Monday, June 3, 2013

Is It Infidelity?

Those among you who are regulars at Wrestling With Retirement know I've made no secret of the fact that I love the Boston Celtics....every one of them!  However, my favorite team was eliminated from the NBA playoffs early, leaving me without a team to tout; men to marvel over; Celts to cheer.

My heart was broken and searching for solace.  I couldn't cheer for the Celtics' nemesis, the Miami Heat......

I browsed the basketball channels longingly, looking for a love to laud.  Then it happened; the Indiana Pacers and the Miami Heat were to face off for the Eastern Finals.

It just happens that a former student of mine is the Strength and Fitness Coach for the Pacers.  Shawn Windle was one of my students at Edward Little High School in Auburn, Maine, and now he's made the big time!

Windle Named Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year

Shawn is the tall man in the middle above.  (I have no idea who the other two guys are, but Shawn was  a favorite of mine when I was teaching, and I'm so pleased at his success. )  He's been the S & C Coach at Indiana for 7 years and was awarded the above title in 2012.  

This gave me a reason to start following the Indiana Pacers journey through the NBA finals.  I've been watching the games between the Heat and the Pacers and as of last Saturday, the two teams were tied, each having won 3 games.

Now I have to 'fess up.  I seem to be having a bit of a love affair with the Pacers.

Lance Stevenson is tall and lean and fast as lightning!  He tends to bring the element of surprise to the game--you never know what he might do!

Roy Hibbert, their 7' 2" Center has definitely captured my heart; a beast under the basket, he fights for the rebounds and easily taps in shots that might have been misses.

Paul George, another huge asset to the team, can score from the paint or from downtown with equal ease.  

George Hill added some key 3-pointers  and gave the Heat some hassle!

David West, a dribbling, rippling mass of muscle;  even playing with an upper respiratory infection last Friday was able to wrap those massive arms around a rash of rebounds, and score when it was needed.  I'm drooling, here--that's a lot of man!

 And off the bench, D J Augustin contributed to the  mahem that flustered Miami.  What a cutie!

And also off the bench, Tyler Hansbrough rattled Miami enough to cause the Heat's "Birdman" Anderson to get a flagrant 2 foul and get suspended for a game.

There may have been others that played, but the above are the ones that caught my attention.  Every one of these guys played incredible defense, as well as giving their all on offense.  Beating the Miami Heat is no small feat;  after all, the Heat are led by "the big three" Lebron James, Dwayne Wade, and Chris Bosh.  

I don't know if the Pacers can beat the Heat again tonight for the NBA Eastern Division title, but you can bet I'll cheering them on--those guys are after my heart!

(Don't worry, Boston Celtics, this is just a temporary "fling."  I'll be back as your biggest fan next season.  You can count on it!)



The Dose of Reality said...

The Celtics understand. After all, they couldn't deliver what you needed this season...they know you have to have a little fun on the side! ;) Congrats to your former fun! :)-The Dose Girls

Sara Hickman said...

I am not a basketball fan, but I understand the fear of temporarily loving another team. It happens to me in football, I am glad the playoffs aren't as long as those in basketball. Have a great day!

Sara @ The Hickman Five

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
OOOOOhhhhh Eva, you've got an eye on you gal!! Seems to me though, if it was only the team involved, you'd not be looking around. Methinks it's the basketball itself with which you are in love. Good (looking) players are just the cherries on top!!!

Well played sport is well played sport. That's a good thing. &*>
YAM xx at MT:MMM-Doses of Wild Yam

A Beer For The Shower said...

I usually just root against the team that knocked my team out. I thrive on spite.

On that note, I'm all for any team that's playing against LeBron James. Crush the gigantic manchild!

Paula Jones said...

The Celtics will understand, or maybe they won't find out!!

Eva Gallant said...

Dose Girls: I can only hope. And, yes, Shawn has done incredibly well!

Sara: I nod in respect; I've never been able to really get into football; I admire you for being able to do so.

Yamini: You just might be right! But I do love the eye candy as well!

ABFTS: Lebron is an incredible player, but he seems to spend a lot of time whining to the refs!

Paula: I hope they understand!

Sue said...


We've been rooting for the Pacers, too. They're a likable team!


Al Penwasser said...

You gotta go against the Heat. They're the Yankees of the NBA. And I know you know how people around that neck of the woods feel about the Yankees.

Joanna Jenkins said...

You really ARE a basketball fan, Eva!

We love our Lakers here in LA, even though they really stunk this season.

But I'm from Cleveland which means I cheer for which ever team is playing against Lebron James and the Miami Heat.

GO PACERS! xo jj

River said...

You should have a back up favourite team, maybe even a third back up. That way there's a good chance one of your favourites will make the grand finals.

Kimberly said...

I generally despise the team that knocks out mine. Ok, I really despise them.
I'm not going to tell you what team we root for but I can tell you that I have to hate all the teams because the team we root for sucks hard.
That's awesome that you had him as a student.
My uncle taught Alanis Morrisette.