Where Does The Axe Fall?

Expectations are a funny thing. The Yankees are widely derided for being failures after winning “only” 85 games, but chances are they will be the most successful local franchise in New York when the 2013-14 seasons conclude.

Think about it. The Giants have to win out to finish .500, so they won’t do better.

The Jets are 6-7, so they could win out and finish with a higher winning percentage, but is that likely?

Look at hockey. The Rangers and Devils are close to a playoff spot, but both are under .500. The Islanders are one of the worst teams in the league.

And then there is basketball where the Nets and Knicks are a combined 12-29.

So things aren’t very good in NYC sports. But my question is, where does the axe fall when it falls?

Rex Ryan was already almost fired last season, so he is too easy. Jason Kidd is a good choice. The Nets are clearly trying to win now and Kidd just fired Lawrence Frank- the guy he absolutely had to have on the bench with him. (And the guy who got a six-year/$1-million deal to sit on that bench).

But I think the best guess is Mike Woodson. As bad as the other teams are, and they are pretty bad, the Knicks are taking it to a different level. Sunday they were humiliated by the Celtics at the Garden. Last night they responded by not competing in Cleveland. Tonight they take the floor at MSG against the Bulls on National TV. If they mail it in again, I think Woodson gets fired.

That’s a shame because this isn’t his fault. This is Jim Dolan’s fault for chasing off Donnie Walsh and giving up the farm for Carmelo Anthony. So when the coach changes, don’t expect anything else to change. That’s the way things work these days at MSG.


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  • blmeanie  On December 12, 2013 at 10:19 am

    You forgot the mets…anyway, times are good for Boston fans in the NY/Boston debate. I don’t see how all but Girardi don’t get blown out? Coughin isn’t the sole reason you got those two rings, the valleys that team hits are deep, he should go. Ryan is a bafoon, no reason to keep him. Woodson never did anything in Atlanta with arguably more talent so not sure why he has lasted and still has a job. (Bring Isiah back?) Giving Kidd that job was an insult to coaches everywhere. Not sure who is coaching the two hockey teams so no opinion.

    Yesterday on the radio they talk with Rich McKay, president of the falcons, former GM, son of longtime coach, and very influential person in NFL. He was alarmed and talked about coaching changes and how there may be upwards to 15 head coaches replaced this year in the NFL. The fan bases, armed with a voice in the internet, want instant gratification. Unless you win consistently you should expect turnover every 3-4 years, max.

    • nysportsfanatic  On December 12, 2013 at 2:21 pm

      You know the funny thing about Coughlin? He has never finished below .500 as Giants coach. That’s clearly in jeopardy here, but he has been a very good coach overall and I don’t think the Giants fire him.

      If Isiah comes back I need a new basketball team to root for. That would be it for me. I think Woodson is a solid coach with a poorly constructed team. Getting Chandler back in a week or so will be a huge help to the Knicks.

      Kidd was just a bizarre choice for that club. It was like buying a really expensive car and then handing the keys to your 16-year old. I just don’t see how you give a neophyte coach that job.

      The strange thing about McKay’s comments is that while I think he is right, it doesn’t’ make sense. Of all the sports, the NFL has the biggest TV deals which should mitigate the need for a team to win all the time. In other sports, empty seats really matter, but the NFL has so much other revenue that an owner can collect those TV checks and do pretty well. I don’t get it.

  • blmeanie  On December 18, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    A hockey buddy at work and I were chatting today. He grew up and is a diehard Ranger fan. He too was a season ticket holder for the thrashers long ago.

    He blames all the ranger woes on Sather. Wishes he would go away. Says the team has no identity, got rid of the “middle” part of the team and is missing that.

    • nysportsfanatic  On December 18, 2013 at 11:30 pm

      Can’t argue with any of that. It amazes me that Sather has the job for 13 years and never even got them into the finals once.

  • blmeanie  On December 30, 2013 at 1:38 pm


    all without coaches, some without GMs today, who else?

    Dolphins likely
    Giants ?

    • nysportsfanatic  On December 30, 2013 at 5:20 pm

      Can you imagine life as a Browns fan? This latest coach didn’t even get a full year and he got canned. Amazing when you think about it.

      Giants won’t do it, it’s not the way they work.

      I bet the Dolphins clean house, but that’s probably more about the Martin-Incognito thing than the football.

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