Whose idea was it to hold the first round of the NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall and also TWO Game 7s, one at Madison Square Garden (Rangers vs. Senators) and the other in Miami Gardens (Panthers vs. Devils) on the same day, a pair in the same city? Wow.
(Oh, and the New York Knicks are finishing up their regular season at Charlotte too!)
If there's one thing for certain Thursday -- besides the certain drama from an almost unpredictable first-round and the intensity of Game 7s -- is that New York/New Jersey sports fans will be in overload. And to be honest, isn't that how we want it?
Rangers, Senators, Game 7, Madison Square Garden -- Enough Said
So far, the NHL playoffs have featured already one Game 7 -- Washington advanced past Boston Wednesday night -- and sandwich between a third is New York and Ottawa (7 p.m. on NBC Sports Network). A lot has happened to get to this point, and most blueshirt fans are hoping the home-ice advantage will be what puts them over the top.
NFL Draft Round 1, Radio City Music Hall -- Does It Get Any Better?
New York Giants and Jets fans, your teams are officially on the clock at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN or NFL Network. Months after winning Super Bowl 46, the Giants will try to fill-in some pieces to make another title run. Meanwhile, the Jets are trying to get better so they can live up to the promises of their head coach.
If you need a scouting report on possible prospects, SB Nation New York has a position-by-position StoryStream going.
More Morning Coffee after the jump...
Devils, Panthers, Game 7 -- Hey! We're Playing Too!
At 8:30 p.m. on NHL Network, New Jersey fans will pray goaltender Martin Brodeur returns to his old self and the Devils can score enough goals to advance to the second round of the Eastern Conference playoffs.
The recaps from Wednesday night...
Rangers 7, Yankees 3: Hours after hearing the terrible news about starting pitcher Michael Pineda, who will miss this season and the beginning of next season to shoulder surgery, New York lost the three-game set in Arlington, TX. The good news? Shortstop Derek Jeter kept up his torrid hitting streak going 2-for-4 at the plate.
Mets 5, Marlins 1: What the heck is going on in Flushing? Behind a two-run home run by David Wright and a solid pitching performance from R.A. Dicky (one earned run over seven innings), New York downed Miami for the second straight night.
Knicks 99, Clippers 93: By the way, the Knicks played last night and won. New York can clinch the No. 7 seed in the Eastern Conference with a victory over the Charlotte Bobcats on Thursday.
Side note: Meanwhile, at Madison Square Garden last night, Jets' quarterback Mark Sanchez and wide receiver Santonio Holmes were booed. I figured most Knicks fans as Giants fans anyway.
SB NATION VIDEO OF THE DAY
Dan Patrick on the NFL Draft (via sbnation)
I love Dan Patrick and the NFL Draft, so this was just a logical video to pick.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
"It's ridiculous."-- said a Jets' official when asked about a possible trade for Alabama running back Trent Richardson.
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