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I miss you.
I miss the competition.
I miss being a passionate fan.
I miss the last second game winners.
I miss the comebacks.
I miss it.
As sports have come to an abrupt stop for the time being, I think it’s safe to say millions if not billions of people around the world have realized what sports mean to us.
Sports are more than a game, they’re a life.
Sports define who I am.
Without sports, I don’t know who I would be. All I know is I wouldn’t be myself.
Sports are an integral piece in our society.
Sports unite us. They bring us together in times of happiness and in times of sorrow.
However, this isn't a time we have seen before.
With sports not being on for the time being, I will wait.
I will wait for that ball to be kicked on the field again.
I will wait for the buzzer beater.
I will wait.
But for now, thank you.
Thank you sports for the amazing times you have given us so far.
The scene is 2006, MLS is looking to put yet another team in the New York City market. MLS commissioner, Don Garber, met with many groups such as the Cosmos and even the ownership group of the Mets, but nothing panned out.
Then, Manchester City FC and the New York Yankees teamed up and submitted a bid for an MLS expansion team. They got it and all of a sudden a huge market was opened up for the MLS.
The MLS had a ‘New York’ team in the Red Bulls, but they played in Harrison, New Jersey at Red Bull Arena, which is a very nice stadium. It may just be the most European stadium in the MLS along with Allianz Field (home of Minnesota United).
However, the NYCFC bid was intriguing. A New York team that played their games in New York, it was a huge win for the MLS as well as New York soccer fans.
NYCFC’s proposed plan was to play in Yankee stadium for three years while their soccer-specific stadium would be built. Many new expansion teams do this. For instance look at FC Cincinnati or Minnesota United. Those two teams played on temporary grounds while their main home is being built. Even David Beckham’s club Inter Miami is doing this.
The first three years were a success for New York City FC. Averaging over 22,000 fans per game in their first three seasons. They were even home to some of soccer’s biggest names such as Frank Lampard, David Villa, and no other than the Italian maestro himself, Andrea Pirlo. All three of those players are long gone now. Lampard is coaching at Chelsea, Villa just retired after having played two seasons with Andres Iniesta at Vissel Kobe, and Pirlo retired after the 2017 season. Once those three left, New York City FC hasn’t attracted a big name, and there's a reason why that is.
As mentioned earlier, the proposed plan was to build a soccer-specific stadium while they used Yankee Stadium for three years. That never happened. NYCFC has had many potential stadium proposals, but none of them ever worked out. From the New York Islanders snatching up the limited land to build a stadium in New York before them to even NYCFC proposing to tear down a factory and parking garage but the plan was turned down by the mayor because it was going to all be public funding, something the mayor was strongly against.
New York City FC even proposed a stadium on an abandoned airport that they were going to tear down. This was turned down though because it was ‘too close’ to the Citi Field (home of the New York Mets) and the Mets demanded NYCFC pay them $40 million in compensation for being too close to their home ground.
As the years roll on for New York City FC they have attracted less and less star power. This is due to the infrastructure they play in. Star players would much rather go to LA or Miami now as the two New York teams in MLS play outside of New York and in a baseball stadium. Despite playing outside of New York, at least the Red Bulls play in one of the coolest stadiums in the league. Red Bull Arena will be home to New York City FC. Yes, you heard that right. NYCFC’s rivals team home turf will be their own home throughout the Concacaf Champions League as both Yankee Stadium and Citi Field (NYCFC has played there when Yankees and NYCFC's schedules conflicts) both were not approved by Concanaf.
Years tick on for New York City FC and fans are becoming more angry that the teams haven't made a move yet, or even have a proposed plan go through. Since their inaugural season in 2015, the team's average attendance has gone down from over 29,000 to 21,000.
Playing in a baseball stadium is a bad eye for the club and the league itself. If a proposed stadium plan finally goes through, NYCFC instantly becomes one of the league’s hottest teams and they can compete with LA for the battle of star players. It’s truly now or never for the boys in blue over at New York City Football Club.
As many expected, Super Bowl 54 was nothing short of spectacular.
From fourth quarter comebacks, to career defining moments, Super Bowl 54 had it all. In this editorial, I will be taking a dive into the big game. Seeing where the coaches went right and where they went wrong. I will also look at players who stepped up to the plate when the lights shine brightest on them as well as players who cracked under pressure.
The first half showed both nerves and indecisiveness. Teams were not capitalizing on the others mistakes, and the game was a low scoring, quick game.
Many people were expecting the Chiefs to pass a lot as they have been all season, however this wasn’t the case. Instead, the Chiefs gave the ball to Damien Williams who had the game of his life, rushing for 104 yards and 1 touchdown to go along with it. Williams was a vital piece to the Chiefs moving offense, and really got the ball rolling for them on many drives.
On the other sideline, the 49ers were doing great. They were stopping the Chiefs near perfect offense, led by the dynamic rookie, Nick Bosa. The 49ers were also moving the chains well on offense. Jimmy Garapollo was slinging the ball around, getting his receivers in the game.
The 49ers play calling was also great up until the end of the first half. They knew what was working and stuck with it, not trying to change anything that was giving them success. However, at the very end of the half, Kyle Shanhan didn’t call a timeout when the Chiefs had the ball on 4th and 13, ultimately leading to Kansas City chewing the clock down. This would cost the Niners as when they got the ball back, they didn’t have enough time to score despite the huge 42 yard reception by George Kittle (which was then taken back ten yards due to pass interference).
Shanahan messed up big time in the first half, and that event was the starting point of the 49ers play calling demise.
Once San Francisco went up 20-10 with around 17 minutes left in the game, they were given a golden opportunity to take an even larger lead when Patrick Mahomes threw an interception, but that wasn’t the case. Rather, the Niners were forced to punt.
Then, the turning point of the game happened. The Chiefs had the ball with eight minutes left in the game and Nick Bosa got injured. The dominant 49ers defense that everybody had seen all game took a huge hit, and Kansas City capitalized.
Led by Patrick Mahomes, the Chiefs stormed back, with Travis Kelce and Damien Williams caught a touchdown each, making the most of the 49ers mistakes.
From the poor coaching to the execution from the players, San Francisco’s fourth quarter was one to forget. In the fourth, Jimmy Garapollo finished with a total QBR of 2, with his last pass being to Kednall Fuller of the Chiefs.
Poor usage of timeouts and questionable coaching led to the 49ers downfall and the rise of the Chiefs who put together the second biggest comeback in Super Bowl history. The first being the Patriots 25 point comeback after being down 28-3 to the Falcons, a team whose offensive coordinator was no other than, Kyle Shanahan.
The Super Bowl for the ages was capped off with Andy Reid hoisting the Lombardi Trophy for the first time in his storied career, a sight millions among millions of fans loved to see for the all time great coach.
Despite Shanahan losing his second Super Bowl (first as a head coach), I feel his time is coming too. He’s a proven winner in the the regular season, and turned the 49ers around from a bottom 3 team, to a top 2. Shanahan has really transformed the 49ers in his three seasons he’s been there, and I see a Super Bowl in the near future for him.
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