Neil Best leaves no stone unturned in the world of sports media.
Joe Walsh, Walt Frazier, Mike Richter, Stan Fischler
Many media and athletic luminaries were on hand. To shield those with weak stomachs from my nauseating name-dropping, I hid the list; click below to read it if you dare.
A photographer took a picture of me when I was talking to Boomer Esiason and Kenny Albert. If it turns up on the Internet, it will give ammunition to those who believe I am a Ca-Boom apologist. Whatever.
At least no one took a picture of me glassy-eyed, holding a cocktail, with busty co-eds draped over me. As far as I know.
The highlight was a private concert from Joe Walsh about an hour before he was scheduled to take the Garden stage with the Eagles.
Among his offerings was an unusual rendition of "Take Me Out to the Ball Game," then an amusing history of the song "Life's Been Good," with narration between verses. He also talked about spending three weeks one night with Keith Moon of The Who.
The most interesting tidbit I heard was that the average Knicks fan has a net worth of more than $2 million. Yikes! I assume they meant season ticket holders.
Unlike most upfronts, there was little discussion of upcoming programming, except for a new show this summer featuring an American Idol-style competition for subway musicians. No, really.The Rockettes, Walt Frazier, Tina Cervasio, Deb Placey, Bill Guerin, Mike Sillinger, David Lee, Stan Fischler, Mike Richter, Boomer Esiason, Kenny Albert, John Starks, Henrik Lundqvist, Kym Hampton, Mike Crispino, Steve Cangelosi, Allan Houston, Steve Mills, Jozy Altidore, Jason Horowitz, me.