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Here’s what I hear on the street on the subway and in my office: talk of Jeremy Lin and the Knicks.

No question the bandwagon is filling up. I’m a bandwagon Knicks fan. First jumped aboard in ’83-’84 when Bernard had that great playoff run. Then a few years later when Pitino coached the team. I rode the highs and lows of the Riley-Van Gundy Era with great passion. I’ve never stopped watching the Knicks but I stopped caring about them or watching them with any kind of devotion.

Now, I’m on the bandwagon again because a New York winter is better when the Knicks matter and the Garden is thumping.  And it’s fun to hear people who don’t care about basketball talking about Lin.

All aboard.

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1 Jon DeRosa   ~  Feb 15, 2012 2:08 pm

All talk, no tv. Knicks and Rangers would be gaining (re-gaining, whatever) fans by the fistfuls right now, except we're blacked out. It's fun to follow the news, but I still feel it's some kind of a magic act. So many waiting to see to believe, and they can't. I think that's a shame.

2 TheGreenMan   ~  Feb 15, 2012 2:20 pm

Same bandwagon guy here. And for me, as the Knicks go so goes my interest in the NBA as a whole. Because of Lin this past week or so, I've actually been paying attention to the rest of the league as well as the entertaining Knicks. Remarkable.

Sucks about Time Warner and MSG, though. I'm out on LI. Cablevision, of course, carries MSG so I've been able to watch. Crazy that a lot of NY fans can't.

3 Alex Belth   ~  Feb 15, 2012 3:26 pm

I like the NBA whether the Knicks are good or not but like it more when they are competitive. Yeah, this cable TV thing is ridiculous. I missed the entire 2002 season of the Yanks on YES due to a similar beef.

4 kenboyer made me cry   ~  Feb 15, 2012 4:26 pm

(I posted this on the early thread. Makes more sense here)

It's a crazy mixed up world. Cablevision (owned by Dolan as is MSG) blacks out Yankee games for an entire season because Yes wanted terms less drastic than MSG is asking of Time-Warner for the Knicks/Rangers. Cablevision keeps Fox off the air for some of the baseball playoffs because they said Fox wanted too much for clearance on a new deal. Now Dolan is demanding ridiculous rates and more (like Fuse getting on a lower tier of service) from Time-Warner...who's the villain?

I loathe the Dolans, and the MSG ticket prices, and his meddling (although he does want to win and will put resources in his teams). I happen to have Cablevision, and the only thing keeping rates down is a threat to move to Fios. It's a good thing that the Rangers and Knicks are doing well, it's a shame that Manhattan and other locales can't see it on television. Good for the bars.

If Dolan gets his requested rates, how much will cable service be in the city? It's old school corporations wringing the last penny out of customers. We'll be streaming this content soon for much less...

Go Knicks!

If Laura Linney robbed the cradle and married Jeremy Lin, she'd be Laura Linney-Lin.

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