Sunday, March 6, 2011

Getting to Carnegie Hall and to the NBA playoffs have something in common

Practice, practice, practice.  That's how you get to Carnegie Hall and that's how you get to the NBA playoffs.   The Chicago Bulls just won a game that swept the series against the Miami Heat; the Heat with the alleged holy three of basketball; the Heat who cannot seem to be cohesive.  In other words:  neener, neener, neener, egomaniacs, the Bulls creamed your corn.

Whevever I watch highlights of any basketball game, I am often impressed with the passing game at the hoop.  It is insane!  How did that guy know to send it to that guy and that guy to the other guy and the other guy to the fourth guy, who gets a basket?  Practice and a good coaching staff that makes them run drills all season long and play and shoot and shoot and play so that whatever comes up, they can handle it.  The Bulls are a tight unit and each man knows what the others do best and play accordingly and full-out.

The Heat has three supernova stars of the NBA galaxy.  Supernova is a good term because they are exploding with something that isn't a team.  Someone needs to take the team, especially Mr. James, sit them down, and say, "Our practices need to be like we mean them.  If you want to win, you need to put aside any ego, and play together.  Play like an army platoon, where people might not like each other but their lives depend on cohesion.  Leave your ego in your streetclothes.  Play cohesively to win."

In other words, play like the Bulls, the NBA superstars of teamwork.


My Oscar predictions yielded a correctness factor of 80%!  What did I miss?  I had the snack before the Oscars and was too full to ingest anything more.  If you haven't seen "How To Train Your Dragon," "The Social Network,"  "Toy Story 3," or "The King's Speech," race right over to Netflix and rent it but it is preferred that you dash to the movie theatre to take one of them in.  Yeah, fine, wait for the rental option but remember that movies are made for something wider than my 19" TV.  If you have the room for (and can afford) something more massive, well, hoo hoo for you, but a movie wasn't made for that screen either.


Bob Probert died last year at the ago of 45.  He was in the NHL for 16 years, playing for the Detroit Red Wings and the Chicago Blackhawks, and was named to the NHL All-Star team in the 1987-88 season.  Boston University (BU) researchers have found evidence of chronic degenerative encephalopathy (CTE) in the late Probert's brain tissue.  Probert's brain was donated to the BU Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy by his family following his wishes.   After watching the 60 Minutes report on CTE, he told his wife he wanted to make sports safer for their children.

CTE is the only known preventable cause of dementia.

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