Scott Mandel

Mandel’s Musings: Knicks Documentary Brings Back Championship Seasons

Published on: 28th October, 2014

Mandel's Musings: Knicks Documentary Brings Back Championship Seasons  | read this item

Finally watched “When the Garden Was Eden,” Michael Rapoport’s documentary/love letter about the beloved and legendary New York Knicks of Reed, Bradley, Clyde, Barnett, Pearl, DeBusschere, Holzman, and the returning prodigal son, Phil Jackson. Based on Harvey Araton’s terrific book, the film uses the backdrop of the late 1960′s when a grittier, less shiny NYC […]


Knicks, Still Experimenting With Lineup Go Down to Bucks

Published on: 21st October, 2014

Derek Fisher
Fisher is still playing with combination lineups  | read this item

NEW YORK — Reserve guard O.J. Mayo scored a team-high 24 points, and Giannis Antentokounmpo added 14 as the Milwaukee Bucks beat the New York Knicks 120-107 in a preseason game on Monday night. Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks with 24 points, and Tim Hardaway came off the bench to score 20. Jared Dudley had […]


Jeter Naysayers Are On the Wrong Path

Published on: 26th September, 2014

Jeter wins
It was like a movie script with a happy ending tonight  | read this item

As we watch the end of Derek Jeter’s twenty-year career as the shortstop of the New York Yankees, we are noticing a whole lot of pundits (or those who would consider themselves pundits) jumping off the Jeter bandwagon as to his place in the pantheon of the sport. These are emotional times for Yankees fans […]


Giants Get Off The Schneid With Pounding of Hapless Texans

Published on: 22nd September, 2014

Houston Texans v New York Giants
Rashad Jennings ran for career-high 176 yards

at MetLife Stadium on September 21, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  | read this item

At some point, the pieces were going to come together for the Giants and that day was today. From start to finish they were the better team vs the Texans this afternoon, executing more crisply and overcoming some early miscues. The Texans came into the game having only surrendered 20 points over the first two […]


Goodell Makes a Mess of Press Conference, Leadership Under Deeper Scrutiny

Published on: 20th September, 2014

Ray Rice, Janay Palmer
Ray Rice and Janay Rice

In this March 11, 2013, photo, Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, left, poses with his fiancee, Janay Palmer, in Baltimore as they arrive for a screening of a new film that chronicles the team's championship NFL football season. Rice has been indicted on a charge he assaulted Palmer during an argument in an elevator at an Atlantic City, N.J., casino last month. Rice had been charged with simple assault after police said he knocked out Palmer on Feb. 15. But a grand jury Thursday, March 27, 2014, indicted him on a more serious count of aggravated assault, which carries a three-to-five-year sentence. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)  | read this item

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said Friday there have been too many recent examples of the NFL “doing wrong” and “that starts with me,” and followed it up with a goal of implementing new personal conduct policies by the Super Bowl. Goodell was short on specifics for a new policy. More defiant than contrite as he […]


Streaking Mets Continue March Towards September Relevance

Published on: 10th September, 2014

Eric Young slides back into third base after triple  | read this item

New York– Whatever Mets manager, Terry Collins is telling his young charges in the waning days of the 2014 season, it’s working. Once thought to have zero chance of playing important September games in pursuit of an elusive playoff slot, the Mets, with a second straight 2-0 win tonight over the Colorado Rockies, have now […]


Giants Season Gets Off To a Predictably Terrible Start

Published on: 9th September, 2014

Giants Season Gets Off To a Predictably Terrible Start  | read this item

Detroit — Football coaches always need to watch the tape to render a final judgment on their team’s performance in any game, but it’s hard to imagine Tom Coughlin’s instant analysis changing much after he reviews the Giants’ opening-night defeat to the Detroit Lions in Ford Field.   “We played very poorly, don’t have a […]


Mets Continue to Grow, Is Real Playoff Contention A Possibility This Season?

Published on: 31st July, 2014

Murphy banged a three-run homer   | read this item

NEW YORK —  The Mets won another game today. They won another series, which makes it four in a row against National League teams. They have won six of their last nine games and 14 of their last 21. They are 5-1-1 in their last seven series, including 4-0 at Citi Field. and they won 15 […]


New York Restauranteur Returns Red Sox World Series Championship Ring to Owner

Published on: 28th July, 2014

Militello is a self-proclaimed Yankee fan  | read this item

New York — Manhattan restaurant owner Luigi Militello could hardly believe it when he found the shiny 2013 championship ring on a restaurant sink at his Luke’s Bar and Grill on Thursday night. It was the real thing, with diamonds and sapphires and rubies, set in 14-carat white gold, with the Red Sox emblem, a […]


Mandel’s Musings: Baseball in Queens on an Upswing as Mets Develop Homegrown Talent; What To Do With Daniel Murphy?

Published on: 26th July, 2014

Daniel Murphy
Mets' Murphy could be dealt by the July 31 trading deadline  | read this item

New York — It’s easy to be a big fan of Daniel Murphy, the Mets second baseman who has become one of the best hitters in the game. He’s a kid who, in his early big-league years, couldn’t seem to find a position to play, mostly because his well-founded reputation for fielding a baseball like […]


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