The struggle of New York sports teams

Eric Fishbin, Sports Editor

At the high school level, winning might not be everything.  However, when it comes to professional athletics, fans expect top results and consistent wins from their favorite team or player.

A team’s success or failure can be summed up by its fan’s reactions to a team win.  On Nov. 9, the New York Jets defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers, who had prior to that moment been on a three game winning streak.

No question, this was an upset that, in the moment, thrilled the ever-passionate Jet fans.  However, when reflecting on the victory, Gang Green fans realized that despite the win, the team’s hopes at a number one draft pick decreased.

It is highly unlikely that the Jets qualify for the postseason, but there is hope for a top draft pick.  Each win moves the team farther from a top pick, and with that, farther from a possibly successful future.

Cross over the George Washington Bridge and you will land in New York.  Here, you will find the struggling Knickerbockers and their triangle offense.  Despite a 46 point performance from Carmelo Anthony, the Knicks fell on a last second buzzer beater attempted by second year point guard, Trey Burke, from Michigan.  Burke’s buzzer beater, just seconds after Anthony tied the game up with a banked three pointer, bewildered fans at The Garden on Nov. 14.

The incident became the Knicks’ seventh loss in a row this season.

It has become evident that they have not perfected the signature Phil Jackson triangle offense.  At this point, it is becoming worrisome that rookie head coach Derek Fisher does not have the skills to run a team, despite performing the offense on the court his entire career.

Fisher claims that the team has been improving each game, but the results have not shown this.  Sloppy turnovers, ill-advised shots, and lack of communication between teammates have contributed to the franchise’s early failures.

Unlike the Jets, tanking is not a strong option for the Knicks.

The NBA has been using a lottery system to decide the order of its draft since 1993. Therefore, even if the Knicks were to finish last, the team is not guaranteed the top pick.

The New York Giants have lost each of its last five games.

Last Sunday, Nov. 16, quarterback Eli Manning threw for a season high five interceptions, including two to linebacker Chris Borland.

Now, with a 3-7 record, the Giants will face the division leading Dallas Cowboys in a Sunday Night Football showdown.

The Big Blue’s run defense is ranked last in the league, and its passing defense is in the bottom ten.

The defense is not fully to blame.  The lack of production from the offense has contributed greatly to the failure of the team.  In Ben McAdoo’s new west-coast style offense, Manning has struggled and a lack of connection with the receivers has been evident.

Perhaps with low draft picks, the Giants and Jets can each improve in a desperate department.

For Jets fans, seeing a new quarterback in town would excite enthusiasts.  Oregon’s Marcus Mariota would be sure to thrill Gang Green fans.  Mariota is currently leading the Ducks to a 9-1 record, and a playoff spot.

As for the Giants, the run game is in desperate need of repair.

After seeing a historic, record-breaking performance from Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon, the Heisman hopeful might please the impatient New York fans.

These are not the only New York teams that have struggled over the past season.  The Mets and Yankees each failed to make the post-season in 2014.

With this increased lack of success in these sports, it seems as if New York is turning to a new sport: hockey.  The Islanders have enjoyed a five game winning streak and a second place spot in the Metropolitan Division.

The Rangers are coming off a Stanley Cup playoff run, and have put themselves in position to win games in the future.

Ultimately, New Yorkers are looking for success.

Fans do not have the patience to wait for the triangle offense to be set up.

They want to see flashing lights in front of Madison Square Garden, media attention at the Meadowlands, and big plays across the board.

Perhaps after the drafts of next year, new players will revive the dominance of New York sports teams.