Summer Vacation Sports and Sometimes Its a Blessing not to play for the title.
Friday, June 22, 2012, 11:34 PM [General]
Well as our time comes to a near end at Fox Sports Blogs it's also about the time I started writing blogs in June 2006 and its called Summer Vacation Sports which was one of the first blogs that I wrote.
It's the period of time after the NBA and NHL Finals are over in mid June and last night with the Miami Heat winning the NBA Championship it's officially time for summer vacation in sports and life if you want.
I mean besides baseball the next team sport in America is football in our country's variety when pro, college and high school football begin their regular seasons in September and even late August sometimes. I'm not talking about preseason football or training camp.
There are summer sports like tennis with Wimbledon starting next week. Golf has the British Open in July and the PGA Tournament in August.
This year the Summer Olympics begin in London on July 27 as well which provide a lot of interesting sporting events that we dont always follow closely or see except in the Olympics for national pride.
There's also Euro 2012 going on for soccer fans who enjoy great asnd European soccer. NASCAR and Indy Auto Racing bring out those crowds and other sports like MMA and Extreme Sports.
But for those of us who love traditional team sports its always a two month wait after the NBA Finals until Football begins in the early fall.
So its a good time to take a vacation or step back and check other things in your life if you aren't following the summer sports that closely.
Also with Lebron James and the Miami Heat winning the NBA title so dominantly over the Oklahoma City Thunder it reminds me that sometimes maybe its a blessing when our teams dont play for the title.
After watching their domination I wonder if the Miami Heat would have run over the San Antonio Spurs who were taken apart by Oklahoma City in the Western Conference Finals.
Another example back in 1994 I was depressed when the San Diego Chargers upset the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 1995 AFC Championship Game in Pittsburgh. But a couple weeks later San Fransisco 49ers quarterback threw 6 touchdown passes in a 49-26 rout of the Chargers including several to Hall of Fame wide receiver Jerry Rice on the first play of the game in Miami that year. Maybe LOL it was a good thing Pittsburgh didn't end up playing those 49ers that year in the Super Bowl. The next year the Steelers made the Super Bowl but lost a tough 27-17 game and the title to the Dallas Cowboys.
A few years later Pittsburgh lost in the AFC Championship to John Elway and the Denver Broncos who went on to upset Brett Favre and the defending champion Green Bay Packers 31-24 who were a 13 1/2 point favorite in the 1998 Super Bowl. I wonder how a younger inexperienced Pittsburgh team with Kordell Stewart at quarterback would have handled the pressure against Brett Favre and Reggie White's Packers who had won the previous Super Bowl in 1996-97 against the Patriots.
Years later a different Steelers team found out what playing the Packers was like in the 2010 Super Bowl when QB Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers defeated QB Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers 31-25 in Super Bowl 45. It was my dream Super Bowl as a Steelers fan from Wisconsin where the Green Bay Packers are from. But it was not my dream ending and sometimes we have to be careful what we wish for in sports and it is a blessing when we dont get certtain matchups as I've mentioned above. Of course we always want our teams to play their best and for a championships but in hindsight sometimes it is better off when they dont. I'm just saying that. I'm sure there are experiences with your favorite teams wher you wished the same thing. Best wishes and talk soon again my friends wherever that is. Take care and keep blogging! Bratman
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