The New York Week That Was (It’s a Wonderful Life)

December 18th, 2009 by Hot Stove New York Leave a reply »
On Saturday night I was flipping between another Rangers loss and the Christmas classic It’s a Wonderful Life .

Of course you can’t help but wonder, “What if George Bailey’s situation happened to me? What if I were able to see the consequences of never being born?"

That thought lasted about a minute and a half, because everybody’s life would surely be better.

My wife would have been able to marry a more successful, rich, interesting, well-rounded man instead of someone who has nothing but a monkey-shooting a slap shot, a couple of empty beer cans and some old Rusty Staub highlights filling up his head.

My daughter would have a normal father, one who doesn’t constantly quiz her on the proper French Canadian–accented way of saying the names Guy Lafleur and Gilbert Perrault.

And nobody else’s life would be affected one way or the other.

But on that subject, what if, more importantly, James Dolan had never been born? The Isiah Thomas era would never have happened. Scandals would have been avoided. Millions of dollars wouldn’t have been wasted.

Marv Albert would still be calling K ...

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