Dec 302013
 

Willis Reed versus Wilt Chamberlain (NY Times Images)

Updated: Basketcase Password: Milwaukee corrected my error.

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.
Oops.

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.

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  7 Responses to “The Collaborators: [NOT] A Small Goof”

  1. The link you provided is for the 68-69 basketball season. The episode in question took place during the 67-68 season. I went to the schedule for the 67-68 season, and there was indeed a Knicks game on Wednesday, January 31, 1968. They played the Cincinnati Royals (never heard of them).

  2. 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.

    And two years later, this happened:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hyGNITggLFs

    They won it again in 1973.

  3. Another sports reference from Mad Men that I’ve wondered about: In “Tomorrowland,” Megan references Don and the kids going to a Dodgers game as part of the California trip. It wasn’t clear to me exactly when that trip was supposed to take place. If it was an end-of-summer trip, the Dodgers would have been on the road most likely, as you can see by their schedule from that year:

    http://www.baseball-reference.com/teams/LAD/1965-schedule-scores.shtml

    If it was supposed to be on Columbus Day weekend, it would have been a World Series game (Games 3-5 were Oct. 9-11 at Dodger Stadium). But would Don have been able to get tickets for that (especially on such short notice, since it doesn’t look like the Dodgers clinched to pennant until the very end of the season)?

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