Wednesday, June 8, 2011

CAN'T WIN THEM ALL

Hey guys, how are we doing today? I just returned home to Syracuse after an eight game road trip and it feels great to be back. Weird that even though I live in a hotel here in Syracuse it now feels more like a house than just one room with a bed and crummy television. I'm actually hoping to move into my apartment tomorrow, which I'm sure will feel like a penthouse suite even though it is only a small loft. I'll be able to enjoy about a week or so there until we board our next plane for an eight game road stand in North Carolina and Georgia.

So, after waking up from my semi-coma since returning from our 6 AM plane flight yesterday, all I've heard on the television, radio, and Internet is how Lebron James had the worst game four in the history of sports and how it is absolutely unacceptable. My hotel only has about six channels and I literally cannot find one that isn't talking about Lebron. I can't drive in my car without hearing it on my radio. And I can't surf the web without reading it somewhere. I understand it's the championship series, but how much more can everyone continue to scrutinize the guy before they just accept the fact that sometimes you don't play well. I admit, I didn't watch the game because I had a game of my own, but I did see his stat line of scoring only eight points and heard about his choice of opting to pass much more than shoot throughout the game. The thing that I find strange is how none of the media can just accept the fact that the guy had a bad game. I've said it a thousand times, like Forrest Gump said in one of the greatest movies of all-time, "Shit happens...sometimes." The guy is perhaps the greatest player on the planet, and when it is all said and done will go down as one of the top players to ever play the game, but that still doesn't mean he will never have a downright shitty game.

I've seen ESPN interview every analyst, expert, friend, former girlfriend, his elementary school teachers, and so on to try and find out what happened to Lebron in game four. I've heard one hundred different excuses like he's afraid, he didn't care, he checked out, he's nervous, he didn't sleep well the night before, and blah, blah, blah. The truth is, sometimes you suck. Sometimes the ball doesn't go into the hoop. Sometimes you lose your confidence. Sometimes the other team shuts you down. Sometimes it's just not your day. Shit happens. When he absolutely dominates the next game is it going to be because he suddenly wasn't nervous, he got over his fears, he got some good rest before the game, his mom remembered to cook him his good luck breakfast that morning? It just drives me nuts that these "experts" can't just say he had a bad game. It happens to the best of them. Tiger Woods has days where he couldn't hit a tee shot into the ocean from a boat. I've seen my main man Tom Brady have games where he just can't seem to hit an open wide receiver. Albert Pujols has stretches of games where he can't get a hit, and the guy actually is a machine. Bad games happen. Although at times all these great athletes do things that defy physics, in the end they are all human...I think.

8 comments:

  1. Yeah, thank god for the 24 hour news cycle.  Even Kevin Millar was talking about Lebron on Intentional Talk today.  You know what I'd rather hear about?  The Bruins putting the hurt on Vancouver!  That's a way better story than someone having a shitty game

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  2. It's gotta be hell to be a star athlete under such a big microscope. I've been following the Bruins-Canucks drama instead of the Dallas-Miami games too. But I like a term that I heard your announcer Jason Benetti use recently: 'oil spill'. Yep, I think that describes how the media is reacting to LeBron's game alright.  

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  3. Let's talk about how smoking hot Matt has been  at Syracuse.   2nd  dinger tonight ;average is like .364.

    Keep it going Matt !!

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  4. Haha I agree

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  5. Yeah better to stick with the hockey lol

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  6. Hey thanks!

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  7. Stupid Michael Jordan, he set the bar so high that no player in baseketball can ever have a bad day again. The stars of all the teams need to hit the 3 pointer down by 2 with .4 seconds on the clock now, or they've not lived up to expectations.

    Your whole post basically sums up why I never watch sports shows, you can't fill an hour with "just had a bad game." Highlights is the best way to digest games not seen.

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  8. Yeah I totally agree with you

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