What Caught My Eye: Knicks, Men’s National, Yankees woes


No go Knicks

If you know me, you know I’m not the biggest fan of the NBA and the drama that comes along with each offseason. Despite this, somehow, I can’t stop following the Knicks’ offseason. Free agency has been open for less than a week, and Madison Square Garden might as well be on fire, and the Knicks might be in better shape than they are now. The draft lottery denied the Knicks Zion Williamson, and Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, the expected saviors of New York basketball, are playing in New York, just for Brooklyn instead. The Knicks have done nothing to better themselves and have dropped the ball, quite possibly, the worst they ever have. This was the summer for Knicks basketball, and they blew it after one day.

Still work to do

The U.S. Men’s National Team took on Curaçao in the quarterfinal round of the CONCACAF Gold Cup, and the biggest takeaway from the game is that Curaçao is a lot better than people give them credit for being. The U.S. looked sloppy and disorganized after taking a 1-0 lead in the first half. Yes, U.S. had chances to score, but so did Curaçao. In fact, with the amount of quality offensive possessions that the U.S. had to fight off, it’s a little surprising that their Caribbean foe didn’t tie the game. The group stages proved that the U.S. was ready for the likes of Costa Rica or Mexico, but after the quarterfinal, I’m back to having a hard time saying the U.S. can win the tournament.

False advertising

We all know that the Yankees have the offensive power to put up a large number of runs during any game. That said, the number that New York and Boston totaled over the two games in London are not good for the long-term marketing of baseball to European fans. How isn’t the offensive showcase good? Those fans who were exposed to baseball for the first time now believe that every game is going something like a 17-13 or 12-8 score line, when, in actuality, most games are between three and seven runs combined. I like offense as much as the next person, but sometimes, there can be too much.


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