Saturday, February 24, 2007

MSG Spinning Wheel [J. Mark English]

What goes up must come down, spinnin' wheel got to go 'round. Talkin' 'bout your troubles it's a cryin' sin. Ride a painted pony let the spinnin' wheel spin.

Did you find the directing sign on the, straight and narrow highway. Would you mind a reflecting sign, just let it shine within your mind, and show you the colors that are real

Someone is waiting just for you, spinnin' wheel, spinnin' true.
- Blood Sweat & Tears

Think back to October. The Mets were still in the hunt for a World Series ring, and the Giants were sitting pretty with a 6-2 record.

Back then, the Rangers had playoff aspirations, and the Knicks were preparing to wind up in the cellar again.

That was then, this is now.

Remarkably, the Rangers find themselves in a dubious position to make the playoffs. Despite a winning record, they are only two games over five hundred. Their 61 points on the season is good enough for 11th place in the Eastern Conference standings. They lost another tough game tonight at home against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

For the Rangers to make the playoffs they must leap frog three teams. This is not an easy task. The Rangers are brutal at home this season. Their home record is 12-14-4. A record like this will not cut it in the NHL, and if you cannot win at home, your not making the playoffs.

When the Rangers are away from the Garden, the New York Knicks fill the void. Already, they have won two more games then they did all of last year. In the NBA eastern division they are only six games behind the first place Toronto Raptors, despite a record of 25-31 on the year.

At the same time, they are only two games behind the Miami Heat for the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference. The Heat recently lost one of their best players in Dwyane Wade. The defending champs have had a hard time this year with having to deal without Shaq for most of the year, and now Wade. This could open the door for a surprise team in the playoffs. Why couldn't the Knicks be that surprise team?

With three weeks to go in the regular season last year the Rangers were on a high. Since then, they have come crashing downwards.

Conversely, the Knicks are spinning upwards, and may find themselves spinning their way in to the playoffs by season end.

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