AmarÃ¢â‚¬â„¢e Stoudemire caused a minor stir recently when he tweeted that his shoe contact was apparently about to expire, and that he was considering jumping ship from Nike:
But AmarÃ¢â‚¬â„¢e leaving Nike never seemed realistic, at least not to me.
And sure enough, Stoudemire tweeted a video today that showed him re-signing a new contract with Nike, said to be a multiyear deal worth $5 million. (Video after the jump)
I got this e-mail last week — before Cliff Lee signed with the Phillies — from a good friend who listens to what IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d consider to be an unhealthy amount of Mike Francesa:
Are the Mets looking at anyone? Crawford to Red Sox. Yanks are in hot pursuit of Lee. Angels are looming once again. Why are the Mets second-rate?
Although my friend isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t a fellow Mets fan, I sense his radio-honed opinion likely mirrors a lot of the fan base, and even the media. (Jon Heyman seems to have a particular axe to grind.)
IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m definitely not opposed to fans having passion for their teams, especially when itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s also my favorite team. But when it gets in the way of patience, not to mention logic and reason, thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s when you have to cast your gaze across town at the excitement surrounding the Knicks, and understand that they are the model outcome for the MetsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ new regime.
Larry Johnson is the epitome of a New York success story, and while laughing and joking with his fans at a Fila event on Thursday, it was obvious he was in his element.
Sitting in Madison Square Garden during last SundayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s open practice, it was obvious to me just how much the Knicks want to reconnect with their fans.
And itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s just as clear how badly the fans, myself included, want to reconnect with the Knicks.
The other day, I woke up at the crack of 1 p.m. to find that out of the blue, AmarÃ¢â‚¬â„¢e Stoudemire is apparently either Jewish or a reasonable facsimile.
Considering my status as a somewhat practicing Jew, this was the greatest news ever.
Remember a few days ago, when ESPN and the rest of the national media was saying the Knicks would get shut out in free agency?
So much for that. But weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll get to that in a minute.