Thursday, May 31, 2012
Behind The Scoreboard
Some NBA and NFL
The race seems far from winding down, although the seven-game season in the NBA has only a couple of series left.
The entertainment factor has been ever present, however, there have been some occurrences that could be tagged as less than holy.
But there have been other newsmakers that have grabbed a bit of attention away from the NBA’s “really big shew,” to bring in a smattering of Ed Sullivanism.
Did you hear that Lawrence Taylor’s (better known as LT around the circuit in the NFL arena), Super Bowl ring was sold for a hefty sum of $230 thousand?
Did you also hear who made the purchase?
Why, it was none other than Charlie Sheen, former star of the hit comedy on CBS “Two and A Half Men.” Sheen was reported to have said that he and Taylor had a bond of sorts because of the incidents in their lives.
And while we have tweaked tradition and injected the NFL in this offering, why not go a little farther and point out that the NFL has also broken tradition and allowed Roman numerals on a players’ jersey. RG III (Robert Griffin third, new QB of the Skins) will have the numerals emblazoned on the back of his number 10 shirt when he suits up for Washington this fall.
This is a history-making event since it is reported that no other pro sport has allowed such move. The word is that copies of the shirt have been selling gold bullion.
Now back to the games. We have already stated that Lebron James is on a mission to lead the Miami Heat to a championship this season. When their series opened with the Pacers of Indiana and the latter went up 2-1, the nation hung a D.O.A. tag on the Heat’s toes. They blamed the early demise on the fact that the triumvirate of pro basketball had been reduced to determined duo.
Chris Bosh, the third corner of the terrible triangle, had been banished from the series because of injuries. But after D. Wade had that downturn game three, the Pacers made a grave tactical error: well, they made the Heat hot.
And you know the rest. Wade came back and redeemed himself in games four, five and six. He and the King embarrassed the Pacers to the extent that their own “Executive MVP of the Year” (Larry Bird) called them soft. At this point, I am not sure that even the Spurs can stop the burning Heat.
I have a feeling of sadness because the Celtics are likely to meet the Heat again in the Conference finals.
I have always had respect for Red Auerbach’s team and would just hate to see history repeat itself.
I hope everyone had a happy Memorial Day. Remember to remember a veteran.
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