Sunday, June 12, 2011

The most meaningful NBA title, ever

Sure, that name is a bit much, but given the spectacle that Lebron produced last off season I feel it is very accurate.  Let it be known that I have not followed the NBA since 1998, and have lost all reason to follow the NBA when the Thunder made their debut.

If Lebron and company would have captured the title, how empty would that have felt?  It would have felt manufactured if the outcome would have been reversed.  Think of how dry the Yankee titles seem to be (for those non-fans) since they already have the highest payroll.  I think this shows that heart goes a long ways!  Plus, Cuban was one of two owners to vote agianst the Sonics departure.

i dedicate this blog to those titles that provide great stories lines, not evil ones.  I think the Giants and Rangers World Series 2010 run demonstrates heart and dedication.   The Rangers, in bankruptcy looking for buyers, became the best team in the AL.  The Giants, in second to last place in July represents the NL and completes the run with the title.  I am sure ratings for the WS were less than previous, however the storyline was unbeatable.  The drama was more along the lines of "warm and fuzzies" while Lebron brings a hatred to those that value loyalty.  It seems that turmoil and debate always bring out the voyeurs in all of us.

I raise a glass to Dirk and the rest of the Mavs that produced a title for a town that has long ached for one even before Dale Ellis was traded.  Cheers.

Blogging at 36,000 feet

I did not spring for the Gogo net purchase, but decided to kill time while I a sate wedged in the famous middle seat for a 2.5 hour flight.

Since I am a superstitious blogger, it is good the M's have hit a bit of a skid.  Losing 3 of there last 4 and losing a series to the despicable White Sox.  First series loss in a very long time.  I was just starting to get use to them winning!  So I feel comfortable taking some time to blog as they turn things around against the Tigers.

You know things are going weird for a team when a a $10 million player is providing a weekly charge to a pint of beer based on his batting average.  Last week, Chone Figgins was drumming up draft beers for $1.87.  He offers absolutely nothing of value to the team at this point.   We had the luxury of attending a game on Memorial Day.  Chone proved his value at third with 2 errors.  The crowd, even after error number one, did not let up.  He was booed the minute his throw to first was errant.  Needless to say, I was one of the members in the booing party.  I am done with him in Seattle.  Sadly, he will be cut since no sober team would take him in a trade.

Pitching has been spot on, both from a starting and relief perspective.  Pineda and Felix and Bedard are proving to be a great trio of starters.  Fister and Vargas are also pulling their weight to make sure we are successful from 66 feet.

It should be noted that I started this blog on Thursday night, but did not post until Sunday.  Some of this information needs to be updated as the Mariners were able to salvage a series tie against Detroit.  Now they come home for one of the best homes stands with the Angels, Phillies (a small set in DC) then back for the Marlins and Braves.