Fret not, however, because we may have settled on a way to improve the fortunes of the local non-baseball sporting season. His name is LeBron James.
Yes, that LeBron James. The basketball superstar recently told the Associated Press that he believes he could be a "really good" football player if he applied himself to the sport. His 6-8, 250-pound frame seems well-suited to tight end, and his mix of size and speed would likely have football coaches drool with the potential of adding him to their offensive schemes. Given the recent results of New York's two football outfits, Tom Coughlin and Rex Ryan should be at the top of the list of teams offering him a shot.
It might be our only chance to get to root for James as a member of one (or more) of the local teams. The Knicks and Nets, with their sterling 1-19 record this year, aren't offering much reason to believe that the King would leave his hoops future in either team's hands. Unless, of course, he also got to fulfill his gridiron dreams at the same time. Too farfetched? If James actually agreed to play for the Knicks, Mayor Bloomberg would probably give him the deed to Central Park.
There's no reason why the two football teams should stop there, either. The Jets have missed Kris Jenkins terribly since the gigantic nose tackle was lost for the season, so why not give CC Sabathia a call to see if he might want to add another sport to his resume. He's got the size, the free time and some kind of relationship with James from his time in Cleveland. Or maybe they could just hire Alex Rodriguez as Mark Sanchez's media relations consultant. His prepared press conference statements wouldn't raise an eyebrow once there was a painting of him as a centaur kicking around.
James may open a brave new world for sports and there's no reason why it should happen anywhere but New York.