In Which We Discuss the Meaning and Import of Sports Why We Watch and What We Watch For

Except for freshman year of college, when the very real situation of being around that many available women was too pressing to ignore, I have been into sports.

My top sports moments are as follows, in no particular order.

UConn winning the title in ’99. To really understand how awesome this was, you had to be a huge UConn fan and a massive Duke hater. My dad and my brother and I were both. Add in the fact that Duke had the better team and it wasn’t even close, and they had the far better coach as Jim Calhoun is a retarded moron, and it didn’t get any better than this. We were literally jumping up and down and running around. Wild stuff.

Patriots beating the Rams in ’01. The first of two Super Bowl wins in which Belichick’s game plan dissected a much better team, this was crazy stuff. I had stuck with this team for so long, to see it pay off was surreal.

Red Sox win ’04 World Series. I remember finishing a big paper while Damon blasted two home runs in the Yankee Stadium bleachers. By Game 7 of the ALCS, there was no doubt. Glorious stuff that I barely even remember I was so into it.

Kobe’s 82 point game. Just happened to sit down for this one against the Raptors in the first year I ever bought NBA League Pass. Kobe going nuts is one of the most fun things to see.

Yankees losing to the Angels in ’06. I take pleasure in Yankee losses, a lot of a pleasure. While I was at their playoff loss to Detroit at Yankee Stadium last year, this one was better, as they just collapsed and it was glorious.

Tonight is up there. I watched about 30 Golden State Warrior games this season. That’s a lot of viewing hours. I wish I could say I told you so, but never in my wildest dreams did I think this team could beat the best team in the NBA in six games. What an incredible atmosphere in Oakland, and what a crazy series. To see the look on Mark Cuban‘s face…pure joy itself.

I’m also a closet Canucks fan and they suffered a horrible loss at the same time tonight, plus the Mets had a crazy comeback win, plus the same went for the Red Sox. I mean, if you like sports, you never really get bored. This was one of those nights where it’s too much fun and you can’t imagine why people aren’t into it. It’s fun.

The other thing you can take away from tonight on a socio-political level is that you had a compelling series in which some previously criticized African-American players, despite some flare-ups earlier in the series, acted like the gentlemen and solid people they are (at least in Baron Davis’ case, he’s really a good person) and it was a nice positive message.

It was a one of a kind night tonight.


And amazingly, one news story was the cherry on top of this evening.

You may remember that, in January, funnyman George Lopez told a Florida radio station that the “Tonight” host is “the biggest two-faced dude in TV.” Besides calling Leno a “backstabber,” Lopez branded him “the worst interviewer on TV.”

Leno hadn’t forgotten Lopez’s attack when he walked into the recent Laugh Factory memorial for comic Richard Jeni. Spotting comedian Paul Rodriguez, Leno brought up the dig. “He said, ‘Listen, maybe you and I should sit down and work this out,'” Rodriguez recalled when we phoned him yesterday. “He said, ‘We shouldn’t be airing this stuff in public.’ He was going on like that. At first, I thought he was putting me on. Finally, I said, ‘Jay, It’s Paul! I’m not George! I’m the other Beatle.’ “Jay apologized. He said, ‘I’m sorry. I don’t have my contacts in.’ I said, ‘Hey, it’s understandable. We Mexicans all look alike.”

Is there any doubt we are living in the finest and most entertaining time in human existence?


3 thoughts on “In Which We Discuss the Meaning and Import of Sports Why We Watch and What We Watch For

  1. I wish, on these lists, that you would realize yourself immortal, having existed throughout time–so that we could have a less limited version of events. Despite the lack of an NCAA championship, Alex Carnevale’s favorite sports moment was, most definitely, the UCONN “dream” season of 1990. This was when Connecticut was riled into an un-NewEnglandy frenzied state of enthusiasm by the constant radio play of the song, “What about UCONN!” a remix of the 1980 Romantics’ tune. Her is an actual post you made back at that time, when your current physical shell was at -3 years of age:

    “On a side note, I was never really into basketball until I was in high school/college (can’t remember which year), and UConn started becoming amazing. I used to live right down the road from them, and the whole state went NUTZ over them when they made it into the tournament, then more so the further they went. It was amazing. I still can’t listen to the song “What I Like About You” correctly, as the radio stations all started playing a version called “What I Like About UConn” with the coaches and players in there. Like I said, NUTZ.”

    Your first true hero, Nadav “The Dove” Henefeld, a.k.a Nadav “The Gaza Stripper” Henefeld, averaged 11.6 points per game in the Big East tourney, and the Huskies reached the Elite Eight before falling to Duke, 79-78, in overtime on Christian Laettner’s last-second shot.

    You never liked Hank Greenberg much, Sandy Koufax was too prissy, Emeka Okafor too distant, the 3-pointer machine Henefeld was a father figure and role model to you–all in one gorgeous Ramat-Hasharon-born package. Moments from the 1990 season have had resonance throughout your entire life. One example: when you were rolling about on the floor at the RiFiFi Fuggedabuddies show on West 11th in 2005, specifically when John Glaser asked the Armani, turtleneck, and jeans clad yuppie in the audience to, “Go produce the next Kinks’ album” . . . at that exact moment, the UCONN/Romantics Song (‘What about UConn/They really know how to score/Up,down, turn around/UConn dunks all night/Burrel dishing in your lane, Hen the Dove swishing causing you pain, up down turn around/UCONN makes you feel alright. . . .’) began to play in your head. This was wrong, as you mistook The Romantics for The Kinks. But, like I said, lots of resonance.

    “U – Conn Husky, symbol of might to the foe.
    Fight, fight Connecticut, It’s vict’ry, Let’s go.
    Connecticut U – Conn Husky,
    vict’ry again for the White and Blue
    So go – go – go Connecticut, Connecticut U.
    C – O – N – N – E – C – T – I – C – U – T
    Connecticut, Connecticut Husky, Connecticut Husky
    Connecticut C – O – N – N – U! (Repeat)”

  2. I was hoping I could find a clip of the “What I Like About Uconn” song, but I can’t find one! I’m glad to know I’m not the only one who can’t hear that song without thinking about UConn.

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