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December 30, 2012 12:07 AM

Top Ten Stories Of 2012

Sunday Paper (Year 4, Volume LIII)

Believe it or not, this is the fifth straight year I've done a year-ending list of the top stories at 200 Miles From The Citi.

It was a pretty eventful year, considering the narrow scope of this list: Remember - you're not going to find huge stories here - just the ones that made news on the blog in 2012.

A highlight of the year for me? When I was in Washington to watch the Mets play the Nationals this year, and I took my middle daughter to the middle game of the 3-game series. It went so well we were able to talk my oldest daughter into attending a game at Citi Field in August. Easily the best part of 2012 for me - my sister, brother-in-law, nephew, and my parents were there too - I hope we can make this a new family tradition...and make it so that my brother can join us too.

But that doesn't make the Top 10 for the site. Here's what did.

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December 23, 2012 12:51 AM

Getting Worse Before It Gets Better

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Sunday Paper (Year 4, Volume LII)

Well, here we are again.

For the Mets, it's a rebuilding project.

For the Jets, it's back to the drawing board.

I wish I could say this was uncharted territory for us fans, but it's an all too familiar situation.

And once again we're left hoping that someday it will get better.

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December 16, 2012 12:45 AM

That Sounds About Right

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Sunday Paper (Year 4, Volume LI)

All season long R.A. Dickey has said the right things.

He praised his teammates, the fans, his catchers, and his family all along his path to the National League Cy Young Award.

He shared all of his successes.

Everything was a team effort.

Which is why it was so uncharacteristic this week to hear Dickey offer what was essentially an ultimatum.

But I wouldn't exactly say I was surprised by it.

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December 9, 2012 12:58 AM

I Like Marvin Lewis...And Other Thoughts On December

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Sunday Paper (Year 4, Volume L)

I've sung the praises of Marvin Lewis before.

But it's really impressive what he's doing with the Cincinnati Bengals.

Unlikely as it may be, they're right back in the hunt in the AFC Wild Card race.

And they're not the only potential wild card team I've got my eye on this winter.

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December 4, 2012 7:53 PM

Back To The Drawing Board

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About all I know right now about the Jets QB situation is that their long-term solution at the position is not one of the three quarterbacks currently on the roster.

It's not Mark Sanchez anymore.

It's not going to be Greg McElroy.

And it won't be Tim Tebow.

They may last a season or two....but more likely won't.

And then we'll be back to where we've been so many times in Jets history:

Wondering who will join Joe Namath as the only quarterbacks to lead the Jets to a Super Bowl win.

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December 2, 2012 12:36 AM

Face Of The Franchise

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Sunday Paper (Year 4, Volume XLIX)

The Mets seemingly made a lifetime commitment to David Wright late last week.

The deal is scheduled to be announced this week, pending a physical.

It will keep Wright a member of the Mets through the age of 37, and fulfills the wish he has often stated - that he could be with the Mets for his entire playing career.

And maybe beyond.

But hearing all of the reasoning from both sides, David Wright's name was placed in some lofty, lofty company...and he has a lot of work to do over these next 8 years if he is going to live up to those comparisons.

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November 25, 2012 12:54 AM

End Of An Era

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Thursday night's disaster of a Jets game may not have only marked the end of the 2012 Jets' season.

It may mark the end of this current Jets "era".

I don't expect changes to be immediate - but I think that shortly after the final game of this season is played, changes will be made.

Thursday night may have been Rex Ryan's last chance to show that he can rally his team in a game that really matters.

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November 22, 2012 12:58 AM

This Will Be The Last Time, I Promise (I Hope)

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I'm doing it again.

But I think this will be the last time.

See, I just didn't think the Jets would be in any position right now to have a shot at anything.

And the fact that they have a game on Thanksgiving that can propel them on one last possible Super Bowl run in 2012....well, I'm believing, if just for this week.

The Jets came so close against the Patriots the last time they played.

And the Jets are coming off a big win last week.

And the Patriots have been flawless since narrowly beating the Jets.

Maybe they're due.

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November 18, 2012 12:45 AM

The Company You Keep

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Let's leave aside, for now, the whole drama surrounding the Jets.

I'm kind of tired of writing and hearing about that.

Let's instead today talk about how I watch the Jets.

Or, more specifically, with whom.

I've been thinking about that recently because as I mentioned a few weeks ago, I found my first Jets bar in Massachusetts.

And today, it's just like the old days - I'm watching the Jets in Queens with my family.

But since I moved away from Queens - there haven't been a whole heck of a lot of people I've shared Jets Sundays with. 

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November 11, 2012 12:31 AM

A Marriage on the Rocks

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Football fandom is a weird thing.

It's not like I consciously chose to be a Jets fan.

I'm a Jets fan because my dad is a Jets fan.

I've loved the Jets for about 30 years.

But they've caused me so much heartache.

And, probably about a decade or two too late, I'm starting to think I shouldn't have to put up with this year after year.

Me and the Jets - we're kind of on the rocks.

I'm giving some serious thought to a divorce.

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