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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Robby Sabo is a co-founder, CEO and credentialed New York Jets content creator for Jets X-Factor - Jet X, which includes Sabo's Sessions (in-depth film breakdowns) and Sabo with the Jets. Host: Underdog Jets Podcast with Wayne Chrebet and Sabo Radio. Member: Pro Football Writers of America. Coach: Port Jervis (NY) High School. Washed up strong safety and 400M runner. SEO: XL Media. Founder: Elite Sports NY - ESNY (Sold in 2020). SEO: XL Media. Email: robby.sabo[at]jetsxfactor.com