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Friday, April 29, 2005

Ewing, A-Rod......Sports Guy?!

Ewing Theory: 1. A player whose presence costs their team success. 2. When a team performs better after their star player is injured/departs the team.

Examples: The New York Knicks reach the '99 Finals without Patrick Ewing, the Seattle Mariners and Texas Rangers records improve following the departure of Alex Rodriguez. (Also see Chris Webber, Nomar Garciaparra)

Bill Simmons, better known as the Sports Guy, introduced me to the Ewing Theory and now it appears that he might be holding back his own Boston Celtics. In his predictions, he picked the C's to win in 5. Nothing wrong here, Jermaine was banged up and C's had homecourt. Plus he followed proper fan etiquette by not predicting a sweep and jinxing his team.

Trouble started brewing after Indiana evened up the series. Simmons compared it to a "15 seed squeezing out a victory over a 2 seed with 4 All-Americans." Now the result was an upset, but that was a bit of a stretch. SG went on to disclaim Reggie Miller's status as a superstar going to great lengths to prove his point. While he had a strong argument, it's never wise to diss an opponent that early in a series, especially an assassin like Reggie.

Heading into Game 3, things looked like they would return to Boston's favor, despite being on the road in Indy. Stephen Jackson, the man assigned to guard Paul Pierce, was added to the list of walking wounded. Jermaine O'Neal was still nowhere near 100% and Anthony Johnson, career backup, was still Indiana's point guard. End result, Boston gets torn a new one and Toine got a little too gully (suspended for Game 4). Reggie scored a karmic 33 and the momentum had swung Indiana's way.

Today we got my favorite Sports Guy-ism, underestimating the coaching matchup, but Rick Carlisle wasn't the guy he was badmouthing after Game 1. Now the Ewing comparison is in jest, but Simmons' braggadocio couldn't have helped.

2 Comments:

  • At 9:08 PM, Blogger Chris said…

    Oh hey.

    I don't know anything about sports.

     
  • At 7:59 AM, Blogger Paul Rizzy said…

    It's cool, once I get the hang of things I'm going to mix in more stuff about television and movies, and throw in some music too, I had something planned for next week.

     

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