Breaking it down as we seldom do; and an obligatory list
Well, well, well.
How about that?
A rather interminable wait’s finally over and let’s try something a bit different, let’s see how these guys match up. With some other stuff thrown in just to break up the monotony of, you know, all inside basketball.
I bequeath to you …
Mike Bibby vs. Jason Kidd
No, it’s not going to be a track meet by any stretch of the imagination; instead of tortoise and the hare, let’s think tortoise and, well, the tortoise.
But Kidd’s been playing like he’s 28 instead of 38 and is on-court leadership really is impressive.
Dwyane Wade vs. DeShawn Stevenson
Every time I hear Wade say he’s not hurt, my man Bill comes to mind (“The lady doth protest too much, methinks) and while I don’t mean to call Wade a lady, you get my point. Still, as we saw at the end of Game 5 against the Bulls, he can still be pretty dang good.
And the lingering memory of him shooting a kabillion free throws the last time these teams met in the Final has to haunt the Mavs.
LeBron James vs. Shawn Marion
Oh, James can be vilified and not liked and all that but, man, can he play. And he’s playing at as high a level as he ever has. And something tells me he’s ready to really put his stamp on this series. If Marion can even slow him a bit, Mavs may well win the series.
Now, time for a break.
Well, let’s go with one major league digression here, ‘cause it’s what we do.
Know how the other day I posed the thought-provoking query “Ignatowski or Kramer?” Well, of course it got me thinking about Sitcom Sidekicks and who might have been, or is, the best.
Now, it’s difficult to differentiate when think about it. Is Elaine a sidekick as well as George and Kramer? How about Robert and Frank Barone? Neither? Or each? All of ‘em?
See my point?
Anyway, I’ll put my top five up against your top five any old time. Mine are, relatively, old so you might not remember ‘em but that’s what youtube is for:
Seriously, if someone says Section Eight don’t your ears perk up? And how many of you want to go to Toledo?
Maybe the original, no? And if there was a Raccoon Lodge in Hazelville, I’d find someone to invited in. Besides, he followed the June Taylor Dancers and you know how I feel about them.
Yes, I have him all over the Rev. Jim, probably not as close as some of you may think.
And when I’m done this gig, I think an internship at Kramerica might be good; or maybe I’ll open a pizza joint where you make your own pies.
Now, seriously, you didn’t think I could possibly leave him off the list, do you? I know I’m not exactly him but …
How can you not have on the list the guy who uttered perhaps the single greatest line in sitcom history:
“As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly.”
And now back to our regularly-scheduled stuff
Chris Bosh vs. Dirk Nowitzki
I don’t care how well Bosh is playing – and he’s been excellent in the post-season, he’s not in Dirk’s class right now. Yes, Bosh often holds the key to a Heat win; but Dirk’s been out this world.
Joel Anthony vs. Tyson Chandler
As the anchor of Dallas’s defence, Chandler’s an imposing figure and good shot-blocker. He’s got some solid offensive skills, too. Anthony’s post defence is very good, he’s an aggressive rebounder and there won’t be many easy layups.
Mario Chalmers, Mike Miller, Udonis Haslem vs. J.J. Barea, Jason Terry, Peja Stojakovic.
Dallas gets all kinds of offensive production – but not a lot of defence – out of its bench, the Heat subs tend to hold the fort while the big guns get a blow.
Erik Spoelstra vs. Rick Carlisle
Neither guy has been here before but Carlisle’s resume is a bit more impressive, with two other trips to conference finals. Riley Spoelstra has more creative players at his disposal for end-game situations.
So, how’d I get to Heat in seven?
Well, home court’s a big factor, no question about it and with the 2-3-2 format, I think it probably takes Dallas two wins in Miami to take the series and I don’t know if they can do it.
Enjoy the games.
Well, there goes 16-0.
Mighty Rockies give up two in the bottom of the last inning and go down to a tough 12-11 victory to the Dastardly Other Guys.
Great game, though; the kids had fun, I’ll play one-run games all year. As we told ‘em right out of the gate, a lot of baseball is managing disappointment and failure (making outs, making errors) but the glory of the game is that there’s always another one soon and we’re back at it tomorrow.
Of all the things I’m thankful for covering the hoops instead of the TOD?
No shaving cream pies.
Really, it’s getting a tad ridiculous, isn’t it?
I know the dude won his first start ever last night and that’s well and good but to smear his face in celebration?
Dunno about that.
We’re here tonight for an IGBT, right?
And I know the 9 p.m. East start scares some of you and it is indeed late but my friends down there tell me tip will be right about 9, the pre-game show will take care of all the other stuff, allowing them to get going almost at the proscribed time.