Thursday, June 05, 2008

Thursday 06/05 A.M. Quickie:
NBA Finals, Wings Win, Cubs Lose, More

Do you HAVE to pick a side in the NBA Finals? What if you hate BOTH teams?

Is it possible to not have a rooting interest (or be rooting against both), but simply want to see a good series? Can you not be rooting for a particular result, but still have an opinion about who will win?

Of course: Lakers in 5, which will become a stinging indictment of the NBA's 2-3-2 Finals system.

The NBA Finals lead today's Sporting News column. Apparently, something was in my Wheaties this morning, because -- format-wise -- it is as rapid-fire as it has been in a while. (Too many one-liner comments can be too much, even for someone who loves the shallow commentary, but today for whatever reason, that was the vibe I was feeling.)

Anyway, there's a lot more: Tons of MLB (even the MLB Draft), a big fat acknowledgement that I don't know enough about hockey to properly put the Wings' Cup win into perspective.

(But I do know enough about sports fans to know that Game 5 was a breakthrough for the league. OK, so here's how they sustain it: Only hold do-or-die playoff games that go into 3OT and make sure they are on national broadcast network TV. Yeah, right.)

For god's sake, I even reference Euro 08. But no references to Drew Magary. That's for later.

Complete column here
. More later.

-- D.S.


Kurt said...

No comment on Rick Reilly's debut article for ESPN? I know it's fun and all to rip on real columnists and hang all over every half decent blog post, but would it hurt to acknowledge a well written column when you see one? For all your bitterness about Reilly not being fond of bloggers, it's refreshing to see someone write about real life issues and their connection to sports. Your bitter, negative posts every day sure get tiring.

Michael W said...

Not taking the Lakers in 4, Dan? Eheheh.