Monday, October 19, 2009

Knicks Game

We won tickets for a Basketball game. It was for the New York Knicks vs Los Angeles Clippers, but hey they were free tickets so who was I to complain. The problem was I didn’t know who to root for. The current area I was living, or where I had lived most of my life. Considering neither of us had never been to a basketball game we went with the intention to just enjoy it.
The funny part was that the night we went into the city was also the night of the santa pub crawl. So hundreds of people dressed like Santa wandering from bar to bar all a little tipsy makes for an interesting sight. We had never been to Madison Square Garden, and they keep threatening to tear it down and replace it so I guess I am glad to have got the chance to see it now. It was pretty obvious that it was an old place because it is the first arena that I have been to where it is hard to find a concession stand. The problem is that when we tried to buy stuff while there everything was expensive. When L. bought a soda and popcorn and handed over her credit card she was surprised that it was $14 because the only way to get it was as a surprise bundle that included an ugly orange christmas hat. The giant foam finger ended up costing $15 and a little refrigerator magnet was $10. The more I see people wearing team branded clothes and how people get in competitions of who can be decked out the most the more I feel sorry for them. All they want is to feel part of a group, and the company owning the team knows this and takes advantage of them by charging twice or three times what something should cost. The problem is that true sports fans can’t seem to see that the company owning the team doesn’t like them and is taking advantage of them more than a con artist ever could.
As with all other games I’ve been to there seems to be more work going into keeping the crowd interested and on their feet routing for the home team. There were contests between randomly chosen seats, a drummer during a break, a talent contest for kids, t-shirt cannons shooting shirts into the stands. This is in addition to the normal cheer leaders. I was actually interested in watching the game since I like playing basketball so all these things seemed a little annoying but I guess they have to something during the breaks.

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