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'Melo Madness' makes its debut at area bars

Fun at McCann's Pub & Grill in Massepequa.

Fun at McCann's Pub & Grill in Massepequa. Credit: Timothy Fadek

Although the trading of basketball superstar Carmelo Anthony to the New York Knicks might not seem on the surface to fall under the heading of "nightlife," the fact is that any time a top-notch athlete gets traded to a New York team, it leads to a great night out.

Sure, most sports fans have a big HD TV at home, but -- as you'll likely agree -- any sporting event is greatly enhanced by having good drinks and fried bites brought your way in mass quantity. But then again, could even something as buzz-worthy as "'Melo Madness" get people to venture out on a frigid Wednesday in February?

The answer apparently was yes, as we found a full mix of dedicated and casual Knicks supporters at almost every turn.

For example, at McCann's in Massapequa, every other TV was carrying the game -- and this place has 60 screens. Although the scene included plenty of meeting and chatting, the neat-but-casual crowd was definitely plugged in, with guests clapping and questioning referees -- and being that Wednesday is Ladies Night (half-priced drinks from 8 p.m.-1 a.m.), there were also plenty of female enthusiasts rooting on the newest Knick while munching on wings and nachos.

Meanwhile, over at Buffalo Wild Wings in North Babylon, where the main focus of the venue is food (burgers, ribs and wings, of course), dozens of monitors are always on the day's games. It has become a go-to spot for Long Island sports fanatics. Being a restaurant first, it's a place where families go for dinner, so fans of all ages were welcome for this evening event. However, there is also an adults-only bar room, and it was in that space where the most jersey-wearing, out-of-their-chair-jumping supporters of Anthony could be found. Virtually every seat, table and booth in the establishment was taken as the new-look New York Knicks ended up winning the game -- with the man everyone came to see leading the home team in scoring.