The Knicks of the early 2000s were every bit as bad as the 2013 version, but they had a certain charm. It's hard to stay mad when your team's just so SILLY. Case in point: The Knicks wrongly distanced themselves from "Go New York Go," the era-defining jam of the successful '90s teams. They've since come out with some deafeningly awful remixes, but in the interim, they let Doug E. Fresh do this to John Denver's classic "Take Me Home, Country Roads":
While Mr. E. Fresh-- a person who has actually mattered in rap history-- is listed as the artist on the song, note that these are his sole contributions to the track:
To my East Side crew, West side crew/True New Yorkers wear orange and blue
To my Brooklyn crew, Harlem crew/True New Yorkers wear orange and blue
To my downtown crew, uptown crew/True New Yorkers wear orange and blue
To my Wall Street crew, courtside crew/True New Yorkers wear orange and blue
Those are the verses. He just names fictional crews from different cardinal directions and/or loosely defined regions and reminds them that true New Yorkers wear Knicks colors. I know you only heard a minute of the song, but I've heard the whole thing and I promise you it doesn't go beyond that and shouting of generic slogans like "PUT ONE FINGER UP!" and "MADISON SQUARE!"
The chorus, meanwhile, is the part that borrows from "Take Me Home, Country Roads," only-- get this-- "New York City" stands in for "West Virginia" and "mountain mama" gets replaced by something that alternately sounds like "East New York now" (a neighborhood in Brooklyn that has no place in a Doug E. Fresh song about the Knicks) or "it's New York now." Or it could be "eats New York now." New York City eats New York now. Somehow that makes the most sense.
That played constantly for most of the Knicks' worst decade. Before tip-off at the Garden, repeatedly throughout games, during commercials (as seen above), and so forth. Everywhere. And then it just disappeared one day, so suddenly and profoundly that if that if I didn't have that video for support, I might believe it was all a dream.
Speaking of which, the Wikipedia page for Mardy Collins-- the human equivalent of that song-- has a photo of Walker Russell Jr. instead of Collins and nobody seems to mind.