Jose Calderon is my new favorite player. Sure he participated in the racist taunting of Chinese people. But I will forgive him because he plays so well and is on both of my fantasy basketball teams 🙂 . When someone tries to intimidate my fav player, like KG did, well that someone goes to my do not like list, even if that someone happens to be my wife’s favorite player because she thinks he’s funny.
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In the past seven years Boston has witnessed six victory parades.
- February 2002 – New England Patriots
- February 2004 – New England Patriots
- October 2004 – Boston Red Sox
- February 2005 – New England Patriots
- October 2007 – Boston Red Sox
- June 2008 – Boston Celtics
As my friend Alan says, this is the “golden age of sports” for Boston.
Having lived in Boston for almost twenty years and being a sports fan I feel like I have gotten a pretty good read of the Boston sports scene. And honestly, though I am happy for the fans I would say that in general the Boston sports scene is a bit too “fantastic”.
Boston sports fan take their sports incredibly seriously.
- raucous, sometimes entertaining sports radio
- excellent local sports journalism
- loud and enthusiastic sports crowds
- fans are rarely satisfied
- emotions run incredibly high
- demands create an almost poisonous atmosphere
I have seen all the major sports teams in Boston and I think the Red Sox fans are the worst I remember being shocked at my first game at Fenway Park with how fans acted. They were literally angry if the Red Sox were losing. I must admit I have not gone since their 2004 championship, maybe they have lightened up.
In contrast here in Silicon Valley, California people enjoy their sports but they don’t really care. The sports scene really is the opposite of Boston’s but I prefer it. I think it’s healthier, sports is just a game. Unfortunately sports radio here is so boring. 🙂
I am happy for the Big Three, aka GPA, especially Ray Allen seated below with his son.
I am also happy for Leon Powe, below holding up his son. His story is truly amazing, growing up poor, sometimes homeless.
One thing I really like about the Big Three is that they genuinely seem to like each other. They support each other and are committed to winning together as a team. This photo illustrates that.
Here are a few more. Notice something similar in each one?
If you noticed the Asian dude behind the big three in every photo you win the prize! That dude is Bryan Doo, the Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Boston Celtics. We both attended Highrock Church and even went on a short-term missions trip together. I always enjoy seeing him behind the bench whenever I watch a Celtics game. In yesterday’s post game celebrations I saw Bryan talking with Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen. Congratulations to Bryan as well!
This has been the best NBA playoffs ever. Sure my Raptors got bounced right away. Sure I wanted to see Canadian Steve Nash or good guy Chris Paul in the finals, even if it would be at the expense of my old favorites, the Spurs. Sure my favorite player, Dwight Howard, lost to the Piston punks. But the level of competitiveness and play has been fantastic.
And now we get the dream finals, Boston Celtics vs. Los Angeles Lakers. On one side I dislike the Lakers because Kobe Bryant is the anti-MJ. On the other side it’s hard not to cheer for the possessed Kevin Garnett, the “black Larry Bird” (my friend coined that) Paul Pierce, and the smooth shooting “Jesus Shuttlesworth” Ray Allen (“Save us Jesus! Save us!” – He Got Game). Plus who can’t like Leon Powe, he’s from my neighborhood, Oakland (okay it’s true, I’ve only been here nine months, but I’m feeling acclimated).
I have seen so many games but last night was date night so I thought I was going to miss much of the epic Game 4. It turned out, not by plan, that the restaurant we went to, Thai Basil, had the game on and I had a nice seat to watch the action while engaging in stimulating conversation with my wife.
I commented to the wife that the Lakers were building a big lead but they always do that in the first quarter. By the time we left though the lead was huge. When we got home we started putting the kids to bed. I was in charge of taking care of Victoria so I turned on the game. I watched the beginning of the third quarter and saw the Celtics chop the Lakers’ lead down to 12 but then saw it go back up to 20. I then turned off the TV, figuring the game was over and that maybe the Lakers would win the series (my prediction though obviously not my desire).
Later as I sat in Dylan’s bedroom waiting for Dylan to fall asleep I saw on Yahoo! sports that the Celtics were only four points behind! Then I saw that they were up by four points. I then said “Sorry Dylan, I’ve got to go” and ran downstairs to watch the last two minutes. With about half a minute left in the game I heard Dylan call for me and I responded “I’ll be up soon.” With a few seconds left in the game I went back upstairs, checked that Dylan was asleep, went back down and watched an hour of press conferences and highlights while working on my computer.
By the way I can’t believe during Kobe’s press conference that he said he was going to drink lots of beer, wine and twenty shots. Not only does the man have anger issues, is an alleged rapist and a horrible teammate, he’s now admitting he’s a borderline alcoholic.
Bill Simmons has a fantastic diary of The Comeback Game. It’s entertaining reading how upset he is at the beginning, elated in the middle and exhausted at the end. I can’t believe I missed the biggest comeback in NBA history.
As Bill Simmons said:
The Kobe-MJ thing … done. Over. Jordan never would have let that happen in the Finals. Ever. Under any circumstances. Nobody is ever allowed to bring this up again.