I'm not really into sports at all but I do enjoy going to the basketball and hockey games (though basketball more - I can follow the game better) at Madison Square Garden.
"Why?" you ask, as you wrinkle your cute little nose in disgust. Is it because of the sweaty bodies? The super-fast action I can't really follow? The endless flow of rules and fouls and penalties I have absolutely no interest in?
Of course not!!
It's the drama. And the crowd. The excitement that builds when even an ignorant novice like me can see and feel that something HUGE is happening.
Two nights ago we all stood up and cheered as the incredibly hot Ryan Callahan slid around and blocked a whole bunch of shots, much to the delight of 18,000 screaming fans. The Rangers played terrible and ended up losing, but those few seconds were pretty exciting.
But nothing compared to what happened LAST night at the Knicks game. 12 year old Stephen Curry (or at least he looks like he's 12) scored 53 points and whipped everyone into a frenzy last night. It was really exciting. It kinda reminded me of when Jeremy Lin was here last year and we all ooh'd and ahh'd every time he did anything.
Sports. Quite honestly, I don't get it. Too many rules, too many tattoos. But what I do get is the power of thousands of people sensing that something amazing is happening. And being a part of history. David told me that the 53 points against the Knicks in Madison Square Garden is the third most points scored by a player from the other team since the new garden as built in the 60's. The other 2 players I even have heard of - Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan (oh come on, you don't remember his famous "Double Nickel" game?? Me either!!). So yea, it was pretty cool.
So we will keep attending games at MSG, seeing famous people on the screen, and rising and shouting when something magical happens.
And, thank goodness, the cell reception in the building is good too, for all the non-magical moments.