Game two, y’all! A brief trip to the land of hog-butchers and heady winds. It is also All Hallowe’s Eve, which means the Knicks will be sporting their brand-spanking new orange duds and the Chicagoans will be resplendent in their black alts! Orange + Black = CANDY!
The debut pic.twitter.com/i4bdqXmArU
— NY_KnicksPR (@NY_KnicksPR) October 31, 2013
Speaking of which, Amar’e Stoudemire gets his turn in the aged PF/C wheel tonight, and earlier today, he voiced his views on this evening’s merriment (Halloween, not the game, to be clear). They are…interesting. Here are some thoughts o’ mine over at our interweb pals, The Classical:
And then there are the more fervent types—a thing we never saw in our old UWS Halloweens—that screech spittlingly that this is a night that celebrates (somehow) both PAGANISM and SATAN, and that there’s something something truly dark-sided in a kid wearing a plastic Dark Knight mask. Presumably even the crappy ones your Mom got at Woolworth’s with a shirt/smock with words like, “Batman! POW!” printed on the front.
One individual I did not expect to be a part of this particularly American madding crowd is the Knicks hobbled 100 million dollar PF/C, Amar’e Stoudemire. For one, as recently as two years ago, STAT seemed to get as much of a bang out of dressing up as the rest of us.
Evidently, that’s no longer the case. Earlier today, he released this Ghostbuster-y anti-pumpkin logo via Instagram with the caption, “As the Children of Israel (Jacob) we must separate ourselves from anything pagan. #BlessedBeTheCreator #YHWH #GodBody”
Two, outside of all the nifty things he does on the court, Amar’e Stoudemire’s clearly an inquisitive, spiritual guy. His ongoing quest to plumb the depths of his (possibly apocryphal) Judaic roots, his trips to Israel, and so on, but I never associated The Chosen People™ with anti-Halloween jeremiads. Execute a quick Google search and you’ll see that for the Orthodox/Conservative set, it is verboten.
The argument(s) seem to be partially out of some sense of misplaced jealousy that Purim doesn’t get the publicity it should combined with the same finger-wagging about encouraging Paganism/mischief making/children acting like…well…children that forms the basis of the non-Semitic version:
“Let me tell you about a wonderful Jewish holiday: once a year, our children dress up as sages, princesses, heroes and clowns. They drop by the homes of our community, visit the infirm and the aged, spreading joy and laughter. They bring gifts of food and drink and collect tzedakah (charity) for the needy. You guessed it—it’s called Purim, when it’s customary to send mishloach manot—gifts of food—to one’s friends and even more gifts to those in hard times. Flip it over (October instead of March, demanding instead of giving, scaring instead of rejoicing, demons instead of sages, etc.) and you have Halloween. There you have it: a choice of one of two messages you can give to your children.”
In that context, I guess it’s easy to fathom STAT raining on everyone’s parade. The fact that it took a couple of years for his understanding of his newfound religion to take full, glowering flower explains the wacky bearded good timer-y of the recent past.
Oh, and after a fairly successful run with the two-PG look (whodathunkit!), because Chicago is ‘big’, Son of Wood will also go ‘big’ with this starting quintet:
Woodson says Felton, Shump, Melo, Bargnani, Chandler #Knicks
— Jonah Ballow (@jonahballow) October 31, 2013
That’s just awesome. You have to assume that Woody was he possessed by an evil spirit/Lucifer. Hmm, maybe STAT was on to something after all…
Okay, Knickerblogger-backers, all your brilliant insights and jejune wordsmithery can be uttered here. Go Knicks!