A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to 2011

derrick rose simeon.jpgAnd no, silly, this has nothing to do with Estonia joining the Eurozone, though I do admit, that Eurozone has a lot more going for it than just a snazzy name now that Estonia is in the mix!  Look out European Union, ‘cuz y’all haven’t seen oil shale til you’ve seen Estonia!

No, what I actually want to tell you about is something I am still rather reluctant to report: I’ve… I’ve been watching… basketball.

AGGGGHHHHH!

I know, I know, I know… I gave up on basketball back before Charles Barkley ate Jabba the Hutt and I never, EVER, had any regrets.  It’s an individual sport.  A natural obsession for those with ADHD.  An abomination of the thinking man’s game.

Yes, I still believe all of the above is true… but, it was a long, arduous baseball offseason for me and I got antsy and I was just begging for something — anything! — to get me to Spring Training and that’s when I saw…

I saw something… something special… something… MAGICAL.

His name is Derrick Rose.

Now I’m not going to go all John Kerry and flip-flop on y’all… but I am going to admit that I am willing to work with this here NBA thing a little bit longer.  Because while the Kobe Bryants and LeBron James and Chris Boshes of the world may leave a sour taste in the mouth of public opinion, Derrick Rose is not just a budding superstar beginning to dominate the entire league, but he is also (as far as I can tell) a genuinely nice guy. 

People like him.  He’s cool.  He’s just a kid having fun.

And I was at a game earlier this season where he did this:

I saw that and I just knew.  I just knew, this kid is gonna kill the competition.  And if you haven’t been paying attention to the NBA this year (again, I don’t blame if you haven’t), he is doing just that.  In fact, I liken his domination to that of Albert Pujols: when I watch him play, I feel like I am watching one of the greatest who ever lived.

Soon, real baseball games will begin and my full attention will be focused on the boys of summer; but I can honestly say, for the first time since the Clinton administration, I will definitely be checking in on the Bulls’ playoff progress.

Don’t hate me.  ‘Cuz I’m right.

Peace,

Jeff

PS, If you want to see three minutes and forty-four seconds more of Derrick Rose magic, check out this vid!

10 Comments

Is OK, I went to two Laker games during this offseason. As long as our Boys of Summer take priority once the baseball season starts. But I’ll check out your boy here.
Emma
http://crzblue.mlblogs.com

Emma — Check him out! He might not be on Kobe’s level yet, but he WILL BE!
–Jeff

I’m a Bulls fan, but haven’t watched them much since Jordan left. To be honest, the NBA hasn’t been the same for me since MJ left for good. I like Rose and think he’s a good player, but the NBA doesn’t hold my interest nearly as much as it used to. I prefer college hoops and baseball. Good post though!

Ron

http://strictlycubsbaseball.mlblogs.com/

It’s okay. I’m sure Albert will understand. You’re just whetting your appetite with basketball before you dine at home with baseball, right?
Kristen
http://blithescribe.mlblogs.com/

Ron — I’m tellin’ ya, D Rose is the best thing to happen to the Chi SINCE M.J. Took me a long time to care too… believe me.
Kristen — Hehehe. That’s one way of lookin’ at it… just don’t let AP know ;-)
–Jeff

Jeff, cheating on baseball that way! For shame. But I must admit that I, too, occasionally watched other sports this offseason. Not much basketball, the Sixers were pretty sucky, but some Flyers hockey if the hubby or son had it on. Though I still have trouble seeing the puck, even in HD on the 60″ screen.

Sue
Rants, Raves, and Random Thoughts

Sue — I can’t see the puck either. Even at the games. I just drink beer though and all is forgotten.
–Jeff

While you’re into basketball, you might as well check out college hoops. Selection Sunday’s coming up, and I must admit that I love March Madness almost as much as I love the MLB playoffs…I said ALMOST.
Catherine
http://chisoxblog.mlblogs.com/

Glad I’m not the only cheatin’ sumbitch. Not only have I been steppin’ out on my beloved soul mate, baseball, but I’ve been sneaking around on my NHL mistress too, watching wayyy too many Mavs games this season. In the process of getting re-acquainted with the NBA it’s been impossible not to notice your boy D-Rose…just give him the MVP already, he’s bad a$s!
–Jonestein

Catherine — March Madness is too confusing for me… too many teams, but I can handle the Bulls for now.
Jonestein — How dare you! LOL. D-Rose could own those Mavs yo!
–Jeff

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