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A Fan’s Notes


Props to the New York Observer for reprinting this 1998-Woody Allen piece about the Knicks:

I am always asked to write about basketball. People labor under the mistaken impression that, since I attend the Knicks games and have done so regularly for over 25 years, I’ve learned something or that I have insights and observations that are worth listening to, but they are wrong. I have only opinions and feelings based on nothing much but emotions, and I have gripes and theories, often crackpot. Mostly, I sit quietly at the Garden hoping for a close game, hating the blowouts, even if it’s the Knicks on top, enjoying the fans, marveling at the dancers and barely tolerating the endless insipid promotional stunts during timeouts. (If you’ve ever seen out-of-shape men and women shooting endless air balls from the foul line or frantic physical specimens racing across the floor trying to load, carry and push luggage racks as they compete, you get the idea.)

When asked why it is so important that the Knicks win, since at the end of the game or even the season nothing in life is affected one way or the other, I can only answer that basketball or baseball or any sport is as dearly important as life itself. After all, why is it such a big deal to work and love and strive and have children and then die and decompose into eternal nothingness? (By now, the person who asked me why the Knicks winning is important is sorry.)

To me, it’s clear that the playoffs or 61 home runs, a no-hitter, the Preakness, the Jets, or human existence can all be much ado about nothing, or they can all have a totally satisfying, thrilling-to-the-marrow quality. In short, putting the ball into the hoop is of immense significance to me by personal choice and my life is more fun because of it.

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1 Alex Belth   ~  Mar 8, 2013 3:14 pm

p.s. Random note, the man sitting two seats away from Woody is John Doumanian, his old friend. Former husband of Jean who was his producer for a longtime. John makes cameos in many of Woody's movies non more famous that the coke-sneeze scene in "Annie Hall."

2 RagingTartabull   ~  Mar 8, 2013 3:27 pm

(1) Swear to God, I did a double take and thought "is that the coke guy from Annie Hall?!"...but only after I thought it was Charlie Rangel for a quick second.

3 Alex Belth   ~  Mar 8, 2013 3:36 pm

2) Classic! Yeah, check out Woody's NY movies, you are always bound to see John in there somewhere.

4 Ara Just Fair   ~  Mar 8, 2013 7:13 pm

re: the title "A Fan's Notes"
Sorry to go off topic but I just heard about this book 3 days ago published in 1968 and bought it for my nook. Just read the first chapter last night. So far so good. An alcoholic young teacher who's a NY Football Giants nut.

5 Alex Belth   ~  Mar 8, 2013 9:20 pm

4) Exley's book is considered a classic of sorts for sure.

6 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Mar 10, 2013 9:20 pm

laughing, re: the coke scene guy.

I think he was also in Manhattan Murder Mystery, standing around in his undershirt in the scene where the neighbors are standing around as they wheel out the dead Mrs. House (dead wife of Mr. House, Hesh from the Sopranos).

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