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Justin Tuck: The Yankees run New York

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It’s a good thing this is a short week, because we’re not sure if we could take any more buildup to Jets-Giants.

The latest developments: The Jets are using a picture of a bloody Eli Manning as motivation. And we believe someone called someone else a “fraidy cat.”  [Note: One of those two stories is fictional.)

Giants defensive lineman Justin Tuck raises a great point over who "owns" the city.

“We got a lot of catching up to get to, what is it . . . 27 rings now the Yankees got?” Tuck asked via ESPNNewYork.com. “They run New York if you want to talk about running New York."

Tuck is right. New York is one of the few places left in the country where baseball still dominates the sports discussion in town. Pro football may not even be the next most popular sport. We'd say the Giants and Jets rank behind the Knicks in terms of fan loyalty when the Knicks are remotely interesting.

It doesn't help the football teams play in New Jersey, even if some players live in the city.

“It is not like if we beat them, I am going to be seeing guys at Del Frisco’s and I run into [Mark] Sanchez and say, guess what, we beat you. Come on man. Who cares. The only thing I care about is getting another one of those shiny things on my finger,” Tuck said.

No matter who wins on Saturday, the Jets and Giants appear to have too many roster holes this year to win a title. And that’s the only way you can truly get New York’s sustained attention.

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64 Responses to “Justin Tuck: The Yankees run New York”
  1. mac3333 says: Dec 23, 2011 12:04 PM

    Can’t argue with Mr Tuck on this one.

    NYY > NYJ + NYG + NYR + NYI + NYK

    (Thats Jets, Giants, Rangers, Islanders & Knicks)

  2. football272 says: Dec 23, 2011 12:08 PM

    Yup…the NFL likes to think they are larger than life in everything they do…but not in New York. If the Yankees or Mets made some type of trade within the next 24 hours, it would blow this overhyped game off the back page of the papers in a New York Minute.

  3. realitypolice says: Dec 23, 2011 12:08 PM

    Well said. Man knows his city.

    If the Jets and the Giants played an epic 47-44 overtime thriller on Saturday and the Yankees sign Edwin Jackson the same day, the front page story in all of the newspapers would be the Yankees signing.

    I know that’s hard for most people around the country to believe, but it is the absolute truth.

  4. derekjetersmansion says: Dec 23, 2011 12:10 PM

    I mean, football in New York is seasonal; it’s not year-round.

  5. redbeardxxv says: Dec 23, 2011 12:15 PM

    Jets wear green for a reason. They’ll always be the envious little step brother of the REAL NY team, the GIANTS. Tuck is right, Yankee’s rule NY, oh, and there’s some other team playing baseball there too, isn’ t there? The Mets?
    As far as football goes, THE GIANTS rule NY. Oh, and there’s another team playing football there too, coincidence that it rhymes with that OTHER baseball team? I think not.

  6. steviethewiz says: Dec 23, 2011 12:25 PM

    Ah no one cares about the Knicks anymore – The Dolans made sure of that.

  7. dmgkm says: Dec 23, 2011 12:27 PM

    Baseball blows. we all know for whoever loses, fans will be hearing it from the other fans for at least a year.

  8. docredskin says: Dec 23, 2011 12:27 PM

    I think the Chinese own more of New York than Mark Teixeira does

  9. We'reFineThere says: Dec 23, 2011 12:28 PM

    As an outsider who now lives here it sickens me that so many people can’t decide whether they are a Giants or Jets fan each year (more like each week). If it’s so easy to pick one baseball team why is it so hard to pick one football team?

  10. gcsuk says: Dec 23, 2011 12:28 PM

    Hopefully the Giants have are using the pictures of an undrafted free agent WR by the name of Victor Cruz scoring 3 TDs against the Jets as motivation (2010 pre-season).

    I like how Calvin Pace smiles says “It was cool to see it again” regarding the picture of Manning. Nice. Real class. Hope he feels the same way if there are pictures of him or his teammates getting injured.

  11. austrianpanther says: Dec 23, 2011 12:36 PM

    That’s a little odd….the article did not mention the New York Mets…..but then again..we are talking about a team that should be playing in the Single A division!

  12. east96st says: Dec 23, 2011 12:45 PM

    “We’d say the Giants and Jets rank behind the Knicks in terms of fan loyalty when the Knicks are remotely interesting.”

    Which is why for years, MSG was practically empty during the Knicks games while there was a 30 year waiting list for Giants season tickets, right? And, that’s when there were around 17,000 seats in MSG and over 80,000 in Giants Stadium. I had season tickets for the Knicks for 11 years because I couldn’t get near Giants season tickets despite signing up for the waiting list when I was 18. The only reason Giants tickets became available is they had the poor timing to charge a PSL for every seat during the worse ecnomic recession since the Depression. But, hey, why let facts ruin a good post, right?

  13. downsouth49er says: Dec 23, 2011 12:47 PM

    The Jets just always try talking themselves up because there really isn’t much to say about them. They are a mediocre team that talks like they were a dynasty for the past 10 years or are on the cusp of greatness. I find them very funny to be honest. Keep telling yourself something and eventually you begin believing it, no matter how far it is from the truth.

  14. caseyanthonymunoz says: Dec 23, 2011 12:48 PM

    The Yankees don’t even sell out 15% of their games. Bandwagon City.

  15. psousa1 says: Dec 23, 2011 12:48 PM

    It is funny though that people seem to forget up until the mid 90′s it was all Mets all the time. The Yankees were one of those teams where you would think “Oh yeah, they’re still in the league”.

    People would go to yankee games (because they couldn’t get Mets tickets) and chant “Let’s Go Mets!” and drive Phil Rizzutto nuts on PIX.

  16. flyinhighwithvick says: Dec 23, 2011 12:51 PM

    Gambino, Colombo, Luchesse, Genovese, Bonnano…..Yankees.

  17. sikoix says: Dec 23, 2011 12:51 PM

    Both these teams should hire Mo Rivera to teach them about public relations.

  18. oriolesvsravens says: Dec 23, 2011 1:03 PM

    Well on the grid iron who runs NY? By them being in different divisions their rivalry is not as big as their division rivals. This game means something this year but I don’t remember NYJ vs. NYG 2010 like I do NYJ vs. NE or NYG vs. DAL or PHI. This is a media thing. NY tell me if I’m wrong please. I’m just a sad O’s fan.

  19. juvegol says: Dec 23, 2011 1:12 PM

    If baseball wasn’t so snooze inducing the rest of us would care about it.

  20. mrplow3 says: Dec 23, 2011 1:15 PM

    “Pro football may not even be the next most popular sport. We’d say the Giants and Jets rank behind the Knicks in terms of fan loyalty when the Knicks are remotely interesting.”

    Which just goes to show NY is the most tasteless city in the US. I mean the NBA better than football? Really?

  21. caseyanthonymunoz says: Dec 23, 2011 1:20 PM

    Actually, this is the Battle of New Jersey anyway, isn’t it?

  22. tackleberries says: Dec 23, 2011 1:20 PM

    “We’d say the Giants and Jets rank behind the Knicks in terms of fan loyalty when the Knicks are remotely interesting.”

    Not even remotely close to being true. When the NFL lockout was going on, it’s all people talked about (outside of baseball). Almost nobody cared that the NBA was locked out.

  23. nyjalleffingday says: Dec 23, 2011 1:20 PM

    Well, as the old billboard went, “Why leave a city that has 6 professional sports teams, and also the Mets?”

  24. jerseyshoregiant says: Dec 23, 2011 1:21 PM

    We’reFineThere says:
    Dec 23, 2011 12:28 PM
    As an outsider who now lives here it sickens me that so many people can’t decide whether they are a Giants or Jets fan each year (more like each week). If it’s so easy to pick one baseball team why is it so hard to pick one football team?
    ———————————————–

    WTF are you talking about? There is a clear line for the actual football fan.

  25. stubbyjones says: Dec 23, 2011 1:23 PM

    Yet they both play in Jersey….buffalo..the ONLY true New York team.

  26. bozosforall says: Dec 23, 2011 1:25 PM

    The Yankees also run MLB. No other franchise comes close. Doesn’t stop the haters, especially those from north of NYC, from wishing that they were even close though.

  27. derekjetersmansion says: Dec 23, 2011 1:27 PM

    The Nets (Jason Kidd) had a good chance to take a bite out of the Knicks’ hold on the city in the mid-2000s.

    Giants have been around longer than the Jets, which means more bandwagon fans. Yankees and Mets, same thing.

    The new Yankee Stadium just costs too much for middle-class people, honestly.

  28. blaz0037 says: Dec 23, 2011 1:28 PM

    its the FAIR-WEATHER fans that run NY.

  29. gadgetdawg says: Dec 23, 2011 1:33 PM

    It may have something to do with the Yankees being a NY team and the Giants and Jets both being from NJ. It is a lot easier to cheer for a local team after all.

  30. sbxxix says: Dec 23, 2011 1:35 PM

    How many Super Bowl rings have the Giants and Jets won in the last two decades combined? So why do they get all this hype again? People have this mentality that NY is the best but in reality CA is the best. There’s a reason why they call it the Golden State. The Raiders and Chargers have more rings than the Jets, Giants and Bills combined and a better history too

  31. nyyjetsknicks says: Dec 23, 2011 1:35 PM

    Love the haters from the flyover states.

    “Why do NY teams keep getting all the attention?”

    Because your city, just like you, is irrelevant.

  32. gnyj85 says: Dec 23, 2011 1:39 PM

    Question: Why do Yankee fans only watch games when the weather is fair? ;-)

    Answer: Because they are all Fairweather Fans!

    Mets in 2016!

  33. whatchutalkinabouthillis says: Dec 23, 2011 1:41 PM

    @ football272 you mean just the yankees. the mets are too incompetant/broke to make any deals.

  34. realitypolice says: Dec 23, 2011 1:42 PM

    caseyanthonymunoz says:
    Dec 23, 2011 12:48 PM
    The Yankees don’t even sell out 15% of their games. Bandwagon City.
    =============================

    You’re a clueless fool.

    The Yankees led the AL in attendance last year. They average over 1.4 MILLION more fans per year than the AL average.

    The reason they don’t sell out as many games is because their stadium is extremely large compared to MLB average.

    For example, the Red Sox fans brag about their 700 game sellout streak, but their stadium seats 15,000 less, and the Yankees outdrew them by over FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND last year.

    And now you know.

  35. zaggs says: Dec 23, 2011 1:44 PM

    “Who cares. The only thing I care about is getting another one of those shiny things on my finger,”

    I’m told this comment thoroughly pissed off the Jets locker room. Mainly because they had no clue what he was talking about.

  36. war27 says: Dec 23, 2011 1:47 PM

    Tuck is a great guy. I listen to his interview every week on WFAN. He’s one of the pros that “gets it” and would be a welcome addition to any team or city in the league.

    Bottom line, the league needs more guys like this and less Ryans.

  37. dmgkm says: Dec 23, 2011 2:08 PM

    can anyone even watch a full baseball game on tv without falling asleep or changing the channel?

  38. dlmcc1010 says: Dec 23, 2011 2:10 PM

    Theyve won 27 championships and they have been around for 100 years. Its pretty safe to say that when you average a championship every 4 years you own the city. Im one of those people who follow them more closely than I do football.

    That being said, the fans of both these teams are still really passionate about them. Jets and Giants fans go at it non stop over their teams.

  39. unclenasty says: Dec 23, 2011 2:20 PM

    The biggest difference between baseball and football in NY is that MORE Giants/Jets fans would root for the other team than Yankees/Mets fans would. As a Yankee fan I would NEVER root for the Mets, unless they were playing Boston. But as a Giants fan I usually root for the Jets, but that sentiment fades a little bit more every time Rex opens that fat mouth of his.

  40. manasquanpolice says: Dec 23, 2011 2:22 PM

    caseyanthonymunoz says: Dec 23, 2011 1:20 PM

    Actually, this is the Battle of New Jersey anyway, isn’t it?
    ————————————————————
    That’s it? Man, has your act gotten old. C’mon, fool, focus on something new, like trying to grow one.

  41. thirdngoal says: Dec 23, 2011 2:22 PM

    NOW Tiki is Flabbergasted…………….

  42. franklapidus316 says: Dec 23, 2011 2:29 PM

    Yankees yes, but Knicks? Not even close, they’re barely bigger than the Rangers.

  43. caseyanthonymunoz says: Dec 23, 2011 2:30 PM

    @realitypolice – 18 million people in the NY area and they almost never sell out the Yankee Stadium. They were barely in the top ten in % of attendance filled. Just stating a fact. Not too impressive. Everybody in America knows Yankee fans are the biggest bandwagoners in sports. Sorry it’s tough to hear.

  44. thehouseofho says: Dec 23, 2011 2:34 PM

    sbxxix says:
    Dec 23, 2011 1:35 PM
    How many Super Bowl rings have the Giants and Jets won in the last two decades combined? So why do they get all this hype again? People have this mentality that NY is the best but in reality CA is the best. There’s a reason why they call it the Golden State. The Raiders and Chargers have more rings than the Jets, Giants and Bills combined and a better history too
    ================
    Since 1991 the Giants have won 2 Super Bowls (1991, 2007), the Jets have won none. In that same time span, the Raiders and Chargers have won zero Super Bowls combined.

    If you want to talk about all of Super Bowl history, the Giants have won 3 Super Bowls, the Jets have won 1. The Raiders have won 3 and the Chargers have won 0.

    I think you need to work on your math there.

  45. JSpicoli says: Dec 23, 2011 2:38 PM

    I love the fact that most of the discussion going on is adults going on and on about how they are frontrunners and how that makes sense.

    Just another whack day in our whack country surrounded by whack fans.

  46. donlagreca says: Dec 23, 2011 2:39 PM

    Jets can put up pictures of Eli playing through an injury all they want. Eli is tough. Fact of the matter is the Jets haven’t beaten the Giants since I believe 1999. Best of luck to the red headed step child Jets.

  47. sbxxix says: Dec 23, 2011 2:45 PM

    GO RED SOX!!!!!

  48. coys10 says: Dec 23, 2011 3:05 PM

    Jets have not beaten the Giants in 18 years, since 1993.

  49. jakek2 says: Dec 23, 2011 3:07 PM

    Baseball is a thinking man’s game and all the thinking men left in this country live in New York. That’s why baseball in NY is king.

  50. kingpel says: Dec 23, 2011 3:14 PM

    thehouseofho says:
    Dec 23, 2011 2:34 PM
    sbxxix says:
    Dec 23, 2011 1:35 PM
    How many Super Bowl rings have the Giants and Jets won in the last two decades combined? So why do they get all this hype again? People have this mentality that NY is the best but in reality CA is the best. There’s a reason why they call it the Golden State. The Raiders and Chargers have more rings than the Jets, Giants and Bills combined and a better history too
    ================
    Since 1991 the Giants have won 2 Super Bowls (1991, 2007), the Jets have won none. In that same time span, the Raiders and Chargers have won zero Super Bowls combined.

    If you want to talk about all of Super Bowl history, the Giants have won 3 Super Bowls, the Jets have won 1. The Raiders have won 3 and the Chargers have won 0.

    I think you need to work on your math there.

    ================================

    I think he meant to include the San Francisco 49ers in that discussion. I think…

  51. kingpel says: Dec 23, 2011 3:20 PM

    I think the Giants have the most diehard fanbase in NY. I can remember in the 80′s where the Yankees fanbase dropped considerably. It wasnt until this tremendous run with Jeter, Rivera and co. that a lot of the 20-30 somethings even became baseball fans.

    Knicks and Rangers were always very popular but crappy personal decisions just killed those fan bases. When Riley and Messier were in town, there wasnt a hotter ticket.

    Jets and Mets….eh. They have their hot streaks for years at a time, but a much smaller group as far as your long time, die hards go.

  52. yankeesjetsknicksrangers says: Dec 23, 2011 3:21 PM

    Baseball is king in NY, it gets talked about 365 days a year.

  53. fuelster says: Dec 23, 2011 3:37 PM

    The Yankees have been kings of NYC since the 20′s. The mutts had a nice little run from the mid to late 80′s and just once a decade besides that (69, 73, 00). The reason why the Yankees don’t sell out at the new stadium is because the tix are priced too high. Used to be a sellout everynight at the old stadium when the last dynasty started until the new stadium opened .

  54. manasquanpolice says: Dec 23, 2011 3:55 PM

    caseyanthonymunoz says: Dec 23, 2011 2:30 PM
    …they almost never sell out the Yankee Stadium.

    =================================
    THE Yankee Stadium????
    Where’re you from, Ethiopia…or Cincinnati?Stop embarrassing yourself. You know as much about baseball as you do football.

  55. realitypolice says: Dec 23, 2011 4:17 PM

    caseyanthonymunoz says:
    Dec 23, 2011 2:30 PM
    @realitypolice – 18 million people in the NY area and they almost never sell out the Yankee Stadium. They were barely in the top ten in % of attendance filled. Just stating a fact. Not too impressive. Everybody in America knows Yankee fans are the biggest bandwagoners in sports. Sorry it’s tough to hear.
    ==================

    You’re right, it is tough to hear someone so dense spew meaningless facts to prove a stupid argument.

    Painful, actually.

    The Yankees sell more tickets and have the highest attendance in AL every single year. The fact that they don’t sell out in the regular season is meaningless.

    They purposely built a larger stadium than they needed so that they could have extra seats for the post-season.

    Because, you see, unlike whatever pathetic team you root for they pretty much make it every year.

  56. i10east says: Dec 23, 2011 4:46 PM

    Pretty soon when Jay Z and the fellas move the Nets to Brooklyn, it will be NYC’s #1 team. JK

  57. realitypolice says: Dec 23, 2011 4:46 PM

    dmgkm says:
    Dec 23, 2011 2:08 PM
    can anyone even watch a full baseball game on tv without falling asleep or changing the channel?
    ====================

    Do it all the time.

    Some of us don’t need constant visual stimuli to feed our infantile microscopic attention spans.

    Here’s a suggestion: put two TVs next to each other and plug your playstation into one (I’m certain that you have one), and put a baseball game on the other.

    Then whenever there is a break in the baseball action, you can grab the controller and pretend to be a soldier, or a jedi, or a ninja, or a dragon slayer, or a race car driver for a few make believe minutes.

    That should keep you from falling asleep with your thumb in your mouth.

  58. caseyanthonymunoz says: Dec 23, 2011 5:07 PM

    It’s funny how Yankee fans can’t get around the fact that despite being in the largest market in America they still can’t sell out. Hysterical. And embarrassing. Good thing they don’t black out baseball games!

  59. freewayjim says: Dec 23, 2011 5:21 PM

    New York/New Jersey and California are all overrated, over-hyped and over-taxed and their sports franchises, especially the ones from NY, insist upon themselves.

    Flyover Country FTW! (and I’m a native New Englander).

  60. frankdatank23 says: Dec 23, 2011 5:26 PM

    ^^ baseball was popular back when nobody saw the games but those in the stands….why would anyone force themselves to watch baseball at home when they have something with real entertainment value like a ps3 ?

  61. frankdatank23 says: Dec 23, 2011 5:31 PM

    caseyanthonymunoz says: Dec 23, 2011 5:07 PM

    It’s funny how Yankee fans can’t get around the fact that despite being in the largest market in America they still can’t sell out. Hysterical. And embarrassing. Good thing they don’t black out baseball games!

    your showing little to no knowledge of the topic of which your discussing….. do you think yankee tickets cost the same as national tickets ? Yankee stadium will never sell out on a regular day. No one is going to pay a couple grand to see the blue jays come to town.

  62. elmoron says: Dec 23, 2011 5:48 PM

    caseyanthonymunoz says:
    Dec 23, 2011 5:07 PM
    It’s funny how Yankee fans can’t get around the fact that despite being in the largest market in America they still can’t sell out. Hysterical. And embarrassing. Good thing they don’t black out baseball games!
    =================================
    Love the 7th grade wit. Nice comeback, chump. Once again, you got your butt handed to you throughout yet another thread. What’s next, sticks and stones?

  63. clevername1 says: Dec 23, 2011 6:02 PM

    @realitypolice

    Great post!

  64. bxbomber4u says: Dec 23, 2011 10:11 PM

    To the idiot that said the mets were the team in the mid 90′s. How many championships did the mets win. U idiot. The yankees won in 96,98,99,00… the mets were relevant in 86. That’s it… the yankees have always ruled this town. Even when ur low budget franchise won in 86. They still talked about mattingly… u had a bunch of coke heads in that team….

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