When you go to college over a thousand miles from home, like I did going to Indiana, you meet and befriend all sorts of people from all walks of life. My experience was no different. Three years ago when finished school, I left friends from all across this great country of ours, including the cities of Miami and Chicago, where some of my best friends reside. Because of this, I have decided to not be an obnoxious douche bag by taking sides over the next two weeks when the Heat and Bulls play for the Eastern Conference title. Its called growing up.
For much of my life, I have basked in my friend’s misery when their teams have lost. I have done the same all throughout this season with the Heat, so much so, to where I drove a friend of a friend into hating me even though he has never met me! I have done the same thing to my Chicago friends. I remember giggling like a high school girl as the Cubs were getting swept in the Division Series by Arizona and then by the Dodgers. Hell, I even wasted $30 on a Pittsburgh Pirates hat when we went to Wrigley for a Cubs game. I will do this no more.
Now, I do have rivalries with these respective cities, like with the Cubs and Dolphins, but when it comes to this series I have none. The Rockets are in the other conference, and its not like they have a history with either team, so why do I care who wins and loses? The truth is, I don’t, so why take sides against friends when I don’t have to? This series has the potential to be one of the best 7-game series that we’ve ever seen, so I am just going to sit back and enjoy. When it is all said and done I will congratulate my friends who win, and console those that lose.
So, I wish everyone involved the best of luck. We have three of the five best players in the world playing in two its loudest arenas (except for the first and third quarters in Miami), which will have the seats full for all 48 minutes (by human beings in Chicago and by white bed sheets in Miami). Its hard not to like either of the teams. You have the Bulls with the young, humble superstar, who has never been to this point before. For Miami you have the great LeBron James, whose string of MVP titles was snapped. He has the experience of failing in big games before, and how about Dwanye Wade. What a classy guy, and you know a guy wants to win when he tries to snap the elbow off another team’s best player, and you can’t not talk about these two teams without talking about their histories. The Bulls have six NBA Championships that were won by Michael Jordan, and the Heat won their title 5 years when Wade and Bennett Salvatore coupled to shock the Mavericks.
If you don’t have a dog in this fight, or money on the line, you might be tempted to take sides in this series. Don’t do it. Just sit back and enjoy the show, just like me, and may the best team win!