Sunday, June 15, 2008
This was my attempt to reverse jinx the Lakers and help them become the first team in NBA history to overcome a 3-1 deficit. I failed miserably. I apologize to Laker fans everywhere because I understand that it is my sole responsibility to guide the destiny of this franchise. Who knew?
For those of you trying to console me these past few days. Thank you. I know it hasn't been easy. These things hit us all pretty hard. And while I appreciate the care you have shown me these past few days, do not misunderstand my reaction. I'm not being a downer, I'm being a realist. Let's look at the facts.
First, in 6 meetings so far this season with the Boston Celtics, the Lakers are 1-5. That's not encouraging.
Second, In the 13 home games the Celtics have played, they are 12-1.
Third, no team in the history of the NBA has ever come back from a 1-3 deficit.
Fourth, did you see game 4? The Lakers had an 18 point lead at the half! Then they proceeded to play like tiny little girls in the second half! They didn't deserve to win that game after playing like that. Now they're just a young team on the ropes. Not a good place to be.
So given the fact that the Lakers now need to win 3 games in a row against a team that they've only managed 1 win in 6 meetings, and the fact that two of those games they need to win will happen in Boston, where the Celtics have only lost 1 game this entire post season and they have a propensity to play like little girls down the stretch, it's looking like a done deal. They basically have to climb Mount Everest three times in a row and on two of those climbs, there's guaranteed to be stormy weather and heckling fans. So, congratulations Boston. Congratulations Kevin Garnett. Congratulations Paul Pierce. You guys deserve it and I mean that sincerely.
Yes, I know Kobe said these finals are far from over, but he has to say that. He's the Black Mamba. And while I appreciate his enthusiasm, the worst thing you can do to a person in a time of absolute despair is give them hope. I do not need hope now. I need to grieve. Please let me grieve and move on with my life. We don't need to drag this on any longer. It's ok. We Laker fans have next season to look forward to. We'll have Pau for the whole season (yes, I know everyone likes to pretend like we've had him this whole season, but really, we've only had him since February) and more importantly, we'll have Andrew back. Then all of these size issues that have plagued us this series will disappear. The team is still young. They've got a chance to be contenders for quite awhile.
Ps, I knew this series was doomed from the start when ALL of the "experts" were picking the Lakers to cream the Celtics. That never works out well. Just look at the Super Bowl this past year...
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Finding a job is hard.
Ok, now that I’ve gotten that out of the way. I have accepted a posting challenge from my sister Madelyn via twitter, which is how I believe most posting challenges are initiated these days. As such, I am now obligated to post on a slightly more regular basis than I have been in the past.
So here’s what this post is about:
I’m losing it.
Since I’ve moved to the city they call Chicago, I’ve felt like time has sped up. This is particularly alarming considering the fact that I still don’t have a job. I’ve created a child-like pie chart to awkwardly illustrate how my time is being spent.
As you can see, a good deal of my time is spent preparing food. This is very new to me. When I lived in California, I would eat out approximately 26 times a week. Not bad for a guy with a college education. But since I’ve moved here, I’ve eaten out a total of 4 times in the past two and a half months. It doesn’t take an associates degree in general education to figure out what that means. It means I’m no longer substituting money for my time in the preparation of my meals. I’m still getting used to it, so bear with me.
As for this so-called posting challenge, what can you expect from me? Perhaps more terrible drawings using only PC Paint, even though I have better programs with better tools? Probably. As always, I remain predictably unpredictable.