Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Game 7

Today is Game 7 for Obama and McCain

The fear of failure. The desperation for success. The singular moment rendering all prologue ultimately meaningless. It's Game 7. Do or die. Win or go home. Or back to the Senate. It's John Starks' 2 for 18 from the field, including 0 for 11 from downtown. It's Jack Morris' eleven-inning shutout. It's Game 7.

I Checked Your Local Listings

While doing your best to ignore meaningless exit polls for the next few hours, you should head over to NBA TV (which you should have for free this week) and check out as meaningful a meaningless early November hoops game as you can find: Celtics versus Rockets. It's the title-bearing Big Three versus the Yao, McGrady & Artest trio from Houston.

Tuesday's Starting Five

1. You. Go vote. Today is your day to make a difference. Even if you are convinced that your vote doesn't make a difference.

2. Allen Iverson. Even though his presence probably hurts the Knicks "chances," I'm glad to have the Answer back in the East. It's where he belongs. The Iverson/Carmelo Anthony experiment in Denver didn't work. Although I actually think that it could have had the Western Conference not been coalescing into the all-round, top-to-bottom awesomeness that it was last season. In most other years I think that two of the game's top scorers gets any team deep into the playoffs. Regardless, that incarnation of the Nuggets was neutered when Marcus Camby was pawned off on the Clippers. The team was done so it can only be a relief for Iverson to be off to Detroit, to join the team that reached Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals last season.

3. Lebron James. The Man-Boy King for whom all roster moves are made got the Lebronaliers back to .500 last night by carrying them past the Dallas Mavericks. LBJ netted 29 to go along with 8 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals and one block. Some would say he is the complete player. Many, in fact.

4. Rip Hamilton. It was probably a weird day for Hamilton. His backcourt partner since the 2002-2003 season, Chauncey Billups, was traded away as part of a package to land Allen Iverson, who - you would assume- is going to take away a few of Hamilton's shots when the two are on the court together. Rip and Chauncey helmed the Pistons to the Eastern Conference Finals in each season they played together. They reached the NBA Finals twice during those years, winning the title once. But the cream of the conference had passed the Pistons by at some point in the last 18 months. And the duo seemed destined to get old together. Until yesterday when Chauncey was sent back to the place of his collegiate heroics, Colorado, and Rip was signing a three-year contract extension reportedly worth $34 million. To top it all off, Hamilton scored a game-high 19 points to lead Detroit past Charlotte last night. And, the Bobcats, of course, are coached by Larry Brown, formerly the guru in Motown. What a tangled web we weave when we try to win an NBA title.

5. Marc Gasol. The other, younger Gasol had a heck of a ballgame last night. The 23-year-old was the one of the zero-sum, spare parts that landed in Memphis when the Grizzlies dispatched Pau to the Lakers last season. Before last night, Marc had played f three games in the NBA. None of them before he was part of the trade for his older brother. None of them before Columbus Day. Marc had scored 22 points and pulled down 25 rebounds in those games and seemed a prospect to be a legitimate big man prospect. But nothing more. He was big and raw. Then last night he breaks out for 27 points, 16 rebounds and 3 blocks in 36 minutes in leading the Grizz to a win over the Warriors. Most impressively, he shot 9 of 11 from the field and 9 of 11 from the free throw line. So, even though his ups make Zach Randolph look like a potential slam-dunk contest participant, the big Spaniard can hit his free throws.

Oakely would*....

Vote for Barack Obama Because...

Part 1 of 44 Reasons Oakley Would Choose Obama as the 44th President
Former New York Knickerbocker, NBA Hall of Famer, former Rhodes Scholar, former U.S. Senator and one-time Presidential Candidate, Bill Bradley supports him.

Part 2 of 44 Reasons Oakley Would Choose Obama as the 44th President
While being interviewed by ESPN's Chris Berman for a segment to be aired during last night's Monday Night Football game, Obama said, when asked what he would change about sports, that:
"I think it is about time that we had playoffs in college football. You know, I am fed up with these computer rankings, and this and that and the other. Get eight teams. The top eight teams right at the end. You've got a playoff. Decide on a national champion."
This is change that I can believe in. Yes we can have a playoff!

Part 3 of 44 Reasons Oakley Would Choose Obama as the 44th President
Barack Obama has been endorsed by NJ-native and longtime bard of working-class America Bruce Springsteen,
while John McCain has been endorsed by Ted Nugent, who runs canned hunts on a ranch he owns.
In spite of his current endorsement of McCain, the Nuge once said "John McCain seem[s] to be catering to a growing segment of soulless Americans who could care less what they can do for their country, but whine louder and louder about what their country must do for them. That is both un-American and pathetic." But now they're like BFF.


*The views of this post, and this entire blog, are not actually the views of Knickerbocker legend Charles Oakley. FYI. In fact, if Oakley has saved up enough money from his playing days then he might side with the other rich folks out there and vote Republican.

Pennsylvania Will Give Obama the White House

The Steelers and the Phillies Won Election for Dems

It's true that I haven't even voted yet. Yet. It's not even lunchtime on Election Day but the race is over. Because the Philadelphia Phillies won the World Series last week and the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Washington Redskins on Monday Night Football last night. It's done and done. Obama can stop kissing babies in swing states. McCain can stop scaring babies in swing states.

You see, when a National League team, like the Phillies of the NL East, wins the World Series in an election year then the Democratic candidate wins the presidency. Or at least, this was true from 1952 to 1976. It's been a little screwy as of late, although both W "wins" were accompanied by American League wins in the Fall Classic.

And, when the Washington Redskins lose their final home game before a presidential election then the incumbent party goes on to lose the popular vote and, except in one glaring case, the election. This has held true since the Redskins arrived in DC and has accurately predicted 17 out 17 election results. The one glaring asterisk is the Kerry/Bush face off from 2004. The Skins lost the home game just before the election to the Packers, 28-14, which should have meant a Bush loss as well. With the help of some nefarious doings in Ohio and other places, Bush managed to hold onto the highest office in the land. But, he didn't win the popular vote. Kerry did. Just like the Redskins game predicted.

It's no wonder that Obama was hanging out with Steelers legends earlier in the campaign. He knew that a Pittsburgh win in Washington on Monday Night Football was the key to this whole thing.

Oakley says, "Go Vote"

Because today is Election Day

We've been talking about it for two years, dreading/anticipating it for too long. Now go vote. It'll all be over in the morning. Or, it won't. It'll be even worse. Either way, go vote for president and every other office on the ballot. Each vote does matter. Even if you think you know how your state is going to turn out. And, even if you're voting for the old guy who may have actually killed somebody in a car-wreck in 1964.