Even though the Knicks just might be the worst team in the NBA, I still tune in for most of their games because a) I’m bored…b) I’m a fan…and most of all c) I’m a big MIKE BREEN fan. He just might be the best play-by-play guy the sport has ever had. Mike’s chemistry with his broadcast partner – a clown named WALT FRAZIER (excuse me, Clyde) is remarkable given all the latter’s lame rhymes set to basketball.
But really, I love Clyde. He was a great player, certainly knows the game, and offers up excellent anecdotes from the olden days (or “back in the day,” an expression I don’t like and never use). So a few games ago during their friendly banter, Mike revealed that he’d purchased a box set of the entire series THE WIRE as a gift to Clyde and wanted to know if his friend had begun watching the series.
I got the idea the answer was no. But I figured if Mike liked The Wire – and I like him – maybe I would like The Wire as well. And so I tuned in to my on demand screen and am now hooked on the series.
Police shows have always appealed to me. And having been the main target of a federal investigation, they now hold that much more interest. Shows like BILLIONS and The Wire give me keen insight into “the process.” Kind of like seeing what the other side was doing and saying as they planned their assault on a guy named Dollar Bill.
Maybe someday, I’ll be able to speak out on what really went down with me and the feds. And maybe someday somebody will be interested in reading about it (not likely). But I can tell you that watching The Wire has been not just entertaining – but informative as well. I know I was staked out. I know I had my email hacked. And I know I was followed while I rode around at least once. It wasn’t difficult to ascertain the informant who changed my life. And I knew when the feds flipped one of the phone girls I knew best.
And watching The Wire only confirmed all my deductions. The writers revealing all those surveillance secrets gave me several aha moments during which whatever doubts I had about my own detective work faded away with the shows’ many revelations.
Moreover, I wonder whether these presentations don’t serve as a classroom for criminals on the subject of Government MO’s 101 in that they divulge prosecutorial and investigative machinations so thoroughly. Whatever…not really my problem. I don’t work for the government and don’t worry about cable channels giving away my secrets. It’s just entertainment and confirmation for me.
And now it’s time to start Season 3. I have time to watch the first installment before I head out to feed the masses. I’m out.