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Tuesday's Empire Challege pitted football all-stars from Long Island versus those from NYC and featured a couple future Orange.  QB John Kinder, DT Robert Tierney-Welsh and DE Malcolm Cater anchored the Long Island squad and WR Jeremiah Kobena, LB Mario Tull and SS Steven Rene starred for the NYC team as they tried to decide once and for all which was the better island, Manhattan or Long.

Turns out, as you've assumed, it's Manhattan.  NYC won the game 15-10.  Long Island had a chance to win the game late but unfortunately for Kinder, things didn't go according to plan.

A Long Island bad snap forced quarterback John Kinder to chase the ball into his own end zone and with New York City linebacker Kuaku Duah threatening to force a safety, Kinder slung the ball into the air – right into the waiting arms of Wheeler in coverage.

Two plays later, NYC quarterback Jordan Rodriguez of Susan Wagner barreled into the end zone and New York City would hang on for a 15-10 win Tuesday in the 15th annual game which benefits the Boomer Esiason Foundation for cystic fibrosis.

A distraught Kinder took to Facebook to voice his displeasure and desire to put it behind him...

id liketo apologize first off to my teamates yal played yal hearts out nd left it all on the field i madecareless mistakes and didnt play my game at all i also wanna say sry to the ppl who wanted to c big things outta me WONT HAPPEN AGEN!

No worries, Kinder.  You got bigger things to worry about now.  In brighter news, Malcolm Cater was named the Long Island Player of the Game after a 6.5 tackles performance.