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Colin Martin, Staff Contributor

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There are outliers, but the hefty majority of the OP Student body are fans of sports teams in the tri-state area. Historically, this has not been a terrible choice, as these teams all have vast legacies. This year though, this year has been tough. The first full sports season which is on the calendar every year is Major League Baseball. Most of the school divides into two sections, either the New York Metropolitans or the New York Yankees. This leads to two schools of thought, the Mets fans believe that the Yankees are the evil empire of the league, while Yankees fans believe that the Mets are the underachieving little brother. If one was a Yankees fan, they did have a pretty good year. People like Aaron Judge had breakout seasons and the team was considered a contender come playoff time. For the Mets though, this was supposed to be a bounce back year for the team as they got the injury bug the year before, and they get the injury bug again. Nearly the entire starting pitching staff got injured, which is a vital part to a baseball team. While many Mets fans were sad and depleted after the season, Yankees fans were elated and ready for the future. So, the OP student body went one for two when it comes to rooting for a successful team.

The next sport which arrives is football. The National Football League has a very tight grip on the attention of the OP student body. This is the rowdiest sport to talk about in the hallways of Oratory, as everybody has their own strong opinion on their respected team. The teams which are typically rooted for in this area are the New York Giants and the New York Jets. Historically, these two franchises have a combined 5 super bowls, with some of the success coming fairly recently. This year, however, it was a nightmare to root for either one of these teams. For the Jets, there was not any high expectations coming into this season, in fact, they were projected to be the second worst team in the league. They surpasses expectations and went 5-11, which was not nearly good enough to make the playoffs, but it also put them in a worse position for a good draft pick this year, as they were projected to have the #2 pick before the season started. Jets fans are not happy campers right now. Now, some preseason power-rankings had the Giants listed as the 2nd best team in the NFL, coming off of an 11-5 season and working with a lot of young talent, the Giants were looking to have a big year. Then, major injuries occured, their quarterback position was a mess, their head coach was fired, and the off-field chemistry was a mess. This led to the Giants ending the season with a 3-13 record. Giants fans were devastated. Not to mention that the Philadelphia Eagles (division rivals of the Giants) won the superbowl, which gave the Giants fans a special sort of pain. Ironically, the Giants do have the 2nd overall pick in this upcoming draft. All in all, the OP student body went o for 2 in the football season.

The final sport which the OP student body cares about about is Basketball. So, when this October rolled around, which marked the start of the NBA season, many basketball fans were ready. The two main fan groups in the OP student body are for the New York Knickerbockers and the Brooklyn Nets. Now, the Nets fan base took a hit when they left New Jersey, so there are more Knicks fans in the school. The Nets have been terrible for years now, and there was no hope for them coming into this year. They have had a few entertaining games, but will still have a lottery pick this season. The Knicks, after losing Carmelo Anthony, were supposed to win 18 games (out of 82) coming into this season, but a superstar emerged, Kristaps Porzingis. Porzingis started off the season hot, and got the Knicks all the way to 23 wins around the halfway point of the season, smashing preseason expectations. As things were starting to look up, Porzingis tears his ACL and goes out for the season, making all fans lose hope in the season. So, while Knicks fans should be happy with how much success they have had this year, they should also be extremely worried for their future. For basketball, the OP student body went 0 for 2. This makes the total tally of the OP student body having a good sports year: 1 out of 6 fanbases. It has been a brutal year, and we can only hope the following years are better.

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