Posted tagged ‘New York’

Best of Super Bowl XLVIII Media Day from this week

January 30, 2014
(Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

(Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Super Bowl XLVIII is coming up this Sunday in New York and this week was media day. Hundreds of television cameras and reporters asked players on both squads questions about the matchup or any question that could come as a surprise. Russell Wilson was asked about his hair and kissing ability, Richard Sherman was asked about his post game comments in the NFC Championship, Marshawn Lynch walked out on media day 2 days in a row, Peyton Manning was asked about age and “Omaha”, and the “where’s waldo” dude! Check out the best clips from the past few days.

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Black Belt Tae Kwon Do Center in Ossining, NY

September 12, 2013

The Sports Cycle’s Donnie Dwyer goes into Black Belt Tae Kwon Do in Ossining, New York to show all the great things about the school and the martial art of Tae Kwon Do.

Kids Classes, Adult Classes, Personal Training, and After School Programs are available.

Contact Information: 109 Croton Ave Ossining, NY 10562

Telephone: 914-347-2987

ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith can never leave New York

February 14, 2011

This is an article I wanted to share with all the fans out there from New York and also around the whole nation because it talks about how one man can talk so much about New York sports, that it never leaves his life. New York Sports is Stephen A. Smith’s life; along with his favorite player Allen Iverson. But this article displays what it means to be a true New Yorker in the “Empire State of mind.”

Via ESPNNewYork:

For those of you who swore I’d fallen off the map and disappeared into oblivion, never to be seen or heard from again, here’s a news flash:

 I never left. I haven’t gone anywhere.

 Any questions? Please, pay attention!

 My name is Stephen A. Smith. Long before my days at ESPN, the Philadelphia Inquirer or the New York Daily News before that, I was a student at Thomas A. Edison Vocational and Technical High.

I am a native of Hollis, Queens, N.Y. A Knicks fan who grew up marveling at the basketball prowess of Queens natives Mark Jackson, Lloyd “Sweat Pea” Daniels, Kenny Smith and Kenny Anderson. A die-hard New York Yankees fan, emphatically prohibited by my father from watching the Mets until I was 18 years old. (So much so, in fact, that I still have to apologize to Pops for being professionally obligated to watch that franchise.)

And the new host on 1050 ESPN Radio.

And the new columnist for ESPNNewYork.com.

In this city, known as the Mecca, it’s the Yankees or the Mets. You can’t root for both. Despite our starvation involving the Knicks and their quest for their first championship since 1973, they’ll always matter more than the Nets. Even when the Nets finally move to Brooklyn. The Giants and the Jets still belong to New York, even if they are playing in New Jersey.

And our passion, our knowledge, our commitment to accountability from our teams, is unparalleled and unapologetic.

A mild-mannered mentality never worked in this town, so don’t expect any timidity now. If the Knicks stink, you won’t hear that they’re “struggling.” Not in this space. When the Mets continue to lose, all the trouble they’re in because of Bernie Madoff is not going to suffice as a viable excuse. We’ll focus instead on the Mets’ years of ineptitude and how much losing they were doing when they actually had money … long before owner Fred Wilpon got himself mixed up in some Ponzi scheme.

Instead of limiting our focus to Yankees greats Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera and Alex Rodriguez — or A-Rod’s love life — just as much attention will be paid to Brian Cashman’s productivity. And instead of asking whether it’s time for guys like Giants coach Tom Coughlin or Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer to go, maybe we’re not too far removed from questioning Eli Manning‘s productivity, or pondering the future of Mark Sanchez.

This is what happens in New York City. If you’re not winning, you’re losing. And when your body language resembles that of Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, who always looks depressed, that only makes things worse.

New Yorkers always want to win. But it’s just as important to us that you show us that you’re trying like hell to do it for us.

It’s why we loved the late George Steinbrenner and all the headlines his petulance created over the years. It’s why we respected former MSG and Knicks president Dave Checketts when he was chasing Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls — to no avail. The crown may have eluded him, but at least he was legitimately chasing it.

It’s why we’re loving the Knicks right now, having watched them spend $100 million on Amare Stoudemire, knowing they’re willing to spend another $100 million on Carmelo Anthony. It’s why we can’t get enough of the Yankees, despite knowing the Boston Red Sox now have a better rotation after clearly having a better offseason.

While winning may not always personify the Big Apple, attitude certainly does. Players get called to the carpet. So do coaches, managers, executives, owners and anyone associated with them. No one is safe.

In a city that never sleeps, skeptics consider this place heaven. Few ever get tired of talking. No one gets tired of listening. Everyone wants to opine about something, and whoever qualifies as collateral damage, well … we all know how it goes.

It’s New York. The place I’ve called home all of my life, where truth is always required. Or at least a concerted effort to capture it.

This is the way it’s been my entire life. To be honest, this is the way it should be.

Whether it’s pertaining to the Knicks, Nets, Giants, Jets, Mets or Yankees, the mandate is the same. Compete. Pursue excellence. When failing to do either, expect to be held accountable.

Didn’t I tell you I never left?

…I love Stephen’s writing. He is so passionate about the game and so passionate about being a New Yorker that he is not ready to give it up. He is a guy on tv and on radio that is more passionate about what he is talking about than actually  factual but I enjoy it. I enjoy the rants, the yelling, and the funny statements because it makes the news media entertaining. He is one of the top guys on the list with Chris Berman and John Kruk that are great for television but not for debates. I am hoping to read more from him on ESPN New York but what I don’t want to hear about is his love for Allen Iverson…

I was hit with a Milwaukee Blizzard

February 2, 2011

Record snow during the Blizzard last night. Photo By: Derek Hudgin

Hey Sports Fans! Want to live in Wisconsin or in Milwaukee? Well, you would have to go through blizzards and snow storms that take control of everything. Last night we had record amounts of snow and we were all caved into our rooms. Me and my friends had hot chocolate and cookies while watching some great movies like Angels in the Outfield and Little Giants. I write this because I have never experienced anything like this. The only thing that I remember that was close to this was the 1996 blizzard in New York where I was smaller than the snow at the time in 1st grade. Here are some videos of the Blizzard here in Milwaukee and the Blizzard that happened in New York just to remember the good old times. Stay warm fans and remember to follow me on twitter @DonnieDwyer128 or email me at donald.dwyer@marquette.edu

The Sports Cycle is back from Milwaukee

August 28, 2010

Sorry for the long wait sports fans, but I just moved from my hometown, New York into my dorm room at Marquette  University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. This is where all the writing, video, and audio will be taking place this upcoming year. I am sorry for the wait but the blog posts will be flowing in a few days and look forward to some more action here at The Sports Cycle.