"Despite using several players who don't perform regularly, the Cosmos were in control for the greater part of the game."
Bio: Howard Megdal is Writer At Large for Capital New York, and a contributing writer for Sports on Earth. His books include The Baseball Talmud, Taking the Field and Wilpon's Folly. Follow Howard on Twitter @HowardMegdal.
Sometimes, the results on the court deviate greatly from the expected results of an offseason distribution of talent.
Did that win on Sunday over the 76ers mean that coach Avery Johnson and the Nets figured things out, after losing eight of their previous ten games?
The New York Mets, at the moment, don't have a whole lot to offer to free agents.
Say this for Brooklyn Nets coach Avery Johnson: in his efforts to turn around the recent skid of his team, he's been unafraid to try new things.
It's been a consistent formala that produced the remarkable 20-7 record over the first third of the Knicks' season.
The return of Amar'e Stoudemire, whose season has been delayed due to knee surgery, could be just days away.
When it comes to pitcher/folk hero R.A. Dickey, the Mets seems to have mixed feelings.
Few took the New York Yankees seriously when they suggested, early this winter, that they planned to go with a combination of Austin Romine, Francisco Cervelli and Chris Stewart at catcher in 2013.
In the nearly two decades of New York Red Bulls/Metrostars history, the team has repeatedly made a similar mistake in personnel: getting the once-great, older player to come and disappoint. From Lothar Matthaus to Marcelo Vega to, most recently, Rafa Marquez, the story has played out in remarkably similar ways (though Marquez added a particularly brutal spin to it).
A dozen games or so into the decision by the New York Knicks to jettison Jeremy Lin for Raymond Felton, the verdict had come in from all over: Felton was a better fit for the Knicks than Lin after all.