I Love This Game

by - December 16, 2010 - - 2 Comments »


Following last night’s epic moral victory for the Knicks, I couldn’t help but smile. Yes, they lost on a Paul Pierce dagger (there’s a reason he’s headed for the Hall of Fame) but what this game showed is that New York is officially back on the basketball map and the last piece of the NBA’s renaissance is in place.

We all have our favorites. And we all love seeing those favorites have success, particularly when we’re on the bandwagon before the explosion. That’s how I feel with the NBA. I’ve always been and always remained a fan. I suffered through hearing people dog the league and criticize the players. While some of it was justified, I thought comments I constantly heard like ‘College players try harder’, had an underlying meaning.

Recently pro basketball has returned to prominence. The “And 1” era is over and fans gravitated to the Celtics-Lakers Finals and were captivated by LeBron’s free agency and now the Heat. The only thing that was missing was the biggest market on planet Earth. New York is missing no more.

I love this game and I couldn’t be more proud.

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2 Responses to “I Love This Game”

  1. Brian Russo says:

    Well, hey there. And a good mid-month to you. At the top and bottom of each month, I like to give you my sports update and since everyone knows that since 10:30 A.M. is the the bottom of each hour and not the middle of each hour, I will provide my sports update on December 16. First, as a Yankees fan, I am embracing this new underdog role like Strom Thurmond and Robert Byrd are to embracing term limits. Which is to say, I have gone senile and I am a hypocrite.

    Second, “New York is officially back on the basketball map and the last piece of the NBA’s renaissance is in place.” Where can I find these updated officially licensed NBA basketball maps because the latest one I have only has Los Angeles, Boston, San Antonio, Miami, Detroit, Chicago, Houston, and in really small print, Philadelphia (1982-1983)? New York is still listed as a podunk town where fans enjoy moral victories and have dream weeks that end before Christmas Day. Think of it, every Knicks fans’ dream and Christmas wish this year is that the Knicks make it to the second round and not to be thoroughly humiliated in a sweep. Wow, Knicks’ fans, you have finally caught up to New York Rangers’ fans, just five years behind. Those MSG MVP chants for Amar’e Carsares Stoudemire are eerily similar to the MVP chants for Jaromir Jagr during the 2005-2006 season.

    Lastly, “I suffered through hearing people dog the league and criticize the players. While some of it was justified, I thought comments I constantly heard like ‘College players try harder’, had an underlying meaning.” How about the criticism that the NBA has no drama. Eight franchises have won a NBA championship during the last 31 seasons. Same old, same old. MLB has 20 different franchises that have won a World Series over the last 31 seasons. The NFL has had 15 different franchises that have won a Super Bowl over the last 31 seasons. The NHL has had 14 different teams win a Stanley Cup over the last 31 seasons, with 7 different teams winning the Stanley Cup over the last 7 years. In the last 7 World Cups, 6 different countries have won. And in college basketball, 19 different universities have won the championship over the last 31 years.

    Mr. Lundberg, you constantly talk about how sports is actual drama. Well, in my opinion, the NBA is the equivalent to a school play performed by third graders because I know where the play is going (because I have seen it many times before) and the outcome is predictable. TNT may know drama but only when The Closer is on. When the NBA is on TNT, let’s just say, I know the last 2 minutes of the game is going to last at least 20 actual minutes.

    As of today, 5 of the last 8 NBA franchises to win a NBA Championship lead their divison. And there are only 6 divisions. You better jump on one of their bandwagons because the NBA is a dog of a league, by which I mean, the other 25 NBA franchises should be put down like a dog and be put out of their misery.

    Wow, that was carsares, scratch that, cathartic.

  2. Dan says:

    im jumping on the clippers bandwagon, im done with the knicks

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