When it comes to New York sports, most fans know their stuff. With some, however, guys like Odell Beckham Jr. and Carmelo Anthony are Teflon.

This one, my friends, is for the sensical. This particular space on the internet is for those who do, at times, like to hold their favorite athletes accountable for their actions.

It doesn’t mean the fandom tag suddenly dissolves, it simply means this particular fan understands the real world. It means we hold our athlete to a higher standard and expect greatness, not silliness. 

If what you just read tickles your fancy, don’t venture out on to Twitter. Please, pretty please, stay away. Your sanity is legitimately at stake.

For certain athletes, New York sports athletes in this case, fans take the word fandom to another level. Instead of abiding by the true meaning of “diehard,” they fly by the passage of “sports god” — for his/her athlete can do no wrong, no matter the situation.

Whether it’s on-field play or attitude in postgame press conferences, some people have gotten so serious about defending their guy that it’s become a plague. And quite frankly, it’s annoying.

No athlete is above criticism. No writer is above criticism. Nobody in any field is above criticism.

Yet some people will defend a certain guy to the death.

Here are the top New York sports athletes fans love to defend and make irrational excuses for:

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Founder of Elite Sports NY — Formerly of FanSided — Jets, Rangers, Knicks, Yankees, Mets, Giants — Has interviewed the likes of Rob Dyrdek, Michael Waltrip and Dominique Wilkins and has seen his work shared on major publications such as Bleacher Report, Sports Illustrated, Fox Sports, Yahoo Sports, and Yardbarker.

Born as a New York Sports Fan, something unexplainable in his blood that’ll never be shaken. Remembers the Kevin Maas days, the Yankees on MSG, the Bruce Coslet era, and the Spring of ’94.

E-Mail: robsabo10@elitesportsny.com