NEW YORK CITY – Noon in what is often called “the greatest city in the world.” There is a game at Madison Square Garden. Even after decades, it never grows old. There is always an excitement around a Garden game.
The history, tradition, sights, sounds, and even the aroma of grilled hot dogs. Walking out onto the floor level area and looking up to see the Knick and Ranger banners in regal splendor. And don’t forget the one for Lou Carnesecca.
Pitt guard Tray Woodall called the Garden, the “Mecca of basketball.” He is not the first, nor will he be the last to pay tribute with these words. Woodall was not just living in the moment of a game high 25 points in his team’s win over St. John’s. A product of prep power St. Anthony’s just across the river, Woodall knew of the significance of playing here even before he donned a Pitt uniform.
For St. John’s, optimism of playing almost even for a half soon gave way. The final twenty minutes saw Pitt impose its will to post a 63-47 decision. Disappointment for St. John’s faithful. Still, there was the positive of taking in and being a part of, on this Sunday afternoon, the Garden experience.
Outside Madison Square Garden shortly before game time:
The first thing a player, coach, or media member sees when walking through the tunnel onto the Garden floor:
Madison Square Garden takes pride in honoring those who excel in areas beyond the court:
Travon Woodall of Pitt discussing the Panthers' performance:
Ray with Keriee, a Knicks City Dancer who was on the St. John's dance team last season, and was on hand to cheer her former teammates on:
After the St. John's game, Madison Square Garden gets ready for the New York Knicks: