Topic: New York

February 7, 2012

Tom Coughlin, the crimson-faced middle school principal and easily goofed-upon disciplinarian who coaches the Giants, has now won as many Super Bowl rings as Bill Parcells, Vince Lombardi and Tom Landry. Does this have to mean anything?

January 31, 2012

For as long as Elisha Nelson Manning has been a starting quarterback in the NFL, it has been a source of comfort and grace to me that he’s not very good at being a starting quarterback in the NFL. This isn’t because I have any particular beef with Eli Manning as a vessel for football talent or even his general project of looking like a mutant fifteen-year-old. I find his shy-unto-sullen frat-dude thing vaguely endearing, for reasons I don’t understand. When Eli got a ring in 2007, that was mostly hilarious, because I’m not a Patriots fan, and because the Helmet Catch was first-rate sports melodrama.

December 5, 2011

Jose Reyes got a contract offer from the Miami Marlins that the New York Mets couldn't match, and so he left. It's not all that complicated. How the the Mets organization became the zombie-patrolled ruin it is today, on the other hand...