The World Cup is here and the Round of Sixteen has begun.
American fans are following the 2014 tournament more closely than they ever have before - or rather, are following their own team more closely than ever before. The United States sports media is acting like soccer (football to the entire rest of the world) is suddenly the greatest game on the planet and have been commenting on both how exciting the matches have been and have attempted to give commentary on tactics and strategy. The fans and sports media involvement as they follow team USA is unparalleled and soccer is being pushed to move more into the forefront of the sports world in this country.
I could comment that the entire country, save for the five percent of you who have been long-time football fans, is a Johnny-Come-Lately but I think the more proper term is Band-Wagoner because we all in the United States know that if Team USA had failed to qualify for the 2014 World Cup this country would be more concerned about belly-button lint than which team made it out of Group G.
We all had days when were in school that we forgot to do our homework, or just didn’t even attempt it, and we had to come up with some excuse that would hopefully buy us some time so maybe we could actually do our homework and turn it in to Mr. or Mrs. McGillicutty the next day.
“My dog ate my homework,” was a good one to use and the default stand-by - unless your family didn’t have a dog.
A popular excuse later on would become, “My printer broke” which could be more truthful in the days of dot-matrix units and tractor-fed paper reams.
These days maybe the excuse has become, “My internet was down last night” which would be doubly bad because it would knock students off of social media for twelve hours.
The Internal Revenue Service has resurrected an excuse that I’m sure a good number of us have used in the past and may have even used recently, “My hard drive crashed” and they even tagged on the caveat, “My hard drive has been recycled”. I think we can all believe that excuse as much as Mr. or Mrs. McGillicutty believed ours.
All we are left with from the IRS is what happens when the dog does eat our homework and then sets about recycling it.
Sometimes, all right - a lot of the time, I think sports commentators in print, on radio, television or the internet have it easy. Take a read at the below example and decide for yourself if you could come up with all of this, well - yourself.
BEFORE THE SERIES BEGINS
San Antonio has the better team but Miami has the best player on the planet. Miami will win the series.
Miami needs to steel a game in San Antonio or they could be in real trouble going back to Miami for Game 3 and Game 4.
GAME ONE SCORE: Miami 95 San Antonio 110
San Antonio is really hard to beat at home. The air conditioning went out and Lebron cramped up and could not play .
We don’t want to say this is a must-win for Miami in Game Two, but this is a must win-game for Miami. LeBron James had better have a great game and carry the team.
GAME TWO SCORE: Miami 98 San Antonio 96
What a big win for Miami because San Antonio is so difficult to beat at home. LeBron James showed why he is the best player in the galaxy.
San Antonio had better win this game because they don’t want to fall behind Miami potentially 3 games to 1 going back to San Antonio for Game 5.
GAME THREE SCORE: San Antonio 111 Miami 92
San Antonio put this game away in the First Half. Miami just doesn’t have the team to compete. Lebron James needs some help out there even though he is the best player in the universe.
This is a must-win for Miami. Miami doesn’t want to go back to San Antonio down 3 games to 1. Miami has not lost two straight playoff games in forever. Miami is trying to get Carmello Anthony to come to Miami next year because he needs the help even though he is the best player in the galaxy and plays on a team with two perennial all-stars.
GAME FOUR SCORE: San Antonio 107 Miami 86
Miami just doesn’t have the team to compete with San Antonio. Perennial all-stars Dwayne Wade and Chis Bosh are either aging, tired, disinterested, hurt or all four. Lebron James needs help even if he is the best player in the world.
Miami has the best player in the galaxy in LeBron James. If he wants to etch his name into history he can do so now by putting his team on his back and carrying them to a win. If Miami wins this game the series goes back to Miami for Game Six. Miami can easily win in Miami in front of their fans with their backs against the wall. Close-out games are extremely difficult to win especially if you are trying to close-out the two-time defending champions who have the best player in the galaxy on their side.
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