A laurel and hearty handshake to my predecessor on the sports media beat, Steve Zipay, for his Rangers blog's first-place finish in the Newsday sports blog page views race for January.

Next four in the standings: Knicks, Islanders, Mets, WatchDog.

Thanks for reading, as always.

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Speaking of the Rangers and Knicks . . . effective today they don't work for the same company I do.

I never did get to meet Sean Avery at the company picnic.