10:03pm: Iím currently finding myself in a bit of sportís fanís ďno manís landĒ here. Itís a difficult time of year for this Baseball fan. Iím not an over-the-top Football fan (Iím a Giant fan who also follows the Patís)
the NBA has possibly lost me for good (I used to be a HUGE Knick fan). Hockey has lost everybody (as a kid I followed the Rangers). I used to be a rabid College Basketball fan but the NBAís greed and complete
lack of discipline has somehow poisoned the college ranks.
College hoop has seemed to take a turn back in the right direction. The NBA will not allow High School students to enter into the league directly
from High School. So now kids that were highly touted HS basketball players are entering Div.
1 schools and playing for a year. This alone has helped the quality of play tremendously. We were blessed with Keven Durant (University of Texas at Austin) and Greg Oden
(Ohio State). Both these young men had tremendous Freshman years and most would think weíd
see both of them head to the NBA this year. There is however an outside chance that one or both could return to play another
year of college ball. Not to mention, other young players have had a year at the college level (per
the new ruling) and
realize they arenít ready for the NBA. They will now strengthen their skills at the college level for another year
The thing I find most interesting is that people are actually talking about the
intangibles that the college experience offers. We watched the starting five of the University of Florida Gators all return
after winning a National Championship in 2006, just to defend their title and
repeat as Champions. Now Durent and Oden are hinting at the possibility of one more year.
So after the ultimate goal being power and money in the world of sport, it seems
that some folks are finding that there are possibly more important options, like
fun, camaraderie and pride.
Just when I thought the world had completely gone to shit and most people only
care about money and what they perceive as power. Iím confronted with the possibility that good will always triumph over evil! This is making a mess of everything for me! Iím still convinced that most straight women really just talk a good game and
what they still really want is a daddy with a checkbook, but maybe thereís hope
for the rest of the world. Iíll have to talk this over with Bill Maher.
Thank God Baseball season is almost here. My Mets are a reason to live unto themselves.
Happy Birthday to Emma, Linda and Julianne. Three beautiful woman who continually make my life a better life.
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