Christmas Gold and Lumps of Coal

Here’s the best and the worst of New York sports this past year.


Harvey, Syndergaard, Matz and DeGrom


Kristaps Porzingis


Odell Beckham Jr.

Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants



The Wilpons

Fred Wilpon, Jeff Wilpon

James Dolan


Odell Beckham Jr.



By Peter Alson

Peter Alson is a writer and editor. Among his published books are the memoirs Confessions of an Ivy League Bookie and Take Me to the River. He's also co-authored (with Nolan Dalla) One of a Kind, a biography of poker champion Stuey Ungar, and Atlas, the autobiography of boxing trainer and commentator Teddy Atlas. His articles have appeared in many national magazines, including Esquire, Playboy and The New York Times. He has worked as a writer for People magazine, and as an editor for Playboy and for Hachette Publications. He has written screenplays for Paramount and various independent producers, and his TV pilot, Nicky’s Game, starring John Ventimiglia and Burt Young, appeared in the New York Television Festival and the Vail Film Festival. As a poker player he has finished in the money numerous times in the World Series of Poker and other events. He lives in New York with his wife, Alice, and their daughter, Eden.

5 replies on “Christmas Gold and Lumps of Coal”

For the Yankees fan I’ll give the gold to the 2nd half DD Gregorious and the lump of coal to CC. Silver is to Arod’s bounce back and controversy free season.


Peter- Unless I’ve missed something, you’ve been strangely, nay ominously silent about your double turf sports stories. Harvard (Fitzpatrick) and the Jets. (NY) Jets currently leading the Patriots 17-3. I’m in a town called Bloomington-Normal in the heartland, Abe Lincoln country, Illinois, awaiting the Seahawks game which I plan on viewing on my computer via Slingbox.


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