Eye of the Hurricane

March 6, 2011

Knicks defeat Hawks on neutral site (Atlanta)

Filed under: Uncategorized — davidfurones @ 9:24 pm
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The New York fan base is truly tremendous. The following for New York sports teams is rivaled only by that of Boston, and to a slightly lesser extent, Philadelphia and Chicago.

The Knicks just finished beating the Hawks in Atlanta’s Philips Arena 92-79 in a nationally televised game on ESPN, and throughout New York’s runs in the second half that transformed a close game into a double-digit victory, the Knicks fans were much louder than those of the Hawks. ESPN’s commentators, Dan Shulman and Doris Burke, indicated that Knick jerseys didn’t outnumber Hawk jerseys in the stands, but they were certainly the ones that the ESPN microphones picked up the most.

When Philips Arena organs intended for the fans to cheer “Let’s go Hawks!” the New York faithful substituted Hawks with Knicks. When Atlanta was trying to run their halfcourt sets, you heard more chants of “Defense!” than anything else.

I attended the Heat/Knicks game last Sunday night at the American Airlines Arena and the atmosphere the Knicks fans created was nearly the equivalent of what I just saw on television.

I marvel at how great of a sports city New York is. Five boroughs are big enough for the Knicks, two baseball teams, two hockey teams, and two football franchises (although they play their home games in East Rutherford, NJ). The city will soon get another addition as the Nets will be packing their bags and moving to Brooklyn starting next season.

And when you mention Brooklyn, you can’t forget the last time the borough had a team of its own, the Brooklyn Dodgers. New York City, in the 1950s, was able to hold three storied MLB franchises in one metropolitan area during baseball’s golden age, when it was truly America’s pastime. Think about this: the Yankees, Giants and Dodgers had the three greatest center fielders in the game all at the same time in Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays and Duke Snider.

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2 Comments »

  1. Atlanta’s another city like Miami with a ton of transplanted New Yorkers who will pay once or twice a year to see their first team play locally.

    And there’s just one hockey team representing the five boroughs. When the Isles or Devils host the Rangers, half the crowd wears blue jerseys.

    Comment by eadeutsch — March 6, 2011 @ 10:01 pm | Reply

  2. Not right with the Devils. A lot of Ranger fans do go to Devils games, but definitely not anywhere near half.

    Comment by michaelperchick — March 6, 2011 @ 11:14 pm | Reply


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