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A True Warrior! April 7, 2008

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It’s not what it used to be. The pride, the winning. The players who stepped onto the court at the world’s most famous arena, Madison Square Garden, and left it on the court each and every game.

Heading those players was one of the 50 greatest players of all time, an 11 time all star, a rookie of the year, 2 time Olympic Gold Medal winner and now can be called, an NBA Hall Of Famer.

Patrick Ewing!

Congratulations to you Patrick Ewing for making us fans proud!

Meeting Patrick. April 7, 2008

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I’ll never forget when Patrick came into an electronic store that I worked in. It was late fall, right before the 97-98 season. Patrick frequent the store, as did many players from basketball to hockey that played for the tri-state area teams. He had one salesman that he did all of his business with and this salesman knew how big of a fan I was (still am) of the Knicks.

I worked in the stockroom so I didn’t not see him com in but the salesman came to the back and told me, “Pat is here!”. Of course I knew who he was talking about right away. I strolled out from the back with the salesman, trying not to look like a crazed fan. We walked up to Patrick who was by then, surrounded by other salesmen and customers asking him questions and trying to get anything they could find autographed by him. As many of you already know, Patrick does not sign autographs and as I was introduced to him by the salesman, I found out about his no-autograph policy the hard way. “I don’t sign autographs” Patrick replied to me. I told him it was cool and it was good enough just meeting you. Patrick continued to shop and I walked away with this grin on my face.. I couldn’t go back to the stockroom so I stood at the door with the store security guard and another stock employee, watching Ewing, and in awe at how tall this guy was.

Suddenly the salesman that was helping Ewing, looked at us and waved me over. I walked (or ran) over and Patrick leaned over and said to me, “If you help me to my car, I’ll sign something for you”. I said ok, and waited at the door.. Thinking he would have bags and bags of stuff, Patrick and the salesman walked to the door where I was standing with only 1 bag. I grabbed it and Patrick and I walked out the door, talking like 2 old buddies. He was telling me about how he hoped what he brought was the right camera and how the salesman really helped him out like he always does when he comes to this store.

We talked about the upcoming season and how excited he was to get it going (Patrick only played in 26 games due to injuries). As he got into his car he asked me if I had something for him to sign. I didn’t even give that a thought and he actually laughed at me when I said I didn’t. I reached into my pocket and for some I had a business card from one of the salesmen so Patrick signed the back of that. He gave me the peace sign and he drove off.

Patrick Ewing is my favorite New York Knick player (with John Starks coming in a close second) so it was an honor to meet him in person. My only regret in meeting him was that I did not go into my store locker room where I always kept one of those NY Knick hats, you know the ones they give out on “Free Knick Cap Nights” at Madison Square Garden, and have him autograph that instead of having him sign a business card. It definitely would’ve been a collectors item for the simple fact that he does not sign stuff.

Anyway, that was my “Meeting Patrick Ewing” story that I’ll never forget. Thanks Pat!

Ewing & Signs Of Spring! February 16, 2008

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I would like to say congratulations and to Patrick Ewing for being selected as a finalist for the Hall Of Fame. Good Luck!

I’ve come to the point where I refuse to talk about the Knicks anymore on this blog. Until they have a new coach (and some willingness to play defense). I truly hope the Knick organization will get it together soon because us fans deserve better!

Let’s look at the bright side though…

Spring is just a few weeks away and pitchers and catchers reported to camp this week. Position players report next week. HOORAY FOR BASEBALL!!