How can the San Antonio Spurs not be crushed after their game six collapse? When you invest so much on one goal over a nine month span, have it in the palm of your hand only to see it slip away---that can't help but shake you. What we're all wondering is how long it takes a team to refocus after such a calamity.
If anyone can do it---
Heat has lost only four times all season. One would think that the Heat has all the momentum, but this hasn't been a series of momentum. Neither team has won consecutive games in these finals; Miami has the chance to do it tonight.
Home court advantage?
The Heat have the home court advantage because they're a really good team, not because their fan base is so supportive. I love the description of fans leaving game six early, then trying to get back into the arena when the Heat rallied to force overtime. I know these people have bought a ticket, but I've always had a problem with fans that leave early, although in this case I can see fans leaving so they don't have to witness a visiting team celebrating on their home floor. Having said that, I can't blame Heat center Chris Bosh for telling those fans to stay home and watch game seven.
One of two legacies is going to get a huge boost tonight. Either the legend of LeBron grows exponentially, or Tim Duncan takes another step further up the path of the greatest to have ever played the game.
Bob Lutz, my radio co-host, made a really good observation today when he noted that you see very few dunks in the NBA post season. Certainly that's been the case in the finals where every possession, in a reasonably competitive game, is contested.
The house of Oklahoma football coach Bob Stoops was burglarized early yesterday, a vehicle was stolen while the family slept. Having anything stolen from you is bad enough, but what's more disconcerting is having strangers in your midst without your knowledge. It's the violation of your privacy and the thought that some idiot, who obviously doesn't care if your home, is rummaging through your space.
Different ends of the spectrum---
Non-conference scheduling philosophies in the Big 12 span the spectrum. OU is taking on a Louisiana-Monroe team that returns 17 starters from an eight win club that beat, amongst others, Arkansas. The Sooners are also traveling to Notre Dame and hosting 11 game, bowl winning, Tulsa. On the other end of the equation West Virginia hosts William and Mary, Maryland of Baltimore, and Georgia State whose collective record last year was 3-19.
Here's the best of the Big 12 non-conference: Oklahoma at Notre Dame, TCU vs. LSU at Arlington, Texas-Ole Miss at Texas, Texas at BYU, Oklahoma State vs. Mississippi St. in Houston. Honorable mention: Iowa State vs. Iowa, K-State vs. North Dakota State( two time defending FCS champions which is 3-0 against its last three FBS opponents. KU vs. Louisiana Tech (the alma mater of Terry Bradshaw was 9-3 last year and lost to Texas A&M by only two points).