Re: Spurs, if we don't make it I hope YOU will...
posted at 4/8/2011 12:13 PM EDT
In Response to Spurs, if we don't make it I hope YOU will...
[QUOTE]This is not a bandwagon post. Think of it as a last will of sorts. I am in no way a Spurs fan. But I am so tired of the cockiness from the Bulls, Heat and Lakers... and also very depressed about tonight's game. The Celtics weren't exactly at their best but the Bulls are the real deal... which is painful because I know how much certain players on that team wanted to dig it into us. Joakim Noah vis a vis Kevin Garnett anyone? I want us to win it all and still believe we can, but tonight was a serious challenge to that. So I just want to say that if we can't win get that championship I want it to go to a team that I respect. So stay healthy Spurs... And Celtics, PLEASE find a way...
Posted by MsLithium21[/QUOTE]
I love your passion. I am a super senior in my 70's and a Boston Teams fan going back to Cousy/Sharman days(Red Sox…Williams, Dimaggio etc.). In my youth I remember when our teams lost I couldn't get to sleep for hours and couldn't wait for the next game to try & get over the previous loss. With the great Celtic teams with Russell, Bird, McHale, Parish etc. I had tremendous satisfaction & gloating rights as although I was born in New England, went to school there , the Military first & then my working career after took me to California, I've been here(SF Bay Area) for 45+ years. I'm a local team fan too…hate the Lakers, Dodgers, Previously LA Rams etc….but roots run deep and I'm a Boston fan first even when they play local teams.
I got over my severe depression after Boston losses after my teens and it was really frustrating if you are a Sox fan as I went through 4 world series… 1946, 1967, 1975 & 1986 the most ugly loss (Bill Buckner) when they didn't win. Their comeback from 0-3 with the Yankees and then undefeated thereafter for their first title since early 1900s was probably my most gratifying Boston teams victory. Then the loss to the Lakers last year in game 7 when I felt they were robbed with disparity in foul shots made me relive, and I'm in my 70s, nausea & grief for weeks, months even writing on the Tainted Title forum that went to almost 1000 posts(don't remember you there---Rajon Randowski was a major contributor).
The reason I was especially saddened with the unjust loss to the Lakers, I & many other people & sport writers felt too, was that I always like rooting for an older player/team and I worry that last year may have been the last hurrah for the Big 3. Also, I like rooting for underdogs.
With your preference for the Spurs if we don't make it, I like your choice because Duncan, Ginobli & Parker are not youngster either and they are a class act. But, truth be told, I will root for anyone vs. the Lakers. Same as I do for anyone vs. Yankees. I don't like them threatening our leadership with titles.
RE your comment:
"I'm grieving here. I feel worse about this game than I do any of those losses to cellar dwellars because I am now forced to confront the possibility that the Bulls - after all their trash talking of us - are in fact the better team this year. We all are, and trust me, we all have our ways of dealing with it."
I play in a super seniors USTA tennis league and tennis is supposed to be almost like golf, a gentlemens' sport. You can't believe the trash talk but remember the old "sticks & stones will break your bones but names will never hurt you". Noah's mouth didn't beat us, their quickness, youth etc. did. Noah is to be admired a bit as his father, Yannick, wanted him to follow in his tennis footsteps & rallied with him, jogged with him & boxed with him administering some beatings too but Joakim to be respected chose basketball. Hopefully, and they say in life that falling down is not the worse thing but it's the ability to pick your self up, that Rivers learns that we need to play a different slow down the tempo game with this younger team. Also, if we get Shaq back it'll help tremendously in the paint & he'll take care of Joakim.
You also very wisely said that if we lose, life goes on. I've been depressed about Red Sox 0-6 start & facing the dreaded Yankees this weekend. Remember, these guys make millions whether they win or lose. But keep in mind the truly important things going on in the world, Japan Nuclear problem, Libya stalemate, atrocities in Africa etc.
'Every Day Above Ground ... Is A Good Day'