Found December 26, 2011 on Chasing 23:

Please give a warm welcome to new Chasing 23 contributor, Tony Maglio. Tony is a long-suffering New Jersey Nets fan who also doubles as a comedy writer for Saturday Night Live. Tony will contribute a weekly column throughout the 2011-2012 NBA season.


10. By The Time You Read This, The Giants Season May Be Over

 So due to the holiday schedule, I’m submitting this on Friday to be published Sunday/Monday. I’m hoping that in the interim my beloved New York Giants beat the Jets on the “road” and are still alive in the playoff hunt – but if they don’t, I need a substitute. So welcome back NBA, and thanks for providing me with an excuse to avoid watching What Not To Wear with my girlfriend.

 9. Avoiding Family on Christmas

 Basketball returns just in time for the big day.  Christmastime with family is great, don’t get me wrong – but we could all use a TV timeout from the drunk uncles and screaming kids. Thankfully Santa is bringing us a pretty good lineup highlighted by Miami back at Dallas at 2:30 – which actually could provide more drama than your family Christmas.

 8.  My Team, the New Jersey Nets ‘ (no, seriously) Center Position

 It looks like we might trade for Dwight Howard! Scratch that, not gonna happen because we met with him illegally.  Well at least we still have a healthy, able-bodied Brook Lopez. What’s that you say? Broken foot, out three-four months? Crap. Forget number Eight.

 7. Charles Barkley

 Sir Charles is great, and the more we get of him the merrier – unless it happens to be in those bad T Mobile commercials. Speaking of those ads, he takes an awful lot of crap from D. Wade in them. But everyone loves Chuck and he’s hosting Saturday Night Live in January, which could be a must-watch – though I’m not sure where that leaves Kenan Thompson for that episode. Anyway Barkley’s analysis is much better than his golf swing, and I’m happy to watch both.

 6. Chris Paul to Blake Griffin

 How exciting is this duo gonna be? I want to see Blake Griffin posterizing a Kia every single night. The way this trade went down is shady at best, but it makes the Clippers real contenders in the West. In the meantime, Paul and Griffinare going the make every game look like NBA Jam.

 5. Metta World Peace

 Actually, on second thought – go away Ron Artest. Somehow I liked you more when you were beating up innocent paying customers. And while you’re leaving, take Chad Johnson and every other bad name changer with you. “His mama named him Clay, I’m gonna call him Clay”!

 4. It’s Still Where Amazing Happens

 Though I guess “Amazing” will happen fewer times in a shortened season. But fewer games does add an element of drama and a sense of urgency, and each game counts for that much more. Hot and cold streaks could mean the difference between making the playoffs and making June tee times. It’s gonna be an interesting season.

 3. Fantasy Not-Football

 I got DESTROYED in Fantasy Football this year. I made my usual mistake of getting too drunk at the draft and not exactly helping myself. A few injuries later and I was cooked early. Now I need something to wash that taste out of my mouth – something like getting destroyed in Fantasy Basketball. But at least we all start undefeated.

 2. Chances Kobe Snaps

 Between him nearly losing one of his last seasons to a silly holdout that seemingly benefitted no one, the constant LeBron questions, Shaq becoming an analyst, his frustration with the Odom trade, his wife filing for divorce amidst more cheating rumors, and an early-injury already – I’m placing the Vegas odds on Kobe Bryant losing his mind at 5:2. This could manifest itself in several ways – either he’ll go for 81 again or he flips out like Nucky Thompson.

 1.  This Gig

 OK, shameless. But I am very excited to join Chasing 23 this season. And it’s my list, so back off. So who am I? I’m a comedy writer for television and the web who happens to be one of seven remaining New Jersey Nets fans. I also may be the only guy who wants to keep them right here in the great Garden State. I’m thrilled pro basketball is back and happy to be here covering it for a website that I’ve been a fan of. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and I’ll see you in 2012!


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