This morning I’m sitting in my car locked into the longest drive-thru line in the glorious, gluttonous history of Dunkin’ Donuts. It is so long first responders were likely on call to direct traffic away from the scene had any more vehicles engaged the chain. Frustrated at my anticipated wait time of ten minutes, I say to myself “it’s 7 AM and already 80 degrees…what are all these people doing here getting coffee?”
Which is exactly what I WAS DOING.
Point is, you have to be aware of the moment you’re in.
Which brings us to the NBA and NHL Finals, each now tied at 2 wins apiece.
Miami and Vancouver were considered by most to be favorites in these Finals and because of the “unique” (i.e. dumb) 2-3-2 format employed in the NBA…we find as of this morning not only do both favorites still have in their back pocket if their respective series go the distance they have home court/ice advantage for projected Game 7’s…that “unique” (i.e. dumb) basketball format finds Miami will serve as host for Game 6 as well.
Regardless…Miami and Vancouver…your fans pray you are aware of the moment you’re in.
Because while you may still prove to have earned those favorite nods and take your titles… the alleged underdogs have as many wins as you do…and only need as many as you need.
Intangible pressure human beings create within themselves create a wide spectrum of tangible results. Collectively being considered an external favorite carries for teams the collective internal pressure to live up to that tag.
In the NBA, the Miami Heat have more questions than answers. The biggest one…David Caruso and his CSI Miami task force are currently trying to locate LeBron James. Meanwhile, the Dallas Mavericks have found confidence if they can keep the games chaotic and in transition…while also having their bigs crash the boards at both ends…they have a legitimate shot…especially if Dirk Nowitzki is taking their final ones.
In the NHL, questions outweigh answers for the Vancouver Canucks. The biggest one…why the Canucks allowed themselves to be humiliated as badly as any team you’ll ever see up 2-0…in any series…in any sport. The Boston Bruins did not just hold serve at home, they staged a “Beatdown In Beantown.” Boston was so dominant and confident at home their goalie threw better checks than most of the Canucks did.
Yes, for Miami and Vancouver the time has come to show why they were deemed the favorites. You can project long-term you have the battlefield advantage at the end of the day…but you have to get there first.
Miami and Vancouver, best you be aware of the moment you’re in.