NYC Basketball Fans Look To Syracuse And Cornell And Shake Their Heads As the NCAA's Sweet Sixteen teams prepare to face off, fans in New York City are left to cheer for two upstate squads: Syracuse and Cornell. It's a sad turn for the city where basketball is hugely popular — but whose teams are a laughingstock.
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NYC Basketball Fans Look North, Shake Heads

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NYC Basketball Fans Look North, Shake Heads

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RENEE MONTAGNE, Host:

The one big city that has no big time team is New York. And that's got commentator Frank Deford wondering what's with the Big Apple?

FRANK DEFORD: As the NCAA tournament heads toward the regionals, as the NBA bides its time till the playoff push begins - that is, as basketball rules the day - it's ironic that New York, the city where the game really gained popularity at Madison Square Garden, has never been more of a basketball laughingstock.

I: Syracuse and Cornell, and there in New York City a basketball vacuum. It's like they took all the kangaroos out of Australia.

MONTAGNE: Frank joins us Wednesdays from member station WSHU in Fairfield, Connecticut.

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