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What Is It About New York?

May 4, 2012 - Al Stephenson
Sports news in the Big Apple tends to get magnified. Anything that happens there is analyzed, overanalyzed and talked about some more. New York City is a big stage and coverage will be intense.

What has happened there recently is worth taking a look at and that's what I'm going to do. A little further analyzation can't hurt, can it?

Let's start with Amare Stoudemire. After losing a second straight game to the Miami Heat, Stoudemire took out his frustrations by puching a door containing a fire extinguisher. We have seen athletes lose control and throw things, punch things and otherwise act like a two year old throwing a major tantrum. We usually laugh and even comiserate with them.

Knicks fans cannot be happy about what Stoudemire did, as he hit a glass portion of the door tearing his hand to shreds. He has had surgery and is likely done for the rest of the playoffs. You would think that many would be happy that he cares enough to be upset about losing, but he will likely find another method of taking out his frustrations in the future. The Knicks lost again last night and are one game from being swept by the Heat. Chances are that the Knicks were going to lose this series anyway, but without Stoudemire they have virtually no chance at all.

Call his actions stupid.

Last night star Yankees reliever Mariano Rivera tore the ACL in his knee while shagging fly balls in the outfield during batting practice. Will New Yorkers take Rivera to task for being so careless? A few, I'm sure. Most though will agree with me on this one.

Call his actions a freak thing.

Visiting athletes are not immune from New York publicity. Tigers outfielder Delmon Young made headlines last week and found him suspended for seven days by major league baseball. He was arrested at 3 in the morning, reportedly highly intoxicated, and charged with a hate crime. Apparently he loudly used Anti-Semetic remarks following an altercation in which someone was pushed to the ground.

There are so many things wrong with this situation. Why was Young even up at 3 in the morning? Why was he drunk? Why would you say things like that? Young has been in trouble before and Tiger fans must be wondering if he is going to be a part of the team's future.

Label this one troubling.

The view from my seat suggests that if you wait a few days something else bizarre will likely take place in the world of sports. If it happens in New York, don't be surprised.


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