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Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Is The Apocalypse Upon Us?

Can you believe it? This is possibly bigger than the Red Sox breaking the Curse of The Bambino. Maybe bigger than Truman defeating Dewey in the 1948 Presidential Elections, and certainly bigger than that little run George Mason made in the NCAA Tournament this year. This is one of those signs that the world may be about to end. The sky is falling. Pigs are flying. I think it is even mentioned somewhere in Revelation. Yes folks, as unbelievable as this may sound, the Los Angeles Clippers won a playoff series. You read that right. Not only did they get in, they won, defeating Denver 4 games to 1. Denver, the once proud ABA franchise, will now forever be known as the team the Clippers beat in 2006, for their first playoff series win since leaving Buffalo sometime last century.

The last time the Clippers won, they weren’t even the Clippers. They were the Buffalo Braves. Gerald Ford was president. Nelson Rockefeller was his veep. It cost thirteen cents to mail a letter and “The Mary Tyler Moore Show" was the top comedy on television, besides the Braves/Clippers games. Rocky was the number one movie and the country was celebrating the
bicentennial. The NBA wasn’t even live on television those days. To watch a playoff game, you stayed up until 11:30, after the news, and watched a tape delayed broadcast of the game. Maybe not even your team. And you already knew who won. It was like ESPN Classic, only the same day!

What a team those guys had back then. Real players like John Shumate, Bob McAdoo, and Jim McMillan were surrounded by the likes of Kevin Kunnert, Gar Heard, Dale Schlueter, Kevin
Kunnert, Ken Charles, and Don Adams. And no, not the Don Adams who played Maxwell Smart in the old spy series. There is just something not very intimidating about names like Kevin, Gar, Ken, Don and Dale. These were their players. Incredible. Even their logo was weak. Check it out! Those are supposed to be sailboats. Sailboats in an NBA logo. You know the Lakers used to tremble when they saw those jerseys sailing into town. I'll bet the even the players hated that logo.

I am not sure how far they can go this year. They’ll play the either the Lakers or the Suns in the next round. Which they will lose because they are, after all, the Clippers. But after all these years, their fans, can finally look towards next year with real hope. That is until owner Donald Sterling reminds them he doesn’t really want to win games, that he is in it for the money and dismantles this good, young , soon to be expensive team. Who knows, maybe the Lakers can pick up a few players from them.

Comments on "Is The Apocalypse Upon Us?"

 

Blogger Bullfrog said ... (3:10 PM) : 

I have a friend who is a DIE HARD Clippers fan, he finally gets his day! Who's laughing now!

I knew San Diego should have kept that team, odds are they would win eventually!

 

Blogger Timmer said ... (5:38 PM) : 

Sign of the Apocalypse? Perhaps. But remember, they did beat Denver. If Denver would have won a playoof round we might be saying the same thing...

 

Blogger Tom said ... (8:19 AM) : 

After that cheap "grab" the Denver player pulled, I was cheering for the Clippers. I am actually enjoying the playoffs more than I thought I would. Those scrappy Bull and even the Pacers won 2 more games than I thought they would.

 

Blogger Dave Miller said ... (11:36 AM) : 

Bullfrog, even a broken clock is right twice a day, so it was inevitable that the Clippers would eventually get there.

Timmer, Denver doesn't have near the rate of futility of the Clips.

Tom, my Eastern question is how far will Cleveland go? I am really liking Lebron. He reminds me of Magic, just loving the game. No matter how good Kobe is or will be, he just seems surly now.

 

Blogger Tom said ... (1:33 PM) : 

Perhaps a year away.

 

Blogger Timmer said ... (6:25 PM) : 

That's true Miller, after all, the Clippers got their very own joke in a Will Ferrel movie. I'm still not convince of the apocalypse though. If the Cubs play the Tigers in the World Series and the Lions finish above .500, then I might turn.

 

Blogger Tom said ... (6:46 AM) : 

Dave,
I thought of you last night as I watched the thrilling finale to the Cavs game. overtime. wow. they should have won it in regulation. I still think they are a year away, however.

 

Blogger Dave Miller said ... (12:00 PM) : 

Timmer, you are so right. Interesting note on the Tigers. They did win the Championship in the Orwellian year of 1984. The Giants however have never won a Championship since moving to San Francisco, the longest current streak of futility in baseball.

Tom, wasn't that a great finish? Go Cavs!

 

Blogger James Manning said ... (1:27 PM) : 

Looking for my Bulls to pull an upset. I doubt it, but I'm hopeful. I'm glad the Clippers won. But I wonder if they're prepared to keep the team together or return to the bottom of the league.

 

Blogger Dave Miller said ... (2:26 PM) : 

James, you know Sterling will be selling those folks off ASAP. Poor Elgin, he has finally figured out how to evaluate talent, and he still has to work for perhaps the only NBA owner who knows he doesn't have to win to make money. Incredible.

BTW, another great Bears draft!

 

Blogger Tom said ... (6:45 AM) : 

Looks like maybe a Clippers/Suns series after Kobe and Co. couldn't close the deal last night

 

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