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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.
Most of the iconic moments and seasons that helped to make the Big East Conference the stuff of legend, if it didn't involve Syracuse and Georgetown, meant a shining moment for St. John's.
Two teams on Wednesday afternoon exited the last (as we know it) Big East tournament.
The New York Knicks entered Wednesday night's game against the Denver Nuggets knowing that Carmelo Anthony was managing an injured knee. They knew it Monday night against the Golden State Warriors, too, but played Anthony anyway, even long after the game was decided.
If truth be told, the first two exits from the Big East tournament on Tuesday night--by South Florida and DePaul--weren't significant losses as per league history.
After the South Florida Bulls fell to Seton Hall in overtime on Tuesday night by the throwback score of 46-42, the Twitter feed of The UConn Blogdescribed it best: "To be fair, USF's run as a Big East team couldn't have ended in a more USF-way."
Some of the problems holding back the Brooklyn Nets don't have easy answers.
While the addition of South Florida to the Big East was aspirational, DePaul's graduation from Conference U.S.A. to the Big East in 2005 looked like nothing more than the little push a once-great program needed to return to national prominence.
It has been a difficult spring for the New York Mets. Their announced Opening Day pitcher, Johan Santana, has suffered setbacks in his preparation for the season, is widely expected to begin the year on the disabled list, and is reportedly livid with team officials who pulled the patented Mets move of blaming the injured player. Their decision to partner with Amway has been... poorly received.
The Big East tournament, which will begin Tuesday night, is most closely associated with Madison Square Garden, historically.
For almost a full calendar year now, the Iona Gaels have made a habit of raising expectations, then failing to meet them, sometimes in spectacular fashion.