As the Jets and Giants make a push to the playoffs, NY1 takes a look back at the trials and tribulations of the city's sports teams. NY1's Kevin Garrity filed the following report.
The year 2010 started with the Jets soaring through the playoffs with big road wins at Cincinnati and San Diego. And they were 30 minutes from the Super Bowl but fell to Payton Manning and the Colts.
There were no playoffs for the Knicks or Rangers in 2010. The Blueshirts had a chance to get in on the final day of the regular season but fell to the Flyers in a shootout.
The Knicks not only missed the playoffs for the sixth year in a row, but after spending the last two seasons clearing cap space in the hopes of landing Lebron James, he decided to take his talents to South Beach instead and signed with the Miami Heat.
For the Mets, the post season drought is now at three. The first half of the year, things went surprising well and the Amazin's were in the thick of the race at the All-Star break. But the Mets made more news "off the field" in the second half of the season and it led to the firing of Jerry Manuel and GM Omar Minaya. Sandy Alderson and Terry Collins were brought in to turn the Mets' fortunes around but the new GM said from the outset, not to expect any major payroll increases this off season.
There was never any doubt that the Yankees would get to the post season to defend their championship, but they did lose two legendary figures over the summer. Long time public address announcer Bob Sheppard passed away at the age of 99. And a couple of days later, George Steinbrenner suffered a heart attack. The Yankees honored the Boss in Monument Park, but seemed to struggle the rest of the season. They lost the division title to the Rays and then fell to Cliff Lee and the Rangers in the ALCS. The Yanks figured they would sign Lee in the off season but he spurned the Bombers and signed with the Phillies instead. However, after a contentious negotiation, they did re-sign the captain, Derek Jeter.
The Knicks' big off season signing paid huge dividends early on as Amare Stoudemire set a team record for consecutive games scoring 30 or more points and the Knicks got off to their best start in nearly a decade. The Garden seems relevant again as both the Knicks and Rangers look ready for a post season push.
After finishing 8-8 in 2009, no one was sure how the Giants would respond this season, but Tom Coughlin's team silenced the doubters early on and the Giants silenced the doubters early on. But a late season meltdown against the Eagles and a follow up loss to the Packers has the Giants needing help in the final week of the season to get into the playoffs.
Rex Ryan continued to show confidence in 2010 saying his team would be ready for the Super Bowl and the Jets took the first step, qualifying for the playoffs for a second year in a row. But the question is, can they stay away from off the field distractions and keep their focus on the field when the playoffs begin.