May 22, 2006

The Closest This Blog Will Get to a Jock Post

Sweet, sweet conclusion to the series between the Dallas Mavericks and the San Antonio Spurs. I wish I could weep harder for San Antonio; they played beautifully and Tim Duncan is a total stud, I mean as a player and as a player. I love Tim Duncan.

Still, I can't cry too much. I love Tim Duncan, but I love the Mavericks more.

The funny thing about my watching the game is that for awhile I forgot that I don't live in Dallas anymore. If you go to a bar to watch a game in Dallas, then of course everyone's rooting for the Mavericks. If you go to a bar here to watch a game, though, pretty much the opposite applies. San Antonio fans were all around us, whooping it up. Thus my obsessive politeness kicked in whenever the Mavericks scored.

Boyfriend: "Fuck YES!"


Boyfriend: "What?!? Didn't you see--"

Me: "Yes, I saw. But hush! [lowers voice] We're in enemy territory."

I was also reminded that my boyfriend and I have the same argument every time we watch the Mavericks: I say, they're a painful team to watch because they're too good at getting the big lead early, then blowing the big lead to smithereens and (like tonight) winding up in overtime to try to pull it out. My boyfriend says, okay, maybe, but they're better on defense than they used to be, and when they make the 3s, it's a beautiful thing. And then I say, they could hardly be worse on defense than they used to be, and I wish they'd rely less on the 3-pointers, actually--and then I get distracted by the unbearable fineness of Avery Johnson's suit and then I get all, why can't you dress like that?* Because that's the point of basketball, right? Shaming your boyfriend into dressing like Avery Johnson?

Anyway, excellent game. I am praying they go up against the Clippers, because I retain a sentimental fondness for the Suns and a few shreds of affection for the hippy-dippy goofiness of Steve Nash, and I would rather not have my loyalties split. But it's okay! No matter what happens, there will still be well-dressed coaches to ogle! Thank you, NBA dress code! I am content.

*Needless to say, this never happened when Nelson was coach. So this is a fairly recent addition to The Argument, though one I applaud with great fervor.

Posted by Ilyka at May 22, 2006 09:42 PM in i don't know you tell me

Damn shame Suns won. I like the underdog. Well, I guess one good season in the Clipper's 30 year history is a start, right? ;)

Posted by: ratan at May 23, 2006 08:13 AM

(a) As for the "big lead and then struggling" aspect -- I go through this every year with the Red Sox.

(b) as for "why can't you [the boyfriend] drerss like that?" -- first ascertain if the BF makes the same salary.....

Posted by: Craig R. at May 23, 2006 12:01 PM

Sure reads like a jock post to me. ;) I think you crossed the line there with the analysis of 3-pointer offense v/s a better defense.

Not that I have much of a clue of what you are talking about. I don't have room enough in my brain for sports; it's too small.

Posted by: Ron O. at May 23, 2006 01:55 PM