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2010: The Year of Depression for NY / NJ Sports

As 2010 comes to a end, New York / New Jersey fans try to look back at the year that was and try to find the positives of all the events that went down.

New Meadowlands Stadium opened in 2010, and featured a number of great Jets and Giants games and Bon Jovi's tour. Other then that...

NBA: The Nets finished the 2009-2010 season in June by finishing 12-70, one of the worst records in NBA history. This season hasn't looked any better, as they are 8-20 going into the new year. The Knicks went out and signed A'mare Stoudamire, and have started the season hot and in the playoff race. However, they have recently lost to the Celtics and Heat in consecutive games, proving they may not be as good as people want them to be. The Nets and Knicks also lost out on the LeBron James sweepstakes, something each team planned long and hard for years.

NHL: The Islanders have just been bad forever, so there isn't much to say about them. The Rangers failed to make the playoffs last season, but are at least in consideration for the playoffs this year after a good start and wins over Pittsburgh and Washington. The Devils, who were upset by the Flyers in five games in last year's playoffs, are off to the worst starts in almost a decade, and are only ahead of the Islanders in the NHL with a lowly 20 points. The Devils also dealt with the Kovalchuk contract controversy for two months, in which he responded with a -21 rating and only eight goals this season.

MLB: Mets fans suffered once again in 2010, finishing 79-83 and missing the playoffs. This led to an overhaul in the front office and a new coaching staff in the dugout. The offseason has been bleak, as one of the only "major" signings has been catcher Ronnie Paulino. The Yankees made the playoffs as a wild-card team, and were knocked out of the playoffs int he ALCS by the Rangers. The off-season has been one of the worst in memory, as they lost out on Zach Greinke, Cliff Lee, Carl Crawford, and Kerry Wood. The only signings have been Mark Prior and Russell Martin. The Yankees also dealt with the passing of George Steinbrenner and Bob Sheppard, and had ugly contract negotiations with captain Derek Jeter.

NFL: The Giants finished last year without a playoff appearance, but have improved this season to be in the hunt for the NFC East title. The Jets shocked the world in January by making it to the AFC Championship, but fell to the Colts. This season, they started the season hot again but have faltered as of late and have been the center of controversy all season (harrassing reporters, "tripgate"). The Giants and Jets are still not locks to make the playoffs as we go into today's action.

NCAA: Rutgers football, who has been on the rise in the 2000's, finished this season 4-8 and missed a bowl game for the first time in five years. Rutgers basketball has started 8-2, but St. Johns and Seton Hall have been disappointing so far this season.

It usually hard to be a New York or New Jersey fan, especially if you root for the Jets or Mets. However, 2010 has proved to be even harder then usual. As it seems right now, the only hope for sports fans in the area is for the Jets and Giants to make the playoffs or for the Knicks to keep up their playoff hopes. If these teams don't perform going into 2011, there's going to be a lot more depression going around then there already is.

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