Monday, January 16, 2006

The New York Knicks

Today we went to MSG and saw the Knicks lose to the Minnesota Timberwolves 96-90.  The Knicks and I go back to the early 1960s.  My memory is more precise for the Mets, but I remember watching basketball games on TV with my Dad.  I went to Knick home games in the mid 1960s with my buddies from high school.  Back in those days it cost only $1.25 to get into the old Madison Square Garden at 8th Avenue and 50th Street.  Then the players made only about $10,000/year.  We used to go every Tuesday and Saturday night. My favorite Knicks were Bill Bradley, Dave DeBusschere, Dick Barnett, Earl Monroe, Walt Frazier and Willis Reed.  Back then the road games were broadcast on Channel 9 while the home games were on the MSG Cable Network which was only available in Manhattan.  In 1970 the 7th game of the NBA playoffs featured the Knicks against the Los Angeles Lakers.  That night my fraternity had a dinner to induct our new members.  We were listening to the game on the radio.  Today the players are a bunch of overpaid prima donnas.  Latrell Spreewell claimed he couldn’t feed his family on a measley $9 million/year.  Since I have to pay $135 for three tickets in the nosebleed section, I can only afford one game a year.  We only pay $8 to see a game at Hofstra.

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