It’s the middle of August, which means we are over 70 days away from the start of the season and six weeks away from the beginning training camp.
That also means New York Knicks’ news is pretty dull at this point, unless of course you find Melo’s weight loss and the Knicks 2014-15 schedule scintillating topics. However, its arid times like this on the Knicks calendar year that gives us a chance to think about some of the more frivolous topics that Knick fans will still find a way to debate with.
Last year one of the more intriguing stories to emerge was the meticulous operation behind the famous “Celebrity Row” at Knick games. That got me thinking of how exactly the Garden ranked celebrities. I’m sure there is all sorts of hysterical criteria behind it like who has things to plug and so forth but I’m basing my rankings exclusively to fandom and who doesn’t annoy me.
10. Edie Falco
A New York native, Falco’s always been a familiar site at the Garden. Back in 2010 when the Knicks made their ill-fated pitch to LeBron, Falco was even featured with fellow “Sopranos” star James Gandolfini in a recruiting video that was perhaps their last on screen role together. Of course we know that video didn’t work but you have to give her credit for trying to help support the cause. She also gets major fan cred for attending as many games as she does, even against the crappy teams, which many big name celebrities skip.
9. Whoopi Goldberg
Goldberg is the other “Eddie” on the list and is another Garden regular. Every true Knick fan has seen the 1996 comedy “Eddie” and probably rates it much higher than its current Rotten Tomatoes score of 15%. We see Whoopi at a lot of games but it’s her role as Coach Eddie Franklin that will always keep her in Knick fan lore. Not-so-fun Fact: The MSG in the film was actually filmed at Charlotte Coliseum.
8. Steve Schirripa
I don’t know a lot about Schrippa other than him playing “Bobby Bacala” in the Sopranos, but I do know that he’s probably attended more Knick games at the Garden than even Spike Lee these past few years. Other than always filling in to cover Jill Martin’s “NY Minute” halftime segment, he’s also been a big supporter of MSG’s “Garden of Dreams Foundation” efforts- something more meaningful than arguably any other celebrities’ work with the team.