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Love and Marriage

I was All-Schoolyard, tell her, Max.

“Sports to me is like music…It’s completely, aesthetically satisfying. There were times I would sit at a game with the old Knicks and think to myself in the fourth quarter, This is everything the theatre should be an isn’t. There’s an outcome that’s unpredictable. The audience is not ahead of the dramatist. The drama is ahead of the audience, and you don’t know exatly where it’s going. You’re personally involved with the players–they had herioc demensions, some of those players. It’s a pleasurable experience, though not intellectual–much like music. It enters you through a diferent opening, sort of…

You see, life consists of giving yourself these problems that can be dealt with, so you don’t have to face the problems that can’t be dealt with. It’s very meaningful to me, for instance, to see if the Knicks are going to get over some problem or another. These are matters you can get involved with, safely, and pleasurably, and the outcome doesn’t hurt you.”

Woody Allen to David Remnick, 1994

Well said, though I’m sure some fans would argue about not being hurt. Last night’s loss was a tough one, doesn’t matter that the Celtics should have mopped the floor with them. Carmelo Anthony was brilliant but Jared Jeffries will be the memory that doesn’t go away from this one. And that hurts, man.


1 Alex Belth   ~  Apr 20, 2011 9:56 am

My favorite part of this scene is the little kid look of getting caught that Woody has when she comes in. And how upset he is but what's happening. He NAILED it.

2 ms october   ~  Apr 20, 2011 10:17 am

"The drama is ahead of the audience, and you don’t know exatly where it’s going."

This is the line that resonates with me.

3 Alex Belth   ~  Apr 20, 2011 10:29 am

So true of all sports...

4 RagingTartabull   ~  Apr 20, 2011 10:41 am

"quietly humping" is such an unsettling phrase, I love it.

I felt last night almost like how it felt when the Yankees lost to the Mariners in '95, not quite but almost since I was so much younger at the time. It hurt, but theres something beautiful about having that kind of heartbreak in your life via sports.

Just win on Friday.

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