NBA Finals By the Numbers
2008 is a dream match-up for any NBA fan over the age of 30.
Why? Because it's showtime again. Coast to coast baby! Tough Celtic defense versus the fabled triangle offense.
Pete Vecsey of the NY Post has been quoted (on a Celtics
Let's run the numbers on the series...
That's the Celtics over the Lakers in NBA Finals match-ups since their
first meeting in 1959
10-0. That's the championship ring count of the two head coaches.
LA coach Phil Jackson owns one ring as a player and nine as a coach.
On the other side, Doc Rivers was Coach of the Year in 2000, but had
never won a playoff series
This is the stat that should worry Boston-ites more than any other--
Doc Rivers has ten fingers
21 years. That's how long it's been since the two teams have met in the NBA Finals.
This stat has the NBA and television broadcasters salivating and scripting
Everyone knows Kevin and Kobe will not guard each other (fortunately
for Kobe), but many
42 wins. That's how many Boston added to it's win column from the previous season.
They don't call KG the "Big Ticket" for nothing. Boston's off-season
2-0. That's the regular season record the Celtics had over the Lakers this year.
Okay, this counts for nothing especially since LA meanwhile has added
Pau Gasol and Boston
4-2. That's my prediction for the NBA Finals this year.
Sorry Shamrock fans, but your storied season and glory days are numbered.
Lakers in six.
Fantasy Sports Leagues Still in Business
Okay, I'm not a player. Not a fantasy team manager. I don't like it.
Although I played in
I like to watch games, not juggle imaginary lineups. I like to read
gripping accounts of games,
And this week when the Supreme
Court rejected an appeal from MLB to hear a case on fantasy
MLB wants the owners of fantasy sports leagues to pay licensing fees
for the use of players' names
One of the co-owners of the company embroiled in the 2005 lawsuit estimated
But let's talk about the greed of MLB.
Major League Baseball (and other pro sports) are in the public
domain. We created the interest,
I'm glad that others are allowed to play with the names of real-life
players and stats to have fun.
I understand when people say that it brings them closer to games they
would otherwise ignore, but I'm not sure
I doubt it. So play the games, draft your favorites, but keep it a little
To get you started here is a short list that doesn't compute into baseball
fantasy league points:
(Note: Former Celtic Kevin McHale was the first person I heard using
the term "Box Score Willie"
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