I was a big basketball fan as a kid, and madly in love with the New York Knicks. They weren’t the joke of the NBA in those days: They were a playoff team, and finished 3rd in the NBA Eastern Division.
Pete is watching a Knicks game in The Collaborators-Mad Men Season 6, Episode 3–when Brenda, the neighbor he’s just slept with, comes screaming to the door. (We know it’s a Knicks game because we hear Willis Reed’s name mentioned.)
We know the exact date of this event. It’s Wednesday, because Pete’s troubled home life is intercut with the Wednesday night dinner out that the Rosens and Drapers had planned. Later, Pete sees Johnny Carson come on to say he will be interviewing Jim Garrison after a news broadcast about the Tet Offensive. That interview took place on Wednesday, January 31, 1968.
The problem? The Knicks had Wednesday night off. Their schedule shows games on Tuesday and Thursday. I inadvertently looked up the 1968-69 season, whereas Pete was watching the 1967-68 season. The Knicks played the Cincinatti Royals that night. They finished in the same place (3rd in the Eastern Division) as the following year, going down to arch-rivals the Philadelphia 76ers.
Season 6 had a couple of timeline goofs: Joan mentioning Le Cirque six years before it opened, and Therese caught an advertising tummy-ache.
This one is relatively minor, but we do so love catching them. This wasn’t one of them!
But anyway, enjoy the sports links if you’re so inclined.