The sports landscape is looking downright rotten in the Big Apple this year. Historically rotten, as a matter of fact.
As pointed out Tuesday in a lengthy Wall Street Journal piece, the combined 2013 winning percentage for the nine major professional teams in the Greater New York area (Giants, Jets, Yankees, Mets, Knicks, Nets, Rangers, Islanders and Devils) thus far is just over .410 — the lowest overall mark for the city since 1966.
The Yankees and Mets both missed out on the postseason this year — and with ace Matt Harvey on the shelf for 2014, it may be a long while before October baseball returns to Citi Field. Both of MetLife Stadium’s occupants are still in the hunt, but with sub-.500 records, the Giants and Jets are middling squads at best.
The state of the city’s NHL clubs is actually not quite as dire through the first 25 or so games, as the statistics would indicate. Though the Islanders have returned to the cellar after making a surprise run to the postseason in last year’s lockout-shortened campaign, both the Rangers and Devils sit right on the playoff bubble in a severely watered-down Eastern Conference.
Unfortunately for New York hoops fans, the same cannot be said for the Knicks and Nets, whose rosters boast more former All-Stars (11) than combined wins for the two teams this season (six).