Complete overhaul: Checking on the NY Jets’ roster revamp

When the New York Jets take to the field on September 11, casual fans may be surprised to see that most of the familiar faces suiting up the Gang Green uniform are gone. If it were not for the names on the back of their jerseys, fans would probably not be able to identify the players.

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After General Manager Mike Maccagnan undertook a massive offseason roster overhaul, fan favorites, such as Darrelle Revis, Brandon Marshall, and Nick Mangold would be playing for different teams this coming season. With defensive back Sheldon Richardson having been traded recently to the Seattle Seahawks, it seems that the Jets’ 53-man roster is technically set.

The defensive side still remains the team’s strength, as the likes of Muhammad Wilkerson, Leonard Williams, Steve McLendon, and Kony Ealy look to continue what has been the team’s trademark for decades now.

What is not clear, though, is where the points would be coming from. Atop the quarterback rotation is 38-year-old Josh McCown, who seems like a placeholder for now as the Jets are still looking for their quarterback of the future. The offensive line is filled with new, inexperienced players who have just one offseason to try to mesh together.

There is one thing that is clear, though: a full rebuild has begun.

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New York Sports Legends: Babe Ruth’s Memorabilia

I’ll set aside my New York Jets articles to give homage to one true American legend: Babe Ruth. In my opinion, the Bambino is the undisputed king of baseball memorabilia, which is a testament to his status as the greatest star in American baseball history.

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To give you all an idea of just how much Babe Ruth is worth to people today, decades after his death, let’s take a look at some of the most expensive things related to him, that were sold in the market.

A Yankees jersey Babe Ruth sported in 1920 was sold in 2012. For how much you ask? Oh, for a little over $4.4 million. The bat the Bambino used when he hit a historical home run in 1923 – the first home run in Yankee Stadium, was one sought-after object, so sought-after in fact, that someone was willing to, and actually paid more than $1.2 million for it in 2004.

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It’s even more mind-boggling when you think about it, that even the Babe Ruth contracts would sell for over a million bucks. But yeah, that was the case with Ruth’s oldest player contract in existence – the 1918 Boston Red Sox contract. The 1919 contract that sold Ruth to the Yankees fetched a price that was only a tad lower. Outrageous.

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Knicks vs. Nets: Battle of the Boroughs

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Since the merger of the American Basketball Association (ABA) and National Basketball Association (NBA) in 1976, an acrimonious rivalry between the franchises Nets and Knicks, both located in New York then, developed.

Animosity began when the Manhattan-based Knicks argued that the New York Nets “encroached” on their territory, forcing the latter to pay an encroachment fee of $4.8 million and play across the Hudson River in New Jersey. The Nets had to sell the rights to the face of the franchise, superstar Julius Erving, to meet the financial obligations. Without the great Dr. J playing for the team, the Nets suffered mediocrity for many years.

Unfortunately, the rivalry never really blossomed into something more memorable. The two teams met just three times in the playoffs, when the games really mattered.

After the Nets moved to the state of New York in Brooklyn last 2012, many thought that the rivalry would be taken up a notch. Especially so when the Nets’ new owner, Russian tycoon Mikhail Prokhorov started to talk trash to the Knicks, such that then NBA commissioner David Stern had to mediate to lessen the tension between the owners.

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However, the teams’ relative lack of success in the past four years had still not made the clash for New York supremacy, dubbed as “Battle of the Boroughs” by media outlets, much more exciting.

The past offseason though had fans optimistic as the franchises seemed to take a step to the right direction in improving their roster and team personnel.

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