Subway Series will provide great entertainment

This is a story of two teams who have lasted a combined 171 years in New York City. One team may have a longer history, and more of a penchant for winning, but the city of New York and its surrounding areas have much love and respect for each of them.

For the 22nd consecutive year, the New York Yankees and the New York Mets will face each other in the MLB regular season. Frequent readers may know that I grew up a fan of the New York Baseball Giants prior to their move to San Francisco. The Brooklyn Dodgers, Yankees, and Giants represented the original Subway Series.

After three championships in four years, the Yankees were the talk of the town in 2000. However, the Mets came within two wins of facing the Yankees in the fall classic in 1999, and the rivalry truly heated up in the first regular season of the new millennium.

On paper, this can be fixed through coaching, but there’s no promise that it will be fixed. Players get lost in the transition from their college scheme to the NFL’s schemes every year. Last year, Vea had just 5.5 tackles for loss in 12 games, again, as a primary run-stuffer. Vea will be asked to pin his ears back more in the NFL, especially in a 4-3 scheme, which is a drastic change from what he was asked to do in college.

It’s not often that a quarterback has a career-high interception percentage, a career-high interception total and a career-low passer rating and makes the playoffs, but Marcus Mariota did last year. After missing the playoffs twice while Mariota posted a combined 93.8 passer rating, the Titans secured a wild-card berth with their starting quarterback recording a 79.3 rating.

Mariota was better when he went 11-16 over his first two years than he was last season. Notably, he was inaccurate against Pittsburgh, when the Thursday Night Football broadcast was working out the kinks of a SpiderCam broadcast. That game particularly showed some of Mariota’s worst passes of the season in the clearest way possible.

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