of the disgraced Kyle Larson in the No. 42 Chevrolet. Meanwhile, Ryan Newman will start 21st in his first start in the No. 6 Ford since missing three races with injuries sustained in a scary crash at the end of February’s Daytona 500. Points leader Kevin Harvick will start in the sixth position.

For the full starting lineup, click here.

Updated NASCAR Schedule
Series Date Location Time (ET) TV
Cup May 17 Darlington 3:30 p.m. Fox
Xftinity May 19 Darlington 8:00 p.m. FS1
Cup May 20 Darlington 7:30 p.m. FS1
Cup May 24 Charlotte 6:00 p.m. Fox
Xfinity May 25 Charlotte 7:30 p.m. FS1
Truck May 26 Charlotte 8:00 p.m. FS1
Cup May 27 Charlotte 8:00 p.m. FS1
Xfinity May 30 Bristol 3:30 p.m. FS1
Cup May 31 Bristol 3:30 p.m. FS1
Truck June 6 Atlanta 1:00 p.m. FS1
Xfinity June 6 Atlanta 4:30 p.m. Fox
Cup June 7 Atlanta 3:00 p.m. Fox
Cup June 10 Martinsville 7:00 p.m. FS1
Truck June 13 Homestead-Miami 12:30 p.m. FS1
Xfinity June 13 Homestead-Miami 3:30 p.m. Fox
Xfinity June 14 Homestead-Miami 12:00 p.m. FS1
Cup June 14 Homestead-Miami 3:30 p.m. Fox
ARCA June 20 Talladega 2:00 p.m. FS1
Xfinity June 20 Talladega 5:30 p.m. FS1
Cup June 21 Talladega 3:00 p.m. Fox

Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffJMags

Three Key Takeaways From The Giants 2020 Schedule

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The New York Giants schedule was released last night. The Giants have one of the toughest schedules in the NFL this season. The schedule features three prime time games and a slew of divisional matchups in a row. Here are my top three takeaways from the 2020 schedule:

Week One Monday Night Football

It is going to be a long opening weekend for Giants fans. The team will not play on kickoff Sunday. New York will have to wait until Monday night to play its first game of the season, matching up at home with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Fans are used to watching prime time games in week one. But those games are usually on Sunday night against Dallas. It will be a nice change of pace this season, facing an AFC opponent in week one. But I have to admit, I am not looking forward to waiting an extra day to watch my Giants play in 2020.

No Sunday Night Football

Giants fans have grown accustomed to the Sunday night battles against Dallas in recent years. But this year, there will be no such game. The Giants do not have a single game scheduled on Sunday night in 2020. It is possible that some games could get flexed to prime time, but as things currently stand, the Giants will play two Monday night games and on Thursday night game.

One game that I am surprised not to see placed on prime time is the matchup with the Cleveland Browns. The Giants will host the Browns in Week 15. This game, though, will be played at 1 p.m. Considering the obviously dramatic storylines heading in, I am surprised it is not a prime time matchup. Odell Beckham Jr. will make his way back to MetLife Stadium for his revenge game against the Giants. It will be an exciting matchup, and it would have made a lot of sense to schedule it for prime time.

Many Potential Playoff Teams

The Giants have an extremely tough schedule in 2020. They face a number of teams that could contend for playoff spots. The Giants start the season with five tough matchups in a row. The Steelers and Bears, depending on how their divisions play out and what the Wild Card seeding looks like, are both potential playoff contenders.

The Giants then face the last two Super Bowl losers in back to back weeks. The 49ers are fresh off of a Super Bowl-losing season in 2019 and the Rams were in the Super Bowl as recently as 2018.

The schedule then gets, arguably, even more difficult. Five of the Giants’ next six opponents are division rivals. The only break from the division comes in week eight against the new and improved Tampa Bay Buccaneers. That key Monday night matchup will see the Giants host Tom Brady and the Bucs on prime time.

On top of all these great teams, the Giants also have to face a few more playoff contenders in their final stretch of games. The Giants will host the Cardinals, a team that could break out this year. They also have to travel to Seattle and face the Super Bowl contending Seahawks with Russell Wilson. New York even has the privilege of playing the best team from the 2019 regular season, the Baltimore Ravens, on the road in Week 16.

The most winnable games for the Giants will be against the Redskins (twice) and the Bengals. But, really, there are no gimmes on this schedule. It will be a tough season for the Giants, but hopefully, with this new and improved roster, plus a new and excellent coaching staff, the Giants could surprise some people and win more games than expected.

Fun Facts and Analysis of the New York Jets’ 2020 Schedule

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Times and dates have been attached to the New York Jets’ 20 preseason and regular season matchups. ESM reveals what you need to know.

As if you didn’t need more of a reason to stay inside, the NFL just gave you 256 goals to work toward.

The league attached times and dates to its 2020 regular season matchups on Thursday, while preaching caution in the wake of the current health crisis. Nonetheless, the event gave fans a welcome reprieve as they continue to work their way through these trying times.

Here’s what you need to know about the Jets’ slate…


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TBD: NY Giants (TBD, WCBS)

The annual Snoopy Bowl stays in the Week 1 slot it found itself in last season, even though the Jets and Giants will not play each other during the regular season. Big Blue took last season’s matchup by a 31-22 final.

August 20: @ Detroit (8:00 p.m., ESPN)

The Jets will play a nationally televised preseason game for the second time in three years, the last matchup being a 2018 visit to Washington, which was also on ESPN.

TBD: Pittsburgh (TBD, WCBS)

Pittsburgh will return to the site where their playoff hopes more or less died, as a Marcus Maye deflection game the Jets a 16-10 win.

TBD: @ Philadelphia (TBD, WCBS)

Should it happen, 2020 will mark the 20th anniversary of the Jets and Eagles meeting annually in the preseason. The Jets took last year’s meeting at MetLife by a 6-0 tally

Regular Season

New York Jets, Sam Darnold, Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills
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September 13: @ Buffalo (1:00 p.m. ET, CBS)

For the third time in four seasons, the Jets will open their regular season against the Bills. Buffalo has taken each of the first two openers in that span thus far, but Sam Darnold has yet to lose at New Era Field, having bested fellow 2019 first-round pick Josh Allen twice thus far. The Jets have dropped their Week 1 matchup in three of the last four seasons, the lone exception being 2018’s Monday night visit to Detroit.

September 20: San Francisco (1:00 p.m. ET, Fox)

The Jets’ will welcome the defending NFC champions for their first East Rutherford visit for AFC business since the 49ers administered a 34-0 shellacking in 2012 en route to that season’s Super Bowl. New York’s last home opener win came in 2017 against Miami, but they have likewise gone 1-3 over their past four tries in such a game.

September 27: @ Indianapolis (4:05 p.m. ET, CBS)

The Jets are 3-1 at Lucas Oil Stadium since it opened in 2008. Alas, the lone exception is the 2010 AFC Championship Game. New York’s previous visit was a 20-7 Monday night triumph in 2015. Overall, the Jets have taken four of the past five meetings with their former AFC East brethren since that postseason match.

October 1: Denver (8:20 p.m. ET, NFL Network)

A previous Thursday night meeting with the Broncos didn’t go so well, as Tim Tebow’s 20-yard touchdown run gave Denver a 17-13 win at Mile High. Their 34-16 win over Denver ended a three-game losing streak in the series. The Jets are 2-5 on Thursday night games since the NFL made them a full-time phenomenon in 2012.

New York Giants, Lorenzo Carter
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October 11: Arizona (1:00 p.m. ET, Fox)

No matter what happens between the Jets and Cardinals, the quarterback matchup between Sam Darnold and Kyler Murray will definitely be more exciting than the last time they met at MetLife Stadium. Back in 2012, Greg McElroy relieved Mark Sanchez and guided the Jets to an ugly 7-6 victory. The Jets have won six of the last seven meetings, but fell in the last showdown in Glendale in 2016.

October 18: @ LA Chargers (4:05 p.m. ET, CBS)

Depending on health progress, the Jets are set to make their first two trips to SoFi Stadium, the site of Super Bowl LV this season. The Jets’ last game against a team with a Los Angeles moniker came back in 1993, when they fell to the Raiders at the Coliseum. More recently, the Jets dropped a 14-7 decision to the Chargers in their last meeting at home on Christmas Eve 2017.

October 25: Buffalo (1:00 p.m. ET, CBS)

The Jets will be looking to end a two-year losing streak at MetLife Stadium to the Bills, who are 4-2 at the relatively new establishment in East Rutherford after dropping their first four. This will mark the first time the Jets end their yearly pair with the Bills by the end of October since 2007, a Buffalo sweep.

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November 1: @ Kansas City (1:00 p.m. ET, CBS)

Kansas City ended their five-decade plus Super Bowl drought. Are the Jets next? Time will only tell, but the first two AFL champions will meet at Arrowhead Stadium for the first time since 2016. The Jets’ last Kansas City masterpiece came in 1998, when John Hall’s 32-yard field goal as time expired gave them a 20-17 victory.

November 9: New England (8:15 p.m. ET, ESPN)

After two appearances last season, the Jets get one showing on Monday Night Football, thought the MetLife meeting with the Patriots gets such a treatment for the second straight season. The Jets will look to end an eight-game losing streak in the rivalry and also seek their first Monday night win since the aforementioned Week 1 tilt against the Lions in 2018.

November 15: @ Miami (4:05 p.m. ET, CBS)

With the expanded AFC playoff picture, could these matchups with Miami hold major implications? The schedulemaker certainly seems to think so, as this is the first time a Jets-Dolphins game starts beyond the 1:00 p.m. ET timeslot since December 2016, when a Miami squad led by Adam Gase beat the Jets 34-13 in a Saturday primetime game.

November 22: Bye Week

The Jets’ bye week comes in Week 11 for the second time in the last three seasons.

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November 29: Miami (1:00 p.m. ET, CBS)

In this de facto home-and-home series with the Dolphins, the Jets will look to win after their bye for the first time since 2015, when they followed up a London win over Miami with another triumph against Washington. The Jets’ last-second win Miami last December, courtesy of a Sam Ficken field goal, ended a four-game losing streak against the Dolphins.

December 6: Las Vegas (1:00 p.m. ET, CBS)

The Jets finished their stretch against the Oakland Raiders with a 9-11 mark, but they were able to end things on a dominant note with a 34-3 win at MetLife Stadium last season. Las Vegas’ new franchise has not won in East Rutherford since 1996 and is 0-3 at MetLife Stadium.

December 13: @ Seattle (4:05 p.m. ET, CBS)

The Jets haven’t beaten the Seahawks since 2004, and their last win in Seattle came at the since-demolished Kingdom in 1997. Their prior matchup a 27-17 defeat at MetLife Stadium.

December 19/20: @ LA Rams (TBD)

Over the last two weeks of the season, a dozen matchups have been nominated to potentially appear in a trio of Saturday games. The Jets’ penultimate two games are a pair of such choices, including the latter half of their SoFi split.

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December 26/27: Cleveland (TBD)

Thus far, Baker Mayfield has gotten the better of Sam Darnold in the two meetings between 2018’s first two quarterbacks. Darnold, however, was unable to take part in last year’s Monday nite tilt, as his illness forced Trevor Siemian and later Luke Falk to oversee a 23-3 defeat in East Rutherford.

January 3: @ New England (1:00 p.m., CBS)

The Jets are still looking for their first win at Gillette Stadium since their epic divisional playoff wince in 2011, but they were at least able to snap the touchdown hex in their last visit. New England and New York last ended their regular seasons against each other in 2018, a game that served as the end of the Todd Bowles era.

Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffJMags






Brooklyn Nets: Here are the top games to circle on your calendar for 2019-20

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On August 12th, at 3 pm, Brooklyn Nets fans everywhere were blessed with the schedule for this upcoming season. In the dry spot of the NBA calendar year, this is the most exciting piece we’ve gotten in awhile.

Now fans, analyst, and everything in between can look ahead toward the season to come. You can start picking games to go to, start counting wins and losses that haven’t occurred yet, and the endless speculation of everything an NBA season has to offer. With all this in mind, I thought it would be good to go through the most important games of the Nets schedule for the 2019-20 season. And first out of the gate is:

October 23 vs Minnesota Timberwolves

Yup, right out the gate. The first game of the NBA season is an important game for Brooklyn’s Nets. Why? Well for a few reasons actually. For starters, it marks the end to the drought without Nets Basketball. We get to see our favorite team compete and just having basketball back, in general, will be exuberant.

Secondly, it’s the first home game of the season. The first game may also show us potential trends in what we can expect to see in line ups and rotations from Coach Kenny Atkinson. And lastly, it is important to get off to a good start. Let’s get these winning streaks going early and often. Lets put our best foot forward and come out in droves to support. And in turn, the team should reward its fans with a win.

October 25 vs New York Knicks

Rivalry day. Not much else to say about this. Let’s get this over with, protect home court, and silence the bipolar optimistically pessimistic Knickerbocker fans and show them where the best basketball is being played in the state.

November 27 @ Boston Celtics

This is an important date outside of it being my sisters birthday. And yes, of course, it’s already a rivalry day game, but it’s so much more than that. Kyrie Irving makes his return to TD Garden after a less than optimal departure from the Boston Celtics. After a lot of the slander he’s received on his way out (although a few of his ex-teammates stepped up to defend him), this is a revenge game.

November 27th, Kyrie aims to show the Celtics and their fans that he wasn’t the problem or at least not the biggest problem. Also, Spencer Dinwiddie and Enes Kanter have had some entertaining twitter bouts back when the big man played for the New York Knicks. Keep your eye on twitter for potential laughs and shots. Max Kellerman also agrees with this being the revenge game of the year to look at.


December 15 vs 76ers

We had a Cinderella season last year. We got further than many may have thought and found ourselves in the 6th seed come season end. That brought us face to face with the 76ers. Well on December 15th, the Sixers come into town as we have a shot to rectify past mistakes with this playoff rematch. Both teams will be sporting new looks, especially Brooklyn, so the outcome of that postseason match up will matter little to nothing here. And of course, it’s a division rival. If you need any more to see that this is a big matchup, the 76ers twitter page posted a series of tweets. One being an overall schedule release tweet and then tweets of specific matchups. The tweets included their games against the Clippers, Rockets, Lakers, and Warriors (all included in the same tweet), their game against the Raptors, and of course, their game against Brooklyn.


February 5 vs Golden State

Aquarius season is in full effect as the prodigal son returns. D’Angelo Russell with his new team in the Golden State Warriors is probably hoping that he can do to Brooklyn what Kyrie Irving is supposed to be doing to the Celtics upon his return. Well as much as D’Lo is loved, it can’t be helped. Not even he can be excused from holding this L. I do expect him to be well received and get a standing ovation.

Which point guard is better for the Nets, Irving or Russell?

Also, look for the Dinwiddie vs D’Lo dynamic. Although D’Lo seems cordial to the organization and most of his teammates during his tenure here, Spence was one of the main people recruiting what would be D’Angelo’s replacement. D’Lo also was following most every other Brooklyn Net during the free agency frenzy, but it seemed Spence was unfollowed. Not only that, but D’Lo vs Spence has been brewing between the fans of Brooklyn all throughout Russell’s Brooklyn Nets tenure. Lots of storylines in this one.

March 12 @ Golden State

Well, we’ll be visiting the Golden State Warriors at their new arena. Since Kevin Durant hasn’t been ruled out for the entirety of next season, there’s a possibility he plays in this game. If he does end up playing, he won’t get huge minutes, but it’s our job to help KD not only play well. It’s also our job to help him beat his old team. This is a chance for KD to get back at Draymond for his comments, at the GM and Kerr for subtle joke jabs, and the Warriors medical staff (although Kevin said he doesn’t feel they mishandled anything).

Honorable Mentions

  • November 20th vs Hornets where Kyrie Irving shows Terry Rozier that there’s a big gap in the caliber of player they are.
  • December 14th @ Toronto Raptors is a game not only against a division rival but also because it’s our first shot at the defending NBA champs. They for sure aren’t even close to the same team that won the championship, but they are the reigning champs and should be treated like such until someone else comes along.

A Look Over The New York Yankees May Schedule

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A lot of easy, must win games were on the schedule in March and April for the New York Yankees, but injuries derailed the idea of an amazing start. Don’t get me wrong, 17-13 is a fine start to the season, just not what the Yankees wanted.

Now in May, the Yankees have a balanced schedule, some tough games and some easy games. Some AL East games, and some inter-league games. Let’s take a peek.

May 3rd-5th: Minnesota Twins

The Minnesota Twins are currently red-hot, and sit first in the AL Central at 19-10. They are fresh off taking three of four from the Houston Astros. They are led by Jorge Polanco with a .336 average and Eddie Rosario with 11 home runs. The Yankees have three against these guys, and winning two of them would be a successful series. Plus, Miguel Andujar is scheduled to be in the lineup on Saturday.

May 6th-9th: Seattle Mariners

The Mariners are another club that is playing good baseball, currently at 18-15 and second in the AL West. They have however lost their last four, including being swept in a two game set to the Cubs. Domingo Santana, Dee Gordon, and Jay Bruce are just a few of the guys that could potentially eat the Yankees alive. This is a four game set, and the Yankees need to win at least three.

May 10th-12th, 17th-19th: Tampa Bay Rays

These six games aren’t gonna be easy. Tampa sits at 20-11, atop the AL East. Tampa has such a balanced team, and a fantastic manager in Kevin Cash. They also have a perfect mix of veterans and young-guns, and have continued to play well in their “rebuild”. The Yankees need to win five of these six games. It would be great to get to first place and stay there.

May 13th-15th, May 20th-23rd: Baltimore Orioles

Nothing less than winning all six games against the Orioles should be considered a failure. Sure, 11-21 isn’t great, but they are playing pretty good for what they have. Trey Mancini is having a fantastic year, batting .342. After these two series, the Yankees only face the Orioles for one more series in each park all year.

May 24th-26th: Kansas City Royals

The same applies as the Oriole series, nothing but winning all of these games should be considered a failure. The Royals are also at 11-21, and the Yankees took three of four from them in a series a few weeks ago. More notably, that’s when Aaron Judge got hurt. It is so important to win these games, especially on the road.

May 27th-29th: San Diego Padres

Remember our good friend Manny Machado? Well, he returns to the Bronx in a few weeks with his Padres. But, Machado is struggling a good bit, batting just .235. Fernando Tatis Jr. leads the Padre offense, but was recently injured. The Padres sit at 18-14 and 3rd in the NL West. The Yankees need to win the series.

May 30th-June 2nd: Boston Red Sox

The 14-17 Red Sox roll into town for a four game set, sitting fourth in the AL East despite their star-power. However, it appears they are starting to figure things out, coming off a sweep of the Athletics. The Yankees need to find a way to win the series.

Record Prediction (May 3rd-June 2nd): 21-7, first in the AL East.