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New York Professional Football
It was a forgettable year for professional football in New York. The two New Jersey teams saw their seasons end without fanfare, as the Giants kicked off the season with six straight losses. They won five of their next six as they returned to playoff contention in an NFC East where nobody wanted to take a commanding lead, but then back-to-back teams against West Coast teams nailed the coffin shut on their season.
The Jets season began with news that Mark Sanchez would miss a part of the season with a shoulder injury sustained in their preseason game against the New York Giants. This led to Geno Smith being the Jets prime starting QB, and the rookie's inconsistency led to inconsistent results for the Jets, who couldn't win back-to-back games until the final two games of the season.
Like the Jets, the Buffalo Bills started a newly-drafted Quarterback for much of the season in EJ Manuel. But Manuel's season consisted of three knee injuries, one that took him out of the final two preseason games and made him an uncertainty for the opening game against the New England Patriots, a second during the Thursday Night Football game against the Cleveland Browns, and a third towards the end of the season. There were moments where the Bills showed signs of defeating their playoff-less streak, but by the end, the Bills defaulted to old ways, missing the playoffs and finishing last in the AFC East.
Boston Marathon Bombing
No longer was it about the race. It was about finding out who did this, and why. By that Friday night, that search concluded as police picked up their suspect alive.
One of the most forgettable moments of 2013 led to one of the most memorable moments. Two days after the 2013 Marathon Bombing, the first sporting event to be held in the city of Boston after the attack led to the crowd consuming Rene Rancourt and taking over the singing of the National Anthem before the Boston Bruins home game against the Buffalo Sabres.
It was one of the best crowd performances of the National Anthem, performed in front of a national stage.
Three days later, Boston Red Sox's David Ortiz brought another memorable moment post-bombing as he spoke to the crowd during a pregame commemoration, and during his heart-felt speech let out an obscenity live on the air.
Perhaps using the Boston Strong to inspire them, the Boston Red Sox would win the AL East pennant, and then finished off the season with a 4-2 series win against the St. Louis Cardinals to win the World Series.
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