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NY Christmas, Lebron, NYI vs. NYR

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Well, I’m officially jealous.  It’s Puck Daddy NYC Party day, and I’m across the continent from the damn thing.  Curses.

Hopefully everybody has a good time – I can’t wait to get to NY myself.  I’m going to badly miss my family this year, as it’ll be my first Christmas in 28 years that I’ve ever not been with them, but we’ll all be back in Phoenix by Boxing Day.  So, with that in mind, I’m really looking forward to my time in New York.

I know it seems strange – who looks forward to leaving 68 degree Phoenix weather for JFK airport and whatever the hell the weather is, but I’ve been without a little weather misery for too long.  I’m excited to get shovelling. 

(And no, I won’t shovel YOUR driveway, thanks for asking.)

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Today’s Puck Daddy column is on the value of a good crowd, and how it does more good to cheer for your team than boo the other, even though it can be less fun.

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So, I caught a pretty good chunk of LeBron’s return – it was interesting how quickly he ended the game and made that crowd suffer.

Bron Bron taking a Q or two.

38 points, 8 assists and 5 rebounds or something, and honestly, it looked easy.  He could have run that number up something fierce if he poured it on the fourth quarter (where I think he accumulated zero points).

The fans were left to just sit there and basically eat it.  Talk about taking the fun out of booing a villain.  Could you imagine a James Bond movie where he’s being slowly lowered into a pit of lava and it just…..works?  You’d have the same reaction watching that as these fans had on their faces.

Just……oh.  Oh my.  Well, I guess the bad guy wins, then.

Even though he’s growing even more crazy self-centered – and I mean, crazy self-centered – I still kinda want the guy to succeed.  I feel awful for great players like Dan Marino and Charles Barkley and Dale Hawerchuk that were so dominant and never won a title, yet there’s thousands of scrubs who just lucked into the last roster spot that can preach about “oh, you’ll just never understand the FEELING!”

Not that ‘Bron deserves that “feeling,” I just hate when reporters question a guy’s ability to “win,” like being a fantastic player isn’t contributing towards the whole winning thing.

Certainly, there are players who possess the ability to will their teams to win – Crosby, Kobe, etc. – but I don’t think any guy who wins back-to-back MVP’s and just never lucks onto a good team has to be looked at as a guy who forces his team to lose. 

Lebron went and got himself what he viewed to be his best opportunity to be a fantastic player and have a winning team this year (and isn’t to be faulted for that, even if it turns out he was wrong), so here’s to hoping it works out for him.

Even though he does appear to be becoming a bit of a dick, I just like (as I wrote about) watching greatness be great.  Even if the guy recognizes that in himself.

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Game two of the Rangers/Isles home and home tonight.  I didn’t catch last nights game, but I’m DVR’ing tonights.  All I know is, any time the Isles score five and lose, it’s not a good thing.  Can’t be wasting offensive output like that.

Hope everyone has a tremendous weekend.  Our Christmas tree is up!

Hahaha, ahhhh, yep, she dressed him up for a picture again.

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6 Responses to “NY Christmas, Lebron, NYI vs. NYR”
  1. Argyll Robertson says:

    I’m only here for the cat picks, and that one was a bit of a weak effort. At least make it look at the camera ;)

  2. neil says:

    haha where do you guys get these costumes? awesome.

    Man, great night for sports hate last night hey? I’m pretty sure some of it was real hate. I can see booing Heatley more than Lebron, I mean the guy is a free agent, he can go where he wants (putting his decision on TV and drawing it out, probably not as easy to defend). I hope Lebron and the Heat get bounced in the first round by a young team that wants it more. Heatley’s “I left because I played 3 games in a row where I only got 18 minutes instead of 20″ excuse was brutal, I don’t think anyone in Ottawa bought it. At least Lebron waited for his contract to expire, it seems like Heatley just decided he didn’t want to spend the prime of his career playing on a team that would almost certainly never win a cup. Fair enough, but you know what? Don’t sign a long-term, big money deal with that team then.

  3. wmsheppa says:

    For Tyson’s sake, don’t let Bri shop alone at Petco any more…

  4. Matt the Aussie says:

    As a Senators fan, I agree completely Neil.

    The way Heatley mailed it in all that year when he realised he was getting less ice time was bad enough. But then to turn around, demand a trade, and then shoot down the one that would have given the Sens the best return…unforgivable.

  5. Former ECHL guy says:

    still waiting for your column on how to kill time on a bus in the minors….and don’t forget cribbage and snarples

  6. haha where do you guys get these costumes? awesome. Man, great night for sports hate last night hey? I’m pretty sure some of it was real hate. I can see booing Heatley more than Lebron, I mean the guy is a free agent, he can go where he wants (putting his decision on TV and drawing it out, probably not as easy to defend). I hope Lebron and the Heat get bounced in the first round by a young team that wants it more. Heatley’s “I left because I played 3 games in a row where I only got 18 minutes instead of 20″ excuse was brutal, I don’t think anyone in Ottawa bought it. At least Lebron waited for his contract to expire, it seems like Heatley just decided he didn’t want to spend the prime of his career playing on a team that would almost certainly never win a cup. Fair enough, but you know what? Don’t sign a long-term, big money deal with that team then.

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