An article in today's paper reminded us that, for all its established status as a world capitol, New York is actually something of an underachiever when it comes to sports. Once you take the Yankees out of the equation--and we fervently wish to take the Yankees out of the equation--the success of New York sports franchises looks positively Miami-esque.
Well, OK, maybe not THAT bad, but close.
Consider that the New York Knicks have won only two championships in something like 75 years. The football Giants have been generally competitive over the last twenty years, but before that they were pretty mediocre. And speaking of mediocrity, our beloved New York Mets for most of their fifty year history have ASPIRED to mediocrity--1969 and 1986 notwithstanding.
Of course, this weekend, the Jets have a chance to move one step closer to another notch on the New York chapionship belt. We wish them well, but we are still depressed by the thoughts provoked by this discussion of New York shortcomings. Is it POSSIBLE that New Yorkers have an overinflated opinion of their own worth?
"New York: A Champ When It Comes to Losing"