THE BACKLOG: A BASN BLACK PAPER – PART IV...
New York, New York: Big City of Dreams
New York, New York
Big city of dreams
Everything in New York
Ain’t all what it seems
You might get fooled
If you come from out of town.
But I’m down by law and I know my way around.-Grandmaster Flash
With the New York Knicks struggling, Raymond Felton arrested for pulling a gun on his wife, Jeremy Lin in Houston, Tim Tebow out of the league, and the fear of Carmelo Anthony crossing the Brooklyn bridge, the Knickerbockers called the Zen Master Phil Jackson to restore order in the basketball MECCA.
But, despite Phil Jackson’s crippling “Welcome Back Carter” return to the rotten apple, with Broadway Joe on the sideline rocking a full length fur coat, the New York Jets released CB Antonio Crometerie as well as WR Antonio Holmes last week, while keeping head coach Rex Ryan and back-up QB Mark Sanchez before signing former Broncos (WR) Eric Decker to be a member of the Not-Yet Jets.
Yes, in the city that is constantly changing, where NY-based rappers have lost their grip on Hip-Hop music, gentrification is turning Harlem into an extension of the ”Upper East Side”, Saturday Night Live introduced its first Black female cast member in six years, Jimmy Fallon brought THE TOnight Show back, and Jason Collins quietly yet some say “heroically” became the first openly gay player in the history of the NBA, when he was given a contract extension to play basketball for the Brooklyn Nets.
Strangely, however, while Jason Collins was receiving a standing ovation for his poor play, many have shamefully forgotten Derek Jeter’s truly historic retirement as well as Alex Rodgriuez’s 211 games suspension in connection with baseball’s Biogensis investigation being reduced to 162 games.
Unfortunately, this new generation of city dwellers have short memories, especially with all of these intertwining headlines.
But, with all of this human-trafficking and trading of human flesh, which occurs in the Empire State, especially with the up-and-coming 79th annual NFL draft on May 8-10 at Radio City Music Hall, the NY Giants shipped former G-man, free agent DE Justin Tuck, a winner of two Super Bowl rings, to the silver and black to play for the dysfunctional Oakland Raiders, who signed the former third round pick in 2005 to a two-year, $11 million deal.
With Tuck out of the Big Apple, Michael Strahan elected to the NFL Hall of Fame, despite Warren Sapp’s disapproval of course, many wonder whether Eli Manning can win another Super Bowl before the Knicks win a Championship, the Yankees win another World Series and the Mets and Jets simple make the playoffs.
So, keep reading the newspapers, which are equivalent to a wet-piece of toilet paper these days, because the headlines will constantly change day to day, especially in New York City.
Because, everyone knows that they are eight million stories in the naked city.
Plus, the Knicks have won six straight.
Eric D.Graham, a graduate of Winston-Salem State University, where he received a B.A. in Mass Communication with a concentration in Radio and Television, with a minor in History, with an emphasis in African-American Studies, is currently the Managing Editor of Black Athlete Sports Network, where his articles appear daily along with his controversial cartoon character Bobbee Bee “The Hater.” Graham can be reached at email@example.com or go to www.bobbeethehater.blogspot.com