I've been to two New York Knicks games in the past five days. Before this week I hadn't been to a Knicks game since 2007 and had little interest in the team since they are usually cover-your-eyes terrible. But a combination of a tweetup on Saturday evening and complimentary tickets for last night's game got me to the Garden twice in a week. Saturday's game included a halftime show featuring members of the Sugar Hill Gang as part of "Old School Night." And last night I got to meet Earl "The Pearl" Monroe before the game and get his autograph. Unfortunately, my knowledge of the Knicks before 1993 is spotty, so I had to re-read Bill Simmons' chapter on Monroe before the game and watch some of his highlights on YouTube so I'd know a few things about him. Important note: Monroe attended Winston-Salem State University, not Syracuse.
Also, I now own two Knicks t-shirts courtesy of giveaways for the events before each game, which is two more Knicks-related items of clothing than I had before Saturday. If the Knicks ever become a good team again, I will be able to declare my casual interest proudly and at no cost whatsoever.