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'Morning Coffee': NFL Schedule, New York Knicks, Johan Santana Malfunctions And More

Good morning, sports fans! Welcome to your Wednesday edition of 'Morning Coffee,' your daily sports wakeup call.

NFL Schedule Released

So, New York Giants and New York Jets fans, what do you think of your team's 2012 schedule? The Giants, on paper, have the most difficult schedule in the league. The Jets? They get 2011 playoff teams in three of their first five games, and a Thanksgiving night game against the New England Patriots.

Full Giants' Schedule, With Analysis | Full Jets Schedule, With Analysis


The New York Knicks solidified their playoff position Tuesday with a victory over the Boston Celtics. Carmelo Anthony had 35 points, but actually got some help this time as Steve Novak and J.R. Smith each poured in 25 points. The Knicks face the New Jersey Nets Wednesday night.

The Nets are winding down their time in New Jersey. SB Nation New York's Jeff Freier looks at the five best teams the Nets have had in the Garden State.


Well, the feel-good comeback story of New York Mets pitcher Johan Santana screeched to a halt Tuesday night. In the shortest outing of his career as a starter, Santana gave up six runs in 1.1 innings as the Mets lost to the Atlanta Braves, 9-3. The team meet again today in a matinee at 12:10 p.m. ET.

The New York Yankees got 7.1 solid innings from their ace, CC Sabathia, in an 8-3 victory over the Minnesota Twins. Those two teams meet again Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium.

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SB Nation Video Of The Day

Tennis, anyone? Guys, just watch and enjoy.

Love at First Service - Erin Sharoni Learns the Ins and Outs of Tennis (via sbnation)

NHL Playoffs

The 2012 NHL Playoffs have certainly not lacked for entertainment value, whether you like the physical (dirty?) nature of the games thus far or not. The New Jersey Devils and their fans can't be very entertained by what happened to them last night, however. The Devils jumped to a 3-0 lead six minutes into their opening-round game against the Florida Panthers, but ended up losing, 4-3. Ouch! SB Nation's 'In Lou We Trust' takes the Devils to task today for a lack of discipline.

The New York Rangers get their turn Wednesday night, when they can take a 3-1 series lead if they can earn a victory over the Ottawa Senators.


“To get where we want to go you have to play the best teams in football. And we certainly are playing the best teams.” -- Giants coach Tom Coughlin