Most times when the Boston Celtics hit the city, I make it my duty to go see my favorite basketball team in person. During the last decade, securing a ticket to a Knicks game at Madison Square Garden was as cheap and easy as a Hunts Point hooker. That has now changed.

I went looking for a couple of tickets for last Wednesday’s Knicks-C’s tilt at MSG and the best I could find were blue seats for a hundred or a hundred and a quarter. That’s what I’d spend for two games plus a couple of hot dogs and a beverage. What the hell happen?  Winning and exciting basketball by the NY Knickerbockers is what’s happened.

Yesterday in NYC the talk around town was all Knicks, Knicks and Knicks. The last time I can remember the Knicks being this relevant I was fighting my wife for use of the blow dryer, quite a while ago.  It’s not just that the Knicks sucked or that they were run by a complete asshole or that owner was fucking clueless (sound familiar Mets fans?) the team was run so bad, the fan base gave up on them and if you are of a certain age and grew up in NYC in the 60’ and 70’s you know basketball was THE game .  Tickets to Knick games were scarce.  A night at a Knicks game and being welcomed by the voice of John F.X. Condon (Welcome to The World’s Most Famous Arena) was electric. All that was lost, but now it looks like it’s been found again.

I bring the Knicks up today because the Mets are where the basketball team was before new management took over. When Donnie Walsh of the Bronx came home to rescue the premier basketball franchise in the NBA, he inherited a total mess. Same as Sandy Alderson has with the Mets. The Knicks have been saddled with over priced players who couldn’t care less if they won or lost as long as Jim Dolan signed off on the payroll. Same as the Mets. The GM of the Knicks was a cluessless, sexual harassing douche bag. Just like what the Mets had. The Dolan family along with the board of directors of Cablevision, the parent company of MSG stepped in and told Jimmy Dolan stay the fuck out of the basketball business, just like it seems the Skill Sets family has told Jeffey.

First thing Donnie Walsh did was try to rid the organization of bad players and bad contracts. Walsh did something that most deemed impossible, he brought the Knicks payroll under the cap and out of luxury tax hell.  He then put together a staff from head coach to assistants to scouts then used the draft well and signed players of talent and character  like Amare Stodumire. Stodumire is THE face of the Knicks and after one month of playing for the team, he hated what he saw and called his team out in public:

    “I’m not sure if it’s the fact maybe a winning mentality has never been here. I’m just not used to it. I’m used to winning. I’m used to talking about winning and having that confidence toward winning. You just can’t have guys complacent and comfortable with losing.”   

“I don’t understand why we’re not playing with the urgency. I’m not used to that. We’re not playing like we’re on a four-game losing streak, now five. We don’t have that sense of urgency. It’s almost as if it doesn’t matter.”   


WHOA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Do they make one of these in a baseball player? If they do, Sandy Alderson needs to get us one.

Now that the Knicks are playing not only good basketball but exciting basketball and have a player in Stoudemire who has stepped up to lead on and off the court and has reached one name status in the city. AMARE. Because of this the ugly element of the NYC fan base has raised hi ugly head, The Band Waggoner.  You know who they are, the most clueless and insecure people this city has to offer.  You go to a party and in passing conversation you ask if they are a Mets fan or Yankee fan or Jets or Giants fan and they reply “I’m a New York Fan” which my ears interpret as “I’m an asshole”.  That’s when I excuse myself find my wife and tell her  “I’ll meet you in the car, 15 minutes A.I.S (ass in seat)”     

A splinter group of Mets fans are clamoring over Sandy Alderson not going out and throwing money at free agents. This group confesses to hate the NY Highlanders and all they stand for but they want the Mets to copy their plan. Why they don’t just grow some balls and move their allegiance to the Bronx Bastards, is a question you’d have to ask them. This group doesn’t get it that the Mets did make a big free agent signing this winter, they signed Alderson, J.P. Riccarrdi and Paul DePodesta to go out and bring this franchise back to its rightful place of prominence in NY sports.

Don’t take this as me saying Alderson will part Flushing Bay or will put his hand on Ollie Perez’ left shoulder and turn him into Sandy Koufax, all I’m saying is he has run organizations before and he has been very successful, so let’s give his way a chance before you scream and yell about not buying tickets or Mets merchandise. If that’s the way you want to roll that’s fine but remember I know who you are, you’re the same the person walking around the city in that brand spanking new Knicks jacket and hat and the big foam KNICKS #1 on your finger.  How do you people live with yourselves? You disgust me.

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Before we talk Mets I have to give a shout of congratulations to the UCONN Women’s Basketball Team for last night win over Stanford in the NCAA Women’s Basketball Finals. The Lady Huskies  scored an all time low 12 points in the first half of this game but came out of the locker room on fire to the tune of a 32-9 run. For UCONN Lady Huskies it was their 7th NCAA title, 78th straightwin and finished the first back to back undefeated season since John Wooden’s UCLA teams. If new soon to be Brooklyn Nets owner, Mikhail Prokhorov wants to make a big coaching hire he should look at Geno Auriemma.

Mike Silva of NYBD writes about David Wright and his burden as spokesman for the Mets. Silva talks of how Wright has to deal with the responsibility of dealing with media queries night after night. As I wrote in the comments section of his site, I would rather deal with the NY media than Little League parents any day. Wright is a big boy who has been in this town long enough to know that winning brings relief of serious media interrogation.  The only way you get the media and fan base off your back is to win. Do you think Derek Jeter could ever get away with his stick up his ass attitude if he didn’t have five World Series Rings?  No way!

I hope the Mets PO-PO is right that the Mets will ditch the black next season. Hell, why wait until next year, which by the way will be the 50th Anniversary of the team existence, DUMP THE BLACK NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Especially those nasty two toned black and blue hats, I skeeve that awful head wear.

According to MLB the New York Mets have the highest number of foreign born players with 18 of the 25 players on the opening day roster born somewhere other than the USA. I mention this because it has come up on my Google Reader in about 50 different articles. For someone born and raised in NYC it gives me a good laugh. On the block where I live you have myself; born to Irish immigrants and my wife whose maternal grand parents come from Italy and here paternal grandparents come for Poland. My next door neighbors are from Albania. My neighbor’s right across the street from me are from India, the family next to them are from China, and then there are Mexicans, Koreans and Russians at the end of the block so it tells me that the Mets are a real New York team.

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What are the odds that the weather on opening day at $iti Field will be as fabulous as this past weekends? My son was ready to pack away his North Face jacket until next winter until I reminded him that we have tickets for opening day. The vast majority of opening days in Flushing were celebrated in frigid conditions although once every five or six years or so we’ve enjoy excellent spring weather. In fact I remember being at Shea for an opening day where it was down right hot, like mid 80’s hot, I’m thinking late 90’s it was. Oh well, two weeks to go before opening day and I don’t know about you but I’ve hit the spring training wall.

So let’s spin the Wheel of Minutia and see where it lands:

I was in midtown Manhattan most of the day on Saturday and while enjoying the sun and warm temps I stopped off at the NBA Store. While fighting the crowds of European Invaders (a/k/a tourists) I spotted this shirt and just could not resist buying it. I almost feel Highlander-like wearing this pretentious piece of 100 % cotton.

You know what’s wrong with this country (nope, I’m not going where you think I’m going)? There is more coverage over Tiger Woods banging porn stars and coming back to play in The Masters than the historic story being played out by the UCONN Women’s Basketball Team, who yesterday won their 73 Game in a row. I read the game story this morning in the NY Daily News in a two inch space on page 64. Jerry Bossert’s Kentucky Derby Rankings received about three inches on the top of the page and the results from some hayseed racetrack in East Cousinfuck received the rest of the page space. On the opposite page (65) there is an ad for a super sex drug that will have you tapping tail like Tiger. Some of the tag lines in the add are “will enhance your entire experience from beginning to toe curling end “ also it “reduces recovery time for your encore performance” ENCORE PERFORMANCE??????????? And the piece de resistance “Explosive results you’ll both enjoy” WHOA, is that a Roman Candle in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me”  

How can you not root for Nelly Figs? With him being regulated to “B” game status his days as a Met look short, so he has his sights set on Japan if he can’t hook up with a big league team.

It looks like Mike Jacobs will make the team as the25th man. If you think he should be the everyday first baseman, you’re out of your mind. In reading this great post by Patrick J Flood, he mentions the infield of Jacobs, Castillo and Cora in a recent spring training game. If that trio plays together in a regular season game, I’ll place Jerry Manuel under citizen’s arrest.

By the way Daniel Murphy, you are making my spring very difficult.

Like Lisa Swan, I’m watching The Apprentice for the sole fact that Darryl Strawberry is a contestant (by the way Brett Michaels your balls called and would like you to take them back.  Rock Star my ass! ) Last night the task for the two teams was to sell Kodak products. My first question was, who the fuck uses Kodak cameras any more? I thought the days if the Instamatic with that ice cube flash were over? Anyway, the team that Straw is on decided to use the celebrities to pose for pictures with New Yorkers, now I know they filmed this like last spring/summer how come this wasn’t publicized any place or a release given to bloggers to promote it? What a dumb ass you are Mr. Trump. Any way (part II, ) guess which uni top Strawberry wore for his picture taking? That’s right a snow white METS jersey with 18 STRAWBERRY !!!!!!! Kiss our ass Highlander fans! STRAW IS OURS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

If Woody Johnson isn’t careful, John Mara may place him under the Meadowlands next to Jimmy Hoffa. Mara wants the Super Bowl badly and it looks like the Meadowlands will get it unless Woody keeps bitching and moaning about the G-Men wining the imaginary coin toss to play the first game at the new Giants Stadium. Woody you asshat, you should have built your own place on Long Island, the Meadowlands is still belongs to the Giants then, now and forever.

Mike Tyson is beginning filming of a new realty show for the Animal Planet channel in Brooklyn about racing pigeons. Growing up in Brooklyn, people with pigeon coops on the roofs of apartment houses were as common as clotheslines. It was fascinating watching trainers use a broom stick with an old white sheet attached to it and having the pigeons fly in the direction the trainer pointed to, in unison.  It seems PETA has a problem with the show and the racing of pigeons and are planning a protest. It’s one thing to throw paint on some over Botox-ed hags in fur coats on the Upper East Side but the PETA zealots should take my advise and don’t fuck with Brooklyn and it’s pigeons.

That’s right I have Cornell in the Sweet Sixteen in my brackets as Bill Raftery says “ONIONS!!!!!!” Also this website is PURE GOLD!!!! RISE AND FIRE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

How wrong was I about John Torterella? What a failure, but not as big a failure as the Late Slats Sather. The Rangers performance yesterday in Boston was a disgrace. The worst part of the Rangers playing uninspired hockey and tanking down the stretch, is that  odds are the Late Slats Sather will not be relieved of his duties. Ranger fans can only hope that the Late Slats Sather has an ounce of humility in his rigor mortis body and retires from running the Rangers. By the way Don Maloney’s Phoenix Coyotes are tied with the Blackhawks for first overall in the Western Conference. The same Coyotes who were bankrupt and looked to be headed back to Winipeg or Hamilton Ontario. If that’s not enough to make you cry, the team with the best record in the NHL, the Washington Captials is run by former Ranger George McPhee. Pass the Kleenex.

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Sorry for the late post but I’m as busy as a trauma nurse in the Kings County ER on a Saturday night as I try to get a ton of work done so I can get out the office as tonight in big night on Staten Island as my 9 yr old daughters 4th grade CYO basketball team plays in the championship game tonight. If they win it will be back to back titles as they were the 3rd grade girls champs last year. I hope Gino Auremma and Pat Summit show up tonight looking for to get commitments from the girls.

And how can you mend a broken heart?
How can you stop the rain from falling down?
How can you stop the sun from shining?
What makes the world go round?
How can you mend a this broken man?
How can a loser ever win?
Please help me mend my broken heart and let me live again.

The more I keep trying to convince myself that it’s ok that Manny is not a Met the more I torture myself. I know I said I was on board with the decision the Mets made not to sign him but them why is when I watch his presser, I hate rate jumps and I get jumpy like I just drank 5 Manhattan Specials? All I keep think is if Manny was n the Mets lineup I could be the 5th starter and the team would still win.

So now Alex Rodriguez needs surgery on his hip that will keep him out 10 weeks so wouldn’t it be nice if Captain Craptastic invited Rodriguez to stay with him while he recuperates? Kind of like a Oscar Madison Felix Unger scenario

Here is your 5th starter kids.

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