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Truly, after Ruth, Gehrig, Combs, Hoyt, Pennock and co. are gone the glory days will be over for the Yankees.
[ and for a time it was as storied a five as the Knicks once had in the old days.
You tell me who carries on all the old-Yankee values and traditions at Yankee Stadium once Jeter is gone for good.
Repoz missed the best part of the column
Duncan came along in 1997, one year after Jeter became the Yankee starter at shortstop. Only now, after all the winning he has done with the Spurs, he still is part of the Core Three in San Antonio along with Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker. They just won another NBA title together a month ago, and thrilled us all the way they did. The supporting cast in San Antonio, incidentally, has been replenished without spending a fortune year after year — after year — on hired guns.
It is why the notion that Jeter got too much money in that last contract scrum he had with the Yankees a few years ago was always so chowderheaded, and short-sighted.
Comparing the 1996-2000 Yankees to the 1970-1973 Knicks, who won half as many titles? Inane. But Mike, there's another outstanding athlete in your area whose career is winding down after being key to several titles, and you've never given him the time of day. His name is Martin Brodeur.
I used to live and work in metro NYC, and the ridiculous Manhattan-centrism of the tabloids and columnists such as Lupica illustrate their ignorance. Mike, I hope your next local NBA and NHL champions come from teams outside the Garden (Nets, Isles, Devils); it'll drive you nuts (if you deign to acknowledge it), and is what you deserve.
In reality, San Antonio (year after year after year) spends more money on the supporting cast than basically any other NBA team. They can do that because Duncan/Parker/Ginobili give their team a huge discount - their combined salary is $30M while they probably could get more than $60M if they wanted to maximize their salary and not their chances for additional rings.
Please someone explain Lupica's success.
(*) Yeah, the reference doesn't really work, but whatever.
I lived in New York for many years and I never understood this bizarre belief that the Knicks and the Jets were once proud franchises that have only recently fallen into disrepair
Yeah. Lupica hasn't been readable since the early 80's, when I was 12.
I agree with Howie. The Lupica working at the Daily News in the early 80s was a pretty good read.
Would you read the 80s Lupica now instead of someone like Posnanski who laps him on the track several times over?
My God that Knicks "dynasty" lasted 4 years (1970-73)
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