Michael Netter
What's up. My name is Michael Netter and I'm graduating in May from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a B.S in Communications. I was born and raised in New York, and show great interests in football, basketball and baseball. I'm a diehard sports fan and am very passionate about the Knicks, Giants and Yankees. New York sports have always been a significant part of my life, and there isn't much I enjoy more then voicing my opinion on any topic regarding this field.

The New York Giants look like one of the worst teams in the NFL. After loosing their first 4 games of the season, it looks like Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Eagles is a must win. Even with such a poor start, Big Blue is only 2 games behind the division leading Dallas Cowboys. Any divisional game is huge, but a home game vs. a shaky Eagles team makes it even more important. If New York wants to turn their season around, Eli Manning must remind us why he's a two time Super Bowl MVP.

After 4 games of the 2013 NFL season, Peyton Manning and Eli Manninghave been off to surprising starts. Obviously, the brothers are shocking the NFL community in two completely opposite ways. If you've been sitting under a rock for the past month (or in jail like Aaron Hernandez with no access to the outside world) , Peyton is undefeated with a 4-0 record and Eli has yet to record a win in an unforeseen 0-4 start.

 

 

The New York Giants head into Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday to take on the much improved Kansas City Chiefs. What can the Giants do to turn their season around and defeat the Chiefs?

As history suggests, The New York Giants have small odds to make the playoffs in 2013. Only 3 NFL teams have started 0-3, and went on to make the playoffs. In order for Big Blue to have any shot at the playoffs, they must strive to win the division.  Is it possible that a record of 9-7 can take home the NFC East this season? Probably not, but with a poor start from the Washington Redskins and Philadelphia Eagles, anything is possible. Oh, and we all know Dallas Cowboys Quarterback Tony Romo has been known to choke when all eyes are on him.

The MVP award will be a close one this year, and I believe it'll come down to someone at the quarterback position. Will there be a repeat in Defensive Player of the Year? How will this years Rookie of the Year compare to last seasons? Can RG3 win the Comeback Player of the Year award? Who will be the Coach of the Year? Read and find out...

The Dallas Cowboys round out my NFC East rankings for fourth, and last heading into the season.  It’s not surprising that the Cowboys had drama throughout the off-season, as we’re accustom to it based on prior years.  From Tony Romo’s contract to Bill Callahan calling the plays, I don’t think Dallas has what it takes to compete for a playoff bid this season. 

What can we expect with the Washington Redskins in 2013? The NFC East looks tough headed into the season.  Will they be able to pick up right where they left off in 2012, or suffer a minor set back this year? 

The NFC East is one of the more competitive, hard-nosed divisions in the NFL.  In 2013, I like the New York Giants to win the division, and the Philadelphia Eagles to be right behind them.  The Washington Redskins didn’t make many moves in the offseason to improve their roster, and I think this will result in a step back this year.  RG III is coming off of ACL surgery, and it’ll be tough for him to get back into top football shape.  The Dallas Cowboys look to fall to the cellar of the NFC East, as they had a poor offseason.  They lost more than they received, and too much pressure falls on Tony Romo after receiving a contract that nets over $100 million.  Per usual, the NFC East will be a dogfight, and a division winner probably won’t be decided until the conclusion of week 17. 

Indiana is the clear underdog in tonight's Game 7.  History favors the NBA champions, but what can the Pacers do to defy the past? 

The 2013 NBA Draft isn’t projected to produce the same talent that we’ve seen in the past. This leaves teams with a decision to make. Should they trade their pick, or take the best player available? Or should they pursue the player who fits their team the best based on needs? Here’s my mock draft of the top 5 picks:

Running backs are the most valued position in fantasy football due to the lack of quality depth in the league.  The clear-cut best running back in the NFL right now is Adrian Peterson, but who falls in the 2-10 spots?

Sources from IBN have information that Amar’e Stoudemire and his agent are mulling over a trade request.  This could be the ultimate dream for New York fans, being that the Knicks have $21.7 million invested in STAT in 2014, and $23.4 million in 2015.

The Miami Heat are hands down the best team in the NBA.  Does Indiana have a chance to make this a series, or will they loose by a landslide? 

New York finally played a complete game last night, as they were competitive both in rebounding and assists.  New York controlled the tempo for most of the game, and Indiana only finished with 2 fast break points.  The overall team defense for the Knickerbockers was better as well, with a total of 12 steals and 5 blocked shots.  But with everything panning out in Game 5, does New York really have a shot of stealing Game 6 in the Field House tomorrow night?

It doesn’t matter if it’s a Yankees Sox game in the middle of September, Knicks Celtics game in early May, or a repeat Patriots Giants Super Bowl. When New York and Boston gear up in anything, the pressure and the amount of pride on the line is higher than usual. Expect no different when the Broadway Blueshirts enter Boston’s TD Garden Thursday night. 

The Knickerbockers have looked absolutely awful it almost every contest this post-season.  When Raymond Felton plays well, he gets no help.  When Iman Shumpert plays well, he also gets no help.  When Carmelo and J.R. Smith play well…wait, that hasn’t happened yet.  What must New York do if they want to steal a game in Indiana tonight? 

The National Football League has plenty of tough environments for opposing teams to play.  My list doesn't only reflect teams home records from last season, but also looks at the fans at atmosphere in general.  Will your home team make the cut? 

The Knicks host the Indiana Pacers tomorrow in Madison Square Garden.  The Pacers come into the series on a defensive tare, but will Carmelo Anthony and J.R. Smith be able to get back to full form? Or will Coach Frank Vogel’s squad harass the Knicks on offense?

After the Knicks took Games 1,2 and 3, New York fell short of finishing up the series and gave Boston life.  The Celtics won games 4 and 5, and head back to Boston for Game 6.  The Knicks currently lead the series 3-2, but should New York fans have worries? 

The 2012 NBA Draft produced some future perenial All Stars for years to come.  Some players performed at levels much higher then expected, as others didn't pan out like NBA scouts thought.