Thursday, June 26, 2014
Behind The Scoreboard
There is little chance that anyone who watched the just recently concluded NBA playoff missed any nuance in game five. NBA TV has repeated the game numerous times since Father’s Day and everyone closely connected had an opportunity to weigh in.
From my quarters the “I told you so’s” were not all that bad, however, some acquaintances just looked my way and shook their heads from side to side. There was a trio of fans of the game who didn’t waver when I tried to recruit them to switch over to the Heat. Rose Nunnally of the Holly Springs Utility Department warned me mildly that my pick may be flawed.
Lincoln Martin of South Center Printing was both adamant and insistent. He allowed that if the Spurs won just one of those games in Miami, the split would sway the basketball gods to their favor. Boyce Crawford, a long-time auto dealer in Holly Springs and a good person to talk any sports with, was also intractable in his support of San Antonio.
Mental note to self, “Self, it probably wouldn’t be a bad idea to seek this triumphant trio out in future playoffs.”
Interesting follow-up to my post playoff conversation with Lincoln – he shares my sentiment that the Spurs and Heat aren’t exactly done with each other. The record is now one to one. That is not very definitive when it comes to superiority. Are they going to be content to let it stand at that?
During subsequent press conferences, the Heat hierarchy maintained that the franchise is still as solid as ever and moving on past the playoffs loss. The “Big Three” are at a point where all of them can “opt out” and declare free agent status. Heat leadership is using the wait-andsee tactic – give the King time away from the game and the arena. Does LeBron have the interest, intent and persuasive power to steer the Heat, specifically Bosh and Wade, into making another run?
And what about their opponents the past two seasons? Will the nucleus which they showed this season remain intact for another record-setting run? The key face of that franchise, Duncan, Genobili and Parker did not let age become a factor. And they have added another key ingredient, Kawhi Leonard. Personally, I feel that Tim Duncan will be a part of the organization even after he sheds the uniform.
Besides basketball being the main attentiongetter, this past week, the SEC had two contenders in the College Baseball World Series. The Ole Miss Rebels just almost made it to the big show, being eliminated by the Cavaliers of the University of Virginia in the semis.
The Commodores of Vanderbilt whipped the Longhorns of Texas and will now meet the Cavaliers in their first-ever quest for a world title.
Also the entire U.S.A. has been energized by Team U.S.A.’s success in the FIFA (Federation of International Football Associations). Don’t be confused if the rules of competition seem to be a little puzzling, because they are.
Teams have to be beaten to be eliminated. U.S.A. tied with Portugal on Sunday and will play Germany next. Portugal was the number two-rated team in the playoffs. In collegiate basketball it is called the “Sweet 16;” in world soccer it is called the “Group of Death,” or the “knock-out round.” Just bear in mind the team has to be beaten to be eliminated.
Hate to end this on a sad note but a very important member of The South Reporter team suffered the loss of a family member this past week. Doyle Jones, husband of Linda Jones, passed away. The entire staff of The South Reporter stands in solidarity with the family in their grief.
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