Listen, I don’t purport to be some ESPN-watching, jersey-wearing, sports bar-posting chickenhead who tries talking stats in order to lure boys. Those girls are wack.
But what’s going on with the Knicks right now is actually pretty engrossing, and I have to admit I was that girl in the bar on Friday, slapping guys on the back and hollering at every lay up. Feeding this fire is the Jeremy Lin story, “Linsanity,” as people are calling it. He’s 23, played for Harvard (not exactly a breeding ground for NBA players), went undrafted after school, was picked up in December by the Knicks as a third-string point guard, and has now led the Knicks to 5 straight victories. Oh, and he’s Asian, which is a really, really big deal in the NBA. Add to this the fact that the Knick’s two best and flashiest players, Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire, are both out for injuries, and this really is some Any Given Sunday shiz.
But beyond Emperor Lin, it’s fun to be a New Yorker and be excited about the Knicks again. I remember being in 5th grade during the 1994-95 season. One of the “cool” teachers played the Knicks theme song in the hallways during school. My Dad had company season tickets and took me to games. I pretty much wanted to be a Knicks City Dancer when I grew up, GREAT costumes. I had a Knicks t-shirt that I wore on repeat. The whole experience continues to stick out in my childhood memory bank.
Are the Knicks going to finally win the NBA championships? Probably not, at least not this year. But maybe next, or the year after. In the meantime, I’m adding the Knicks theme song to my iPod. And I will be that girl at the bar, cheering with the boys. Sorry I’m not sorry.