I’m not a big NBA fan … until the playoffs start and the games actually mean something. Midway through this year’s playoffs, a couple things are evident. One is that there’s some pretty good, exciting basketball being played out West. The upstart Warriors upstaged the Dallas Mavwrecks in one of the biggest playoff upsets in history. We’re not too upset that Cuban’s team lost, are we? Glad to see Golden State back in the thick of it. Anyone remember Rick Barry? Spurs vs Suns … WOW. The classic match-up of the half-court masters vs the fast-breakers … very fun to watch some real class athletes (Duncan, Nash, et al) playing the NBA game like we had hoped, and it’s no coincidence that these are two of the best-run organizations in the league. Winner of this series goes to the Finals. Hard to root against Jerry Sloan and the Jazz. Nice team they have over there. They’re not booing … they’re BOOOOOOOOzering!!!
I hate to say this, but the Detroit Pistons are back. They’re in the process of turning my Bulls into road kill which is saying something because the Bulls are on the verge of being great, had momentum, and beat Detroit 3 of 4 during the year. With homecourt advantage, the Pistons will definitely emerge from the East and may be so refreshed from nearly sweeping everyone that they’ll beat the Spurs or Suns in the Finals. I despise the thought of it, but it’s what I see happening.
Editor’s note: It was on Mothers Day weekend back in the late ’70s when I remember sitting at my uncle Jim’s big apartment for our extended family’s annual Mothers Day feast. (Uncle Jim is a priest and a good cook; and he always hosted Mothers Day for all the moms in the family). Anyway, I was glued to his TV watching an incredible triple OT championship game between the Phoenix Suns and Boston Celtics. The Suns had Alvin Adams, Gar Heard and Paul Westphal … the Celtics had Dave Cowens, Paul Silas and JoJo White; I think Tommy Heinson was the coach and Walter Davis may have been on the Suns, too. Anyway, this game was voted one of the all-time classics. I liked the NBA from that point on. anyone else remember this???
On to baseball … where the Yankmees have again thrown their big fat wallet into the pennant race by outbidding 2-3 other teams for the part-time services of Roger “It’s not about the Money” Clemens. Well, it is absolutely about the money, Roger, and I, along with several million other fans, hope you fall flat on your chubby face and the Yankmees again fall way short in their quest for another ring. BRILLIANT!
20 some games in, the best story has got to be the Brewcrew. They could indeed be this year’s version of Tigers ’06 or White Sox ’05. What great timing for Milwaukee, as this is the 25th anniversary of “Harvey’s Wallbangers” AL champs from 1982, who lost a competitive WS to the St Louis Cardinals. Is it possible the Brewers have not even been in the playoffs since ’82???? Robin Yount was a puppy on that team which featured talneted, grizzled vets like Gorman Thomas, Pete Vuckovich, Rollie Fingers, Cecil Cooper and Sal Bando. Anyway, I’m rooting for the Brewers to continue this run … if ya can’t root for a town like Milwaukee to have some sports success, you’re dead. Anyway, if the Cubs can’t win it, why not the Brewers??? God, I love that nickname … it’s perfect. No … it’s BRILLIANT!!
NHL playoffs … I’ve been watching … assuming that the ever-popular “Versus” cable station has paid their electric bill. Most of the games have been close nail-biters, with many going into OT. I must admit, playoff hockey is just terrific, especially when you get rid of the goons and fighting, because now they want to minimize penalties. OK … at this time we need everyone to recall Casey’s late ’06 declaration of the Sabres as one of the all-time great teams. (embellishing a bit to stoke the fire). Anyway, I cautioned him then and I’ll do the same now: great regular season runs, especially in the first half, don’t mean squat when you get to the playoffs and mean even less when you get ousted!!! (Exhibit A: Dallas Mavwrecks). For the record, I’m rooting heavily for the Sabres to win it all. If not them, then the Ducks. Can’t stand Detroit … I’m anti-Detroit in just about everything. Ottawa??? Where is that anyway? Sounds Australian. GO BUFFALO!!!
That’s it. I’m out. Gotta go coach my bazillionth girls softball game this week. God I hope they throw strikes today …
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