As we head into the “dog days of summer” the NBA season is still going on, along with the shortened NHL season, and it is June 18. To say this is ridiculous would be an understatement.
It seems like the NBA have been playing as long as the 1899 Cleveland Spiders baseball team was on the road that summer in 1899.
The Spiders were know as the “misfits,” “exiles,” “wanderers” due to their extended road journey as they could not go back to Cleveland.
They were so bad none of the other teams in the league wanted to play in Cleveland, mostly out of fear for their lives from the 100 or so in attendance. That year the Spiders had 101 road losses and finished the season with a 20-134 record that will never be matched.
They did have some colorful players but their most famous one was pitcher Cy Young who was sent to St. Louis right before the start of the 1899 season. Lucky break for Cy. In 1899 The St. Louis Perfectos drew 373,909 fans averaging 15,000 a game, while the Spiders drew 145 per game.
So Mark Mayer is probably scratching his head by now talking to himself wondering, “Where is he going with this?” Well, it’s all about the NBA. This final playoff between the Heat and the Spurs reminded me of the movie “Wag the Dog” back in 1997 starring Robert De Niro and Dustin Hoffman.
It was days before the presidential election and there was some kind of sex scandal about to come out thatwould kill the chances of De Niro’s guy; so he gets film producer Stanley Motes (Hoffman) to make a movie faking bombings like a war was getting ready to break out.
It was all a plan to take away from the scandal, and this NBA finals just took me back to “Wag the Dog.” This series started in Miami:
Game 1: Spurs 92-88.
Game 2: Heat 103-84.
Now we move to San Antonio:
Game 3: Spurs 113-77.
Game 4: Heat 109-93.
Game 5: Spurs 114-104.
Do you see some kind of a trend here or are we just wagging the dog to get to a seven game series? I love a good old conspiracy theory but this one is just way over my head. How can one team blow the other out and back and forth?
It’s too much like a script and when the Heat crush the Spurs this Tuesday my theory will be complete. But if the Spurs win I will admit being wrong.
That said, it’s Game 7 here we come as the NBA season rolls on; and don’t be surprised if you see the Bruins and the Blackhawks go 7.
The money is just too big with all the TV advertisement and the hype for all the sportscasters. This is big. I will be heading to the ATM as soon as I can and then off to the sports book to make a play on the Heat. This is a must bet for me, win or lose.
When I was a kid out of grade school back in the early 1960’s, the first thing I would do in early June would be grab my glove and walk the railroad tracks behind our house down to the North End baseball yard and play ball all day with whoever was there. We always had a group to make a good game.
Now I don’t know where the kids go. I know they aren’t going to a baseball yard for a pickup game unsupervised. What if they got a scratch? I did get hit in the top of my eye with a ball, had to walk the tracks home and then have my mother drive me to the hospital for a few stitches.
On the way home she looks at me and says, “You need more practice; the glove is supposed to catch the ball not your head.” I never heard another word about it again. When my dad came home he just looked at me and said, “Did you have a good time today?!”
If your kids don’t have a North End field to play ball and you want to take them to see the NBA game between the Heat and the Spurs, you can pick up four cheap tickets for the low price of $1,088 dollars. But that does not include parking and food and drink.
I will opt for Del Mar in August.
Richard Saber, a former director of race and sports at the famed Stardust book, is GamingToday’s horse racing and sports handicapper. Follow Richard on Twitter @SabesBet. Contact Richard at [email protected].