About two years ago, a joke started within my group of friends:
“The Knicks never win on Friday Night Knicks!”
It was a mere joke at that point, only two years or so into the Robert Randolph night of singing.
It is something that led SB Nation’s “Posting and Toasting” to try and debunk in the past.
The bad news? We’re now in our fourth year of Robert Randolph, and the curse lives.
The following are the year by year records for the Knicks on Fridays they are in Madison Square Garden as compiled on RealGM.com:
The final tally? 18-37.
Well, it is better than “Never winning on Friday nights at MSG”, but still quite horrible – only 32.7 winning percentage. Approximating that number over the course of an entire season, the Knicks would be 26-56 and competing in the lottery for whatever team this year’s draft pick belongs to.
Is this Robert Randolph’s fault? Did someone in the Family Band soil an Native American burial ground? Are the Knicks just looking too forward to the Friday night New York City nightlife?
Well, several fans have made their own decisions on this…and it does not look good for RR.
This picture for one, from ITGM:
It has also spurred fans to start petitions for change. “The Removal of Robert Randolph Friday Night Knicks Song” has 65 supporters on change.org.
MSG and Knicks writer, Alan Hahn has acknowledged it:
Robert Randolph himself is even aware of the possible curse, hoping it is the song that is hexed and promised a new song in July:
Robert Randolph is known as a diehard Knicks fan, so there are probably few people on the Earth that would be more crestfallen by this occurrence. Despite being the possible responsible party to a curse, you have to feel for him.
But, there are a total of 16 Friday Night Knicks games this year – lets hope a cure for this situation comes quickly, or the Knicks title hopes may already be in jeopardy.
Update: Robert Randolph has created not one, but two new songs – one for Sunday nights too:
Fix this Robert, we know you can!
If we take that into account: the Knicks are 5-5 since Mike Woodson has been head coach, starting March 15, 2012.
Does that mean something has changed with FNK? We have the rest of 2013 to find out.