While both New York basketball teams continue to falter, the cities hockey and soccer teams had an excellent week this past week, as well as our football teams in free agency. Here are the weekly awards.
Player of the week- David Villa
Villa was absolutely crucial for NYCFC in their first win in franchise history in front of a roaring sellout crowd of 43 thousand fans at Yankee Stadium. Villa scored the opening goal, and then assisted Patrick Mullins in the 84th minute to seal the deal for New York. Villa had a bit of a disappointing opening match, but definitely made up for it here, leading NY to their first ever victory.
Team of the week- New York Rangers
Will the Rangers ever not win this? For the fifth consecutive week (all five of our award posts) the Rangers took home this honor. They went 5-0 this week, outscoring their opponents 10-3. Their big week included taking over first place in the entire league, an honor they have not finished a season with since 1994, their last Stanley Cup championship team. Their week included a memorable matchup against the Islanders in which they won 2-1, at possibly the rivals final matchup at Nassau Coliseum.
Worst team of the week- Brooklyn Nets
The Nets were in key position to take over the 8th seed in the Eastern Conference this week. They had winnable matchups against the Jazz and Pelicans, before facing the Miami Heat who were a game ahead of them. If they could win those games, they would be sitting pretty. Instead, they went 0-3 in those games, before slightly salvaging their week by narrowly defeating the Philadelphia 76ers. They now sit in the 11th spot in the east, 3 games behind the Hornets for the elusive final spot. They also have the Celtics and Heat in the way. It will not be easy for Brooklyn to catch up.
Play of the Week- Kevin Hayes goes down the ice for an amazing spin around goal
What a goal this was. This is Hayes second time winning play of the week honors, with both being completely deserved. This one was an outstanding individual effort, as he skated down half the rink and went in for a spin around goal while being defended by an Islander. That goal also tied up the game, having huge implications on the outcome.
Game of the Week- NYCFC gets their first win in franchise history in front of an electrifying Yankee stadium crowd.
What an outstanding game this was. NYCFC was set to play their first ever home game against one of the best squads in the MLS. Yankee stadium was sold out with 43k tickets sold (to compare, the MLS averaged 19k tickets sold per game last season, and the Yankees averaged 42k tickets sold per game in the MLB). NYC got off to a great start, scoring a goal in the 17th minute by none other then David Villa. Villa then assited Patrick Mullins late in the game to win it. Definitely a game to remember, giving NYCFC their first ever victory. As an honorable mention, the Rangers vs Islanders final Nassau regular season meeting has to be mentioned. Great way to close out the rivalry.
Transaction of the Week- Darelle Revis returns to the New York Jets
What a week the New York Jets are coming off. They completely retooled their team, with the biggest signing coming with Darelle Revis. The once fan favorite is returning to the original Revis Island at MetLife Stadium, signing to a 5 year, 70 million dollar contract. Revis’ return signifies a return to the New York Jets as a competitive football team, one capable of making the playoffs.
Worst Player of the Week- Jason Smith, New York Knicks.
After playing fairly well as of late, Jason Smith was completely incompetent this week. One of the team’s first men off the bench, Smith shot a combined 7-25 with just 10 rebounds in five games. Definitely a week to forget for Smith.