One step doesn't necessarily lead to another
That sucked, didn’t it?
Game 7, that is.
What a snorefest pretty much from start to finish, not so glad I raced from ignominious Mighty Navy Tiger defeat (we got crushed, now 2-2) to get on a stool (Hello, Jack Astor’s at Square One) to watch a game utterly devoid of drama.
But I’m going to chalk it up to the one factor you cannot teach:
I don’t know this for sure because I’ve never been in that situation and I don’t imagine too many of you have been either but having some inkling of what a big game is like tends to make a huge difference.
The Heat, who won because they had the best player in the series in a large part, had been through Game 7s, been through difficult circumstances and it kind of felt they played with more sense of “calm” than Indiana did.
(And I was home and cooled out by the time the idiots got thrown out in the last minute, don’t imagine I missed an awful lot in that episode)
But what I honestly don’t get is the numerous suggestions after last night’s game that the Pacers will be back, as if getting to a conference finals one year makes it more likely they’ll do it again.
They might, that possibility exists of course, but if there’s one thing we should know it’s that every season is different and there are so many issues at hand that very little carries over from one year to the next.
Injuries come up, skills diminish, roles change and it’s always interesting to see if the hunger that drives a team to unprecedented heights remains in the next season.
I’m not a big one on momentum in the first place, I think it’s awfully over-rated, and I’m certainly not big on the thought it can hang around from one year to the next.
Yes, the Pacers, who have much work to do to improve their bench and that’s not easy in this age’s NBA, could very well find themselves back in the conference finals next year.
And if they get back there, they will have first-hand knowledge of what it’s like and that will unquestionably help them.
But the cause won’t be because they were there once; the cause will be because everything fell right for them in another, totally different season.
Well, I’ve got no chance to see the Cawthra kids back on stage this week which means I’ve also got no chance to hear this.
Too bad, it’s pretty darn good, no matter where you’re listening to it or what you’re doing when you are.
You’re thinking about opening a saloon somewhere and you want locals because locals and regulars are the best (we are, honest) and you want to make things easy for them.
You’ve got lots of taps and a menu that runs from the best chicken and salad ever made (for those who think that way) and tasty deep fried brown things (for me).
Nice staff, good patio, comfortable chairs, big TVs and lots of them.
Know what else you need in this day and age?
About four times in the last week (yeah, I get out a bit too much to kill time) I’ve been sitting somewhere and someone wants to plug in a phone or a computer or a tablet or some kind of electronics.
And it’s like hotel rooms, there are never enough outlets around, it seems.
Not sure what that says about the patrons (I’m often solo killing time so it’s not like I’m ignoring the people I’m with) or what it says about our day age but it hit me the last little while.
So we’re thinking about doing one of those hour-long noon question-and-answer sessions around Thursday. Also trying check to see if there’s any interest. Is there?
And if the Tall Foreheads give the go-ahead, we’ll do IBGT for each of the games of the final.
What will he say?
What can he say?
History would suggest not much and not much.
We’re talking about Masai and his big buntoss later this morning to be officially introduced as the head honcho of all things HOTH.
But here’s one thing to remember:
He can’t, and shouldn’t, get into specifics because it’s impossible to.
Yes, he should suggest what “kind” of team he’d like to eventually build and what his philosophy might be to get that way but I wouldn’t imagine there’s a specific answer to give to questions like “Will you trade Bargnani?” or “who will you use the amnesty clause on?”
It’ll be a bit frustrating for fans, I’m sure, but you can see the point.
You can get general stuff about the process and what he might like to do but to hamstring himself by saying he’s definitely going to accomplish this and that is silly.
One thing he should do is bring some clarity to the coaching situation – I would expect from the conversations I’ve had that he’ll say he has no desire to take Dwane Casey out of his job.
That’d be the right thing to do.
I am such a dope.
That list of Game 7s that we had here was pretty good but I have no idea how my cluttered mind managed to forget on one of the most dramatic I’ve ever seen.
Sacramento-Lakers, 2002 Western Conference Final.
Nothing – nothing – beats an overtime Game 7 and given all that’s gone on with regards to that game in the intervening years, it’d be first on my list.
My own correction to my own memory.
Okay, time to go book some flights.
Wonder if you can get to San Antonio from Miami easily, you certainly can’t from here.