Thursday, June 14, 2007

...champions.

Congratulations to the San Antonio Spurs for their narrow sweep of the Cleveland Cavaliers in the finals.

I don't even like watching basketball, but I thoroughly enjoyed this game. The officials did a fine job of ignoring incidental contact and just letting the players play. That made the game into one of the most"vicious" lower-scoring games I've ever watched. It was vicious in the sense of a hard fought game. Nothing bad came out of it, and it doesn't look like any enemies-for-life were created. The players were simply turned loose, allowed to play hard and regulated only when they stepped over the line of fair play. For once it was an enjoyable game of basketball to watch.

I think my favorite play of the game was an unsuccessful one. I cannot remember who lobbed up the shot in the 4th quarter at the tail end of an astonishing Cavs resurrection effort, but I can remember a rebound scramble with the ball heading out of bounds. Manu Ginobli of the Spurs was falling on his ass out of bounds but he still lunged for the ball to try to keep it alive. He missed, but it impressed me, a self-professed basketball hater. That man just doesn't give up.

Hell none of the players in the game gave up. I thought for a time in the 4th that the Spurs were going to lose because they slowed their agressive play just as the Cavs pushed theirs to full speed. The Spurs took a while to recover, but recover they did and earned their 1 point victory with sweat, grit and determination against a stampede by the Cavs.

Mr. Lebron James, I saw the disappointment on your face. You still acted like a man and fair competitor when you congratulated the Spurs on a personal level. Never fear, sir. Your day will come.

Well done to members of both teams for making me actually enjoy a basketball game!

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