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Pro sports teams in New York City and its surrounding metro area are in the midst of one of the worst stretches in recent memory.

The bottom line: 2020 has been a year we can all comfortably say we'd like to forget. New York sports fans might just be able to say it with a little more oomph.

  • NFL: The Jets and Giants are a combined 0-10 for the first time ever.
  • NBA: The Knicks are the laughingstock of the league. The Nets are on the rise, but injuries cursed their season.
  • MLB: The Mets missed the playoffs for the fourth straight season. The Yankees were far better, but fell short of their title aspirations yet again.
  • NHL: The Islanders' surprise run to the Eastern Conference Finals was a bright spot, but the Isles and Rangers (and nearby Devils, for that matter) had the worst records in the Metropolitan Division.
  • WNBA: The Liberty (2-20) had the second-worst winning percentage in league history.
  • MLS: NYC FC and the Red Bulls are both middling at best, hovering around .500 two-thirds of the way through the season.

The big picture: One year of results can be misleading, but for many of these teams it's more of a trend than a blip.

  • The Jets' nine-year playoff drought is third-worst in the NFL, trailing only the Browns (17) and Bucs (12), both of whom look poised to snap their streaks.
  • The Giants are in the midst of their eighth losing streak of five or more games since 2013, the most in the NFL during that span.
  • The Knicks have the worst winning percentage (.410) of any NBA team this century.
  • The Mets have just four playoff appearances this century, a fact that barely scratches the surface of their prolonged ineptitude. Can Steve Cohen save them?
  • The Yankees didn't appear in a World Series in the 2010s, marking the first decade since the 1910s that they failed to do so. Hey, when you have 27 titles, you set lofty goals.

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Counterintuitive: Biden's plan is better for private fund managers (hedge, PE, VC, etc.) than what he proposed during the campaign.

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Former Olympic decathlete and reality TV star Caitlyn Jenner has filed her initial paperwork to run for governor of California and will officially announce her bid later today, her campaign tells Axios.

The big picture: Jenner, a longtime Republican, is seeking to replace Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom in a recall election, hoping her celebrity status and name recognition can yield an upset in the nation's most populous state.