It payback something that exists for athletes?
I’ve often wondered whether NBA players have any sense of “payback” in them, whether things that happened in the past had any bearing on what will happen in the future.
I’ve always leaned toward no, actually; there are so many games and so many opponents and circumstances with teams change so quickly, I figure players play a game, move on to the next one and not worry about what occurred in the past.
Guess we’ll find out a little bit about that tonight here.
Having been around this franchise for a very long time – longer than I can care to admit sometimes – I cannot remember too many more gloomy nights than the post-game period last month in Portland.
It was, as you recall, the end of a horrid five-game road trip, the HOTH were absolutely drilled in Portland, both Kyle Lowry and Andrea Bargnani got hurt and Amir Johnson rifled his mouthguard at an official. They were 4-19 and as we stood in the hallway outside the locker room, the look of anger/dejection/confusion on Bryan Colangelo’s face was like I’ve never seen before; one of his Henchman stood almost paralysed against the wall down the hall and Dwane looked like he’d been hit by a truck.
The players? They were speechless. One of the few other nights I can equate it to was early in the 17-game losing streak in the 16-66 season when I walked into some locker room post-game, caught the eye of Damon Stoudemire and both of us just shrugged – he had nothing to say and I really had nothing to ask.
That night in Portland was almost as dark. And Dwane knew it:
"That was probably our lowest moment of the season and a turning point. We kind of found our mojo after that and decided that we were tired of getting our butts kicked.”
So tonight the kids get the Blazers again and while Portland didn’t do anything like run up the score or anything that night, I wonder if the taste of that evening lingers.
I’m of the mind that pro athletes shouldn’t need any extra motivation to play hard but that might be a little Pollyanna-ish and it’ll be interesting to see if these guys come out with a little extra “oomph” tonight just to say: Hey, that’s not who were, this is who we are.
Someone pointed out that it’s Wednesday, for goodness sake.
How did that happen?
I’ve been so screwed up with the days of the week over the holidays, I had no real idea what day it was.
You guys all back to work now? Or off until Monday?
Anyway, need to figure out a mail schedule and while I have three or four left from late last week, we can start the process now.
Saw this last week and forgot to use it, an Alert Irregular also passed it on and if this isn’t the greatest Kiss Cam moment in the history of Kiss Cam, I don’t know what is.
How I missed this over the runup to New Year’s is beyond me.
Any time you can listen to Van Morrison, you should.
Hey, remember the time when Jan. 2 would arrive and the American college football bowl season would be over?
Was talking to a friend about it yesterday, how there used to just be the big four – one, I believe, on New Year’s Eve and the others on New Year’s Day – and even a non-fan like me would at least pay closer attention.
Well, like everything, it seems, they’ve ruined it by going so far over the top it’s ridiculous.
Where I’d have an interest in the Orange, Sugar, Cotton and Rose bowls now the mere existence of the others has made me pay no attention whatsoever.
And I will offer this as a test and no looking:
Who won, or who played in, or what the hell are the:
Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl
R & L Carrier’s New Orleans Bowl
Military Bowl Presented By Northrop Grumman, which is not to be confused with the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl.
I’m sure some fans of some teams liked the fact their marginally talented teams got to play in “bowls” but the overkill kills me.
So the holidays are all over – and we can put away the Merry Christmas and Happy New Year stuff for another year – and what have you all got for the inevitable post-holiday doldrums that set it.
It’s cold and snowy and kinda “blah” these days and will be for the next few weeks, I imagine. It’s dark all the time it seems, there’s not an awful lot to look forward to – not sure anyone’s planning the Family Day celebrations quite yet – and I need some tips on how to deal with this time of year.
Anyone share those feelings? Got a solution?
Here’s something to cheer one of us up a bit.
Sure, six home games is almost too long to be home – Super Wife should be asking when the next trip is by about Friday afternoon so I’m out from under foot – but there are no games out of the Eastern time zone until March, Not Grace Kelly’s doing the back-to-back in Florida later this month so I don’t have a multi-game trip until February’s trip to all-star with a road game in Washington tagged on the end so …
Yeah, things aren’t that bad at all.