Being a sports fan and a credentialed sports writer presents, at times, serious business. I am a warrior and it’s time to rumble. Strange things have occurred the last few days – many of them weird, radical things. Turbulent 180-degree swings between polar-opposites of Joy and Fear, Wild passions and violent rages, sudden love and sudden hate…I have known them all, and sometimes I fear I may have come to like them too much. I am an addictive personality, they say, a natural slave to passion – and many doctors have warned me against it: saying, “I am a high-risk patient”.
Yet, not all of those doctors are still alive today. Two committed suicide, and two others had their medical licenses lifted for abusing hospital drugs. Another misguided his own wife’s Cancer case and was forced to retire from Medicine. After that, he went into Psychiatry and destroyed the mental health of a whole family by convincing all of them, one at a time, that they were fatally Dysfunctional and probably Insane. Their only hope, he said, was to have each other committed to long-term, fearfully Harsh and impossibly Expensive private Insane Asylums….The children got the most painful sentences. One spent two years in the lock-down ward of clinic somewhere in Kansas; another was put in a straight-jacket and turned over to the notoriously cruel Trenton State Hospital in New Jersey, where “Isolation Therapy” is mandatory for nine months.
Quacks are a part of our culture, and we all fall prey to them – that is why Jimmy Dolan and Isiah Thomas exist. Maybe we think differently about the hiring of a serial sexual harrasser as the President of a Women’s Basketball team, if he had been successful – but Isiah Thomas was a failure with the Knicks, and Jimmy Dolan still flounders among the pimps and C.H.U.D.’s – hence the outrage. Dolan could use the same care and instruction of the above-mentioned family himself, if he believes this was a good idea. Or maybe it proves that some of the wealthy, are no different than any of the other mouth-breathers we encounter. Jimmy’s nepotism for Isiah has reached a critical mass – and clearly this is a ruse to solicit basketball advice from Thomas without undermining Phil Jackson or incurring the wrath of Knicks fans, if he was rehired. But like our physicians in the story, who among us can say for sure they are honest and competent? Don’t bet on it.
With Cal-Gary down 2-3 with 6 mintues left in the 3rd against the Ducks, the Flames got a goal by Sam Bennett that looked to cross the line before being kicked out by goalie Frederik Andersen. Only to have the call on the ice as “no goal” and a subsequent review confirmed it.
Several questions, 1) how do we not have more angles to look at this and not just in hockey, but all sports? These leagues make enough money to put cameras anywhere to eliminate these question marks. It is why we have Replay, to get it right – 2) The question should be asked differently than, is it conclusive. Instead of, “is this a goal?”, reverse the decision and solve it backwards – if this was a goal can you prove or disprove it. Does anyone believe this is not a goal? This isn’t the MIB swamp gas theory, nor is it, this dress is really blue – this is a goal.
Of course it becomes inconsequential, because then Johnny Gaudreau scored a real goal to send it to OT – where Cal-Gary won it on a long-distance wrister from Mikael Backlund, giving the Ducks their first loss of the ‘offs. The point is still, replay needs to do better job of getting it right and the leagues need to take it more seriously.
On a night when the NBA MVP was presented to the home crowd – there was another MVP who showed up instead. Mike Conley showed his value last night for the Grizzlies when he appeared as the masked-assassin, helping Memphis beat Golden State at home, 97-90, stealing home court advantage.
Conley seemed to set the tone of “No Fear” when he scored nine of Memphis’ first 14 points – going 8-of-12 from the floor (3-of-6 from three) dished 3 assists and gave the Warriors the first defeat of the playoffs and are now 44-1 when holding opponents under 100. The Splash Bros., were 3-16 from the arc and it makes you contemplate if the Chuck-ster was correct in his assessment of G-State not being able to win it all because they are a jump-shooting team.
Memphis is the “Power I” and Golden State is the “Spread”, and with Conley back, maybe the Grizzlies have more than just hope – they might have shot. This series just got interesting and the pressure is on Golden State to answer the punch in the mouth they just took.
“If somebody came up and hit .450, stole 100 bases and performed a miracle in the field every day I’d still look you in the eye and say Willie was better. He could do the five things you have to do to be a superstar: hit, hit with power, run, throw, and field. And he had that other magic ingredient that turns a superstar into a super superstar. He lit up the room. He was a joy to be around,” said Hall of Famer Leo Durocher of Willie Mays.
Happy 84th birthday to the Say Hey Kid, one of, if not the greatest baseball player of all time.
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