I was thinking about titling this post “Who is in your NBA All-Star Fave Five?” Thankfully, my dignity returned from its perilous journey through Douscheville, and I escaped disaster.
But anyway, watching a bit of the NBA All-Star Game last night, I started wondering how I would put together a team that would be totally unstoppable. I wouldn’t necessarily want the five best players in the league, but rather five guys that would gel as a team and perform their roles better than most others at their positions. Again, this isn’t about overall talent, but rather putting together a team that would actually play well with one another, while basically being unstoppable. Here’s who I came up with: Continue reading
“On a good day, I view the job [of president] as directing an orchestra. On the dark days, it is more like that of a clutch – engaging the engine to effect forward motion, while taking greater friction.” – Bart Giamatti
I wonder what he would say about quarterbacks…
It’s been a couple of days – let’s talk about Donovan McNabb. Hooray! Specifically, let’s get going on the topic of whether or not he is clutch.
Now, in my view, there are three times a player can be clutch: Continue reading
What a heartbreaker. You think you’ve got a team on the ropes, especially after Andre Iguodala drops a huge bucket with only six seconds left. Clutch. You figure the Sixers will pay extra attention to Ray Allen and try to keep Paul Pierce within the three point line. Obvious. And so Allen takes the ball, and quickly dishes it to Pierce, and you’re thinking, Alright, fine, I can live with Pierce going iso, as long as he’s not shooting the three. If he makes the deuce, we’ll take our chances in OT. And then, Pierce passes the ball to the corner, where Allen, after slipping behind a double-screen, was waiting to launch a three. Crap, crap, crap…
And just like that, the Celtics stole the game – a win the Sixers desperately needed after their latest collapse against the Nets – and did so without KG.
Looking to find a picture that accurately reflected my distraught after Allen's three, I typed "really pissed off guy" into a Google Image search. And for some reason, this came up. I mean, how could I not put this up? Priceless...
To me, the game came down to one vital contrast between these two teams – the contrast between energy and execution. Continue reading