That Basketball Brawl Is in Reruns

When we read today that a brawl at last night’s PSAL basketball championships at the Garden had spilled out into the streets — only to be caught by WCBS’s cameras — we thought to ourselves, Haven’t we heard this story before? Well, we had, sort of. In an episode of Aaron Sorkin’s much-beloved-but-nonetheless-canceled Sports Night, the show’s crew captures footage of a mêlée at a fictional high-school basketball game at, yes, the Garden. (Presumably, unlike Sports Night character Natalie Hurley, no one at Channel 2 refused to hand over the tape because of a bad breakup.) Coming up next week on Aaron Sorkin Controls the Universe: SNL is forced to scramble when its star ends up in a Nevada prison just hours before a live taping. —Joe DeLessio

Police Arrest 21 in 'March Badness' MSG Brawl [WCBS-TV]
Sports Night, "And the Crowd Goes Wild" [YouTube]