Happy New Year to all. Enjoy the festivities.
I've been seeing top 10 of 2008 lists, so why not a top 10 NY sports stories of 2008.
1. Giants win the Super Bowl
The Giants historic victory over the undefeated Patriots team is probably the best story in all of sports in 2008. The Giants unlikely Super Bowl run culminated in quite possibly the greatest Super Bowl upset of all time. Whether you are a Jets or a Giants fan you had to love this.
2. Last game at Yankee Stadium and Shea Stadium
NY Baseball will be played in two new venues starting in 2009. Yankee Stadium got the most attention given the All-Star Game and its place in both baseball and overall sports history.
3. No October baseball in New York
NY baseball fans had an unfamiliar feeling in October with neither team in the playoffs for the first time since the strike shortened season in 1994.
4. Jets get Brett
The Jets made a bold move and brought in Brett Favre after his several month long retirement saga with Green Bay. The move appeared to be paying dividends until a late season collapse that cost Mangini his job.
5. Knicks fire Isiah Thomas, hire Donnie Walsh and Mark D'Antoni
The long overdue changing of the guard at the Garden has given Knicks fans hope. After absolute futility on the floor, the Larry Brown saga, the Anucha Brown Sanders saga, and several horrble signings/trades, Thomas was finally cut loose.
6. Yankees Spending Spree
The Yankees don't react well to not making the playoffs. Hank and Hal have gone on an epic spending spree bringing in top free agents CC Sabathia, AJ Burnett, and Mark Teixeira.
7. Nets trade Jason Kidd
An end of an era for the Nets. They dealt the face of the franchise for a package headlined by Devin Harris.
8. Plaxico Burress shoots himself in club
After several suspensions for missing meetings and being late to practice. Plaxico upped it a level by accidentally shooting himself in a club. Looks like the end of the Plaxico-Giants marriage.
9. Mets get Santana; Yankess go with Hughes and Kennedy
The Yankees flirted with getting Johan Santana but decided to stick with a youth movement. Hughes and Kennedy were terrible and you can see this offseason the Yankees are back to their old ways. The Mets took the opportunity to add Santana, who had a solid year, but not good enough to get into the playoffs.
10. Rangers blow 3-0 Game 1 lead against Penguins
The Rangers seemed poised to make a run in the playoffs after easily disposing of the Devils and jumping out to a 3-0 lead in game 1 of their series against the Penguins. They wound up blowing the lead and losing game 1 5-4. The Penguins never looked back and finished off the Rangers in 5 games.