Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Goliaths Wins! Two Victories in 48 Hours

After the Giants' win at the beginning of the year, I thought it might be the year of David.

As the cliche' goes, it's David vs. Goliath. In my mind, you shouldn't get the title of Goliath, unless their's a fair amount of arrogance. The media has to predict it as a foregone conclusion. Without the arrogance you just have someone who is really good, like Michael Jordan. He didn't "appear" to be arrogant, even though if you were playing against him, you'd likely be on the losing side:

41-42 As the Philistine paced back and forth, his shield bearer in front of him, he noticed David. He took one look down on him and sneered—a mere youngster, apple-cheeked and peach-fuzzed.

43 The Philistine ridiculed David. "Am I a dog that you come after me with a stick?" And he cursed him by his gods.

44 "Come on," said the Philistine. "I'll make roadkill of you for the buzzards. I'll turn you into a tasty morsel for the field mice."

Notice in the Message translation of the Bible, the arrogance is clear. Of course, the other cliche is cinderella, but we won't go there today. It's kind of odd how the media remembers Goliath but not David.

In Atlanta, it's pretty clear that the Celtics and Tiger Woods and fit the bill as Goliath to a "T" except for one small thing.

  • They are arrogant (check)
  • They were predicted to win by a landslide (check)
  • They fell to the most unlikely of opponents...(almost)

This year there has been three clear times when a David was facing a Goliath.

  • Celtics VS Hawks (then Cavs) - Call it youth or coaching, I think this series could have been closer than it looked when the Hawks were on the road.
  • Tiger VS Rocco - Closer than anyone thought. I don't think Tiger was really grinding it out... the sentimental words about his Father were touching, but he's become so arrogant in his play and actions, it's time for:
David reached into his pocket for a stone, slung it, and hit the Philistine hard in the forehead, embedding the stone deeply. The Philistine crashed, facedown in the dirt.
That may be a bit harsh. With a few exceptions on the Celtics team, their wins are hollow. Even the Boston Fans are arrogant and rude. The only time Boston franchises have any redeeming value is when they are beating New York. In a franchise where conspiracy theories are flying around, it seems like one theory could be that they want to put the critics to rest (as I am sure that the world would love a game seven so they could make yet one more comparison of Kobe and Jordan).

So at the end of the day, the world is broken. The deserving* team loses and Goliath wins another.

*Deserving - Which ever team is being rooted for by the author is deemed, "deserving."

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