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Another ‘Maybe next year’

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Posted: Thursday, January 27, 2011 12:00 am

The good news is that after 40 years of futility, the Jets finally beat the Steelers this season in Pittsburgh. The bad news is that they couldn’t beat them when it really counted, as the Jets were losers in the AFC championship game for the third time in team history.

While Jets fans are undoubtedly disappointed that it’s 43 years and counting since their team played in the Super Bowl, this past season was a success, particularly when you consider that Gang Green entered the playoffs without two key players, nose tackle Kris Jenkins and safety Jim Leonhard, and were still able to defeat the Colts and the Patriots.

But it’s another round of “Maybe next year” for another team whose name ends in -ets. Jets, Mets, Nets — what’s up with that?

Most upset after Sunday’s NFL action had to have been Fox Sports Chairman David Hill and Vice Chairman Ed Goren, who were undoubtedly dreaming of a Bears-Jets Super Bowl that would have featured representatives from the NFL’s two largest markets (remember there is no NFL team in Los Angeles). Instead they are getting two of the nation’s smallest markets, Pittsburgh and Milwaukee-Green Bay, in the big game.

The Mets welcomed a number of Queens children to take a tour of Citi Field last Wednesday. Among those greeting the kids were Manager Terry Collins, pitchers Mike Pelfrey, RA Dickey and Dillon Gee, catcher Josh Thole and shortstop Jose Reyes.

I asked the Mets skipper if during spring training he would emphasize the importance of moving base runners, something the Mets were absolutely dreadful at last year. “At least 28 of the 30 major league managers would tell you that they are not satisfied with their club’s situational hitting,” Collins replied. He then praised the oft-maligned Luis Castillo for making productive outs since he is adept at advancing runners and rarely strikes out.

Jose Reyes claims that he is pain-free, which was not the case last year. Jose said that his offensive statistics suffered because he was not healthy in 2010. He would not concede that he made a mistake by staying in the lineup when he wasn’t 100 percent, and he refused to say whether he would be willing to rest during the season if he felt discomfort in either his arms or legs.

The greatest sprinters, high jumpers and shot putters in the world will once again gather at Madison Square Garden this Friday night for the 104th Millrose Games. Among those looking to pick up more medals is the Cardozo High School girl’s team, which has been to the 4x400 relay race what the UConn Huskies are to women’s college basketball.

Congratulations to noted sports business journalist and Woodside native Evan Weiner, on being given the Ronald Reagan Media Award by the United States Sports Academy at a ceremony in Mobile, Ala. two weeks ago. The Gipper would probably chuckle if he knew that Weiner was getting an award named after him, given that his viewpoints are similar to that of recently deposed MSNBC air personality Keith Olbermann.

Welcome to the discussion.