It was less than four years ago that Linsanity took over New York, and indeed, the whole country.
Bio: Howard Megdal is Writer At Large for Capital New York, and currently contributes to USA Today Sports Weekly, Sports Illustrated and Vice Sports. His books include The Baseball Talmud, Taking the Field and Wilpon's Folly. His book on the Cardinals will be published by St. Martin's Press in February 2016. Follow Howard on Twitter @HowardMegdal.
Wednesday night, things returned to what had been normal for the New York Knicks.
Ordinarily, the chances that the Brooklyn Nets could retain Andray Blatche beyond this season would be virtually nil.
In a fascinating profile of New York Yankees' managing general partner, Hal Steinbrenner, the New York Times' David Waldstein quotes Steinbrenner arguing against the competitive advantages of having payroll of at least $200 million.
It looked like it was all over for St. John's.
Someday, you'll be able to tell your grandchildren you remember the last time the Miami Heat lost.
The Knicks' starting lineup on Monday night against the Utah Jazz included Chris Copeland, Pablo Prigioni and starting center Kenyon Martin.
Marquette University was a particularly good fit for the Big East Conference when it joined in 2005-06. And it proved a reliable member of the conference until the end, with the Big East having played its final tournament this weekend. Marquette was eliminated Thursday night by Notre Dame, 73-65.
Over the past week, we've seen a ton of justified nostalgia about the three-decades plus run of the Big East Conference, whose final conference tournament ended Saturday with Louisville's 78-61 win over Syracuse.
Villanova is the closest thing to an original member of the Big East Conference without, you know, actually being one. The Big East began The conference, which is splitting apart following this season, held its final tournament, with its final on Saturday night. The conference began play in 1979-80; Villanova joined in 1980-81.
It is easy, and fun, to get lost in the nostalgia of the very earliest days of the Big East Conference: of Patrick Ewing and Georgetown, Chris Mullin and St. John's, Pearl Washington and Syracuse.