Finally! Knicks' overdue title party is a fitting highlight

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The Knicks apparently finally managed to organize a celebration of the most famous team in franchise history on Friday and designated the game on March 21 with the Warriors as an official commemoration of the 1969-70 team that won the first Knicks championship and the winner is.

A source told Post's Marc Berman that the schedule took so long because the Knicks wanted to find an appointment that was most convenient for most of the surviving members of this team (although two months ago, two members of this team said they were surprised Berman that they hadn't heard anything from the organization about a planned ceremony.

Of course, these meetings are only partially for the teams themselves. It is the fans who bathe most of the reflective splendor. Two years ago, on October 14th, when the Jets were playing (no coincidence), Jets fans were sure to see the final official reunion of the 1968 AFL Champions (who won the Super Bowl III in January 1969). the Colts – the same team they beat for the championship in the Orange Bowl almost 50 years ago.

The fans filled the MetLife stadium that day, the jets hit the Colts (a beam of light in an otherwise desperate season) and the place roared when Joe Namath stood in front of a microphone and said, “Fifty years is enough time! Fifty-one, 52? You should make it over the next few years. "

The Mets?

The Mets do a lot wrong when it comes to honoring their story, but they will never – as always – miss the chance to host an anniversary celebration for one of their signature teams: 1969, 1973, 1986, 2000. Part of it is the fact that the players themselves enjoy each other – and their memories – so much. A number of 69 mets spent much of last season on a virtual rock star tour – particularly Ron Swoboda, Art Shamsky, Ed Kranepool and Cleon Jones.

But the Mets also held a gala weekend last June to deliver a public greeting to the 69 Miracle Boys. Care was taken to invite the family of coach Gus Mauch (which could offset the exclusion of members of this team who were considered dead). It was crane pool that delivered the Valedictory at that time and addressed the fighting members of the team from 2019.

"You can do it like we did – you have to believe in yourself," Kranepool said from a microphone near the pitcher hill. "Good luck. You have half a season. I wish you all the best so that we can celebrate in October."

The 19 Mets could not replicate their 69 ancestors, but after that night they went between 49 and 29, proof that the 69 team always seems to have Pixie Dust.

So far, the reunification of the Knicks from 1969-70 has been largely the obsession of small groups of loyal fans – especially the Twitter handle @ 196970NYKThis is a thorough daily billing this season (and your time and follow-up is worth it).

Look, we can look at this cynically and think about a number of things: Despite their records, the Knicks have no problem selling most tickets most evenings, so there was no need to push these reunions inevitably for one night attract. This team of 70s was celebrated more than any other team in New York history, both for anniversaries and whenever a number went wrong (all five members of the first five have withdrawn their digits, in addition to Red Holzman) , who has a banner honoring his 613 trainer victories). And of course there is the fact that the Knicks are generally as deaf as we've ever seen in New York sports.

Or we can believe the company line: It took a while to find the right date.

Either way, in a city-wide golden celebration that lasted well over a year and a half, we will have one last night to remember our sports city as it once was in all its glory, from the fall of 1968 to 1968 ruled spring 1970. It was a fun track and brought back a lot of funny memories, and March 21st will be a fitting highlight.

And now it's obsessed with collecting new ones one day. Someday.

Vac's Whacks

Two books to get your hands on, one immediately and one as soon as possible: the 40th anniversary edition of Wayne Coffey's classic "The Boys of Winter" and Jay Horwitz & # 39; early classic memory of his 40 years with the Mets with the title (of course!) "Mr. Met ”(with a foreword by Jacob deGrom).

Not a broken record, but there were five games in the MAAC on Friday night that were decided with one, one, two, three and four points … and that four-pointer was a Monmouth overtime win over Marist.

It's rare that a film can surprise you these days, but I was surprised in every way how much I enjoyed Standing Up Falling Down.

When I think of Astro's owner Jim Crane, I immediately think of Gordon Gekko's immortal words: "A fool and his money are lucky enough to get together at all."

Whack Back at Vac

Bill Guterding: I'm glad to know that I'm in good hands with Carrie Mathison and Saul Berenson (from "Homeland") and these amazing, up-and-coming New York Rangers.
Vac: I'm not sure which upswing is more surprising, to be honest.

Alex Burton: Pacers' Jeremy Lamb was falling flat on the floor while guarding RJ Barrett for the last 30 seconds of the Knicks game. So the lamb is on Broadway. Thank you very much. Try the veal.
Vac: Who says the Knicks are no longer observable?

@Ucfdk: It's hard to describe the USA-USSR Olympic hockey game and this team to people. I told my teenage daughters about it and I'm constipated. It was so much more than a hockey game.
@ MikeVacc: I once had the opportunity to say Al Michaels: "I saw the last minute of the game 700 times and kept asking myself if I would never get chills." It was pretty clear that he had heard it a time or two.

Frank Giordano: The NFL has the best playoff format in all sports. Why should you mess with it?
Vac: I have fewer problems with one or two additional playoff teams (there will be a couple of 8-8 teams that sneak in, but there is almost never a wildcard that comes in at 7-9) since I have a 17. make a game that would absolutely destroy what is currently the only sport with a graded planning format.