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Empire Writes Back's Monday Morning Links: 12.2

Well, this is probably the worst Monday of the entire year for anyone who is a student (like me) or has a job, unless you worked on Black Friday (also, like me). Whether or not you fit into one of those categories is unrelated to the fact that we are all New York sports fans that continue to push through a bad year. I hope everyone had a safe and happy Thanksgiving weekend but now it’s back to the grind.

Before I get into today’s links, I’d like to say the Iron Bowl this weekend was one of the most incredible endings to a game of that magnitude that I have ever seen. I can only imagine the atmosphere and it’s times like those I reconsider attending Binghamton University in the cold, wintery northeast with no football team rather than a SEC powerhouse that has great tradition and gets to experience things like that.

It was a great game and I wasn’t partial to either team but I am a bit upset Auburn won because it pretty much sets up the National Championship game to be Florida State-Ohio State when I think most of us can agree there are at least 2 teams in the SEC alone who deserve that spot before the Buckeyes. But that’s a debate for another time and place, I’ll get into today’s links without further delay.

New York Mets: MetsMerized takes a look at how Sandy Alderson has driven the Mets straight into irrelevance. Great job as always from another Mets blog.

New York Yankees: Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York looks back on Phil Hughes’ time as a Yankee to decide if he was as good as expected.

New York Giants: Brad Gagnon at Bleacher Report talks about the possible worst mistake of the year at the end of the Giants-Redskins game last night.

New York Jets: Newsday hands out the grades from a rather ugly performance this weekend by the Jets.

New York Knicks: Carmelo and Shumpert had a shouting match during their loss to New Orleans on Sunday. Does this signal the end is near for Shump? Marc Berman of the New York Post shares his insight.

Brooklyn Nets: Mike Mazzeo of ESPN New York talks about which player he thinks would be better suited to come off the bench for Brooklyn.

New York Islanders: Our fellow FanSiders over at Eyes On Isles break down the Islanders’ November struggles.

New York Rangers: Henrik Lundqvist has been the strong point of the Rangers for a few years now, but is it possible the Rangers may have a goalie controversy? Katie Strang of ESPN New York discussed the possibility over the weekend.

I apologize for this post being brief and posted a little later than usual but finals are coming up and I’m swamped in schoolwork right now. Once things ease up a bit, I’ll get back to the normal routine. As usual, if you’d like to discuss something in the post or want to recommend a link for next week, feel free to contact me on Twitter.

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