"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.
Through the first 12 games of the N.B.A. season, the New York Knicks were 9-3, thanks in large part to Raymond Felton.
As the New York Cosmos, namesake of the North American Soccer League team of the 70s and 80s, prepare to return to the field in 2013 as a possible steppingstone to joining Major League Soccer, their primary opponent will be the legacy of the Cosmos themselves.
One of the more interesting subplots in the 2012-13 Brooklyn Nets' season has always promised to be the battle between Mirza Teletovic and Reggie Evans for minutes on the court.
After a pair of losses late last week to the Dallas Mavericks and Houston Rockets, the New York Knicks appeared to get well on Sunday at Madison Square Garden, routing the Detroit Pistons, 121-100.
Generally speaking, an N.B.A. season works this way: a team shows an unstoppable offensive force early, often padding stats against lesser opponents. Teams respond to that force by designing defenses to stop it, with the better teams succeeding at it, leaving it up to the first team to adjust.
The New York Knicks have essentially experienced the exact reverse of this process with Carmelo Anthony in 2012-13.
New York Mets Chief Operating Officer Jeff Wilpon made some news on Tuesday, discussing negotiations with R.A. Dickey and David Wright even as he insisted the Mets weren't publicly discussing negotiations with R.A. Dickey and David Wright.
Long before the college basketball doubleheader known as the Legends Classic tipped off at the Barclays Center late Monday afternoon, a crowd of red had gathered to see the Indiana Hoosiers battle the Georgia Bulldogs. The crowd that would gather to witness the debut of Shabazz Muhammad of U.C.L.A., the nation's top freshman making his collegiate debut in the nightcap against Georgetown, was not yet in evidence.
For the past few seasons, the New York Red Bulls have had company on the New York soccer scene, but merely in the shadows.
No one has accused the New York Mets of routinely making intelligent decisions for a long time. But the team's new pricing plan for Opening Day seems particularly ill-advised.