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Pacers/Knicks thoughts

I've never figured out why but after moving out to Indiana for school in 2001, I've stuck around.  I live in Indy now and don't often get to fit in a trip to the Garden even though I go back to CT to see my family for Christmas.  So, basically I get to see the Knicks two times a year...against the shitastic Pacers.

Here are some thoughts from the game last night:

Side note: The Pacers' crowds are so pathetic now that I drove downtown at 6:45, parked in a huge parking lot with maybe two dozen other cars for 3 bucks, met some friends in the Concourse and was in my seat by tip-off.  I've had more trouble getting to high school basketball games in this town.  

  • Wore an old LJ jersey I got for my 16th birthday but not one person commented on it.  Saw a couple other people with Z-Bo's threads on, which isn't surprising because he grew up about 40 minutes from Indy.  One dude had a LJ home jersey but I didn't get the chance to give him a high-five.  Saw a Messier Rangers and Eli road jersey as well...weird.
  • Conseco's a great venue which makes it even more sad that they are dead last in the NBA in attendance (by the way, Indianapolis is the most fair-weather city in America).  I've been to a handful of Pacers games this year, mostly to see good teams come to town.  Never have I seen the crowd so pathetic.  I think they announced it at 10,000 but there is no way there were more than 2,500 in that place.
  • The chick MC for the night is also one of the Pacers' dancers.  Gotta find ways to cut costs.
  • The beer I got wasn't green.  What the fuck?
  • Was it just me or did Balkman shoot about 50 free throws last night?  Anyways, people probably didn't know what the fuck was wrong with me when I was yelling "Atta boy, Humpty!" after each make.
  • Speaking of Humpty, he almost had a sick, one-handed posterizer in the third quarter but blew the dunk.  While it was happening I got up and yelled "Oooooohhh!" but it came out like a pre-pubescent squeal.  Two people turned around and I pulled my hat over my eyes.  
  • Former Hoosier Jared Jeffries got a nice round of applause from the Indiana faithful.  I welcome him to the game by yelling "SHIT!"
  • David Lee took two awful looking 15-footers and was immediately benched.
  • When he came back in the game later, Lee took a three-pointer which almost made me spike my non-green beer in the aisle.  
  • Wilson Chandler has a jump shot?
  • Nate absolutely destroyed Marquis Daniels on a crossover and hit a jumper in his eyeball.  I told one of the friends that came with me that the Knicks would be the 2 seed in the East if this was street-ball.  
  • Players on both teams were getting to the hoop with ease, especially Dunleavy.  I haven't watched every team play (haven't seen the Kings or Bobcats among shitty teams), but I can't imagine there are two worse defensive teams in the league.
  • The "MSG HD" banner behind Breen on the scorers table made me homesick.
  • `Dolph came in for what felt like 30 seconds.  Some fat dude behind me yelled `Shouldda stayed at UK (Kentucky), asshole!"  We were clearly in earshot of him so hopefully that didn't ruin Dolph's 4 minutes of playing time.  For some reason, I picture him sitting in a dark Visitor's Locker Room contemplating if pursuing his NBA dream is really worth the verbal abuse.  
  • Freddie Jones is awful.
  • The Knicks were down two, with the ball, shot clock turned off at the end of the third quarter.  What did they run?  I shit you not: An iso play for Mardy Collins.  I don't remember if he actually missed a shot or turned it over because I was in complete shock.  The NBA: Where a Mardy Collins' iso play (actually) happens!
  • I basically gave up on the Knicks in late-December and have been hoping they tank for the rest of the season.  But, last night I really, really wanted them to win.  That being said, in the long run, it's probably better they collapsed late.
  • When walking out, one of the 90-year old ushers told me "tough loss" and I told him about how one day a Pacers/Knicks game would mean something again and he scoffed at my remark.  Bastard.
  • I paid zero dollars for a $90 face club level seat to see the Knicks in hideous green jerseys play an almost as bad Pacers team.  And I dragged three friends along.  I'd say it was worth it.
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