It’s time to take a break from watching, listening, or reading any news related to New York Sports, until at least a few days after the Knicks are eliminated from the playoffs. This includes ESPN, New York Post, New York Newsday, and New York Daily News (although I never read this newspaper anyway). This also include Colin Cowherd and Doug Gotlieb, who predominately do sports radio, but does not include removing them from my Twitter feed, at least not yet. I’d also like to give up on TNT broadcasts of Knicks games, but can’t fathom watching a game without sound. I’m going to limit my news intake to the following sources: CNN and CNET (and other tech sites).
Why such a harsh stance, you ask?
Well, it’s a revelation I just came to earlier today. It’s taking an opinion I had regarding computers to the sports media world. I sort of get it now… I think.
In the past I’ve attempted to explain to friends why Apple computers are more secure than Windows computers. A lot of it has nothing to do with the operating system itself. It really just comes down to simple numbers. To do the most damage go after computers with the largest install base, Windows. Taking this same argument to the sports media world has the same affect. To infuriate the most fans go after teams with the largest fan base, predominately New York area teams.
A lot of this frustration culminated last night while watching the TNT broadcast of the Knicks game. This whole concept of having former players as analysts has to stop, because they’re really no good at it and bring very little to the table. Here’s a few snippets from last night:
I can not root for that team! – Kenny Smith speaking of the Knicks.
I must have missed the part where analysts started rooting for or against specific teams. It’s an embarrassment to your field when you make these types of statements. Even worse, he said multiple times.
“That was a vet (veteran) move” – one of the in-game announcers.
When Garnet injures a player (Carmelo) by pulling / holding his arm, that does not qualify as a veteran move. That, along with the countless moving picks, just goes to show the Celtics can’t actually keep up with he Knicks without stretching the rules of the game and getting a little help from the men with whistles. Really, the only way the Celtics keep up with the Knicks is by yucking up the game of basketball. It’s sad really. The same can be said about the Bulls without Derek Rose.
Those analyst comments don’t even take into account Charles Barkley, who might be the least interesting man in the world. His analysis is much like his golf swing. If you haven’t seen his golf swing, search for it on YouTube. Although, I have this idea he’s a closet Knicks fanatic, because he’s always “kicking them in the shins” like a 7-year old.
I bet there are a lot of people that are a glutton for punishment and, until today, I was one of those people. But it’s time to take a step back from the madness… at least for a little while.