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NYCFC in Downtown Brooklyn

(Andrea Pirlo signs a sketch of himself – Photo courtesy NYCFC)

On Tuesday, August 16, fans had the chance to meet the full New York City FC team at Adidas’ Downtown Brooklyn Store.

Players arrived to cheering fans who began lining up two hours prior to the event. The first 250 fans who spent $75 or more on Club gear between August 9-15 were eligible to attend the event.

 

David Villa signs a soccer ball. Photo courtesy of NYCFC.
David Villa signs a soccer ball. Photo courtesy of NYCFC.
Photo courtesy of NYCFC.
Photo courtesy of NYCFC.

 

A Look At The Nets 2016-17 Schedule

The new-look Brooklyn Nets will open the 2016-17 season on Wednesday, October 26, in Boston against the Celtics.

The Nets home opener will be two days later on Friday, October 28, versus the Indiana Pacers at Barclays Center. This will also mark the return of Thaddeus Young, who was traded to Indiana in the offseason.

After a trip to Milwaukee to play Jason Kidd and the Bucks on October 29, the Nets have a four-game homestand, starting Monday, October 31, versus Chicago, followed by November 2 against Detroit, November 4 vs. Charlotte, and concluding Tuesday, November 8, against Minnesota.

The Nets will make their first visit across town to play the Knicks on November 9 at The Garden. This will be Jeremy Lin’s first visit as a member of the Nets to face his old team, where he became famous amidst the Linsanity phenomenon.

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St. John’s – Syracuse Rivalry Continues

(St. John’s Head Coach Chris Mullin – @StJohnsBball)

St. John’s will continue their historic rivalry with Syracuse this season, as they will meet on December 21 at the Carrier Dome.

This will be the 91st meeting in a storied rivalry that dates back more than 100-years.

When Syracuse left the Big East in 2013, there was concern as to what would happen with this historic rivalry. It wasn’t long before the schools entered into a home-and-home series, where they would meet once each season.

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Villa’s Two Late Goals Get NYCFC Point In Columbus

(David Villa – USA Today Sports)

David Villa scored twice in the final 10 minutes, but it was not enough to get New York City Football Club a win against the Columbus Crew SC, and they settled for a wild 3-3 draw at MAPFRE Stadium Saturday night.

Frank Lampard got the scoring started in the 41st minute with his ninth goal in the last 10 games. Columbus goalkeeper Steve Clark parried Andrea Pirlo’s 26-yard free kick off the post and Lampard pounced, tapping in from the edge of the six-yard box to give NYCFC the lead at the break.

Lampard had another chance three minutes earlier after Pirlo cut inside and outside of his defender to chip a ball into the box, but Clark pushed Lampard’s header over the bar for an NYCFC corner kick.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: Jackie Robinson In Quotes

Danny Peary’s new book, Jackie Robinson In Quotes: The Remarkable Life of Baseball’s Most Significant Player (Page Street Publishing), is perhaps the most engrossing piece of work on the pioneering Brooklyn Dodger.

This commemorated when Robinson made his debut with the Montreal Royals, the Dodgers’ International League team.

Jackie Robinson in Quotes is written differently than most books, as the story of his life is told in quotes from Robinson and others. The quotes also illuminate fun facts, like that Duke Snider debuted the same day as Robinson, so read carefully.

“I played hard, and always to win,” which Robinson said in Baseball Has Done It in 1964, is just one of his many quotes.

The book starts with his formative years, then his time in college as a multi-sport athlete, his experiences in World War II, joining the Dodgers and what he faced, and his years as a social activist.

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Steve Schirippa On The Knicks, Lin, Pasta Sauce

Steve Schirippa, who rose to fame on The Sopranos, is currently starring on Blue Bloods. He can also be seen in his courtside seat at Madison Square Garden watching his beloved Knicks.

I caught up with Schirippa recently, and touched on that, plus his tomato sauce, Uncle Steve’s.

How did you get involved in Blue Bloods?
“I got a call, they sent me a script. I thought the writing was great. I never really watched the show, to be honest, I was aware of it, but never really watched it. They offered me this role, I was happy to do it, they offered me another one, another one, another one, and I’m coming back this year. We return to work next week and I should do double the amount of episodes, last season I did eight, I plan on doing 16 of the 22. It’s a great show., very popular, great acting, the writing is fantastic, and that’s why it’s been winning Friday nights six consecutive years. 13 million people are watching.”

The closest character you work with is Bridget Moynahan’s Erin Reagan. What’s she like?

“she’s great. From day one, we got along great, from the first scene we did together, I think she’s great. A really, really good actress, and I’ve worked with a bunch of them, and she’s as good as any of them. I really enjoy going to work, and working with her, we’re shooting on the streets of New York, in Brooklyn, and it’s been fantastic.I look forward to this season.

What about the rest of the cast?

I worked with Donnie Wahlberg once, I’ve met the other ones. I haven’t even met everybody yet because don’t forget, there’s different storylines. Everybody thinks, you’re on a show, you’re all best of friends, like Tom Selleck, I met twice. He was great, but I haven’t worked with him.

Wahlberg was great, I love what he does on the show. Some of the guys, the crew, are from The Sopranos, so I knew some of them. The directors have been great. I couldn’t be happier, happy to be a part of it.

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Nets’ New Era Led By Lin

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The Sean Marks and Kenny Atkinson era for the Brooklyn Nets is officially under way, as they showcased the newest members of the team on Wednesday, July 20 at the HSS Training Center.

The Nets introduced Jeremy Lin, Caris LeVert, Anthony Bennett, Trevor Booker, Joe Harris, and Justin Hamilton.

“I would like to welcome you guys and your families to the Nets’ family, Marks, the Nets General Manager, said. “The process that went through here as Kenny (Atkinson) and I embarked on this journey a couple of months ago, you’ve heard us say it’s about high character, high quality guys who are competitive, and that’s what you see in front of you. That’s what we went out and tried to find and we did that. We’re excited to have this new group, this new era of Nets basketball.

“Obviously, Kenny and his staff played a huge part in this. With young players, its more than what happens on the court, it’s what happens off the court as well, behind the scenes. It’s all the little things, the nuances that perhaps the rest of us don’t see all the time, and that’s where Kenny, and his staff, is so good.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: “House Of Nails”

Mets legend Lenny Dykstra’s House of Nails is a lot like the man himself.

It is a wild ride from beginning to end, through the highs and lows of his epic successes and failures.

House of Nails is a Shakespearian tale of an underdog who willed himself to be a champion, did whatever it took to stay on top, enjoyed wealth and fame as much as anybody, and then was undone by the very traits that propelled him up the mountain.

The book is full of wild stories, as would be expected, about drugs, drinking, groupies, and his unconventional friendship with Charlie Sheen, who was just one of the many celebrities that Dykstra was friends with.

Dykstra was known for pushing the envelope, and was an abuser of steroids, “greenies” (amphetamines), and prescription painkillers during his career. In this book, he reveals who knew about his steroid use and looked the other way.

One of the tallest tales from Dykstra is how he hired private investigators to tail umpires so he could blackmail them into preferential treatment.

After his playing days, Dykstra made it big with a carwash business and in the stock market. CNBC’s Jim Cramer was one of his biggest boosters and called Dykstra “one of the great ones.” He started a magazine for pro athletes called “The Players Club,” not to be confused with Derek Jeter’s Player’s Tribune.

At one point, Dykstra was worth $50 million, flew around the world in a private jet, and bought Wayne Gretzky’s palatial estate.

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NIT Season Tip-Off At Barclays Center

The 2016 NIT Season Tip-Off at Barclays Center features a Thanksgiving afternoon semifinal doubleheader of Temple vs. Florida State, followed by Illinois vs. West Virginia on Thursday, November 24. All four teams will return to action on Friday, November 25, when a championship will be awarded.

Temple, making its sixth NIT Season Tip-Off appearance, and West Virginia, making its third appearance in the event, return to Barclays Center, where both teams played in the 2016 NCAA Tournament. After earning a bid to the 2016 Postseason NIT, Florida State will make its third appearance in the early season version this year. Illinois will be making its debut appearance in the tournament.

Thursday, November 24 12:30 p.m. – Temple vs. Florida State –
ESPN2 or ESPNU & 2:30 p.m. Illinois vs. West Virginia – ESPN2 or ESPNU

Fri, Nov 25 12:30 p.m. – 3rd Place Game -ESPNU & 3pm Championship ESPN2

Each of the four championship round teams will also host two non-bracketed games on campus as part of the event. The complete schedule of the campus-site games will be announced at a later date.

Tickets for the NIT Season Tip-Off at Barclays Center will go on sale Friday, July 22, at 10 a.m. and can be purchased via Ticketmaster by visiting www.barclayscenter.com, or www.ticketmaster.com, or by calling 800-745-3000. Tickets are also available at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center beginning Saturday, July 23, at noon. Tickets are available for groups by calling 855-GROUP-BK.

Now in its second year at Barclays Center, the NIT Season Tip-Off has been played in New York each November since 1985. Defending NCAA National Champion Villanova won the event in 2015.