Knicks fan blows $25,000 watching nightmare season — my feature for CNN World Sport

Hello all,

On Thursday, I had the pleasure of attending the annual London NBA game on press row. I got to meet one of my boyhood idols, Walt Frazier, for the first time since I was 8, and saw a bevy of celebs courtside (most of the Arsenal and Chelsea players, along with a ton of UK rappers who I’m happy to say I had never heard of).

More to the point, however, I interviewed unfortunate Knicks superfan Dennis Doyle for a CNN feature which filed today. Dennis is following the Knicks around to every single game in their historically putrid season. He’s a great guy, and clearly someone I could relate to, on the basketball barnstorming tip. Here’s the article:

Basketball fan blows $25,000 watching Knicks’ nightmare season

(CNN)The greatest sports franchises in the world all share one thing in common: superfans so passionate they will travel far and wide to watch their teams exult in victory.

Dennis Doyle has experienced all of the travel and exactly none of the joy.

When the 32-year-old New York Knicks lifer first drummed up the plan to follow his beloved NBA team at every stop — including London — for an entire season, he had no idea it would be a historic one.

Sadly for him, it was historic for all the wrong reasons.

“This is the worst basketball that I’ve seen this season,” says Doyle, while exiting the O2 Arena after the Knicks were blown out by the Milwaukee Bucks for their 16th loss in a row.

Doyle arrived in London (via Iceland) on Saturday to watch the Knicks as part of the NBA’s Global Games initiative.

“I was hoping they would win close to 40 games, sneak into the playoffs and see what could happen,” he says.

Instead, the Knicks are on course to have their worst season in franchise history with a 5 — 36 record at the halfway mark. The failure is extreme, even for a team that has battled a revolving door of personnel changes and off-court controversy for well over a decade.

Read the whole article here 


You’d be scowling like this too if you’re team was trailing by 20 in the second quarter….at nearly every game.

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