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Tuesday, June 21, 2005

The Distance

I know this isn't a normal topic around these parts, but I need to get one post in before we enter the no-man's land between the NBA finals and the first college football games, a period of time unaffectionately known to many (or at least by me) as Regular Season Baseball.

Most people care very little for this small-market NBA Finals, and that's fine. Very few are watching, but anyone who has actually played basketball can appreciate the high-quality displays being put on by the Pistons and the Spurs. It's unfortunate that in the first four games, these sparkling displays were sequential rather than concurrent, resulting in the most lop-sided games in Finals history. However, game 5 had everything a basketball fan could ask for (except a Pistons win).

And now, Eric Neel writes, we need it to go 7. It's a great story.

In case you don't have the time, at least picture this in your mind's eye:

And lastly, and maybe most importantly, I want seven because I have adream, and it goes like this: Seventh game, seven overtimes, 132 personal fouls, and just two men left standing. That's right: Darko and Rasho for all the marbles.


  • I once saw a college game in which a brawl forced several players to be ejected, and after a couple more fouled out, one team had to play with four guys on the floor. (Norman Dale's squad also plays with only four in one touching scene in Hoosiers.) As far as I know, it's never happened in the NBA. But it would be fun to see.

    By Blogger MDS, at 2:53 PM  

  • If it happened in Hoosiers, it can happen in the NBA Finals. And it would be very fun to see.

    By Blogger Jason, at 2:56 PM  

  • Norman Dale's squad was also able to run six man drills suring a period of time inw hich they only had five players on the team. Who was that sixth man?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:03 PM  

  • Anonymous, you're the first person I've ever heard of who noticed that. Hoosiers is my all-time favorite movie, but there are a couple of continuity errors that really bother me. Buddy quits the team at the first practice and then magically reappears, and we're never told why. Is there a DVD loaded with extras that explains these things?

    By Blogger MDS, at 4:08 PM  

  • Simmons wrote a big column on it a while back, including all of the inconsistencies, but ESPN has locked everything up in the vault.

    By Blogger PaulNoonan, at 4:10 PM  

  • The time between tomorrow night's game and kickoff of the first regular-season NFL game is an absolute wasteland for me. I don't watch TV except for sports, and it's mostly constrained to the NCAA tourney, the NBA playoffs, and any regular-or-post-season NFL game on the tube. I wish I could say that the rest of the time when I'm not watching TV I do something much more useful, but then I'd have one less thing to wish for.

    I'm in the same boat as the author. Thank God for a game 7. Not just for something to watch, but it proves that both teams deserve to be there. Neither team is a fluke. Both teams picked up a road win when they needed to. San Antonio showed that they are consistent in hiccupping at home. Detroit showed that Big Ben really isn't all that big when his hair isn't. What seven games has proven is the same thing that one game would have proven -- who the better team is when it's all on the line -- but it's proven so much more. We've gotten to see all facets of both teams. We've gotten to see ups and downs. And I think what games 5 and 6 proved is that the games have been getting closer (final score of game 6 notwithstanding) as the teams get BETTER at dealing with each other, as great players and great coaches should. I'm just glad I haven't had to watch bodies fly and Shaq stand there awkwardly at the free throw line during this Finals.

    By Anonymous mitch, at 11:27 AM  

  • Amen.

    I'm right there with you, Mitch.

    Frankly, I think this has turned out to be one of the best NBA Finals in many, many years. The last two games have been everything that Finals games should be.

    By Blogger Jason, at 11:54 AM  

  • I'll never understand why the minor sports don't do more during that empty time between the NBA finals and the start of football season. I like baseball as much as the next guy, but it's ridiculous how few other sports there are to watch during the summer. I'd love to watch boxing or track meets or something as a sports alternative.

    By Blogger MDS, at 1:09 PM  

  • "I like baseball as much as the next guy, but it's ridiculous how few other sports there are to watch during the summer. I'd love to watch boxing or track meets or something as a sports alternative."

    My favorite sporting event of the year takes place between now and the start of the NFL season. It's a shame more Americans aren't more excited that one of their own is dominating one of hte biggest sporting events in the world. Go Lance!

    By Blogger DannyNoonan, at 3:24 PM  

  • Go Lance!

    Resting HR of 32. What a wimp.

    By Anonymous mitch, at 4:12 PM  

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