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Warriors no more

Posted by keithosaunders on June 21, 2016

The Golden State Warriors won a record 73 games in the 2015-16 season but will be remembered for being the first team to blow a 3-1 lead in games in the NBA finals.  That’s the way it goes in sports.  The Cleveland Cavaliers were the better team and deserve the title.  A spate of injuries, Steph Curry’s shooting slump,  LeBron James’ greatness, and the one game Draymond Green suspension were fatal to the Warriors.

All that said, LeBron is hard to take.  What is he, faking an injury in the last minute of game 7?  With seconds to go in the game he’s writhing around on the floor seemingly in pain, yet after the game buzzer sounded  he’s pounding the ground in joy with the same hand!  Then he’s crying tears of joy?  For the city of Cleveland?  That’s the same city he said screw you to 6 years ago when he took his talents to South Beach.  And it’s the same city he’s libel to say screw you to this off season.

In his post game comments James didn’t even bother to mention the Warriors.  You would think he would note the fact that they were a great team, or congratulate them on a great season, but no.  Everything was self-directed:  “I competed, I looked inside of myself, I did this, I did that…”  Enough already.  We don’t need LeBron to tell us he’s great –  we know that already.  And if that wasn’t enough, James rubbed salt in the wound by wearing an Ultimate Warrior shirt as he disembarked from the team plane in Cleveland.  Stay classy.

But that is the society we live in now.  This is a cynical, dog eat dog, Darwinian world.  Athletes, as well as media stars and politicians have taken their cue from the nasty, smarmy tone of reality TV.  The age of classy winners is in the rear view mirror.

We turn the page.  Time for the baseball season and a little team called The New York Mets!   On the other hand, maybe I’ll read a book instead.

 

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Blow taps on the Reyes era

Posted by keithosaunders on December 7, 2011

The inevitable has finally happened — Jose Reyes is no longer a New York Met.  The Marlins, doing their best impression of the Miami Heat, offered Reyes a boatload of money — something that is in short supply in Met-land these days.

A lot of Mets fans are outraged at the loss of their homegrown star.  I think it’s a shame they couldn’t keep him, but I am not devastated by this move.  Even with Reyes in the lineup the Mets are not close to contending.  Let’s face it, that ship sailed long ago. 

The Mets had great shots in ’06, ’07, and ’08.  A Yadier Moliona game 7 homer, followed by consecutive September collapses, followed by a myriad of injuries slammed that window shut. 

Even if they signed Reyes, who’s to say he would stay healthy?  You’ve got a player, now in his thirties, with a history of leg troubles.  I’d rather start over and build something from the bottom up.  The Mets couldn’t win with Reyes, Wright, and Santana in their prime.  I say back up the truck!

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Damn Heat

Posted by keithosaunders on June 1, 2011

What has annoyed me the most about the Miami Heat post-season, is the way they celebrated after the Boston series.  To look at the histrionics — the hugging, the carrying on, Lebron crying — you would have thought they had won it all, instead of a second round series against an aging, injury-rattled team.  I mean, act like you’ve been there before.

But that’s just it.  This team, outside of Dwayne Wade and Udonis Haslem, hasn’t been there before.  They are a made-for-TV, thrown together bunch, that just happens to have three of the best players in the game.  With each passing game their aura of inevitibility grows stronger, and I am having a hard time envisioning a scenario in which this series goes more than five games. 

It is possible, albeit just barely, to shut down Lebron or Wade, but then what do you do with Bosh?  After an up and down season, he has been close to unstoppable all playoffs long.  You forget what a powerful presence he is in the paint — there have been no easy shots in the lane for Heat opponents, and he has been able to control the offensive boards, as well as score at will.

I have to admit that the more the Heat win, the more my disdain grows to Yankee proportions.  It wasn’t just that Lebron decided to leave Cleveland.  It was the dog and pony show that accompanied it.  It was as if we, the NBA fans, were supposed to applaud the triumvirate of Bosh, James, and Wade, simply for deigning to play on the same court. 

There is something karmically wrong with this team.  I have a problem with a team being put together in a single offseason to instantly win a championship.  The Pistons of the early 90s played together for years before finally beating the Celtics and winning the title.  The Bulls, even with the mighty Jordan, had to pay their dues at the hands of said Pistons.  The Spurs of recent history had a core that played together for years, but they didn’t magically emerge from a hyped up cloud of free agent signings.

There’s only been one game; anything can happen.  Dallas is plenty good, but they will need more from their supporting cast — Jason Terry and Tyson Chandler, I’m looking at youse —  if they hope to make this a series. 

In the meantime, here’s hoping we will at least get a competitive six game series.  If there is any justice, the Heat will lose and the Cavaliers, with the 2nd and 4th pick in the draft, will become good and  take next year’s title. 

 Right.  a bridge to sell me?

 

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The Phillies, Heat, Celtics, Wall Street, and the consolidation of power.

Posted by keithosaunders on December 14, 2010

The Yankee fans won’t admit it but they are stunned and shattered by the Phillie’s drive-by signing of Cliff Lee.  They did not see this one coming.  In October, after the Texas Rangers eliminated the Yankees in the ALCS, my Facebook and Twitter feeds were rife with comments such as, “Cliff Lee will look great in pinstripes!”  It was as if the only way the fans could process the ignominy of losing to the small-market Rangers was with the comforting knowledge that they would soon usurp their best player.   They thought it was a foregone conclusion, and they thought so up until 9pm Monday night. 

Have you noticed this recent trend of super-teams?  A few years ago the Celtics somehow  finagled their way into a lineup that included Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Ray Allen.   More recently we saw the Miami Heat’s twin signings of LeBron James and Chris Bosh to compliment their resident star, Dwyane Wade.   Now the Phillies will possess what is possibly the greatest pitching staff since the 1970 Baltimore Orioles and the Koufax/Drysdale Dodger teams of the mid-60s. 

In the past great players were content to have teams built around them.  Lately we see them willing to share the spotlight — to coalesce.  They eschew the individual spotlight for the greater glory that comes with championships.  Some would call it selfless. I call it greed.  They are already rich beyond their wildest fantasies — the only thing left for them is a championship ring. 

While I’m glad that Lee didn’t end up on the Yankees, I’m not enamored with him.  I have no use for the type of player who is essentially a hired gun.  That’s why I never liked David Cone or Roidger Clemens.  They would go to a team, collect their ring, and move on.  Lee could have stayed in Texas and become a real hero.  Instead he chose the easy way:  to go a team of superstars and collect his ring a la LeBron.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad he went to Philly instead of the Yankees.  At least Philly has only won a couple of times

I think you can draw a line from these powerful sports franchises to the way the American economy has seen its wealth consolidated among the top 1%.   Players are merging to form super-teams, much the way banks were merged to form mega-corporations.   

Hopefully this is just a trend.  Otherwise the Mets are screwed.

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