Every Big 4 New York City Sports Team Imploded within a Month of Each Other

New York Sports are a catastrophic dumpster fire right now. In the months of April or May, every single Big 4 professional sports team in the Big Apple has been turned on its head. They are all in shambles in one way or another. Having two teams in every major sport doubles their chances of having at least one good team, but the consistent top draft picks seems to only have a negative effect. Here is the current state of all the New York City basketball, hockey, football and baseball teams.

BASKETBALL

Knicks
The math gods were not kind the New York Knicks at the NBA Draft Lottery. As it turns out, having a 14% to get the number one overall pick also means that there is a 86% that they won’t. Putting all their eggs in one basket (because they couldn’t put basketballs in it) for Zion ended up not working out. At the third pick, they could still get RJ Barrett and with the possibility of getting KD and Kyrie could mean there is hope. But right now, it looks like 2020 could be another tank year.

Nets
“The Process” proved trustworthy as the Sixers knocked out the Nets in a gentleman’s sweep. But hey, at least they made the playoffs.

HOCKEY

Islanders
So much talent, so much promise and so much potential all leading to so much heartbreak. The best Islanders season in recent history ending in a sweep to the Hurricanes who are on the verge of being swept themselves.

Rangers
Yikes. The Rangers finished the season with a 32-36 record and missed the playoffs.

FOOTBALL

Giants
Any and all hope for this team was flushed down the toilet at the 2019 NFL Draft. With Eli’s career on its metaphorical death bed, the Giants desperately needed a new quarterback who could be the new face of the franchise. Everyone in the world would have picked Dwayne Haskins… except for David Gettleman who ended up selecting Daniel Jones out of Duke. Leading to the mental breakdown of many Giants fans.

Jets
Well, the Jets just fired their GM Mike Maccagnan and VP of Player Personnel Brian Heimerdinger. It’s a good thing to get rid of upper management in a franchise that has been so terrible in recent years, but now Adam Gase may be the new GM…

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BASEBALL

Yankees
Literally everyone is hurt.

Mets
Oh man, the Mets are bad. Not like Yankees bad where they will be good again as soon as some players come back, but Knicks bad. They are even considering bringing up Tim Tebow who is hitting .120 just to put asses in seats.

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Justin Bieber’s Reaction to Getting Trolled by a Winnipeg Fan Is Absolutely Hysterical

Ontario native, Justin Bieber, loves to show pride in his home country of Canada. Most recently, the pop sensation took to Instagram to show his support of the Toronto Maple Leafs in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Like every other post, he received thousands of replies ranging from ecstatic to outrageously insane.

But there was one commenter that seemed to really get under Bieber’s skin. A Winnipeg fan said one of the more tame things in the comment section, but it was apparently something the Biebs needed to respond to. He simply said, “Go Jets.”

Just two words from a fan of a team that the Leafs aren’t even playing warrants a block now. So what does the fan do? That’s right, call his bluff and comment the exact same thing. Two more times, all getting more and more aggressive responses.

Who knew it was this easy to get a reaction a short tempered premadonna. But really, what is Justin Bieber doing responding to a guy with 350 followers while he has millions of fans who would do unspeakable things to get a like from him. If I knew it was this easy to get the attention of celebrities, I would have done it a long time ago.

I also love how the Jets came in at the end and tried to salvage the relationship.

I Guess Wanted Posters Are a Thing Now?

Like a lot of the worst trends in this country, this one started in Brooklyn. After the Nets shut down Ben Simmons in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Playoffs, they got a little cocky. Pretty soon, the area surrounding Barclays Center was littered with wanted posters looking for Simmons’ missing jumpshot.

This is so perfect. You have to appreciate the amount of time and effort that went into making this poster. At least 6 jabs at Simmons for his inability to shoot. Unfortunately for the Nets, this only inspired Simmons to go off for triple-double.

Now, like the Dropkick Murphys, the wanted poster trend is shipping up to Boston. Bruins fans have begun posting wanted signs for Nazem Kadri for his cross check on the Bruins’ Jake Debrusk.

Looks like the pettiness of the NBA is rubbing off on the NHL and I am HERE FOR IT. However, The people of Boston had to have seen the effects that the Brooklyn wanted posters had on them. Can’t say they haven’t been warned.

In all seriousness, as a Boston fan, I am not worried about any series with Toronto for one major reason…

Saturday Morning Sports Trivia: Stanley Cup Playoffs

We are getting right into the sweet spot of three overlapping championships. The NBA Playoffs, Stanley Cup Playoffs, and UEFA Champions League are all gracing us with their watchability all at once. But this trivia is all about one sport in particular. The one with the greatest trophy in sports, the Stanley Cup. With hockey finally converting from background noise to must-watch television, it is only right that it is the subject of today’s trivia. As always, throw us a follow @soft7sports on Twitter and let us know how you did for some free S7S stickers.

Questions:

  1. How many women’s names are engraved on the Stanley Cup Trophy?
  2. What team has won the most Stanley Cups and how many have they won?
  3. What American team has won the most Stanley Cups and how many have they won?
  4. What team that actually made the Stanley Cup Playoffs currently has the most Stanley Cups?
  5. What player has the most career playoff goals?
  6. What team won the Stanley Cup last season?
  7. What team did the answer to #6 beat?
  8. Who was the first player in NHL history to win an Olympic gold medal and a Stanley Cup in the same season?
  9. What was the first year that the Stanley Cup was awarded?
  10. What player holds the record for most career goals in the Stanley Cup Finals?
  11. One team has won the Stanley Cup 3 times since 2000. What team was it?
  12. What team is the only team to score three goals in less than one minute in the Stanley Cup Final?

Answers:

  1. 12
  2. Montreal Canadiens (23)
  3. Detroit Red Wings (11)
  4. Toronto Maple Leafs (13)
  5. Wayne Gretzky (122)
  6. Washington Capitals
  7. Las Vegas Knights
  8. Ken Morrow in 1980
  9. 1893
  10. Maurice Richard with 34
  11. Chicago Blackhawks in 2010, 2013, and 2015
  12. Montreal Canadiens in 1954

Seattle Mayor Definitely Just Leaked the Name of Their NHL Expansion Team

In a big time blunder, Seattle Mayor, Jenny Durkan, may have just accidentally tweeted the name of the newest NHL expansion team.

#GoKraken? The newest expansion team in the NHL is going to be called the Seattle Kraken? With all the hype that was coming with the Seattle expansion, it’s a little disappointing that this is the way we all found out. What is also disappointing is just how bad this name is.

Typically, Seattle professional teams select their name based on something that is related to the city. The Mariners for the marine culture in Seattle, Supersonics because of the Boeing plant and Seahawks for reasons I am sure you can figure out.

There are no kraken around the Seattle Area though. In fact, there are no kraken anywhere. The kraken is an enormous mythical giant squid said to have appeared off the coast of Norway.

There is just no way that the city signed off a name that ridiculous. I think there is a bigger conspiracy going on and one of two things happened:

First scenario: The mayor really wanted the name to be the Kraken so she purposely released the tweet with the #gokraken with full knowledge that the name had not yet been released. She is just strong arming her way into getting what she wants.

Second scenario: The tweet was released for the sole purpose of gauging public response. If the people of Seattle seem to like Kraken then they will keep it. If not, they will issue a statement apologizing for the confusion and say they have yet to decide on the name.

As far as the potential names go, Kraken is not the worst, but it is also far from the best. Here is the list that Kraken was picked from:

  • Seattle Cougars
  • Seattle Eagles
  • Seattle Emeralds
  • Seattle Evergreens
  • Seattle Firebirds
  • Seattle Kraken
  • Seattle Rainiers
  • Seattle Renegades
  • Seattle Sea Lions
  • Seattle Seals
  • Seattle Sockeyes
  • Seattle Totems
  • Seattle Whales

Despite the fact Kraken is just a terrible name, the Red Wings already have a monopoly on all things squid.

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NCAA Frozen Four Is the Best Tournament You Never Hear about

With March Madness coming to and end and the Final Four capping off a painfully predictable tournament, we completely forget about another tournament that the NCAA hasn’t completely ruined yet.

The tournament I am talking about is the NCAA Hockey Championship. The Frozen Four. Whether you are a hockey fan or not, there are tons of things to appreciate.

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First, it is only 16 teams. I realize this is due to a sheer lack of teams, but I like the fact that the Sweet 16 is the first round. Imagine if that is how they treated the basketball tournament. Makes it just a little harder to get that at-large bid and keeps flaming piles of garbage like Tennessee out.

I also really appreciate the names of the rounds. The Frozen Four is awesome. Unlike the Final Four, it shows that they put at least 30 seconds of effort into the name. I have also heard the quarterfinal round called the “Icy 8”. I’m a big fan of creativity and while these may have been thought of by an 8 year old, they beat the hell out of the Final Four, College Football Playoff, and College World Series.

When I said that the NCAA hasn’t completely ruined this tournament earlier, I didn’t mean they have totally kept their greedy hands off of it. Rest assured, they put a full 10 days between the Icy 8 and the Frozen Four to make sure it didn’t interfere with Virginia scoring 45 points. I get that it is a business, but maybe show a little less favoritism.

When the Frozen Four is finally played on April 11, these are the matchups.

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Denver vs. Massachusetts
The only time I have ever heard of Denver College in an athletic context was in lacrosse and that was only because Chase Carraro went to my high school. In the Icy 8, Denver took down American International which sounds more like an oxymoron than a school.

Then, there is UMass. The only other time I have heard of this school was when Marcus Camby took money from an agent and got a Final Four appearance taken away. CALIPARI KNEW NOTHING. Regardless, they beat Notre Dame, so these are my guys now. I am a UMass Hockey fan. Let’s go Minutemen; hopefully you play hockey longer than you have sex.

Providence vs. Minnesota Deluth
I have absolutely no reason to think this, but the phrase “Providence Hockey” reminds me of a bunch of kids raised by parents like this:

Minnesota Deluth is probably filled with a kids who grew up playing on a frozen lake or something. I also get a strong Mighty Ducks vibe with a chip on their shoulder.

If you haven’t realized it yet, I don’t know hockey in the slightest. If someone would be so kind as to leave a comment or reply to us on twitter @soft7sports and explain to me what “icing” is, that would be greatly appreciated.