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Past articles by Joe:

How the Metropolitan Riveters Found a Home at American Dream

The Metropolitan Riveters are playing their home games this season at New Jersey’s American Dream mall. → Read More

The Yankees Averted Disaster by Signing Aaron Judge

Baseball is entertainment, and Judge is an entertainer. The Yankees simply had to keep him. → Read More

The Yankees Can Return to Their Rightful Place As Baseball’s Premier Villains

The Yankees take on the hated Astros with the AL pennant on the line. → Read More

Aaron Judge Is Even Better Than His Home Run Total

The Yankees slugger hit his 62nd homer, breaking a still-sacred baseball mark. He’s also having a pretty good season in other categories. → Read More

The Mets Are Great. They’re Also Great TV.

SNY’s creative broadcasts are matching the excellent vibes of this year’s team. → Read More

The Rangers Are Done Being Underdogs

The New York Rangers were eliminated by the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 6 of the NHL’s Eastern Conference Final. As the Rangers’ surprise playoff run comes to an end, a look at what will be lost as the team gains the weight of expectations. → Read More

Legendary Rangers Announcer Sam Rosen on the Team’s Incredible Playoff Run

With the New York Rangers two wins from the Stanley Cup Final, play-by-play announcer Sam Rosen breaks down the Eastern Conference Final against the Tampa Bay Lightning and why the Blueshirts are hitting their stride now. → Read More

Pro Darts Is a Raucous Party Now, and It’s Finally Coming to New York

The U.K.-based Professional Darts Corporation has turned the once sterile sport into a raucous in-person event. With stars like Gerwyn Price and Peter Wright, the PDC is now making its first trip to New York at Madison Square Garden’s Hulu Theater. → Read More

Advanced Analytics Hate the Rangers. They Keep Winning Anyway.

The Conference Finals–bound team has defied the numbers so thoroughly that it seems to exist outside the realm of sports expectations. → Read More

The Rangers Have the Best Vibes in New York Sports

As the Stanley Cup playoffs begin, New York Rangers fans have a lot to celebrate. The team is making its first playoff appearance in five years after far exceeding expectations, thanks to a roster of dynamic, and very popular, stars. → Read More

Getting Yanked During a Perfect Game Is Not the Baseball Apocalypse

What happened to Clayton Kershaw in Minnesota on Wednesday immediately outraged Twitter (which is not hard to do) and will probably fuel a month’s worth of angry sports talk-radio calls. But it’s not what’s wrong with baseball. → Read More

A Night With the Basketball Team That Shocked the World

The last St. Peter’s home game in Jersey City drew 577 fans. Now the Peacocks are a win from advancing to the Final Four as a No. 15 seed, shocking the world of college basketball. Here are scenes and photos from Friday night’s epic win. → Read More

Mayor Hints at ‘Solution’ to Let Unvaxxed New York Athletes Play (Besides the Obvious One)

Mayor Eric Adams said he’ll work toward a “solution” on how to handle unvaccinated New York athletes like Kyrie Irving, who can’t currently play in games in the city. → Read More

How to Watch March Madness Without Going Mad

How to watch the 2022 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament on CBS, TBS, TNT, truTV, the March Madness Live app, and Paramount+ — and what subscriptions you’ll need to do so. → Read More

Former Brooklyn Borough President Fails to Recognize Brooklyn Dodgers Cap

Eric Adams chided a reporter for wearing what the mayor thought was a Boston Red Sox cap, but was actually a Brooklyn Dodgers cap. → Read More

Steve Somers’s Final Schmooze

Original WFAN host Steve Somers is retiring from the station after 34 years. He spoke with Intelligencer about living his dream, “Jerry from Queens,” and talking New York sports when the teams aren’t very good. → Read More

‘The Amount of Times I Got Bing-Bonged in My Face Was Hysterical’

Jordie Bloom said “bing bong” in a video outside Madison Square Garden after the New York Knicks’ opening night. And after the video went viral, the phrase became the team’s new rallying cry. → Read More

Baseball Teams Should Get to Pick Their Playoff Opponents

A case for allowing Major League Baseball teams to pick their opponents in the Division Series, rather than relying on a bracket that can produce unfair matchups. → Read More

Just Buy the Damn Championship Already

After another playoff loss, it’s time for the Yankees to embrace their biggest advantage and spend whatever it takes to win, without regard for Major League Baseball’s luxury tax. → Read More

New England’s Prodigal Son Returneth. Here’s How to Watcheth.

On Sunday night, Tom Brady’s Buccaneers square off against Bill Belichick and the Patriots in the quarterback’s much-hyped return to New England. Here’s how to watch it go down. → Read More