The Sport Effect

Congrats, New York! Ten years without a ring

The 2012 Giants were the very last New York workforce to provide dwelling the gold. 

Leen Amin

With the New York Yankees shedding to the Boston Purple Sox in the 2021 AL Wild Card recreation on Tuesday, New York sporting activities teams have now absent a decade with no successful the championship in their respective leagues.

And ESPN was thrilled to remind us of precisely how very long it is been.

No workforce has gained considering that the New York Giants gained the Tremendous Bowl in 2012. This marks the state’s longest drought in about a century. 

Offered that New York is dwelling to traditionally excellent teams, this comes as a shock. And what a coincidence it is that all ten teams have fallen on difficult times at the exact same time. 

Only two teams have even manufactured it to their league’s championship recreation considering that the Giants in 2012: the New York Rangers in 2014 and the New York Mets in 2015.

So when is the very last time New York teams gained their respective championships?


How Lengthy?

The Mets are the very last of New York’s teams to have manufactured their sporting activities closing, but they have not gained the Globe Sequence considering that 1986, when they defeated the Purple Sox. 

The Yankees very last gained in 2009, which was also the very last time they manufactured the Globe Sequence. 

The Brooklyn Nets have by no means gained the championship. Their very last Finals visual appeal arrived in 2003, when they shed to the San Antonio Spurs. 

The Knicks very last gained in 1973 when they defeat the Los Angeles Lakers. Their very last visual appeal in the Finals arrived in 1999 when they shed to Gregg Popovich’s Spurs, as very well.

The New York Jets have by no means gained or even manufactured the Tremendous Bowl in the NFL-era.

The New York Islanders very last gained in 1983, when they defeat the Edmonton Oilers to bookmark one particular of the greatest eras by a sporting activities workforce at any time.

They gained four Stanley Cups in a row and went on to make the Stanley Cup Last all over again in 1984, this time shedding to the Oilers. That marks the very last time the Islanders performed in a Last. 


The New York Rangers very last gained in 1994, beating the Vancouver Canucks and ending a fifty four-yr drought. 

The Buffalo Payments have by no means gained the Tremendous Bowl. Their very last visual appeal was in 1993, when they shed to the Dallas Cowboys. At that stage, they experienced manufactured the Tremendous Bowl in four consecutive decades, shedding each and every time.


What about playoff appearances considering that 2012?

Just one time immediately after making the Globe Sequence, the Mets shed the NL Wild Card recreation to the San Francisco Giants. They have not manufactured the playoffs considering that. 

The Yankees were swept by the Detroit Tigers in the 2012 ALCS, shed the 2015 AL Wild Card to the Houston Astros, the 2017 ALCS to the Astros, the 2018 ALDS to the Purple Sox, the 2019 ALCS to the Astros, and the 2020 ALDS to the Tampa Bay Rays. 

The Nets shed to the Chicago Bulls in the 1st spherical of the 2013 playoffs, the conference semifinals to the Miami Heat in 2014, the 1st spherical to the Atlanta Hawks in 2015, the 1st spherical to the Philadelphia 76ers in 2019, were swept by the Toronto Raptors in the 1st spherical in 2020, and shed the conference semifinals to the Milwaukee Bucks in 2021. 

The Knicks shed in the 1st spherical to the Heat in 2012, the conference semifinals to the Indiana Pacers in 2013, and in the 1st spherical to the Hawks in 2021. 

Since successful it all in 2012, the Giants have just manufactured the Wild Card recreation in 2016, but shed to Aaron Rodgers’ Green Bay Packers.

 The Jets have unsuccessful to make the playoffs in the very last decade. Their most modern visual appeal arrived in 2010, when they shed the AFC championship recreation to the Pittsburgh Steelers. 

The Islanders shed in the conference quarterfinals to the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2013, the 1st spherical to the Washington Capitals in 2015, the 2nd spherical to the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2016, were swept by the Carolina Hurricanes in the 2nd spherical 2019, and shed to the Lightning in the Japanese Convention Last in 2020 and 2021. 

Just one of the most profitable teams in New York as very well as their respective activity in the 2010s, the Rangers shed the 2012 ECF to the New Jersey Devils, the conference semifinals to the Boston Bruins in 2013, the ECF to the Lightning in 2015, the 1st spherical to the Penguins in 2016, the 2nd spherical to the Ottawa Senators in 2017, and were swept by the Hurricanes in what was referred to as the Qualifying Round of the 2020 playoffs. 


The Payments shed the 2017 Wild Card recreation to the Jacksonville Jaguars, the 2019 Wild Card recreation to the Houston Texans, and the 2020 AFC championship recreation to the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs.

Like the Jets, the Sabres have unsuccessful to make the playoffs considering that 2012. Their very last visual appeal arrived just a yr prior, in 2011, when they shed to the Philadelphia Flyers in the conference quarterfinals. 

It’s not like New York has been missing in stars all through this time, either.

Mets’ captain David Wright struggled to keep balanced, but is one particular of the greatest players in franchise historical past and might even have manufactured it to the Corridor of Fame experienced he not been so injury-susceptible. There are worse players to have as cornerstones of a franchise.

They unsuccessful to acquire with pitchers like Matt Harvey, who was one particular of the very best in the recreation all through his day, and have been not able to make the playoffs with the very best pitcher on the world in Jacob deGrom and a supporting forged consisting of fellas like Noah Syndergaard.

The Mets have viewed strong hitters arrive up over the past few seasons with fellas like Pete Alonso, Jeff McNeil, and then traded for Francisco Lindor before the 2021 time.


It’s worrying that they have not been again in the postseason considering that 2016, but this core is far more than capable of successful. 

The most storied franchise in all of sporting activities, the Yankees have been in quite the predicament. They gained just one particular ring with Alex Rodriguez and couldn’t get adequate out of their growing older core immediately after 2009.

The end of an era as very well as the subsequent rebuild was followed by the emergence of Aaron Decide and the “Baby Bombers”, but the benefits have not been excellent.

The Yankees are generally favorites to acquire the Globe Sequence, but have not been equipped to acquire anything far more than the ALDS considering that using the services of Aaron Boone in 2018. Is there a challenge with the roster? The front business? Or both equally? 

The Nets weren’t excellent immediately after moving to Brooklyn from New Jersey, but all that modified when kids like D’Angelo Russell and Jarrett Allen arrived on to the scene.

Considerably of that young core are no for a longer period with the Nets, but they opened the door for some of the game’s greatest names.

Brooklyn became an interesting vacation spot and is now dwelling to a few of the NBA’s most outstanding superstars: Kevin Durant, James Harden, and Kyrie Irving.

If the Nets can figure out Irving’s vaccination scenario and if at least two of the Big A few can keep balanced in the course of the time, the Nets have no cause to not provide dwelling the Larry O’Brien this yr.

Their route to the championship is clearer and smoother than that of any New York workforce, at the second. 


The Knicks were regarded as an shame right until Tom Thibodeau took over in 2021.

He took the Knicks to their 1st playoff visual appeal considering that 2013 and although they shed in the 1st spherical, this workforce is very promising and should really only get improved.

Julius Randle performed MVP-stage basketball very last time, RJ Barrett proved why drafting him third the yr before was the right decision, and Immanuel Quickley became one particular of his draft’s greatest steals.

Their modern past has been unappealing, but the foreseeable future is bright for these Knicks. 

The Giants and Jets have both equally been the laughing inventory of the NFL in modern decades. It’s been unappealing and we never even know that that is likely to adjust any time quickly.

The Giants did not make the playoffs very last time, but finished on an really large observe while starting to be one particular of the very best defenses in the recreation.

Unfortunately, their start off to the 2021 time has not been excellent, although quarterback Daniel Jones has looked quite excellent.

The Jets thought it was the dawn of a new age when they drafted Sam Darnold in 2018, but that experiment unsuccessful miserably and they’re now attempting their luck with Zach Wilson. 

The Islanders are in a very similar boat to the Nets. They couldn’t do considerably with their captain and deal with of the franchise John Tavares, but became one particular of the very best teams in the NHL shortly immediately after he remaining.

John Tavares New York Islanders
(Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)

If they can just get past the perilous Lightning, their time could be coming. 

The Rangers have been a heartbreaking workforce for their followers to look at over the past decade. They arrived so shut in 2014, but finally couldn’t get it finished. The next yr, they were arguably a Mats Zuccarello head injury absent from likely all the way.

They lucked into an elite goaltender in Henrik Lundqvist, who became the deal with of the workforce as very well as one particular of the very best netminders of all time, and designed all around him, but evidently did not do adequate.

Lundqvist will be remembered as a New York athlete who deserved a ring far more than most, but by no means obtained it. The Rangers arrived up shorter in heartbreaking manner, sure, but their foreseeable future is bright.

They have the very best LW in hockey in Artemiy Panarin, the reigning Norris Trophy winner in Adam Fox, as very well as one particular of the very best prospect pipelines in the recreation. Oh, and Lundqvist’s heir, Igor Shesterkin, isn’t seeking way too shabby in internet, either.

Who’s Upcoming?

Their next window is currently opening up. Can they get it finished this time all around? 

The past decade has been traditionally lousy for New York sporting activities teams, but the present and foreseeable future are bright for a number of of them.

The hope is that the teams that are undertaking very well now are in fact equipped to capitalize and acquire their respective championships to set an end to this prolonged drought.