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They Are The Champions

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All good things must come to an end, and around this time every year a little piece of me dies inside because the NBA and NHL playoffs conclude. This year had both leagues experience exciting match-ups, even in their respective final rounds. Normally, after the first two rounds of each league’s playoffs, I tend to tune in and out for the rest of their seasons. This year, however, was different.

NHL: Like I said in a previous entry, this was one contest where I didn’t know who to cheer for when it came to the Stanley Cup Finals. There were a number of Hurricane players that I remember from my childhood, but how can you not cheer for the low seed that scratched and clawed its way to a Finals berth? I think in the end I was pulling for the Hurricanes to take this one. Edmonton did themselves in by having their goalie Dwayne Roloson hurt during Game 1. For all those that want to put the blame on the backup goalie who made that puck-handling blunder late in Game 1, I say leave him alone. God knows when he saw any real ice time before that, and they expected him to take a close Game 1 in stride? If blame is to be laid anywhere, it’s that Oilers player that knocked an opponent into Roloson, knocking him out for the rest of the Finals. After that “gimmie” win, the Oilers gave Game 2 away as well. However, you have to hand it to Edmonton — most teams would have just packed their things and went home. To dig out of a 0-2 deficit and take the series to seven games says a lot about the character of that team. However, like I said before, in the end it was nice to know that Rod Brind’Amour and Glen Wesley finally got to lift the Stanley Cup up, especially Wesley. Back in the ’90s I was a Bruins fan and felt bad seeing him and Ray Bourque always come up short. When Bourque finally won with Colorado, all that was left was for Wesley to get the chance to give Lord Stanley a smooch.

NBA: I’m not sure what was more remarkable — the Heat winning three on their home court and going on to best Dallas in Game 6, or the Mavericks coming two and three-quarters games away from taking a commanding 3-0 series lead only to crash and burn. I wasn’t sure which team was going to win Game 6 at first. Dallas had the upper hand midway through the second quarter, but then I got up to scoop some litter boxes. When I returned the Heat were leading by a point. It was then, with a plastic bag filled with soiled clumpable litter that I knew the Heat were going to win their first championship later that night. However, the real highlight of this series came when Mavericks owner Mark Cuban was answering questions from the media after a loss. One reporter asked him if this is the worst loss he ever experienced and Cuban responded by saying something like, “No, one time in my Pee-Wee league we lost a game with two seconds left.” Like Cuban or not, that’s a great answer. I’m not sure what to make of this guy; some people like him because he’s different from just about every pro sports owner out there — others think he’s full of shit and needs to check himself before he wrecks himself. While I’m sure he’s a phony in some aspects of his public image, I’d rather have him signing paychecks to a team than Bill Bidwell of the Arizona Cardinals or Donald Sterling of the Clippers.

See both of you leagues next year.

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Written by kkktookmybabyaway

June 21, 2006 at 12:18 am

Posted in Sports