Have you ever wished that you could just get up, quit your job and spend a full year supporting your favorite professional sports team? One New York man is doing just that.
Dennis Doyle is a lifelong Knicks fan who quit his job as a lawyer this year, dispensed $20,000 and has decided to attend all 82 of the team's games this season. Yes, this man quit his legal job to follow his favorite team across the country all year. Yes, that team is the New York Knicks, who are 3-8 through the first 11 games of the season.
Doyle, 31, says he knew the consequences of his actions beforehand.
“I knew there was a chance that this could be a really awful season,” Doyle told The New York Times. “I asked for it, I guess.”
Good or bad, Doyle, who lives in Queens, ties this adventure to his own life experiences, especially an ongoing passion for writing. He started a blog, The Oakman Cometh: A Season with the New York Knicks, to chronicle his travels and impressions throughout the year.
“I think there’s a metaphor between what’s happening with the team and what’s happening in my own life,” Doyle said. “You’ve got this team that’s coming off a horrible year where everything went wrong. But they’re in transition, and there’s hope on the horizon.”
As the Times explains, Doyle already has made more road trips than Jose Calderon and Andrea Bargnani, two Knicks players who have struggled with injuries in the early part of this season. His family has apparently been supportive of both him quitting his job and him shelling out the expenses for tickets and travel, though the Times relates that his father still sends him job listings from legal journals.
As expensive and as risky as Doyle's decision is, you have to respect the man for taking a chance like this -- especially with the Knicks.
- Jack Jorgensen