The Knicks ruined Carmelo Anthony’s return to Madison Square Garden Saturday night as they defeated his current team, the Oklahoma City Thunder, 111-96. In a classy move, the Knicks presented a video tribute to Carmelo before the game and fans gave him a standing ovation. Of course, once the game began Melo was treated like any other opponent, and that is how it should be.
The game was broadcast nationally on TNT not just because of the “Carmelo comes back” storyline but also because of the Thunder’s two other star players, Paul George and Russell Westbrook. The player who outshone all of them, however, was Knicks forward Michael Beasley who scored 30 points and made Knicks fans forget about the injured Kristaps Porzingis and Tim Hardaway, Jr. for one night anyway.
Beasley has never lived up to the hype of being the second player chosen in the 2008 NBA Draft. He has bounced from team to team, but he may be a rare case of an NBA late bloomer.
The Jets’ 31-19 loss to the New Orleans Saints was expected. The Saints have vastly superior talent even if the Jets had the services of QB Josh McCown who is out for the rest of the season with a broken hand.
Jets backup QB Bryce Petty showed that he could throw the ball down the field, but as former QB Ray Lucas pointed out on the Jets’ SNY postgame show, Petty was tentative, and that resulted in either knocked down or incomplete passes.
It’s tough for a backup QB who has been on the bench for most of the last two seasons to develop perfect timing right away. This coming Sunday’s game with the LA Chargers will be Petty’s third straight start, and my guess is if he does not look sharper then he will not be in the team’s 2018 plans.
One longtime Jet who is certain not to return in 2018 is defensive tackle Mo Wilkerson who was prohibited from traveling with the team to New Orleans because he was late for a team meeting. Two weeks earlier Jets head coach Todd Bowles benched Wilkerson for the first quarter in their game with the Chiefs for the same infraction.
Former Yankees catcher Jorge Posada and his wife Laura have worked tirelessly over the last three months to do anything in their power to help people in their native Puerto Rico recover from the devastation of Hurricane Maria. Last week they teamed up with Wicked Cool Toys as the suburban Philadelphia manufacturing company donated 10,000 toys to be distributed to kids on that American island commonwealth through the Posadas’ Puerto Rico relief foundation.
Food growers around the United States gathered at the Javits Center last Wednesday for the annual New York Produce Show. One of the exhibitors was Jamaica-based Farmland Dairies which was offering samples of that perennial holiday favorite, eggnog.
The holiday season means that Thomas’s cranberry English muffins and bagels are available. I am not sure why the company does not bake them all year long.
Winter means that the demand for soup is increased. Campbell’s is reaching out to those of us who are either too busy or lazy to do anything but stick something in a microwave oven with their new meat-filled Chunky Maxx soups which come in a ready-to-serve container. For those who don’t mind heating soup on a stove, Campbell’s new YES! line of soups contains various combinations of healthy vegetables such as tomatoes, quinoa, kale, lentils, and red beans.
Krazy Glue had a one-day pop-up store in Greenwich Village as a way of reminding consumers that it can help if they get gifts that require assembly or hanging. The company showed how by using just a few drops of Krazy Glue to a ceiling medallion one can keep items of up to 1,000 lbs. Suspended in the air.
Companies are coming up with apps for smartphones and tablets for almost every conceivable purpose. A company called Velocity Black has an app that will be able to get you reservations in exclusive restaurants or hard-to-get tickets for shows and concerts. It is not aiming for the average Joe as it costs $2,400 to get this high-end concierge service.
Likewise, KLM Airlines is working with Google Home on an application where it helps you pack your bags by giving both weather information, and various do’s and don’ts. At least this one is free.
Stanley Bing has long been one of my writers. I always enjoyed his monthly Esquire Magazine column in which he satirized workplace culture long before anyone ever saw a “Dilbert” cartoon. He would write about such things as where to stand and not stand during an office party if you wanted to move up in a company. It was humorous, but there was more than a grain of truth to what he wrote.
He has written several fiction and nonfiction books over the years, and his latest, “Immortal Life” (Simon & Schuster) falls into the fiction field but given the way technology works it may not be considered fiction in a few years.
Bing’s protagonist is Arthur Vogel, a captain of industry who has purchased eternal life. The gimmick is that he is able to transfer his brain and soul to a younger host body. The problem becomes when the new body doesn’t quite accept Arthur’s old way of life. This is an intriguing read.