Mike Vaccaro

Mike Vaccaro

About the Columnist

Mike Vaccaro has been the lead sports columnist for the New York Post since November 2002. In that time he has written about every important sporting event and sports figure in New York City and covered 18 Super Bowls, 12 World Series, 10 Final Fours and 10 BCS Championship Games. He has been recognized three times as New York Sportswriter of the Year by the National Sports Media Association and was recognized in 2017 by the New York Press Club for his deadline work. A 1989 graduate of St. Bonaventure University, Vaccaro previously worked at newspapers in Newark, Kansas City, Middletown, N.Y., Fayetteville, Ark., and Olean, N.Y. He is the author of three books: “Emperors and Idiots,” about the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry; “1941: the Greatest Year in Sports;” and “The First Fall Classic,” about the 1912 World Series. He also makes frequent television and radio appearances. A native of West Hempstead, N.Y., Vaccaro now makes his home in Hillsdale, N.J. with his wife, Leigh, and two rambunctious terriers: a 12-pound Westy named Fiona and Desmond, a 12,000-pound (or so it seems) Airedale. He is a terrible golfer and undefeated in all games involving “Godfather” trivia.

The Archive

New York has endured a year of patched-up, Band-Aid needing teams

This has been the Year of the Band-Aid in New York sports, the year of the gauze pad, the year of the ice pack, the Year of the X-ray and...

It's not panic time yet for Knicks, but it's getting close

March is the month that’s supposed to come in like a lion and leave like a lamb; for the Knicks, it was February that provided this stark dichotomy.

All Knicks can do is cope with unfortunate injury breaks

For Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau, injuries have become a chronic issue he’s been forced to deal with ever since his earliest days in Chicago.

Knicks should embrace being just good enough for time being

It wasn’t a perfect game by any definition, just a perfect outcome.

Leon Rose's Knicks have come very far, but there's still room to grow

Now, the Knicks are a team that, in theory (and in good health) could be among the most fascinating in the NBA this spring.

St. John's breakthrough provides hope for a Big East Tournament run after all

It’s no secret that St. John’s has played all year with a limited margin for error; Sunday, it solved that dilemma by playing with virtually no errors, period.

The best & worst sports months on the calendar

February is when you dream of the other months, the busier months, the months when the sun occasionally shines and you never have to slosh in your boots, The Post's...

Knicks don't need style points at this point of season

The Knicks scratched this one out, and that's OK.

The one big problem with Mets' admirable grand plan

"The Plan" can easily be interpreted as giving up on the 2024 season, though both the Mets owner and GM are quick to counter that they see a potential playoff...

Banged-up Knicks won't get any sympathy from this rival

The Knicks aren’t a bunch inclined to seek sympathy anyway, and that will be a good thing Thursday night.

What will it take for the Nets to finally fire their GM?

It’s been one slapstick moment after another these last 4 ? years.

Rick Pitino's harsh St. John's blame game is a terrible look

Rick Pitino lamented St. John’s facilities, he bemoaned his team’s lack of toughness, he suggested that his assistants had flunked him by failing to import players whose talents were perfect...

Super Bowl parade shooting turning celebration into crime scene changes everything

But a common narrative in the days since Wednesday’s horror has been the public question of whether going forward any city can risk the potential hazards of asking so many...

Bold questions heading into second half of NBA season

At the All-Star break, The Post’s NBA writers answer 10 of the most compelling questions for the second half.

Knicks getting reminder of how injuries can unglue a season

The Knicks didn’t necessarily need the reminder of just how fragile a good thing can be in the NBA.

Sports' gambling era adds sinister conspiracy theory to every blown call

This is the cost of a world where every game features a dozen gambling ads, where everyone is always looking for grassy knolls.

Mets have reverted back to where they're most familiar

A year ago, there wasn’t a Mets fan extant who couldn’t wait for this week.

Knicks shamefully jobbed by refs

The Knicks would’ve sure liked to have had a shot to play that overtime. They deserved that chance. They were jobbed, is what they were. A shame.

Patrick Mahomes was right all along by delivering Chiefs dynasty

This is one they’ll talk about for as long as they play this game, for as long as there are water-cooler debates about the best teams, the ones good enough...

Patrick Mahomes-Andy Reid already historic coach-QB combo

Patrick Mahomes and Andy Reid's shared history already has yielded two Super Bowl titles, and by the end of Sunday, there may well be a third.

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