Well, it’s been an interesting 24 hours in the sports world here in Northern California, so I’d like to cover three quick things here:
NHL Stanley Cup. I’m sitting here in absolute disbelief in the fact that the San Jose Sharks have FINALLY made it all the way to the Stanley Cup Finals. The Western Conference Champs! I’m so happy for my hockey mad friends here in Northern California. They’ve been patient almost to a fault, but Pavelski, Thornton, Couture, Ward, and all the rest rewarded that patience and fans get to enjoy their first finals.
Now they await the winner of the East, Pittsburgh or Tampa. But here’s the thing, if it’s Pittsburgh, you gotta believe that almost everybody outside of Steel City are gonna root for the Sharks.
NBA out West. In the meantime, panic is setting in here in Northern California as the Warriors have fallen behind Oklahoma City three games to won, and in my opinion it’s no coincidence that the Warriors haven’t played as good since the owner decided to throw out the comment that his Warriors were “light years ahead of the rest of the league.” Not only that, it is my opinion that Draymond Green’s ego is getting way out of control.
But with all that being said, Oklahoma City has finally put it all together. Billy Donovan has done a phenomenal job as Head Coach, and this team has finally come together. Playing to their potential was perhaps the one thing that was going to hurt Golden State because the Thunder have size, along with the athleticism to keep up with the Warriors, especially when they miss their shots. When that happens, OKC is running the floor and hurting them – badly.
Sport Nicknames. As you all know, one of my pet peeves in sports is this issue surrounding the term “Redskins.” The fact is that for two years I boycotted using team nicknames because I’m absolutely fed up with this PC culture. But to be fair, I have also said that if folks are offended, then perhaps it’s time to fix or at least visit the issue.
Update: In California, they passed a law that states that the four remaining high schools using the nickname “Redskins” MUST drop it. Typical California right?
Well, here’s what’s not so “typical California” and actually gives me reason for hope: So, the one school in the next county over held a vote for a new nickname – and the winner was (drumroll please) – NO NICKNAME!!! I personally find this the best option.
But wait, there’s more – both sides worked in a manner to actually compromise. The school agreed to remove the Indian logo from the gym floor where people walked on it – that was offensive to many. In turn, a beautiful mural was painted on the gym wall that was acceptable to the local tribe.
The tribe got what they wanted, the state got what they wanted, the school was able to retain some of their history, and the people got what they wanted – the ability to make their point, all while the lawyers got left out: win, win, win and WIN!!!
May the compromise here show folks nationwide that things can be done and compromise can be had.