It’s best when the act is between giants. Underdogs are overrated, or are just underrated giants (in disguise). My full essay on the idea is published here.
Here on We Remember Love, I celebrate the victory of the most gigantic of victories in sports history: The Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Boston Celtics in Game 7 of the NBA Finals. It is a gigantic occasion for the following reasons:
There is nothing Like Game 7 of a 7-game Series
Championship fights in boxing or MMA, final matches in the major tennis tournaments, Gold-medal events in the Olympics, the World Cup Finals in the sports that have World Cup Finals, Golf majors; these are all big sporting events, but they do not have the inherent drama and context of the final game of a 7-game series when the championship is on the line.
This is especially true for basketball, because the championship can be decided by the last shot in the final second. The event in itself becomes gigantic.
The Lakers vs. Celtics Rivalry is the Biggest in Sports
The context for this is that they are the two franchises that won the most championships in the NBA’s history (33 out of 64 IIRC). With the Lakers’ victory, they are only one behind Boston’s record. Furthermore, most of the Celtic’s championships came at the expense of the Lakers!
For further context, The Chicago Bulls have 6 (all during the years when Michael Jordan and Phil Jackson were a player and coach tandem), and the San Antonio Spurs have 4. It’s not even close.
Between the Lakers and Celtics they have fought five game sevens (not sure if including this one), this would only be the second time the Lakers won one.
The coach that has the most championships used to be the Celtics’ Red Auerbach, with 9. Phil Jackson, the current Lakers Coach, now has 11 (6 of which he won while with the Chicago Bulls). The only other person with as many championships is the former Celtic Bill Russell, who won 10 as a player, and one as a player/coach. Insane.
In 2008, the Celtics (having most of the current roster of players) destroyed the Lakers in the finals. The obliteration was so complete that the reputations and legacies of the Lakers involved were tarnished and/or compromised. Last year the Celtics were ageing, and did not make the finals due to injuries to key players. The Lakers won that championship.
This year, the Celtics destroyed the whole Eastern Conference in such a convincing manner, including the Orlando Magic who was last year’s runner up. This performance suddenly invalidated the Lakers’ championship. It didn’t mean anything if they couldn’t beat the Celtics.
Furthermore, the key players on both rosters are ageing veterans. This is even a bigger problem for the Celtics. It’s almost certain that the team will be broken up after this season. This will be their final run, and the franchise won’t be as competitive for the foreseeable future.
Both coaches: Doc Rivers for the Celtics, and Phil Jackson for the Lakers are on the final years of their respective contracts. Neither are sure to return, and its very unlikely for the coach who will lose.
RETARDED FANS AND ANTI-FANS
Many ‘neutrals’ hate both teams. Some people hate the Celtics because it’s a team from Boston. Many hate the Lakers because they are “Hollywood.” Neutrals hate the fanbases of both teams, because they tend to attract bandwagon morons. During championships between these teams, neutrals side passionately against the team they hate more. This all comes to a head when it’s about one of the most polarizing athletes of all time: Kobe Bryant.
People want to believe that they hate Kobe because he is an egomaniac. This is inauthentic. They hate Kobe because his fans dare to compare him with Michael Jordan. But see, Jordan is the most obsessively egomaniacal athlete ever. It’s a big part of what made him great. I was a boy too and idolized Jordan. I still have my Jordan poster in my room at my parents’ house (he was destroying the Lakers in the finals too!).
In any case, look for any thread where Kobe Bryant in mentioned. I promise you it will become a retarded discussion within 3 subsequent posts. This is an axiom in sports culture.
I have so much more to say, but these are tangential to establishing how this victory is a giant one, among giants of sports in general.
But since WRL is an anime blog, let’s talk anime blogs! Right now, it’s like the game 7 of this particular match of giants in the Anime Blog Tournament: Baka-Raptor vs. Sea-Slugs! Anime Blog.
I like both blogs, the same way I like I actually like the Celtics franchise (if not this particular team, though I respect their game). I love the sport of basketball too much to be a hater. I’m a Baka-Raptor partisan, since we were part of the now-defunct Oi, Hayaku! blog. I used to dislike him because I didn’t get his blog (he was dumping on Evangelion then), but I realized one shouldn’t really hate ugly blind lizards. They’re just animals.
Both blogs are giants in their respective parts of the sphere. But one has to be the Lakers, one has to be the Celtics. Here’s how I broke it down:
Why Baka-Raptor is like the Los Angeles Lakers:
|Los Angeles Lakers||Baka-Raptor|
|It’s all about Kobe Bryant.||It’s all about Baka-Raptor.|
|Kobe Bryant wants it to be all about Kobe Bryant.||Baka-Raptor wants it to be all about Baka-Raptor.|
|Kobe Bryant wants it to be all about Kobe Bryant.||Baka-Raptor wants Kobe Bryant to be all about Baka-Raptor.|
|Kobe Bryant has a rape case in his history.||Baka-Raptor has rape cases in his pre-history.|
|In the end Ron Artest/Pau Gasol/Derek Fisher/Lamar Odom pulled through for Kobe and for the win.||In the end, ghostlightning is asked by Baka-Raptor to pull through for him and the win.|
Why Sea Slugs! Anime Blog is like the Boston Celtics:
|Boston Celtics||Sea Slugs! Anime Blog|
|It’s all about team.||It’s a multi-author, so-called ‘team’ blog.|
|Glen Davis is a Big Baby.||One of the authors is a baby (seriously young); and Kabitzin has a baby.|
|The Celtics is one of the oldest teams with the greatest pedigree.||SS! AB is one of the oldest anime blogs; so old it got seeded first (in a seedings determined largely by blog age).|
|The team color is green.||Nama-ko’s hair is green.|
|Rasheed Wallace is old.||Kabitzin is old.|