It’s a hard pill to swallow, but in life, there will be those who rejoice in seeing you fail. And relationships are absolutely no different… In fact, you can count on it. This is what I was thinking after watching the Miami Heat’s 27-game winning streak come to a humbled end by the competitive ball play of the Chicago Bulls (100-97).
While the game and real-life relationships are worlds apart, it’s beneficial to notice the similarities. Within both, you need passion, commitment, a work ethic to make things work, a love for what you’re doing, communication, and a pinch of fun… When these ingredients are all working together for a common goal, you don’t have to look too far for naysayers. But, you heard LeBron [James] say it wasn’t about the streak; that it was about getting better and working as a team. The Heat’s coach, Erik Spoelstra, echoed this same sentiment. Being on the same page, echoing the same message is how you shut all the noise out.
So, while I am a known LeBron-isn’t-Michaelist, I can appreciate the work effort and focus… and I actually enjoyed watching the Heat make history. Where the game and real-life relationship similarities end is that with having one bad night, the streak doesn’t have to end.
Ramble me this:… Before I read the caption, I truly thought this was his granddaughter. Tell me why she isn’t?
New England Patriots’ owner, Robert Kraft (71), and his girlfriend, Ricki Noel Lander (32)…. Okay [I literally am not breathing right now.]. Ricki MUST be a football fan, right? Right. You, too, can have a billionaire boyfriend to wine and dine you. Just get up on those Xs and Os.
Sigh… Scratch… Sigh again, right?
With life, not just sports, the question often pops up… “What does he really want?” It’s not just a guy’s question about a woman. There’s really no way of knowing, honestly, unless there’s some type of communication. Well… from that conversation with my brother and his wife (go a couple posts back), I have a simple answer to what he actually wants when it comes to spending time while you two are watching sports:
“I want some level of appreciation, passion for the sport. I feel like you just tolerate me. If you try to get the terminology and social side of the game, you’ll appreciate the significance.”
I was shocked that he was so candid and that she was receptive. I think she was a bit shocked, too… She asked him what was she doing that said she didn’t appreciate the sport. It sparred conversation (I walked out of the room… I just wanted the sports portion of the relationship and it trickled into something else, honey.). It seems old and ineffective, but talking seems to open doors. And… as much as I am not a LeBron James’ fan, some type of communication (and endurance) happened in order for him to finally finish up those Save-the-Date cards with his long-time girlfriend and mother of his children, Savannah. Talk it out…
Ramble me this…: Do you care to see “storming the court” removed from college basketball?
I was doing some Saturday house cleaning and had to stop in mid-wipe down. Apparently, this dangerous and for-no-good-reason occurrence has happened for the last 10 years or so and it has NOW become a serious topic on the table [Sidenote: I’m not breaking away from our continued discussion on men versus women and love and sports (yada yada). Just had an impromptu writing itch. The end.]… Famed Coach K (Krzyzewski)—known as one of the winningest coaches in NCAA history and beloved U.S. Olympics Men’s basketball coach—spoke… and well, when he speaks folks tend to listen. While he isn’t asking for the extinction of the random tradition, he’s asking that provisions are made to get the losing team off the court before the storming begins. Makes sense, right?
I guess if my son was on the losing team I might care… or if I were one of those aged guards assisting in roping the court off then I may have a tiny bone to pick. But, seeing that neither of those things are the case, I’m not sure I have a stance either way. It’s just all over ESPN and its hilarious to me that this is such a story… all of a sudden.
Back to your regularly scheduled program…