Last night, one game losing at home despite doing a good job and providing good effort, the Miami Heat obliterated the Boston Celtics in Boston to even the Eastern Conference Finals at 3-3.
LeBron James was absolutely sensational, scoring 45 points and reminding everyone that despite the constant criticism he gets he is the most talented all-around basketball who has ever walked this earth.
Now the series heads back to Miami for the decisive Game 7, but Celtics fans certainly went out with flourish – in ways both good and bad – before possibly seeing their team play for the final team this year.
Let’s get the negative out of the way first.
As you may have heard, some jackwagon Celtics fan poured liquid, assumed to be beer but probably water, on LeBron James as he left the court.
You stay classy, Boston fans.
To the joyless jackass who commented that “Good Kid, Good Effort” Kid was an example of what is wrong with sports today, I’d like to know his thoughts on this. Is this what is right about sports today, sir?
No, of course it’s not.
Pouring water or beer or anything on an athlete leaving the floor, like he is some kind of animal, is about as low as it gets. Unless it was an accident, that guy shouldn’t be allowed back in a stadium. I’m serious. It’s angering to see bullshit like that.
Analyze and critique LeBron James, superstar basketball player/global icon, all you want, but let’s not forget to treat him like a human being. You’d think it wouldn’t need to be said. Unfortunately, there is a certain faction of sports fans that always need reminding.
However, this post is not meant as an excoriation of the entire Boston Celtics fan base, just the one rogue idiot that did the spilling. In fact, I want to end this post by praising Celtics fans for channeling their inner “Good Job, Good Effort” Kid and doing what more fans should do for their teams: support them, loudly and proudly, to the bitter end, even in defeat.
Watch this. Not a lot brings me to goosebumps. This did. (Yeah, I’m a sports sap like that.)
And I don’t think this is a new phenomenon with Celtics fans. I feel like I’ve seen it before. But I’ve never written about it until today, hence the big deal I’m making about it.
All of those fans showed up for Game 6 expecting or at least hoping to see their team close out the series and move on to yet another NBA Finals. Yet their team was thrashed from the opening tip by a hated rival, never really making it much of a game.
Did Celtics fans bitch, complain, lose hope, or become resigned to a Game 7 loss? Nope, most stayed until the final buzzer, cheering on their team, picking them up at a low moment.
That is how it is supposed to be done sports fans.
Between “Good Job, Good Effort” Kid and the Celtics’ home crowd last night (minus Liquid Pouring Jackwagon), sports fans everywhere just received an incredible lesson in how we all should support our teams.
Good job, good effort, Celtics fans.