Years ago, there was only one rule you HAD to follow when you decided to play a team from New York…
If you didn’t, not only would you leave the court with a sprained ankle, but you may end up quitting basketball because of your bruised ego- NYers don’t let you lose without making sure you feel bad about it. They’ll talk about you, the crowd will laugh at you and it doesn’t end when the game is over, you’re talked about every time they see you until you redeem yourself…it’s just bad for business if you don’t show up with your A game.
That was years ago. I’m talking nearly 10.
Since then, NY has had some straight up dreadful teams represent them. The Knicks were one of the worst teams in the league, not even seeing the playoffs, St. John’s wasn’t even close to making the tournament- just B-A-D.
During the Dark Age (the span of about 10 years when NY had horrible ball teams), did you ever try to have a conversation with a NYer about NYC ball? It can get ugly because we automatically take it personally. Yes, we know that the Knicks were barely winning 20 games- but did you just say something about my momma?!
As a NYer, I was disgusted. How can I even argue that I come from the Mecca when every single team, sans the Yankees and Mets, was horrendous? It was so bad that they were literally giving away tickets to the games. Seriously, I received a few emails asking how many tickets I wanted…10? 20?
The thing is, I barely wanted to hook a 10 year old CYO team up with the tickets! If I did, it would be like I was the liasion between them and the Knicks, which would have meant that I, too, was just as horrid as them.
The Knicks embarrased me. St. John’s embarrassed me.
In the end, I gave the team the tickets. I guess as a ‘thank you’, the Knicks decided to stop being so appalling. St. John’s finally decided to start practicing, or recruiting better players, or maybe they just got sick of being over looked as a ‘scrimmage’ team and started taking it seriously. Bad news when the opposing team’s huddles sound like this:
We play St. John’s today…let’s work on our half court shots. Ready? Break.
I’m just elated that I can be happy for my hometown teams again. A big, HUGE part of basketball in NYC is bragging rights.
A HUGE part of basketball in NYC is bragging rights (that’s so important, had to say it twice). Can’t trash talk if every team we bring out there is nightmarish.
Granted, I still pick the Lakers to win it this year (…it’s Kobe…), I want the Knicks to play well.
NY is a contender again. Teams are dreading to play NY again. Teams are actually reviewing game tape of NY again. NY is back on the map. I can represent NY again.
WE, are rock stars again.
The Dark Age is over. Time for the Golden Age.