2012 Sports Year In Review: Fans Go Wild For Linsanity, Tebow, Manning
The New York Giants kicked off 2012 by parading down the Canyon of Heroes fresh off their Super Bowl win, while Linsanity at the Garden and the Jets' "Tebow Time" also dominated sports headlines. NY1's Kevin Garrity filed the following report.
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2012 began with a world championship, as the Giants beat the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl for the second time in four years. Eli Manning was named the game's MVP and proved once and for all that he is an elite quarterback.
Before the last bit of ticker tape could drop, Jeremy Lin burst on the scene for the Knicks and "Linsanity" become a worldwide phenomenon. The good times did not last very long, as coach Mike D'Antoni resigned in mid-March and Lin ended up getting hurt two weeks later, missing the rest of the season.
Carmelo Anthony did lead the team to the playoffs but despite winning their first post-season game since 2001, the Knicks were eliminated in the first round by the eventual champions, the Miami Heat.
Lin would end up signing in Houston Rockets in the off-season but the Knicks are off to a hot start in the 2012 season, putting everyone on notice that they can contend in 2013. Plus, with the Nets now playing in Brooklyn, a real city rivalry has emerged.
The Rangers, behind the NHL's top goalie, Henrik Lundqvist, finished the regular season with the best record in the Eastern Conference and made it to the conference final. But the New Jersey Devils beat the Rangers in six games, advancing to the Stanley Cup final before losing to the Los Angeles Kings.
Unfortunately, NHL owners locked out the players in the fall and this season is in jeopardy of being canceled.
The Yankees' season revolved around the "core four." Jorge Posada announced his retirement in January, but Andy Pettitte showed up in spring training to say he was coming out of retirement. Then in May, Mariano Rivera suffered a freak injury, tearing his ACL shagging flies in the outfield, and was done for the season.
The Bronx Bombers would still finish with the best record in the American League, but in the playoffs team captain Derek Jeter broke his ankle in the championship series. Alex Rodriguez was benched for poor play and the Yankees, once again, fell short of the World Series.
The Mets made history as Johan Santana became the first pitcher in team history to throw a no-hitter and R.A Dickey proved he was the best pitcher in the National League, winning 20 games and taking home the Cy Young Award. The Mets finished with only 74 wins but did sign David Wright to a big contract extension, making him a Met for life.
The Jets made a big splash signing Tim Tebow in the off-season, promising a new quarterback wrinkle for opposing teams to think about, but Tebow barely got on the field. Mark Sanchez under-performed and was even replaced by third-stringer Greg McElroy later in the season. Gang Green lost the final three games for the second year in a row and missed the playoffs with a 6-10 record.
Finally, the Giants finished their season in disappointing fashion, losing two of their last three games, meaning Big Blue cannot defend its Super Bowl title.