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The teams that now have the best chances to bring joy and glory to New York



Andy Dufresne didn’t have to watch the last decade of New York sports.

Tim Robbins’ character in “The Shawshank Redemption” once wrote, “Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.”

Hope sure seemed to be dead in New York sports until the last year — or more particularly the last restorative month, with alternating Knicks and Rangers playoff games overshadowing some other teams off to fast starts.

Now that the Knicks have been eliminated, here is an updated Hope Index for New York’s nine professional football, basketball, baseball and hockey teams. It’s about providing good times and big moments — not necessarily delivering a championship.

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