Thursday, May 17, 2007
This column is all about winners. We are not even mentioning losers.
By winners we mean the NBA teams which completely swept their opponents in the first round games of the NBA playoffs. By winners we mean a horse which came from 19th place to please a queen and take the wreath in the 103rd “Run for the Roses.”
By winners we mean an unflappable Tigers Woods charging from behind to take the Wachovia at Quail Hollow.
By winners we mean a stoic and swinging Barry Bonds who is closing in on the most prestigious record in Major League Baseball.
The manner in which the “Baby Bulls” quickly came of age and sent the defending champion Miami Heat on early vacation. The relaxed style in which boy wonder LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers out “wizzed” the Washington Wizards in shutting them out four games to none. How the Detroit Pistons reverted to their own sleight of hand to teach the Orlando Magic a trick or two in their 4-0 run.
The shocking, surprising and just downright dumbfounding play of the Golden State Warriors in dispatching everybody’s favorite, the Dallas Mavericks. A couple of weeks ago, you would have been hard pressed to find anyone who was not in the Mavs’ camp. Who knew? Avery (Johnson, head coach), Mark (Cuban, head owner), what happened?
The fan base was bolstered when the Mavs tied the series 1-1 in the second game by busting the clock on the Warriors at 112-99. Who knew that would be their only hoorah? The Maverick camp has been in a cone of silence since their elimination.
I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t have a clue for the remainder of the playoffs. OK, call me gun-shy if you will, but after the Mavs’ demise, I am empty.
In the past we have regularly remarked about parity in pro football, but never about parity in pro basketball. Maybe now would be a good time to start.
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