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Derek Jeter is man of 2000s

No media column again this Friday, and not sure whether there will be any between now and the Rose Bowl.

That's because I'm busy with a series launching today in which Newsday looks back at the 2000s in New York area sports with many, many lists.

First up: Top athletes, and most infamous villains.

Please email me early and often with complaints at nbest@newsday.com.

Other than Devils and Nets fans - sorry, Martin Brodeur and Jason Kidd were ineligible - I assume the people most annoyed by the first list will be Mets fans, as Jorge Posada is in and Mike Piazza is out, based on the former's more sustained production this decade.

I could have bounced Jaromir Jagr for Piazza but refused. I'm a hockey guy.

As for the top of the list, Pedro Martinez told me Tuesday he felt strongly I should have Mariano Rivera ahead of Derek Jeter and explained why.

I told him he made good points, but that Jeter's intangibles put him over the top.

Because I chose to hang out in the "Joe Buck Live" green room with Pedro, Michael Strahan and Floyd Mayweather Jr., I had to blow off a screening I was supposed to attend of the new rugby flick "Invictus."

It opened today and has gotten mostly good reviews.

Photo: AP

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