Losing builds a loser’s mentality in a fan. Fans of losing teams start doing things that losers do, like root for another team’s failure over their own team’s success, or overreact to an upset victory while the other team’s fans roll their eyes and remember the big picture. Mets fans like me understand this process pretty well.
As a Knicks fan, I want it to stop. Last year was about winning any old game wherever they could get one; this year is about embarrassing the Nets and their goofball owner, and next year, if all goes well, is about never caring about the Nets again. May this be the last year we have to celebrate a win over our “rivals” with anything more than a straightening of the tie and a clearing of the throat.
I guess this seems like a little more vitriol than a team that’s supposedly beneath us may deserve. Fair enough, but that’s because of how far we’d fallen. This team is legit now, and by winter 2012 we may find ourselves in the unfamiliar position of watching the Knicks cruise to victory against inferior opposition. If and when we get there, it will be because the Knicks had a successful 2011-12 season, and because they pounded on teams like the Nets.
Oh, and speaking of winter 2012, that’s when the Nets figure to move into their billion-dollar Brooklyn digs and officially challenge the Knicks for New York hoops supremacy. I don’t know how many Travis Outlaws and Johan Petros they plan to sign between now and then, but I’m guessing it won’t be enough to topple the Knicks; still, four wins over New Jersey (or as many as the lockout will allow) would be a nice way to welcome these jokers to our fair city.
So enjoy the attention, New Jersey Nets. I may have a lot of hate for you now, but it’ll soon turn to apathy.