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Tuesday, October 20th, 2009 at 8:00 am  |  46 responses

Win Lakers and Knicks Tees!

Fresh Forum and MSG threads from Breezy Excursion.

by Ryne Nelson

The little things make something (…anything) great. Parody is all around us, but the people who manage to put in the extra work, who go the extra mile… those people make it the furthest. Anyway…

Our friends over at Breezy Excursion want to hook up a few lucky SLAMonline readers with these fresh tees. But you’re going to have to go the extra mile in order to land one of these fresh pieces of fabric.

So here’s your task: Tell us what makes the Staples Center or MSG (whichever is your favorite arena) the best place to watch a game? We’re talking about the smells. The guy who sells the popcorn and hot dogs. The lighting. The dancers. Let us know what quintessential element about these arenas makes the fan experience worth more than the price of admission.

Good luck!

Lakers & Knicks tees

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  • Ken

    I normally love SLAM contests and entering them, but I hate both these teams so much, I’m not touching this one.

  • mumadone

    never been to either one, probably smell like sh¤%, the guy selling popcorn should be happy to have a job, i woudn’t touch the hot dogs with a pole, the lighting is probably bright and the the dancers are probably degrading themselves in order to feel better but they are probably just feeling worse…….

  • Shane B

    I would tell you but sadly Im a Knicks fan stuck down in Australia and I still haven’t made it to the garden! Surely someone should take pity on me and send me a tee so I can feel I know a little more about the magic of the Garden!

  • Matt

    MSG aka the mecca aka the worlds most famous arena is the best place to watch a game. NY has the best fans in the world, we are the most knowledgable, when times are good were the most disrepectful, but we also give credit where credit is due. I was at game 4 in the 1998 series vs the heat with the famous fight. I got chills walking into the bright arena, packed to the top, you could feel the arena shaking. Then you look up in the rafters, you see all the history, all the retired numbers, and banners. The lights dim, and the arena erupts, as the introductions are set to begin. MSG is the only arena where you can the fans are the 6th man, other arenas may seat more, but only in NY can the fans factor in whether the Knicks win or lose.

  • http://basketball.about.com Charlie Zegers

    Going to MSG is uniquely New York. The arena sits on top of one of the biggest public transportation hubs in the world, so there’s no hassle with cars or parking… you get off the train, take the escalator upstairs and find your seat. Beats the hell out of trying to get in to or out of Giants Stadium, Yankee Stadium, etc.

    The Garden has excellent sight lines and is easy to navigate. The food isn’t the greatest, but hey, it’s in the heart of Midtown Manhattan. Eat before, or eat after, there’s no limit to your options. And when the home team is playing well, there’s an outstanding energy to the place. Unfortunately, we haven’t seen that energy much in the last few years, but it’s coming back. (Soon, I hope.)

  • http://twitter.com/IamHagel Matt Hagel

    The Garden is known as the World’s Most Famous Arena. Bands finally “make-it” once they have played in the garden. Besides all the great athletes that have their number retired to the rafters, the arena boasts a retired #12 for the 12 straight shows Billy Joel Sold out and the #60 for Elton John when he decided to play his 60th Birthday Show at MSG.

    It houses the screaming voices of New York, where true fans cheer on the home team. As the center of the Big Apple it draws various college basketball tournaments including Coaches vs Cancer Classic, Jimmy V, both NIT tournaments, and others. As a college basketball fanatic, I can still enjoy live games even though I live no where near a major campus.

    While many have dreams of one day playing in the Garden it is a reality for more to enjoy as a spectator. Their are few seats that have blocked views. The Halftime shows are entertaining. And lastly, they serve great kosher dogs and knishes.

  • mumadone

    XL please

  • Robert S.

    The fans/stars in L.A. make the Staples Center what it is. Where else can you go to a game and get more autographs in the stands than from players? The Joker (Jach Nicklaus) and Spider-Man (Toby Maguire) are often in attendance. Not to mention Denzel Washington, Chris Rock, and countless others. And didn’t I see Marbury sitting courtside during a game? I guess he did that at MSG also LOL. But a game at the Staples Center is full of stars inside and out of the arena.

  • JoNaBo

    Lights out at Staples of course is the best place to watch a game. The court is lit like a golden stage where you get to watch the best gladiators in the NBA go at it. When you’re in the crowd you forget where you’re at and lose yourself in the atmosphere. Of course i’m not talking about hollywood row so much, but particularly up in the higher levels, where you get to see the heart of LA. Diverse fans who make sure that the stereotype that LA fans don’t get hype is shattered.

  • http://sportzin.com Joey E.

    see for me it’s still the game. i just love to watch these guys play

  • Peat

    Staples Center.
    Almost sure to see Kobe Bryant live (except when the clippers play) is enough to get anybody going crazy.. perfect post moves, defense, the game is way too easy for him.. Let’s create the KBA, a league where Kobe can finally have a rough time !!

  • http://slamonline.com tealish

    Well for starters, the Garden is…
    IN NEW YORK!
    The streets will make you feel brand new
    Big lights will inspire you, now you’re in New York! New York, New Yorkkkk!
    Yep, New York’s pretty dope.

  • Joseph

    I love the Staples Center even though I am always in the nose-bleed section. Just knowing that I’m in the same building as the greatest team in the world is enough. The “Lights Out” effect of the Lakers games makes it that much easier to spot out my favorite players and easier to see the great plays. The Laker games at the Staples Center are always packed to the fullest. The busy-ness, the noise, and the whole LA crowd makes it the best place for any home team to play. It also makes them the best show to watch.

  • Dan Ilika

    Simple: MSG. Why? If you find the right spot you can detect a hint of elephant poop and straw in the air. Thank you, MSG, for combining my love, basketball, with every child’s love, the circus.

  • Chris Baggio

    I walked into MSG for the first time when I was 13. I had seen countless games on TV, but nothing could compare to exhilaration you get walking through a corridor at the Garden.

    The light’s shining of the wood floor, the squeak of sneakers, and the sound of the ball bounding of the hoop are the greats sounds one can hear.

    I’ve been to other arenas, including the Staples Center, but there is a magic that comes with sitting at the Garden that can’t be replicated elsewhere.

    There is a history there that fills your basketball soul. Walt Frazier, Earl “the Pearl Monroe,” Benard King, and Patrick Ewing. These guys played in this arena and parts of them are still there.

    Its the most famous arena in the world, and just stepping foot into the building makes you a part of that history.

    There is nothing like MSG.

  • http://www.slamonline.com James the balla

    I have only ever been in one arena, once. And neither of these are it. But for me, there is no question about it. The Staples Center … I would love to be there for the warm ups ending. They call out the starting line up for the opposing team, the arena goes dark, music blasting, then they call DFish, Bynum, Odom, Pau … Kobbbeeeee Bryyyannnnttttt. That would be amazing.

  • UnRel

    Staples Center… from the opening ceremony when the lights go dark.. and old audio footage blasts through the speakers and Chick Hearns voice echos in the arena.. “Swing Left.. Shoot Right”.. goose bump affect.. and clipper darrel yelling “let’s go clippers.. let’s go”.. even if he’s yelling alone.. it’s the only place where you can see a basketball game play out like a movie with lights shining on the court and no where else.. and the best place in LA to truly see the people.. hollywood stars, CEOs, puma-wearing european tourists, and the soldiers of LA who are waiting to throw a brick through a bus window in celebration…

  • Matt

    The palace is the best arena in the World! DEEEETROITTTTTTT BASKETBALL

  • Matt

    The palace is the best arena in the World! DEEEETROITTTTTTT BASKETBALL

  • Trasand

    In 2007, I walked into the Staples Center. As i was looking for my seat, i looked around. People were there with friends, families, and strangers. They all were colored yellow and white. The lights started to go dim, and the spotlight went on. The Lakers squad started to come out. My heart started racing, as i saw one of the greatest teams ever. Chills were going down my back. I can still remember how the chair felt as i was screaming for Kobe. Everything about that night was special. I was there with my mom,in a new place. It was great. People giving me high fives, and we were strangers. The seats were high up, but in the arena, it didnt matter. Through the sound of the fans and the sound of the ball, i viewed the game like never before. We paid 100 dollars for the tickets, and every penny was worth it. The Lakers won, and the crowd went crazy. Adrenaline and excitement was everywhere. It was a unique experience. I loved it. I hope to go back in the future.

  • Daniel Segura

    section 108 baby!

  • Anthony

    Staples Center or the Forum all I have to say is “Showtime baby” You can just the smell the ghost of Magic, Cap, Worthy,and hear a Coop-a-loop from their jerseys and title banners hanging in the rafters(and also catch a wif of Riles threepalms hair oil on occasion!). Just knowing such legends helped build this current Laker legacy makes the overpriced hotdogs and beer smell sweeter, and the Laker girls even hotter! Plus I can go to LA live and party after the game!

  • Jorge C

    The American Airlines has the best arena because the Mavs fans are rowdy, proud, and loud during the whole game. Before each game players from the teams give autographs and you can also see Mark Cuban shooting hoops. At the beginning of each game, they shut off all the lights and start announcing the players name as loud as they can(this gets you all hyped). They have some of the best dancers and they also give away lots of prizes. I love the Mavs store inside the AAC because it has everything you will possibly want such as jerseys, basketballs, etc. After the game, they throw autographed shoes to the fans and sometimes free tacos!!!

  • JMac

    I really do think that the Staples Center is an absolutely breathtaking arena. Given all the banners that they have up on the rafters, along with the retired jerseys, it makes you feel like a part of the Los Angeles sports history. The yellowish glow of the Lakers’ home court also adds a certain effect of electricity to the experience. I love going to the Staples Center. I’m not going to focus on the hot dogs (yummy, especially with soda), dancers (awesome to look at), or anything specific about the lighting (coz I’m looking at the dancers), because in the end, when the arena mixes all these aspects together, plus watching your favorite sport in the world, it makes your whole viewing experience a bit more special.

  • Dennis B

    Due to the fact that the Staples Center is at the heart of the entertainment business, you are constantly seeing celebrities you’ve always dreamed on seeing, and to top it all off, you’re watching the Lakers play at home where they are almost unbeatable. Courtside is always the place to be, it makes you look important, you are able to see the dancers up close, these are some of the finest women you’ll ever see. After another great laker win, you’re able to wish Phil good for his next game and noones stopping you.

  • Eric D.

    Staples Center, “Home of Champions” (15 times), should be enough said. The fact that you are there to witness your Los Angeles Lakers live is amazingly breath-taking. It’s a place where you are guaranteed to see two or three famous people in the crowd; including where Jack Nicholson is courtside every game. There are the stunning, beautiful Laker Girls that put on a show during timeouts and halftime. The arena is clean and a great atmosphere for everyone. Every seat, is a good seat to watch the Lakers put on a show. As the NBA says, “It’s Where Amazing Happens.” There’s no other place better for a NBA game, than Staples Center to see the Lakers play!

  • DD

    Staples Center: I would say it’s a place where a great mixture of hollywood and basketball takes place. The way the Lakers dominate and the way Kobe Bryant takes over almost seems like a movie. Plus, when the announcer announces Kobe’s name after he scores…”Kobeeee Bryyyyaaaant!” It just radiates across the arena and the way the fans celebrate combines into an action-packed NBA film!

  • DD

    Forgot to add: Phil Jackson in his high chair; like a director orchestrating the triangle offense and tenacious defense. Simply amazing.

  • Paul M. Castillo

    The details don;t matter. You’re there to watch your team win. Okay so the MSG is historic.And the Knicks bring dispointment. And the lakers bring Championships, wins, hall of famers. The best place to watch is by a landslide the staples center. On ly thing that can make the staples center completly great. Is to run the la clippers out of there.

  • Paul M. Castillo

    The details don;t matter. You’re there to watch your team win. Okay so the MSG is historic.And the Knicks bring dispointment. And the lakers bring Championships, wins, hall of famers. The best place to watch is by a landslide the staples center. On ly thing that can make the staples center completly great. Is to run the la clippers out of there.

  • habeebeereseecup

    The Heart of NY, my Knicks’ home-court, Madison Square Garden. When I was little I used to think MSG was actually a garden with flowers in a square patten and benches. Even when watching Knicks games on TV, for some reason I just never got that it was an actual building. I finally went to my first game last season, and saw the Garden and all its glory in person. Never again was I going to mistaken the World’s Most Famous Arena for a pretty little flower bed ever again.

  • dcw

    After battling sometimes hours of traffic, then scoring that elusive parking spot in an overpriced lot, you embark on your stroll to the Staples Center to immerse yourself in the history that is the Los Angeles Lakers . Hotel Figueroa lurks in the background, the smell of bacon-wrapped hot dogs overtakes all of your senses and before you know it, your moving through a sea of purple and gold and handing your ticket over to be scanned. The lucky ones get to their seats before they announce the players, the unlucky many, still stuck in traffic. Once you hear the first word out of Lawrence Tanner’s classic voice; you’re in it. You take in the game, taking time to observe the banners, the hanging jersey’s of legends, and the hand-full of celebrities in the audience, but not getting too distracted as to miss the best team in the NBA dominate their opponents. You leave the stadium feeling satisfied and energized by another great performance, the familiar smell of bacon-wrapped hot dogs send you off. Ending the night by sitting in the same traffic that you battled hours earlier.

  • http://gmail.com nicksmith

    MSG is definitely the place to be. the intensity of the crowd is at such a high level, positive and sometimes negative, that you can’t help but get on your feet and cheer for the knicks(or against Kobe). everyone in the Garden contributes to the game which makes it such a special place. the air is almost electric. then theres the history. man do the knicks have it. earl monroe, walt frazier, patrick ewing and willis reed. they all played for the knicks and their legacy lives in the rafters. MSG has it all

  • Dan

    Smells of popcorn? Give me a break! MSG is the middle of the center of the universe. New York is our millenium’s Rome, and MSG is our Colosseum.

  • http://tigeralex15@yahoo.com Alexandre

    Smell the victori of the lakersat Staples Center.
    And see the girls dance!

  • http://www.whatwouldoakleydo.com WWOD?

    The people in the stairwells are what makes the Garden the best arena.

    http://whatwouldoakleydo.blogspot.com/2009/01/people-taking-stairs.html

  • http://www.nba.com T.DOT

    The Garden is known as the World’s Most Famous Arena. Bands finally “make-it” once they have played in the garden. Besides all the great athletes that have their number retired to the rafters, the arena boasts a retired #12 for the 12 straight shows Billy Joel Sold out and the #60 for Elton John when he decided to play his 60th Birthday Show at MSG. It houses the screaming voices of New York, where true fans cheer on the home team. As the center of the Big Apple it draws various college basketball tournaments including Coaches vs Cancer Classic, Jimmy V, both NIT tournaments, and others. As a college basketball fanatic, I can still enjoy live games even though I live no where near a major campus. While many have dreams of one day playing in the Garden it is a reality for more to enjoy as a spectator. Their are few seats that have blocked views. The Halftime shows are entertaining. And lastly, they serve great kosher dogs and knishes.

  • Kevin

    Staples Center epitomizes Los Angeles in all its glory. You have the glitz and glamour of being in a big city where there are frequent celebrity sightings ranging from the regulars Jack Nicholson and Andy Garcia to Tobey Maguire. Sitting in the arena, all the seats are great seats. Aside from sitting directly behind the backboard, you can’t lose in the location of where you’re sitting. Outside you have “Danger Dogs” that will increase your overall cholesterol level another 10 points but worth it! Around the arena, you will find friendly service staff always ready to assist. This is an exceptional venue to watch a basketball game. Always fun and always a great memory of being at the game.

    The Great Western Forum layout featured on the shirt was so rich in history that you felt like you were for sure witnessing history stepping into the arena.

  • UnRel

    is the contest over?

  • UnRel

    nevermind… wooohooo!!!

  • charlie

    who won?

  • celtics

    ms gthe best becuae great heros played in the game and legnedary gmaes happened

  • http://aol.com mike

    idk if this contest is over but id love this tee im a life long knick fan as hard as it is to say and MSG is the greatest place on earth every time i go i try and sneak down close enough to meet spike lee but always get kicked out so a tee might cheer me up a bit

  • Ashley Samson

    The Staples Center is the best because, it’s in LA and all the stars are there!

  • http://Slam Jasmine

    Staples Center is the best place to watch a game because thats were the craziest things happen and amazing events happen there. Its crazy there when you get into that place you get crazy for the Lakers. Awsome Shirt really want it.

  • http://www.knicksfan.info/ Knicks

    It’s really end of contest, because i want to see who won

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