|Out with the old, in with the new!|
|Sunday, December 29, 2013 12:00 AM|
By JIM METCALFE
This is my last column in the year 2013.
Mea culpa for not having it in the usual spot on Thursday; it will return there for Jan. 2.
It just seems we were beginning the year just yesterday, doesn’t it?
The end of the calendar year always is a time to reflect on the previous year, the good and bad.
I am sure we can all come up with our lists of the good and the bad in the world of sports in 2013, though it depends on your point of view of what those standards are.
Take the Miami Heat repeating as NBA champions.
There are some fans of the Heat since the team’s inception and some that have only become their fans since the arrival of LeBron James and, yes, even Chris Bosh.
For them, that repeat was a good thing.
On the other end, there are some that could not stand the Heat from the start — probably not many — and hate them even more — how about them Cavaliers’ fans? — since the arrival of that “Terrible Twosome”, especially James.
Everyone knows how much “discussion” has been had about the best basketball player on the planet and no-doubt, unanimous future first-ballot Hall-of-Famer and “The Decision” he made when he left the Cavaliers for the warmer pastures of Miami.
Think that won’t be on his made when he has to make another “Decision” this summer about resigning or leaving South Beach for, well, who knows? The Lakers — hey, Kobe can’t keep going forever, much as owner Jim “I am not my father, Jerry” Buss or head coach Mike “Kobe was coming off an injury so I’ll play him in the fourth game of a 5-day stretch as if he was 24?” D’Antoni may think so — are possibly in the running because they have created salary-cap space.
The Knickerbockers are also in the mix and supposedly, even Cleveland is a possibility. Think Cavalier fans would welcome him back with open arms?
The Boston Red Sox are another case in point.
When they won the World Series in 2004, breaking forever the Curse of the Bambino — think of Bill Buckner’s error in Game 6 of the 1986 Series against the New York Metropolitans — who didn’t shed a tear for them and admit they didn’t mind seeing it happen within their lifetime?
Especially since it wasn’t the dreaded New York “Evil Empire” Yankees winning it after they “surrendered” a 3-0 lead in the American League Championship Series!
Well, the BoSox won it this year with a Yankee-esque team salary and how many of us share that same feeling? Hey, you won it once; now you’re just another Northeastern city that deserves a comeuppance!
When they fell apart the year before, not many non-Red Sox fans shed a tear.
Now, let’s say that the Chicago Cubs finally, finally, FINALLY break the Curse of the Goat before we all die of old age — or the end of the world, whichever comes first — and grab the title.
How many non-Cubbie fans will party with the partisans and shed a tear?
After all, I give Cubs’ fans credit: they stick with them year after year … after year … after year …
Hey, they can somewhat commiserate about me being a Cowboys’ — not a Jerry Jones’ — fan, though the Cowboys do have five Super Bowl wins under their team’s belt. However, this is a “what-have-you-done-for-me-lately?” world.
Stay tuned in 2014 ——— you never know!
Happy New Year!
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