Post’s 20-year career has been pure music so far


This week I celebrated my 20th birthday here at the Post. I’ve told this story many times and it’s true: my dad used to bring the old afternoon post from work to the LIRR every day, so from the time I was 7 , there was only one job I wanted, and from November 10, 2002, in a press box in the old Metrodome, I miraculously got started.

It’s been quite a ride, and thank you for being with me every step of the way. To celebrate, I can think of no better vessel to remember from the past two decades than to borrow a favorite Billy Joel tune (plus, it’s a great warm-up for my Christmas carols, which will be there before you don’t know!).

“I didn’t light the fire”

Derek Jeter, Jason Kidd

Johnny Damon’s Yankees cover

Manning Brothers, A-Rod Ban

Knicks are in the tank

Rex Ryan, Judge Aaron

Belichick is still holding a grudge

Favre is a Jet, Buck is a Met

Phil’s Baltusrol Shank

pitchers smoking pot

Tiger in the parking lot

Strahan sacked, Torre packed

Knicks insanity

Justify, Jason Bay

Fans all-in on Harvey Day

David Wright, Bobby Knight

Another Jets calamity!

Eli Manning hoists the Lombardi Trophy after winning the 2012 Super Bowl.
Eli Manning hoists the Lombardi Trophy after winning the 2012 Super Bowl.
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I did not light the fire

Or the desire for the title

Or the burning team

I did not light the fire

No, I didn’t turn it on

But I loved writing it


The fading of Phil Jackson

Darrelle Revis back

Bet the Derby, hang out with Serby

Coughlin in the cold

Pete Alonso, Daniel Jones

Patrick and Pat Mahomes

Puma, Sherman, Schwartz and Berman

CC on the hill

The Devils won the Cup with Marty

The giants have come down south to party

Take Endy, match Sampras

With old Agassi

Henrik came so close

Last day at the Shea, quite gloomy

Aaron Boone, Yankees pass out

Daboll stones are copper

Endy Chavez makes an unlikely catch during the 2006 NLCS.
Endy Chavez makes an unlikely catch during the 2006 NLCS.
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I did not light the fire

Or stomach-churning

Or the tides that turn

I did not light the fire

No, I didn’t turn it on

But fuck yeah, I’ll write it down


Citi field! Holyfield!

Bobby Vee (Not Steve? Why me?)!

Spit out pieces! Eli is seated!

Curry, Kay, Marakovits!

Jeff Van Gundy! Thibodeau!

Sell ​​the team, Jim! (I will not go!)

John Tavares, Jake de Grom

(Lock the door after you leave)


Gary Cohen, Howie Rose

Clicker and O’Connor’s prose

Keyshawn leaves, Astros flies

Taps 18 and 1

Sterling shouting “Yankees win!”

Barry Trotz and David Quinn

McAdoo and Shurmur too

KD/Irving ballyhoo

The Yankees celebrate after winning the 20098 World Series.
The Yankees celebrate after winning the 20098 World Series.
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I did not light the fire

Or the anxiety returns

Or earnings contributed

I did not light the fire

No, I didn’t turn it on

But damn it, I’ll write it down


Buttfumble on Turkey Day

Serena blows on the ground

Geno, Rapinoe

American pharaoh

Farewell, George Thomas Seaver

And to tow his ace lifter

GMS III and Ali

Good luck, Barbara.

The Yankees beat the Phils in six

Knicks could use draft day fix

Callaway! Soufflé!

When he texts, run to Green Bay!


I did not light the fire

Or slow QB learning

Or disturbing draft

I did not light the fire

No, I didn’t turn it on

But it’s fun to write it


Dolan, Cohen, Mara/Tisch

KD’s almost heroic swish

Switch to Plax, Jake and Max

Every Sunday, more Vac’s Whacks!

Kenyon called the Knicks “fugazi”

Rest in peace Anthony Causi

Isles fans shout “Yes!” Yes! Yes!”

Igor cleans the Rangers mess

Devils look like ’95

It’s time for Johnnies to live again

Hopeful Jets! Nets arrived!

Come on Yankees! Let’s put!

In-Store Ticker Parades

In ’23 or ’24

I will be there like before

Raise a glass to 20 more!

Vacuum strokes

I’m pretty sure any “Breaking Bad” fan can agree that our favorite college hoops player to watch this year will be Boston U.’s Walter Whyte, who lost 27 on Monday in the Terriers’ season opener, 72 -63 defeat rival Northeastern.


Keith Hernandez is not on the Contemporary Baseball Era ballot for the Hall of Fame and Rafael Palmeiro is? Must be a joke, right?

Still, I hope Donnie Baseball gets the votes this time around.


The HBO documentary “Say Hey, Willie Mays!” is so good that I’ve already watched it twice, and I don’t think I’m done.

Return to Vac

Joe Palumbo: Glad my Devils weren’t included in your list of hated teams by their own fans, thanks. And unless you count the Red Bulls and NYCFC, the Devils were the only team not on the list.

VAC: And given the way they are playing this year, they are in no hurry to join this list!


Denis Daly: I love the Philly Big Five and the Palestra. I’m so jealous. If only Rose Hill was double: St. John’s, Fordham, Manhattan, Iona and Columbia/Hofstra.

VAC: I always say that a rotating cast of those six plus one St. Francis and Stony Brook would make a terrific four-team kickoff tournament each year that could alternate between the Garden and UBS Arena. Name it after the late great AP hoops specialist Jim O’Connell.


@knishboy: If 81-year-old Pete Rose ever makes it into the Hall of Fame, it’ll be one hell of a weekend in Cooperstown, and I’ll be there for the belated party…which of course will be co-sponsored by DraftKings and FanDuel.

@MikeVacc: I will be sitting right next to you.


Alex Burton: According to Joel Sherman, Michael Conforto’s agent, Scott Boras, says Conforto’s recovery from shoulder surgery is going well and that he “now throws up to 120 feet”. Linda Blair would be very proud.

VAC: Well, now I can cross the “Exorcist” reference in “Whack Back at Vac” off my professional to-do list.

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