What team in NY has the longest history of breaking your heart, rebuilding it, then crushing it again? What team leaves you cursing at the tv or radio, wishing you had another favorite team? There are 2 very different ways to have a love hate relationship with a sports franchise. Join me and I'll explain "Oh how I hate thee, let me count the ways".
The first way is the team that comes oh so close every year, or pretty often, but never seals the deal. These teams leave you with years of feeling like the almost could have been. I'll include in that list teams like the Buffalo Bills that went to the Super Bowl 4 straight years in the 90's. Maybe i'm telling my age, but who knows what "Wide Right" means? There's also the NY Knicks of the early 90's that routinely won the Atlantic Division, but got crushed by the Bulls in heated but ultimately losing efforts to Michael Jordan's Bulls. Guess I could include the Boston Red Sox who took nearly a century to win a championship from 1918 to 2004 despite having a great deal of talent.
Then there is the other end of the spectrum. The teams that lose so much, that the culture of losing is no longer embarrassing. The teams you have to love for some unknown reason, even though they do everything possible to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory at every turn. These are the teams like the Detroit Lions that were 0-16 and had 10 straight losing seasons. Tampa Bay was like them until the late 90's or so, as they couldn't win games to save their lives. I blame it on the creamsicle uniforms. NY Sports has several teams, and you can put some in either category, including our very own NY Jets just before the Keyshawn Johnson era.
I was raised a fan of the Jets, Mets, and Knicks. Pretty much in that order. Later on I grew to like the Rangers, but that was more in the Mark Messier, Adam Graves, Brian Leetch time frame. I'll admit i was a bandwagon jumper. My horrible memories include Charles Smith missing 4 point bland shots at the rim as every member of the Bulls blocked his shot, and the Knicks lost to the Bulls in 6 games in 1992.
My 2nd worst memory is Doug Brian and the Jets playing the Steelers in the AFC divisional game in the Herm Edwards era. The Steelers were 15-1 and playing the Jets at home. Doug missed a field goal to win the game in the 4th quarter. Jets got the ball back on a turnover, with even less time in the game, Doug misses his 2nd field goal in less than a 2 minute span. The Steelers win in OT, and I believe Roethlesburger won his first superbowl in a game the Jets definately should have been playing in. The sting of this is heightened in my still bitter memory, because the following year I think the Jets traded a 1st round draft pick for TE Doug Jolley, who I guess was the missing piece, and then turn around and draft a kicker in the 2nd round in Mike Nugent who plays maybe 4 or 5 years with the Jets. This was the worst couple months I can remember as a fan, and although I still like Herm Edwards I still think of Dwayne Robertson, Doug Jolley, and Mike Nugent.
I could go on into the Mets and the dysfunction of NY's other baseball team. I was raised to like them since the days of Strawberry, Dykstra, Doc Gooden, and Mookie Wilson. Now I am forced to watch as Bernie Madolf (rhymes with Adolf) put the beatdown to the Wilpon's and the Mets hopes. I am proud of them this year for hanging in and playing hard, but it's been a rough couple of years Mets fans.
There you have it. In my order it is hardest to be a Knicks fan, because of the ownership and inability to get over the hump. Next would be a Mets fan because this team is moneyball 2.0. The Jets although they haven't won it all, I'm proud to say that it's never too hard to root for them considering what is going on with other NY teams. At least they want to win. Those of you who like the Giants and Yankees, I doubt you have anything to say.