If you’ve ever been to NYC you’ll know that sports are a huge part of what makes the city tick! Whether it’s catching a hockey game or chilling at a tailgate party in your New York car rental, NYC has a long history of successful sports teams. New York has a professional basketball team in the NBA with the Knicks, a pro hockey team in the NHL, the Rangers, two Major League Baseball team in the battling Yankees and Mets, while the Jets and Giants are pro football teams and the Liberty are a professional women’s basketball squad. New York supports all types of sports, both professional and amateur, so reserve your seat tonight!
The New York Rangers
Hockey has been a New York past time ever since the 1926-27 season when the city was granted an NHL hockey franchise. In the teams sophomore year the Rangers played hard and won the Stanley cup, becoming the last team to accomplish such a feat! With innovative tactics and clean, hard play the New York Rangers went on to become “the classiest team in hockey” making it to the Stanley Cup finals four times in six years. In fact, in their first 16 season the Rangers only missed the playoffs once, and only twice did they fall to a place lower than third. The Rangers became the stuff of sport dynasty back in their early days and New York loved it! Today the Rangers are still a force to be reckoned with, showcasing talents like Jaromir Jagr and Bobby Holik. Due to unresolved negotiations the 2004-05 NHL hockey season has been cancelled, much to the sadness of many New Yorkers. But you can also plan on catching a game next season at the historic Madison Square Gardens. Visit the team’s official website at www.newyorkrangers.com for the latest team news and coverage.
The New York Yankees have been a source of New York pride for generations, being ‘the most storied sports franchise in history’. The Yankees have had a past envied by all of baseball and have a future that is looking to be just as bright! The baseball dynasty has won a total of 26 championships and has produced such stand out players as Babe Ruth, Derek Jeter and Phil Rizzuto. New York is home to two baseball teams, the Mets and the Yankees, creating a tense Battle of the Boroughs. Watching a baseball game is a great way to pass the time on a lazy summer afternoon so round up your travel mates and pile into your New York car rental. To order tickets to a New York Yankees game log onto the team’s official website at www.yankees.com.
The New York Jets are one of five teams in the Eastern Division of the American Football Conference of the NFL. Formerly called the Titans, the Jets are a team full of energy and excitement. In 1969 the Jets recorded one of the greatest upsets in NFL history when they beat the Baltimore Colts in Superbowl III. The Jets have a long history of stellar performance and first class players including Joe Namath. Joe was the first pro quarterback to throw 4,000 yards in one season and was rookie of the year in 1965. Gridiron actions is always intense in the Big Apple, so toss some foam fingers into your New York car rental; it’s game time! Don’t forget to pack a cooler in that New York car rental too because some of the best tailgate parties in the world happen here! For team news check out their website at www.newyorkjets.com
The New York Knicks of the NBA are a great New York treasure. Originally known as the Knickerbockers, (a style of pants worn by the Dutch settlers that established New York in the mid 1600s) are one of two founding teams that still remain in the NBA, (The Boston Celtics are the other). In their early days the Knicks appeared in three back to back NBA finals in ’51, ’52, and ’53. They went on to capture two titles during the 1970’s and 1973 seasons with teams featuring six future Hall of Fae Players. For more info on the New York Knicks check out www.nba.com/knicks.