But enough about the NBA. Well, ok, maybe not enough.
I absolutely hate the 2-3-2 format for best-of-sevens, but at this stage of the Stanley Cup playoffs, the 2-2-1-1-1 is really wearing on the players and coaches and trainers and equipment guys and media and anybody else who is working on the finals. I can tell you from experience. Actually, the players and coaches are probably least affected by it, since they charter everywhere and don’t deal with customs or luggage check or meals on the road or cabs or parking or middle seats or overbooked flights or long security lines or cavity searches.
But I digress. And a couple more things on the NBA finals. Do the Knicks, with two good players — neither in the top 10 in the league — really think they’re close, when the Heat, with three of the best, two of the top five, couldn’t win it? And did we really need to see so much of Mark Cuban? And were both arenas in the series named American Airlines? And who was that comatose reporter doing post-game interviews? Kind of nice when a road team wins and we don’t have to see the confetti and the fireworks and all that idiocy.
OK, enough of that.
As I told youse earlier, I am out of here for a week. Not my choice. Gotta take a week off, can’t blog, can’t comment, can’t do anything work related. So I have scheduled a few posts to go up over these seven days, one of them about the Rangers, one complete gibberish (jibberish), and a few blank canvases? I wish I could review tonight’s Game 6, since it will be the first of this series that I will see start to finish, and Stanley will be in the house. But I can’t. Can’t even do guest blogs, because that would require me to go to my company e-mail and edit and post.
But I can tend to a personal loss my family suffered this weekend, and I can do my lawn, and finally get that ice damage repaired, and maybe see Mr. T once or twice, and watch a whole boatload of the U.S. Open.
So hold the fort without me, behave yourselves within reason, hand out shineboxes if necessary, refresh-refresh-refresh, tell Sally I said “Good morning!” or “Good afternoon!” or “Good evening!” as the case may be, and let me know what I missed when I come back. OK?
See youse next Monday.