It pains me to have to write the following paragraph…
One of the worst experiences in sports is watching your arch rival win. Last night I experienced this for the second time in three years as the San Francisco Giants swept the Detroit Tigers en route to becoming the 2012 World Series Champions. Like many other Dodgers fans it made me sick watching the black and orange dancing around in a celebratory fashion in October. Once in 2010 was bad enough but to have to experience it again just two years later was a big time punch to the gut for fans of the azul.
Ok. Now that I’ve got the paragraph from the “biased fan” perspective out of my system. It’s time to express my feelings from the “mature adult” perspective. If the players on this team weren’t wearing San Francisco Giants laundry it’s likely I would’ve been openly rooting for them to win it all. When you look at the Giants line up on paper you don’t see a list filled with household names and superstars from top to bottom.But that’s what makes their story so great.
These guys played a great team game and everybody bought in to the goal and made whatever sacrifices were necessary to achieve it. Isn’t that the kind of behavior we all want to see out of our favorite teams? Is that not the kind of values we teach our kids to not only carry with them in sports but in everyday life?
I tip my hat to the Giants. They deserve every bit of the success they achieved this year. (Please Baseball Gods, don’t make me ever have to write that again)
Hopefully some good can come out of the Giants success as far as LA fans are concerned and that Dodgers management will be motivated even further to step their game up and get the Dodgers back to the top of baseball’s food chain where they belong.
Another year of “The Association” is upon us…
As another year of professional basketball entertainment gets underway on October 30. My predictions for the season can be found here. If you root for the Lakers, Thunder or Heat you obviously have the most to be excited about as your teams are the overwhelming favorites to hoist the Larry O’Brien Trophy at the end of the season. If you have dreams of a championship and you root for one of the other 27 teams in the league then this year is likely going to be a complete and utter failure for you.
This past Sunday night on “The Average Joe Show NBA Preview Special” I had a moment of clarity about my view of the NBA. The “one percent” have most of the wealth while the other 99% are fighting for what’s left.
The NBA is a lot like society. In the history of the league there have been 63 champions. The Boston Celtics (17), Minneapolis/Los Angeles Lakers (16) have combined to win 33 championships. That means either the Celtics or Lakers have won 52.4% of the time.
If you add in the Chicago Bulls (6) and San Antonio Spurs (4) that means those four teams have combined to win it all 68.3% of the time. That’s four teams with more than 2/3 of all the championships in the history of the league. Between 1987-1998 there were no “one and done” champion. Every team went back to back or in the case of the Bulls “three-peated”.
If there’s any kind of “occupy” movement that should be going on, it should be in front of the NBA’s office.
I know a new season brings new hope and optimism each year but if you’re a fan of any team not named, Lakers, Celtics, Thunder or Heat you’re simply fooling yourself.
Do I think it’s the NBA’s goal to have such competitive imbalance? Of course not. But by making it a players league where the individuals, not teams are marketed along with not having a hard salary cap, the league is reaping what they’ve sowed. It’s the big markets in one corner and everyone else in the other.
This is what the NBA’s commercials should be saying, “The NBA…It’s fantastic! (Offer does not apply to Bucks, Kings, Bobcats, Hornets, Wizards or Raptors fans).
Once again I would like to thank Gary Bettman…
For proving that he is far and away the worst commissioner in all of professional sports. A few days ago the league announced that all November games would be cancelled. Now I just read that their annual “Winter Classic” out door game is expected to be cancelled in the coming days.
Way to go Gary! Only under your leadership could a sport that I love lose an entire season due to a labor dispute and less than ten years later threaten to do it again.
It’s already bad enough that fan interest has declined and the TV deal is worse off than when you took over once upon a time but now you’re once again taking games from me. Please step down and hand over the reigns to someone that knows what they’re doing. Stop ruining a great game.
Also to blame in this matter is Donald Fehr. You might remember him as the man who ran the Major League Baseball Players Association when they went on strike in 1994 ultimately resulting in the cancellation of the playoffs and World Series that year.
You’re bad for sports Donald Fehr and I can’t stand you! Please go away and stop taking things that I enjoy away from me.
Thanks for stepping into the clubhouse!
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