September Sports Calendar: SepTebow!

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by Jonathan Zeller, 08/21/2012

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If the preseason buzz is any indication, September 2012 in New York City may be SepTebow. The fleet-footed Jet—who, along with teammate Mark "Mr. Handsome" Sanchez, is part of the best-looking quarterback duo in the National Football League—is a fitting mascot for a month during which football season begins for the Jets, Giants (who did, by the way, win the most recent Super Bowl with the help of a butt-touchdown) and all of the City's college teams. Meanwhile, local squads in other sports hope to defy the odds (the slumping Mets and Liberty will need Tebowian rallies to sniff the postseason at this point). Of course, the first-place Yankees are an exception to this narrative, as are the Red Bulls. Let's be honest: for search engine–optimization purposes, it just helps to discuss Tebow a lot. Tebow. Tebow. Tebow. Tebow, Tebow, Tebow. Sanchez, though, may hope the month turns out more like Sanchember (see our helpful charticle to decide which you think is more likely). For info on these and the rest of the month's sports events—most of which include plenty of players who are not walking Internet memes—read on.

US Open Tennis Championships
August 27–September 9; USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center
More than 650,000 people attended the US Open last year, and more than 53 million watched the event on TV, both to see great tennis and to be part of a sport that has produced icons—like the Williams sisters, Andy Roddick and Maria Sharapova—who have ascended from mere sports stardom to full-blown celebrity. Most important, Carly Rae Jepsen ("Call Me Maybe," your favorite song) is performing at Arthur Ashe Kids' Day on August 25. Make sure to get your tickets early if you want good seats for prime matches. Visit for details and to purchase.

New York Giants vs. Dallas Cowboys
September 5, 8:30pm; MetLife Stadium
The Super Bowl–champion Giants host longtime rivals the Cowboys on national television to kick off the 2012–2013 season. They're not wasting any time, guys. It's on. With the help of Eli Manning's arm, Osi Umenyiora's speed and power and Victor Cruz's undeniable sense of rhythm, Big Blue hopes to make a run at another title this year. If you can't get to the opening game, the Giants have seven more home dates where that came from. For tickets and a full schedule, visit Or go straight to StubHub

Brooklyn Golf Show
September 7, 10am; Medgar Evers College
Medgar Evers College hosts a full day of golf-related festivities. Check out scores of new gear, meet retired professional golfer Calvin Peete, get free 10-minute golf lessons and peruse an exhibit from the United States Golf Association Museum honoring African-American athletes who have broken down barriers in various sports. Admission is free. For more info, visit

Brooklyn Cyclones Playoffs
Potential games start on September 7; MCU Park
Brandon Nimmo, top prospect and fantastic interview subject, and the Mets' New York–Penn League affiliate are hoping to hold on to their spot near the top of the standings and make another playoff run. If they do reach the postseason, it will be your last chance in 2012 to see baseball by the beach at Coney Island. For tickets, visit

Syracuse vs. University of Southern California (Football)
September 8, 3:30pm; MetLife Stadium
Syracuse will have something like a home-field advantage (or at least a home-coast advantage) in this nonconference matchup, and they'll probably need it against the Trojans, who are ranked first in the preseason AP poll. For tickets, visit

Gotham Girls Roller Derby
September 8, 8pm; City College of New York
The competitors of Gotham Girls Roller Derby skate fast and hit hard. You may not know what a jammer, blocker and pivot are when you enter the gym, but longtime followers can tell you that it won't be long before these ladies turn you into a hard-core fan. And as if the action in the rink weren't enough, the event also features spirit-boosting "jeerleaders." For tickets, visit

NYC Century Bike Tour
September 9, earliest start at 6am; starting at Central Park and Prospect Park
Escape New York Bike Ride
September 22, earliest start at 8am; starting at Sakura Park
September brings two big participatory cycling events. The NYC Century Bike Tour features a variety of routes—ranging from 15 to 100 miles—that pass through some of the City's most scenic areas. The Escape New York Bike Ride, meanwhile, takes riders on routes starting in Manhattan and winding through Bergen and Rockland counties. For more info, visit and

New York Jets vs. Buffalo Bills
September 9, 1pm; MetLife Stadium
Like we said above: Tebow. Sanchez. Et cetera. Rex Ryan may have lost a lot of weight, but otherwise it's the same as ever in Jetsville, among the most dramatic locales in the NFL. Can Tebow, operating out of the Wildcat, give the offense the boost it needs and open things up for Sanchez during the rest of the game? Fans will start getting answers when Gang Green hits the field against Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Buffalo Bills. For tickets, visit Or, as with the Giants, go straight to StubHub.

Super Boat Grand Prix
September 9, 1pm; Liberty Landing Marina
Power boats, which can reach speeds of up to 200 miles per hour, race on the Hudson. Spectators should be able to see some of the action from Battery Park. Here's the race map. For more info, visit

Red Bulls Soccer
September 15, 19 and 29, 7pm; Red Bull Arena
The Red Bulls have already looked strong through most of the MLS season, staying close to the top of the Eastern Conference table. The addition of Tim Cahill—probably Australia's best soccer player—only strengthens New York's side for the stretch run. In September, Cahill, Thierry Henry, Rafa Marquez and the rest of everyone's favorite squad of energy drink–sponsored European footballers are set to host Columbus, Kansas City and Toronto. For tickets, visit

Yankees Baseball
All month long; Yankee Stadium
Barring a monumental collapse, the Yankees will reach the playoffs again (that would make 16 postseason appearances in 17 seasons. Meanwhile, there are people who can legally drive who weren't alive the last time the Pirates—who look good this year—made the playoffs). Come cheer Jeter, Granderson and company as they tune up for what they hope is a longer postseason stay than last year's, which ended in an ALDS exit. For tickets, visit

Mets Baseball
All month long; Citi Field
A promising first half gave way—with startling speed—to a disastrous post–All-Star break showing for the Mets. Still, there are plenty of reasons to trek out to New Shea during September. Two big ones: rookie hurler Matt Harvey, who could be a key part of the pitching staff for years, and the incomparable Robert Allen Dickey, who ought to be in the running for a Cy Young Award if he keeps up his stellar performance (every one of his starts is an event). For tickets, visit

Liberty Basketball
All month long; Prudential Center
There's no sugarcoating that it's been a disappointing season for New York City's WNBA franchise—they've lost far more than they've won, and they're in temporary exile from their usual home court, Madison Square Garden (although it will be a lot fancier when they return). Still, there's hope that Cappie Pondexter and crew will come out of the Olympic break energized and go on a run to close out the season—and they're just a PATH train ride away. For tickets, visit

College Football
All month long; various locations
New York City's collegiate football squads hit the gridiron in September (actually, Fordham gets a head start on August 30). The biggest matchup is the Liberty Cup, on September 22, between the aforementioned Rams and the Lions of Columbia University. The Wagner Seahawks, too, are in action. Meanwhile, New York University, even without an active football team, holds on to its place in gridiron history as the alma mater of Ed Smith, who modeled for the Heisman Trophy (which, by the way, Tim Tebow won in 2009).

[Updated, 9/26]
New York Liberty Playoffs
September 29, 7pm; additional dates TBA; Prudential Center
After a horrid start, the Liberty went 6–3 down the stretch and earned themselves a date with the Eastern Conference's top seed, the Connecticut Sun. Game two of their opening-round playoff series is at the Prudential Center. If Cappie Pondexter and company win this series, there will be more games to come in October. For tickets (which, by the way, start at $13 for floor seats), visit For more info, as it becomes available, check out

Looking Ahead:
October 2: Devils vs. Islanders (preseason) [Update, 9/28: Due to the NHL lockout, this game has been cancelled.], Barclays Center
November 1: Rangers home opener vs. Dallas Stars, Madison Square Garden 
November 1: Nets home opener vs. Knicks, Barclays Center
November 2: Knicks home opener vs. Miami Heat, Madison Square Garden
November 5: Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras, John McEnroe and Patrick Rafter, Madison Square Garden
November 9: Battle of the Badges (NYPD vs. FDNY boxing), Theater at Madison Square Garden

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    Queens – Flushing
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    One MetLife Stadium Drive
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    Red Bull Arena, 600 Cape May St.
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    City College of New York
    Shepard Hall, 137th St. at Convent Ave
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    Prospect Park
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    Manhattan – Washington Heights
    NY 10034

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