1, 2, 3, 4, 5, Sixers

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The SEVEN
by Mack Williams
31 May 2015

Mirror, Mirror

There is no comparison between an adult homosexual relationship and the abuse of a minor.

Still I wonder how the Dennis Hasterts of the world can look at themselves in the mirror when they vote against the interests of gay individuals while engaging in homosexual – albeit abusive – relationships.

II. 19 & Counting

Money alone will not and would not make whole the young people who were abused by the-then 15-year-old Josh Duggar. Still, they would probably feel a little better if they were compensated with an equivalent portion of the past and future Duggar family profits of 19 & Counting.

With that said, is it totally fair to paint the 28-year-old Duggar with the brush of a kid? Or is it more of a story due to the fact that his adult parents were basically complicit in the situation, going to great lengths to cover up their child’s mistakes in order to keep whatever financial benefits that come to them as a result of their humongous family?

III. That’s Why They Play The Game

How do you explain the Los Angeles Clippers defeating the champion San Antonio Spurs after being down three games to two, and then following that up by losing a series to the Houston Rockets that they led 3-1?

Fortunately, in terms of job security, coach Doc Rivers is the general manager as well; he’s rather unlikely to fire himself.

IV. 5 & Counting

This is a fact: NBA Finals series will be the fifth consecutive one played in by LeBron James. What is not a fact is the statement thrown out more than once that LeBron is the first to do just that. Just doing the math would tell you otherwise…if the Boston Celtics won 11 times in a 13-year period, there’s no mathematical way at least five of them wouldn’t be in a row. So certainly Bill Russell and some of his teammates on that run have the five straight appearances beat.

While we are applauding LeBron for his accomplishment, how about a retro handclap for the ’90’s era Buffalo Bills, who made it to four straight Super Bowls?

V. Not Quite The Same

When I watched Steph Curry’s scary fall a few nights ago, it reminded me of, well, me. Not that I jump as high or shoot as well as the regular season and future Finals MVP, but back in the college days I had some mini-hops and enjoyed pinning people’s lay ups on the backboard. One day I went to do just that and somehow a guy went underneath my legs, sending me uncontrollably down like Steph the other night. As I was heading downwards, my first thought was about how I would explain to my parents, standing over my hospital bed, why I was on the basketball court instead of in class.

Like Curry, I was able to continue playing.

VI. Who Would Win?

Someone posted the Sixers-Bulls picture on Facebook, asking who would win. Very interesting group pictured for each team; Bulls with three members from the ’96-98 champions (Jordan, Pippen and Rodman), plus a more active center in Noah and a great guard in Rose, while Sixers have three from their 1983 championship team (Cheeks, Malone, and Erving) plus the incredible Iverson and Barkley.

That said, if I were picking a guard to go with Cheeks/Malone/Erving/Barkley, I might prefer Andrew Toney; as great as Iverson was – and I saw him score 50 in person one night – he was not an outstanding outside shooter. And if I were picking a guard to go with MJ and Co., I would choose someone like the ones he had in Paxson, Hodges, etc. over Derrick Rose, as great as he is.

So what do you think? Here’s my quick analysis: if you put the Nets #32 jersey on Dr. J – or in other words, turn him loose as in his Nets days – I’ll take the Sixers.

VII. Looking For A Book?

In case you’re in search of your first great read of the summer, I would naturally be biased but nonetheless suggest “WWII Diary” by my mother, Winnie Artis Williams. Here’s one place you can find this outstanding memoir online: http://www.amazon.com/WWII-Diary-Travels-Experiences-Soldiers-ebook/dp/B00K8GDMYM/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1433106266&sr=8-3&keywords=wwii+diary

The screenplay is being written, and you may have an opportunity to see her story unfold on screen before long – but read the book first!

To Be The Man

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The SEVEN
by Mack Williams
11 May 2015

I. Happy Mother’s Day

How time changes things…
Whenever my father and I would go to a Mets game my mother would call that day, as a result of our absence, “Mother’s Day.”
Now it’s my presence that creates Mother’s Day.

II. Incident

I know I’m not the only person – in the wake of the death of Freddie Gray – of the poem “Incident,” in which Countee Cullen writes of how a Baltimore utterance of the N-word became the only thing remembered of a time spent there. Now my sense is that no matter how many home runs the Orioles’ Adam Jones hits, or how many shouting matches he gets in with Jose Bautista – or if the Ravens go to the Super Bowl, for that matter – the only thing most will remember from Baltimore in 2015 is Freddie Gray.

III. Fight Of The Century

Well, maybe not, according to most analysis. I can’t say for myself, as I didn’t see anything but a few highlights. But what I can say is that in my humble opinion, both Manny and Floyd would have had a hard time getting a “W” against the 1980’s guys from their weight classes such as Roberto Duran, Sugar Ray Leonard, Marvelous Marvin Hagler and Thomas Hearns.

As for Floyd’s “refusal” to give Pacquiao a rematch due to his being a “sore loser,” I wouldn’t buy that in the least. There’s probably little or no market for Floyd or Manny to fight anyone else – the state of boxing being that which it is – so my guess is that this is just part one of the hype towards “Fight of the Century” 2.

IV. To Be The Man…

If Ric Flair is correct in saying that to be the Man, you’ve got to beat the Man, then the Los Angeles Clippers are qualified to be champs after winning an unbelievably exciting seven game first-round series against the defending champion San Antonio Spurs – which naturally initiated the annual discussion about the end of the line for San Antonio. These discussions often remind me, in a sense, of Easter; the pundits keeping looking in the grave for the Spurs but find they’re not there. I suspect that will be the case again next year.

That series was so exciting that I feared it would make the remainder of the playoffs pale by comparison…but then came this Chicago Bulls-Cleveland Cavaliers consecutive buzzer-beater, two games apiece instant classic, as well as Washington’s Paul Pierce bringing the Truth back out with a buzzer-beater bank shot against Atlanta.

By the way, the reason I did not go out to see the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight was that Game 7 of Clippers-Spurs was so thrilling that I was certain nothing that would happen in that ring could approach that, so I just went to bed.

V.  Five Thirty Eight

On the Five Thirty Eight blog (named for the number of total Electoral College votes), one of my daily reads during a presidential election season, statistical analyst Nate Silver called the New York Rangers the Spurs of the NHL because of their lack of reliance on superstars. The numbers may bear that out, but one difference between them is that the Spurs have won five championships since the Rangers’ “now I can die in peace” Stanley Cup win in 1994. The Rangers have played extremely well with their backs against the wall in recent series’ – including last night when they forced a Game 7 against Washington – but they need another Cup or so to really make this analogy work.

VI. It Is High…

I can’t take credit for this…My man Yeoman wrote that if the New York Yankees don’t want to give Alex Rodriguez his agreed-upon $6,000,000 bonus for reaching the 660 home run plateau of Willie Mays, would they give back the 2009 World Series? Great point!

What I can do is piggyback on that by saying that if their reason for withholding the bonus is A-Rod’s alleged use of performance-enhancing drugs, perhaps they might want to turn in the 1999 and 2000 titles as well, considering their ace was Roger Clemens, he of the bat-throwing incident with Mike Piazza – https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=MhxMIpx5q3w – which some see as a possible example of “roid rage.”

VII. The Buck Stops Here

If you are certain that Tom Brady knew about the footballs being deflated, then you must be certain that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie knew something about “time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee.”