This week The Post takes a new look at the “best of” New York’s sporting history – an area that is equally worthy of debate, but it has never been debated endlessly. Today’s edition: the best arena or stadium in New York City.
You can be a basketball star or hockey player from New York anywhere, or basketball player or hockey player or coach, or boxer, or announcer or announcer. Or you can be anyone who dreams of coming in and going on to the biggest and brightest stage of all:
The Most Famous Arena in the World.
Over the past 52 years on Penn Station, and on Eighth Avenue between 49th and 50th Street for the previous 43 years.
“I can conclude with what Frank Sinatra said to me,” legendary Park photographer George Kalinsky told The Post. “He said, ‘There is no arena or stadium in the world that has the aura of Madison Square Garden.'”
Kalinsky recalled Sinatra, who dreamed of becoming a world heavyweight champion, telling her how pleased she was because Howard Cosell introduced her as a “World Heavy Singer” at the 1974 concert called “The Main Event.”
Kalinsky also photographed Elton John and John Lennon when they performed together in the Garden, and Elvis, and Mark Messier happily holding the Stanley Cup to heaven, and Muhammad Ali, and Willis Reed hobbled out to the heart forever New York, and Peggy Fleming to a special show about NBC, and of course Pope John Paul II held the 6-year-old Geralyn Smith by shin above Popemobile in 1979.
“There is greatness to it,” Marv Albert told The Post, “whatever the event. There is history and charm that no other building has.”
Marvelous Marv remembers his ears appearing on the night the Knicks won their first championship. “To this day,” he said, “I’ve never heard a crowd so loud.”
Albert, born in Brooklyn, was asked to provide a report on “Fight of the Century” – Ali-Frazier I – for WNBC radio. Kalinsky has trained Sinatra for her photography assignments for Life Magazine. “Ali’s entrance, and walking into the ring,” said Albert, “it is a moment that I will not forget.”
Jeff Van Gundy spent 13 seasons on the Knicks bench as an assistant or as a head coach.
“The tunnel,” he told The Post. “I think the tunnel represents history, and all the extraordinary events that have happened there. Second, it was a great time – the return of Willis, the Stanley Cup championship when I was there, to see Mike Keenan fly in the corridor before our match when they marched on motorbikes in the Park, right in the hallway … the [Patrick] Ewing tip-dunk to put us on  Final … four-point drama Larry Johnson.
“And then the thing I like most about training there in particular is the passion from the fan base. It was a great help for the coaching staff where you could win seven, eight in a row at that time, and if you go out and play in the first quarter that is not excited, they will tell you. So you don’t have to be the one who always tries to encourage the team. “
Van Gundy remembers how electricity can rattle in the Park.
“I have to say the four-point game is Larry Johnson, and Pat Riley is back [as Heat coach]”For a far different reason,” he said. “Both of them evoke this extraordinary intensity.”
For a decade, Adam Graves enjoyed the warmth of the extraordinary intensity of the Blue Seaters who worship at the Rangers altar.
“The first time I stepped into the Ice Park, the brightness of the light and energy of the building was extraordinary,” Graves said. “It’s hard to put into words. It’s a special feeling. I quickly realized how special I was as a Ranger who called the Madison Square Garden home.”
The Garden rocked during the heyday of the Big East Conference – when Ewing and Chris Mullin and Pearl Washington and Eddie Pinckney played and Lou Carnesecca and Big John Thompson and Rollie Massimino and Jim Boeheim and Jim Calhoun trained.
“When you step into court at MSG, you step into the biggest arena in the largest city in the world,” Carnesecca said.
“There were so many great moments for me, from the first time I practiced there in 1950 to my first Eastern Great Championship in 1982 – my Sweater and Retirement banners went up to Garden Rafters in 2001.
“It’s an honor to take the same court with so many great coaches like Joe Lapchick, Clair Bee, Nat Holman and Frank McGuire.”
You can be a wide-eyed ring broadcaster when Roberto Duran gets ready to talk about Davey Moore for the junior welterweight title.
“There I was in the Holy Land, Park, where some of the biggest fights in boxing history took place … in the same ring that Ali and Frazier faced each other twice, along with so many other sports legends,” Michael Buffer told The Post . “I thought I had died and gone to heaven. I did not know, or even dared to dream, that for the next four decades I experienced that more thrilling.”
You can become a respected Duke Mike Krzyzewski legend after defeating St John for his 1,000th victory.
“This,” Coach K said, “is a palace.”
The New York Palace sports theater, where Michael and Kobe always give command shows.
Absence of Ronaldo, favorite song and game with Morocco. Gonzalo Ramos sums up a (beautiful) night he never dreamed of
Goncalo Ramos’ debut as a starter at the World Cup saw him score three goals and have a great night. Although there was talk before the game about the absence of CR7 in the starting lineup, the Benfica player said that it was different in the dressing room: “Honestly, in our dressing room, no one talked about it. Cristiano as our captain did what he does in every game. He helped us, motivated us and gave me a word of encouragement both for himself and for everyone else.”
After explaining at a press conference that he only had time to call his parents and best friends, Gonçalo Ramos turned to the next game, in which Portugal would “come out with everything”. “The game against Morocco will start 0-0. Today’s score doesn’t matter anymore.”
When asked about today’s performance, the Benfica player said that even in his wildest dreams he never thought of making his debut in the starting lineup in the World Cup playoffs with a hat-trick. “In relation to exemplary players, Ronaldo is an idol for many. I also like Lewandowski and Ibrahimovic.”
In a more relaxed moment, journalists asked Ramos what his favorite song is and what song he would like to hear when he scores goals. “This song contains profanity. Maybe it’s better not to mention it. Another? The music when we score is good. This can continue.”
After the press conference, Gonzalo Ramos went to receive the Man of the Match trophy. Upon receiving the award, he was asked which of his teammates he would give it to if he could choose: “I would give it to the whole team, because without the whole team it’s impossible to win games.”
BUT Tourism in Central Portugal organizes on December 19 and 20 two conferences on the importance of Caminhos de Santiago tourism product in Central Portugal.
The colloquium will take place in melkhada you Covilhã and offer a reflection on Structuring, Knowing, Experience and Dynamizing different layouts portuguese way santiago, with a focus on the importance of this tourism product for the local economy.
The first action, on the 19th, will take place at the Cineeatro Messias, in Mealhada, a municipality that is on the Caminho Português Central route. The next day, the stage will be the Hall of the Municipal Assembly of Covilhã, the city where the Caminho Português Nascente takes place.
Work will take place in the morning, from 10:00 to 13:00. In the afternoon (15:00 – 16:30) there will be a practical part with a short walk along the section of the Portuguese route to Santiago, so it is advisable that the participants be prepared for this purpose.
The initiative is aimed at the community, as well as local and regional public and private organizations. It will bring together speakers and participants from the fields of culture, spirituality, tourism and heritage, who will conduct a dialogue on these topics and their prospects for future development in the central region of Portugal.
The colloquium is held as part of a cross-border project “Kaminos – the Jacobin trails of the western peninsula” (POCTEP Interreg) and enjoy the support of the municipalities of Mealhada and Covilhã.
The Portuguese way is becoming more and more popular
The Camino de Santiago is of great interest to visitors and the number of pilgrims arriving in Santiago de Compostela is increasing. According to the Pilgrims’ Office, the increase in the number of pilgrims along the Portuguese Way has been notorious, which has affected the local economy, namely the accommodation and catering sectors. Turismo Centro de Portugal aims to improve this cultural and religious route.
The cross-border project Caminos – Rede Transborderiça de Caminhos Jacobeus do Oeste Peninsular includes 10 Spanish partners and 3 Portuguese partners and has as its main mission the dissemination of the various routes of the Camino de Santiago, as well as the promotion of its natural and cultural values and its potential tourist.
It also seeks to ensure closer contact between territorial agents in order to create synergies with all social and economic agents associated with the Way, improve equipment, signaling and ICT application on the routes in order to provide them with the necessary infrastructure, thereby increasing the cross-border cultural offer.
It also intends to create conditions for increasing the number of travelers and pilgrims on the various Jacobin routes in the west of the peninsula, promoting the economic development of both territories through tourism-related resources, increasing the competitiveness of the area, increasing employment in the tourism sector and improving the quality of cross-border tourism products and services. .
At the age of 37, CR7 scored in an edition on Qatari soil only in his debut. He scored a penalty goal that paved the way for a long-suffering 3-2 victory over Ghana. Then, in matches against Uruguay and South Korea, he collected missed opportunities, got offside several times and, above all, became the object of even more contestation. from the critics.
Even against the Uruguayans, the No. 7 Portuguese finished the match believing he had scored the first goal in a 2-0 win. and backstage – who touched the ball with his head (or hair) on a cross by Bruno Fernandez, who at the time, and also after a FIFA reassessment, was confirmed as the author.
Is free ball marketbecause the contract was terminated by mutual agreement Manchester United, Ronaldo has only five finishes in the 2022 Cup so far: two correct and three incorrect. Today with nine goals at the world championships, Lionel Messimeanwhile, has 12 shots (eight correct and four incorrect) – only in the group stage.
Even after several controversies in England, the veteran striker could not avoid controversy in the national team. The latter came in the defeat against South Korea, in the last round of group H. He could have been spared, like a large part of the team, but he was kept in the starting lineup, mainly because he wants, among other goals, score nine goals in World Cups and equal his historical compatriot Eusebio And now too Messi.
Between criticism and controversial cases, Cristiano Ronaldo is unlikely to be taken out of the starting XI, especially in the decisive phase. Despite the problems, he remains a big attacking hope for Portugal, who will face Switzerland this Tuesday (6th) at the Lusail Stadium in the round of 16.