Sunday, April 18, 2010

Garden Of Schemes

They advertise it as the Worlds Most Famous Arena. Don't believe it. It can't be famous because of its two biggest tenants, the Knicks and the Rangers? In my lifetime the Rangers have won three Cups and the Knicks two NBA Championships. The Knicks haven't won anything in 37 years and when Sam Rosen, announcing the Ranger win in '94 proclaimed, "And this one will last a lifetime", he may have had a message there.

At one time back in the 40's and 50's when the Garden had the NIT it could get away with that statement but now all it has is the Big East Basketball Tournament. When you consider that six of the teams made the NCAA's you wonder about the bigness of it. But back to the pros and especially our heroes.

I have lived through 14 Presidents, 7 Popes and 24 Yankee World Championships. In that span we have had three Stanley Cups and three runner-ups. Wow! All this from the World's Most Famous Arena. I will say this about the people who run this great sports palace. They are equal opportunity screw-ups. And it doesn't matter who runs it. They all run it into the ground.

MSG Inc., Gulf & Western, Paramount, Viacom and Cablevision, it doesn't matter. They were all screw-ups and each made it progressively worse. Sports has nothing to do with it, it's all about the money. Remember when Dolan and Cablevision torpedoed Mayor Bloomberg's plan to build a football field on the west side near the Javits Center? Dolan was worried about the poor people who lived there. Yeah sure. He's was looking to build a new Garden there and now we have nothing. Just like the Rangers. We have nothing, we are nothing and we will continue to be nothing. More coming.

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