‘Blue Bloods’: Steve Schirripa Gets ‘Nerdy’ About One Thing and It’s the Most New York Thing Ever

by John Jamison

Blue Bloods star Steve Schirripa claims he isn’t the nerdiest of guys. But longtime fans of The Sopranos know his Bobby Bacala character was a huge model train nerd, complete with the conductor hat and everything. In reality, however, the man who portrays Tony Abetemarco in the hit CBS police drama is a nerd about one thing and one thing only—sports.

New York sports, to be specific. And to make matters worse, the poor guy is a New York Knicks fan. Hey, nothing against the Knicks, but the long-suffering New York City basketball team hasn’t even sniffed a championship since the early 1970s.

What’s more? Knicks’ rival Brooklyn Nets currently have one of the most formidable rosters in the NBA. They’re basically a superteam. And maybe we’re putting our own sports nerdiness on display here, but two of the league’s biggest stars, Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, nearly went to the Knicks instead of Brooklyn.

Let’s just say it ain’t easy being a Knicks fan. So we commend Blue Bloods star Steve Schirripa for sticking with them.

During a 2016 interview with the appropriately named outlet Talk Nerdy With Us, the Tony Abetemarco actor explained his brand of nerdiness.

“What is a nerd, really? What is a nerd? I’m getting philosophical. I mean, is it your stereotypical nerd, or is it something else? I don’t know. I’ve been good friends with a lot of nerds over the years, I guess. What brings out the nerd in me…is sports. I’m a sports nerd, I’m a big New York Knicks fan, so if I’m a nerd with anything, I guess that’s it. I’m certainly not a technical guy. You know, I still have a flip phone,” the Blue Bloods star said.

‘Blue Bloods’ Star Steve Schirripa Takes Former New York Giant Eli Manning to Lunch

Back in October, Steve Schirripa’s New York sports fandom was on full display. He and fellow The Sopranos co-star Michael Imperioli treated Superbowl-winning quarterback Eli Manning to a very special lunch. The Blue Bloods star documented the occasion and shared it with fans on Instagram.

The two Sopranos stars joked with Eli about how they were taking him to the same restaurant they brought actors who were killed off of the iconic New York mob series.

Eli Manning, who many of you Outsiders have been watching alongside his brother during Monday Night Football broadcasts, reacted how any of us would.

“Am I about to get whacked?” he asked the guys who famously portrayed two of Tony Soprano’s soldiers.

“Don’t sweat it. This is lunch. We’d never do it for lunch,” the Christopher Moltisanti actor joked.