published: Friday, May 10, 2013
Differing views of 'great game'
I saw some postings Wednesday night that the Miami Heat beating the living crap out of the Chicago Bulls was, "the best game I ever saw." from a handful of people.
Really? A 115-78 win, from the presumptive title favorites over a team that is short-handed was the best game they ever saw?
Forgive me, but if that is truly the case, if this was, in fact, the best game these people ever saw, then I feel sorry for them.
It brings you more pride to whip a hurt dog than to defend yourself and barely escape from the fangs of a fully strong wolf?
You'd rather have all the advantages and bear witness to a full-on beat down than to get involved in a close, hard-fought game that your team scratches out at the end?
Some might see this as a lifelong Bulls fan bitter at the resounding defeat, but it's not.
Honestly, as they are currently constituted, I agree with many others that this team has no shot to take this series.
I'm a fan, but also a realist when it comes to my teams - I am also a Cub fan, after all.
But maybe it's just me, or my generation.
I appreciate the full-on, evenly-matched brawl that takes us to the very end.
And yes, there were times that, having been whooped by the Lakers, Pistons and Celtics numerous times in the late 80s, early 90s, that I adored watching the Bulls then stomp them decisively.
But the point of it was, those teams from Boston, Los Angeles and Detroit were worthy foes, at the top of their games, which is what made the victories that much sweeter.
Of course I wanted my Bulls to beat those aforementioned teams, and beat them decisively.
But had the Pistons been missing Isiah Thomas, Sidney Green and Bill Laimbeer during such a win - it would have felt much less gratifying.
Had the Celtics been without Larry Bird, Kevin McHale and Dennis Johnson, same feeling.
Had the Lakers been without Magic Johnson, Byron Scott and Michael Cooper, again, same deal.
Such games would certainly never be on my list of "best I've ever seen."
If you're a true fan, a true competitor, you don't revel in your team beating the living crap out of a weak team.
You may like that it helped your team in the series, but you likely would have turned it off at some point, given that it was so non-competitive.
I read a Heat fan the other night whine that, "I'm so sick of Bulls fans bragging about beating us without three of their best players."
This was within an hour of the game having ended, when Chicago somehow had outlasted Miami.
The Heat have been the presumptive favorite to win it all since the season began.
But when that team, with a week of rest, takes on an injury-laden team in the second round, and gets beat?
Well, it happens, and rather than worry about bragging from the other teams' fans, you should be worried, ticked off at your own team.
So many times, when the Pistons were clothes-lining Jordan, bullying Scottie Pippen, sure I was ticked, hated the Pistons for it.
But at the same time was yelling at the TV, "Suck it up! Beat them anyway!"
Apparently these Heat fans, or is it current day fans on the whole, who don't get that bravado?
You beat us? Dangit.
You beat us with a team worn down and riddled with injuries? Jeez, what is wrong with us?!?
Then when your team regroups and does what it is expected to do, to beat down this injury-laden team on your home court, it's the best game you've ever seen?
Doesn't seem real proud to me.
Dan Hoehne is the Sports Editor of the News-Sun. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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